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German Beers List – 20 Popular German Beers


Image of 3 Beer GlassesThe variety of German beer with its more than 5000 different beers, brewed in about 1200 breweries is unique and unmatched in the world. The German “Reinheitsgebot” (purity law), introduced by Duke Wilhelm the VI in the year 1516, is the oldest food regulation in the world that is still valid in its original form. Germany does export about 1.5 million U.S. barrels of beer yearly to the United States. Beer is best served in a temperature between 44 and 48°F (7 to 9°C).

To list all German beers would probably make this one of the biggest blog posts ever, but also a waste of your time. Simply because most of the 5000 German beers are local and not exported.

Here is a German beers list of 20 well known and generally popular German beers:

Paulaner Weissbier
König Pilsener
Erdinger Weissbier
Holsten Pilsener
Franziskaner Weissbier
Diebels Alt
Berliner Pilsener
Lübzer Pils
Köstritzer Schwarzbier
Flensburger Pilsener

Now I hope the list includes one or two beers you haven’t known yet. It is likely that you can find most of these German beers in countries around the globe. I have found quite a few of these during my travels in Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The United States are one of the biggest consumers, Germany exports beer to. I am sure the choice of German beer in America is much better than in Asia or Oceania.

In case you ever visit Germany, the best thing you can do is to ask in a restaurant or pub for a local beer. There are a lot of smaller breweries all over the country, which make fantastic beer that can only be found in the specific local area, where the beer is made. Many Germans prefer a local beer above all others.

Don’t miss out on area specific specialty beers that are one of a kind. For example, when in Berlin you should try a “Berliner Weisse”, when in Cologne ask for a “Kölsch” and when Bamberg ask for its “Rauchbier”. Germany has without a doubt a beer for everyone. You just need to find your personal favorite.

Last but not least, here are a few accessories for people with a love of beer.


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  1. June 21, 2013 by Rajandran Reply

    I have been drinking the beer brand ” Oettinger ” for many years and its a a beautiful
    drink to enjoy.

  2. August 07, 2013 by ajay Reply

    your opinion is right as i do like oettinger very much.

  3. August 25, 2013 by David Reply

    I was in Berlin a few years ago and drank a tap beer just called brown beer
    does anyone know anything about it and can it be bought in australia.

    thanks dip

  4. September 11, 2013 by Joel Reply

    I lived in Germany for ten years and drank a ton of different beers. Konigpils is my favorite. Jever is super hoppy.

  5. September 28, 2013 by mick Reply

    can anyone please tell me where in australia can i find..HOVELS ORIGINAL BITTERBIER

  6. October 31, 2013 by david Reply

    Its well known throughout Germany that Bavarian beers are premium beers and in Bavaria (Munich) Augustiner is the no.1 beer in Germany. German beers are the best in the world so this must be no.1 in the world, what do you think. But taste it before you comment please :-)

    • October 31, 2013 by J32 Design Reply

      Augustiner being the best beer or not is a matter of taste in my opinion. I like Augustiner, but would I call it the best German beer? I don’t know. Especially with all that beer out there which I haven’t even tried yet :)

  7. November 05, 2013 by naveen Reply

    Krombacher was my fav when I was in warfsteiner, ottinger, hasseroder, radeberger too…one particular beer for one particular mood!

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  9. May 17, 2014 by olisa Reply

    I wish i could make contact with any of this beer companies to spread their market to Nigeria and Africa. We have not more than 8 brands here. +2347036344195 if anyone is able 2 help out.

  10. June 20, 2014 by Vito Galle Reply

    What happen to the best weihenstephaner

  11. July 23, 2014 by Armando Reply

    Can somebody help me remember the brand or name of beer I drank . While on T.D.Y in Germany, I had the opportunity to try a beer that was great tasting. To this day I cannot remember the name. I do remember I drank it warm and had sediment that settle on the bottle

  12. April 21, 2015 by German Beers Reply

    A good list of German beers. No wonder, you won’t find any Kolsch on it… 😉

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