German Beers List – 20 Popular German Beers

The 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:

  • Krombacher
  • Bitburger
  • Warsteiner
  • Becks
  • Veltins
  • Hasseröder
  • Paulaner Weissbier
  • Radeberger
  • König Pilsener
  • Erdinger Weissbier
  • Holsten Pilsener
  • Jever
  • Franziskaner Weissbier
  • Diebels Alt
  • Oettinger
  • Wernesgrüner
  • 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.

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24 thoughts on “German Beers List – 20 Popular German Beers

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

  2. 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

  3. 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 🙂

    1. 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 🙂

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

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  6. 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

    1. The list shows well known beers, which are exported overseas. It does not say these are the best beers in Germany. While Oettinger might be the worst beer in Germany, in your opinion, it is well known and exported. The article also says to go and ask for a local brew, if one is in Germany, because those are usually the better beers.

    1. Carlsberg is from Denmark and Heineken is a beer from the Netherlands. Why should they have been included in a list of German beers?

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