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October 30, 2023


Top 34 German Beer Brands: The Ultimate List and Comparison

SharpGrid Research Team

Germans are not known for being especially funny. But they certainly know how to have fun. With over 1,500 breweries churning out a 5,000 various types of beer, you really don't have to wonder why Germany ranks third in Europe for per-capita beer consumption. But can you guess which beer brand was the favorite of both Otto von Bismarck and Charlie Harper from Two and a Half Men? Or which one is ideal after a workout? Let's find out.

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Bitburger: Craftwerk German Beer Brewing

Bitburger was founded by Johann Wallenborn founded in 1817 in Bitburg (hence the name), Rhineland-Palatinate. Their staple drink is the Bitburger Premium Pils, an unfiltered gem of German beers, and an alcohol-free Bitburger Drive 0.0%. Same as many other brands, Bitburger too adheres to the German purity law coined in 1516 and is one of the most dominant brands in the German beer market universe.

Their selection includes:

  • Bitburger Premium Pils - a crisp and pale golden lager with clean flavor drawing its riches from the used barley malt, subtle bottom fermenting yeast notes and mild hoppy bitterness.
  • Bitburger Premium Pils Unfiltered - an all-natural and all-cloudy brew with a bouquet of honey, ripe grains, and white bread.
  • Bitburger Drive 0.0% - as the name suggests, an ideal drink for driving, available in English markets as well
A Bitburger in a minikeg. Fancy a party?

What sets Bitburger apart is its small-scale brewing facility, Craftwerk Brewing. Here, they come upwith new German beer styles, test different barley malt varieties, and cultivate new hop strains all in the name of perfecting this golden perfection. And their customers appreciate it by making it the third best-selling beer in Germany and the nation's leading draft beer.

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Kostritzer: Taste the History

German beer brand Köstritzer has been around since way back in 1543, making it one of Germany's oldest Schwarzbier (that's black beer) creators. You'll find their brewery nestled in Bad Köstritz, Thuringia, Germany.

The star of the show is the Köstritzer Schwarzbier. It's a dark beer known for its distinctive roasted malt character. It's not just a hit in Germany but also loved by beer enthusiasts worldwide. But don't think Köstritzer stops there; they've got a whole lineup of brews, like Kranich-Bräu, Edel-Pils, Diät-Pils, Bibop (yup, cola and beer together), Witbier, Pale Ale, and Kellerbier.

A typical German Schwarzbier with some tasty pretzels - another German speciality as tangled as their language.

Here's a nifty tidbit about Köstritzer: it went all nationalized back in October 1948, and from November 25 that same year, it was traded as VEB Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei. In the German Democratic Republic, these folks were among the select few exporting beers. They sent their beer to the Federal Republic of Germany from '56 to '76, and then to Eastern Europe till the big reunification. Köstritzer is a piece of beer history. Cheers to that!

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Wernesgruner: Pils Legend from GDR 

Wernesgrüner, a German beer brand with a rich history dating back to 1436, owes its origins to the Schorer brothers who secured the rights to brew and run a tavern in Steinberg-Wernesgrün, Saxony, Germany. Over the years, the brewery changed hands multiple times, eventually finding its home with Bitburger Braugruppe GmbH in 2002 and later becoming part of the Carlsberg Group in 2021. 

Wernesgrüner Pils and a pack of cigarettes. The ultimate gourmet pairing.

Among its diverse beer offerings, Wernesgrüner's Pilsner stands out as a bitter specialty that gained popularity during the communist era in the DDR. Crafted with meticulous attention to quality and purity, it follows the Reinheitsgebot law, allowing only malt, hops, yeast, and water as ingredients. The Beverage Tasting Institute awarded the Wernesgrüner Pilsner a stellar 92-point gold rating, acknowledging its exceptional character. The brewery's repertoire also includes other beer styles like Schwarzbier, a dark lager, and Weizenbier, a wheat beer.

A unique facet of Wernesgrüner's history is its distinction as one of the first German beers to achieve national distribution. It graced the tables at official state events in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) alongside Radeberger. Following the reunification of Germany, most East German breweries were acquired by their West German counterparts, including Bitburger, which added Kӧstrizer and Wernesgrüner to its portfolio. Today, Wernesgrüner maintains its status as a premium beer brand, cherished by a loyal customer base, particularly in the region of the former GDR.

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Erdinger: German Beer for Working Out

Erdinger Weißbräu Werner Brombach GmbH, situated in Erding, Germany, proudly holds the title of the world's largest wheat beer brewery. This brewery had its beginnings in 1886, thanks to Johann Kienle's vision, and today, it's under the ownership of Franz Brombach's son, Werner Brombach. With over 130 years of crafting exceptional brews, Erdinger has earned a solid reputation for its Weißbiers, offering a delightful range of ten distinct German beer varieties.

Erdinger's diverse beer portfolio includes Weißbier, Dunkel, Kristallweizen, Pikantus, Leicht, Urweisse, Schneeweiße, Erdinger Champ, Alkoholfrei, and Festbier. The crowd favorite, Weißbier, is a golden, cloudy delight with an ABV of 5.3%. Dunkel, a rich and dark brew, boasts an ABV of 5.6%, while Kristallweizen is a crystal-clear version with an ABV of 5.3%. For those with a penchant for stronger flavors, Pikantus offers a weizenbock experience with an ABV of 7.3%, and Leicht provides a lighter option at 2.9%. There's also the traditional Urweisse and the seasonal Schneeweiße, available from November to February, with an ABV of 5.6%. Erdinger Champ is perfect for those who prefer their wheat beer sans yeast sediment, and it carries an ABV of 4.7%. Alkoholfrei, with an ultra-low ABV of 0.4%, is the non-alcoholic gem in Erdinger's crown. Lastly, Festbier graces the brewery's lineup during Erding's Herbstfestes, also known as Volksfest.

The Erdinger glass looks like it has been working out.

An intriguing twist to Erdinger's story is its Alkoholfrei beer's dual role as a post-workout sports drink, a narrative that began in 2015. The brewery champions the isotonic qualities of this brew, positioning it as the ultimate thirst-quencher for athletes post-exercise. Additionally, Erdinger Alkoholfrei won't weigh you down with just 125 calories per 500ml bottle. This unique marketing strategy has resonated with consumers, propelling Erdinger Alkoholfrei to become one of Germany's most sought-after non-alcoholic beer choices.

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Franziskaner: Masters of Open Fermentation 

Franziskaner has been around since the ancient year of 1363 when a Munich brewer named Seidel Vaterstetter kicked things off. You'll find their brewery nestled in the heart of Munich, Germany, renowned for their delightful wheat beers. The name "Franziskaner" pays homage to the Franciscan monks who once called the area home when this brewery was just a twinkle in history's eye. Since 1922, it's been in the caring hands of Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu GmbH.

Now, when we chat about the beer itself, Franziskaner serves up a variety, but it's their wheaty creations that really steal the show. The Franziskaner Hefe-Weißbier is a timeless Bavarian German beer classic, a hazy delight with a golden hue and a hint of fruity goodness. But that's not all; they also craft a Dunkelweizen, a dark wheat beer with a malty richness to savor. For those who prefer a crystal-clear option, there's the Kristallweizen.

That's a lot of beer. The Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu brewery in Munich (photo by Richard Bartz)

Here's the cherry on top - Franziskaner proudly holds onto a brewing tradition you don't see every day in Germany. They're all about those open fermentation tanks. These spacious, shallow tanks let the yeast dance with the air during fermentation, giving their beer an unmistakable character you won't find with the closed-off tanks. It's a nod to the good old brewing days and a testament to Franziskaner's dedication to crafting beer just the way it was meant to be.

Diebels: Altbier Dominator

Diebels, had its beginnings back in 1878 when Johannes Diebels set up shop in Issum, Germany. They've made a name for themselves with their Altbier, a top-fermented brew that follows the good old German Beer Purity Law of 1516. Diebels was one of the pioneers in Germany to dive into the world of Altbier, and they didn't mess around - they quickly snagged over 50% of the Altbier market share. But, in 2001, things took a turn when they got picked up by Interbrew, who later became AB InBev.

Now, let's talk about what's in the bottles. Diebels offers a range, but their star player is the Altbier. Picture a dark amber brew with a crisp and unmistakable flavor. They work their magic with special malts that give it that unique color and taste. They've also dabbled in the Pilsner-style game, rolling it out in 2005 to steady production, which was seeing a drop since 2001.

A typical place you can find a Diebels Alt.

What adds an extra layer of character to Diebels is their track record as a sports team sponsor. In the 90s, they were all about backing Borussia Mönchengladbach, and they've been big supporters of local communities and sports events.

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Spaten: Munich Helles Original

Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu, a well-known German beer brand, traces its origins back to 1922 when the Spaten-Brauerei and Franziskaner-Leist-Bräu joined forces to create a joint stock company. Situated in the heart of Munich, Germany, it stands as one of Bavaria's largest breweries, churning out roughly 2.4 million hectoliters of German beer annually. 

While Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu boasts a variety of brews, it's Spaten Münchner Hell that really shines. This pale lager packs an ABV of 5.2%, showcasing a luscious golden hue and a subtle blend of malt and noble hops, rounded out with delicate hints of citrus and fruity notes. Additionally, they brew a seasonal gem called Spaten Oktoberfestbier, specifically crafted for Munich's iconic Oktoberfest celebration. 

Spaten logo from 1884.

One striking facet of Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu's legacy is its pioneering introduction of the Munich Helles back in 1894. This light-colored lager beer, akin to the Pilsner but milder and slightly sweet, made waves in northern Germany and is now a beloved beer style throughout the country. This rich history underscores the brewery's commitment to pushing boundaries and introducing new beer styles to the market.

Beck's (Bremen): The Color of German Beer

Beck's Brewery, a German beer brand, got its start back in 1873 thanks to the vision of Lüder Rutenberg, Heinrich Beck, and Thomas May, right in the heart of Bremen, Germany. In their brewery, you'll find a variety of beer offerings, including Beck's Pilsner, Beck's Gold, Beck's Blue, and Beck's Green Lemon. But what sets Beck's apart is its unmistakable green bottle, adorned with the iconic key emblem inspired by Bremen's coat of arms. It's worth noting that this brewer now operates under the umbrella of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest beer conglomerate.

When it comes to Beck's Brewery, the superstar is undoubtedly Beck's Pilsner, a classic German-style pilsner with a respectable ABV of 5%. It's a beer of purity, crafted with just three natural ingredients – hops, barley malt, and water. The result? A brew with a distinctive aroma and a delightfully dry finish. But Beck's doesn't stop there; they also bring us Beck's Gold, a premium beer with a unique blend of hops and barley malt, delivering a smooth and refreshing taste. For those looking to keep it alcohol-free, Beck's Blue is brewed with the same core ingredients as Beck's Pilsner, offering a crisp and clean flavor. And if you're in the mood for something a bit fruity, there's Beck's Green Lemon, brewed with natural lemon juice, giving it a refreshingly fruity twist.

Beck's Brewery in Bremen (photo by Rami Tarawneh).

Now, here's a neat historical tidbit about Beck's Brewery: they were the trailblazers who introduced the iconic green bottle in 1874. While in search of glass suppliers, they stumbled upon a wine bottle producer with the capacity they needed. Since wine bottles of that era were green, that's how the iconic green Beck's bottle made its grand entrance. This move was a game-changer, setting Beck's apart from the crowd at a time when beer exclusively came in brown bottles. It's no wonder that the green bottle has since become a symbol recognized worldwide, representing the timeless appeal of Beck's.

Schöfferhofer: German Beer With Grapefruit Soul

Schöfferhofer, a German beer brand established by Georg Schöffers in Mainz, Germany back in 1806, has quite a reputation. They whip up a variety of brews, such as Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen, Schöfferhofer Grapefruit, and Schöfferhofer Pomegranate. These guys are all about those top-notch wheat beers, and they stick to the German Beer Purity Law from 1516. Now, they're under the ownership of Radeberger Gruppe KG, which is a part of the Dr. Oetker Group.

Speaking of their star player, Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen is the big name around here. It's your classic German beer based on wheat, boasting a 5% ABV. This one's a bit hazy, sports a golden hue, and has that fruity aroma, with hints of citrus and a touch of spice. On the other side of the spectrum, we've got Schöfferhofer Grapefruit, brewed with natural grapefruit juice for that refreshing and fruity kick. Then there's Schöfferhofer Pomegranate, also with natural pomegranate juice, dishing out the sweet and fruity vibes.

The brewery is big on the "happy" word which captures how people usually feel after drinking beer. (source: schoefferhofer.com)

But here's the kicker. Back in 2007, they were the first ones to blend wheat beer with grapefruit juice, and guess what? It took off like wildfire, becoming one of Germany's all-time favorites. Since then, they've rolled out more fruity concoctions, like Schöfferhofer Pomegranate in 2017, proving they're all about pushing the boundaries and satisfying diverse tastes.

Löwenbräu: It’s About the Size

Löwenbräu, the German beer brand, traces its origins back to 1383 when the owner of Munich's Lion's Inn, known as Zum Löwen, decided to venture into brewing. Their lineup includes a variety of beer types such as Löwenbräu Original, Löwenbräu Gold, Löwenbräu Radler, and Löwenbräu Premium Pils. Notably, the brewery is recognized for its iconic lion symbol, inspired by a 17th-century mural depicting Daniel in the lions' den within the brewery. Presently, Löwenbräu is under the ownership of Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Löwenbräu Original stands out as the flagship product, a classic German-style lager boasting an ABV of 5.2%4. Crafted from naturally grown Bavarian hops and brewed following the German Purity Law, it embodies tradition and quality5. On the other hand, Löwenbräu Gold offers a premium experience, brewed with a unique blend of hops and barley malt, delivering a smooth and refreshing flavor profile. Meanwhile, Löwenbräu Radler brings a fruity twist by blending beer with lemon soda, offering a refreshingly unique taste. Lastly, Löwenbräu Premiumpils, a pilsner beer, combines hops and barley malt to create a bold and invigorating bitterness.

Löwenbräu brewery in 1891. The photo is even tinted in the color of beer.

One intriguing aspect of Löwenbräu's history is its pioneering introduction of smaller bottles, affectionately known as "little ponies" during the 1980s and 1990s. This innovative marketing approach broadened their appeal and boosted sales by catering to a wider audience. Additionally, these smaller bottles provided convenience for those who wanted a more modest portion of beer without committing to a full-sized bottle. This demonstrates Löwenbräu's willingness to explore fresh marketing strategies to engage diverse markets.

Radeberger: Two and a Half Beers

Radeberger, the German beer brand, got its start back in 1872 in Radeberg, a chill suburb of Dresden, Germany. They've got a lineup of brews, including Radeberger Pilsner, Radeberger Zwickel, and Radeberger Spezial. These guys are all about that high-quality German-style pilsner game, brewing it up just like the Germans did back in the day. These days, the brewery falls under the umbrella of Radeberger Gruppe KG, which is a part of the Dr. Oetker Group.

Now, Radeberger Pilsner is the rockstar of their brew collection, packing a solid 4.8% ABV punch. It's a clear, pale golden beer with a smooth, creamy foam on top, and you can't miss that hoppy kick with a subtle hint of bitterness. On the other hand, there's Radeberger Zwickel – an unfiltered pilsner that's making its mark in the US. It's got that hazy vibe and a complex, full-bodied flavor with a bit more hops than your regular pilsner. And let's not forget about Radeberger Spezial – a dark beer bringing the malty goodness with a touch of sweetness.

By the way, did you know Radeberger was the favorite beer of Charlie Harper from the famous TV show Two and a half men?

Radeberger's presence in the sunshine state of Florida.

What makes Radeberger extra cool is that back in 1887, it was officially dubbed the "Kanzler-Brau" (the Chancellor's Brew) by the OG German Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck. That was a big deal and helped these folks earn their stripes in the beer game. Plus, Radeberger is all about sharing their brewing history with the world. They've got a sweet museum in Radeberg where you can soak in the brewery's story and the art of brewing. And, if you're up for it, you can get a taste of their different brews while you're at it. 

Berliner Pilsener: Unity in Hops

Berliner Pilsner, a German beer brand, has its roots tracing back to Berlin in 1950. This brewery crafts a variety of beers, including Berliner Pilsner, Berliner Kindl, and Berliner Weisse. Today, it's under the ownership of Radeberger Gruppe KG, a subsidiary of the Dr. Oetker Group.

The most famous brew from Berliner Pilsner is, you guessed it, Berliner Pilsner. It's a quintessential German-style pilsner boasting a 5% ABV. This clear, pale golden beer features a fine, creamy foam and a prominent hoppy flavor with a subtly distinct hint of bitterness. Meanwhile, Berliner Kindl is a dark beer offering a rich, malty profile with a touch of sweetness. On the other hand, Berliner Weisse, a wheat-based sour beer, provides a tart and refreshing experience.

Berliner Pilsener in action (photo by Marc Wathieu)

One fascinating tidbit about Berliner Pilsner is its association with the Berlin Wall. The brewery was situated close to the historic barrier, and it was a favorite among both East and West Berliners. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Berliner Pilsner transformed into a symbol of unity and freedom, now savored by beer enthusiasts worldwide. This highlights that Berliner Pilsner isn't just a beer brand; it's a vital part of Berlin's history and culture.

Krombacher: Rock Spring Brew

Krombacher, a well-established German beer label, traces its origins back to 1803, courtesy of Johannes Haas in Krombach, Germany. They offer a variety of brews, such as Krombacher Pilsner, Krombacher Dark, and Krombacher Weizen. Presently, the brewery is under the ownership of Radeberger Gruppe KG, a subsidiary of the Dr. Oetker Group.

Among their offerings, Krombacher Pilsner takes center stage, celebrated for its classic German-style pilsner qualities and a respectable ABV of 4.8%. This clear, pale golden beer boasts a fine, creamy foam and a pronounced hoppy flavor, accompanied by a pleasantly subtle hint of bitterness. In contrast, Krombacher Dark impresses with its rich, malty profile and a touch of sweetness, while Krombacher Weizen, a wheat beer, intrigues with its unique blend of hops and barley malt, delivering a smooth and revitalizing taste.

Proud of its devotion to sustainability (source: krombacher.de)

A distinctive facet of Krombacher's brewing process lies in its utilization of water sourced from the Krombacher Rock Spring, discovered back in 1722 and nestled at the base of Grumberg. This soft, low-mineral water plays a pivotal role in the creation of Krombacher's brews and is efficiently transported to the brewery via a dedicated pipeline. Additionally, Krombacher champions environmental preservation, exemplified by their commitment to sustainability. They harness renewable energy sources and take measures to minimize their carbon footprint.

Rhenania Alt: Authentic German Beer

Rhenania Alt, a beloved German beer label, traces its origins back to Krefeld, Germany, thanks to Rhenania Wirichs Brauerei. This brewery crafts a variety of beers, and among them, you'll find Rhenania Alt, an ale packing a 4.4% ABV punch. Rhenania Alt exudes that classic German beer charm, brewed with a special blend of hops and barley malt, delivering a smooth and invigorating flavor profile. These days, the brewery falls under the umbrella of Radeberger Gruppe KG, a subsidiary of the Dr. Oetker Group.

Rhenania Alt takes the crown as Rhenania's most renowned beer, boasting the quintessential German-style ale character, complete with its rich, malty notes and a touch of sweetness. It's a hit across Germany and has found fans worldwide.

A standout feature of Rhenania Alt is its scarcity beyond German borders, making it a sought-after treasure for beer aficionados seeking that unique and authentic brew. 

Paulaner: Non-alcoholic Pioneers

Paulaner, a venerable German beer brand, kicked off its brewing journey in the heart of Munich way back in 1634, courtesy of the Paulaner Order of mendicant friars. Their brewery lineup features a variety of brews, including standouts like Paulaner Hefe-Weißbier Naturtrüb, Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier, and Paulaner Salvator. Today, the brewery operates under the ownership of Paulaner Brauerei Gruppe GmbH & Co. KGaA, a venture involving the Schörghuber Unternehmensgruppe and Heineken International B.V.

Now, let's dive into some of their star players. Paulaner Hefe-Weißbier Naturtrüb, with its 5.5% ABV, takes the lead. This classic German-style wheat beer rocks a cloudy, golden appearance and greets your senses with a fruity aroma, punctuated by hints of citrus and subtle spiciness. Meanwhile, Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier steps up as a seasonal delight, brewed especially for Munich's iconic Oktoberfest celebration. It treats your taste buds to a rich malty flavor with just a touch of sweetness. And don't miss out on Paulaner Salvator, a dark beer offering the same malty richness and a hint of sweetness, all brewed to the time-tested recipe of the Paulaner monks.

The famous savior of the thirsty - Paulaner Salvator (photo by SCholewiak)

But what really sets Paulaner apart is its innovative streak. They can proudly claim the title of the world's first brewery to produce a non-alcoholic wheat beer in 1986. They've kept the tradition alive with Hefe-weibbier Non-Alcoholic, a favorite among those seeking the taste of beer without the alcohol. In 1987, they were also pioneers in the world of non-alcoholic bottom-fermented beer, now known as the Original Munchner Non-Alcoholic.

Kulmbacher Lager: German Beer From Wooden Barrels

Kulmbacher Lager, a German beer label established back in 1895 by a trio of beer enthusiasts - Johann W. Reichel, Johann K. Scheiding, and Johann M. Hübbner - kicked off its brewing journey under the moniker Reichelbräu. They're the folks behind an assortment of brews, with standouts like Kulmbacher Pilsner, Kulmbacher Edelherb, and Kulmbacher Eisbock. These days, Kulmbacher Brauerei AG is at the helm of the brewery.

Among their lineup, the superstar is none other than Kulmbacher Pilsner, a classic German-style pilsner boasting an ABV of 4.9%. This one's a crystal-clear, pale golden brew, crowned with a luscious, creamy foam, delivering a hoppy punch seasoned with a subtly distinct touch of bitterness. On the premium side, there's Kulmbacher Edelherb, a brew that masterfully blends hops and barley malt for a smooth and revitalizing experience. If you're up for something a bit darker and daring, Kulmbacher Eisbock has your back. It undergoes a unique process involving freezing and ice removal to intensify the flavor and amped-up alcohol content.

Now, what sets Kulmbacher apart is their unwavering commitment to traditional brewing methods, embracing open fermentation and aging in wooden barrels. These time-honored techniques craft a flavor and character that no modern method can replicate. And the cool thing is, they're all about sharing their brewing heritage with the world. In Kulmbach, they've got a museum that's like a time capsule of their history and brewing secrets, offering the chance to savor various Kulmbacher brews.

Warsteiner: Head in the Clouds

Warsteiner, a renowned German beer label, traces its roots back to 1753 and proudly ranks among Germany's leading privately owned breweries. Within their repertoire, you'll find a variety of beer offerings, including Warsteiner Premium Beer, Warsteiner Premium Fresh, Warsteiner Premium Dunkel, and Warsteiner Premium Radler. What sets Warsteiner apart is its unwavering commitment to crafting high-quality German-style beers, following the time-honored German Beer Purity Law of 1516. Interestingly, this family-owned brewery is now under the stewardship of the Cramer family.

The crown jewel in Warsteiner's beer collection is the legendary Warsteiner Premium Beer, a classic German-style pilsner boasting a 4.8% ABV. This pale golden pilsner refreshes with a clean taste artfully balanced by delicate notes of barley malt, subtle yeast undertones from bottom fermentation, and a gentle touch of hoppy bitterness. If you're in the mood for something different, try the Warsteiner Premium Fresh, a brew infused with fresh hops, delivering a crisp and revitalizing flavor. Meanwhile, the Warsteiner Premium Dunkel stands as a dark beer with a luscious, malty character and a touch of sweetness, while the Warsteiner Premium Radler presents itself as a beer crafted with natural lemon juice, offering a refreshing, fruity palate.

Beyond the beer itself, Warsteiner's story is intertwined with the Arnsberg Forest Nature Park, situated just outside Warstein, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. The brewery's commitment to environmental preservation is evident through its sustainable practices, such as harnessing renewable energy sources and minimizing its carbon footprint. Furthermore, Warsteiner demonstrates a profound dedication to the arts by supporting various cultural events and institutions, like the Warsteiner International Montgolfiade, Europe's largest hot air balloon festival. This underscores Warsteiner's identity as more than just a beer brand.

König Ludwig: Royal German Beer

König Ludwig, a German beer brand established in 1753, stands as one of Germany's largest privately-owned breweries. Their diverse range of beers encompasses König Ludwig Weissbier Hell, König Ludwig Weissbier Dunkel, König Ludwig Weissbier Kristall, König Ludwig Weissbier Leicht, and König Ludwig Weissbier Alkoholfrei, all meticulously crafted in adherence to the German Beer Purity Law of 1516. At present, the brewery operates under the ownership of König Ludwig GmbH & Co. KG Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg, situated in the enchanting Upper Bavarian countryside near Munich.

König Ludwig Weissbier Hell, the brewery's flagship offering, boasts a classic German-style wheat beer profile, featuring an ABV of 5.5%. This pale, invigorating wheat beer offers a clean, well-balanced taste with subtle notes of barley malt, gentle bottom-fermenting yeast tones, and a mild hint of hoppy bitterness. In contrast, König Ludwig Weissbier Dunkel presents a darker, malty flavor with a touch of sweetness, while König Ludwig Weissbier Kristall, a clear, pale golden beer, showcases a creamy foam and a predominant hops character, punctuated by a subtly distinct note of bitterness.

One noteworthy aspect of König Ludwig is the setting in which these exceptional beers are crafted—the Kaltenberg Castle, nestled in the picturesque Upper Bavarian landscape near Munich, Germany. König Ludwig takes pride in supporting the arts, sponsoring various cultural events and institutions, including the König Ludwig Musikfest, a classical music festival held at the Kaltenberg Castle. 

Frankenheim: The Gem of Düsseldorf

Frankenheim, a German beer label, traces its origins back to 1873 when Heinrich Frankenheim founded it in the heart of Düsseldorf, Germany. They've got quite a range of brews, with their standout being Frankenheim Alt, a top-fermenting specialty beer that's earned the title of No. 2 Altbier in Germany. These days, the brewery falls under the ownership of the Warsteiner Group.

Speaking of their flagship, Frankenheim Alt, it's a dark beer boasting a robust, malty character with a hint of sweetness, and it packs an ABV of 4.8%. The secret to its rich flavor lies in a unique blend of hops and barley malt. You'll find this beloved brew both in Germany and enjoyed by beer enthusiasts worldwide.

What's really neat about Frankenheim is its location smack in the historic city center of Düsseldorf, Germany. Frankenheim isn't just about beer; they're big on supporting the arts too. They've backed various cultural events and institutions, including the Frankenheim Kino Lounge, a cinema that serves up classic and contemporary films in a laid-back and cozy setting. 

Benediktiner: Monks’ Choice

Benediktiner, a German beer label, boasts a lineup of brews, with one standout being the Benediktiner Weissbier, a wheat beer or hefeweizen that packs a respectable 5.4% ABV. This beer is skillfully crafted by Benediktiner Weissbrau for Ettal Abbey in Bavaria, Germany, adhering faithfully to an age-old recipe from the Ettal Monastery. Interestingly, the brewery now falls under the ownership of Bitburger Braugruppe.

The Benediktiner Weissbier takes the spotlight as the brand's most renowned creation, capturing the essence of a classic German-style wheat beer, with a delightful, fruity profile. The key here is the commitment to organic production, embodying a tradition and philosophy that treats every raw material with the utmost respect and meticulous care. This approach has made Benediktiner Weissbier a beloved choice within Germany and an international favorite.

One distinctive aspect of Benediktiner is that it's brewed under license by Benediktiner Weissbrau GmbH in the charming town of Lich. Beyond its brews, Benediktiner stands as a testament to the values of the Benedictine monks, promoting a philosophy of serenity, the pursuit of good deeds, meticulous craftsmanship, and profound respect for all things and individuals. It's clear that Benediktiner isn't just about beer; it's a company dedicated to tradition, quality, and a sustainable future.

Veltins: Brewed Under Mountains

Veltins, that German beer brand, traces its origins back to 1824 when Franz Kramer set up shop in Grevenstein, Germany. This brewery crafts a variety of beers, like the well-known Veltins Pilsener, a classic German-style pilsner boasting an ABV of 4.8%.. Today, Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co. KG calls the shots.

Now, when it comes to Veltins, their top dog is Veltins Pilsener. It's a pale, refreshing pilsner that's got that perfect balance of barley malt, a hint of bottom-fermenting yeast vibes, and just a touch of hoppy bitterness. It's not just a German fave; folks worldwide love it. Beyond that, they've got other beer tricks up their sleeves, like Veltins Radler – beer brewed with natural lemon juice for that fresh, fruity kick.

What sets Veltins apart? It's all about location – their brewery's nestled in the heart of the Sauerland region in Germany, a place famous for lush forests and mighty mountains. They're all about preserving nature and have gone the extra mile with green initiatives, from renewable energy to a smaller carbon footprint. Plus, they're all about sports, sponsoring events and institutions like the Veltins-Arena, a football stadium in Gelsenkirchen. Veltins is more than just beer; they're a company that cares about the environment and the community.

Grevensteiner: The Blend of Old and New World

Grevensteiner, hailing from Grevenstein, Germany, is a renowned German beer brand crafted by Brauerei C. & A. Veltins. This brewery crafts an array of beer styles, with Grevensteiner Kellerbier being a standout – an unfiltered, unpasteurized kellerbier sporting a 5.2% ABV. The ownership mantle for this brand now rests with Brauerei C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co. KG.

At the heart of Grevensteiner's appeal lies Grevensteiner Kellerbier, an intriguing brew. This unfiltered, unpasteurized gem boasts a distinctive character thanks to these features. Not just a German favorite, this beer has garnered fans worldwide. In a recent review by The Beer Connoisseur® magazine, Grevensteiner Kellerbier earned a remarkable 92-Exceptional rating, firmly establishing it as a sought-after and appreciated brew.

An interesting twist in Grevensteiner's story was its debut in the United States in 2017, where it was presented in cans for the very first time. This beer's ability to blend the best of old-world traditions with modern appeal makes it an exciting alternative to the usual summer beer options, enjoyed by both newcomers and connoisseurs. Grevensteiner stands as a testament to over 190 years of brewing expertise, showcasing a commitment to quality, local ingredients, time-honored brewing techniques, and the notion that what's classic can be refreshingly new. 

Maisel: Prized German Beer

Founded in 1824 by Franz Kramer in Grevenstein, Germany, Maisel is a well-known German beer brand. Their lineup includes a variety of beer types, with Maisel’s Weisse Original, a true Bavarian specialty wheat beer boasting a 5.2% ABV, standing out as a fan favorite. Today, Brauerei Gebr. Maisel is the proud owner of this esteemed brewery.

Maisel’s Weisse Original, the brewery's flagship, is renowned for its refreshing and fruity wheat beer profile, giving it a distinct character. This brew enjoys popularity both in Germany and across the globe. Maisel's beer portfolio also includes Maisel & Friends, a contemporary beer specialty aged in rum, whiskey, and wine barrels.

One distinctive aspect of Maisel is its active presence on Untappd, a social media platform for beer enthusiasts, with a monthly check-in count of 208,012. Furthermore, Maisel’s Weisse Original has earned several accolades, such as the Style Winner at the 2018 World Beer Awards, the Bronze Medal at the 2019 Brussels Beer Challenge, and the Gold Medal at the 2022 Meiniger’s International Craft Beer Award, reinforcing their commitment to delivering quality and excellence.

Augustiner: Münich Legend

Augustiner, established way back in 1328, ranks as one of Munich's most legendary breweries. Ownership of the brewery now rests with the Edith Haberland Wagner Trust and the Inselkammer-Family.

Their flagship offering, Augustiner Lagerbier Hell, is a classic German-style pale lager, packing a respectable 5.2% ABV. This refreshing, pale golden lager boasts a clean, balanced taste, complemented by subtle notes of barley malt, mild hoppy bitterness, and those trademark bottom fermenting yeast tones. It's a favorite not only in Germany but also among beer enthusiasts worldwide. Augustiner doesn't stop at Lagerbier Hell; they brew a variety of other beer styles, including the rich and slightly sweet Augustiner Dunkel, a dark beer with a malty character.

One of the quirks that sets Augustiner apart is its exclusive use of wooden barrels to dispense beer at the Oktoberfest. Furthermore, their bottle design has remained unchanged for over two decades, affectionately known as the "Bauarbeiterhalbe" (construction worker's half liter). This steadfast commitment to tradition and quality underscores that Augustiner is more than just a beer brand; it's a company with a profound dedication to its heritage.

Flensburger: Plopp!

Flensburger, a renowned German beer brand, traces its origins back to 1888 when it was established by five Flensburg citizens. The brewery boasts a diverse beer lineup, highlighted by Flensburger Pilsener, a distinct North German take on the pilsner style sporting an ABV of 4.8%. Interestingly, the brewery remains largely under the ownership of the Petersen and Dethleffsen founding families.

Flensburger Pilsener, the brewery's flagship offering, stands out as a refreshing, pale golden pilsner celebrated for its impeccably balanced flavor profile. Delight in subtle notes of barley malt, a touch of bottom-fermenting yeast character, and a gentle hoppy bitterness. It's no surprise that this brew is cherished in Germany and cherished by beer enthusiasts worldwide. Complementing this favorite, Flensburger also crafts other beer styles, including Flensburger Gold, a pilsner-style lager with a 4.8% ABV, and Flensburger Dunkel, a dark beer that treats the palate to a rich, malty essence with a hint of sweetness.

One captivating detail that defines Flensburger's character is the use of glass bottles sealed with a traditional flip-top closure. This choice necessitates intricate systems for large-scale production, bottle sanitation, and recycling processes. The signature "plopp" sound upon opening has become a distinctive part of Flensburger's identity. Beyond this, Flensburger holds a unique place in the hearts of locals, who affectionately refer to Flensburger beers as "Flens" when ordering, making it a symbol of regional pride and self-identification.

Duckstein: 15th Century German Beer Brewing

Duckstein, the German beer brand, had its origins in Hamburg, Germany13. The brewery crafts a variety of beers, with Duckstein Original standing out, boasting an ABV of 4.9% and an inviting amber hue. Duckstein's claim to fame lies in its dedication to producing high-quality German-style beers, steeped in traditional methods. Notably, the Carlsberg Group is the proud owner of this brewery.

When it comes to Duckstein, it's the Duckstein Original that truly shines, renowned for its unique top-fermented specialty profile, offering a one-of-a-kind flavor. This particular brew enjoys popularity both in Germany and among beer enthusiasts across the globe. In addition to Duckstein Original, the brewery crafts a variety of other beer styles, including Duckstein Weizen, a Bavarian-style wheat beer with a 5.3% ABV.

What sets Duckstein apart is its revival of a fifteenth-century brewing tradition, infusing its beers with a distinctive flavor that distinguishes them from other German brews. Not to mention, Duckstein's commitment to quality and excellence has earned it accolades, such as the gold medal at the 2018 World Beer Awards for its Duckstein Original. This underscores that Duckstein is not merely a beloved beer brand but a company dedicated to delivering exceptional brews.

Holsten: Soccer & Beer

Holsten, the German beer legend, first made its mark back in 1879, hailing from Hamburg's Altona-Nord quarter. With an array of beer styles in its repertoire, Holsten's flagship creation is the Holsten Pilsener, a pale lager boasting a 5% ABV. Renowned for crafting top-notch German-style brews, they're proudly part of the Carlsberg Group family.

When it comes to Holsten, the Holsten Pilsener takes center stage. This refreshing, pale golden lager offers a clean taste with a perfect balance of barley malt, subtle bottom-fermenting yeast notes, and a gentle hint of hoppy bitterness. It's not just a hit in Germany; folks worldwide savor its flavor. Holsten's beer lineup doesn't stop there, though. They also craft Holsten Gold, a premium lager with a 5.2% ABV, and Holsten Export, a full-bodied lager with a 5.5% ABV.

An intriguing facet of Holsten's story is its official partnership with the Hamburg soccer club, Hamburger SV. Beyond their sporting ties, Holsten takes its commitment to sustainability seriously, aiming to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. 

Grolsch: Hamburg Hustlers

Holsten, a well-known German beer label, traces its roots back to 1879 when it was established in the Altona-Nord district of Hamburg. They craft a diverse range of beer styles, with Holsten Pilsener, a crisp pale lager boasting an ABV of 5%, standing out among them. Holsten is renowned for its commitment to brewing top-notch German-style beers and at present, the brewery is under the ownership of the Carlsberg Group.

The flagship beer from Holsten, the Holsten Pilsener, has earned quite a reputation. It's a refreshing, pale golden lager, offering a clean taste skillfully balanced with notes of barley malt, subtle bottom-fermenting yeast nuances, and a mild touch of hoppy bitterness. Holsten Pilsener enjoys popularity both in Germany and worldwide. In addition to this flagship brew, Holsten produces various other beer varieties, including Holsten Gold, a premium lager with an ABV of 5.2%, and Holsten Export, a full-bodied lager with an ABV of 5.5%.

What sets Holsten apart is its unique distinction as the official beer of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. 

Dreher: Pale Lager Pioneer

Dreher, founded by Anton Dreher in Austria back in 1836, is a well-known beer brand with a rich history. They offer a variety of brews, such as Dreher Gold, Arany Ászok, and Kőbányai Világos pilsener-style lagers. What sets Dreher apart is their commitment to brewing high-quality beers using traditional methods. Nowadays, the brewery is proudly owned by Asahi Breweries.

Speaking of Dreher Gold, it's their flagship beer and quite famous. This refreshing, pale golden lager boasts a clean taste, balanced with subtle notes of barley malt, a touch of bottom-fermenting yeast tones, and a mild hoppy bitterness. Dreher Gold is not just a hit in Hungary; it's cherished by beer enthusiasts worldwide. Besides this star, Dreher offers other options, like Dreher Bak, a double bock with a robust, slightly caramel taste.

But what makes Dreher truly unique is Anton Dreher's nickname, "The Beer King." He earned this title for pioneering pale lager in the mid-19th century, even before the pilsner beer style came into the scene. Dreher's brewery grew to be one of the world's largest, and he became a wealthy and influential figure, even securing a parliamentary seat in 1861. This underlines that Dreher isn't just a popular beer brand; it's a company with a deep-rooted history that's played a pivotal role in shaping the beer industry.

Hacker Pschorr: German Beer Without a Brewery

Hacker-Pschorr, a renowned German beer label, came into existence in 1972 through the union of two long-standing breweries, Hacker and Pschorr. The Hacker brewery was established way back in 1417, nearly a century before the Reinheitsgebot beer purity law of 1516 was even a thing. This brewery crafts a variety of beer styles, with one standout being Hacker-Pschorr Weisse, a wheat beer packing a solid 5.5% ABV4. Hacker-Pschorr is famous for its top-notch German-style brews, lovingly crafted following time-honored traditions. These days, the brewery's ownership belongs to the Paulaner Brauerei Gruppe GmbH & Co. KGaA.

When it comes to Hacker-Pschorr's most celebrated creation, it's none other than Hacker-Pschorr Weisse. This wheat beer offers a crisp, refreshing flavor profile that's skillfully balanced with notes of barley malt, subtle hints of bottom-fermenting yeast, and a gentle touch of hoppy bitterness4. Hacker-Pschorr Weisse is a beloved brew in Germany and is cherished by folks worldwide4. But that's not all they have to offer - Hacker-Pschorr also crafts a range of other beer styles, including helles, dunkel, pils, four weissbiers, an Oktoberfest märzen, and an unfiltered, yeasty doppelbock6.

Now, what sets Hacker-Pschorr apart is the fact that they're a brand without a physical brewery. In 1998, their brewery shuttered its doors, and today, all their labels are brought to life by Paulaner. Another interesting tidbit is that Hacker-Pschorr was the first Munich brewery to make the switch to traditional swing-top closures for their entire beer lineup back in 2007. This underlines that Hacker-Pschorr isn't just a popular beer brand; they're a company dedicated to innovation and evolving to meet their customers' changing demands.

Hofbrau: Oktoberfest Stalwart

Hofbräu, a German beer brand founded back in 1589 by Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, is quite the beer powerhouse. They whip up a variety of brews, and one of their flagship creations is the Hofbräu Original, a pale lager packing a 5.1% ABV. Hofbräu has made a name for itself with its top-notch German-style beers, all whipped up the old-school way. Interesting tidbit: this brewery is in cahoots with the Bavarian state government.

The Hofbräu Original takes center stage here, boasting a refreshing, pale golden appearance. It's a clean, crisp drink, and you'll catch hints of barley malt, a subtle touch of bottom fermenting yeast, and a mild hoppy kick. This brew's a real hit in Germany and enjoys global popularity. Hofbräu also rolls out some other contenders, like Hofbräu Dunkel, a dark lager with a 5.5% ABV, and Hofbräu Hefe Weizen, a wheaty wonder clocking in at 5.4%.

What sets Hofbräu apart? They're one of the big players at Oktoberfest, the granddaddy of beer festivals held every year in Munich. And they're not just about the suds; Hofbräu is dead serious about being green. They're all about reducing their carbon footprint, harnessing renewable energy, and recycling like pros. So, it's not just a brewer – it's a brewer with a conscience, keeping the good times rolling while taking care of the planet.

Karlsberg Urpils: Wild at Heart

Karlsberg Urpils, a pilsner-style brew crafted by Karlsberg Brauerei GmbH, hails from the picturesque town of Homburg, Saarland, Germany, a place that's been blending tradition with innovation since way back in 1878. This distinctive beer is renowned for its artful blend of zesty tartness and refreshing coolness, a symphony orchestrated by the use of Magnum hops, resulting in an inviting 4.8% ABV.

But that's not all there is to Karlsberg Brauerei. They've got a lineup that includes other brews like Gründel's Fresh, Becker's Pils, and Walsheim Export. Plus, they've ventured into uncharted territory with creations like Karlsberg MiXery, shaking up the beer scene in unique ways. Beyond brewing, Karlsberg takes its role in society seriously, generously supporting sports, culture, and a host of events.

What sets Karlsberg apart? It's the audacity they bring to their craft, a secret fifth ingredient they infuse into their beer, and it's audacity itself. They're firm believers that hops, malt, yeast, and water are merely the foundation, and being daring in their brewing is the true key to capturing hearts and spreading joy. Karlsberg isn't just a name in the beer game; it's a company that's all about pushing boundaries, serving customers' evolving tastes, and being unabashedly innovative.

Oettinger: Budget-Friendly German Beer

Oettinger, a German beer label established back in 1731 in Oettingen, Bavaria, is renowned for its budget-friendly brews. They've got a range of beer types up their sleeve, like Oettinger Pils, Oettinger Export, and Oettinger Schwarzbier. Oettinger proudly stands among the heavyweights in the German beer scene, even earning a spot in the top 30 globally.

When it comes to Oettinger's lineup, the star of the show is the Oettinger Pils. It's a straightforward, crisp brew with a clean, refreshing flavor. Loved not only in Germany but also by beer enthusiasts worldwide. Oettinger also serves up other options, such as Oettinger Export, a fuller-bodied beer with a malty kick and a touch of hops. And let's not forget the Oettinger Schwarzbier, a dark brew that hints at burnt coffee and fig notes.

What sets Oettinger apart is its reputation as Germany's "budget" beer. They're all about affordability and, to make that happen, they don't splurge on marketing. They take an approach to keep prices down by avoiding advertising, delivering straight to stores, and employing a highly automated brewing process that minimizes the number of staff needed. Oettinger doesn't just brew beer; they're on a mission to deliver budget-friendly brews to their customers.

Allgauer Bueble: Bavarian Beer Legacy

Allgäuer Bueble, a German beer brand under the Radeberger Gruppe USA umbrella, boasts a diverse beer selection. Among its offerings is the Allgäuer Bueble Edelweissbier, a brew that strikes a perfect balance. It kicks off with hints of banana in the first sip, followed by a refreshing burst of fruity flavors and delicate hop notes. Known for its light and invigorating taste, Allgäuer Bueble has earned its stripes as a beloved beer in Bavaria.

The Allgäuer Bueble Edelbrau Pilsner, another crowd-pleaser, is crafted with pale malts and just a touch of hops. Fermented with a bottom-fermenting lager yeast, this process results in a beer that's both light and crisp. And let's not forget the Marzen-style beer, with its rich and spicy profile, featuring caramel and malt impressions along with a subtle bitter note.

What sets Allgäuer Bueble apart is its deep-rooted Bavarian heritage, stretching back to 1911. Founded by the Weixler family, the brewery's legacy was further enriched when it acquired Stiftsbrauerei Kempten in 1921—a brewery dating all the way back to 1394, and whose tradition now lives on in Allgäuer's own. This history demonstrates that Allgäuer Bueble isn't just a popular beer brand; it's a company with a rich Bavarian legacy, dedicated to upholding the beer culture of the region.

Foreign beer brands in Germany

Apart from homebrew, there are a few international brands on the German beer market as well fighting for consumers’ wallets. Let’s take a look at the most important ones. You can also find these in the Outlet Census Live (free demo access) and our Free Market Report.

Carlsberg: The OG’s of pH

Carlsberg, a Danish multinational brewing giant, traces its roots back to 1847 when J.C. Jacobsen founded it in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their impressive lineup boasts over 140 beer brands, including iconic names like Carlsberg, Tuborg, Kronenbourg, and the refreshing Somersby cider. Carlsberg's reputation is built on the timeless art of traditional brewing, and today, it's under the ownership of the Carlsberg Foundation.

When it comes to their brews, Carlsberg offers a variety of beer styles. Take, for instance, the classic Carlsberg Pilsner, a German-style pilsner with an ABV of 5%. They're also renowned for Carlsberg Elephant, a robust beer packing a punch with a 7.2% ABV. But their portfolio doesn't end there; it includes Tuborg, a Danish pilsner with a 4.6% ABV, and Kronenbourg 1664, a French lager tipping the scales at 5.5% ABV.

What sets Carlsberg apart is its groundbreaking creation of the pH scale in 1909. This ingenious scale measures the acidity or alkalinity of solutions, playing a vital role in diverse fields such as chemistry, biology, and environmental science. Beyond innovation, Carlsberg is deeply committed to sustainability, aiming to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. 

Budweiser: Conqueror of 85 Countries

Budweiser, the American-style pale lager, made its debut back in 1876 thanks to Carl Conrad & Co. out of St. Louis, Missouri. Since then, it's grown into a major player in the American beer scene and is currently under the ownership of the Belgian company AB InBev.

This brew, known as Budweiser, is a filtered beer that you can enjoy on draft or straight from bottles and cans. It's crafted using a blend of up to 30% rice, along with hops and barley malt. Interestingly, the name Budweiser has its roots in Germany, signifying "of Budweis." Budweis, now České Budějovice in the Czech Republic, has been brewing beer since way back in 1265. In 1876, Adolphus Busch and his pal Carl Conrad brought a "Bohemian-style" lager to life in the United States, inspired by their travels to Bohemia, and brewed it up in their St. Louis, Missouri brewery.

Now, there's more to the Budweiser family. You've got options like Budweiser Zero, a guilt-free brew with the Budweiser taste but just 50 calories and no sugar. Then there's Budweiser Select, a low-calorie, low-carb light beer that keeps that classic Budweiser flavor intact. And don't forget Budweiser Chelada, a tasty twist on a classic beer, made with Clamato.

Budweiser isn't just a local favorite; it's a global sensation, enjoyed by folks in 85 different countries. But it's had its share of trademark tiffs with the Budweiser Budvar Brewery in České Budějovice over the rights to the name "Budweiser." 

In the European Union, except for Ireland, Sweden, Finland, and Spain, this American beer can only go by Bud, as the Budweiser trademark name belongs exclusively to the Czech beer maker Budweiser Budvar. In places like the United Kingdom, you can find both Budvar and Anheuser–Busch lagers sold under the Budweiser name, even though their logos have their own distinct styles.

Stella Artois: Belgian Bad Body

Stella Artois, a pilsner beer, had its beginnings back in 1926 when it was first crafted by Brouwerij Artois in Leuven, Belgium. This iconic brew has made its way across many nations, including the UK, Ireland, Canada, and Australia, with a slightly reduced ABV down under. Stella Artois is proudly under the wing of Interbrew International B.V., a subsidiary of the world's largest brewing giant, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV. Interestingly, its roots trace back to the charming Belgian town of Leuven, where tax records reveal the existence of the Den Horen (the horn) Brewery as early as 1366.

Stella Artois is renowned for its original 5.2% ABV pilsner beer, but you'll also find it with a lower ABV in various corners of the globe. Stella Artois Lager shines as the perfect beverage for enjoying with family and friends, even earning the coveted title of World's Best International Lager at the 2019 World Beer Awards. This brand isn't limited to just one flavor, though. It spreads its wings with Stella Artois Liberté, a non-alcoholic version, and Stella Artois Cidre, a full-flavored gluten-free European-style cider.

Leuven, Belgium, a picturesque city to the east of Brussels, holds the distinction of being the birthplace of Stella Artois. It's no surprise that this brew has become Belgium's top-selling beer. Originally, Stella Artois was a special holiday gift for the good folks of Leuven, and the name "Stella," meaning "star" in Latin, beautifully nods to the Christmas star. What makes it truly unique is that this beer was born as a heartfelt present from the brewery to the people of Leuven, carrying the star-studded name and symbol that still graces its bottle today.

Leffe: Enter the Beer Heritage

Leffe, a top-tier beer brand, falls under the ownership of InBev Belgium, which is the European arm of the global beer behemoth, Anheuser–Busch InBev. Their beer roster includes Leffe Blonde, Leffe Brune, Leffe Ruby, Leffe Tripel, and Leffe Radieuse. These brews are marketed as abbey beers and are produced in substantial quantities with widespread distribution. The brewery's roots trace back to 1240 when the brewing tradition began with the monks of Notre-Dame de Leffe.

Among the various offerings from Leffe, it's Leffe Blonde that truly takes the spotlight. This Belgian abbey-style beer is smooth and fruity, boasting a golden hue and a delicate bouquet of malt and noble hops, with subtle hints of citrus and fruitiness. Leffe Brune, on the other hand, presents a rich, malty flavor in a dark brown brew, while Leffe Ruby offers a red beer with a fruity aroma and a touch of sweetness. For those seeking a stronger kick, Leffe Tripel boasts an 8.5% ABV, and Leffe Radieuse, a dark beer, clocks in at 8.2% ABV.

Leffe also holds a unique gem – Maison Leffe, a museum in Dinant. This museum not only delves into the brewery's history and the art of brewing but also provides visitors with the chance to savor a range of Leffe beer styles. It stands as a testament to Leffe's unwavering dedication to preserving its brewing heritage and sharing it with the world.

Miller: The Taste of Milwaukee

Miller Brewing Company, a notable American brewery hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has its roots dating all the way back to 1855, courtesy of the vision of Frederick Miller. It's worth noting that the company was one of the six breweries impacted by the 1953 Milwaukee brewery strike. 

Their lineup includes a range of brews like Miller High Life, Miller Lite, Miller Ultra, and Miller Valley Barrel Aged. In 1969, the company came under the wing of Philip Morris, and later, in 2002, South African Breweries PLC (SAB) acquired Miller Brewing Company from the Altria Group, forming SABMiller PLC. Fast forward to 2016, Molson Coors took the reins, acquiring the full global brand portfolio and now runs the Miller Brewery at the site of the original Miller Brewing Company complex.

While Miller Brewing Company offers a variety of brews, it's Miller Lite that truly shines. This light beer, with an ABV of 4.17%, falls under the pale lager category and boasts a unique blend of malted barley, Galena hops, and corn syrup. Miller High Life, another crowd-pleaser, is a classic American-style lager with an ABV of 4.6%, known not only for its taste but also its distinctive packaging featuring a gold foil neck and a white label adorned with a red ribbon.

A standout achievement in the company's history is the introduction of "cold-filtered" beer with Miller Genuine Draft in 1985. This super-premium brew undergoes four rounds of filtration, resulting in unparalleled smoothness. It's crafted with the utmost care, using the finest ingredients and a proprietary process developed by Frederick Miller himself. Today, Miller Genuine Draft enjoys a global presence, available in over 50 countries, known far and wide for its exceptional quality and smooth flavor.

Gosser: From the Green Heart of Austria

Gösser, brewed by Göss Brewery in Leoben, Austria, is a well-known beer brand. This brewery crafts various beer styles, with Gösser Beer being a standout. It's a crisp, pale lager made from water sourced from the brewery's protected Upper Styrian springs. The ownership of the brewery now rests with Brau Union, Austria's largest brewing company, primarily backed by the Dutch brewing titan, Heineken.

Gösser Beer, the brewery's flagship offering, is a classic German-style pale lager boasting an ABV of 5.2%. This refreshing, pale golden lager offers a perfectly balanced flavor profile, featuring subtle notes of barley malt, a touch of bottom-fermenting yeast tones, and a gentle hoppy bitterness. Loved by beer enthusiasts in Austria and around the world, Gösser Beer has secured its place in the hearts of many.

What sets Gösser apart is its location right in the heart of Styria, Austria's "green heart." Notably, Gösser actively supports the arts and sponsors cultural events and institutions, including the Gösser Kulturjahr, a cultural festival held in Styria. 

With an ever-evolving array of flavors, German beer culture continues to be a global beacon for those who appreciate the art of brewing. So, the next time you raise a glass, remember the German Beer Purity Law, the diverse styles, and the spirited celebrations of Oktoberfest. Here's to Germany – where beer isn't just a beverage, it's a way of life.


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