Beer consumption in Germany has been falling during the last decade, compared to constantly rising levels in the 1950s to 1980s. This may be due to various reasons: changing drinking trends, the introduction of new drinks on the beverage market, both alcoholic and non alcoholic, as well as health considerations. However, despite sliding consumption and decreasing beer sales, the German beer industry is still thriving, with brewery numbers in the country continuing to rise.
Interesting fact: German Beer Day is observed on April 23.
Most beer drinkers tend to have tasted a few German beers and I’m sure if you are reading this article you could name a number of them, that said German beers are particularly popular world wide and the number of actual beers I counted reaches 67! I didn’t want to list all 67 however listed the top 30 most popular German beer brands. We will also look at the top 10 German beers in more detail.
The most popular German beer brands in Germany
This data was based on feedback from 23,000 German speaking population and shows the percentage of people who responded.
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So, who brews these top beers and what other interesting information do these beers have?
Anheuser-Busch better known as ‘AbInbev’ are the brewer behind Becks and the beer has been brewed in Germany for more than 100 years until 2002 when they were acquired by Abinbev that are based in Belgium. The brand tops the list of the most popular beer brands in Germany. This 4.9% ABV beer is available in 84 Countries worldwide and is the world’s No. 1 German beer.
This premium beer is 4.8% ABV, the brewery is based in Kreuztal Germany and has been a family brewer since 1803. It boasts that their pils version boast an abundance of fruity hop aromas with a beautifully balanced malt backbone on the palate, Fresh and smooth the beer is crisp and refreshing. The brewery produces a respectable range of other brews including a radler, non-alcohol, what beer, cloudy and Fassbrause which is fruit beer.
Warsteiner is brewed in the Arnsberg Forest Nature Park just outside of Warstein, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. The brewery has been owned by the Cramer family since 1753 and the brewery is the Country’s largest privately owned brewery. The Warsteiner double hopped is 4.8% ABV however there are a number of different types including Dunkel, Radler and a low alcohol version.
This pilsner 4.8%V lager has been brewed by Bitburger family brewery since 1883 and as other pilsners this beer is a straw colour however bit burger has an intense flavour that is also light. The pils has a liveliness and mild fruitiness and freshness with a hint of sweetness. This is a highly recommended pils if you have not had the pleasure in tasting it yet.
This Pilsner brewed by the Koing brewery that is owned by the Bitburger brewery which is located at Duisburg Germany is a 4.9% ABV beer and has been brewed since 1516. They also brew a red beer that is 5.2�V and a radler beer. A “radler” beer means cyclist in German and in relation to beer it has a citrus and beer concoction but can also include other fruit juices such as grapefruit.
This 4.8% ABV pilsner beer is brewed byBrauerei C & A Veltins brewery which is located in Meschede-Grevenstein and has been brewed sine 1824 although Clemens Veltins took over the brewery in 1852. The pilsner is a bright shiny golden beer. The taste is a refreshing and tasteful experience with a slight hint of herbs as well as citrus with a nutty note. The bitterness is pleasantly balanced with the tangy refreshment. They brew an alcohol-free beer but also two craft Grevensteiner.
This 5.3% ABV beer is brewed by the Erdinger brewery based in Erding, Germany and has been privately owned since 1886. Erdinger Weißbräu is top fermented and matures in the bottle in the traditional manner, like champagne.They brew a whole range of different beers including a Dunkel which is German for dark.
Paulaner brewery are based in Munich, Germany and have been brewing thee beer since 1634 and now distribute their beers to 70 different Countries. The Paulaner Weissbier (meaning white /wheat) 5.2% ABV is claimed at No. 1 in Germany as well as one of the worlds favorites. Its naturally cloudy with a mild aroma of banana with a trace of pineapple and mango with a prefect balance between bitter and sweet.
They brew a range of different beers including a Hell beer which is a traditional German pale lager mainly brewed in southern Germany, hell can be translated to “bright” or “light”. Order now from Ace, wines, spirits & beers.
Brewed by Oettinger Brauerei group of breweries based in Oettingen in Bayern but also have breweries in Gotha, Mönchengladbach and Braunschwei. The original pilsner 4.7% ABV has a tangy taste and has a slightly strong hop-flavour and slightly more tangier than other types of Vollbier (full beer). The range is huge, and the brewery kicks out around 27 different beers including all you favorites.
The brewery which is still based in the same place as their name in Germany has been brewing wonderful beers since the late 1800’s. This pilsner beer is 4.8% ABV and is clear, pale golden color with fine, creamy foam with a hop taste with a subtle note of bitterness. If you are visiting the city why not join the brewery tour and really soak up the history.
One thing is for sure that many of the breweries that brew these fantastic beers state that they do not compromise when it comes to brewing following the German purity law which underlines the fact that the beers mentioned in this article are high quality.
I hope that you enjoy tasting some if not all these wonderful German beers and please leave a comment below and let us know which is your favourite brand or any brands that we need to add.
Data supplied by: Ipsos; IFAK; GfK Media and Communication Research