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The Best German Beers

Updated June 14, 2019 9.7k votes 2.2k voters 94.4k views80 items

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This is a list composed of the best German lagers and ales. These are the perfect beers to fill your pints and steins and chug down, waiting and ready for October to roll around.

Germany's 1,200 breweries produce over 5,000 differing brews, and are unmatched in the entire world. How do Germans make their beer taste so good? These beers come with a wider and stronger palette of tastes because they are not pasteurized like American beers are. Generally, tasting tips for German beers instruct you to drink slow, let it fill around your tongue, swish it around and let the nuances of each drink release in your mouth before you swallow. Relish in the aftertaste. Savor the flavor of some of the world's greatest beers!

Which beers go best with your frankfurters? Which beer goes best before your bratwurst? Which beer compliments after dinner specials? Which German beer is good for breakfast? This and much more will need to be discussed by you and your comrades who have traveled Europe and beyond.

Until you are able to get up the courage and the dollars to grab that German pint, let us vote and contribute to the top German beer list of all time. What makes German brews so strong and yet not overpowering? How does one balance a creamy head with light bubbles with a dark and heavy robe? Try some of the greatest beers of Germany listed on the best beers from Germany list and see for yourself. If that's not good enough for you...

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  • Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier1
    635
    131
  • Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Hell2
    192
    40
  • Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier3
    401
    69
  • Paulaner Original Münchner Premium Lager4
    431
    180
  • Weihenstephaner Festbier5
    399
    51
  • Spaten Münchner Hell6
    183
    59
  • Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse7
    152
    28
  • Krombacher Pils8
    197
    117

    Krombacher Pils

    4.8% alcohol
  • Erdinger Weissbier9
    344
    122

    Erdinger Weissbier

    5.3% alcohol
  • Augustiner Maximator10
    137
    35
  • Augustiner Vollbier11
    267
    76
    Augustiner Bräu is a brewery in Munich, Germany. Established in 1328,[1] it is Munich's oldest still independent brewery and produces some of Munich's most popular beers. The company is owned by the Edith Haberland Wagner Trust 51% and the Inselkammer-Family 49%.

    Augustiner Bräu does not have an advertising department. They only sell T-Shirts, Beer mugs and Caps at the Gate of the Brewery. They do no print, TV or radio advertising, although they do have a website. The Munich people consider it to be the last truly local brewery; it is sustained by the popularity of the Munich people.

    Augustiner Hell in the "classic" bottle

    Augustiner beer is normally found within the Greater Munich area, but in the last few years it has become popular outside Munich, for example in Berlin, where dozens of bars have it on sale. When most German breweries updated their bottles to a slim and more modern design to give their beer a more classy and less old fashioned appearance some ten years ago, Augustiner stuck with its original "classic" form, often nicknamed the "Bauarbeiterhalbe" (construction worker's half litre). The labels have also not changed in over 20 years. Its brands are among the most popular of Munich's beers, and the company regularly reaches an annual output of more than 95 million litres (2005).

    Augustiner Bräu operates a beer tent at the Oktoberfest, as well as owning one of Munich's largest beer gardens, the Augustiner-Keller at Arnulfstraße 52, and several traditional bars throughout the city. In recent years, Augustiner beer has become a popular drink in several bars in Berlin; however, the amount of Augustiner consumed in Berlin is still minuscule compared the amount consumed in Munich.

    In the record-breaking temperatures of the summer of 2003, the brewery refused to sacrifice brewing quality and traditional process to increase production, even though it could have sold more beer.[citation needed]

    It is imported into USA by Global Village Imports, LLC. of King of Prussia, PA. Since distribution is very limited, only Augustiner Edelstoff and Maximator are available.


  • Hacker-Pschorr Weiss Bock12
    118
    46

    Hacker-Pschorr Weiss Bock

    7
  • Flensburger Pilsener13
    96
    46
  • Augustiner Edelstoff14
    197
    52
  • Köstritzer Schwarzbier15
    116
    60
  • Bitburger Premium Beer16
    190
    131
  • König Pilsener17
    110
    72

    König Pilsener

  • Schneider Weisse Original18
    121
    61
  • Ayinger Weizen-Bock19
    59
    31

    Ayinger Weizen-Bock

    7.1
  • Veltins Pilsener20
    75
    52

    Veltins Pilsener

    4.8% alcohol
  • Ayinger Celebrator21
    127
    75

    Ayinger Celebrator

    6.7% alcohol
  • Dortmunder Premium Lager22
    69
    49
  • Spaten Octoberfest23
    226
    81

    Spaten Octoberfest

    5.9% alcohol
  • Schneider & Sohn Aventinus24
    80
    42
  • Spaten Franziskaner Weissbier Kristallklar25
    153
    72