Famous German Beers
Germany is a country that is world famous for its beer with a brewing history as far back as 800 years ago. German beers are traditional, well balanced and simple with wholesome and clean favors. German beers differ from other beers mostly because they still follow the traditional beer brewing process using malt, hops and basic water alone to make the beer without any additional ingredients.
Due to the crispness and it being perfectly balanced German beers can be consumed in large amounts together with eating cured meats, sausages and cheese. There are basically dozens of types of beer that can be found along the many different regions of Germany. Below is the list of famous German beers.
Helles are full-flavored and full-bodies with a golden color and tastes like lightly toasted grains. This style emerged in Munich during the 1800s and was brewed by Spaten brewery mainly to compete with the more famous German beer, the Pilsner. Some brand names of Helles are Weihenstephaner Original, Hacker-Pschorr Münchener Gold, Augustiner-Bräu Edelstoff and Spaten Premium Lager.
Pils, commonly referred to us Pilsner, is the most favored type of beer all over the world. A Pilsner is a lager beer with dry but crisps and refreshing taste. Pils have a pleasant and balanced malty flavor with a bitter herbal taste and a hint of floral aroma. Pilsners were originally invented by the Czechs during the 19th Century. Germans saw the popularity of the Pilsner and thus brewed a similar although a bit hoppier and drier beer and called it Pils. Famous brands of Pils are Klosterbräu Pilsner, König Pilsener, Spaten Pils.
Hefeweweizen is a cloudy ale brewed using wheat as its main ingredient. Aside from wheat, Hefeweizens are brewed using hops, grains and pure yeast. Famous Hefeweizen beer brands are Ayinger Bräu-Weisse, Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb and Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Naturtrüb.
Marzens are copper-colored lager with a and initial clean yet malty taste and a dry finish. It is medium bodied and is the type of beer that is mainly consumed at Oktoberfest, a world famous and important German beer celebration month. Famous Marzens are Hofbräu Oktoberfest, Spaten Oktoberfest, Allgäuer Oktoberfest and Ur-Märzen.
There are also other German darker beers such as Dunkel which has a higher alcohol content than most German beers, Schwarzbier which is a very dark lager with a rich taste and relatively low alcohol content and Bock which a tastes like Cognac and high alcohol content.
There are also regional specialty beers such as Atbier, Berliner Weisse, Rauchbier , Kölsch and Gose .