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Germany is known as the home of beer, and there are a number of reasons why that assertion is true. The East European country is the home to a plethora of beer gardens and different brands of beers. However, there are a number of rules and regulations that you need to adhere to when ordering so that you don’t come across as a foreign fool! Here’s how to order a beer in Germany.

Know the beer that you want.

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German breweries offer us a wide variety of beers from around Bavaria. By law, breweries are only allowed to use four ingredients: water, grain, hops and yeast. As you would expect, there are different types to order: a light beer called “Helles“, a pilsner translated as “Pils” and dark, white and bock beers going under the monikers “Dunkeles“, “Weissbier” and “Bock und Doppelbock” respectively.

Pick a beer garden and know the rules!

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German beer gardens are superb. However, upon your arrival to these vast areas of drunken goodness, make sure that you don’t sit on a table with a brass plaque-that the table is a Stammtisch, the meeting place for a group of regular drinker, and you can bet your bottom euro that they will want their chair upon their arrival.

Don’t stare at the lederhosen.

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German’s are famous for their quirky taste in clothing, and it doesn’t come much stranger than lederhosen. So make sure you don’t laugh at their attire; otherwise, you might find yourself standing at the bar waiting for a long time to get served.