Best German Beers

The debate about which brewery boasts the best German beer has raged for centuries.  German beer is both notoriously high quality and notoriously diverse.  Here’s a look at ten of the best brews Germany has to offer:

  • Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel. Doppelbocks are stronger than the other German bock beers (the “doppel” in the name is German for “double”), and are the pride of many German breweries. Andechser, brewed in Andechs as the name suggests, is medium-bodied and complex, and many consider it to be the finest of Germany’s doppelbocks.

  • Aventinus Weizenstarkbier. Much like the Andechser Doppelbock, Aventinus Weizenstarkbier has a high alcohol content and a dark amber color. This great German beer is intense and slightly spicy, with a bitter finish. Aventinus is brewed in Kelheim, Germany.

  • Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen. A home-town favorite of Germans during Oktoberfest (though unlike other Märzens, Paulaner Oktoberfest is brewed year-round), this malty, medium-bodied beer is perfect for autumn.

  • Ayinger Bräu Weisse. Perhaps the most typical of the German beers is the hefeweizen, or wheat beer. Like most hefeweizens, Ayinger Bräu Weisse is light and effervescent. This citrusy German beer, which is brewed in Aying, is a great example of the type and one of the best German beers.

  • Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. Another great hefeweizen is the more well-known Weihenstephaner. This cloudy golden beer routinely makes lists of the best German beers, and with good reason. Brauerei Weihenstephan is located in the Bavarian town of Freising.

  • Diebels Altbier. Altbier has its origins in Dusseldorf, and locals are fiercely loyal to their regional brew. Diebels is perhaps the best-known of these well-rounded, light-bodied beers. Diebels is a great balance of malty bitterness and smooth mouthfeel.

  • Päffgen Kolsch. Altbier can’t be mentioned without taking a look at its regional rival, Kolsch. Beer is technically only Kolsch if it is brewed in or near the city of Cologne. Päffgen is one of the best Kolsch beers, and carries with it the trademark light fruity taste of the brew.

  • Berliner Kindl Weisse. For those seeking a different kind of German beer, make sure to try Berliner Kindl Weisse. Berliner weiss beer originated in Berlin, and differs greatly from the traditional Bavarian beers. This beer is tart and light, and is normally served with sweet green or red syrup to balance the taste. Berliner Kindl Weisse is the best example of this unique beer.

  • Franziskaner Hefe-weissbier Dunkel. Franziskaner is an extremely popular brand of beer in Germany, and it isn’t difficult to taste why. Franziskaners are dependably high-quality beers, and none is better than the Franziskaner Hefe-weissbeier dunkel. This wheat, brewed in Munich, is dark and rich, and finishes dry.

  • Augustiner Helles. If you are looking for a sweeter, milder beer, Augustiner Helles is a good choice. This lager is light and golden, and extremely popular in and around Munich.  Any German beer that can win over the hearts (and tastebuds) of Munich’s picky residents must be among the best German beers.



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