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Denmark as a beer nation

An Introduction to Danish Beers

Beer, which is continuing to be in the first spot as the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage in the world, is also believed to be the oldest of all alcoholic beverages out there.

Beer is also the third most highly consumed drink only after the essential water and coffee.

Beer, which is got from a special process called ‘brewing’, is produced in larger quantities to the extent of deciding a nation’s economy in some countries.

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Denmark is one such wherein the beer production is carried out to a larger extent.

Here, let’s have an introductory look at the Danish beers now…

Which Beer Dominates in Denmark?

We could say that the ‘pale lager’ is dominating the whole Danish beer market by accounting for almost 95% of the total beer sales in the whole country.

This is a beer with a light pale to golden colour and a well-attenuated texture.

The history of this beer can be dated back to the mid-nineteenth century when pale ale brewing techniques were applied to the existing lager beer processing methods.

As a result of this brewing technique, we got drier, clean-tasting, and crispier beers with varying degrees of bitterness.

As such, the hop character of this beer would range from negligible to dry bitterness which is produced by the noble hops.

The manufacturing process of pale lagers may include the following ingredients:

  • Water
  • Pilsner malt
  • Noble hops
  • Rice
  • Corn

Types of Beer in Denmark

Although pale lager is the major type of beer that is produced more widely by the Danish breweries, we cannot say that it is the only beer type produced in the country.

Some other beers have already started gaining popularity in Denmark, a trend which is driven by the growing market of premium-priced beers.

Also, several of the microbreweries in the country are some producing innovative beer types.

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Other common types of beer in Denmark

Classic Beers: This can be called as pale lager which is produced using malt only.

Gold Beers: These are the pale lagers with an alcohol content of about 5.7%.

Hvidtøl: This is a traditional type of Danish beer which will have around 2% alcohol.
Hvidtøl beers are the white beers which are malty and sweet.

Julebryg: These are the Christmas beers that would vary in their strengths and styles. Typical Julebryg beers would be malty with an alcohol content of about 6%.

Nisseøl: This can be called as sweet Hvidtøl. These are the dark beers which are much stronger than other Danish beers.

Påskeøl: These are the Easter beers which are usually pale lagers with an alcohol content of 5 to 6%.

Strong Lager: These are the pale lagers with an alcohol content of 6 to 8%.

Stouts and Porters: These are the innovative beer types that are produced by the microbreweries in Denmark.

India Pale Ales: This is another type of beer that is being produced by the microbreweries in Denmark.

What the Strength of Danish Beer Tells About the Tax?

When it comes to Danish beers, the strength of the beer is particularly important.

This is because; Denmark has a system for taxing beers based on their strength.

It is due to this reason we can observe that the strength of beers is consistent across all the breweries in Denmark.

According to the new taxing system of the year 2005, the beers with an alcohol content of less than 2.7% are tax-free.

For beers with an alcohol content of above 2.7%, taxes are charged at the rate of DKK 50.90 for every litre 100% alcohol.


Tharani Rajamanickam

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