Wines and Beers from Germany

Germany is very popular as a developed country with high standards of living.

Germany, which is officially called as the Federal Republic of Germany, is located in the central-western part of the European Continent.

With its capital city as ‘Berlin’, Germany is covering a larger area of 357,021 square kilometres.

This country is found to be very famous for several things like universities, healthcare system, social security, and much more.

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So, by now, you might be curious to know what Germany holds for wine and beer lovers.

Let’s have a quick look at the wines and beers from this sovereign state here…

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Wines from Germany

Although beer is the national alcoholic drink of Germany wine is also becoming more and more popular in several parts of the country.

In the whole Germany, wine is found to be produced primarily in the Western Germany and almost 60% of the country’s total wine volume is coming from the single state Rhineland-Palatinate state.

With about 252,000 acres of vineyards, the country is contributing around nine million hectolitres of wine every year.

Thus, it has secured the eighth place as the largest wine-producer in the globe.

When it comes to wine styles, the country is producing rosé, red, and white wines in the following styles:

  • Dry
  • Semi-sweet
  • Sweet
  • Sparkling

Of all these, white wines are predominantly produced and are accounting for almost 2/3rd of the country’s total production.

Wine Regions of Germany

It is to be noted that the wine regions of Germany are among the most northerly wine regions in the world and the search for the suitable grape variety led to the discovery of Riesling – the white grape as the most suited variety for Germany.

In addition, we can also find several crossed varieties across the country.

When it comes to regions, the country has a total of thirteen defined regions (Anbaugebiete) for the production of quality wines. The defined regions are:

  • Ahr
  • Baden
  • Franconia
  • Hessische Bergstraße
  • Mittelrhein
  • Mosel
  • Nahe
  • Palatinate
  • Rheingau
  • Rheinhessen
  • Saale-Unstrut
  • Saxony
  • Württemberg

Apart from these 13 regions, a number of regions are found to be involving in the production of table wines and country wines in Germany.

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Beers from Germany

Beer is found to be an important part of German culture and the country remains the world’s third highest in the beer consumption per person.

When it comes to beer production, we can see that the country is sticking onto the traditional ‘Reinheitsgebot’ – the German beer purity law.

According to the original law, the beer should be produced only from the following ingredients:

  • Water
  • Hops
  • Malt

After the discovery of yeast, it has been added as the fourth legal ingredient for the German beer production.

One more ingredient which is permitted for use is sugar and can be added to the top-fermenting beers. The law also states that the beers that are not produced using barley-malt should undergo ‘top-fermentation’.

When it comes to alcohol levels, most of the German beers would have an alcohol content of 4.7 to 5.4%.

The alcohol levels can reach up to 16% in some special beer types like Bockbiers and Doppelbock beers thus making them stronger than several wines.

Beer Styles in Germany

The different beer styles that are being produced in Germany are:

Wheat Beers

  • Weizenbier
  • Weizenbock
  • Roggenbier
  • Berliner Weisse
  • Leipziger Gose
  • Hefeweizen
  • Kristallweizen
  • Kottbusser

Pale Beers

  • Altbier
  • Export
  • Helles
  • Kölsch
  • Maibock
  • Märzen
  • Pilsener
  • Spezial

Dark Beers

  • Bock
  • Doppelbock
  • Dunkles
  • Schwarzbier

Unfiltered Beers

  • Kellerbiers
  • Zwickelbier
  • Zoiglbier

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