Wow, this is an interesting topic. You might be thinking “ok, this is a bit of a niche topic” but boy are you so so wrong. Your naivety almost makes me laugh.
Beer is such an important part of German culture not only because of the ability to get drunk but actually, the history of beer in Germany dates back hundreds of years and the brewing in some parts of Germany is just a magnificent art of perfect ratios and impeccable facilities. The art has been perfected over the years and yes, it is most definitely an art.
Whilst we are talking about the extensive history of beer, I want to cast you back to 1040. You are in the origin place of the world’s oldest brewery. You are in Weihenstephan. Now a part of modern-day Bavaria. This brewery is home to Kloster Weihenstephan. Where I am going with this is that Bavaria is essentially the birthplace of beer and if you truly want to experience a real beer that is the region you should be buying from.
Bavarian beer is usually slightly more alcoholic between 5% and 6% alcohol. One of the more popular ones is Augustiner (6%) which is one of the best of the bunch; it is basic yet so good, described as “pale, sweet, malty, buttery and of medium carbonation”. It’s also one of the only breweries still storing their beer in wooden barrels. Another top-notch Bavarian beer is Paulaner (6%) which is one of the newer breweries of the group being founded in 1624 (a bit of a latecomer). It’s a full beer with some fruity and dark toffee richness.
I can’t list all the many great beers coming out of Bavaria, but I hope that even if you had no clue that Bavaria was such a prevalent beer-making region, that you have come out with some knowledge about what beers to try and why the Germans are so skilled at their art of brewing.
If you enjoyed this then I’d definitely consider heading over to my other blog post about Oktoberfest to learn about that side of the “beer culture” in Germany.