About Lagers from Germany

About Lagers from Germany
Germany: A Matter of Purity There is good evidence that grain beverages were brewed by ancient Egyptian and Middle Eastern cultures, but many Europeans commonly credit the development of beer as we know it to Bavarian brewers of the 16th century. It is no surprise, then, that Germany exemplifies a beer-drinking nation with rich historical ties to many of the styles consumers still encounter today. Beer purity is a cornerstone of the German beer-making process. The Reinheitsgebot, or Beer Purity Law, originally stipulated the strict use of only water, barley and hops in brewing. The law was later modified to include yeast upon it’s discovery. German-brewed beer is still largely produced under this law. Germany’s strong regional brewing traditions have given rise to many popular beer styles. Hamburg is known for its dry pilsner-style lagers. Berlin specializes in tart Berliner weisse beer. Dortmund is world famous for its rich “export” lagers. Dusseldorf clings to its traditional alt beers, and Cologne continues to produce refreshing kölsch beers. Luckily for U.S. consumers, Germany remains the world’s largest beer exporter by a wide margin, making these regional styles—along with others like Munich helles-style lagers and weizen beers—available in the U.S. market. In recent years, German beer consumption has seen an uncharacteristic decline. The result of this decline has been a decrease in the number of commercial breweries in the country, though Germany still remains a major player in the beer industry overall.

Top Picks for Germany


Hofmühl Hell
97 points
Brilliant light gold color. Floral, sweaty, sulfurous, grassy, clean aromas of butter toasted multi-grain baguette with scrambled eggs, lemongrass tea, and sandalwood with a soft, crisp, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, short honeyed citrus peels, pepper bread toast, classic old world hop, and honeyed quince and melon finish. A brilliant, vibrant Helles with pinpoint precision and generous flavor.
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Hofmühl Privat Pils
94 points
Brilliant yellow color. Grassy, clean, toasty, herbal, floral aromas of nougat and saltines, buttery egg croissant, and spanakopita with a velvety, soft, fizzy, dryish medium body and a graceful, charming, medium-length cracked pepper crackers, mango slices, and fresh thyme finish. A spot on Pilsner with impressive drinkability.
Hofmühl Original Rother Kellerbier
93 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Yeasty, woody, herbal, grassy, fruity aromas of graham crackers, hawaiian roll, and honeyed bread with a creamy, soft, petillant, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length toffee hard candy, caramel apple, toasted whole wheat english muffin, and roasted nuts finish. A round and chewy Zwickl.
Sigwart Hell
93 points
Brilliant light gold color. Clean aromas of dried fruits, toasted banana nut muffin, egg croissant, and cedar wood chips with a velvety, soft, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, brisk praline, orange pepper, apple custard tart, and cornmeal finish. A crisp, malt-forward, appetizing Helles with instant appeal and flavorful crushability.
Hofbrau Munchen Oktoberfestbier
88 points
Old gold color. Aromas of bruleed lemon and hints of orange zest with a crisp, foamy, dry light body and a warming, brisk hints of peanut, fresh bread, and radish finish. A restrained Marzen with citrusy high notes.
Hofbrau Munchen Session Reduced Calorie Lager
88 points
Light yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of soft white bread, corn silk, lemon spritz, and toasty malt with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry light body and a smooth, snappy finish that shows suggestions of amaranth and salt. The crisp and balanced, easy-drinking light lager that quenches.
Wernesgrüner Brauerei Pils
88 points
Pale light gold color. Aromas and flavors of herb scone, cold cultured butter, and lemon zest with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length finish revealing notes of hints of caramel, minerals, and mustard greens. A rock-solid Pilsner with balanced bitterness and a lively, elegant style.
Hofbrau Munchen Dunkel Lager
87 points
Mahogany color. Aromas of corn soufflé, fresh cut grass, hints of caramel, and dried figs with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium chocolate taffy, pumpernickel bread, and toffee finish. A roasty, easy-drinking lager that’s a great cool-weather go-to.