Germany is the largest beer drinking country and the second largest beer producer in the world, boasting of 1,300 breweries and 5,000 types of beer. According to official statistics, each German drinks 138 liters of beer a year, and Germany can consume up to 6 million liters of beer a year. There is no nation in the world that loves beer more than Germans. The Oktoberfest, which grandly takes place in October every year, always attracts worldwide attention. As a country that emphasizes rules and discipline, Germany also legislates for beer. In 1516, it promulgated the German Beer Purity Law, which stipulated that German beer could only be brewed with barley malt, hop, water and yeast. Therefore, German beers have become synonymous with pure beer for recent 500 years. Although the purity law was later revised for several times, the basic spirit of strictly restricting the raw materials was carried forward. Nowadays, as many as 6,000 kinds of German beers are made from four basic ingredients (water, malt, hop and yeast) through different combinations and brewing methods.
German beers are brewed based on a strict ratio of raw materials, with malts taking up 50%. This shows that German beers are mainly based on malts which give German beers a sweetness and fragrance of malts. The purity of malts produces a unique quality of German beers, whose taste changes with time.
German has hundreds of years of history in developing beer brewing craft. After more than 168 hours of fermentation, the malts produced have a strong aroma, a delicate taste and rich foams which can last for more than 5 minutes. At present, two top universities in Germany have offered courses on brewing technologies. Its internationally leading brewing technologies not only attract many international beer masters to learn beer brewing skills, but also provide technical assurance for high-quality German beers.
Craft beer is enjoying great popularity – more than a third of Germans (36.5 percent) have already tried it (among regular beer drinkers, the figure is 49 percent). The specialty beers are particularly popular among men. According to the survey, almost every second man in Germany (47.1 percent) has tried craft beer at least once. The popular beverage is also very appealing to young people – more than half of 25 to 34 year-olds indicate that they have tried craft beer at some time.
Krombacher is Germany's largest privately-owned beer group company. Its beer brand "Krombacher" is the second-ranked beer brand in Germany's top-selling beer list, which tastes smooth and sweet, and has a special smell of hops
This German brand of craft beer adopts the ancient brewing process for the production of high-wheat low-alcohol beers developed from 1422. The brewery is still not fully industrialized with more than 80% of traditional hand-made processes retained. Without prejudice to the flavor of beers, ancient methods are used to prevent the excessive damage to human body caused by excessive alcohol and higher alcohol.
Erdinger, commonly known as white beer, is the German beer with the largest sales volume in the world. It sells well in more than 80 countries and enjoys the reputation of "Wheat King" in Germany. Unlike other wheat beers, Erdinger is filtered before bottling and has a stable quality even if it is kept for a long time