There are 1,349 breweries, 12 styles of beer, and nearly 5,000 different beers on the market. The average German drinks 109 litres of beer annually. That puts us in second place in the world among beer drinking countries.
Only in the Czech Republic, whose citizens drink an average of 159 litres of beer (frequently of German origin) each year, is this frothy beverage even more popular. And nothing could be purer — it’s just water, malt, hops, and yeast. That is all that’s permitted in German beer. No sugar, corn, or rice, and of course no preservatives whatsoever. And just guess who ran away with the “World Beer Cup 2014?” That’s right, Germany. Nine gold, ten silver, and nine bronze medals. Yes, German brewers are good.
What accounts for the differences in beers?
What makes one beer taste better than the next? Is it the quality of the water, yeast, hops, and malt? “No,” says Marc-Oliver Huhnholz,