Top German Beer Styles


German beer has a rich history and one that has a range of styles and textures. It is all about understanding what German beer is all about and one of the most recognized beer styles is the German Pils. The average drinker will not be able to tell between the different beer types and that is fine. For most, the nuances are subtle and they will not even be able to tell which one is which. Yet, this is now how the brewing industry works in Germany. It is far more complicated than this. There are layers upon layers of lagers and ales that are available on the market. Let’s take a glance at some of the examples out there when it comes to different German beers.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

When it comes to wheat beers, it just does not come better than what the Bavarians are able to bring to the market, They understand wheat beers better than anyone else, after all they founded it! This beer is unique because it is of the foggy variety and has an interesting yeast-like aroma to it. These beers are for those who are traditionalists and prefer the olden stuff to what is presently being brewed.


There are a range of Pilsners on the market. They are known for being refreshing and crisp on the tongue. There is a little bite to these beers after they have been consumed and this is a noticeable feature.

Einbecker Ur-Bock

Einbecker Ur-Bock Hell

There are a few “Bocks” on this list and the first one is this one. It has a malty style to it and is darker in comparison to anything else out there. This is one of the finest examples on the market for those who are searching for quality Bock.

Spaten Oktoberfest

This is one of the sweeter beers in Germany. It is adored by those who have a sweet tooth because it has a nice, crispy feel to it. This is generally reserved for the fall and early spring. There is a year-round option that is produced by Paulaner.

Paulaner Salvator Doppel Bock

This is one of the next bocks on the list and is richer and darker than any of the others. The main feature of these bocks has to do with how rich they are with a hint of sweetness and this is one of the best examples of this lager.

Ayinger Bräu-Hell – Maibock or Helles 

This is a more pale colored bock in comparison to the other options that have been listed in this list of German beers. It still has a malty taste to it, despite being lighter in color. Pilsner created this in answer to what was being provided by Bavaria.

Goose Island Summertime

This Kolsch entry is actually brewed in Chicago, which might not go down well with the nationalists. After all, how can an American brewed beer make it onto a German list? Yet, this is one of the finest Kolsch style beers on the market and is brewed in Cologne too. It is one of the few that is out there and can be difficult to find for enthusiasts. It is different to other options out there because of how it is brewed with ale yeast, despite aging like a lager.

Alaskan Brewing Co. Amber

This is a high-quality alrt brewed in Germany and is generally reserved for those inside the country. It is near impossible to find it anywhere else in the world. It is subtle in comparison to other options and has an amber color to it. There is a bit of a ‘malty’ feel to it, but there is barely any hops aroma. It is definitely one of the most bitter options out there.

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier

This is translated to be a “smoke beer” and this is unusual in comparison to everything else that has bee nlisted. It is close to the Oktoberfest in taste and feel, but not quite. It certainly is sweet and malty, but there is a smoke flavor to it that cannot be matched. It is definitely out of left field when it comes to the taste profile. Some have called the taste to be akin to leather.

Berliner Kindl Weisse

The final beer on the list is this one and it is another ‘unusual’ option. The ingredients contain soured grains and this causes it to have a tangy profile to it.  It is certainly one of the more refreshing options out there. Most individuals prefer to add a bit of fruit to this, but others prefer it independently.