This is a list of brewing companies in Germany. Beer is a major part of German culture. For many years German beer was brewed in adherence to the Reinheitsgebot order or law which only permitted water, hops, yeast and malt as beer ingredients. The order also required that beers not exclusively using barley-malts, such as wheat beer, must be top-fermented.[1]

Since 1993, the production of beer has been governed by the Provisional German Beer Law which allows a greater range of ingredients (only in top-fermenting beers) and additives that have to be completely, or at least as much as possible, removed from the final product.[2]

Brewing companies in Germany

A view of the older parts of the Karlsberg brewery on Karlsbergstraße
Krombacher Brauerei

Best-selling brands

The Beck's Brewery in Bremen, Germany
Top ten best-selling German beer brands (2011–2012)[3]
Brewery Output in 2012 in million hectolitres Location
Oettinger 5.89 Oettingen
Krombacher 5.46 Kreuztal
Bitburger 4.07 Bitburg
Beck's 2.78 Bremen
Warsteiner 2.77 Warstein
Hasseröder 2.75 Wernigerode
Veltins 2.72 Meschede
Paulaner 2.30 Munich
Radeberger 1.91 Radeberg
Erdinger 1.72 Erding

See also


  1. ^ "Vorläufiges Biergesetz". Archived from the original on 9 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-04.
  2. ^ "492 Years of Good Beer". Der Spiegel. 23 April 2008. Archived from the original on 11 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
  3. ^ "Inlandsabsatz der führenden Biermarken in Deutschland im Jahr 2020" at Statista, 2013.