Germany, home of Oktoberfest and a five-century-old brewing law, legendary brewers such as Ayinger, Andechs, Hacker, Paulaner and has given the world many beer styles to celebrate, Helles, Kolsch, Alt, Hefe and many more; and with such depth of skill and experience.
Beer is synonymous with Germany, and obviously 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 and malt as beer ingredients until its repeal in 1988, but still staunchly observed by many, especially in Bavaria, the original home. The order also required that beers not exclusively using barley-malts such as wheat beer must be top-fermented. Since 1993, the production of beer has been governed by the Provisional German Beer Law which allows a greater range of ingredients and additives. Famous brewing cities have give the beer world individual beer styles: Koln, Munich, Bamberg, Dusseldorf and Liepzig.
German brewers have given the world of brewing now classic well known Wheat beer styles; Weizen Weisse beers, as well as the Kolsch, Helles and Pilsener beers. But there are many more styles of beer available beyond those listed above; Altbier, Spezial, Marzen Schwarzbier, Dunkles, Rauchbier, Doppelbocks and Eisbock, all umbrellas for amazing beers and an amazing beer culture.
The Germans are behind only the Czechs and the Irish in their per capita consumption of beer.