The Bavarian Purity Law for brewed beer is one of the oldest and best known food laws in the world. It is valid for all of Germany today. German Purity Law for brewing beer says that for brewing beer only water, hops, malt and yeast may be used.
The Bavarian Purity Law was proclaimed in 1516 and became the Imperial law in 1906. Less well known is the police regulation from 1706 for brewing beer in the region of the Lower Rhine.

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Purity Law for Brewed Beer

According to the German Purity Law for brewed beer, only hops, malt, yeast and water may be used in beer production. This is certainly one of the reasons why beer is still one of the most popular drinks in Germany.

Beer is drunk at parties, after work in the pub on the corner, in the brewery or at home. Beer is available in bottles, cans and in small party barrels, the so-called piter kegs (Piterfässchen).

But no matter where and from what you drink a beer, the beer should have one property. Beer should be pleasantly cool and not too cold. However, the consumption of beer in Germany is only permitted to people aged 16 and over.

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