Barely a drink is the subject of so many myths and errors as it is about beer. From the ominous “beer belly” to the “seven-minute pils” to the rule “beer on wine” – so I thought I’d try it and solve ten of the most common mistakes:
Beer consumption leads to the “beer belly”
The fact is: a Pils beer, for example, has fewer calories than a comparable amount of apple juice, milk, wine, sparkling wine or spirits. A study by London University College showed that men are unaffected by beer consumption and obesity. For women, the results are even more remarkable: Women who drink moderate beer, on average, are even slightly thinner than abstinent women, the study said.
Beer is above all a men’s drink
Wrong, because most women like to drink beer. A study by the Max Rubner Institute, the Federal Research Institute for Nutrition and Food, showed that 48 percent of women who enjoy alcoholic beverages prefer to drink beer rather than wine. Spirits and other alcoholic beverages are less well received according to the study. The study also showed that the sex issue is of no importance, especially among the 19-24 year olds, because in this age group both women and men like to drink beer when they enjoy alcoholic drinks.
“Beer on wine, let it be …”
This rhyme is still widespread, but it has always been wrong: its toast has its origin in the Middle Ages – it symbolized the social differences: beer was then considered a drink of simple stalls, wine, however, was reserved for an elite upper class. What everyone should be aware of: the quantity is important. Alcohol consumption in excess is harmful – no matter in what order.
A good beer takes seven minutes
The truth is: a fresh beer can and should be tapped in a maximum of two to three minutes. Too long a pin, beer loses a lot of carbon dioxide and is faster warm and stale. A beer is perfect if a clean, cold rinsed glass, held at an angle, to about two-thirds taped, briefly turned off and then taped with the artful putting on of a foam crown. Bottom up!
Beer is low in nutrients
Studies show that in addition to minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium, beer also contains various B vitamins and phytochemicals such as polyphenols, most of which originate from brewing malt and hops, or are formed by brewing yeast during fermentation. Although they are contained in beer only in diluted form and therefore in small quantities, in comparison with other alcoholic beverages, the content is relatively high.
Dark beer is stronger than pale beer
It is true that there is no fundamental connection between the color and the alcohol content of the beer. The darker color comes about only because other types of malt, such as dark or roasted malts, are used in beer brewing. These give the beer a more intense coloring and a different taste, but do not change the alcohol content automatically.
The Germans are European champion in beer drinking
It is true that the German brewers with more than 5,500 different beer brands and around 95 million hectoliters of annual production are “European champions”. In terms of per capita consumption, however, the Czechs are at the top of the list in Europe: they consumed by far the most beer with 144 liters last year. Germany ranks second in terms of per capita consumption in 2017 with about 107 liters on par with Austria.
In Germany there are fewer and fewer breweries
Not correct! In the last ten years, the number of German breweries has risen from 1,311 breweries (2007) by over 70 farms to 1,382 breweries (2017). While the number of smaller bakeries and butcheries in Germany is decreasing, the number of small breweries (with up to 5,000 hectoliters of annual production) is increasing. In Germany, this will bring a brewery to 264 square kilometers. The brewery density is ten times higher than in the USA.
There are fewer and fewer different beers
On the contrary, anyone watching the market realizes that the brand diversity of German beers is increasing. With regard to the unique brewery and beer variety in Germany, it can be assumed that there were around 5,000 different beers on the German beer market at the turn of the millennium. In the last ten years alone, around 70 breweries in Germany have been added. The Brewer Association estimates that there are now more than 5,500 different beer brands in Germany alone and with a market share of more than 50 percent Pils is still dominating consumer popularity, followed by exports and wheat beer.
Beer is beer
The German beer market is becoming ever more diverse and continues to gain momentum. Every week at least one new beer makes it to the market. More and more hops-flavored, aroma-intensive specialty beers of a new type (so-called “craft beers” – brewed mainly according to the almost 500-year-old Purity Law) enrich the variety. Nowhere is the beer market as varied as in Germany, in no other country do consumers have a wider choice. German beer drinkers could theoretically try a different beer every day for more than 15 years – and would not have to taste it twice.
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