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Germany Is it against Bavarian law to alter beer recipes for export?

Discussion in 'Europe' started by glorth2, Feb 12, 2013.

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  1. glorth2

    glorth2 Oct 3, 2007 Pennsylvania

    Gruβ Gott. I'm having a discussion with a fellow yank and we are discussing the whole "is German beer sold in the US the same as German beer in Germany". I seem to remember reading some time ago that it was against Bavarian law to change a beer recipe in order to export it. Ie. the Salvator sold in
    München would be the same as Salvator sold in Philadelphia. Does anyone know for sure? Thanks.
  2. einhorn

    einhorn Nov 3, 2005 California
    Beer Trader

    I have never read or heard this before. The difference may be in pasteurizing, which can alter the flavor, but otherwise I see no need, or know of any law which prohibits altering a recipe.
  3. fineout

    fineout Apr 23, 2010 Rhode Island

    The Rheinheitsgebot doesn't actually apply to anything anymore, meaning its not against the law to brew anything that isnt going to kill you. the brewers are just stubborn and many consumers like reading "brewed according to Rheinheitsgebot".
  4. Domingo

    Domingo Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Not sure if they would consider it to be the same recipe, but certain German Beers that are sent over to the US are different than native versions. Kloster Ettal's Curator is the first one that came to mind.
    I might be imagining things, but I think even some mainstream exports from brewers like Paulaner and the like are tweaked for export. The fact that many are pasteurized could potentially necessitate minor changes.
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