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All you need to know about German beer culture

Drinking beer in Germany is about a lot more than donning a "Dirndl" and downing a "Mass" at Oktoberfest. Meet the Germans presenter Rachel Stewart reveals how to drink like a local — all year round!


Do you know what a "Wegbier" is? What do you do if you don't have a bottle opener at hand? In her first episode of Meet the Germans, presenter Rachel Stewart took a closer look at German beer culture.

Comic: Caricatures in various stages of inebriation or being "drunk under the table""
Beer is synonymous with German culture

Rachel Stewart is on a mission to investigate the quirks and idiosyncrasies of daily life in Germany. Every two weeks she explores a new topic — from beer to nudity to complicated grammar — and heads out to get some tips from the Germans themselves.

Stewart moved from the UK to Germany in 2016. As a relative newcomer, she casts a fresh eye over German cliches and shares her experiences of settling into German life.

You'll find more from Meet the Germans on YouTube or at dw.com/MeettheGermans, as well as on our new Instagram account.

Update: Since the filming of this video in 2018, the per capita beer consumption in Germany has declined: It is now at about nearly 90 liters per year, instead of more than 100 liters per year.

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