Starkbier is as the name suggest a strong beer. It is a legal generic designation for beers in which the original wort content is over 16 °P (degrees Plato). The alcohol level is between 5% and 10%. Most of them are seasonal.
In Munich, Starkbierzeit is called the 5th season. It is during Lent (From Ash Wednesday to Easter). Some are also available during the winter around Christmas time.
Lent is a period of fasting and reflection. Drinking liquid is not seen as breaking your fast. To help them get through Lent, monks started brewing strong beer as it is very rich and nutritious.
All major Munich breweries have their strong beer variety and their names end with “-ator” to make it sound holy.
Types of Starkbier
The following beers are classified as Starkbier
- Bockbier –
- Sticke – Dusseldorft style altbier
How to enjoy your beer
Strong beer is mostly served in a “Krug” but can also be served in a Willybecher (this is the standard beer glas)
Maibock is a very intense and aromatic beer and is served in a glass that tapers towards the top so that the aroma cannot escape too quickly. When in doubt, a “Pilstulpe” is a better choice than a normal cylindrical beer jug. A “Seidel” or Tankard with a bulbous shape is ideal. The ideal serving temperature is between 10 and 13℃
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