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Should you ever be confronted with the daunting wall of dozens of different beers with completely incomprehensible names that any foreigner can face in any German supermarket, fear not. Have a printed version of this node handy.

alkoholfrei
alcohol-free
Alt
dark beer
-ator
A beer name with the "-ator" suffix, such as Imperator, Kulminator, Impulsator or Kuselator is a special brew, usually Doppelbock.
Bock
strong, dark beer
Doppelbock
stronger, darker beer (double Bock)
dunkel
dark
Export
Beer brewed for exportation. Pils is better.
Hefeweizen
unfiltered wheat beer
hell
clear
Kölsch
clear, light beer from Cologne
kristall(klar)
(with wheat beer) crystal clear, that is, filtered
Pils, Pilsener, Pilsner
the most regular type of brew
Premium
No real meaning. Just advertisementspeak.
(natur)trüb
(with wheat beer) unfiltered
Weizen, Weißbier, Weiße
wheat beer

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