Thin beer

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thin beer is a beer with an alcohol content of less than 2%, which corresponds approximately to an original wort content of 6%. It has similar properties to modern light beer .

Historical aspects

Traditionally, the term describes a slightly alcoholic grain brew (mostly not yet seasoned with hops) for domestic use as early as the Middle Ages ( Kovent ). This thin beer was consumed by all family members, including children, mostly with every meal or as beer soup , not least because of the lack of clean drinking water .

Later, in addition to private production, thin beer was also produced in breweries, mainly again for servants and poor people. This drink, also called Nachbier or edible beer , in northern Germany also called Cofent , was usually made by using the spent grain again after producing the normal "thick beer" to make another brew.

Disparaging term

In the past , thin beer used to be a derogatory term for poorly brewed beer with a low malt content. The term is also used to denote stale and spicy "fashion beers" or foreign beers (mainly of US origin).

Web links

Wiktionary: Dünnbier  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Georg Heinrich Zincke : General Economic Lexicon 6th Edition Leipzig 1800, Sp. 574