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Also known as the “German Purity Law” of 1516 that placed a regulation on the production and solicitation of beer in Germany.

Spaten beer has been crafted according to the Reinheitsgebot since 1516.

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The Reinheitsgebot was introduced in part to prevent price competition with bakers for wheat and rye. The restriction of grains to barley was meant to ensure the availability of sufficient amounts of affordable bread, as the more valuable wheat and rye were reserved for use by bakers.

The Reinheitsgebot formed the basis of legislation that spread slowly throughout Bavaria and Germany. Bavaria insisted on its application throughout Germany as a precondition of German unification in 1871, to prevent competition from beers brewed elsewhere with a wider range of ingredients. The move encountered strong resistance from brewers outside Bavaria. By restricting the allowable ingredients, it led to the extinction of many brewing traditions and local beer specialties, such as North German spiced beer and cherry beer, and led to the domination of the German beer market by pilsener style beers.

Today, even after the
Reinheitsgebot has been lifted, Spaten still remains compliant with the purity law.




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Located in Southern Germany with a population of 1.35 million, Munich, the capital city of Bavaria, was founded in 1158.