Per capita consumption of beer in Germany 1950-2018

On average, Germans consumed 101.2 liters of beer per person in 2017. Despite the fact that this is probably the first beverage most of the world associates with Germany, not least because of the Oktoberbest in Munich, in the country itself consumption levels have been falling consistently since 1990.

Still active industry

Changing beer consumption may be due to a variety of reasons, among them the growing selection of other beverages available on the market, both alcoholic and not, prices, as well as lifestyle and health choices among the German population. Despite consumers drinking less and less beer, the industry is still active and breweries continue to be opened.

Beck’s most popular brand

Beer sales volume fluctuated during recent years, generally falling. Still, when Germans did buy beer, the most popular brands were Beck’s, Krombacher and Warsteiner.

Per capita consumption of beer in Germany from 1950 to 2018

Per capita consumption in liters
2018102
2017101.2
2016104.1
2015105.9
2014106.9
2013106.6
2012107.6
2011**109.3
2010107.4
2009109.6
2008111.1
2007111.8
2006116
2005115.3
2000125.6
1990*142.7
1980145.9
1970141.1
196094.7
195035.6
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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

Germany

Survey time period

1950 to 2018

Special properties

Incl. non-alcoholic beer

Supplementary notes

* Up to 1990, figures refer to West Germany only.
** From 2011 onwards, calculation based on census 2011

Due to new calculation methods the comparability of the per capita consume is limited.

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