7 German Beers to Drink During the World Cup

The U.S. is out, but that doesn’t mean you should skip watching the 2014 World Cup final on Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern. Even if you don’t have a team still standing and even if you still don’t quite understand the World Cup elimination process  – you know, the one you have to relearn every four years — you can still appreciate any or all of these seven beers.

That’s right, seven: one for each of the goals Germany scored in its brutal rout of Brazil in this year’s semifinals. Head out this Sunday to catch the game and toast a few of the following summer-friendly German brews to sportsmanship.

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1. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

  • Type: Hefeweizen
  • 5.4 percent alcohol by volume

It may take you several times to pronounce this one correctly, but it’s well worth the trouble. Americans call it Hefeweizen, Germans call it Weissbier (“white beer,” according to the German Beer Institute). It doesn’t matter how you say it; it only matters that you drink it.

While hefeweizens are generally considered to be simple and refreshing, this particular brew — rated Beer Advocate’s top German beer  – “stands out for its complexities,” says Men’s Journal. Crafted with spices in a traditional brewery dating back to the year 725, this is a traditional taste that will never go out of style.

2. Erdinger Kristall

  • Type: Kristalweizen
  • 5.3 percent alcohol by volume

Literally translated as “crystal wheat,” the kristalweizen style of beer is described by the German Beer Institute as “a filtered pale Weissbier or Hefeweizen … it pours ‘crystal’-clear rather than yeast-turbid.”

Erdinger bills its Kristall offering as “a tasty thirst-quencher for hot summer days,” which perfectly suits our World Cup purposes. (Things to consider: You’re going to be surrounded by a sweaty heap of drunk bar patrons while you’re swigging it.) There is no better way to cool off and get a pleasant buzz on than with this crisp Bavarian specialty.