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Tap water in Germany is perfectly safe to drink. In fact it frequently tests better than most bottled waters. Germans carry and drink vast amounts of bottled water too. Sparkling water, Mineralwasser or Sprudelwasser, is carbonated, natural or still water, Stilles Wasser, is not. They are available from every supermarket and corner shop as well as from specialised beverage stores, Getränkehallen, which also deliver.

Another popular drink in Neuss and elsewhere in Germany is a blend of apple juice and sparkling water, Apfelschorle. Fruit and vegetable juices are also highly popular and very regulated. German labelling regulations differentiate between fruit juice, Fruchtsaft, containing 100% fruit juice, either from concentrate or direct, nectar, Nektar, with 25% to 50% fruit juice and often sugars as well as fruit juice beverage Fruchsaftgetränk, which can contain as little as 6% real juice. Unfortunately this is often created with a generous dose of sweeteners and artificial flavourings.

A German soft drink specialty is a blend of cola and orange soda known as a Spezi and a local classic is a brand of cola registered in 1931 called Africola.

Alcoholic beverages can be found found in all supermarkets, corner shops and kiosks as well as specialist wine shops and even petrol stations. Hundreds of brands of beer are brewed in Germany, wines are available from many regions of the country as are several spirits. The beer in the region is a copper coloured brew known as old beer, Altbier or merely Alt, brewed from dark malts, which give it its characteristic crisp taste and colour.

By Vincent Green, Feb 11 2020

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture

Rochusstrasse 1
52123 Bonn

+49 228 242 526 27


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