germany legal beer drinking age...

Apr 3rd, 2005, 11:09 AM
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germany legal beer drinking age...

does anyone know the legal age for beer drinking in germany?
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 11:42 AM
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Five??
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 11:46 AM
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Easy question

Beer, Wine = 16 years

Have fun!
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 12:19 PM
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I was once told if you could reach your money up on the bar, you were old enough? Oh, how times have changed.
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 02:48 PM
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From the number of young, drunk kids we saw on our trip 2 years ago, I'd say Patrick is pretty close to the mark.
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 03:10 PM
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Its slowly improving. Police cant be everywhere. Fines for selling to kinds are in place, but hardly enforced in supermarkets. So they buy the stuff and drink at home... Maybe not all parents act responsable and many dont see the problem.
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 03:33 PM
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Is that age 16 for beer of any strength? Some of the (better) local brews get up to 20% and above.

How about for distilled spirits?
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 05:43 PM
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Which beer has 20% alcohol?
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 05:57 PM
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From Samuel Adams:

Utopia 25%
Millenium 20%
Triple Bock 18%
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 06:14 PM
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Legal age for drinking distilled spirits is 18. If the drink contains them legal age will allways be 18, even if the mix contains less alcohol than ordinary beer or wine. If you ve got a 20% brew, its likely some alcohol has been added after brewing. Bavarian beer is not above 9%.
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 06:31 PM
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Did you know that most German beers, like most American beers, average from 3.5% to 5% alcohol by weight? (by volume figures would be higher)

The average British beer tends to be somewhat weaker--typically in the 2.6 to 3% range for lagers, 3 to 3.5% for bitters, porters and stouts, and 3.2 to 4.0% for premium lagers and special bitters.

Of course, the USA, Britain and Germany (and other countries) have various special brews with higher alcohol content.

I'm not including light "beer" in this discussion.

The Belgians seem to like beers with higher alcoholic content.

I had my first beers in Germany when I was 13. Bamberger Rauchbier was the first I ever tasted.
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 08:25 PM
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My daughter was able to buy a drink and get into a nightclub in Germany when she was 15. She ordered a Radler (?) which I understand is a beer/lemonade type drink. There were other groups of students in the club and they were all drinking red bull and vodka. No ID's were checked.
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 08:52 PM
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The reason why drinking age is hardly enforced anywhere in the world except US and Canada is that driving when toxicated is not a serious problem in other developed countries. Neither is firearms widely available.

Societies can tolerate some drunken teens who don't do much worse than a brawl or fistfight. People then go home by bus/train/taxi whatever. It's not the same here in US/Canada. If drinking age isn't enforced, you'll have carnages on the road every Friday and Saturday night everywhere you go.
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Apr 3rd, 2005, 09:12 PM
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Hey, if you can buy a big mac and a beer I wouldn't worry about any drinking age.
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Apr 4th, 2005, 04:14 AM
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thanks all, for your interesting feedback on this topic. very helpful and entertaining too! best, jfm
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Apr 4th, 2005, 07:15 AM
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"The reason why drinking age is hardly enforced anywhere in the world except US and Canada is that driving when toxicated is not a serious problem in other developed countries"

That's because there are serious penalties for driving while intoxicated.
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Apr 4th, 2005, 07:22 AM
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OK, time for my political bandstand.

I was only half joking about the age five drinking limit. I constantly see parents pouring some beer or wine out for younger kids at a family meal in Europe. I think that's a major part of why when they reach a legal age, it's now such a huge thing.

My experience has been that the more strict parents in the US are about abosolutely no drinking, the more "wild" the kids become when they reach legal age. Drinking in my home was never a big issue, it was a huge deal to my best friend. When we went off to college and he was away from his parents, he went wild, getting drunk almost every night. It was no big thing to me and I didn't get this urge to get drunk.

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Apr 4th, 2005, 07:24 AM
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Duh. Note to self: learn to use the preview button.

I meant "it's NOT such a huge thing." --not "it's NOW such a huge thing". What a difference one letter makes.
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