The Beers and Breweries of Denmark
Germany and Belgium are not the only European countries with a deeply ingrained passion for beer – Denmark has had a long tradition and culture of brewing their own since the Viking age. There was a variety of beer and every town and municipality would have their own brewery. And even if in the 20th century there was the monopoly of beer giants Carlsberg and Royal Unibrew, there were still microbreweries that continued to flourish in the countryside. Today, there is a so-called “beer revolution” in the country with microbreweries popping up all over, producing hand-brewed beer in different ranges and processes. There are a number of them that can be visited on arranged tours (and you can check with local tourist information offices for more information on this). Some of the most notable ones include Brockhouse, Amager, The Beer Factory, Norrebro, Herslev, Refsvindinge and Bogedal.
Here are some of the most popular types of beer in Denmark:
Pilsner. The most common type of beer, it is characteristically very pale with about 4.6% alcohol content.
Munchner. A caramel-tasting dark lager which uses pilsner malt.
Guld. It has a higher alcohol content than the classic and the pilsner, golden-colored and sweet.
Porter/Stout. Typically has 7-8% alcohol content, it is a bottom-fermented beer usually served in Danish pubs.
Hvidtol. The name means “white beer” but it usually comes in two kinds- the pale and the dark. This traditional Danish beer has a low alcohol content (around 2%) and is made from kilned malt.
Julebryg. Seasonal beer (usually produced around Christmas) which is typically malty and varies in alcohol content and color.