ABK Beer
ABK Beer
ABK Beer

ABK BEER

Premium Bavarian Beer - Proudly brewing for over 700 years
ABK Beer
700 years brewing only the finest beers.

Our 700 year history is real. Our beers are the stuff of fairytale.

In 1308 the Aktien Brewery of Kaufbeuren, along with it's cellars, courtyard and barns, was donated to the citizens of Kaufbeuren by Henry Twinger, a wealthy local Baron. To ensure only the highest quality beers, The Kaufbeuren Brewers Guild was formed in 1325 making a declaration that all beers produced in Kaufbeuren could only use the finest barley, hops, yeasts and the purest local waters. All other ingredients were banned. The Aktien Brewery was for evermore known for their superbly crafted beers.

In 1516 Duke William IV enacted the Kingdom-wide declaration known as The German Beer Purity Law or 'Reinheitsgebot' – almost two hundred years AFTER the formation of the Kaufbeuren Brewers Guild. Even back in 1325 we were innovating – 200 years later we were still ahead of our time. 700 years after we first started brewing beer we are still going strong – ABK – The original craft beer.

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Hell

Hell

[5.0% ABV]

This is a light, bright and very satisfying beer.

Lightly golden with a bubbly, medium white head that steadily shrinks to a thin foamy lace, the aroma is soft and sweet with grain and very flowery hops.

The taste is full bodied grain with lots of green apple and light but persistent hints of pine and herbs, with a light bitterness that persists through to the finish.

Eminently satisfying.

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Hell

Edel

[5.8% ABV]

If you like a more malty beer with a lovely pillowy head, a deep gold colour and packed with malt, Edel is the one for you!

A pale straw color with golden hints and a velvety white frothy head which reduces gently to some light lacing. To the nose, Edel is mostly hops mixed with a biscuit sweetness and a freshly baked bread aroma with a hint of some sweet apples and pears.

On the tongue, you'll notice the slightly toasted malts and light floral hops which start with light biscuit malts, before a sweetness, to form a buttery bitter finish.

Easily drinkable. Crisp and refreshing.

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Rose

[2.8% ABV]

The ultimate summer time refreshment, Rose is a concoction of light ABK Beer and Organic Lemonade (brewed on-site) with a 100% natural rose colour.

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Schwarz

Schwarz

[4.9% ABV]

A dark, soothing, full-bodied beer. Warm hints of dark chocolate and liquorice, with a balanced and bitter finish.

Dunkel

Dunkel

[5.0% ABV]

Gloriously dark, rich and fruity aromatic beer. This wonderful top fermented beer is coupled with notes of caramel and dark chocolate. Munich is famous for its iconic 'Dunkels' and we think ours is right up there and represents ABK's roots and regionality.

festbier

Festbier

[6.0% ABV]

Our special Festival beer is brewed specially for Christmas season. The brewers' thank you to the faithful ABK beer drinker is traditionally this particularly substantial amber-colored special beer malt-stressed, bottom-fermented beer. Full bodied and full flavoured. Brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516.

Pilsner

Pilsner

[4.2% ABV]

A well balanced and full-bodied beer with a smooth aromatic hop taste. Intensive straw yellow colour with clear and glossy appearance.

Tettnanger hops for the fine aroma, complimented by Hallertau Select and Hallertau Herkules hops for a perfectly balanced, light, fresh and easy drinking beer.

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Kellerbier

[5.1% ABV]

Our Kellerbier is based on the oldest known recipe at ABK dating back to 1308

Kellerbier translates to “cellar beer,” an obvious reference to the cooler temperatures the beer is brewed and conditioned under

Hoppy and Malty in style and flavour

Radler

Radler

[2.8% ABV]

Radler comes from the word 'bicycle' and the need for a refreshing, less-alcoholic beverage on a bicycle ride through the Bavarian countryside.

The story goes that a German innkeeper was waiting for his cyclist visitors, when he found out that he didn't have enough beer, so he blended the remaining beer with fresh citrus lemonade.

The cyclists really liked the new drink, and so became Radler!

A 50/50 mix of ABK Edel and Organic Leo Lemonade also made by ABK.

Best served ice cold!

Hefeweizen

Hefeweizen

[5.3% ABV]

A top fermented fruity, aromatic and lively, full-bodied beer. With a wonderful honey yellow colour and a strong foam generation. Our wheat beer has a natural yeast cloudiness with a yeast sediment.

Easy drinking with soft floral flavours. Bavaria is famed for its Wheat Beers and ours is particularly easy drinking and highly regarded.

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Our Heritage

Surrounded by woods at the base of the Alps in one of Bavaria's most beautiful valleys, lies Kaufbeuren.

Once a Free Imperial Town, Kaufbeuren is very aware of its tradition and more than 1000 years of history. Medieval towers and walls, impressive houses, churches rich with art treasures, busy streets and quaint squares give the town its special, traditional, character.

In 1308 the Aktien Brewery of Kaufbeuren, along with it's cellars, courtyard and barns, was donated to the citizens of Kaufbeuren by Henry Twinger, a wealthy local Baron (the paperwork still exists in Kaufbeuren museum) and the Aktien Brewery soon became well known in the region for their superb beers.

Aktien brewery grew and proceeded to purchase other breweries in Kaufbeuren before becoming one of Bavaria's most important brewers by the 15th century.

To ensure only the highest quality beers would continue to be produced in Kaufbeuren, The Kaufbeuren Brewers Guild was formed in 1325 making a declaration that all beers produced in Kaufbeuren could only use the finest barley, hops, yeasts and the purest local waters. All other ingredients were banned.

This was almost 200 years before Duke William IV enacted the Kingdom-wide declaration in 1516 known as The German Beer Purity Law or “Reinheitsgebot”.

Under the watchful eye of legendary master brewer Zur Traube Güldenen in the 17th century, the Aktien Brewery mastered it's recipes that are still used today and was to become one of the very first breweries in Bavaria to produce the then “forbidden” wheat ales that had, until then, been brewed exclusively for Bavarian Royalty.

In 1799, Aktien purchased one of the last remaining breweries in Kaufbeuren, the Jonas Daniel Walch Brewery, for a price of 4,215 Guilders and subsequently purchased the other remaining Kaufbeuren brewery, the Rose Brewery, in 1987.

Today's stunning brewery buildings with deep cellars were built in 1807.

The brewery's popularity in Bavaria was again confirmed by a visit from His Royal Highness Prince Ludwig in 1901 who wanted to taste these legendary beers for himself.

Aktien Brewery dominated the world's beer competitions from the late 1800's, winning dozens of awards and Gold medals.

Today, the Aktien Brewery continues to exclusively use only the finest locally grown Hallertau hops and grains from the same local farms they have been using for over 700 years.

Now, Aktien beer is available internationally as 'ABK – Since 1308'

For more information, visit ABK Beer website at abkbeer.com.