One of Germany’s most successful breweries, Spaten is deeply rooted in Munich’s venerable beer-brewing tradition, yet it remains modern and dynamic.
Spaten has been a leading exporter of German beer for more than a century. We played a crucial role in establishing the present superior worldwide reputation for German beer. The basis of our continuously expanding export figures was a healthy pioneering spirit that led us to set up a network of committed import partners at an early date. Today people all over the world take pleasure in drinking original Spaten beers, not only in the neighbouring states of France, Austria and Switzerland, but also in Italy, Spain, Scandinavia and the United States.
German Purity Law
In 1516 Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria issued the so-called ‘Purity Law’, decreeing that from then on beer was only allowed to be brewed from malt, hops and water. Since then, Spaten has brewed its beers in strict adherence to the Purity Law – quality you can taste. The law is known as Reinheitsgebot.
The Raw Materials
The special quality of our beers is a matter of great concern to us. That is why we only use raw materials of the highest quality to produce our beers. Malt lends beer its richness of flavour and its colour. Malt for Spaten beers is obtained from barley grown primarily in Bavaria. We pay very close attention to the purity of its strain. Hops are the ‘soul’ of beer, lending the beer its distinctive bitter aroma. Our hops are grown in Hallertau situated north of Munich. They, too, are subject to stringent controls. Yeast supplies the fermentation that gives rise to alcohol and carbon dioxide. Spaten exclusively uses its own purebred strain of yeast. 90 percent of beer is made up of water. The water for our beers comes from our own deep wells and is especially noted for its purity.