In 1947, supplies of foreign Lager reappeared, initially principally from Denmark and Holland. Those from Germany would take longer to arrive, for the simple reason that in the parts of West Germany occupied by the British and Americans commercially brewing wasn’t allowed for several years.
One thing is very obvious when looking at the Lagers imported after WW II: many foreign breweries were making beers specifically for the UK market. How do we know that? Because of the low gravity. No continental brewery, other than in Czechoslovakia, brewed Lagers under 1040º.
You can see here how the post-war style of Lager is starting to coalesce: a pale beer with a gravity in the low-1030ºs. This is the type of beer that became the nation’s favourite in the 1980s. Though by the 1970s, most Lager, even things like Carlsberg and Heineken, were being brewed locally.
More surprising are the German Bocks, which must have been hideously expensive, being both very strong and imported. There can’t have been a huge market in the UK for such beers.
The two Pilsner Urquell beers are clearly the 12º and the 10º. Quite odd to see the latter being exported, though I suppose it fitted in better with UK strength expectations.
A lot of Lager was still being sold in bottled form immediately after the war. But as the 1950s progressed, draught Lager would become increasingly more common. By the early 1960s, draught Lager was the norm rather than the exception.
|Bottled Foreign Lager after WW II|
|1950||Lowenbrau||Germany||Pale Bock Beer||Bock||1067.9||1013.9||7.06||79.53%||7.5|
|1950||Tucher||Germany||Tucher Pils Lager||Lager||1055.1||1014.4||5.29||73.87%||15|
|Whitbread Gravity book held at the London Metropolitan Archives, document number LMA/4453/D/02/002.|