It's a topic close to my heart. On one tour of Franconia I asked about lagering times at every brewery I visited. I think the shortest time was 6 weeks and the longest 16 weeks.
Turning to the DDR, the shortest time was given to Aubi, non-alcoholic beer. Just 3 days minimum. Though I'm surprised they bothered lagering it at all. Next shortest were the low-alcohol beers Eifachbier Dunkel and Doppel-KarameI. Which makes sense.
Lagering time is one of the distinguishing factors between Edel-Bräu Hell and standard Hell. The former spending twice as long lagering. We see exactly the same difference between the posh Pilsners and the standard Deutsches Pilsner.
Rather surprisingly, pale and dark Bock only got a maximum of 30 days. Which seems odd. Usually strong beers get the longest lagering.
|1980 DDR lagering times|
|Type||Standard time days||min time days|
|Deutsches Pilsner Spezial||50||30|
|Weißer Bock or Bockbier Hell||30||18|
|Dunkler Bock or Bockbier Dunkel||30||18|
|1980 TGL 7764, page 8.|
I've just noticed that I almost all the examples of Edel-Bräu
Hell labels I have are pretty much identical, save for the brewery name. The label for this type seems to have been standard everywhere.