This is such good fun. I'm going to drag dozens of posts out of these DDR standards. Especially as I now have the documents for malt and hops, too. I'll be busy with this stuff for ages. Unless I get distracted again.
As you're probably aware, I have a really soft spot for DDR beer labels. Not just on account of nostalgia. Though getting a whiff of that lost world is part of the appeal. It's also the stripped back practicality. Just the information you really need - like the price - none of the superfluous bullshit you find on modern packaging.
And the colour coding, which makes life in the shop so much simple. Want a Hell? Just look for a yellow label. Though it wasn't just in the DDR this went on. How many Pilsners have predominantly green packaging? Carlsberg, Heineken and Grolsch spring to mind immediately.
|1960 DDR label colour by beer type|
|Type of beer||Commercial name||Label's Main colour|
|Einfachbier||Jung- und Braunbier||-|
|Köstritzer Schwarzbier||blue red|
|Deutsches Pilsner||pale green|
|Starkbier||Weisser Bock or Bockbier Hell||wine red|
|Dunkler Bock or Bockbier Dunkel|
|Deutsches Porter||carmine red|
|1960 TGL7764 page 8.|
Not sure why a couple of the weaker types have no colour specified. Or what the hell was going on with Vollbier Dunkel. I've labels in a variety of colours. But not one of them is "white blue"
Here are some example labels.