We've moved on to the 1980 version. There have been quite a few changes Including the addition of several new styles. And the removal of several others.
The styles which have disappeared were all weaker, and mostly poorly-attenuated types: Jungbier, Braunbier, Malzbier. Einfachbier Hell and Malznährbier. Not such a surprise as these types of beer rapidly lost popularity after the war in both Germanies.
The new arrivals are more surprising. At the bottom end, there's Extra, which seems to be a lower-gravity Hell. Though it was a bit hoppier. Next is Edel-Bräu Hell. Which apart from having a lower minimum level of hopping, looks exactly the same as Hell. It also includes a word - "Edel" - specifically forbidden in 1960.
Two nre Pilsner variations have appeared: Deutsches Pilsator and Deutsches Pilsner Spezial. (There's another word forbidden in 1960.) Not sure what the difference between the two was, as the specs are identical. They were hoppier and a bit more attenuated than standard Pilsner. Pilsator was a cracking style. And included some of my favourite DDR beers.
Aubi - alcohol-free beer - seems very modern. I'm trying to remember if I ever saw it in the wild. Probably not, as Dolores didn't. Her comment was: "People would have said: what's the point in that? Why not just drink lemonade".
Really taking me by surprise were Märzen and Weizenbier. The former looks very similar to amber Bavarian versions. As for the Weizenbier, it's weaker than Bavarian versions, which are usually over 12º Plato. I've never come across any trace of these two types.
Finally, there's Diabetiker-Pils. Now this one was reasonably common. I know for sure that I drank at least one: Gothaer Diabetiker-Pils. It wasn't great. Then again, none of the the Gothaer beers were. My least favourite of the Thuringian breweries.
|1980 DDR Beer specifications|
|Type||OG Plato||apparent attenuation %||CO2-content % min||Isohumulone mg/l||NFR||Brand|
|Aubi||6.9 to 7.4||30 to 40||0.38||22 to 34||max 330||max 0.8|
|Dunke1 (Einfachbier)||5.8 to 6.2||55 to 65||0.35||3 to 11||min 2375||min 12|
|Weißbier||7.0 to 8.0||min 75||0.6||240 to 410||max 1.0|
|Extra||8.5 to 9.3||min 75||0.45||25 to 37||max 330||max 0.8|
|Hell||10.5 to 11.0||min 75||0.4||18 to 30||max 370||max 0.9|
|Edel-Bräu Hell||10.5 to 11.0||min 75||0.4||13 to 30||max 370||max 0.9|
|Dunkel (Vollbier)||10.5 to 11.0||min 75||0.4||18 to 30||min 2375||min 12|
|Doppe1-KarameIbier||11.7 to 12.3||—||0.42||3 to 10||min 3275||min 20|
|Schwarzbier||11.7 to 12.3||60 to 70||0.42||20 to 34||min 4025||min 30|
|Diabetiker-Pils||11.0 to 11.5||—||0.42||25 to 38||max 350||max 0.8|
|Deutsches Pilsner||12.0 to 12.5||min 75||0.4||25 to 33||max 330||max 0.8|
|Deutsches Pilsator||12.0 to 12.5||min 78||0.42||30 to 44||max 330||max 0.8|
|Deutsches Pilsner Spezial||12.0 to 12.5||min 78||0.42||30 to 44||max 330||max 0.8|
|Märzen||13.7 to 14.3||min 70||0.42||20 to 34||1075 to 1325||3.5 to 5.0|
|Weizenbier||11.5 to 12.0||min 75||0.5||10 to 25||max 370||max 0.9|
|Weißer Bock or Bockbier Dell||15.7 to 16.3||68 to 75||0.4||14 to 26||550 to 1075||1.5 to 3.5|
|Dunkler Bock or Bockbier Dunkel||15.7 to 16.3||65 to 72||0.4||12 to 24||min 2125||min 10|
|Deutscher Porter||17.7 to 18.3||min 64||0.42||35 to 50||min 4025||min 30|
|1980 TGL 7764, pages 9 - 10.|