Last updated: August 6, 2021

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Welcome to our big malt beer test 2021. Here we present all the malt beers we have tested. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of the customer reviews.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best malt beer for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy malt beer.




Summary

  • The most important info for many is that you can drink malt beer without hesitation, whether you are pregnant or not. It is also suitable for children. Below we explain why this is so.
  • Of course, the taste of the drink is also very important. We have included a link to a detailed malt beer test under Links and Interesting Facts.
  • Malt beer also contains many important vitamins and nutrients, but you should pay attention to how much you drink and not just drink malt beer. As the sugar content can also be quite high.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying malt beer

Can you drink malt beer during pregnancy?

You can drink malt beer during pregnancy without worrying or harming your baby. However, you should first be aware of what exactly a malt beer is.

Malt beer for breakfast is a good way to give your body enough energy in the morning. (Image source: pixabay.de / Monika Robak)

During pregnancy, you should pay close attention to what kind of malt beer you drink. There is "real" malt beer and malt drink. In everyday life we often say malt beer, but we mean malt drink.

By "real" malt beer we mean beer that is brewed according to the German Purity Law, but which, unlike many other beers, is significantly sweeter.

Malt beer actually contains 2.0% alcohol and is therefore unsuitable for pregnant women. Malztrunk, on the other hand, is harmless; it contains less than 0.5% alcohol and can therefore be drunk during pregnancy.

In Germany, however, you can hardly find "real" malt beer any more. If you go to a supermarket or order malt beer somewhere else, you will almost always get malt drink.

Also, malt beer does not contain any harmful ingredients and is suitable for pregnant women. It provides a lot of energy and contains important nutrients such as calcium, potassium and magnesium.

However, the myth that malt beer stimulates milk production cannot be proven. Although malt is good for milk production, malt beer does not contain enough.

Can children drink malt beer?

Again, the rule is, do you mean "real" malt beer or malt drink. Here, too, you can follow the same rule as for pregnant women.

Malztrunk is suitable for children, but malt beer is not. However, researchers warn here that children should not get used to the taste of "beer" too early and too strongly.

How much sugar does malt beer contain?

That depends on the malt beer and, of course, on the brand. Each brand has its own recipe. Here is a small table of different brands and varieties for a quick overview.

Brand Sugar content (in 100ml)
VitaMalz 10,9g
Karamalz 8,0g
Feldschlösschen Malz 8,9g
VitaLight 1,3g
Liebharts Bio-Malz 2,3g
Pinkus Bio Müller Malz 8,5g

The normal malt beers all contain similar amounts of sugar, there are only big differences between the organic and the light malt beers.

Some of these contain only 10% - 20% of the sugar content and are therefore somewhat healthier.

Is malt beer suitable for athletes?

With malt beer you get the benefits that a beer for sports could actually provide, namely many nutrients, cleansing of the kidneys and it contains important vitamins.

Nevertheless, you have to watch your consumption, because of the high sugar and calorie content.

However, if you are in the measuring phase, in which you need to eat a lot of calories, malt beer is beneficial. You also have the option of using a malt beer with less sugar if you don't want to have a calorie surplus.

How much does a malt drink cost?

Again, it depends on the type of beer. You have the choice between a normal, light, organic or non-alcoholic malt beer. Apart from the organic product, all the different types have the same prices in the cheapest category.

However, if you want to spend a little more and don't just want the cheapest, there are differences upwards.

The light malt beer is slightly more expensive than the other two due to its low sugar content, which is more complex to produce. Honey is often used as a substitute; honey is just as good as sugar for supplying energy.

The organic product is not only the most expensive in the cheapest category at €4.00 per litre, but also the most expensive at €20 per litre, although you can be sure that you are getting good quality.

The reason why the organic products are more expensive is of course the complex production process, no pesticides, no chemicals.

Type Price range (€ per l)
Normal 2,50€ - 3,50€
Light 2,50€ -6,00€
Bio 4,00€ -6,50€

What alternatives are there to malt beer?

Of course, this depends on why you are drinking malt beer. Do you want to take in calories to support your training?

Here, 3 different drinks are tested and how they would affect your athletic performance. Water, non-alcoholic beers and ISO drinks were tested here.

So there are several drinks that would probably be a better alternative:

product calories
milkshake 240kcal
smoothie 120kcal
fruit juice 90kcal
protein powder 200kcal

Nevertheless, with just under 90 calories, a malt beer is quite suitable as an energy source.

But you can also use other drinks for a quick energy supply, such as cola, club mate or energy drinks.

The same rule applies here as for many other foods that contain a lot of sugar. Consumption should be kept within limits and controlled!

Decision: What types of malt beer are there and which is the right one for you?

So if you're in the mood for a malt beer, you can choose between three varieties.

  • Normal malt drink
  • Malt beer light
  • Organic malt beer

The biggest differences here are the different amounts of sugar and the production method.

What distinguishes a normal malt beverage and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

A malt beer contains many nutrients and vitamins. It is also a very good source of energy.

Advantages
  • Many nutrients
  • Many vitamins
  • Good energy supplier
Disadvantages
  • Lots of sugar
  • Lots of calories

What distinguishes a light malt beer and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

The biggest difference here is the amount of sugar. Because it is lower in sugar, it is also healthier and still offers the nutrients and vitamins.

However, the short-term energy boost from the sugar is largely absent.

Advantages
  • Less sugar
  • Healthier
  • Fewer calories
Disadvantages
  • Worse rating for taste
  • Often unpleasant first sip

What distinguishes organic malt beer and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Here you can clearly emphasise the cultivation and the ingredients. It is much more environmentally friendly and better for the animal world and also for people.

Because organic malt beer often has a lower sugar content and produces this through natural sweetness, for example honey, it is also healthier.

Advantages
  • Environmentally friendly production
  • No pesticides
  • Often contain healthy alternative to sugar
Disadvantages
  • Somewhat more expensive
  • Not available everywhere

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate malt beers

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the different malt beers:

  • Production
  • Shelf life
  • Ingredients
  • Brand

In the following paragraphs we will explain what is important in the individual criteria

Production

The production of malt beer is actually always the same.

The production process is the same as for real beer, but fewer hops are used and yeast is added when the temperature is around zero, which is why no alcohol is produced. Since the malt sugar does not ferment.

Malt beer is produced slightly differently so that no alcohol is produced and the beer is pleasantly sweet. (Image source: unsplash.com / Carlos Blanco)

Shelf life

There is no difference in the shelf life of the different types of malt beer, as they are all produced in the same way.

All three types can be kept for a good 3 months. It doesn't matter whether they are stored in the fridge or somewhere else. Although we would advise a cooler place, for the taste.

Ingredients

As with real beer, there are ingredients that are used in every malt beer, namely:

  • Water
  • Barley malt
  • Carbonic acid
  • Hops (hop extract)
  • Sugar (or mostly glucose-fructose syrup)

However, carbonic acid may not be listed because it is more often produced during the brewing process and is therefore not added but rather a by-product.

However, because not every malt beer tastes the same, there are still other types of ingredients, only the base is listed above. Optional ingredients are:

  • Agave syrup
  • Apple juice concentrate
  • Spelt malt
  • Ammonia sugar liqueur

On the whole, however, the ingredients are not very different from each other.
The organic products usually use different types of malt, such as wheat, barley or spelt malt.

In addition, natural sweeteners are often used rather than normal refined sugar. A good example is agave syrup or honey from organic production.

Brands

The first major differences, apart from taste, are in the brands. While companies like "Pinkus Müller" or "Riedenburger Brauhaus" concentrate on organic production and try to avoid sugar, this is not completely possible due to the process.

Other large companies, such as "Krombacher", with their VitaMalz. VitaMalz is the most popular brand among malt beers. However, it contains quite a lot of sugar, 10.9g. Which of course has the advantage that it provides quite a lot of short-term energy.

But you should not drink too much VitaMalz, just as with other sugary drinks and foods. VitaMalz, like the organic products, also contains many nutrients and vitamins.

Facts worth knowing about malt beer

What recipes can I cook with malt beer?

Theoretically, everything at first, but malt beer is particularly suitable for dishes that taste especially good with a sweet note. Like malt beer bread, malt beer goulash or malt egg cake.

You can cook or bake almost any dish with malt beer. For cooking, especially for a roast, a sweet note is desired, so rather use the sweeter malt beers with a little more sugar.

If you have a Thermomix at home, you can also use it to cook all kinds of malt beer dishes. Here is a small example of how to bake malt beer bread.

How can I brew malt beer myself?

Of course you can brew malt beer yourself. First of all, you don't need a licence to brew malt beer, as it contains little to no alcohol.

Another advantage is the small amount of ingredients you need:

  • Hops
  • Malt
  • Top-fermented yeast
  • Sugar

That's all. You will also need two large cooking pots. You should have a volume of 15 or 20 litres to make brewing worthwhile.

You also need something to filter the brew, a simple cotton cloth or cloth nappies are suitable here. You will also need a boiling thermometer, a hose and, of course, bottles for later enjoyment.

  1. Mix the brewer's yeast with some sugar water and then you have to wait a long time, 12 hours. So it's best to prepare the evening before. The pot with the sugar water should stand in a warm place so that the brewer's yeast can multiply well.
  2. Next, you either have to grind the malt yourself, ideally with a grain mill, but if you don't have one, you can also use a food processor or a mortar. However, the other two methods are less strenuous.
  3. Then put water in a pot and heat it to 55 degrees, add the malt and let it steep for 15 minutes, stirring constantly.
    This process is called mashing.
  4. Then continue stirring for 20 minutes at 65 degrees. At the end, the mash should darken.
  5. Next, slowly heat the water to 72-74 degrees, stirring constantly. This is where the sweetness of your malt beer comes from.
  6. Now the filtering begins. As an example, place a cotton cloth over the pot, preferably so that it sags a little in the middle. Filtering creates your original wort, which you put back into the pot. Pour hot water over the remaining mash hanging in the cloth. This will stretch the mash.
  7. Next, add the hops and boil for an hour. Filter everything again and add the yeast, if you want your malt beer sweet, add your favourite amount of sugar here now.
  8. Then pour everything into a fermentation vessel. This should be open at the top and hold enough litres. Leave the vessel to stand at 10-20 degrees for 12 hours.
  9. Because the malt beer should not produce any alcohol, fill it into your glass bottles with a hose, which should be rinsed out with boiling water beforehand.
  10. To prevent the malt beer from fermenting, heat your bottles to just under 65 degrees and then let them cool down to 30 degrees.

Now your home-brewed malt beer is ready, store it in a cool place and enjoy it later.

Pay close attention to the temperatures when brewing malt beer, the tolerance limit is very low. (Image source: pixabay.com / pixelclan)

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