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Beyond the pint

Austrians are the world's fourth most assiduous beer drinkers, averaging 109 litres per head per year. Find out about the different glass sizes here.

Austria is not only the land of wines, but it also has a firmly established beer culture.Beer is always served with a generous head and good waiters take time to achieve a compact 'look' by letting the foam settle and topping it up various times.

This is as much a question of taste as of aestethics and doesn't mean that you get less for your money: Austrian beer glasses are designed to hold up to two inches of foam, without decreasing the size of your serving. The most common glass sizes are: extra-small (Pfiff) 0,2 l, small (Seidel/Seitel/kleines Bier) 0,3l, and large (Krügerl/großes Bier) 0,5 l. The super-sized Mass (1l) is a Bavarian import and only served at a handful of regional folk festivals.

In summer, Radler (shandy) is a popular choice, usually a mixture of lager and Almdudler, a lemonade made from alpine herbs. A perfectly chilled, foamy-headed, gold tinged glass of beer, served in a shady beer garden or comfy tavern is one of the most emblematic symbols of Austrian hospitality and folksiness. Prost!

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