German beer steins became popular in the 14th century when the Bubonic Plague required that everyone have a personalized drinking mug with a cover for sanitation purposes. The lid helped keep bugs out of the beer, and it was usually made from pewter with a lever you pushed with your thumb to access the beer. The beer mugs were made from earthenware and had a variety of design elements like family crests, people, holidays, celebrations, occupations, hunting, and animals. Today you can find beer steins made from porcelain, ceramic, pewter, wood, silver, crystal, and glass with simple designs all the way to colorful, intricate, and lavish themes. We have over 400 beer steins to choose from, making our selection the most diverse on the market. If you’ve been dreaming of having an authentic German beer stein of your own, take a look at our options below.
German beer steins come in a variety of materials from a simple glass mug with no lid to fine crystal. Some beer steins are elaborate works of art with many elements and colors. There’s a beer stein to suit everyone’s taste, and they make the most excellent gift for your beer-loving friends and family members. Below are some of the most popular styles of beer steins you’ll find in our shop.
Ceramic Beer Steins
Ceramic beer steins are made from a variety of earth materials to form a mug that holds either half a liter or one whole liter of beer. The designs are often based on the antique originals of the past. These are the colored beer steins you see with people, landscapes, family crests and shields, city scenes, hunting motifs, holiday celebrations, and more. They are all works of art in their own right.
Pewter Beer Steins
You can find a wonderful selection of metal beer steins on our website that are intricately carved with precise details in every design. Pewter beer steins are great for those who want a sturdy and classic-looking beer mug without color.
Crystal Beer Steins
The most fanciful beer steins on our website are those made from crystal. These beer steins are handmade in the Kannenbaeckerland, the German pottery and beer-stein center.