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How can I identify my German beer stein?

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To identify a German beer stein, look at the bottom of the stein and compare the markings on it with the marks of past and present German stein makers. Many steins are beautifully engraved and painted, making them part art and part pragmatism.

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  1. Examine the stein closely

    Take a close look at the bottom of your stein. There may be a date, a place name or a symbol.

  2. Note the information you find

    Take note of any decipherable information on the bottom of the stein. Older stein marks may be difficult to make out due to wear and tear.

  3. Compare and contrast

    Compare the marks on your stein with a comprehensive list of German stein makers' marks. These lists can be found with an online search.

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