~ Herzog Wilhelm IV ~
The self explanatory verse is translated literally so the reader can see the German sentence construction. The German Purity Law of 1516 required that all beer be made only of malt, hops and water. At that time the importance of yeast was not known. The stein is ca. 1980.
Herzog Wilhelm IV.
der 1516 für ganz Altbayern
das Münchner Reinheitsgebot
beim Bierbrauen zum gesetzt erhebt.

Zum Wittelsbacher 1980
Duke William IV.
the 1516 for all of old Bavaria
the Munich purity law
for beer brewing was legally established.

To the Wittelsbach's 1980
Translation: Roy De Selms
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