The purpose of this work is to
make available transcriptions and translations of verses and
salutations that appear on old German beer steins with photos of the
verses as seen on the steins. All verses on old German steins cannot be
expected to have correct grammar and the same verse might even vary
from stein to stein. We will attempt to make each German verse
grammatically correct in Hoch Deutsch (High German) and the
reader can see the differences from what's on the actual stein. We will
leave dialect (usually Bavarian) as it is. All nouns and sentence
beginnings in German are capitalized and this will be the main
correction. If you have trouble with reading the German letters, see the article
guide to old German print and script".
We hope that readers will submit good photos of
steins with verses that have not been included. Also, corrections or improvements to a
The translations are listed alphabeticallly below, based on the first line of the German verse.
Click on letter beginning the first word of the verse. Since verses may have slightly different
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