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Dark, Strong, Not Too Sweet – The 2023 Competition Beer

Terms for the BestBrewChallenge 2023 announced

The competition beer for the BestBrewChallenge 2023 will be a Dark Doppelbock. This beer style is characterized by a strong, not too sweet and malty character as well as a full body. Hop flavor and bitterness are rather low. The beer color is typically between light brown and black. Although the darkest malt from the Bestmalz roasted malt range – BEST Röstmalz eXtra – is to be used in brewing, according to the beer style definition, no prominent roasted malt flavor should appear in the Dark Doppelbock. This can be a challenge that BestBrewChallenge 2023 participants have to face.

The competition is open to home and hobby brewers, pub breweries, and even institutes and large breweries from anywhere in the world. Participation is free of charge. The winning beer will be brewed on a large scale and served at the Bestmalz booth at BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, where also the award ceremony will take place. The first-place winner will win a trip and overnight stay for him- or herself and a companion. Other prizes include lab beer analyses and awards for creative bottle labels and packaging. Each beer entered will be judged by professional sommeliers. This feedback will be sent to the brewers along with a participant T-shirt.

The competition beer is to be brewed between 20th and 23rd April 2023. The period will thus be extended from one to four days as opposed to previous years. The final day will be German Beer Day on the 23rd of April 2023. The closing date for shipping competition beers is July 5, 2023.

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About Palatia Malz GmbH 

Palatia Malz GmbH is a leading German malting group that is owner-managed in the third  generation. Under the BESTMALZ umbrella brand, the company supplies breweries of all sizes,  brewpubs, and home brewers in Germany and worldwide with more than 50 products for the  production of high-class beers of various types and brewing styles. About half of the production is  exported via distributors to over 60 countries worldwide. BESTMALZ is a nationally and  internationally sought-after brand product and synonymous with German quality malt. More at


Header image source: Photo: Brew master Kevin Roster from the pub brewery Freihof Wiesloch near Heidelberg brewed an Altbier style beer for last year’s BestBrewChallenge. Photo Credit: BESTMALZ/Gerhard Kopatz