Austria Beer

Today in 1955, Austria had their sovereignty restored.


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Guild: Verband der Brauereien Österreichs (Brewers Association of Austria)

National Regulatory Agency: Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW)

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: See European Union Regulations

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05% [Note: 0.01% for drivers who have held a licence for less than 2 years and drivers of vehicles over 7.5 tonnes]


  • Full Name: Republic of Austria
  • Location: Central Europe, north of Italy and Slovenia
  • Government Type: Federal Republic
  • Language: German (official nationwide) 88.6%, Turkish 2.3%, Serbian 2.2%, Croatian (official in Burgenland) 1.6%, other (includes Slovene, official in Carinthia, and Hungarian, official in Burgenland) 5.3%
  • Religion(s): Roman Catholic 73.6%, Protestant 4.7%, Muslim 4.2%, other 3.5%, unspecified 2%, none 12%
  • Capital: Vienna
  • Population: 8,219,743; 94th
  • Area: 83,871 sq km, 114th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than Maine
  • National Food: Tafelspitz, Wiener Schnitzel
  • National Symbol: Eagle (Bundesadler); Edelweiss; Black Eagle wearing broken chains
  • Affiliations: UN, EU
  • Independence: Restoration of sovereignty, October 26, 1955, celebrated as a National Day, commemorating the passage of the law on permanent neutrality / Republic proclaimed, November 12, 1918 / Margravate of Austria established, 976 / Duchy of Austria founded, September 17, 1156 / Austrian Empire proclaimed, August 11, 1804


  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 16 (18 for distilled beverages in some areas {Note: Upper Austria, Salzburg and Tirol prohibit the consumption of distilled beverages below the age of 18, while Carinthia and Styria prohibit drinks containing more than 12% or 14% of alcohol respectively in this age bracket. Carinthia also requires adolescents to maintain a blood alcohol level below 0.05%, Upper Austria prohibits “excessive consumption”, and Salzburg prohibits consumption that would result in a state of intoxication. Prohibitions in Vienna, Burgenland, Lower Austria and Vorarlberg apply only to alcohol consumption in public. Vienna also prohibits the consumption of alcohol in schools by those under the age of 18.]
  • BAC: 0.05%
  • Number of Breweries: 119


  • How to Say “Beer”: bier
  • How to Order a Beer: Ein Bier, bitte
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Auf ihr wohl / Prosit
  • Toasting Etiquette: Traditionally, the host of the meal or event will initiate proceedings with a toast. Until then, no one should raise a glass. The host will lift his or her glass while making eye contact with the most senior guest and say Prost! The guest of honor should reply with a toast of thanks at the end of the meal or event.


Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 53%
  • Wine: 32%
  • Spirits: 13%
  • Other: 2%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 12.60
  • Unrecorded: 0.64
  • Total: 13.24
  • Beer: 6.70

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 12.6 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 16
  • Sales Restrictions: Intoxicated persons
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: No

Patterns of Drinking Score: 1

Prohibition: None



    • says

      Thanks, yeah I know, but early on I decided not to use the new Euro since I’d just be duplicating the Euro for all of the EU countries that have adopted it. Instead, I’ve been using each nation’s old currency, which is more personal to their culture and, for me at least, is more fun to see.

      • Greg says

        OK, it’s a point a view… I’m Belgian and I can tell you that the belgian franc is no more “personal to my culture”… because it’s an old thing and i’m not nostalgic. Following your explanation, I propose that you explain on a page about USA that the money is the Pound Sterling because it was the first money minted in North America… 😉
        Also, I should admit that my mother is 70 year old and she continues to convert prices in EUR in prices in BEF… but most of people forget BEF almost completely… Finally, I agree with you : it’s fun :)

        • says

          I understand, the dollar isn’t particularly nostalgic for me either. I suspect we’re not as nostalgic for our own things, as others often are. Really, it comes down to wanting to not repeat myself for every EU country. When I did posts for each of the U.S. states last year, I didn’t even include money because it’s the same. It’s the differences I wanted to highlight.

          Oh, and I’m pretty sure that the Native American wampum was here long before pounds sterling, along with furs and other barter and trading commodities that the original Americans used for centuries before the European overlords appeared on the scene. 😉

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