Bring Me A Beer

image Here's yet another photo from today's email. This one I refuse to believe is real, although I can't see any evidence that it's fake. I've been to those beer festivals in Germany where the waitresses carry around huge numbers of beer mugs steins in each hand, and I never saw one with six large steins in each hand. At least, I can't remember seeing anything like that (the whole beer-festival experience is a bit blurry in my mind). However, I don't know how such a thing could even theoretically be done. How could you position the steins so that you could grip six handles simultaneously? Unless she's supporting some of them against her body. (click the image to enlarge)

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Posted on Wed Feb 02, 2005


Maybe she has some kind of special cup holder?
Posted by Citizen Premier  on  Wed Feb 02, 2005  at  04:47 PM
Yes, you can carry 6 mugs per hand. I worked in a resturant where we served beer in large glass mugs. If you get all of the handles grouped together you can easily carry 6 per hand.
Posted by Redmond  on  Wed Feb 02, 2005  at  04:56 PM
That's right. They're beer steins. I was trying to think of the right word when I posted the entry, but it wasn't coming to me.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Feb 02, 2005  at  05:22 PM
I would love to travel to Europe more. Just one thing stopping me from doing so. Money.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Feb 02, 2005  at  05:48 PM
Alex, you mean this site hasn't made you a millionaire?
It must take some skill to carry all those mugs- I can imagine they'd be quite heavy, even with all that foam.
Posted by Katey  on  Wed Feb 02, 2005  at  07:28 PM
Yeah picture is real i was in Germay at the beer fest a few years ago and yeah i've seen them carry as many as whats in the picture....
Posted by Matthew  on  Wed Feb 02, 2005  at  08:28 PM
I can see how that'd work...if you look at the grouping around her right hand, imagine all the handles are in the middle. Her arm is going into that beer "bouquet" between the two mugs in front of her grey jacket.
Posted by Ponygirl  on  Wed Feb 02, 2005  at  09:18 PM
You can tell by the crest on each stien that the handles point inward. Also, there's a space between the first and second outer stien closest to her for the hand to squeeze in.
Posted by Tirlas  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  01:31 AM
The pic is real - many waitresses at the Oktoberfest in Munich are able to carry that many steins (or mugs or whatever)simultaneously. There are also competitions, and certainly you will find an entry in the Guinness Book of Records.
Posted by Jay Sauerkraut  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  03:48 AM
That's 12kg/26.4lb worth of beer which she's holding out in front of her body; no wonder she has a pained expression on her face. I imagine she can crush ball-bearings with her thumbs.
Posted by Ashely Pomeroy  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  06:20 AM
The waitress at one of my locals routinely carries 5 or 6 half-litre pots in each hand; after that it's just a question of strength to move up to steins...

I'll show you if you're ever over this way, Alex. And that's a standing invitation!

Posted by paul in prague  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  07:11 AM
I think it is a hoax based on the water (beer) lines. I would think that the left grouping would have beer tilting towards the right and forward (opposite of the picture)...Maybe...It looks good though.
Posted by Darren  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  08:39 AM
My mom has a stein like that. We use it to keep pennies in. It is sort of heavy...but if that's what she's been doing all her's probably a sinch.
Posted by Maegan  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  09:15 AM
I don't doubt it's real, I just can't see how you could do this. Once you have the first six, how do you pick up the rest? Do you think someone has to help or is it possible to do it yourself? In any case, those beers look good! I wish she'd bring me one! :cheese:
Posted by Glamcat  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  12:58 PM
Technically, those are not beer steins, because a "stein" ("stone") for beer is made of stoneware (pottery) rather than glass. I seem to recall that in Munich one of those big mugs, or its contents, is called a "mass." One mass = one liter of beer.
An interesting feature of those giant mugs is that they are just about indestructible. At Oktoberfest I saw drunken Bavarians toasting each other by getting a running start and smashing those glasses into each other with all their strength. None of the mugs were even chipped or cracked.
Posted by Big Gary C, pedantic again  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  01:56 PM
the way they're positioned, though, the mugs in front would have to be oddly shaped for her to even hold them. But it is possible to hold a lot in one hand.
Posted by Tsiamon Coldfire  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  02:34 PM
actually, all those beer mugs (steins are ceramic. I should know- mine has elves) are held together by an assistive device known as The Farphagnugen Bietmiencranken. It was invented by the Prussian proctologist Heinie Skracher in 1881.
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  02:45 PM
I could pee through an avalanche after drinking those beers! 🐍
Posted by Ace  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  03:08 PM
Seriously, though, I think this is real; at least, if the handles are large enough for her forearms to go through, she could easily have the outermost four mugs in each six-mug group hanging off her arms, with her fingers gripping the handles of the innermost two, although it probably wouldn't be very comfortable unless she had thick clothes. This is very hard to explain with text, and ASCII art won't work with this font. I wonder if she knows that she's famous? She looks as if she could kick our arses.
Posted by Ashley Pomeroy  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  05:18 PM
On her right, it doesn't look like there's room for her hand to be in between the bottles--looks like they are close together like they are sat on a table, not in a circle around her hand.

I haven't seen these steins/masses/whatever, so I don't know about the actual size or's possible with other mugs.
Posted by James D  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  06:04 PM
I'm willing to believe that it's possible to carry this many but this picture looks fishy.
Posted by Mark  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  06:42 PM
To me, it looks like she's really carrying 5 mugs in each hand, with the two extras placed where her hands grip the grouped grabbers (handles). :cheese:
Posted by skepticjon  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  07:06 PM
I think I see what your saying, Skepticjon- she may be balancing the innermost two mugs against her body, and not holding the handles.
Posted by Katey  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  07:29 PM
I am with Darren on this, it looks like a hoax. I don't doubt the strength of these Fraus, but some of the outer glasses appear to be floating in mid-air.
Incidently, in England we call the pottery type beer glasses "Steins", but if you say that in Germany (at least in the North) they don't know what you mean as they have another word for it, like Big Gary says.
Posted by Pixie  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  08:14 PM
Living seven years in Germany, I've seen MANY of these excellent Bierfraus, serving at fests all across the country. Nearly all of them can carry five mass in each hand - but it takes a REALLY GOOD one to do what she is doing. It isn't just the weight of the bier, Ashely. Those nearly indestructible mugs are WAY heavy! This woman is hefting over forty pounds in her capable, if not delicate, hands. And she's GOOD! Have no problem with the fluid lines, the only problem I would have is with the Trinkmeister who poured them. Hey, everybody like a LITTLE HEAD!!
Posted by stork  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  08:20 PM
Oh yeah; She's also probably responding to a bet at a table, in exchange for an extra tip. Most of the best of them won't do this but 2-3 times a night. The rest of her shift, she'll carry 4-5 mass in each hand, walking very fast, and delivering about 150 times with NO spillage. These ladies do a spectacular job - and you should see their biceps & triceps! I know I wouldn't want to try arm-wrestling one of them for anything!
Posted by stork  on  Thu Feb 03, 2005  at  09:10 PM
By the way, the only time I've seen this done she picked them up by firstly having them all sitting on the bar, then sort of threading her fingers through the mug handles. Five on one hand, five on the other. Then she just lifted them all. You could see the strain, though.
Posted by Boo  on  Fri Feb 04, 2005  at  03:26 AM
Hi everyone, I'm from Germany, and this picture sure is real. Six mugs per hand is very good (four to five is normal), but not exceptional. I've been told that the record among Oktoberfest waitresses is 21 mugs (probably using some device to hold the mug handles together).
By the way, here is some Bierfest language for beginners: "Masskrug" is the German word for a one-litre-"stein". "Stein" in German means stone and nothing else - no one will understand you if you use the term for a glass. One "Mass" is the term for the amount of beer you get, one litre, "krug" is the term for any glass, mug or vase with a handle. You would order "eine Mass, bitte" - one litre of beer, please - and get it in a "Masskrug". Prost!
Posted by Sofia  on  Fri Feb 04, 2005  at  04:07 AM
LoL.. indeed they are "A Maas Bier!"

A (correctly called ) Bierstein, is out of ceramic. A Bierkrug is out of glas. Yet, we germany really donot care too much for the "container" where the beer is served in, yet much more we care about the beer itself!

And that pic is real, indeed... and yes, you can lift those Maas up all by yourself and at one time, if you have the "training"! Most ladies at the Wisn (The Munic Oktoberfest, which is in September practice over years, they start out small and get to carry so much after they have build up their muscles for this nicely viewed task.

Und tsch
Posted by Jessy24  on  Fri Feb 04, 2005  at  08:36 AM
""Steins", but if you say that in Germany (at least in the North) they don't know what you mean as they have another word for it...

They don't use them in north Germany-- at least, I never saw one in the north of Germany; beer steins are a southern German thing. North Germans drink a lot of beer, but they drink it from glasses or bottles.
Posted by Big Gary C, pedantic again  on  Fri Feb 04, 2005  at  11:56 AM
Does anyone actaully prefer drinking out of ceramic mugs to glass? It makes me think of how in college everyone drank wine out of coffee mugs because we were not supposed to drink on campus. But real connisours care about the glass they drink out of... shape and size etc are supposed to influence the taste. Does this matter with beer? Or is the Beirstein thing simply a tradition from before glassware was common among the middle class?
OK, that was off topic.
Posted by Katey  on  Fri Feb 04, 2005  at  04:03 PM
Katey, that is a relic tradition from older times, like guys having their own shaving mugs down at the local barber shop. You weren't off topic; you are correct! Glass was NOT cheap in the middle ages, and ceramic was much more easily made in the local town's kiln. Add the improvements of hand painting, glazing, labeling, and signing, along with the pewter hinged lids (originally lead), and you have a quality stein. There are whole clubs dedicated to the cataloging and hopeful acquisisition of some of the wide variety of themes, and production eras of these beautiful objects. Hey, you might even see one on eBay, sometime. Especially if it's "haunted"!
Posted by stork  on  Fri Feb 04, 2005  at  07:11 PM
Oh, and yeah, they don't make the beer taste any better, but it keeps a head longer, and the lids kept the spit & ashes out.
Posted by stork  on  Fri Feb 04, 2005  at  07:15 PM
The shape of the glass does change the taste of the beer, I've tried it. It is very common with belgium beers, for example. I have several different glasses and I use them according to wich beer I'm drinking. I remember drinking beer from a ceramic mug(?) in Germany at a beerhouse that was an ancient convent and I don
Posted by corax  on  Sat Feb 05, 2005  at  04:50 AM
Guess you wouldn't know if it changed the taste, if you only drank the convent's bier from a stein, and not a mug, also. But I agree that there can be some perceived differences in flavor by using different decanting methods. For an example, check out how connessieurs of brandy and cognac rate snifters. These people can get really obnoxious about what's "best". Meantime, Scotch drinkers prefer to compare the single and multiple 'malts' - refering to the liquor, itself. I suppose you could get just as well swilled on Scotch out of a dirty sneaker, as the finest Steuben glass. But as for beer? Well, I've had over 280 varieties of German, Dutch and Belgian bier, and loved the experience, but now, just gimme a cold can of Busch.
Posted by stork  on  Sat Feb 05, 2005  at  03:07 PM
I have been to the Bier Gartens (Haufbrau Haus, English Gardens, etc) in Germany and it is common to see the barmaids with EASILY five masses/steins (whatever you want to call them) per hand. Six wouldn't be a challange either if that was their profession. Simple to pick up too, place them all on the bar, handles facing in and grab - anyone been a bartender? Mugs are significantly smaller, but still... I do it all the time.
Posted by Alison  on  Wed Feb 23, 2005  at  12:55 PM
Here are a couple pictures, this obviously isn't a hoax:

Ya'll need to travel more. Our american beer in our standard pints and mugs is just crap compared to the rest of the world. THEY have FLAVOR - we have bubbles.
Posted by Alison  on  Wed Feb 23, 2005  at  01:10 PM
Alison, I hate to sound like I'm flaming you, but there are more than three breweries here in the US, there are, in fact literally hundreds of small (micro)breweries making some of the best beers in the world. Next time you're in the beer aisle at the store, walk past the Bud-lite displays and pick up some craft brewed beer. You may be surprised. And, yes, I have traveled extensively in Europe and I know what beer is supposed to taste like. Here's a link for you,
Posted by JoeSixpack  on  Wed Feb 23, 2005  at  01:32 PM
Thank you Joe, I realize there are more than just bud and likewise in our country. I am quite a beer lover. Thank you. What I posted was not for people like you who know what goes on in other parts of the world.
Posted by Alison  on  Wed Feb 23, 2005  at  04:07 PM
Japanese sake is made from rice. I guess that would technically make it a beer (since it's made from a grain), but I think most people consider it a kind of wine.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Feb 23, 2005  at  04:52 PM
Many beers are made with rice. Budweiser, and Coors, to name a few. Adjunct lagers (most mass-produced beers, i.e.) are made with a combination of Barley and rice or barley and corn.
Posted by JoeSixpack  on  Wed Feb 23, 2005  at  09:23 PM
Yes, the Japanese make rice beer, but Sake is rice wine. Powerfull stuff. The Koreans make some *killer* rice wine, but they're not allowed to call it 'Sake'. Some kind of trade law. Did anyone forget about the hops?
Posted by stork  on  Wed Feb 23, 2005  at  09:50 PM
i think it is possible tho who ever she is she's got strong hands and arms.. i could only carry four and those are medium sized half filled glasses of milk=))
Posted by onzy  on  Sun Jun 19, 2005  at  03:21 AM
Hi I`m looking for a beir they call brauer bier if anyone could help me I would greatly appreciate it it was in a brown bottle and had a flip top I was in germany in the 80`s and I would like to find this bier again?. Thank you if you can help me Ron Cochran
Posted by ronald w cochran  on  Mon Jul 18, 2005  at  12:26 PM
They're actually called MASS KRUGS... the double s is replaced by the funny german symbol that looks like a B......
Posted by Jeffrey Hughes  on  Mon Jan 09, 2006  at  09:18 PM
Yes the picture is real.. I live in Germany and have attended the Octoberfest in Munich several times. (Not to mention the Kiliani Fest in Wuerzburg) The Waitresses can and do carry a lot of mugs as the lady in the picture shows..
Posted by Davros  on  Thu Jun 29, 2006  at  07:56 AM
I am pretty sure this one is photoshopped folks. It doesn't look right and I ran it through some scanning software that shows some pixel problems on the right side which are indicative, but not definate signs of digital alteration. Now it could be attributed to crappy camera, but since most of the image is clear why are only the right side steins and the woman's shoulder blurry. Also, if you look at the way she is supposedly holding the steins, even if she is using her body to support some, there is not enough room between them to have even a hand through, not to mention an arm which would be nessasary for support. I agree that I have seen some fantastic carrying capacity on beer maidens during Octoberfest, but this just does not look right to me.
Posted by Lounge Lizard  on  Tue Aug 01, 2006  at  05:36 PM

The picture is correct, I lived and worked in Germany for a couple of years running bars and have family in Germany. The ladies do carry this many beers.

The website for you to find the beer you are after is this website has all the information you can find on Brauer Beir. In Australia you can buy alot of the German Beers in the boutique beer bottle shops.

I hope this helps with your search. Another good beer to try is Luckys Beer, made in Australia
Posted by Tracey Dryden  on  Wed Jul 16, 2008  at  06:38 AM
I can't believe that anyone would say this is a hoax. Anyone was says it is has never been to any German beer festival. I personally can hold 7 in each hand- I waitress our local one every year. Its not difficult but you do have to work at it a bit.
Posted by Kristina  on  Sat Oct 11, 2008  at  09:40 PM
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