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Brewery International Introduction

Dear friends and customers,

This brochure intends to provide all information you need and like to know about our brewery. Besides a wide range of products and consulting activities you will find a lot of interesting, funny, amusing, historical, up-to-date and future information.

The human being as a customer, employee or friend has always been the focus of our activities. This brochure was designed in September 1998 and has been kept up-to-date continuously until now. The latest information was added in January 2007 when we turned our name to "Lahnsteiner Brauerei" ( former St. Martin Brauerei ).

We hope you will enjoy reading all about our Lahnsteiner Brewery.

Yours Dr. Rainer Fohr.
Dr. Markus Fohr
- Owners and managers in ninth and tenth generation -

Our philosophy:

Specials, experience and more from Lahnstein at the river Rhine, Germany

In the beginning of the 1990s the average German drank about 150 litres of beer per year. Nowadays, this figure has dropped to around 110 litres. Experts forecast that we will have an average consumption below 100 litres per year within ten years.

In order to achieve a healthy growth of our business against a declining market, we had to ask ourselves how to be successful under the adverse conditions. We have found three answers how to lead Lahnsteiner Brewery successfully during the next years:

1. Beer specials from Lahnstein: 

Lahnsteiner Brewery's position as a local producer of beer specials will be emphasized. In addition to the specials we've already had in our range, we have started to produce top-fermented beers like "Lahnsteiner Weizenbier", which is a pale not-filtered wheat beer, or "Lahnsteiner Alt", which is a dark beer like people in Düsseldorf brew it. Apart from that all of our specials have been branded with the name of our home-town "Lahnstein". As a consequence the brewery itself will also be renamed "Lahnsteiner Brewery" from January 1st 2007.

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2. Experience from Lahnstein: 

We started our career as a specialised beer producer. Now we are on the way to offer additional services as event promoters. The whole brewery has been renovated. Plants have a new home within the brewhouse. Older machines, plants and parts are not longer regarded as rubbish but polished, painted and displayed. Guided tours through the brewery also in English, French or Russian have become a part of our business.

3. "... and more from Lahnstein": 

Starting 2002 with "Beer Brandy" and "Beer Liqueur" we have established new specials being produced from our beers as an ingredient. Marketing of beer and "more" is combined. These specials strengthen the character of a local special brewery, they help to increase popularity and they give the brewery a unique position. In 2004 we created the "Beerstengel" which is a smoked sausage containing our dark strong beer. This beer also provides the raw material of the "Beer Noodles" and our "Beer Sweets". It is planned to add one more interesting special each year.

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Facts and details

Official name: Lahnsteiner Brauerei Dr. R. Fohr KG
Address: Sandgasse 1
D - 56112 Lahnstein

Tel. 02621-91740
Fax 02621-917434

Internet: http://www.lahnsteiner-brauerei.de
email: webmaster@lahnsteiner-brauerei.de

Amtsgericht Koblenz Handelsregister Nr. 2169
Umsatzsteuer Nr. 273920001540
Owners: Dr.-agr. Rainer Fohr, brewing engineer
Dr.-Ing. Markus Fohr, brewing engineer
Brewmaster: Henrik Rohmann
Ground: 4.400 m²
Member of: Deutscher Brauer-Bund e. V.
Brauer-Bund Hessen-Mittelrhein e. V.



Lahnstein or "Loynstein" as it was called in the middle ages became a city on January 9th 1324. It is located at the middle Rhine about 100 km south of Cologne and about 100 km northwest of Frankfurt. Today Lahnstein is part of the Unesco world heritage "Upper Middle Rhine Valley". In the years after 1324 people started to establish a defending wall and towers around their city. This wall was partly located at the western border of Lahnsteiner Brewery´s ground. Some parts of the wall can still be seen today, especially the "Powder Tower" which was the southeast edge of the old city and today is the southeast edge of Lahnsteiner Brewery´s ground.

The "Powder Tower" was founded in 1411 by archbishop Johann 2nd. Within some historical documents it is mentioned as "bid round tower in the town". Later names have been "round Rindthorm" ( 1445 ), "Stumpsthurm" ( 1525 ), "Stumpfenturm" ( 1725 ) and "Zippturm", before the actual name "Powder Tower" was first mentioned in 1727. It was one of the biggest and mightiest towers in the old city of Lahnstein and so was continually manned by the city guard. It has never been destroyed, neither within the second world war nor within the wars between Germany and France.


Directly in the centre of Lahnstein the "kurfürstliche" brewhouse and the mayor´s house were rebuilt. This confirms that there was a brewhouse at this place before. The brewing tradition at Lahnstein therefore is older than 1624. The brewhouse was administrated by the court of Mainz, which is still the regional capitol. The building of the old brewhouse can be visited until today.


Jakob Fohr - the grandfather of Dr. Rainer and Dr. Markus Fohr in eights and nineths genera-tion- receives the "Bannzapf". At that times the "Bannzapf" was the name of the right to brew beer. Before he already got the first half of his "Bannzapf" - proving that he worked as a brewer before. "Jacob Foor" - this is how his name was written in 1667 - probably was born in the region of todays "Lüttich" in Belgium. Many Belgians came to the middle Rhine at that time to work for the ceramic and pottery industry that still enjoys supra-regional fame. Obviously those immigrants feared not to get an adequate beer in Germany so they brought along their own brewers. This fear in some way was the beginning of the family "Fohr"'s tradition at Lahnstein. In spite of that Jakob Fohr lived at "Ransbach", a small town about 30 km away from Lahnstein. The family and its brewery moved to Lahnstein several years later.


After the secularization by Napoleon the brewhouse in Lahnstein become private.


Johann Junker establishes a brewery at that place where it is located today. 1895 Family Fohr was still living at Ransbach and now brewing beer for seven generations. Unfortu-nately this seventh generation was represented by two brothers being not on good terms with each other. Because of this the older brother got the brewery and the younger brother, Franz, was paid off. Franz Fohr took his money to buy the brewery of Johann Junker at Lahnstein. He named his brewery "Lahnsteiner Brewery" because Lahnsteiner is the protecting saint of Oberlahnstein, the part of the city where the brewery is located until today.


On the premises of Lahnsteiner Brewery the first great industrial chimney within the area of La-hnstein was built. It was needed to run the new boiler and the ice producing plant. In addition to this a steamed brewhouse and an electric power plant were installed.


Lahnsteiner Brewery celebrates its 25th anniversary. Since Franz Fohr became the owner and manager of the brewery it developed from a small brewery to become a modern industrial plant.


After the death of Franz Fohr in 1940 his widow managed the brewery. In 1944 Hugo and Wilhelm Fohr, Franz Fohr's nephews, took over responsibility. In the same year many parts of the brewery were destroyed by a bomb. Only one year later the destroyed areas were newly established with a brewing capacity three times bigger than before.

1961 - 1965

Modernization takes place at St Martin Brewery. The brewhouse was newly installed and from now on could be run automatically. Also a bottling line with a production of 12.000 bottles an hour was established.


Dr. Rainer Fohr, brewer in ninth generation and still active in management, takes active part in Lahnsteiner Brewery. Within the following years modernization takes place again. The cleaning of all tanks and vessels is now run automatically. The old fermentation vessels are replaced by new cylindroconic tanks constructed of stainless steel. As a consequence the consumption of water and cleaning fluid was heavily reduced. The quality of the final beer was increased. A new keg line was installed. From 1989 on the the brewery´s wastewater is cleaned by its own sewage plant.


Dr. Markus Fohr, brewer in tenth generation, becomes a managing partner of Lahnsteiner Brew-ery. Again this was the starting point of a modernization programme not only in terms of technology but also in marketing. A new brewhouse constructed with stainless steel was built between 2002 and 2005. In 2001 the "First day of the beer in the city of Lahnstein" was established. Until now it is celebrated at the last weekend of August. The new philosophy as already described in this brochure was born.


As a consequence of the new philosophy Lahnsteiner Brewery will get its new name "Lahnsteiner Brewery". By this name the brewery´s unique identity and the close connection to the local region will be strongly emphasized.

The new logo was developed in cooperation with the city of Lahnstein. Now the city, the brewery and also the local producer of mineral water use a logo which is nearly identical.

Specials of Lahnstein

If you just regard the technical point of view it´s possible to brew beer without complying with the German purity law of 1516. You need some enzymes, antioxidants, sugar, grain or foods colour but it will work. Apart from that, since 1516 nearly 1.300 breweries in Germany have shown that it is possible to produce high quality, healthy and pure beer just by using water, hops and malt as raw materials. This tradition is continued in Lahnstein now and in future times.

January 1st 2007 the labels got their final design with a young spirit and with the new logo of "Lahnsteiner Brewery".


"Bierstengel, Biernudeln, Bierkäse and Lahneckchen"

Since 2004 it´s even possible to eat Lahnstein´s specials. The first of these products was the "Bierstengel", a smoked sausage with about 50 grams of weight. Butcher Wagner of Braubach, a small town near Lahnstein, created a special recipe using the dark strong beer "Schnee Bock" as an ingredient. "Schnee Bock" also provides the basis for the other specials because of its dark colour and its malty taste.

One of these specials is "Bierkäse" ( beer cheese ). This is a biologically produced cheese out of cow milk. During the production "Schnee Bock" ( dark strong beer ) is added so the final cheese gets a little darker and gets a little more aroma.


One more of these specials is the "Biernudel" or "Beer Noodle". In the past, family Hollmann of Koblenz-Bisholder breed chickens to sell their eggs. For a few years now they have also used their eggs to produce noodles. Now they also use "Schnee Bock" again for the beer noodles with pepper, italian, paprika or natural taste.


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For those who like sweets "Cafe Stigler" at Lahnstein created the "Lahneckchen". In fact this is a sweet made of white and brown chocolate filled by a mixture of beer spirit and beer liqueur. Further on some more specials will come. It is planned to have more every year. 2006 probably will be the year of the "Bierkäse" or "Beer Cheese".

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Beer Liqueur and Beer Spirit

Before he became brewmaster at Lahnstein Henrik Rohmann was employee of a distillery where he collected strong experience in producing liqueurs and spirits. This knowledge he used to create the recipes of "Bierbrand" or "Beer Spirit" and "Bierlikör" or "Beer Liqueur".

"Beer Liqueur" is produced by family Hickmann / Illgen-Meissner of Winningen. The liqueur's basis again is "Schnee Bock". It contains 25 % alcohol and is flavoured with natural vanilla. As a present "Beer Liqueur" is available in elegant 500 ml bottles with natural cork and a seal of wax. Most pubs use the 700 ml bottle because of its price. For those who like it big there is also a 1.500 ml "Magnum" available. The bottles are labelled by hand in order to express that every one is an individual product of craftsmanship.

In the same way the bottles of the "Beer Spirit" or "Bierbrand" are labelled. Distillery "Vallendar" creates it by using readily filtered beer from Lahnsteiner Brewery.

It is not produced from yeast or unfiltered beer because then the spirit gets a hard taste which is not intended. "Beer Spirit" reaches 40 % alcohol and is only available in 500 ml bottles with natural cork.


Lahnsteiner Fest-Export

"Lahnsteiner Fest-Export" provides a regional alternative to the Bavarian "Exportbier" and to the "Münchner Oktoberfestbier". It is produced continually to be offered at feasts all over the year or for those who like beers being a little sweeter and stronger.

This new special is brewed with 12,5 % original gravity and reaches 5,3 % of alcohol. Its taste is palateful with a fine body and a strong colour. Mr Karl Krämer, who worked as a salesman at Lahnsteiner Brewery for many years, describes the new beer as follows: "It has something of the pale strong beer "Martinator" and something more of the Pilsner Beer of Lahnstein".




Lahnsteiner Malz ( malt beverage )

The malt beverage "Lahnsteiner Malz" contains less than 0,5 % alcohol and can be called "al-cohol-free". Because of this especially sportsmen, children or pregnant women like it. It is malty and strong in colour and taste.




Lahnsteiner Radler

Lahnsteiner Radler is a mix of 50 % Pilsener Beer of Lahnstein and of 50 % low-calorie non-alcoholic beverage. Because of this it contains only 2,5 % alcohol. Radler is well known for its refreshing effect and taste especially in summer.





Lahnsteiner Fürsten-Pils

In spite of all the specials this Pilsner Beer is still Lahnsteiner Brewery's main brand. Selected hops of the "Hallertau" in Bavaria and the finest malt of the "Champagne" in France create a fine and bitter taste and a strong colour. Some people call it "the gold of the middle-Rhine". The brewing water Lahnsteiner Brewery gets from an own 23 m deep well.



Lahnsteiner Zwickel-Bier

"Zwickel Bier" was born in 1990 after the coming-up of the first brewpubs and following the con-sumers' interest in fresh and natural foods and beverages. It is not filtered and filled directly from the storing vessel. Because of that it contains a large number of proteins, tannins, minerals and living yeast cells. The name "Zwickel Bier" is taken from the "Zwickel" being the German word for sampling cock or sampling cap. This sampling cock is part of every fermentation- or storing tank to take samples for quality control and taste. So to say "Zwickel Bier" is like the beer you get out of this sampling cock.



Lahnsteiner Weizenbier ( wheat beer )

Until the 1980s wheat beer was only known and produced in Bavaria. Since it has also become appreciated in all other parts of Germany, Lahnsteiner Brewery started to produce its own pale "Lahnsteiner Weizenbier" in spring 2005.

In autumn 2006 a dark wheat beer, in autumn 2007 a pale and filtered wheat beer ( "Weizenbier Kristall" ) and in autumn 2008 a non-alcoholic wheat beer completed the offer.

The new recipe reaches the goal to get the typical taste of a wheat beer. This is a result of a high amount of wheat malt and of a special yeast for wheat beers.

Lahnsteiner Obergärig in kegs / Historienturm Obergärig in bottles

Since 2004 Lahnsteiner Brewery produces top-fermented beers and this one was the first of its species. "Obergärig" is a pale and top-fermented beer with less hops. Sometimes it´s also known as "Pale Alt". The recipe is the same like breweries in Cologne produce their "Kölsch". Because of the "Kölsch Convention" beers may only be named "Kölsch" if they have been brewed not more than 50 km away from the city of Cologne.

The bottle lable "Historienturm Obergärig" carries the picture of the historical "Powder Tower", also called "Brewery Tower". This tower is a part of the historical city wall of Lahnstein being established in the years following the city rights in 1324. In its current shape the tower was established in 1411. Before and nowadays its the south-east edge of the city wall and with 26 m its highest tower.

In 2002 people of Lahnstein established a society called "Historientürme Lahnstein e. V." in order to preserve the remaining towers of the historical city wall and to open them to the public. Lahnsteiner Brewery was one of this societies founders. During the last years the society managed to pin up information plates to all the towers so you can have an informative walk along the 1.400 m city wall on your own. Societies biggest project was to restore the Brewery Tower. Today you can visit it by a city or brewery tour or rent it for parties.

Further projects to push on the historical towers at Lahnstein will follow.


Lahnsteiner Schnee-Bock ( dark strong beer )

In Lahnstein strong beers are a whole-season-product. Of course the dark strong beer still has its main season in winter but now becomes also well distributed in summer.

In former times strong beers were brewed as a "normal" beer with a normal original gravity. After fermentation the beer was cooled down below zero degrees Celsius. Alcohol freezes only at very low temperatures and remains liquid, but beer contains more than 90 % water and this freezes near the wall of the storage tank. In this way the alcohol content of the remaining beer was increased until it was strong beer. Because of this way of production people called the re-sulting beer "Eisbock".

The dark strong beer of Lahnsteiner Brewery should follow the tradition of the "Eisbock". This ex-act name was not possible because the refrigeration plant of the brewery is not able to reach the temperatures necessary so the beer is brewed with higher original gravity. Because ice and snow ( "Eis" and "Schnee" ) are very similar to each other the name "Schnee Bock" was cre-ated. "Bock" is a German synonym for strong beer.



Lahnsteiner Martinator ( pale double strong beer )

The label of Lahnsteiner Brewery's strongest beer shows the historical logo of the brewery with the holy Martin. To be allowed to be called "-ator", a strong beer must reach an original extract of more than 18 %. As a consequence Martinator reaches 8,0 % alcohol. Because of its strength also colour and palatefullness become strong.



Lahnsteiner Schwarzbier ( black beer ) in kegs

This is the darkest beer of Lahnstein. It is often thought to be strong beer but it has the same strength as Pilsner beer. Roasted malt causes its black colour and characteristic taste. Black beer is produced exclusively for pubs just in kegs.

Lahnsteiner Obergärig in kegs

Since 2004 Lahnsteiner Brewery produces top-fermented beers and this one was the first of its species. "Lahnsteiner Obergärig" is a pale and top-fermented beer with less hops. The recipe is the same like breweries in Cologne produce their "Kölsch". Because of the "Kölsch Convention" beers may only be named "Kölsch" if they have been brewed not more than 50 km away from the city of Cologne. As a local special "Lahnsteiner Obergärig" is just produced in kegs.

Lahnsteiner Alt in kegs

Lahnsteiner Alt is brewed according to the tradition of the "Altbier" in Düsseldorf. In contrast to "Kölsch" in Cologne the name "Altbier" or "Alt" is not protected so its possible to call this special "Lahnsteiner Alt". A little roasted malt is enough to have a dark colour and a characteristic malty taste. Like "Lahnsteiner Obergärig" and "Lahnsteiner Schwarzbier" it is offered just in kegs.

Products and contacts

Packages and containers

Brewing beer specials is Lahnsteiner Brewery's main business. Up to now these beers are filled in returnable kegs and bottles only. We use 330 ml Longneck-bottles and 500 ml "Nordrhein-westfahlen" bottles. Regarding kegs they are filled with the volume of 10, 15, 20, 30 and 50 l. More than 80 % of the production is filled in kegs and the rest in bottles. For export business, it is also possible to fill one-way-bottles for sixpacks or boxes.

Distribution and service

The beers and specials of Lahnstein are sold from Monday to Friday 7 - 18 hours and on Sat-urday 9 - 12 hours directly in the brewery. Apart from this they can be found in local restau-rants, pubs and beverage markets. To get it by post please try the shop on the internet. Any other questions will be solved by 

our hotline

+49 - 2621 - 91740 or fax +49 - 2621 - 917434
web: http://www.Lahnsteiner-brauerei.de

email: webmaster@lahnsteiner-brauerei.de


In addition to our products we also work as a consultant for our customers. We help pubs or restaurants to plan and organize their business, deal with contacts or brew a brand of their own for many collegues or wholesalers. For parties we organize guided tours through the brewery or also offer party equipment like cooling containers or mobile tapping units.


Our specials are souvenirs for themselves. In addition to this we have steins, glasses, mini trucks, wooden casks or pins.

Visit Lahnsteiner Brewery

Besides our work to brew beer Lahnsteiner Brewery has started to be an event place. Since 2003 every year at the last weekend in August we celebrate the "Day of the beer in the city of La-hnstein".

Apart from that we have many guided tours through the brewery being frequently connected with a further programme like a walk through the old part of Lahnstein or with shipping the river Rhine. If you come to the brewery you can have a close look at the brewhouse, the fermentation and storage tanks, the filtration, the racking hall and also the historical "Powder Tower" built in 1411.

Highlight of every visit is tasting all the specials. You will get to know how to produce top- or bottom-fermented beers, pale, dark or black beers and much more. At the end you get a local meal and also local music if you like.

Visits are possible nearly at every time and day in German, English, French, Russian or Bulgarian. For further information please contact us by telephone or email.

If You have further questions to our products or like to out some of our beers and glasses please contact us.

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