German food dishes offer tons of variety and can be found in every season. With its ample portions and hearty flavors, we’re very happy German restaurants are popping up more and more. If you haven’t tried German food before, take a few minutes and learn why this cuisine should make it in your weekend plans.

Over the past 100 years, Germans have built quite a reputation for brewing great beer. Some of the more well-known German beers are pilsners and dark lagers, but with Germany’s strict beer purity law (allows only certain pure ingredients when brewing), they all deserve a taste—preferably in the classic boot mug.

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If you have a taste for lighter brew, try a German pilsner. They tend to be lighter in body and drier with a slight floral hop, and are easy and refreshing to drink. Bitburger Premium Pils is one of the more popular imported German Pilsners, with a softer and less ‘hop-py’ flavor.

Another light beer with a little more sweetness is the kölsch, one of the palest German beers. The beer is typically a light gold color with a low-to-medium head and a crisp taste. If you like a subtle sweetness with good carbonation and small notes of bitterness, the kölsch is your beer.

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If you’re looking for something a little bolder, give a German dunkel a try. There are several types of dunkels; this dark beer has a roasted malt flavor combined with a chocolate-like taste. Even though dark beers tend to be heavier, this lager is easy to drink but doesn’t lack in liveliness.

While you’re enjoying your boot of beer, have a snack! One of the most common snacks to eat in Germany is the laugenbrezel, or pretzel. Typically served warm and sprinkled with salt, German pretzels can be found in many variations, from cheese pretzels to pretzel bread sticks and pretzel rolls. Although American cuisine typically serves pretzels with a side of nacho cheese, you are more likely to find the German pretzel served with butter and mustard.

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Pairing tip: Order a soft laugenbrezel with a Pilsner for a tasting appetizer.

If you’re a big fan of beef jerky, then you will want to try the Landjäger sausage with your beer. Made with pork and beef, seasoned with mustard, red wine, caraway seeds and sugar, this sausage is the grown-up version of the modern jerky stick.

If you enjoy a hearty serving, try the Jägerschnitzel. Jägerschnitzel is a boneless breaded pan fried pork served with onions, mushrooms and green peppers, covered in a creamy sauce. The entrée is typically served with a side of bread dumplings and sauerkraut.

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If you love pasta, you will love Germany’s answer to that: Kasespatzle. These egg noodles are soft and often served with layers of cheese atop. The dish is typically served hot and is sprinkled with fried onions to finish it off.

With the many different bold and robust flavors German cuisine offers, you’re in for a delicious food experience and you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck. Check out your near-by German restaurants here. Oh, and you probably should arrive with an empty stomach.