Gerstebier (barley beer) is a top-cropping beer that was very popular in the late 19th century before the rise of bottom-cropping beers. This golden, reasonably bitter beer was the response of top-cropping brewers to the lager revolution. Unfortunately, the beer battle was won by lager. Because of its somewhat lower alcohol by volume, Gerstebier has an easy-drinking character. Full-bodied in flavour.