The beer, produced by Willinger Brauhaus in the central state of Hessen, had been destined for hotels and restaurants which had been shuttered due to the country’s coronavirus lockdowns.
Rather than throw the beer away, the brewery decided to give 2,600 litres of it away for free. The beer only had a shelf life of eight weeks and the brewers were worried it would spoil.
The brewery also needed to clear the tanks in order to brew new batches as the country emerges from lockdown.
A long line of customers waited to get their free beer on Thursday, being sure to stay two metres from others and wearing masks.
The brewery said they hoped their generosity would be repaid by thirsty customers when they were again allowed to open.