German Beer Stein Care

Caring for your traditional German beer stein


What is your beer stein made from?

Traditional German beer steins are made typically from two materials;

    1. Heat fired and glazed clay
    2. Satin finished pewter lid

Both parts of the stein may need cleaning, especially if being used to drink from. Otherwise neither of these material need any regular maintenance as they do not tarnish over time, unlike silver.


General cleaning

Taking care of your stein is extremely easy and does not require any special cleaning products.

A soft cloth or dusting brush will remove any dust and dirt build up externally. You can also use a mild dish soap and warm water to remove any built-up grease or grime.

Do not use harsh chemicals or extraordinarily strong detergents on your stein. Your German beer stein is NOT dishwasher safe.


Polishing the pewter

Unlike many other metals, pewter does not tarnish. Satin or antique style pewter lids do not require any special polishing other than a soft scrub with soapy water and dried with a soft cloth.

If an old stein with a shiny pewter lid needs to be brought back to its full lustre, a paste can be made from the following:

    • 1⁄2 cup flour
    • 1 cup vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon of salt

Mix the ingredients into a heavy paste, smother it over the pewter and let it dry. Once dry it can be washed off and rinsed with warm soapy water.


Using your stein

Before drinking from the first time, we highly recommend washing entire stein in warm soapy liquid. Do not fill with corrosive drinks such as soda or juice containing pineapple or tomatoes. This can damage the pewter lid.



German FlagYour stein is made from robust materials and doesn't need regular polishing or maintenance.

German FlagLight dusting and warm soapy water will remove most dust and grime.

German FlagIf the pewter has lost its shine over many years you can bring it back to its original lustre with a simple home made mixture.

German FlagYour stein is NOT dishwasher safe


History of the German beer stein

To find out more about the history of the traditional German beer stein, click on the button below for our detailed blog post:

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