~ Translations of Beer Stein Inscriptions ~
Compiled by Roy De Selms, SCI Master Steinologist
The purpose of this work is to make available transcriptions and translations of verses and
salutations that appear on old German beer steins with photos of the verses as seen on the
steins. All verses on old German steins cannot be expected to have correct grammar
and the same verse might even vary from stein to stein. We will attempt
to make each German verse grammatically correct in Hoch Deutsch (High German)
and the reader can see the differences from what's on the actual stein.
We will leave dialect (usually Bavarian) as it is. All nouns and sentence
beginnings in German are capitalized and this will be the main correction. Also note
that translations taken directly from the Les Hopper compilation are sometimes
poetic and not literal.
In order to find a particular verse, it's only necessary to identify the first letter of the main verse and click on that letter below. The first line of the verse will then appear in a list starting with that letter. You should be able to match the first line of your verse in the list and click on that to see the whole verse, stein and translation. If you have trouble with reading the German letters, see my article "Steinologists' guide to old German print and script".
This is a work in progress and we hope that some of the
readers will submit
(to the site webmaster) good photos of steins with verses that have not been
we'll do the rest. Also, corrections or improvements to a translation are