Section 9 Jugendschutzgesetz
According to paragraph 9 of Jugendschutzgesetz (Law on the Protection of the Youth), alcoholic beverages in Germany are sold only from the age of 18, but there are some exceptions. Such low alcohol drinks like beer, wine, champagne are not included in the category, because the alcohol content in them does not exceed 15%. At the same time, the remaining drinks with the same alcohol content are also sold from 18.
Accompanied by persons responsible for the education of alcoholic beverages are released from the age of 14 years (!).
Interesting to know!
According to the statistical portal Statista, the Germans are very reluctant to talk with others about such topics, because they are too personal for them:
Talk about what you can not talk about: prohibited topics
In Denmark, for example, from 16 any spirits are sold with an alcohol content of less than 15%. In Austria, Switzerland and Belgium, the law is the same as in Germany (with some exceptions depending on the land or canton). And in Luxembourg in general, you can buy any drink with 16.
Therefore, the Germans and poke fun at their peers from the United States, where alcohol is sold only from 21, while in Germany you can already complete higher education at this age.