A beer stein is a traditionally German beer tankard or mug, made of pewter, silver, wood, porcelain, earthenware or glassware, and usually with a hinged lid and levered thumblift. In Germany it is usually called a Steinkrug if it is stoneware or Glaskrug if it is made of glass. What any 1-litre mug is referred to depends on the region you are in: In Bavaria for example, it is called a "Maß" while being called "Stein" in Palatinate. Calling it just a "Stein" is a habit of English speakers and Palatinates.
STONEWARE (German-Steinzeug) — Hard material, fired in high temperature kilns generally around 1,200 °C to 1,400 °C . At this temperature, stoneware vitrifies (becomes glass-like). The resulting product is less than 2% porous; therefore, glaze is not mandatory for a stoneware stein. When glaze is used, it must be of a special quality to withstand the high kiln temperature.
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