A typical Skat hand (German-suited cards)
|Skills required||Hand evaluation, counting, cooperation|
|Deck||French or German-suited "Skat" pack|
|Card rank (highest first)||(U/J) A 10 K O/Q 9 8 7|
|Playing time||3–5 minutes per hand played|
Bierlachs, also Bierskat or Lachs, is a variant of Germany's national card game, Skat, that is predominantly played for beer in pubs and restaurants.
The name is a corruption of Bierlatz; latzen is colloquial German for "paying" e.g. a fine and alludes to the fact that the loser pays for a round of beer.