Oans, zwoa, drei, g’suffa!

The first three words in the above quote are Bavarian for “eins, zwei, drei”. Is g’suffa also Bavarian, and what does it mean?

  • youtube.com/watch?v=zxHelCzB1QI Commented May 4, 2016 at 14:03
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    Und es heisst: "Oans, zwoa, gsuffa!". Was aber in keinster Weise unterstellt, dass Bayern nicht bis drei zählen könnten...
    – tofro
    Commented May 6, 2016 at 10:27

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It’s a Bavarian dialect expression and it means gesoffen. That’s the Partizip Perfekt of saufen: colloquial/vulg. for trinken (to drink).

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    +1 - Zudem ist es ein feststehender Trinkspruch.
    – Tomalak
    Commented May 26, 2011 at 14:08
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    +1 nur im Zusammenhang mit Bier anzuwenden.
    – bernd_k
    Commented May 26, 2011 at 14:21
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    @Tom_Au The expression is older than the song.
    – splattne
    Commented Jun 17, 2011 at 17:21
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    A good translation would also have to include that "g'suffa!" is meant as a kind of prompt or even military-style order to take a gulp of beer.
    – 0x6d64
    Commented Nov 27, 2011 at 15:47
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    @berd_k: Lässt sich auch mit Schnaps anwenden.
    – rimrul
    Commented Aug 27, 2013 at 17:18

G’suffa means to guzzle the drink down; it is not just drinking.

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    Und was heißt to guzzle? Saufen, schlucken, verschlingen - danke. Commented Aug 28, 2013 at 6:23

My translation would be

Down the hatch.


Well, I’m still learning a lot about the German language but I know that “eins, zwei, drei” is “1, 2, 3” and g’suffa is chug, gulp or guzzle. So this clearly is a drinking song! My uncle’s ex wife would sing this and drink German beer.


Saufen is to trinken as fressen is to essen. Fressen translates more "to wolf" down food or to eat as greedily as an animal. So too does saufen/gesoffen (g'suff') translate as "to slug" or "to chug" a drink in English or chupar whiskey in South American Spanish.


This phrase comes from the song "In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus. It uses the past of the verb "saufen" which refers to "serious" drinking; e.g. "tossing" one's beer.

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    I was quite skeptical about this short answer. Indeed the reference seems to give a wrong date and no explanation. But the fundamental info in this answer seems to be correct, surprisingly –– if you include 1,2,3 to gsuffa. See here for a short text you should also quote in your answer merkur.de/bayern/… Commented Sep 4, 2018 at 19:50

I was in Germany 50 years ago in the military and eins, zwei, dre soufa was what the Germans would toast to during a beer fest. The band would play, and then they would say, eins, zwei, dre soufa and everyone would gulp down their liter of beer.

  • Did they use Dre or Drei? Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 8:44

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