The beer stein (or simply stein, from German Steingut "stoneware") is a large mug, usually made of stoneware, pewter, or porcelain, used for serving beer, primarily associated with Germany (particularly Bavaria).
Though not designed as weaponry, the beer stein has been implemented as an improvised weapon on numerous occasions.
- There is a beer stein model, albeit untextured, in the files for Team Fortress 2; it appears to have been intended as a short range weapon for the medic.
- The beer stein appears in World of Warcraft as a blunt weapon, often employed by dwarves. The most infamous example is the Tankard O' Terror, which has actually been manufactured in real life as a WoW merchandise item.
- http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,719782,00.html Article on assaults with beer steins at 2010 Munich Oktoberfest