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Hacker-Pschorr at the Oktoberfest

“The color of amber or matte gold” — doesn’t that sound like the description of a real jewel? True — the Oktoberfest beer is something very precious. Every year, the brew masters from the six traditional Munich breweries strive to create an exceptional beer for Oktoberfest visitors.

Be it a dark beer, amber or blond, the Oktoberfest beer has always been some very special stuff. The balanced flavor with malt aroma and a tangy, bitter note give it a distinctive taste. The beer must have at least 13.5% original gravity, which gives it 5.7% alcohol by volume. But why is there even a special Oktoberfest beer?

During the first years of the Oktoberfest, the Bavarian brewing law from 1539 stipulated that beer could only be brewed between the “Michaeli” or St. Michael’s day on September 29 and St. George’s feast day, April 23. It was forbidden to brew in the summer because the boiling process was considered a fire hazard. Moreover, bottom-fermented beer needs a temperature between 4–6°C for fermentation. Of course, no one wanted to forgo the pleasures of beer drinking in the summer, so a surplus quantity was brewed. And such are the origins of the beer known as Märzen. The last beer brewed at the end of the brewing season was given a higher gravity to increase its shelf life, since Märzen beer was to be sold throughout the summer and during the fall’s folks festivals. The invention of refrigeration by Carl Linde in 1876 made it possible to brew in the summer, too. The Oktoberfest Märzen is today still the same beer specialty and of course freshly brewed for Oktoberfest. The beer is so special that it may only be brewed by the Munich breweries, making it taboo for any other brewery to use this appellation. And of course, every brewery channels its expertise and brewing craft to create a very special, distinctive beer every year.

We are especially proud to be serving our outstanding Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest beer in the large festival tents, the Hacker-Festzelt and the Pschorr Bräurosl. In addition, the highly quaffable Hacker-Pschorr beer is also served in a few smaller tents — two offering grilled chicken and duck, Poschner’s Hühner- und Entenbraterei and the Hühner- und Entenbraterei Wildmoser, as well as Zur Bratwurst.