Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
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Munich breweries present their Oktoberfest beers

Wiesn beer tasting even without Oktoberfest: It tastes this good

Even if the Oktoberfest does not take place in 2021, the original Oktoberfest beer will be available again this year. The brewmasters of the six Wiesn breweries presented their Oktoberfest beer at the Wiesn beer tasting on September 16 on the Nockherberg. How it tastes, who was there and what makes the Wiesn beer so special.

The Oktoberfest beer: Master brewers present their work at the Nockherberg

Oktoberfest beer is a great and special tradition: It is produced especially for the Oktoberfest by six Munich breweries, and only these are allowed to supply the innkeepers on the Theresienwiese. It is also a tradition that the brewmasters present their work every year at the Oktoberfest beer tasting. This custom was continued this year, even if the 2021 Oktoberfest unfortunately cannot take place.

On September 16, Munich innkeepers, brewery representatives, Oktoberfest connoisseurs, and city politicians were allowed to taste the beer for the first time on the Nockherberg. They were accompanied through the evening by brewmasters Andreas Brunner (Augustiner), Rolf Dummert (Hofbräu), Rainer Kansy (Hacker-Pschorr), Bernd Kräußel (Löwenbräu), Christian Dahncke (Paulaner) and Harald Stückle (Spaten).

Clear specifications apply to Oktoberfest beer, but with experience and know-how, the brewmasters manage to give their beers an unmistakable taste from hops and malt. As an expert, the experienced sommelière and former beer queen Marlene Speck tasted the Oktoberfest beers together with the critical audience and tasted clear differences.

Harmonious competition among Munich breweries for Oktoberfest beer

The competition for the best Oktoberfest beer is tough, but fair and (officially) not taken very seriously. People know and appreciate each other, and after all, the six breweries represent the world-famous Oktoberfest together. The brewmasters took turns presenting the merits of their product, garnished with one or two hearty sayings, while the guests enjoyed the beers under the moderation of Marlene Speck.

The prerequisites for Oktoberfest beer are all the same: every master brewer uses Munich deep water and the same ingredients and old recipes. The strict Munich Purity Law of 1487 relentlessly applies, and yet this season's six Oktoberfest beers once again have their own unique colors, flavors and character, because if everything tasted the same, it would be bland again. Not to be forgotten: Oktoberfest fans appreciate their favorite beer, and so the brewmasters cater to their usual target group.

Das Münchner Kindl Viktoria Ostler und Paulaner-Chef Andreas Steinfatt Das Münchner Kindl Viktoria Ostler und Paulaner-Chef Andreas Steinfatt • Photo: Verein der Münchner Brauereien

Malty, harmonious, floral: this is what the Oktoberfest beers will taste like in 2021

High quality, brilliant look, fine foam and tangy freshness - that's what the "Oktoberfestbier" brand is all about. Thus, the festival beer is generally considered to be "full-bodied, malt-aromatic to lightly hopped, mildly bitter, strong, with little sweetness". And yet there are subtle differences thanks to the skillful use of hop varieties and the experience of the "tamers of the yeast." The colors range from shiny straw yellow (Augustiner) to light amber (Hacker-Pschorr), the aroma sometimes has a significant hop flower (Löwenbräu), the body can be reminiscent of caramel notes and honey (Hofbräu), the finish invites you to continue drinking (Paulaner) or is quaffable with a subtle fading bitterness (Spaten). In each beer, connoisseurs at the Nockherberg have discovered and tasted something special. Lovers of Oktoberfest beer can look forward to this season, even if the thought of a fresh beer in the hustle and bustle of the Oktoberfest makes some people nostalgic...

Did you already know? These are the specifications for Oktoberfest beer

Breweries: Oktoberfest regulations specify the six breweries - Augustiner, Hofbräu, Hacker-Pschorr, Löwenbräu, Paulaner and Spaten.
Strength: The festival beer must have an original gravity of at least 13.6%
Characteristics: Golden yellow, drinkable and full-bodied
Features: Original wort percentage, alcohol content, bitterness and color.
Austerity: The Munich Purity Law of 1487 applies
Depth: The water comes from Munich deep wells, which reach into layers of the Tertiary period
City: Brewing is only allowed in the territory of the city of Munich