Great beer is one of the main reasons that thousands flock to Munich each year to participate in Oktoberfest. Beers served at the traditional Bavarian festival are required to meet the strict Beer Purity Law. Hence, not any brewery can serve beer at the festival. Just six breweries, all located in Munich, are allowed to serve beer at the Bavarian Oktoberfest including Augustiner, Spaten-Franziskaner, Paulaner, Hacker-Schorr, Löwenbräu, and Hofbräu. Each of these brewers produces their version of the Märzen for the Oktoberfest event. Below are some of the best beers to drink at Oktoberfest.
Available in the Augustiner Festhalle and Fischer-Vroni tents is Augustiner Oktoberfest Weissbier traditionally served in wooden barrels. This is one of the beers to drink at Oktoberfest celebrations. Also, the pale coloured Helles (5.2 percent alcohol) and the sweeter Edelstoff (5.6 percent alcohol) are among the popular beers from Augustiner. They are served with almost no head and are a delicious option to try.
Weisse (5.6 percent alcohol) is a bright coloured beer which presents a thick foam-head and fruity floral aroma. Combined with bacon, roast chicken, sausage and other cuisines served at the festival, this beer stands as one to try out with your traditional Oktoberfest foods.
Weissbier (5.6 percent alcohol) is brewed from wheat to meet the Bavarian Purity standard. It yeast-free, spicy, scented, clear beer with a foamy head. A very typical Oktoberfest flavour and not to be missed.
Served at the Hacker-Festzelt, Bräurosl tents, Weisse is among the beers to drink at Oktoberfest. This Oktoberfest Märzen (5.8 percent alcohol) is a light beer fully flavoured, amber coloured with toasted malt flavour and smells of hop.
Another of the Oktoberfest beers to try is the Hofbräu (6.3 percent alcohol) which claimed the gold medal at the 2008 World Beer Championship. It is light, golden coloured, has a persistent head with a caramel malty hint, and specially brewed to meet the taste of the various Oktoberfest attendees.
Available in the Schützen-Festzelt and Lowenbrau tents, Wiesenbier (6.1 percent alcohol) is a great beer to drink at Oktoberfest. Light and brightly coloured, with thick foamy head, smells of hops and herbs it is worth the try.
The Paulaner Amber (5.8 percent alcohol) is a great Oktoberfest beer. This dark amber beer is the lightest beer served at Oktoberfest. It is mildly flavoured too. Also, available is the Paulaner Hefe Weissbier. It is slightly bitter with a small head.
Pils (0.5 percent alcohol) is the oldest and most popular Spaten of Munich. It has a strong fruity scent. Oktoberfestbier (5.7 percent alcohol) is also a good try. It is slightly stronger and brightly coloured. Diät Pils (4.9 percent alcohol) contains just 32 calories and is a great Spaten specialty for diabetics.
Regardless of which you chose, or if you want to try them all you will no doubt enjoy the flavours of these classic Oktoberfest brews.