Originally, Märzen beer was served at the Wiesn (Oktoberfest). This was the last beer that could be brewed before summer and was brewed in March (März). In order for the beer to stay fresh until autumn, it was brewed stronger. This tradition later became a regulation. Today, all Oktoberfest beers must have an original wort content of between 13.5 and 13.99 %. Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier is thereby able to achieve an alcohol content of about 6 %. As a comparison: Paulaner Münchner Hell has an original wort of 11.5 % and an alcohol content of 4.9 %. The wort adds more body to the Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier leaving a light bitter taste. It is a full-bodied, wonderfully palatable Oktoberfest beer to enjoy.
More alcohol does not necessarily have to equate to poor compatibility. What is crucial here is a high degree of fermentation, one of approximately 80 %. The more sugar that gets fermented into alcohol, the less leftover sugar remains in the beer - and the better the body can break down the alcohol.
3. Home Advantage
The hops come from the Hallertau region - and the malt must also be of the highest quality in order to reach a high degree of fermentation. Paulaner brews its Oktoberfest Bier exclusively with malt from Bavaria.
4. Brewing know-how
For the Munich breweries, Oktoberfest is like the world cup of beer brewing - there is a rivalry between the local breweries for the claim of serving the best quality beer. Paulaner sets itself apart from other breweries in the production process by using the so-called Zweimaisch-Verfahren (double mash process). In this process, part of the mash is boiled twice whereby Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier achieves its special meaty and full-bodied taste and its extraordinary luster.
5. Degree of maturity
Following a cold fermentation, Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier experiences the perfect storage conditions as otherwise the salubriousness would suffer. Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier is therefore stored at 0 degrees Celsius under the protected darkness of storage cellars. It has more time to ferment and to mature than other beers, requiring a minimum of four weeks. For this reason, there are gigantic storage tanks in the brewery at Nockherberg.
Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier is a genuine best seller and an export hit. With the highest market share in Germany, and export to over 60 countries, Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier is the most successful beer of its kind. Thus, a piece of Munich's lifestyle is spread all over the world!