The origin of this holiday dates back more than two centuries ago by the wedding of Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria and Therese of Saxony and Hildburghausen. Such was the celebration at this wedding that the Germans decided to repeat it year after year until it became not only their best-known holiday, but a whole national symbol. In fact, Oktoberfest has never stopped being celebrated except during periods of war.
The Oktoberfest is celebrated in Madrid and Barcelona at the beginning of October and they are parties where you can book a table and drink some beers that can hardly be tasted. There are 6 official Oktoberfest beers (Oktoberfestbier) and, in addition to being able to taste them you can buy some to keep as a souvenir and reserve them for a special moment.
It is one of the most famous beers of the Oktoberfest. With more than 6 centuries of antiquity this beer has become one of the most important beers in Munich, not only being consumed during the event but also outside it. With its 5.8% alcohol content it is ideal to combine it with the typical Bavarian cuisine that you will find at the Oktoberfest.
A beer more than five centuries old that became the real beer. It is currently the brewing house also of the state of Bavaria, which has local and biergartens where the main beer is this blonde with 6.3% alcohol. It is considered the strongest beer of the 6 (together with the Augustiner, which we will explain below) and therefore we recommend always leaving them for the end of the day, although you can also consume it with something to eat since it pairs splendidly well with the Bavarian diet.
We are already talking about serious things here since Augustiner is the oldest beer in Munich. With more than 700 years old, this brewery, which was originally owned by some Augustinian monks who were beer artisans, has created a national symbol and an obligatory stop for your palate, not only for its 6.3% alcohol, but for its emblematic history within the Bavarian world.
This beer (whose foundation is a mystery) is possibly the most international of the 6, since it is currently easy to find outside the borders of the Oktoberfest, and that is why it is perhaps the least valued by the public, since somehow its internationalization has been the result of mergers of large corporations, so it lost that independent touch that pleases the purest Oktoberfest lovers.
What can we say about the Paulaner that we don’t already know? It is undoubtedly the most famous for the Spanish public since it is present in many bars and pubs in the main cities of the country thanks to its marketer: Heineken. Curiously it is the youngest of this list with three centuries of antiquity and its graduation of 6% in alcohol and the custom by the Spanish public makes it an attractive beer.
The last beer on the list is owned by the iconic Franziskaner. Considered as the number one beer of the Oktoberfest (by themselves) and also the loosest with 5.9% alcohol it is a pleasant drink with a very moderate bitterness and appetizing for people who want to get started in this type of drinks.
In many editions it has been allowed to buy beer to then taste at home, however, it is inconvenient to carry a six-pack without a proper beer box that protects the bottles during the trip home.
As it is very likely that they will not even give you a transport bag, we recommend that you visit the TotalBeerPack six-pack so that the taste of Oktoberfest continues on your palate thanks to these beer bottle boxes.
You might think that you don’t need beer crates if you’re going to Oktoberfest, but think about it: You’re going to fall in love with some unique beers that you can only drink there and you’ll want to keep the party going once you’re at home, or at a party with friends or after a hard day at work.