Paulaner & Oktoberfest
Paulaner brewery’s deep ties to Munich are apparent by its strong presence at the Oktoberfest. The logo of the monk’s head influences the appearance of the Oktoberfest, as does the famous Paulaner tower with the oversized beer mug spinning at the top. Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier is served in three large tents: Paulaner Festzelt Winzerer Fähndl, Armbrustschützen-Festhalle and Käfer’s Wies’n-Schänke. There is also Weissbier in the Weinzelt (wine tent). But, many smaller tents also serve the world-famous “finest Munich art of brewing since 1634”.
The Paulaner Festzelt "Winzerer Fähndl"
The Paulaner beer tent, Winzerer Fähndl, is one of the most popular tents at the Wiesn. The widely recognizable bright yellow tower supporting the oversized beer mug has been a landmark for more than 100 years. With an estimated theoretical 42,300 liters of holding capacity, the gigantic beer mug spins majestically above the Paulaner beergarden, which for many insiders is considered the most beautiful beergarden at the Oktoberfest.
In 1895 the crossbowman society, Winzerer Fähndl, accepted an invitation from city authorities to open their own tent at the Oktoberfest. The Thomasbräu brewery (which merged with Paulaner in 1928) subsidised the beer tent, supplying beer from this point on. Winzerer Fähndl, the beer tent built in the style of a medieval knight’s castle, drew much attention through its impressive 26 metre high tower. By the way, the German word “Winzerer” (vintner in English) has nothing to do with wine, it originated from the war hero and knight, Kaspar Winzerer (1475-1542) who came from Tölz and was honored by the crossbowman society. They liked to gather underneath his flag (Fähndl). The Ambrustschützen beer tent, is related to this story as well, because in 1950 the crossbowman tent, Winzerer Fähndl, expanded into a second one. Today each beer tent maintains its own character. The Winzerer Fähndl is a vibrant family tent and also the meeting place for FC Bayern fans. Hosts Peter and Peppi Inselkammer’s Ambrustschützen tent attracts those who still value a strong sense of tradition – and even today hosts real shooting clubs.
Experience the Oktoberfest with me!
Come with our brewmaster Christian Dahncke to Munich and experience the unforgettable Oktoberfest atmosphere in the Paulaner marquee.