7 secrets about Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier
1. Alcohol Content
Originally Märzen beer was served at the Oktoberfest. This was because March (Marz in German) was the last month that beer could be brewed before the summertime ban on brewing. To ensure that the beer stayed 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%. This allows Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier to achieve an ABV of 6%. As a comparison: Paulaner Original Munich Lager 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 drinkability. What is crucial here is a high degree of fermentation, (or a degree of fermentation that is 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 Field Advantage
Paulaner brews its Oktoberfest Bier exclusively with the best or highest quality local ingredients. The hops come from the Hallertau region and the malt are also sourced from Bavaria.
4. Brewing Expertise
For the Munich breweries, Oktoberfest is like the World Cup of brewing. Locals compete for the right to claim they create the best beer. Paulaner sets itself apart from other breweries in the production process by using the Zweimaisch-Verfahren (double mash process). In this process, part of the mash is boiled twice whereby Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier achieves its special full-bodied taste and its extraordinary luster.
5. Degree of maturity
Following a cold fermentation, Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier is given the perfect conditions to mature: stored at 0°C (32°F) 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 at Nockherberg.
6. Dream foam
It is said that the eyes drink too. That’s why the brewing process ensures that Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier has a perfect head. If the yeast settles to the bottom of the storage tanks during the long storage time, the beer is pumped into other tanks. Failing to do this could lead to non-fermenting yeast, which negatively affects the stability of the beers' foam.
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, it’s the most successful beer of its kind.