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6 Reasons Why the Addison Oktoberfest is America’s Most Authentic Oktoberfest Celebration

No. 2 Authentic and Original Biers


In 1516, Duke Herzog Wilhem IV of Bavaria took a stand in the name of quality bier. To avoid “wild trial and error” in brewing, a set of standards were set in place, known as the Reinheitsgebot, or Bavarian Purity Law.

The Law stated that brewers could only use malted barley, water and hops in the brewing of bier. Yeast was added upon its discovery and role in the brewing process around the beginning of the 20th century.

On the 500th anniversary of the Reinheitsgebot, Paulaner still adheres to its principles and is proud to be the only German brewery to offer two distinct and flavorful Oktoberfest biers in the US. Both styles can be enjoyed at the Addison Oktoberfest.


Paulaner’s Oktoberfest Märzen was served at the first Munich Oktoberfest more than 200 years ago. The Märzen name comes from “March bier” because it was historically brewed in March and lagered in underground cellars to be at peak flavor for the Oktoberfest celebration.

The Märzen is a full-bodied bier with rich malt flavor and dark toffee notes. There’s an underlying fruitiness and masterful hop balance.

Although the Märzen is still popular with American bier consumers, a blonde lager, Paulaner’s Authentic Oktoberfest Wiesn (vee-zin) has replaced the Märzen as the official bier of the Munich Oktoberfest.

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Oktoberfest Wiesn, a blonde Oktoberfest lager, is the only bier served in Paulaner’s Oktoberfest tents today. Not only is it the most enjoyed bier on the Oktoberfest grounds, but it is the best-selling Oktoberfest bier in all of Germany!

Brewed once a year, Oktoberfest Wiesn is the pinnacle of German brewing: deep golden color, full-bodied and wonderfully mellow, with a balanced harmonious taste and a pleasant fragrance of hops. At 6% ABV, it is stronger and bolder than a typical lager.


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