In 1516, Duke Herzog Wilhem IV of Bavaria took a stand in the name of quality beer. To avoid “wild trial and error” in brewing, a set of standards were set in place known as the Bavarian Purity Law. The law stated that brewers could use no more than four ingredients when making beer: water, malt, hops and yeast.
Paulaner still adheres to the Bavarian Purity Law or “Reinheitsgebot” today and is proud to be the only German brewery to offer two distinct and flavorful Oktoberfest beers. Enjoy both styles 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 beer” because it was historically brewed in March to be at peak flavor for the Oktoberfest celebration.
The Märzen is a full-bodied beer with rich malt flavor and dark toffee notes. There’s an underlying fruitiness and masterful hop balance.
Although still popular with American beer consumers, the Märzen has been replaced as the official beer of the Munich Oktoberfest with a blonde lager, Paulaner’s Authentic Oktoberfest Wiesn (vee-zin).
This golden Oktoberfest lager is the only beer served in Paulaner’s Oktoberfest tents today. It is also the best-selling Oktoberfest beer in 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 the usual lager.