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What Type of Beer is Served at Oktoberfest?

Oktoberfest beer, as per strict stipulated rules of the event, can only be provided by six Munich breweries in the low fermentation Marzen style.

Augustiner-Brau, Hacker-Pschorr-Brau, Lowenbrau, Paulaner-Brau, Spatenbrau, and Staaliches Hofbrau-Munchen are those designated approved supplier breweries to the Oktoberfest. The beer they produce especially for the Munichs Oktoberfest Beer Festival is darker in colour and stronger in alcohol and can be up to 6.2% and is served in the 14 large beer tents and 21 smaller beer tents on the grounds of the Theresienwiese.

Oktoberfest beer has to be brewed according to the strict regulations of the Reinheitsgebot - the Edict of Purity. Enacted in 1485 and signed in 1516 at Ingolstadt, the edict specified that within Bavaria, the production of beer was bound strictly by the use of just three ingredients - barley, hops and water. The 4th ingredient in the beer making process "Yeast", obviously a fermenting requirement, was not known about until the 19th century when the purpose of micro-organism in the brewing process was discovered by Louis Pasteur.

"Oktoberfestbier" is now an actual registered trademarked name held by the Association of Munich Breweries.

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