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In Munich in 1872, the famous Schottenhamel tent needed more beer. Josef Sedlmayer had beer to sell … but it was a stronger lager brewed in the Viennese style. Thanks to beer historian Andreas Krennmair, we have a precise idea of the recipe.
There is not just one type of Oktoberfest beer. It’s only in the last few decades that the famous Munich thug has switched to a deceptively strong and dangerously easy to drink blonde lager. For more on brewing this type of modern festbier, check out our August-September 2021 issue, available now.
However, from its beginnings in 1810 until the beginning of the 20th century, there were a variety of beers available at Oktoberfest – advertisements in old event programs make it clear. Depending on the year, you can find dunkel, helles, export-force helles, weissbier or even a pilsner.