It’s Oktoberfest—but before you go running off to your nearest beer superstore to pick up any old German beer, listen up. Oktoberfest beer isn’t just beer you drink during Oktoberfest. It’s beer brewed within the city limits of Munich that complies with the Reinheitsgebot, a.k.a. the German Beer Purity Law, which says that the only ingredients that can be used in the production of beer are water, malt and hops. The beers are typically copper-hued, full-bodied and around 5 to 6 percent ABV—it’s a style known as märzen. And there are only six breweries that produce the real Oktoberfest beer served during Oktoberfest in Germany. They all belong to the Club of Munich Brewers, which has gone so far as to trademark the term Oktoberfest Bier.
Luckily, four of these breweries export their beer to the US. Here, the four official Oktoberfest beers to look for:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu Original Oktoberfest
Every year Oktoberfest is held on land once owned by Josef Pschorr, one of the original owners of the brewery. This amber-colored beer is fairly light bodied and a touch sweeter than some of the other Oktoberfest offerings.