Oktoberfest: Beer Expertise Unleashed

Oktoberfest: Beer Expertise Unleashed

Oktoberfest: Beer Expertise Unleashed

By: Amber Julie

Oktoberfest (photo courtesy of Amber Julie)

Oktoberfest Beer Consumption Tops All Beerfests Globally

Oktoberfest is known as the largest Beerfest for a reason. Oktoberfest beer consumption tops globally each year, with a huge number making the front headlines! People gulp a WHOPPING 6.5 million liters of Oktoberfest beer (bier) at the festival in 16-18 days. The nice weather helped a lot, with almost every day being warm and sunny, except for one. But it's not just about the beer! There are other interesting stats from the Oktoberfest in Munich, too. From rising beer prices to different beer tents serving distinct beers.

A Big Turnout of Guests at Wiesn

Munich’s Oktoberfest drew in a massive 7.2 million guests. It was a notable increase from the 5.7 million attendees in the previous years, per the city’s official figures. Among these, approximately 480,000 people were spotted at the Oide Wiesn (the traditional festival grounds within Oktoberfest.) Apart from the local Bavarian crowd, a significant presence of international visitors, particularly from neighboring countries like Italy, Austria, France, and the USA, can be seen. A popular outfit choice among most Beerfest attendees was wearing trachten – “Dirndl” and “Lederhosen.”.

An interesting observation was the efflux in sales of non-alcoholic beverages. A significant increase of 50% was seen in comparison to the previous years. This spike could be accredited, at least in part, to the unusually warm weather experienced during the festivities. Some tents even faced water shortages on certain days due to the high demand.

Oktoberfest Stats At a Single Glance

  • A massive increase of 15% in food sales was seen compared to the previous
    year. The showstopper was the “Wiesn Hendl” (half a chicken).
  •  The “Chicken Hat” was the most popular souvenir, which sold out a day before
    the finale of Wiesn.
  • Security personnel confiscated 115,600 beer mugs from being stolen from the
    beer tents and the Wiesn fairground.
  • The crime rate remained low, with just 1,854 police interventions resulting in
    1,093 arrests.
  • 2.8 million kWh of electricity consumed (12 percent saved in comparison to
  • 300 tons of garbage disposed of 7% less than the 2022)
  • Aicher ambulance with 7,620 patients
  • The Lost and Found office reported approx. 3,250 items including:

Oktoberfest Facts and Interesting Statistics

Oktoberfest is full of exciting facts and statistics, besides holding records for the highest number of visitors.

The SIX Munich Oktoberfest Beer

Oktoberfest Trademark Beer is only served at Wiesn, which has two important characteristics;

  1. It is produced locally by the Munich breweries and within the Munich Limits
  2. The Wiesn beer has to comply with the Beer Purity Law “Reinheitsgebot.”

The Reinheitsgebot also holds the record for being the oldest food law still in use. Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria instructed it in the year 1516. The Purity law states that “only barley, hops, and water” can be used to brew the beer.”

Beer is sourced from Wiesn through the “BIX SIX.” The six brewmasters are the makers of Munich Oktoberfest.

● Andreas Brunner (Augustiner) (6%)
● Rainer Kansy (Hacker-Pschorr) (5.8%)
● Rolf Dummert (Hofbräu) (6.3%)
● Bernd Kräußel (Löwenbräu) (6.1%)
● Christian Dahncke (Paulaner) (6%)
● Friedrich Geiger (Spaten) (5.9%)

Oktoberfest Beer Consumption Trends

Oktoberfest has seen fluctuating trends in beer consumption over the past decade. An analysis of these statistics from the last ten years reveals interesting patterns. External factors affect these patterns of beer sales. Over the years, Oktoberfest beer  consumption has experienced notable fluctuations. The figures indicate peaks and valleys, reflecting various factors such as economic conditions, social trends, and external disruptions. In 2014, exhibiting a hike in demand for Oktoberfest beer, consumption spiked to 7.7 million liters. The following year, 2015, witnessed slight
variations, with consumption of around 7 million liters until the unforeseen interruption in 2020 and 2021 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Year Consumption (Liters)
2013 6.7 Million Liters
2014 7.7 Million Liters
2015 7.3 Million Liters
2016 6.6 Million Liters
2017 7.5 Million Liters
2018 7.5 Million Liters
2019 7.3 Million Liters
2020 No Oktoberfest (due to COVID-19)
2021 No Oktoberfest (due to COVID-19)
2022 5.6 Million Liters
2023 6.5 Million Liters


The absence of Oktoberfest festivities in 2020 and 2021 undoubtedly impacted beer consumption. Millions of liters typically consumed during the event were forgone. This two-year pause disrupted the annual consumption trend and posed challenges for breweries and vendors. Other economic factors have influenced Oktoberfest beer sales beyond the pandemic-related pause. In recent years, rising inflation has increased beer prices, affecting consumer behavior. The upward price trend has contributed to a more cautious approach to spending among Wiesn guests. This behavior leads to a moderation in beer consumption.

Inspecting Oktoberfest Beer Price Trends

Oktoberfest beer tent prices have hiked significantly from previous years. The rise in prices, as mentioned above, is accredited to the economic crunch.

Large Tents

The large tents at Oktoberfest are renowned for their grandeur and capacity to host thousands of visitors at once. Wiesn guests have noticed a prominent beer price increase across various large tents in recent years. For instance:

● Hacker-Festzelt: Guests at this large tent experienced a slightly higher increase of 7.46%. Beer prices rose from €13.40 to €14.40 in 2022 to 2023 respectively.

● Armbrustschützenzelt: This tent sold beer for €13.50 in 2022 and €14.40 in 2023, reporting a modest 6.67% increase in beer prices.
● Weinzelt (Weissbier): While not the largest tent, Weinzelt’s specialty in Weissbier attracted attention with a 3.57% increase, pricing a mug at €17.40 in 2023 compared to €16.80 the previous year.

Small Tents

The smaller beer tents are not as grandiose as the larger ones but offer a cozy and intimate Oktoberfest experience. Here, too, the trend of price increases was evident:
● Vinzenz Murr Metzgerstubn: Among the small tents, this venue saw one of the most significant increases, with beer prices surging by 10.37% from €13.50 to €14.90.
● Wildstuben: Another notable increase was witnessed at Wildstuben, where prices rose by 9.30% from €12.90 to €14.10.
● Wirtshaus im Schichtl: However, not all small tents followed the same pattern. Wirtshaus im Schichtl experienced a more modest increase of 2.21%, with prices increasing from €13.60 to €13.90.

Oide Wiesn

The Oide Wiesn, or “Oktoberfest”; offers a nostalgic experience with traditional music, crafts, and beer. Here, too, changes in beer prices were observed:
● Festzelt Tradition: This beer tent experienced a 6.82% increase, with beer prices climbing from €13.20 to €14.10.
● Museumszelt: The Museumszelt saw a relatively moderate increase of 4.76%, with prices rising from €12.60 to €13.20.

Wrap Up!

Oktoberfest is big on beer! It sets record-breaking beer consumption yearly, making it one of the biggest “Beerfest.” Over the past decades, Oktoberfest beer has seen different trends in terms of consumption and prices. Beer served at Wiesn strictly follows Purity law and is brewed locally by the “BIG SIX.”

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