I’ve always been a fan of beers from Munich and for me, the 7 sisters were a legend. Then, when I grew up, I found out that you could taste better beers in Bavaria and Franconia compared to those of historical but “industrial” breweries.

Anyway, beers from Munich 7 sisters (sometimes also called Munich 6 sisters, excluding Franziskaner which brews only Weizen beers) still are a point of reference for those who want to try to homebrew Bavarian-style beers.

So I decided to investigate the Internet and collect as much information as possible on the ingredients and characteristics of their beers.

First of all, I have to say that there’s a difference between beers brewed for draft distribution and bottled ones, but there also is a difference between beers brewed for the internal market and the export-version bottles.

My research moved on combing through the official Internet sites of these breweries; some of them, like Hacker Pschrorr, nearly published the full recipe of their beers, while others like Spaten-Franziskaner or Augustirer are loath to give even some minimal information.

Beers served at Oktoberfest deserve a separate chapter because they are very different compared to the corresponding bottled versions. Moreover, the characteristics of these beers slightly vary each year and I was able to retrieve data from 2014 and 2018 (the source is the interviews made by German journalists with the breweries’ spokesmen) that can be compared.
The law says that these beers must have an initial gravity of not less than 13,5° Plato and an alcohol content between 5,8% and 6,4% of the volume.

For the bottled versions (for which I collected data of all the styles brewed by the 7 breweries), I put in evidence with green background the numbers retrieved from:

    • Internet official sites (German version) of the breweries
    • beers labels
    • Internet sites of distributors (for Augustiner I also retrieved a menu of its restaurant).

Yellow information is calculated instead:

  • indeed, knowing 2 facts between initial gravity, alcohol content, or kcal/100ml, you can estimate the remaining third and the final gravity.

Finally, red information is my guess or data collected by unofficial sites:

  • for IBUs or EBC, I relied on a mean value for that style
  • for malts, I supposed the grist by analogy with other beers of the same style
  • sadly with hops is quite difficult to speculate on the exact variety; we can only suppose that they used a bitter specific hop for bittering (Herkules or Magnum) for beers that need a bit of bitterness and a noble hop Hallertauer-like for flavour/aroma.

Hacker Pschorr and HB have the most complete websites; the information provided by HB is very useful because they report the mashing process used for their beers (infusion or decoction): decoction is used only for Dunkel and Bock beers.

So overall, I registered 52 bottled beers (excluding radlers, low alcohol content, and nonalcoholic beers) that are listed with their characteristics divided by style (with some “stretch” and without distinguishing between different types of Weissbier).

Oktoberfest (Wies’n-Version)
2014 2018
Birra % Plato % Alcol EBC IBU % Plato % Alcol EBC IBU
Augustiner 13,7 6,4 6,5 18 13,7 6,3 6,8 18
Hacker-Pschorr 13,7 6,1 10 23 13,7 6 12 25
Hofbräu 13,7 6,3 8-9 26 13,7 6,1 8,0-8,5 24
Löwenbräu 13,8 6 6 26 13,8 6 7,55 26
Paulaner 13,6 5,9 7 21 13,6 6 9 21
Spaten 13,8 5,8 6,9 23 13,7 5,9 6,5 24
Helles
Birrificio Birra % Alcol OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBU Luppoli EBC Malti Kcal 100ml
Hofbräu Original 5,1 11,7 47 8 24 Magnum, Herkules, Perle 8 münchner, pilsner 40
Hofbräu HB Pure 5,3 11,8 48 7 24 Magnum, Herkules, Perle, Select 8 münchner, pilsner 40
Hacker Pschorr Münchner Hell 5 11,5 46 8 20 Hallertau Tradition 6 pilsner 42
Hacker Pschorr Bio Helles 5 11,5 46 8 20 Perle 10 Wiener 39
Spaten Hell 5,2 11,7 47 7 20 8 pilsner, münchner 45
Augustiner Hell 5,2 11,5 46 6 16 8 pilsner, münchner 49
Löwenbräu Original 5,2 11,8 48 8 20 8 pilsner, münchner 41
Paulaner Münchner Hell 4,9 11,5 46 9 20 Hallertau Tradition 8 Pilsner Malz, Münchner Malz 38
Festbier/Märzen
Birrificio Birra % Alcol OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBU Luppoli EBC Malti Kcal 100ml
Hofbräu Oktoberfest 6,3 13,7 56 7 23 Magnum, Herkules, Perle 12 münchner, pilsner 48
Hacker Pschorr Superior 6 13,7 56 10 25 Hallertau Tradition, Helkules 10 münchner, pilsner 50
Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest Märzen 5,8 13,7 56 11 21 Hallertau Tradition, Helkules 19 münchner, pilsner 46
Spaten Oktoberfest 5,9 13,7 56 11 23 18 pilsner, münchner 51
Augustiner Oktoberfest 6,3 13,7 56 7 25 6,5 pilsner, münchner 50
Löwenbräu Oktoberfestbier 6,1 13,7 56 9 26 12 pilsner, münchner 50
Paulaner Oktoberfest Bier 6 13,7 56 11 25 Hallertau Tradition, Herkules 12 münchner, pilsner 47
Paulaner Münchner Märzen 5,8 13,7 56 12 25 Herkules, Taurus 12 münchner, pilsner 47
Helles Bock
Birrificio Birra % Alcol OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBU Luppoli EBC Malti Kcal 100ml
Augustiner Heller Bock 7,5 16,5 68 10 30 12 pilsner, münchner 62
Paulaner St. Thomas 6,8 16,3 67 15 30 Hallertau Tradition, Taurus 12 münchner, pilsner 61
Hofbräu Maibock 7,2 16,6 68 13 31 Magnum, Herkules, Perle, Select 18 münchner, pilsner 57
Helles Export
Birrificio Birra % Alcol OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBU Luppoli EBC Malti Kcal 100ml
Hacker Pschorr Münchner Gold 5,5 12,5 50 8 20 Hallertau Tradition, Helkules 7 münchner, pilsner 46
Paulaner Münchner Urtyp 5,5 12,7 51 9 20 Hersbrucker, Hallertau Tradition 12 pilsner, münchner  42
Augustiner Edelstoff 5,6 12,7 51 9 17 8 pilsner, münchner 49
Löwenbräu Urtyp 5,4 12,4 50 9 20 10 pilsner, münchner 44
Keller
Birrificio Birra % Alcol OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBU Luppoli EBC Malti Kcal 100ml
Hofbräu Sommerzwickl 5,1 11,8 48 9 24 Magnum, Herkules, Perle, Select 12 münchner, pilsner 40
Paulaner Zwickl 5,5 12,5 50 8 23 Hallertau Tradition, Hersbrucker 12 münchner, pilsner 42
Hofbräu Winterzwickl 5,5 12,5 50 8 23 Herkules, Perle 35 münchner, pilsner, caramel 44
Hacker Pschorr Keller bier 5,5 12,5 50 8 15 Hallertau Tradition 12 münchner, pilsner 41
Franziskaner Kellerbier 5,2 12 48 9 20 12 münchner, pilsner 43
Dunkel
Birrificio Birra % Alcol OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBU Luppoli EBC Malti Kcal 100ml
Hacker Pschorr Münchner Dunkel 5 12,7 51 13 18 Hallertau Tradition 47 münchner, pilsner 45
Augustiner Dunkel 5,6 13,4 54 11 20 40 pilsner, münchner 47
Löwenbräu Dunkel 5,5 12,5 50 8 20 40 pilsner, münchner 48
Paulaner Ur-Dunkel 5 12,7 51 13 20 Hallertau Tradition 40 münchner 45
Hofbräu Dunkel 5,5 12,5 50 8 23 Herkules, Perle 40 münchner, pilsner, caramel 43
Doppel Bock
Birrificio Birra % Alcol OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBU Luppoli EBC Malti Kcal 100ml
Löwenbräu Triumphator 7,6 18,2 75 17 30 35 pilsner, münchner 70
Paulaner Salvator 7,9 18,3 75 15 30 Hallertau Tradition, Herkules, Taurus 35 münchner, pilsner 71
Hacker Pschorr Animator 8,1 19,3 80 18 28 Hallertau Tradition, Helkules 47 münchner, pilsner 75
Augustiner Maximator 7,5 18,5 76 19 30 35 münchner, pilsner 71
Pilsner
Birrificio Birra % Alcol OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBU Luppoli EBC Malti Kcal 100ml
Augustiner Pils 5,6 12,4 50 7 25 6 pilsner 44
Paulaner Pils 4,8 11,2 45 8 25 Hallertau Tradition, Herkules, Taurus 6 pilsner 37
Weisse
Birrificio Birra % Alcol OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBU Luppoli EBC Malti Kcal 100ml
Hacker Pschorr Weissbier 5,5 12,5 50 8 13 Helkules 16 münchner, pilsner, weizen, dunkles weizen 47
Hacker Pschorr Stern 5,5 12,5 50 8 13 Helkules 22 münchner, pilsner, weizen, dunkles weizen 47
Franziskaner Weissbier 5,0 11,8 48 9 12 14 münchner, pilsner, weizen 43
Franziskaner Weissbier Dunkel 5,0 11,8 48 9 12 34 münchner, pilsner, weizen, dunkles weizen 45
Franziskaner Weissbier Kristallklar 5,0 11,8 48 9 15.5 pilsner, weizen 43
Franziskaner Royal 6,0 13,8 56 10 münchner, pilsner, weizen 51
Augustiner Weissbier 5,4 12,4 50 9 münchner, pilsner, weizen 43
Löwenbräu LöwenWeisse 5,2 11,8 48 8 münchner, pilsner, weizen 71
Paulaner Hefe-Weißbier 5,5 12,5 50 8 13 Herkules, Taurus 14 münchner, pilsner, weizen, dunkles weizen 42
Paulaner Weißbier Kristallklar 5,2 11,7 48 8 10 Herkules münchner, pilsner, weizen, dunkles weizen 39
Paulaner Hefe-Weißbier Dunkel 5,3 12,4 50 9 13 Herkules, Taurus 29 münchner, pilsner, weizen, dunkles weizen 41
Hofbräu Münchner Weisse 5,1 12,2 49 10 14 Herkules, Perle weizen, münchner, pilsner 42
Hofbräu Weisse Schwarze 5,1 12,2 49 10 14 Herkules, Perle weizen, münchner, pilsner 41
Hofbräu Kristall Weisse 5,4 12,7 51 10 16 Herkules, Perle weizen, pilsner 42