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 the Munich’s 7 sisters (sometimes also called Munich’s 6 sisters, excluding Franziskaner that 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 into 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 the 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 official Internet sites of these breweries; some of them, like Hacker Pschrorr, nearly published the full recipe of their beers, others like Spaten-Franziskaner or Augustirer are loath to give even some minimal information.

Beers served at the Oktoberfest deserve a separate chapter because they are very different compared to the corresponding bottled-versions. Moreover, 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 to the breweries’ spokesmen) that can be compared.
The law says that these beers must have an initial gravity 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 breweris), 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.

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
Beer % Plato % Alc EBC IBUs % Plato % Alc EBC IBUs
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
Brewery Beer % Alc OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBUs Hops EBC Malts Kcal 100ml
Hofbräu Original 5,1 11,7 47 8 24 Magnum, Herkules, Perle 8 münchner, pilsner 43
Hofbräu Hb Pure 5,3 11,8 48 7 24 Magnum, Herkules, Perle, Select 8 münchner, pilsner 43
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 42
Festbier
Brewery Beer % Alc OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBUs Hops EBC Malts Kcal 100ml
Hofbräu Oktoberfest 6,3 13,7 56 7 26 Magnum, Herkules, Perle 12 münchner, pilsner 50
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 10 25 Hallertau Tradition, Herkules, Taurus 12 münchner, pilsner 50
Helles Bock
Brewery Beer % Alc OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBUs Hops EBC Malts 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 62
Helles Export
Brewery Beer % Alc OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBU Hops EBC Malts 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 12,5 50 8 20 Hallertau Tradition, Herkules, Taurus 12 pilsner 46
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
Brewery Beer % Alc OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBU Hops EBC Malts Kcal 100ml
Hofbräu Sommerzwickl 5,1 11,8 48 9 24 Magnum, Herkules, Perle, Select 12 münchner, pilsner 44
Paulaner Zwickl 5,5 12,5 50 8 23 Hallertau Tradition, Hersbrucker 12 münchner, pilsner 46
Hofbräu Winterzwickl 5,5 12,5 50 8 23 Herkules, Perle 35 münchner, pilsner, caramel 46
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
Brewery Beer % Alc OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBUs Hops EBC Malts 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 46
Doppel Bock
Brewery Beer % Alc OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBUs Hops EBC Malts 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
Brewery Beer % Alc OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBU Hops EBC Malts 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
Brewery Beer % Alc OG Plato OG pt FG pt IBUs Hops 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 14 18 münchner, pilsner, weizen 43
Franziskaner Weissbier Dunkel 5,0 11,8 48 9 14 40 münchner, pilsner, weizen, dunkles weizen 45
Franziskaner Weissbier Kristallklar 5,0 11,8 48 9 14 8 pilsner, weizen 43
Franziskaner Royal 6,0 13,8 56 10 15 24 münchner, pilsner, weizen 51
Augustiner Weissbier 5,4 12,4 50 9 14 15 münchner, pilsner, weizen 43
Löwenbräu LöwenWeisse 5,2 11,8 48 8 14 12 münchner, pilsner, weizen 71
Paulaner Hefe-Weißbier 5,5 12,5 50 8 14 Herkules, Taurus 12 münchner, pilsner, weizen, dunkles weizen 47
Paulaner Weißbier Kristallklar 5,2 11,8 48 8 14 Herkules, Taurus 8 münchner, pilsner, weizen 42
Paulaner Hefe-Weißbier Dunkel 5,3 12,4 50 9 14 Herkules, Taurus 24 münchner, pilsner, weizen, dunkles weizen 45
Hofbräu Weisse 5,1 12,2 49 10 14 Herkules, Perle 18 weizen, münchner, pilsner 45
Hofbräu Weisse Schwarze 5,1 12,2 49 10 14 Herkules, Perle 24 weizen, münchner, pilsner 45
Hofbräu Kristall Weisse 5,4 12,7 51 10 16 Herkules, Perle 8 weizen, pilsner 47