Just north of Munich, in the Bavarian city of Freising, the hills call home to Weihenstephan. Operating since 1040, it’s celebrated as the oldest existing brewery in the world. Known for its array of wheats and a classic Pilsner, Weihenstephan is proudly represented in the Märzen market with Weihenstephaner Oktoberfestbier. (Simply known as Festbier in some regions.) While lighter in color than most Oktoberfest beers, Festbier is a full-bodied brew topped with a thick crop of white foam that leaves plenty of residual “lace”–that leftover foam that rings around your empty stein. Festbier is far more balanced, with a stronger hops presence than your average Oktoberfest, marrying the bitterness with underlying honey malts. The beer pairs great with traditional Bavarian food and, as such, is a fall beer garden staple.
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