A visitor drinking a Maß at Oktoberfest. Photo: DPA
At this years Oktoberfest, for the first time a one litre mug of beer (Maß) in some tents will set a visitor back more than €11, the city of Munich announced on Wednesday.
The price for a typical Bavarian Maß will range between €10.70 and €11.50, which is on average about 3.5 percent more than last year.
The main reason for the increase is the higher percentage lease that the beer tent owners have to pay to the city. The tax – which was only introduced last year to cover costs for increased security – has gone up by 53 percent, said beer tent spokesman Peter Inselkammer.
Meanwhile the average prices for non-alcoholic beverages at the world's largest Volksfest from September 22nd to October 7th will remain roughly the same as last year or maybe even decrease. This is because beer tent owners want to show that they are family friendly, said Inselkammer.
About the same as in 2017, one litre of bottled water will cost on average €8.72 and soft drinks €9.27. Only the soft drink Spezi will be slightly more expensive at €9.80 per litre; last year it cost €9.64.
The beer served at the annual Munich event is brewed especially for the festival. It has more original gravity and a higher alcohol content than other pale beers.