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Oktoberfest beer prices to crack €9-mark

The Local · 7 Jun 2011, 12:07

Published: 07 Jun 2011 12:07 GMT+02:00

A Maß of beer will cost on average €8.97, according to Munich officials, as drinkers will have to fork out between between €8.70 and €9.20 for a mug of golden Bavarian ambrosia.

That range takes into account all the beer halls in the city, not just the large tents in the famous area known as the Wiesn, though it is expected that prices will be jacked up across the board.

Last year, the 200th anniversary Oktoberfest generally set drinkers back between €8.30 and €8.90 per Maß, which also represented a hefty hike. The Wiesn tents blamed last year’s rise on the need to construct additional bollards – barriers against vehicles – amid terrorism threats at the time, the €3.3 million cost for which was borne by the beer companies.

But city councillor Helmut Schmid of the centre-left Social Democrats said he did not accept that argument.

“The (security) investment is being spread out over 10 years," he told daily Münchner Merkur on Tuesday. "It doesn’t justify a price hike.”

The conservative Christian Social Union failed meanwhile in its application to the city council to have the festival extended by one day in exchange for more stable prices at the Wiesn tents.

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The council majority consisting of SPD and Greens councillors voted down the proposal, saying the festival would be an extra day long anyway, with the final Monday falling on German Unity Day, which is a public holiday.

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Your comments about this article

13:24 June 7, 2011 by HistoryProffessor
Man, that is just too much for a glass of beer. What is this world coming to?
13:44 June 7, 2011 by MrBowlocks
As if you ever even get a litre! Anybody who'd pay that price for a three-quater full Mass must be crazy. I've never understood why the Eichsamt don't crack down on this yearly rip-off!
14:23 June 7, 2011 by Ruhetag
They should give the bier away for free, but charge you €10 to use the toilet.
14:36 June 7, 2011 by vossy
Toilets - what toilets? Most just do it on the floor, girls included.
14:46 June 7, 2011 by AbhilashD
But I paid 10 € per Maß last year! Ah well...
15:19 June 7, 2011 by Englishted
I been there ten times but last time was 2001,at over nine euro,I need sponsorship .

Please contact here.
15:32 June 7, 2011 by LecteurX
Article says: "Just how deeply into his or her pockets drinkers will need to reach for a mug of Bavarian golden ambrosia will vary between €8.70 and €9.20."

Shouldn't it be either "just how deeply into THEIR pockets drinkers will need to reach", or "just how deeply into hes or her pockets each drinker will need to reach"?

At least we could praise The Local for not using those annoying and ubiquitous variations of "slammed" in the title, as in "Oktoberfest officials slammed for beer price hike".
19:32 June 7, 2011 by TRJ
Here is how I plan to consider it:

Beer cost: 6 euro.

Dirndl viewing surcharge: 3.20 euro.

Somehow, this math makes the beer taste a bit better.
20:25 June 7, 2011 by wxman
I'm certainly not a class warfare type, but this will have the same consequence. It will allow those who can easily afford the price to enjoy the festivities without the surging crowds of the masses to interfere with their partying. Let them eat cake.
12:29 June 9, 2011 by Angry Ami
I live in Berlin, and I have a Maß at home, so what I do is go to the market and by a couple bottles of Franziskaner or Löwebräu and fill my Maß, then it's Oktoberfest in my livingroom for 89 cents a bottle, HA!
17:25 June 11, 2011 by Englishted
by Angry Ami

It's buy ,so bye-bye.
00:25 June 13, 2011 by WAKeele
Yeah, it's a lot more expensive than you'll find at every day places throughout Germany, but in the U.S., it's still a deal--even at your every day places here. A big beer festival can run up to $40 (€~28) and you get 2-4oz (~0.06-0.1L) samples, long lines and you'd be lucky to get a liter. Fairs can charge $10-30 (€~7-21) an average from what I've seen just to walk through the gate, then you'd have to pay $5-8 (€~3.50-5.60) for a mediocre beer (12oz/355mL) that would go for about $3 (€~2) at a bar or $5 for a six-pack.

For the experience, I think it's still worth it. Just don't drink as much and they might get a hint. You can always go to one of the smaller fests or a Brauhaus elsewhere. Germany still has some of the bests prices for beer from my experiences.
17:01 June 14, 2011 by tonilton
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02:51 June 15, 2011 by Ray Davies
To give you an Idea of inflation---I can remember when it was 5DM. About a$1.25 at the time. Long time ago.with some good memories.
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