Recipe: Martin Keen’s Homebrew Festbier

Looking for something different, yet traditional for your next Oktoberfest party? Look no further than to the German Festbier. Even though many think the darker, more malt forward Märzen style is what is served, the Festbier has been the main focus of current Munich Oktoberfest parties.

Source: Martin Keen via Homebrew Academy

Beer Specifications

Beer Name:Festbier
Beer Style:Lager
Recipe Type:All Grain
Pre-Boil Volume:6.5 gallons / 24.61 litres
Batch Size:5.5 gallons / 20.82 litres
Estimated SRM:4-7°
Estimated IBU:18-25
Estimated OG:1.054 – 1.057
Estimated FG:1.010 – 1.012
Estimated ABV:5.8 – 6.3%

Grain Bill/Fermentables

9.5German Pilsner
1.5Munich Type I
0.5Victory Malt


1.560 minHallertauer
1.55 minHallertauer


1Wyeast Labs #2308 (Munich Lager)

Fermentation Schedule

35 daysPrimary
14 daysBottle Conditioning


Mash Temperature:152°F / 66.7°C
Mash Time:60 min
Boil Duration:60 min

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