Lower your expectations
Yes, this might be the world’s biggest beer festival, but if you’re a hophead who pounds IPAs back home, the brews on the Wiesn are probably not going blow your mind. “If you’ve tried an Oktoberfest beer or Märzen from the US, they have much more character”, says Sylvia Kopp, a beer sommelier and writer who runs the Berlin Beer Academy. “Oktoberfest is not at all about good beer. It’s just a party”. Or as Ryan, a Ratebeer geek, put it after a visit last year: “The beer is decent at best, but the atmosphere spices it up quite a bit”.