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The Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu brewery in Munich
LocationMunich, Bavaria, Germany
Opened1397 (1397)
Owned byAnheuser-Busch InBev

Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu GmbH is a brewery in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is part of the Belgian-American company Anheuser-Busch InBev. Its products are beers of the brands Spaten and Franziskaner.


Beer carriage at the Oktoberfest folk costume procession in 2006
A glass of Franziskaner Weissbier

In 1397, the Welser Prew was alluded to for the first time in Munich. The ownership changed often until 1854, when the brewery moved to the location it still uses today. In 1867, it became the largest brewery in town, and in 1909 began to deliver beer to North America.

In 1922, the Spaten-Brauerei and Franziskaner-Leist-Bräu united to form a joint stock company. In 1924, the advertising slogan "Lass Dir raten, trinke Spaten" (literally "Let yourself be advised, drink Spaten") was invented. It is still in use today. The brewery reached the production of 1 million hectolitres (850,000 US bbl) in 1992.

In 1997, the brewery combined with the Löwenbräu AG to form the Spaten-Löwenbräu-Gruppe. The Spaten-Löwenbräu-Gruppe was sold in 2003 to Interbrew. In 2004, Interbrew and the Brazilian Companhia de Bebidas das Américas (AmBev) united to form InBev. The brewhouse in the Marsstraße in Munich was closed due to a lack of workload in 2006 and is now the museum of the company. In 2010, the brewery employed 500 workers and had an annual production volume of approximately 2.4 million hectolitres (2,000,000 US bbl),[1] making it one of the largest breweries in Bavaria.


A bottle of Spaten

"Spaten" means spade in German, and the symbol of the brand is a malt shovel. "Franziskaner" means Franciscan in German, and the picture on the label is of a Franciscan friar.

  • In 1841, the company introduced Märzenbier.[2]
  • In 1894, the Münchner Hell (German pale lager) was produced by the company for the first time. The wort is >11.7° Plato. This product has 5.2% of alcohol by volume.
  • The Pils was the first to be produced in Munich and has >11.7° Plato wort and 5.0% of alcohol by volume.
  • The Oktoberfestbier is produced in spring to be sold in autumn for the Oktoberfest. It has >13.7° Plato wort and 5.9% of alcohol by volume.
  • The lighter beer is the Diät-Pils, which may also be consumed by diabetics[citation needed]; (100 ml contains about 134 kJ, 32 kcal). It has 4.9% of alcohol by volume.
  • Non-alcoholic beer has a wort of >7.3° Plato.
  • Franziskaner Weissbier has 11.8° Plato wort and 5.0% of alcohol by volume.
  • Doppelbock Optimator has 7.6% of alcohol by volume.


  1. ^ "Spaten, Franziskaner und Löwenbräu bleiben". tz. Munich. 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2015-10-28. Mit einem jährlichen Bierausstoß von rund 2,4 Millionen Hektolitern und rund 500 Mitarbeitern ist die Münchener Spaten-Löwenbräu-Gruppe eine der größten Brauereien in Bayern.
  2. ^ 'The Oxford Companion to Beer', p. 393

Further reading[edit]

  • Behringer, Wolfgang: Die Spaten-Brauerei 1397-1997. Die Geschichte eines Münchner Unternehmens vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart. München: Piper 1997. ISBN 3-492-03600-7.
  • Sedlmayr, Fritz: Die Geschichte der Spatenbrauerei und brauereigeschichtliche Beiträge 1807-1874. Band I. München 1934, Band II. Nürnberg 1949.

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Coordinates: 48°08′45″N 11°33′12″E / 48.14583°N 11.55333°E / 48.14583; 11.55333