The Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu GmbH is a traditional brewery in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is owned by the Spaten-Löwenbräu-Gruppe which is part of the Belgian InBev-Group. Its products are beers of the brands Spaten and Franziskaner.


In the year 1397 the Welser Prew was alluded to for the first time in Munich. The ownership changed often until the brewery moved in the year 1854 to the location it still uses today. In the year 1867 it became the largest brewery in town. In 1909 the company started to deliver beer to North America. In 1922 the Spaten-Brauerei and Franziskaner-Leist-Bräu united to a joint stock company. In 1924 the advertising slogan "Lass Dir raten, trinke Spaten2" ("Let me advise you to drink Spaten") was invented. It is still in use until today. The brewery reached the production of 1 million hectoliters (21,996,925 gallons) in 1992. In 1997 the brewery united with the Löwenbräu AG to form the Spaten-Löwenbräu-Gruppe. The Spaten-Löwenbräu-Gruppe was sold to Interbrew in 2003. The company's immovables were separated into the SGI Seldmayr Grund und Immobilien. 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. It is now the museum of the company.


"Spaten" means spade in German, and the symbol of the brand is a malt shovel. "Franziskaner" means Franciscan, the symbol is a monk.

  • In 1894 the Münchner Hell was produced by the company for the first time. The wort is >11.7%. This product has 5.2% of alcohol by volume.
  • The Pils was the first to be produced in Munich and has >11.7% wort and 5.0% of alcohol by volume.
  • The malty Oktoberfestbier is produced in spring to be sold in autumn for the Oktoberfest. It has >13.7% of wort and 5.9% of alcohol by volume.
  • A specialty is the Diät-Pils, which may also be consumed by diabetics; (100 ml contains about 134 kJ, 32 kcal). It has 4.9% of alcohol by volume.
  • The Non-alcoholic beer has a wort oft >7.3%.
  • The Franziskaner Weissbier has 11.8% wort and 5.0% of alcohol by volume.
  • The Dopplebock Optimator has 7.2% of alcohol by volume.

Further reading

  • 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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