The tent of the Spaten brewery is mostly known for its oxen, which can be seen in front of the kitchen.
The first oxen grill was built by Johann Rössler for the Oktoberfest 1881. The steam-powered grill was so popular, that he could even charge an entrance fee for it. Over the following decades, the grill became larger and turned into a large beer tent, which was acquired by the Spaten brewery in 1980, when the well-known Haberl family took it over.
Back then, the tent became its very unusual curved façade, which is contrary to the very common, traditional interior with white and blue cloths, large wreaths and Trachtler figures at the posts. The Haberls like their beer tent design to such an extent that they have been trying to register it as a three-dimensional trademark since 2010.
The Ochsenbraterei is not only known for its culinary treats, but also for the acoustic brass music played during the afternoons. In fact, the Ochsenbraterei was the first Oktoberfest tent to offer music during lunchtime. Maybe not least, therefore, it’s one of the few tents, which are already crowded at noon. In the evening, however, it's easier to find seats here than in other tents.
Around 100 oxen are grilled each year. Each of them is a true child of Munich, as they are exclusively reared at the municipal farm Gut Karlshof.
A new Ochsenbraterei building was introduced in 2017. The new tent adopts the most significant design elements of its predecessor, though.