A organization fighting stingy beer pouring has declared widespread fraud is occurring at Munichâ€™s Oktoberfest, as visitors arenâ€™t getting as much amber nectar as theyâ€™ve paid for in the festival's huge 1-litre mugs.
A properly filled mug known as a MaÃŸ is rare at Oktoberfest, according to testing by the League Against Fraudulent Pouring (VGBE), which visited 12 separate beer tents to order almost 100 mugs.
Instead, many MaÃŸ, which cost about â‚¬9 each on average, are only being filled to 90 percent, because Munichâ€™s government allows a variance of up to 0.1 litre, the organization said.
â€œThe tolerance level has to go,â€ said the VGBEâ€™s president, Jan-Ulrich Bittlinge, who called the results of the test â€œsobering.â€ â€œWe ordered and paid for seven mugs in every tent. But, in fact, we received on average only six litres of beer.â€
Some results were particularly bad: In one tent the mug only contained 0.73 litres of beer, meaning the customer was cheated out of â‚¬2.43 worth of beer.
VGBE, which was founded more than 100 years ago to protect beer drinkersâ€™ rights, has become famous for uncovering beer-pouring fraud throughout the country. Its roughly 4,000 members are particularly active during Oktoberfest, but have also appeared at festivals in KÃ¶ln, Stuttgart and elsewhere in Germany.
In addition to using typical tools, such as tape-measures, at this yearâ€™s Oktoberfest, the organizationâ€™s members are using a smartphone app called â€œBeer Inspector,â€ which can calculate beer levels by analyzing a simple photograph.
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