It's not called "strong" beer for the reason you think!
A swell spring sudsfest
Far less well known outside Munich than Oktoberfest, the city's monthlong Starkbierzeit in February/March is one of the city's most historical celebrations - and one that's not so massive (and therefore for many visitors perhaps less intimidating). Exact dates vary depending on when Lent falls that year; the linkage is not accidental - in the days when Catholics had to lay off many solid foods for Lent, liquids like beer were not on that list. And in any case, this beer is called "strong" not because of its alcohol content but its malt content, which has also earned it the nickname "liquid bread". The fun begins in the Paulander Keller cellars, with well known local personalities chosen to tap the first keg.