Beer, Bier and erm, Beer – Seven Pearls of Wisdom for Beer Drinking in Munich

Although my latest posts may lead you to think otherwise, I promise I’m not a raving alcoholic.  However, I am going to share my seven pearls of wisdom for beer drinking in Munich with you because it was just so good that it deserves its very own blog post.

♥ When in Rome…

…Or Munich in this case, one must sample the beer – you know, simply to broaden one’s horizon. No excuses – you must taste it. I’m not a beer drinker, as I find it really bloating and I’m not keen on the flavour. However, the German beer is really clean and not as yeasty. A lot of German brewers follow an old fashioned rule that states you must only use water, hops and malt – no additives and such. It certainly pays off when it comes to the palate.

Ausmeister was my favourite drinking spot

Aumeister was my favourite drinking spot

♥ Off the Beaten Track

 was by far my favourite beer garden in Munich. I found it by chance when I got lost in the northern corner of The Englischen Garten (English Garden). Some lovely locals directed me and I am so grateful. Weirdly, in the appropriately named English Garden I felt like the only English person, well at least in Aumeister (which I loved). The sun was shining down (this of course, is pot luck), every dog owner seemed to be out, and it had a really peaceful atmosphere (despite the crowds and band). I could have happily spent all day there.

The many dogs of Munich

The many dogs of Munich

Music at Aumeister

Music at Aumeister

♥ Shorts and Braces

You can’t help but smile and cheer when the ‘om pa pa’ band (dressed in lederhosen) start playing. Seriously, if you ever go I bet you’ll be tapping your feet and swaying to the music – it’s infectious. I didn’t recognise any of the songs, but that’s the great thing about it – you can ‘om pa pa’ your way through. Oh and check out the spoon players – they’re a lot noisier and talented than you might think.

The om pa pa band at the Hofbrauhaus

The om pa pa band at the Hofbrauhaus

♥ Embrace your Inner Tourist

You have to visit the Hofbrauhaus. Yes, it is touristy, but it is also full of locals and it is bloody good fun. You simply find a space on one of the long wooden benches and order a drink from the waiter. It’s really social chatting to your newly acquainted drinking partners. Language barriers do not apply – everyone knows how to clink a stein. If you need further convincing, not only is it right in the city centre (Hochbruchenstrasse will lead you there, you can’t miss it), but it is also free to enter. It’s open from 9am through til late and every time I popped in it was very busy and loud (in a good way). Oh, and don’t forget to look up at the amazing ceiling.

The stunning ceiling in the Hofbrauhaus

The stunning ceiling in the Hofbrauhaus

♥ Bread Belly

Beer in one hand, pretzel in the other. They go together like salt and pepper, like Barbie and Ken, like me and travel. Every beer garden I went to sold them. They are super cheap, really filling and great for veggies like moi. I always shared one and it was more than enough (they’re practically the size of my head!). Forget nuts, giant salty pretzels are all the rage in Munich. I just wish it was a trend that would catch on here in the UK.

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♥ Learn the Lingo

So you’ve probably worked out that a ‘stein’ is the glass the beer is drank from. Very similar to the English ‘beer’, in German it is simply ‘bier’. Add a ‘hallo’ (hello), ‘ein’ (one) bier ‘bitte’ (pronounced like ‘bitter’ and German for please) and you’re well on your way to being a bonafide Deutsche. Oh and don’t forget a ‘danke’ (pronounced ‘danka’, meaning thank you).

I needed two hands with the stein - it is the equivalent of two steins

I needed two hands with the stein – it is the equivalent of two pints

BBQ fish at Aumeister

BBQ fish at Aumeister

♥ A Slice of China in Munich

82 feet high, located in the famous Englischen Garten, and the second largest beer garden in Munich, with 7,500 seats. You can’t miss the  Chinesischer Turm (in both ways). It brings in a touristy crowd with it being a stop point on many cycle tours, but it also has a local scene thanks to the nearby university. I visited on a Monday lunchtime and it was pleasantly quiet. The five storey wooden pagoda the garden centres around is very dramatic and the lanterns add to the ambience. It’s worth a picture.  For every beer you buy the price includes an added extra for the stein. You receive a token and provided you return the glass you recoup that extra cost.


Lots of love from Munich

Lots of pretzel love from Munich

What do you think? Do you have any more tips to add to this list? Have I inspired you to visit? X

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  • jwbeach 7 years ago Reply

    I have been pleasantly surprised at the good taste of Radler (lemonade plus beer) and Cola-Weissen (Coke plus beer). Both are better than just plain bier in my opinion, and should be tried “when in Munich.”

    Taylor Hearts Travel 7 years ago Reply

    Ooh good shout on those variations. I bet they are delicious!

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