The Biergarten Embodying the
Bavarian way of life

The Biergarten Embodying the Bavarian way of life

What you've always wanted to know about Biergarten
Equipped with this Biergarten guide, nothing can go wrong.

Beer, the liquid food
In the 14th century the Paulaner monks were brewing true to the motto: “Liquida non frangunt ienum” (“Liquid does not break the Lent”). Because of the hard work and the often sparse food especially at times of fasting, beer was considered liquid food, allowing the people of Munich to drink 5 litres per day!

Beer tables and benches
There are no tables for two, and people are very open. It is appropriate to share a table and toast each other with a Mass (litre mug) of beer.

Dress code
You can wear any outfit to a Biergarten. Of course, true Bavarians like to wear their “Lederne” - the traditional Bavarian Lederhosn and women like to wear their Dirndl, the traditional Bavarian dress, to the Biergarten.

Food
Traditional Biergarten meals are Steckerlfisch, a mackerel on a stick grilled over charcoal. There ist also a Bavarian cheese spread called Obazda, Radi (radish), Wurstsalat (marinated sausage salad) and the traditional Bavarian snack board known in Germany as a “Brotzeitbrettl”.

The toast
Before enjoying a tasty Bavarian wheat beer together, there’s always the toast. But keep in mind: Wheat beer glasses are clinked against each other at the bottom end. That stirs up the yeast that has settled down at the bottom of the glass and allows it to unfold its full range of taste. Also, the glasses are thinner on the upper end and less sturdy than a beer stein.

Biergarten tips
A Biergarten is something unique, hence locals have a slight advantage regarding the local customs and traditions. Thankfully, our waitress Paula has a few tips for your next visit to the Biergarten. Enjoy!

„Bis heut‘ Nachmittag!” See you this afternoon!
It’s best to make appointments for vague times because no one is in a rush and no one is too late. It is very “gemütlich” (relaxed) at a Biergarten and it already begins when making the appointment.

„Hock di hera!“ Have a seat!
Strangers quickly become friends in the shade under the chestnut trees. So please sit down at any table without hesitation. Every new face adds a touch of conviviality.

„Hier schmeckt’s allen!” Everybody likes it here!
The most diverse people come together here: the older gentleman toasts with the young students, the train conductor chats with the tourists, and the bricklayer enjoys his snack with a college professor. This is the right way to socialize.

„Wer bist’n du?“ Who are you?
In a Biergarten sometimes dialects, language, attitude and even competing football fans bump into each other, but fortunately everybody is allowed to say what they think. Only one thing is not allowed: formal introductions in German. In a Biergarten everyone is referred to by their first names, never their last.

„Prost miteinand!“ Cheers everybody!
Don’t forget to toast your neighbors when enjoying your own fresh Paulaner Weißbier, ideally many times. An easy rule of thumb: ten toasts should be okay for each 1 litre Mass. And, by the way, you only toast with the bottom of the Weissbier glass.

„Tischlein deck dich!“ Set your table!
A Bavarian Brotzeit (light meal or hearty snack) is very traditional. As a true Biergarten professional, bring along a quaint tablecloth, wood cutting board and a sharp knife in a picnic basket. A delicious Weissbier will be waiting for you.

„Zeit für a Brotzeit!“ Time for a Brotzeit!
Nothing goes better with a hearty Brotzeit than a fresh Weissbier. Now it’s time to take all the little delicacies we love so much to the Biergarten: namely pretzels, Radi (radish) and our beloved Obatzda.

„Fesches Dirndl!“ Pretty girl!
In Bavaria we use the term, “Fesches Dirndl” to describe a pretty girl, as well as the traditional dress she wears. There is a little secret hiding behind the apron’s tied bow: if the bow is tied on the left it means she is available, but if the bow is tied to the right side, she is already spoken for.

„Aus is!“ It’s over!
Don’t be shocked when you hear the sound of a bell at 10:30 p.m. It would be a shame to spill all that tasty Weissbier. But this means it’s “last call” and is mandated by the opening hours of the Biergarten. Biergarten hours are officially governed by Biergarten regulations, so order your last round punctually!

„Prost Mahlzeit!“ Cheers, enjoy your meal!
Did you know that our Biergarten don’t have a season? Even on a nice day in the winter we will bring out the Biergarten tables and chairs, and enjoy the moment together: with a fresh Weissbier and a homemade picnic lunch.

Bavarian snack board

The Bavarian snack board known in Germany as a “Brotzeitbrettl” is just as much a part of the Paulaner Biergarten as drinking a cold Paulaner beer. To enjoy the perfect snack board at home, watch the video instructions we made for you – it also works great with local foods too.
Enjoy your meal!

The Bavarian snack board known in Germany as a “Brotzeitbrettl” is just as much a part of Paulaner Biergarten as drinking a cold Paulaner beer. To enjoy the perfect snack board at home, watch the video instructions we made for you – it also works great with local foods too.
Enjoy your meal!

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