I am planning to visit Munich soon and the most consistent piece of advice I have gotten is that I have to visit some beer gardens while I am there. However, I have been warned that, other than the Hofbrauhaus, I should not go where the tourists go. Apparently, going to a bad, "tourist trappy" location will ruin my day faster than going to a good one will improve it.

My knowledge of German is limited to "hello" and "thank you." I do not look like a native. I don't know much about German culture. What signs can I look for to determine whether a particular beer garden is a good one or a tourist trap? Or, more generally, if I am not standing outside a beer garden, how can I find a good one?

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    My advise would be to not worry about it too much, drinking beer in Munich is a well worn path where ever you go, just drink and enoy yourself. – Dan Jul 6 '15 at 6:53
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    Wait a minute! Do you mean non-German tourists? German tourists from all over flood Bavaria in the summer and fall. If you are looking for 'authenticity', take the 2 hour train ride to Deggendorf. – Gayot Fow Jul 6 '15 at 9:40
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    I am disappointed in this closure. I am not asking "hai guys what's your favorite beer haha." I am asking how to identify tourist traps, but for a specific type of establishment. A useful, concrete travel skill, not an opinion. – Europe2015 Jul 6 '15 at 15:40
  • @Dan we all find enjoyment in different ways. In my case, a quite large part of it is making sure I'm at a proper location first, hence the need for this question. – Europe2015 Jul 6 '15 at 15:42
  • @GayotFow I actually do not know. Not sure if non-German tourists would be catered to differently than German tourists. Authenticity was not the sole motivator for this question, but regardless, thank you for the tip, I will look up Deggendorf. – Europe2015 Jul 6 '15 at 15:46