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The guide was fantastic. He sounded like he knew what he was talking about. The beer tastes good too
We had a very knowledgeable tour guide. Also all you can drink for 45 minutes before the tour starts. Doesn't get any better.
My wife and I were somewhat apprehensive about taking a beer-related group bus tour in Munich. We were worried that it may be a little too "touristy" and that we would not get anything out of it. We only took the tour because of a dead spot in our schedule and it had good reviews on Viator. It turned out to be one of our best experiences in Munich. To our surprise, the overwhelming majority of the participants were German so the bus ride alone was an immersion into German culture. The guide on the bus tour was very knowledgeable of Munich and the history of beer.
Once we arrived at Paulaner brewery, we immediately started with beer and pretzels. For the first 45 minutes at the brewery, the whole group just drank beer and socialized. When it was time for the tour to start, the German group left roughly 10 minutes ahead of the English speaking group. This was great because I am sure that neither group wanted to sit through hearing the same presentation twice. The English speaking group was small (just 6 of us) and we were able to ask a lot of questions about the brewery and get a personal experience with our guide.
At the end of the tour the bus loaded up with a happier and more talkative group than it started what it started with. I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone interested in the history of beer in Munich.
My first time in brewery ,so this was very interesting and informative. The guide was great and so was the beer sample and pretzel at the end of the tour.
I have visited many US breweries, and while the process is the same, the history of this tour is impressive. Must do for any brew fan.
Very good guide tell us a lot about Munich and the Brewery and Beer culture.
The tour didn't go to Paulaner as advertised, since they are in the process of moving their brewing operations to a new location, and we didn't find this out until we boarded the tour bus. The tour guide was Rainer exceptional, and he showed us the locations of the Big 6 breweries in town. Giesinger Braü was a really nice stop as an alternative to Paulaner, but it would've been nice to know this in advance.
The brewery tour was fantastic. Could not have been happier. However the guide on the bus to and from the brewery was giving the group a tour of the city centre which did not interest many guests. It was then very difficult to hear as people were talking over the guide.
This tour was good. The tour of the brewery was informative and the beer tasting was plentiful.
Interesting tour about the history of the beer. You start off with a 40 minute beer tasting (open bar) so it is quite possible to get your money out of the tour there alone. Extremely knowledgable staff and the English tour was lead by a native speaker which makes it that much more enjoyable and easy to learn from.
For beer enthusiasts this is a great tour.
It starts with a sample or two of the Paulaner beers and pretzels....strange to start with the samples but got everyone relaxed and eager to see the brewery.
I would suggest to go during the week when the bottle lines are running but overall a fun couple of hours.
A shame that you don't get to finish the tour in the gift shop as I'm sure plenty of people would have made purchases.
The tour was very informative and gave a real insight into the history and process of the brewery. The only negative was that the tour wasn't as advertised. When buying the package it says we will be given a pretzel and souvenir bottle opener, not of these were given to anyone on our tour group. Need to provide this service if you are offering it in the price.
This was good but a bit confusing when we arrived and we're plied with beer for an hour before walking round the rest of the brewery. Not that we minded but it would have been nice to be told what was going on.
I've been around quite a few breweries and know quite a bit about the brewing process. On the whole I didnt find this tour to be particularly interesting but in fairness this view is not shared by my son who rated the tour more highly than me. The tour to the site was well organised and we saw the sites of other breweries and landmarks in Munich which was a bonus if you hadn't already seen them.
Our tour guide was great but we got taken to a Munich microbrewery instead of Paulaner. Also, the tour was only 1.5 hours long instead of the 3 hours on the description. After the microbrewery tour, the bus drove by the Paulaner brewery and let people get off so we still had a chance to see the brewery we signed up for. Not a bad experience but different enough from the description that everyone in our tour group wondered if we were even in the right tour.
The tour was good and informative. Although the tour was in German and English, the bus tour guide favored dialog in German over English, for every five minutes he talked in German, there was 30-45 seconds of English. So, much of the information that was being provided, was not provided to English speaking customers. Additionally, we were to have been given a bottle opener as a souvenir form the brewery tour, but it was not given out.
Tour was great while on the bus. Tour of brewery was only conducted in German, which left me missing out on 70+% of the commentary. Beer tasting was a good experience, but again missed out on the finer points of the commentary. Had this been conducted in English or both German and English, I am certain that i would have rated this considerably higher.
Positives: Tour Guide was very friendly and had good style of delivering information, Master Brewer we met was also informative and has good knowledge of his beer and beer in general
Disappointments : Biggest was that we were never taken to the Paulaner Brewery. The only reason I booked for this tour is to see Paulaner brewery from inside but it never happen. We were taken to some kraft beer brewery. Paulaner opener as mentioned in voucher were never given. It would be wrong if I say I regret going for this tour as both tour guide and brewer were excellent people but I felt cheated.
My husbands favorite beer is Paulaner which is why I booked this tour. Once we checked in and got on the bus, only upon mentioning being excited about the Paulaner tour were we informed by the guide that it was no longer a Paulaner tour but a craft brewery in Munich. It ended up being an okay tour but not what we signed up and paid for. very disappointing.