Ordering Beer
Start writing a post
Lifestyle

Ordering Beer As A Woman In Austria

Draw me a pint and I'm a happy gal, comment on what I order and I won't be.

33
Ordering Beer As A Woman In Austria
Maureen Havey (author)

I started looking into the alcohol culture of Austria before I left for my two-week trip, it was already pre-determined that I was going to try as much German and Austrian beer and wine as I could.

For the first half of the trip, I had no problems ordering my beverage of choice, that is until I decided to order a "hard" beer my first night in Salzburg. When I asked the waiter for the Schneider Weisse Tap 6--an 8% ABV beer--he immediately shot me down and said that it was too strong of a beer for a girl my size.

I can see where he would think that; I'm a small, 120 pounds 20-year-old. However, I'm more than aware of my limits. A pint that high in content, I would've been at a happy, composed state and wouldn't have ordered more for the rest of the night. The waiter and I got into a little banter; I kept saying I'd be fine, and he kept saying no.

Eventually, I ended up caving and reluctantly ordered the Tap 4--about 5.6% ABV, which is standard. And, of course, my big and burly male friend across from me orders the Tap 6 out of spite that I couldn't (and to also let me try it, we were both drooling over the flavor profile).

And, of course, he had no qualms in ordering it. In the end, I was more than fine with my beer choice. It was a delicious, light amber wheat beer that actually went pretty well with the fish I ordered.

I know the waiter meant no offense by trying to talk me out of ordering the higher beer, but I had never been told, "no," when trying to order a drink before (yes, even as a minor in the States).

My time in Austria leading up to that, I hadn't experienced any discomfort because of my gender. I hadn't felt alienated or discriminated for how I looked, until that night. I know I'm a "little" girl; I'm aware I'm pretty small and young, but--and this goes towards any situation, abroad or not--I don't think a bartender should be weighing in on what I drink unless I ask him, or if I had already had a couple too many and he's doing his job.

Men's input on what a woman drinks is international. We're too small and dainty for the manly drinks, but if we were to order the Sauvignon Blanc spritzer we would fall into a stereotype.

Even when I was at a wine tasting cellar in Vienna, the bartender thought I was drunk off a total of a glass and a half because I kept forgetting to take my tasting card out of the slot, when in reality, that was just me being forgetful and trying to stay in the moment with my friends.

Anytime I would go to try a different wine, the bartender would direct me to a different one that I would, "like," better. And, again, I know he was just doing his job and trying to suggest wines that he believed would suit me, but he doesn't know me, and I never asked him to do so. In the back of my mind, it felt like one of those situations where someone was trying to purposefully get me drunker, and it definitely felt like that towards the end of our tasting when he slid his hand on my back and rubbed it.

So, while the drinking culture in Austria is drastically different from America's with open street vendors selling beer, and alcohol being cheaper than a Coke, the drinking culture attitude towards women is similar enough to bring you back to reality on your fantasy get-away; reminding you--a woman--that men everywhere will either encourage you to drink more, or tell you that you're too small to drink that much. A never-ending paradox that follows throughout your twenties at every bar.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

96632
man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses
Pinterest

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lifestyle

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

43070
​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

Unleash Inspiration: 15 Relatable Disney Lyrics!

Leave it to Disney to write lyrics that kids of all ages can relate to.

71553
The 15 most inspiring Disney songs

Disney songs are some of the most relatable and inspiring songs not only because of the lovable characters who sing them, but also because of their well-written song lyrics. While some lyrics make more sense with knowledge of the movie's story line that they were written for, other Disney lyrics are very relatable and inspiring for any listener.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments