A Dirndl and a Beer Garden Female attire, the "dirndl" (which also means "girl"), consists of a tight bodice combined with an apron in a different colour. Sometimes it's sleeveless and worn with a cotton and lace blouse. I feel right at home in this "biergarten," especially with my new stein featuring Austria's beloved Empress Sisi. There is one brand of Austrian beer that has been around since Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. Just ponder THAT!