Augustiner Bräu Kloster Mülln
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3.35/5 rDev -16.3%
Of all the places I've been in Europe, Salzburg is certainly a contender for my favourite spot. It's a beautiful city with beautiful people and, to top it all off, one of the most enjoyable beerhalls/gardens I have ever been to.
Finding the monastery is slightly tricky, it doesn't advertise that much. You certainly don't know what you're getting into when you approach the non-descript entrance on a side street a good walk from the main tourist area.
You walk in, confronted with religious statues and abbey decor and start to think this will be a pretty dour old place. Then you step into the "foodcourt" and all your worries are washed away. Stall after stall of every foodstuff you could possibly ever want with beer. Barbeque, cured meats, cheese, sweets, bread... anything and everything (and friendly staff to boot). Off the food court there is a great hall, but it is largely empty in the summer. Nonetheless, both times we were there a group of youngish Austrian men were sitting in a corner singing folks songs.
Down a short flight of stairs you are pointed towards the biergarten. Under the stairs leading outside is the "bar". Everyone else has already explained the process, so I'll just echo their thoughts, good fun. Only the one beer, which is disappointing, but you can't possibly stay upset at this place, and the beer is a very sessionable marzen. A great mix of locals and tourists. If this was in my city I'd be there everyday (indeed we went there all three nights we were in Salzburg).
While we were there they were also having some sort of fraternity ceremony in one of their halls. University students were filling up their steins dressed in blue and black livery with swords at their sides, feathered hats and lit torches, wonderfully atmospheric.
Go there. Now.
05-17-2008 03:02:55 | More by CanuckRover
3.35/5 rDev -16.3%
After visiting several Biergartens in Bavaria, I wasn't going to stop here, and wanted to take in a Mozart concert instead while in the Meister's city, but my buddy talked me into it. And boy, was this place great! Very fun, and great to sit outside under the trees at night. It was so different from every other place. To get a beer you had to pay the lady to get a ticket, pick a Stein from the shelf, rinse it in the ancient fountain (modernized by motion sensors), and give it to the Zapfmeister, who filled it for you. And to get food you had to wander inside to the Schmankerlgang and buy from the several specialized vendors. I got my chicken and potatoes from one place and my bread from another. The food was okay. The beer was okay, too, but bottom line was that this place was fun. Big beer halls inside too, but in the nice weather there weren't many people in there.
09-28-2006 20:26:40 | More by andythejerk
3.51/5 rDev -12.3%
Visited this fine temple of beer on 25th Nov 06 at about 9.30 in the evening. As described by other reviewers, this place is an amazing site to behold. Pay for your beer in advance, rinse your mug and the Zapfmeister fills it up and slaps it down before you! You then have the choice of where to go to sit. Several atmospheric halls are on offer, we opted for the non smoking one, which had a "studenty" feel to it. All the halls are pretty amazing though and filled with people of all ages.You are encouraged to buy food at the various counters in the corridors and bring it in to the beerhalls.
I must confess that I am not a big fan of drinking from a clay steinkrug, I like to see my beer, but it adds to the character of the place.
This place is a must to visit when in Salzburg. Unique.
I was caught napping when I headed back out for a last beer, only to discover that the tap area was in darkness. The end came swiftly and unannounced!
11-29-2006 14:15:34 | More by JohnfromDublin
3.65/5 rDev -8.8%
THIS is a bier-hall! Upon entering from the street, you go down a long, marble staircase....then make a left into a long hall. On the left side of the hall are booths offering coldcuts, cheeses, breads, warm sausages, and whatever... On the right are a few doorways leading to the main bierhall, or you can continue down the hall, take a right, and you come to an area with empty bier-krugs, a cashier, and the huge kegs of bier! In days past it seemed like you could just find yourself a seat, grab a stein, pay and drink. This time we were accosted by a waiter asking if we needed a seat. No shit! If they seat, and serve you, expect to pay a little more than the prices posted at the cashier. No big deal.... The main hall itself is huge! Very high ceiling, rustic, lots of dark wood-paneling, columns, arches....smoky and loud...what did you expect? Tea at the Ritz? Service WAS good, even if you don't really need it (did see others seating/serving themselves...). Bier was A-1, a nice, frothy marzen style bier. But, that's all they have; just 1 bier. But why quibble, eh? It was a cold, dreary day, and Artied2 and I opted to stay put and have 3 litres each (at 4.60Euros/per...same in US$) of the liquid gold! Prosit!!
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: n/a | $$
10-11-2002 14:31:28 | More by Bierman9
3.83/5 rDev -4.3%
Apart from the fact that the cityof Salzburg is absolutely beautiful, the Augustiner Bräu Kloster is reason enough to visit the city.
Even if you have been to numerous beer halls you will still be impressed with this place. With enormous halls (including a non-smoking hall), and a wonderful outdoor area underneath the trees you will not be disappointed no matter where you end up sitting.
The way you order your beer is another little treat. First you buy a ticket, letting them know what size beer you want. Next, you pick your stein from a shelf (.5lt or 1lt) then cool it in the water fountains. Then take it to
the nearest Zapfmeister and watch him pour a bubbly brew from a large wooden barrel. You can also let a waiter take your order, but it costs more and isn't nearly as much fun. Don't bother asking for a particular brand or style because what you see is what you get. There is only one beer available but the Märzen that was served up this summer was excellent.
The food selection does not disappoint either. There are food vendors both inside and outside, offering rottiserie chicken, wurst, various salads, bread, pretzels, etc. All of this was fairly priced but some vendors have much better quality food than others.
10-04-2006 15:32:34 | More by SuperSpy
3.85/5 rDev -3.8%
Very cool place, a unique experience.
Beer Hall right next to the monastery. Lots of food venders in the hallway surrounding the Great Hall. Perfectly sessionable Marzen would be the best description for the only beer poured from two giant wooden kegs. Rinse your mug at the water fountain where you order before refilling.
Atmosphere is great. Full of Austrians of all sorts, some lederhosen, simply classic. Beer served by the liter (or half liter, but why bother), Austrians singing songs and toasts, Perfect place for a good old fashioned session of drinking. My friends and I decided to create a drinking game involving the use of Augustiner coasters and foreheads, drew quite a few looks from the locals. It is a smokey indoor environment, but I smoke so it did not bother me much.
Overall a great place to check out if you get the opportunity.
07-24-2009 15:14:37 | More by Slynger
United Kingdom (England)
3.93/5 rDev -1.8%
Can only echo others comments...this is an amazing place! Never seen so many people enjoying beer and food in one place! 20 minute walk from Old Town centre, or bus 1,4,7, 8, 10, take you from the centre to Mulln. Four large beer halls, each with tables and chairs, seating from 4 to 10 people (two halls now non-smoking) holding about 400 people each. Large beer garden outside from late Spring to Autumn, with tables and chairs under the trees. You can be served by a waiter, but better to go to the counter, pay for your beer, take a litre or half litre crock stein, wash it under the fountain, then give the ticket to those pouring the beer from the barrel. Two beers available in winter season, the usual Marzenbier, and the stronger Fastenbier. 5 a litre (March 2006) Both beers are good, but I would not class them as outstanding, but very enjoyable. The Fastenbier slightly sweeter and more body. The atmosphere and sense of enjoyment is great, with mixed crowd - many families go with their kids (soft drinks available) and old folk, even the ladies drinking from litre crock steins too! The main entrance corridor has 6 stalls selling local food, from mixed salads, a bakery, cold meats and sausages, also one selling hot food. The food stalls are open till around 9pm so food available most of the time. We thought the food very good, with excellent cold meats and sausages, and good value too.
Opens from 2.30pm Sundays, 3.00pm other days. Closes 11pm, 10pm Sundays.
Amazing place....very busy, and not surprising. A MUST see when in Salzburg! We went two evenings in a row...!
B'ham UK March 2006
03-27-2006 16:45:03 | More by JohnW
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
THis place is great. We entered what turned out to be the back door. Very vacant but the distant rumble of something. Beer drinkers? Could be. Through a huge wooden door and down an excelent staircase into a hallway that looked like an underground fleamarket, with nooks in the walls filled with people selling meats and cheeses and everything a guy with the beer-munchies could want. We were quite disoriented and didn't quite know what we were gitting into, but we finally made it to the area where you pay and get your beers. you take a mug off the shelf, wash it in the fountain then have a guy fill'er up straight out of a barrel. Then we went into a huge hall - one of 3 or 4 - and found a table. It was noisy and people were enjoying themselves everywhere. A circle was carved out of the wall that had the head and upper bust of Jesus Christ on the crucifix - very interesting. There was also an outside seating area, but it had been raining all day so it was empty. Oh-well, next time.
07-13-2004 19:41:05 | More by elmocoso
Augustiner Bräu Kloster Mülln in Salzburg, Austria
90 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.