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Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh

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Hofbräuhaus PittsburghHofbräuhaus Pittsburgh
Based on:
20 Beers
236 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 62
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 5
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2705 S Water St SouthSide Works
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15203
United States
phone: (412) 224-2328

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Opens Daily 11am

(Place added by: Bierman9 on 03-19-2009)
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Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.28/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Transcribed from notes dated F, 21 Aug 2009.

Having just come from a screening of "Inglourious Basterds" at the nearby cineplex, it struck me as a good time to partake of some German-style biers.

On the approach, I was immediately struck by the bank of seven (7) 38-bbl. and two (2) 19-bbl. fermenters along the left side of the exterior of the building. I CANnot remember ever seeing such a design previously. The entry was likewise on the left side of the building, through a long vestibule with the m.d.s. to the immediate left and to the right was the remainder of the brewhouse (bearing in mind that the kettles were on prominent display in the middle of the bar area).

Behind the m.d.s. was the Gift Shop, but by making a left, I was in the bar area with the bar a "U"-shaped blonde wood construct surrounding the two gleaming copper kettles and a blonde wood cabinet for glassware along the left wall. Picnic style wood tables and benches with slatted backs were the general order of business with a few booths along the front and back walls on the right side of the bar area. A pair of double doors next to the back booths led onto the patio/Bier Garten area overlooking the Monongahela River. Along the right wall was a short stage for an Oompah band, although none was playing during my visit. Lots of exposed piping and ducting throughout, which I enjoy. The color scheme for the interior was Cream White and Royal Blue with the former being dominant. I also have to cop to being impressed by the female staff in their Dirndls, including puffy-sleeved blouses and white stockings, very traditional garb.

Back at the m.d.s., by continuing straight, along the front (south) side of the building, was a banquet/meeting hall behind glass doors.

I also took some notes for inclusion in my ASN column and I include them here in case you may have missed the issue in which they appeared. Opened 29 April 2009. Head Brewer was Eckhard Kurbjuhn assisted by Shawn Setzenfund. Plans were being made for a month-long Oktoberfest celebration in September 2009 with an eye towards expanding the fest in 2010 based on interest.

Beer: You had better be a fan of Lagers in all of its forms. Four standards - Premium Lager, Hefe Weizen, Light and Dunkel. Seasonals include Prussian Export (Jan.), "Adulterator" Doppelbock (Feb.), Marzen (Mar.), Bavarian Wheat (Apr.), Maibock (May), German Pilsner (June), Bohemian Pilsner (July), Steelers Schwartzbier (Aug.), Oktoberfest (Sept.), 1810 Pince Ludwig (Sept.), Weizenbock (Nov.), Christmasbier (Dec.) and a rotating Zwickelbier.

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Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh is hands down, my favorite place in the city to go late on a Friday or Saturday night, get up on those benches and clang those steins together and sing along.
Their hefeweizen is my favorite and pairs great with any of their authentic menu of tasty German gems. When it is nice out, get down to the beer garden and sit along the river and toast the great view and great atmosphere with a large glass of that hefeweizen. The waitstaff is great and make the overall experience a good one, worth braving the South Side traffic.
Did I mention they have great hefeweizen?

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This was a lot of fun. The beer is delicious and super fresh. Amazing atmosphere that is sure to make you smile. Live music and a very friendly wait staff that is quick and efficient. The beer is very reasonably priced and the food is great. The food is a tad pricey but its worth it. Overall amazing experience and it will not be the last time i visit!

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Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA
90 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.