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Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh

Not Rated.
Hofbräuhaus PittsburghHofbräuhaus Pittsburgh
Based on:
21 Beers
256 Hads
Place Score: 88
Reviews: 38
Visits: 76
Avg: 3.87
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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Place added by: Bierman9 on 03-19-2009

Opens Daily 11am
Place: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 38 | Visits: 76
Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of lastmango
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

When you can't get to Munich and want to feel like you are, visit the Hofbrauhaus in Pittsburgh. My family visited last weekend and we were all very pleased with the beer, food and service. The beer is brewed
onsite and licensed by the original Haus in Munich. I had the Marzen and Hefewiezen. Both were very fresh and tasty. Most of us had the bratwurst platte with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. The sauerkraut was the best I have ever had. One of our party had the schnitzel, which he really enjoyed. The atmosphere is terrific with the look of a Bavarian beer hall and German music playing. Although too cold to be outside, this place has a veranda and an outdoor beer garden that overlooks the river. A real gem!

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3

Photo of October
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Been many times and don't think I've had a bad night here. If you go on Thur-Sat night its like a madhouse, but it's all first come first serve in the beer hall area and their bar does a pretty good job getting everyone drinks. I like that they have a regular dining area always open in case you aren't looking for a dance on the tables type night. The selection is limited to the 3-5 beers they have on tap at the moment, but most are pretty good!

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

This place is great. Everyone is dressed in classic German attire and there is almost always a band on stage playing folk music. It is encouraged to stand on the tables and dance. The biergarten itself makes this place amazing. It is a huge outdoor area with picnic tables along the river front. All the food I have had has been really good as well. The only downfall is that sometimes the servers seem a little too busy to help you and that they don't offer a wide variety of brews.

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Photo of JArt
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of kkdowning
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of DanU
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Winston3737
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of DLS168
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Zonian1
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of JCHOMA
3.25/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Uniobrew31
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Never been to germany but German bear Garten is what they are going for. Loud, big portions and passable German beer.

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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of StevensBrewing
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -54.8%

Corporate and loud ,very loud,beer is okay, just okay, I had a lager very reminiscent of Miller high life sweet and adjunct! Potato pancakes that were straight from the deep freeze! Better than a sharp stick to the eye but not much better.


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Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA
88 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.