Taps: 7 / Bottles: 8
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 35 | Display Reviews Only:
3.8/5 rDev -12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This is probably my favorite haunt in Munich, mostly because of the Schneider beer selection. I probably make a trip there once or twice a month and I remember the trip home at least half as many times. The place is easily accessible for the tourist crowd, sitting just a block or so east of Marienplatz and although it is not a tourist trap like Hofbräuhaus, it does see a lot of tourists and tourists will feel perfectly at home here amidst the regular locals who frequent it.
The wait staff is famous for its rudeness, but I've found that to be an over-exaggeration and if you are agreeable to the waitresses, chances are that they will be agreeable to you as well (a rabid adherence to "the customer is always right" mentality, however, will of course not go unpunished). Many of them do speak some English and the ones that don't are usually reasonably patient and understanding if you are fumbling to get your point across.
The menu comes in both German and English versions, with the English version missing most of the more daring local offerings that probably would only sicken most English speakers anyway, if they saw it spelled out (if you're looking at the German menu, be wary of the middle column on the righthand page).
Other than that, the food is quite delicious in a can't-miss Bavarian sort of way, although some of the Augustiner bierhalles are better and it does tend to be a touch on the pricey side.
The beer is, of course, absolutely fantastic, as this is the cradle of Schneider & Sohn. A great starter here is the Schneider Weisse Original, or simply "weissbier" if you please.
You should definitely not miss the Aventinus, if you don't mind a little starkbier in your hefeweizen, as this is, in my opinion, one of the best beers in the world and it would be tragic to miss out on it on a trip through Munich.
Also served is the Aventinus Eisbock (although only in .3L bottles), weighing in at an intimidating 12% ABV, a true liquid fist, and perhaps a bit beyond the Schneider sweet spot that is the regular Aventinus.
If, for some reason, you've had it with the weissbiers (heaven forbid!), you can try the Tegernseer Helles, which is brewed at the Tegernsee monastery an hour or so south of Munich in the foothills of the Alps. Delicious, but otherwise no relation to Schneider & Sohn, which focusses upon the weissbiers.
Finally, note the little memorabilia section in the back of the drinks menu, if you want to buy a Schneider glass, mirror, or Schaafkopfen card set for home. And if that's not enough, you can even order a real Bavarian "Maibaum" for 21,000 euros!
03-18-2006 17:49:15 | More by jlafayet
4.15/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped in this place on a Sunday morning during Oktoberfest. It was an easy walk from my hotel near the main train station. The place was busy, but I found a seat at a table. There was a small, Bavarian band at the front of the first floor, near the entrance, and they were quite enjoyable. The decor is pretty typical of a Bavarian restaurant/pub with a lot of wood and with shared seating at tables. There was an upstairs section, but I didn't venture up there to check it out. The staff was dressed in traditional clothing, which is not surprising, but I was struck by how many of the customers were wearing traditional Bavarian outfits -- was this because of Oktoberfest, or do Müncheners always dress this way on Sundays?
I managed to get there just before noon, and so they were willing to serve me weisswurst, which was quite tasty. Of course the Schneider weizen biers are served, including Aventinus, but being first thing Sunday, I stuck with Original Weissbier and Hell Weissbier, which were excellent with bread and sausages.
Service was pretty typical, and they do offer a menu in English, though I am not sure that everything on the regular (German) menu was listed on the English version. The prices were reasonable.
Overall, definitely recommended for a visit!
Last visit: 2005-9-25
12-21-2005 05:50:27 | More by UncleJimbo
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I met up with a few of the international students and ate here with a group of locals Muencheners...
The atmosphere is classic Munich. Large tables in which small groups share an experience, very old feel finish to it. Paintings are decked out everywhere, there is two stories in this brewhaus and a small outdoor seating area.
I consider this high quality since part of the meal price is paying for the experience. The waitresses and waiters are in their conservative German gear and the waitress was real friendly when I said "ein Aventinus bitte" a bit off. It was my third week! I beleive the 500mL on-tap beer was under 4EUR which is great. I got a small-to-medium size meal and it was roughly 7EUR.
The staff in Munich as most parts of Germany serve the customer right. They are not dependant on tips over here and they just want the people to enjoy their time in their house. We did, over two hours and we had a classic memory in Munich.
The selection was any Sch.-Weisse product but the selection on the Spiesekarte was a little bit smaller than other brewhauses I've been to in the country. It still features most of the classic German or Bavarian classics.
The food was pretty good, not the best German, but it isn't a restaurant first and beer service second, which I can accept, but my meal and everyone else said the food was good, thus a 4.0.
I consider this a great value because this is one of the best places to spend a couple hours with a group of friends or talk to your neighbors and talk about whatever, the Bavarian culture in Munich is made by the friendly people here. That is why I love this city.
07-19-2005 17:23:22 | More by mobyfann
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
The best and most traditional brew house and beer garden i've visited when I was in Munich. The atmosphere was very cousy, traditional and waiters(and even some people) were dressed traditionally. I enjoyed my Schnitzel(which was by the way the biggest Schnitzel i ever saw) with a Schneider Weisse Hefe-Weizen beer. I was very delighted to try this "fresh" hefe-weizen beer. The Schneider Weisse from the brew house can't be compared with the bottle version of this beer. The bottle(still a good beer) doesn't even reach one-half of the taste and quality of the brew house. Don't say you've been in Munich if you haven't visited the Schneider Weisse brew house.
10-03-2004 09:21:33 | More by ipogios
3.83/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4
Came here for a morning drink and ended up staying for lunch. The place was packed and we had to go upstairs, through the kitchen and into a large back room that was almost full with people. By the time we ordered it was jam packed and i suppose they were turning people away. This made the atmostphere good, but the service bad. I felt bad for the lady. She was the only one assigned to our room annd she was running her ass off, it was still over an hour before we got our food. THe good news is that it gave us more time to enjoy the beer, which was darn good. I cant say much more, but i suppose this place would be great durring a less busy time.
07-20-2004 20:56:29 | More by elmocoso
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I can't believe I forgot to review this place!!
Anyway...this place was within a five minute walk of our hotel room, which meant of course: check-in, throw bags in room, ask hotel clerk to point us the way, and away we go. We went here several times.
Lovely typical German bierhall, as in: dark wood everywhere. The front room seemed to be of locals primarily drinking. It also looked as though they had rooms upstairs. We went out back, which was more dining, family oriented. Of course that meant we got to walk past the bierman, pouring all those delicious biers!!
We were seated, knew to avoid the breadbaskets (thanks Longstaff!), and were given both German and English menus. I stuck with the German one, David used the English one. Beers were ordered, and Aventinus for David, a Donau Pils for me. The food was good, all your German favorites. The only thing I would have to say is that the waitress didn't appreciate me trying to order something different than was on the menu...David's sausage meal came with sauerkraut, but he wanted the rotkohl...on our first visit, I gave up trying to change the waitress' mind. Basically, they didn't think that the red cabbage 'went' with that meal he was ordering. By the time we had come in for the third or fourth time, I finally convinced them (auf deutsch), that while they had lovely tradiitons and dishes, all my husband wanted was an extra side of the red cabbage...and everything was fine.
Good food, excellent beer, fun with the waitress...what more could you want on a trip to Munich? Go, you won't be disapointed. pat
08-03-2003 22:37:52 | More by PatandDavid
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Showed up here before the dinner rush and was very pleased to see Aventinus on tap! Our server didn't know much English but tried very hard to help us, even if it involved bringing other more fluent servers over to help translate. It was fairly calm and laid back here and I liked it. A good place to eat before heading to the Hofbroihaus, just don't have too many Aventinuses! The menu was in all German from what I saw, so I saw the words "uber" and "aventinus" in one thing and pointed at that. It was really good! For dessert I tried an ice cream sorta of thing that comes in an Aventinus glass with Aventinus mixed in I believe. On top was a scattering of fresh fruit. It was okay at first then was hard to stomach by the end because of the beer. It's still neat to have Aventinus ice cream though, so I'd try it at least once!
I was very pleased to see they also had the Aventinus Eisbock. It's in a bottle but the cost here is still $.50 less than what I'd pay at a well priced local beer store. Overall I thought this place was very nice and was glad to have been directed here by other BA members who have reviewed it, otherwise I would have undoubtably skipped over it.
One side note, I was not very impressed with the Schneider Weisse Hefeweizen...or at least what I think was a hefeweizen. Our waitress just sorta pointed at an unfiltered beer from another table and I nodded so that's what I got. It was darker than a usual hefeweizen but not nearly like a dunkel. For me it lacked character and very hard to get the whole thing down. Maybe it would be better as a warm up to the Aventinus...but if I go again I probably won't bother to find out.
06-11-2003 20:08:02 | More by Spacegrass
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
A truly Teutonic experience. I was there for Starkbierfest (Dopplebocks) and they had Schneider Weisse Aventinus on tap. The glass, the beer, the whole atmosphere was excellent. An old buliding near the Marienplatz that is not hard to find at all and definitely worth seeking out. That was the beer I was seeeking that night so 2 were more than enough at 8% in a large Weizen glass.
02-25-2003 14:16:49 | More by bierman2000
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
This place is huge - the front room is big, then you notice that there is a whole other dining room in the back that is even bigger - there's more rooms upstairs? When I was there during Oktoberfest season, the place was packed. We wandered around until one of the servers held up 3 fingers - meaning a table for 3, then we followed her to a table in the back. It would have been nice to read the German menu since it was 3 times the size of the one in English. I stuck to what I know and ordered the Sauerbraten. The food was fantastic and the beer even better. They had their hefe on tap as well as Aventinus. I didn't see any bottled selections - maybe it was on the German menu? Don't bother getting a Berliner Weisse here, it was just their hefe with some disgusting cherry juice on the bottom of the glass-- yuch! But the Aventinus was superb as well as intoxicating. Advice for newbies - don't eat the pretzels or bread, the pretzels were hard, stale, and expensive -they charge you for whatever you eat out of the basket at the end of the meal. This is a great place for some German food and a few beers and I will be back again...someday.
01-28-2003 09:27:28 | More by Longstaff
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Approximately 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 17, 2001... As I took pictures from every angle of my standing glass of Aventinus, I must have looked a nut! And of the touristic variety, I might add. The genuine glass, full with the dark offering, topped with a rather large capping of stiff, unrelenting, off-white foam...
But what could I do? (Yes, I know -- drink the stuff, you fool). But see, this was my right-of-passage, my first trip inside the Weisses Brauhaus and, quite literally, my very first Aventinus. I had been heretofore untouched by the stuff due to quite purposeful, headstrong abstinence: I was having it in its time in the proper location first, or not at all (one of the few beers for which I will be willing to submit myself to such torture)! After years of notice, first reading of it in Mr. Jackson's and other noted authors' books and even seeing bottles here and there tempting my resolve, it was finally for my taking.
A beauty of a place. For its beer, for its atmosphere, for its food (noted for some of the best regional-style morsels around -- and non-regional surprises...a huge menu, though I noticed that the English menu was not quite the size of the German).
01-20-2003 19:31:57 | More by Hobbz
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