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Hofbräuhaus München

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Place Score: 92
Ratings: 148
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.15
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Bottles: 1
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

Platzl 9
München, 80331
phone: +49 89 290136-100

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.15/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

I can't believe it's been almost 2 months since I was there during Oktoberfest! Went there just to check it out before heading to the Oktoberfest grounds, ended up staying for 5 hours.

Place was jammed in the middle of a weekeday afternoon, but to be expected during Oktoberfest. Was a little chilly and we ordered our first beer on the patio, were contemplating leaving until we walked by a table with a group of people getting up. SCORE! It's on!

A traditional Bavarian band was doing there thing and getting the crow going, we were instantly warm, and the 1 litre beers, or Maß, were flowing. I remember having a few of the Dunkle, the Hefe Weizen, and of course the Oktoberfestbier. FANTASTIC! Way to caught up in the moment to bother with beer reviews, but I was so glad to have some variety after the stead stream of 'festbier' on the grounds .Had a giant pretzel help soak some up.

Only knock was that we tried to ask our server about food and he basically ignored us, granted it was jam packed, but the food looked really good, and we just ended up sticking to the beers.

A must visit in Munich no matter what time of year. With my drunken Canadian comrades we immediately began pondering why we don't have a place like this at home, and wondered if it would be as big a hit there.... then we ordered another. PROST!!!

Photo of calir1
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

For a destination place, this place is great. Who cares about how much stuff costs or whatever when you are here in Munich it is fun as hell. The wierd part for me was not being seated. I guess you just have to sit anywhere and maybe even join people and enjoy their company. Everyone was super friendly and I had a blast. The selction of all three beers was not like a typical American bar, but it is not an American bar. The selection was perfect for this area and all I wanted to drink were liters of hefeweisen all night long. The dunkel and lager were also good, but we were there for just the experience of it all. It could get crazy in there with a puke sink in the bathroom, but that just means everyone is having fun.., Loved it would go back

Photo of Augustiner719
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited this place yesterday despite the number of people telling me it was a tourist trap.

The menu comes in both English and German which was convenient. Service in most German restaurants sucks compared from what I am used to but this was a little better than I have experienced. You get an Erie feeling as this was once the hall where hitler gave his speeches during the second world war. The atmosphere was great, despite the hundreds of tourists. Beers ranged from half a liter to a full liter and they had about 5 or 6 on tap including their esteemed Oktoberfest. The beer was very fresh and served in the appropriate glassware. The Oktoberfest was good, but unlike the others I had on this trip. I also had their weisse bier which was refreshing. Foodwise there is a big selection of traditional German fare but there is another tourist trap with ordering pretzels as youngest specify which size or you will be gettin getting the huge one. Food was a bit pricy but in line with what I had been paying. The crowd was fun, but if you want some authentic Bavarian beer drinking times hit up one of the brewery owned restaurants or another biergarten.

Photo of beers2danno
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

A must visit place for any beer lover. I was here twice about 10 years apart, and it seems to have become more touristy over the years(but that adds to the atmosphere). Its great to enjoy quality food and beer with new friends (table sharing) and see many different cultures of people gathering for the same goal.
The music, huge hall and fast pace servers add an exciting twist to relaxation. Everyone had a smile on their faces as we people watched.

The only negative was that the first trip our portions were much larger than then last visit. I was boasting about how much food came out on the Oktoberfest platter 10 years ago, so I ordered it again and it shrunk about 30%.
Oh well, I was there for the fun mostly.
They do only have a few beers to choose from, but it's OK, its German beer.

I will go back every time I go to Germany, since it is easy to get to from most Cities that I visit and the country scenery is great during the travel.

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I went to Munich for Oktobterfest in Sept. SO MUCH FUN! I camped out and meet some really cool local german college guys. We went here for a "mass" as they call it. Never heard the word "stein" come out of there mouth once. We got there and it was packed. Life music, chanting, the whole nine.

We looked around for a few minutes for a seat and found a table in the beer garden. It was amazing. I had the Hofbrau dunkel..an entire liter :) The menu is full of great german food aswell as beer. This place is awesome, the most famous beer hall in the entire country. YOU HAVE TO GO!!!

Photo of wordemupg
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

With my girlfriend and a another couple we went here on our trip to Europe because we were told this was a must visit beer hall in Munich. This place was huge and rich in history, more then one live band playing at the same time and that gives you an idea of how big this place was. We sat at a massive table with several other groups from all over the map and even snorted some snuff with an old German lady. A small selection of decent beers for the boys and a lemon beer mix for our ladies served in a massive mug (my profile pic is the mug in question) a great novelty and what I imagined a German beer glass to look like. I ate a bunch of meat and was well fed with pretzels being served by pretty young German girls who seemed embarrassed by their traditional outfits that were clearly put on for the tourists like myself. At the end of the day we had a blast here just drinking and talking to the locals and tourists alike, not where a beer geek would go to sample a bunch of brews in a quite environment but if you want to laugh drink and be merry this place is a must.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

It's been said, this is a must see in Munich, It's very huge and classically Bavarian and when I was there they even had a band playing so it's quite fun. If you're by yourself or with a small group sit at one of the big tables and chat with the other people, you'll meet locals and tourists from all over the place, I at lunch with a guy from Switzerland who was biking around Germany and had a great time.

The beers here are all solid but fairly standard German Lagers and you can get them by the liter! The food is very reasonable, I got the Bockwurst with potato salad and it was really tasty and went very well with a liter of helles.

Don't limit yourself to this beer hall but make sure you check it out.

Photo of morebeergood
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I had been to the Hofbrauhaus almost a decade ago with my friend, so I wanted to show my wife what this place was all about while we visited Munich. So, this was stop number two on our first day for dinner. Walked in and did a quick loop to size up the table situation and soak in the atmosphere. The place was in full effect for Oktoberfest. Managed to snag a side table sitting near a nice couple from Frankfurt. Service was quick and prompt, but it was a bit annoying to have to pay after each round of beer and food. Waitress said it was due to Oktoberfest crowds. We each had a mass and a great plate of sausage and enjoyed the oompah band. Later, we were joined by a bunch of fun guys from Prague. Beer, sausage, music, comraderie....it all added up to a great night at the Hofbrauhaus. It's a bit touristy, but you just gotta go for the history of the place.

Photo of Schwab
4/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The Muenchner Hofbraeuhaus is obviously a Classic - no matter how you look at it. Was there last Monday for lunch during my stay in Munich. We enjoyed some Mass and also got food. All we got were good, including the pretzels. Service sucked at our table and the two tables next to us since the waiter seemed to be confused about his own handwriting, but every other table nearby seemed to get good attention with fast service. The place was crowded as always but still managed to find a spot easily. By far the biggest tourist trap in town but still a must see!

Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

The famous Staatliches Hofbräuhaus is about 2 blocks I'd say off from the main street Maximilianstraße, 3 from Max-Josef-Platz, and 2 from the Marienplatz so its in a prime location. I sat in the hall where it was pretty packed and raucous.

It was a great atmosphere to watch a show, eat, and most importantly drink. I had a liter of Original and half of the Radler. Both were delicious.

The show was cheesy but somewhat enjoyable, though I didn't get selected to join the act.

The food was mediocre and the lines to get it were confusing and people were pushy and generally rude trying to get their favorite dish.

The serving staff was pronto on any order of beer I made.

Overall it's a good stop in Muenchen but next time I'm going to explore one of the other big brewery restaurants including Ayinger's.

Photo of nomomentwasted
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I was here in November of last year and had an absolute blast. My girlfriend, who was with me at the time, had a great time with the beer atmosphere, which means it's everyone-friendly. I had a liter of the Dunkel and she had a half liter of the Weiss and I had an additional half liter of the original brew as well, and all were pretty awesome examples of the traditional German brews.

The vibe and atmosphere are not just cool, but really like a party that you can't help but get swept up in. From the huge hall filled with tons of tables and long benches, you eventually just have to plop down and get cozy with some new friends. We sat next to an Irish and Mexican couple on our right with two Ghanians on our left. Really, it's a melting pot all enjoying a fun atmosphere.

The pretzels and pork knuckle were really good, but the pretzels were way more expensive than other places, but huge and delicious nonetheless. A liter of beer was like 8euro, which is not bad at all, and I had a great time chatting, drinking, and socializing with the crowd. The selection is limited, but the quality is awesome and the food above-average. If you're in Munich, there really is no excuse not to have a brew (or five) at the Hofbrauhaus.

Photo of LauraAndrew
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

It's right next to the Hard Rock Cafe. If you're one of those people who go to New York City and visit the Hard Rock, you'll love this place. I, personally, think it was way too touristy and full of loud, obnoxious Americans. I'm only one out of those three, so it wasn't my crowd. We decided to head across the street to Ayinger's instead. We were very happy with that decision.

(Full disclosure: we were in town for Oktoberfest. If we didn't experience the fest, it's possible we wouldn't have found this place so cheezy by comparison. We also probaby would have stayed here longer, seeing it's as close to the Oktoberfest feel as you can get without actually being on the Wiesen.)

Photo of Nick3
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Last went here in Sep. of 2007 prior to the start of Oktoberfest. This place is a huge beer party, kind of like a warm up for Oktoberfest. There are several areas to congregate but the main room has huge vaulted ceilings with long wooden tables. They serve all of their HB beers there and they have live music well into the night. You'll get your beers in liters but I think you can get smaller size if you're so inclined. People there are friendly, all ages, from all parts of the world. Most people are pretty drunk as was I. I was drinking the Dunkel and it went down smooth and was delicious. There are plenty of beer hauls in Munich and Germany but this is the only one I went to . . . I hear it's the most "touristy" but I can tell you it was certainly fun and I would highly recommend visiting it for the raucouos ambience alone.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This famous brewhouse is a classic, and it doesn't disappoint. I dined and imbibed here twice over the last couple of weeks between ski trips in the Bavarian Alps. What an experience, strolling among the jam-packed tables, listening to Bavarian oom-pah music performed live, watching Munchen frauleins in traditional attire serving up heaping mounds of osso buco, bratwursts, weisswursts, and huge full-liter steins of excellent beer. If you want a place just for eating, forget this one. It will drive you crazy as you desperately seek an empty table. But if you want atmosphere, a perpetually festive mood, crowds having fun, and good German cuisine in the end, this place is hard to beat. The beers are exceptional, especially the original lager, which drinks pretty much like a typical Helles, but with thick body and high drinkability. This place rocks until the wee hours, so come early and stay late.

Photo of bmwats
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

Well this place is great for the overall experience. It was everything I could have imagined. I didn't eat food so I can't really comment on that aspect, but I certainly drank some beer. It's an old style beer hall. It's loud, rambunctious, and pretty much just a free for all. Alot of picnic table style seating with benches, and you just sit wherever in traditional beer hall style. Waitstaff (beermaids) are in constant circulation to ensure you always have a fresh original or dunkel on hand. Magnificent in its simplicity. If you're in Munchen, go here, drink some beer, sit with strangers, and enjoy the atmosphere.

Photo of Irie
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Oh, the Hofbrauhaus. What a place. I went here while I was in Munich for Oktoberfest, so it's a hard not to compare. However, for not being in the middle of Oktoberfest this place does a great job of keeping the atmosphere.
Much more closed in and tight feeling than one of the tents, but it's got the long tables, the band, the liter glasses and the strong women with quick feet.
A great atmosphere that gets you feeling good, so the slow start to our service felt longer than it was, but was easily forgiven.
I don't know much about their selection for food because we went in and just told them how many we needed. No more needed to be said.

A must see if you're in Munich and can't be in Oktoberfest at that exact moment.

Photo of MrIncognito
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

What a cool place this is. You have to go if your even near Munich just to say you went. It's a piece of history.

The place is huge and has the ultra long tables with friends and strangers alike sitting, laughing, and having a great time. I sat outside in the inner courtyard and enjoyed the nice, cool May air. The beer was great and came in those classic 1L dimpled mugs. Great for clinking together.

The service is as can be expected for a packed beer hall, so with that in mind it's stil a 4.5 for me. It's all part of the experience, especially since Germans aren't generally known for being all that customer-friendly. Exceptional giant pretzels, must try them. The bathrooms are a bit under par but they do come with their own cleaning lady. I had a very hard time peeing in front of some strange German woman, but I got over it quick since I went like 3 times due to all the beer I drank.

Photo of dbek
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

If you have to visit one place in Munich this is it! It is a huge place that has 2 main halls and a garden on the ground floor where hell is unleashed! You will find small tables where you can sit with your company, and big ones where you can join anyone that happens to be sitting there before you. You will find all kind of people there: From tourists to old Germans dressed in the traditional bavarian way. There is always a traditional live band that knows too well how to make the huge crowd get on the tables and start singing and dancing all together. What I liked the most is the friendly atmosphere: I was sitting on a big bench and had hust finished my 3rd "mass", so I ordered another one. While I was waiting the person sitting next to me poured some beer from his own glass to mine so that "you won't stay without beer until the next one comes". That was all I needed to llove with the people, the place, Bavaria and Germany in general.

You will find most of Hofbrau's beers on-tap but not bottled. The variety of food is not endless, but it will provide you just what you need (sausages, chicken, potato salad, pretzels) in excellent quality.

In few words: In this place you will have: Good beer, good food, good people and a hell of a good time!

Photo of roblowther
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This is just one of those "must visit" places. And it doesn't dissapoint. Huge, loaded with history, packed with revelers, complete with umpah band, adorned with the sexiest pretzel girls you've ever seen, and serving (bier) in massive one-liter steins. It's beer heaven really. The atmosphere is phenomenal. I recommend spending an afternoon in the biergarten. The service is good and fast, although, as with almost everywhere I went in Germany, I wish they would check on the table more often. Of course, the liter steins help mitigate that need. The selection is small but the beers are excellent examples of the styles. The food is very good & the whole thing not too expensive for a place that could probably charge whatever they like & still draw a tourist crowd. If you make it to Bavaria, this one is mandatory. Prost!

Photo of PdxBeerNut
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

On a recent trip to Europe, my wife and I felt it would be necessary to visit this place. When we arrived, we were blown away at the sheer size of the place. I had read about the Hofbrauhaus in many tourist books and on the internet. I will admit that nothing, no pictures or any amount of reading can prepare you for an experience at the Hofbrauhaus.

The service staff were all adorned in dirndls and leiderhosen. Amazing to watch these women carrying ten 1 liter steins through the crowd. The service was slow, which was expected for how busy it was. On our last day in Munchen, however, we arrived at the Hofbrauhaus when it opened in the morning and sat and watched the 2 other tables in the place get served for about 1/2 an hour before we were even greeted.

We just happened to arrive in Munchen 3 days prior to the opening ceremonies of Oktoberfest. This city was packed and there were huge lines to get into any beerhalls. Arrive early and stay late. This was one of the most memorable stops on our 2 week tour of Europe.

Photo of kbm
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

You have to go to Hofbräuhaus while in Munich. In my opinion, the beer is virtually indistinguishable for all the other lagers that you can get throughout Munich, but I don't think you can experience the Bavarian beer culture with the same kind of flamboyance anywhere else - even if it's a bit kitsch.

We showed up on a week night and the place was packed. We spent about 20 minutes trying to get a table. We eventually scored by sitting at a table with people who were leaving soon.

Our waitress was a caricature of giant Bavarian beer maiden: cigarette hanging out her mouth and giant bosom spilling out.

The food was great and the whole experience was worth the visit. Towards the end of our night, a couple of locals decked out in full Bavarian regalia sat with us and bought us a round of beers, taught of the drinking songs and told us what they thought of President Bush and Americans. It was an exceptional experience.

Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place has been reviewed a million times, but I thought I would add my two cents worth. I have been there 4-5 times and have enjoyed it every time. People talk about the Disney-esque quality of the place, but that is because it is so famous. When you think about the history of the place and the many years it has been in service, you get a different image of it. Hofbrau bier is not my favorite, but when you have it at it's "home" it is quite enjoyable. Sure, there are many drunk and obnoxious Americans and Asians, but it is still a German place and you can feel the Bavarian spirit throughout. The band is always good, the waiters and waitresses do carry 5 litres at a time, the food is surprisingly very good, and its a good price. If this place was in America (notably the hofbrauhaus in Cincy) the prices would be outragously high. I prefer to go in there before 6 pm, after that it is literally crazy and very drunk. I would recommend going for lunch or in the early afternoon and enjoy the biergarten and a good plate of food.
It won't disappoint...Prosit.

Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

It is hard to judge the atmosphere here. It is one of those places you have to visit if you have time, but it is also a bit touristy and Disney-esque. In the early afternoon it is pretty nice, by dusk it is getting crowded and filling with drunks, and by dark it has the highest concentration of assholes in Munich.

The service is minimal, especially if you are with a large group and even more so if you are young and male. I can hardly blame them, however, considering how many groups of offensive young American men were there.

The selection consists of the house beers, pretty standard in Bavaria.

The food is kind of expensive and really not that great compared to the more out of the way beerhalls in Munich.

The quality of the beer is where I really have a problem with this place. It is not bad, but it certainly isn't good... and that it hard to accept in Munich. I find that the Helles lacks the clean and refreshing character of some of the other Munich breweries like Augustiner.

All in all, the Hofbrauhaus is a great tourist experiance, but it is a bit lacking in terms of beer halls/ gardens, if only because there are so many superior and less tourist filled ones in other parts of Munich.

Photo of ohmesohoppy
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

When reviewing this place just as you have to do when reviewing american light lagers you have to keep the style in mind. The hofbrauhaus doesn't claim or try to be a world class beer bar, it is what it is- "the largest beer hall in the world" and one of the top tourist attractions in munich (it has a gift shop). And in my oppinion its pretty damn good at being that. Anyways the atmosphere is pretty good in my experience. It's loud, lots of drunk people, stereotypical german music playin-the works. There can be some people that are way too drunk, but the staff is pretty good in recognizing problem people and handling situations. Also for the most part people are there to have a good time and since most of the people are tourists from america and europe you end up striking up conversation with the strangers sitting with you. The beer is much better than the imported stuff you find in the US. My favorite was the dunkel. I wish they had a few more varieties though. The times I went there the service was pretty good keeping in mind the place is huge. All in all its a pretty good time as long as you know what youre in for before you go and you dont mind embracing your inner tourist for a couple liters. Even if youre not in the mood for a loud beer hall you should at least visit this place during the afternoon. The architecture inside is really amazing. And it does have a lot of history. I was told that the bavarian flags painted on the ceiling were swastikas in Hitlers day.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

On a long weekend visit to Munich (December 2007), I deliberately avoided this place over the Sat/Sun and visited on a Monday at about 6pm. I was expecting something very touristy and overpriced. The reality was somewhat different.

The place itself is enormous; a cruciform shape with the band stage at the centre. Wooden tables (when you can get one!), and tables with tablecloths tend to be "Stammtisch" reserved for locals, unless the waiter sits you at one.
The Sandra Bullock lookalike waitress in Bavarian costume treated is with a degree of disdain at first. I did notice that when she saw that we were staying for more than one drink, she improved considerably in demeanour. I can't say that I blame them for attitude; the numbers of Japanese tourists who tramp through here, take photos and videos, and never even buy a beer. Okay, some do, but I saw some ask this pretzel waitress to pose for them (which she did), and then they shook her hand and left. Not even a euro tip!

I confess that we were sucked into its atmosphere. A couple of litres of their drinkable beer, and the will to leave decreases. And when the band play that fanfare, you are encouraged to stand and sing the toast "ein prossit, ein prossit, der gemutlicht keit" and then slam the stiens together and have a slug!

And at €6.60 per litre, it's one of the best "tourist" things you can do; music and waitress service included. I suppose they make a good profit on their pretzels (€3.20) must be €3 profit.

As so many have said; this place is somewhere is a must visit. Just do so when it is quieter than the mania of weekend nights. I will be back, and I never thought i would say so. Nice to be proved wrong!

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