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Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

136 Ratings
Ratings: 136
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Active Beers: 16
Beer Ratings: 4,942
Beer Avg: 3.64
Taps: 4
Bottles: 1
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @hofbraeuhausmuc

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Photo of Nick3
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

Nick3, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

jushoppy2beer, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of bmwats
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

bmwats, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Irie
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

Irie, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of MrIncognito
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

MrIncognito, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of dbek
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

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!

dbek, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of roblowther
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

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!

roblowther, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of PdxBeerNut
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

PdxBeerNut, May 08, 2008
Photo of kbm
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

kbm, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

nocheinsbitte, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -22.9%

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.

nickfl, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of ohmesohoppy
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

ohmesohoppy, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%

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!

JohnfromDublin, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of JBogan
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

Well of course, my first strip to Munich so I had to pay homage. It was fun comparing it to the Hofbrauhaus here in Vegas. The one in Munich of course has history, and is larger. The atmosphere was wonderful, the place was packed and there were young and old (many of them dressed in their traditional Bavarian garb) alike mixing together for a good time.

The beer was good as expected, I had a couple of their huge mugs of the lighter beer and it was crisp and refreshing. Service was good, no complaints here, and it was nice to see the "bretzel" girls doing their thing. The bretzels were wonderful, crisp and brown on the outside, warm and soft on the inside.

Sure it's a tourist stop, but it didn't seem like they were out to gouge you, and the value factor was good. It's certainly worth a trip at least once, and the next time I'm in Munich I'll pay the Hofbrauhaus a visit again.

JBogan, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of WJVII
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

I had the opportunity to visit this place while in Munich seeing my friends. It happened to be during Oktoberfest so the place was packed. From what I am told this place is Oktoberfest 24/7/365. I was able to try a few beers (reviewed in my profile) and my friends ate dinner. I did eat upstairs in one of the banquet halls most don't get to see so that was awesome. It was with a group meal so I am not going to review my food. My friends food however was very traditional. The ceiling was painted with all sorts of neat traditional artwork from years past and the band was loud and the music was catchy. People danced and sang (even when the band was taking a break). My favorite part was the large pretzel vendors walking around (just like ballparks in the states). The pretzels were awesome, great with a liter of beer. The history in this place is worth the wait for a table. Definitely look it up if you are in downtown Munich it was great!

WJVII, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of sinistrsam
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

This is like reviewing stairway to heaven as a good rock and roll song; you just need to experience it no matter how trite and stereotypical it may be. And once you do, you know where the hype comes from.
I visited here on a short but eventful weekend int he summer, after a bike tour and walk through the city. The wonderful facade greets you with open arms, as do most of the patrons you meet inside. The beer is great, hands down. Whether is be festbier or Hefe, they've been doing it for long enough that their famous reputation is deserved. The outside courtyard was packed and wild, but everyone was having a great time and conversing, occasionally singing. I got schnitzel (an addiction of mine) and it was pretty tasty, despite a pretty steep price. But its the Hofbräuhaus, its worth the price. The waitstaff were sometimes hard to find since they have to push through a sea of drunken beer-culture enthusiasts, and seemed slightly irritated when we didn't want to leave, but if they hadn't made me leave I think I'd still be there. Overall a must-see; a true archetype of beer culture.

sinistrsam, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%

Ah, the famous Hofbrauhaus. No stop in Munich would be complete without a visit. Like many visitors, upon entering, your gaze wanders throughout the building, taking in the ambiance, and noticing the liter mugs of beer on every table. Service is spotty - sometimes they're right there, more often it takes time. The beer is excellent - standard for Munich - light, dark, and wheat. I mainly drank the dark and found it to be a tasty brew. The food was decent, but as I found with most food in Munich, nothing to really write home about.

Definitely worth a visit if you're in Munich. It's huge, they have good beer, and it's entertaining to watch all the tourists come in, cameras flashing, and pointing and gawking at people drinking beer by the liter.

YonderWanderer, Aug 15, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.35/5  rDev -19.3%

I had to stop at Hofbrauhaus at least once during my first trip to Munich, despite my premonition that it would be full of tourists, crazy cramped, and loud. I'm happy I did stop here, as it's an experience you must have once based on its fame/infamy, but it was a bit noisy and crowded for my tastes (as expected).

I was with a group of about 6, a mixture of UK guys and Americans. We were lucky to find a table immediately after it was vacated by its former occupants, and there we sat for roughly 1/2 hour before being graced by our waiter. I wanted the schwarz weisse, but dammit if an associate didn't up and order a round of 1L Helles. I drank it dutifully (and it wasn't so bad in its proper environment), and was able to get the schwarz weisse roughly 1 and a half hours later. The service STINKS, I think the German waiter we had didn't like tourists (go figure, he sees them every day at work).

The best attribute is the lovely building that houses this beer hall, the ceiling in particular is really lovely with wood beams and artwork. The oompah music every 45 minutes or so got pretty old, but now I have an inkling of what Oktoberfest must be like.

My final recommendation: Stop here for a quick drink and an early meal, then get out and see some other beer halls with less tourists and better service.

TurdFurgison, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of JohnW
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

I know this is a "must visit" for most tourists and those curious to see the biggest pub in the world, but I think one visit is enough! We went 11am on a Thursday, just to see what it was like and explore the rooms and halls. Impressive place, worth just going to see. It was not too busy, so easy to find an empty table and seats, and fast service. The beer is not the best available in Munich, nothing special about it at all. The Hell only served in the "Mass" 1 litre glass at €6.60, Weiss beer served in 0.5L glasses, so reasonable prices.

At night time after about 8 the place is heaving with hundreds of - mainly younger folk - and most seem to have had far too much to drink, so VERY noisy - and certainly not the place for a quiet drink and conversation with a few friends. Lots of others trying to get in and queues of "spectators" outside watching the antics of those with too much beer in their bellies. If you want a loud drunken crowd with brass band music and only one sort of beer served in a 1 litre Mass, then this is the place for you....but if you just want a quiet beer in peace with friends, avoid!!!!

JohnW
B'ham UK April 2007

JohnW, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Caesar1pup
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%

No trip to Munchen by anyone worth their weight in salt would be complete without a stop at the Hofbrauhaus, so I went twice. Huge, loud, touristy, over the top, and I loved it!

On our second stop we had dinner and the food was a little disappointing especially when you compare it to the Chinesischer Turm. The beer was good and the atmosphere was better. We sat at a table with an older couple who lived just outside of Munich. Although their English was poor and our German worse, we had a great time hanging out that evening.

This is not a place to come and expect the very best food or the very best beer but it is a place to take it all in with people from all over the world. There’s nothing quite like it. Don’t forget to check out the vomitoriums in the bathroom complete with handles for bracing yourself.

Caesar1pup, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of AChamberlain
4.15/5  rDev 0%

First I have to say that we went during the World Cup, so it was insane. It was insane all three times we visited. The first time we stopped in was for a quick brew. We did not stay long. The next two times were sessions. We had dinner and beers. The service was quick and efficient, even kind of friendly. The beer was of course good. The first two times we were inside and the last time we were out in the beer garden. The beer garden is nice, but I preferred the halls. They were beautiful and carried the music and laughter. I enjoyed the Hirschgarten more, but this is a must see if in Munich.

AChamberlain, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of andythejerk
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

I would probably be raving about this place, if I hadn't just spent a week touring the best breweries and Biergartens of Bavaria. Don't get me wrong, it's a fantastic place, and kind of a quintessential tourist stop (it is, after all, the most famous beerhall in the world, right?). My food was okay, the Spätzle and Turkey were a bit drier than I would have hoped, and the service was somewhat slow and sloppy, but I'm sure he was exhausted after a week of serving the kabazillion people in Munich for Oktoberfest. The Dampfnudel I had for dessert was good, but not up to snuff for a real Bavarian Dampfnudel. Lots of energy in the place, an oompah band was playing and there was plenty of spontaneous dancing in the aisles.
I only drank the Hefeweizen and sampled my buddy's Doppelbock, and they were very good by our standards, but not as good as some other local offerings.
Still a good place to go, just not the best (look across the street to Ayinger, or just down the street to the Schneider-Weisse Brauhaus!!!).

andythejerk, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of RobertDwight
4/5  rDev -3.6%

I went to the Hofbrauhaus on a lovely sunny day. I went with two friends and we sat out in the biergarten in the middle of it. I had a liter of schwarze wiesse which was pretty good, but not the best I've had before. The place itself is huge and even has security! Inside has tons of huge long benches and tables for loads of people to chill and have a liter or two and a meal with each other. They also have these cage like things that are used to hold mugs for the locals, its kind of like a locker for your glass and when u come you unlock it and take it out and they fill it up. I didnt get to eat there but I talked to some friends who had and they said it was alright. They also have a guy or girl in athentic liederhosen walking around and selling pretzels. Overall the Hofbrauhaus was fun, but it seemed like too much of a tourist trap. I'd rather go grab a Ayinger or a Andechser!

RobertDwight, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of ridedammit
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%

A and I visited back in 99. We were aware of the mystique (read: tourist trap) surrounding the hofbrau, but wanted to see for ourselves. It did not feel
all that touristy, and indeed many locals were there, and this was on a weekday
with no special event, so maybe the weekends are more touristy. The
stammtisch (regulars table) was full of men drinking one of the 3 beers they had available that day, a helles, dunkle, and a weis.

The seating is at loooong tables, and you sit with strangers, which makes it much more fun. We sat with a few NATO troops and got the scoop on the events going on in the former yugoslavia.

The service was not what I expected. I was expecting a rather largely proportioned woman with a dozen mugs in each hand. The staff were mostly male, but I did see a few carrying large numbers of glassware.

There is a band, and pretzels, and I drank way too much. But thats easy when you have good conversation, 1 litre steins, and a fun filled atmosphere. Not exactly sure how we made it back to our hotel, luck I guess.

If you make it to Munich, you should try at least one brauhaus or beer garden.
They don't offer a stellar number of beers, but they are authentic, and taste better due to your location more than anything.

ridedammit, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

What a fun place! I'd originally dismissed this as nothing more than a tourist haven prior to my trip, but after stopping in...I have to say that I felt compelled to spend some time there! Maybe it's because I was a tourist, too...but this place has an atmosphere that's relaxed, crazy, and fun all at once.
Beers are great, but selection is limited. There's a Helles (best I've ever had, though), a Dunkel (good, but nothing amazing), a Weiss (really good), and a Radler if that's your thing. Compared to other spots like Augustiner or Paulaner that have a lot more options, this is a weakness...however at least the beers are really good.
Food is typical bavarian fare, but it's still quite good. Prices are solid, too. We had 2 sausage/sides meals, 2 litre mugs of helles and dunkel, 2 pretzels, and 3 weiss brews for 36 euros. In the US that evening would've cost twice that or more.
Service is nothing special, but if you're willing to occasionally accost your server...it's never an issue. The pretzel/donut girls are a nice bonus, too.
It might seem like a tourist spot on the surface, and while there are a lot of visitors I'd say over 1/2 of the people there are locals. Watch out for the "regular" tables in the self-service area in front, though. You could slip into one without noticing pretty easily...so pay attention. The locals will likely inform you pretty quickly, though. A safe bet for an English-speaking tourist (like myself) is in the back near the mug-holders.
It's a must-visit kind of place!

EDIT: Funny fact - I've been back to Munich 3 more times and no matter the circumstances, I always go back to the HB and I don't foresee that changing. I've talked to other Munich travelers and that seems to be a pretty common theme. Fact is, the prices are low, the beer is good, service is good, and it's fun. Plus on bad weather days, the massive amount of seating is a nice bonus. Don't ignore the HB because it's touristy.

Domingo, Jan 05, 2006
Hofbräuhaus München in München, Germany
93 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.