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4/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I went to the Hofbrauhaus on a lovely sunny day. I went with two friends and we sat out in the biergarten in the middle of it. I had a liter of schwarze wiesse which was pretty good, but not the best I've had before. The place itself is huge and even has security! Inside has tons of huge long benches and tables for loads of people to chill and have a liter or two and a meal with each other. They also have these cage like things that are used to hold mugs for the locals, its kind of like a locker for your glass and when u come you unlock it and take it out and they fill it up. I didnt get to eat there but I talked to some friends who had and they said it was alright. They also have a guy or girl in athentic liederhosen walking around and selling pretzels. Overall the Hofbrauhaus was fun, but it seemed like too much of a tourist trap. I'd rather go grab a Ayinger or a Andechser!
09-11-2006 13:58:31 | More by RobertDwight
3.98/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
07-25-2006 16:32:48 | More by ridedammit
3.95/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
01-05-2006 20:00:50 | More by Domingo
4.36/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Unfortunately my opportunity to visit Munich was in December when all the beer gardens were closed. So what does that leave for the BA tourist? Well for one the Hofbrauhause. Regardless of season this is a must visit. Just the concept of a beer hall is so utterly awesome I dont know why it is not done in the US. So this place is huge, can fit a 1000 people at least, all at long wooden tables. The place was always packed when I visited (twice) with a mix of tourists and locals. There is constantly a river of people flowing down the center of the building looking for a spot. The atmosphere is just great fun, the tables, the umpa band, the beer and pretzel maids, and oh yeah the liter steins. The only downfall to the atmosphere is the amount of tourism (but hey I was a tourist) that makes it hard to find a seat. The quality of beer is second to none. Drinking a liter is surprisingly not hard when the beer is as fresh and smooth as HB beers are. While there I tried 3 different beers, all excellent. HB does classic styles and does them amazingly well. They dont need to try to be extreme when their standard beers set the bar for the style. Service was excellent, all the beer maids and men spoke excellent English although I tried to speak as much German as possible, and service was quick. Couldnt find a thing to complain about. Selection was good, although I wished for more. They had about 4 styles of beer, all standard styles, but I was looking for something a little special, since it was xmas time I expected to find a seasonal, but there were none. In addition to the beers they had a list of beer cocktails, like mixing beer with lemonade, so I tried one, it was okay, nothing to rave about, stick to the dunkle. And the value was great, 6 euros for a liter. overall a place everyone must see and be sure to talk to the people you sit next to. I met some Italians and Germans who love to go to Las Vegas (they had some good stories) and dont forget to toast with everyone at the table. Thats what the place is about, tons of people drinking and having a good time.
12-30-2005 16:33:41 | More by danadeny
5/5 rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
The Hofbrauhaus... Best beer hall in all of germany I reckon. I was expecting Disneyland like most people but instead I had a great time.
We went during October, and there was not many tourists. People were singing and dancing, the atmosphere was great.
The beer selection was limited, but what was on offer was great. I had an original and the dunkle. Both went down well with my Knusprige Schweinshax'n min Reiberknodel und Speckkrautsalat. (Roasted pork knuckle with potato dumpling & cabbage salad)
Service was great, and it was reletively clean. During the day, the beergarden is a nice place to relax and have lunch.
I thoroughly recommend the Hofbrauhaus. I PITY THE FOOL, that goes to Munich and doesn't visit this place.
Also, try the Roasted Pork Knuckle. You won't be sorry.
02-17-2005 10:13:44 | More by BeerNutta
4.43/5 rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
The most famous and biggest beer garden in Munich. When i visited this brew house i was expecting to see lots of tourists and not see the traditional "German atmosphere" that exists in brew houses and beer gardens. I must admit though that i was very wrong. In fact we were the only tourists and the other people were German singing and shouting and getting drunk while enjoying their meals. Service was excellent and the food was simply excellent. I had the Pork and potato dumpling and it was the best dish of food i had in Munich (even better than the Schnitzel at Paulaner). I tried the "Original" beer at the Oktoberfest so i wanted to try another fresh beer of this brewery and i got the Münchner Kindl Weissbier. Excellent beer! A must visit when in Munich.
10-03-2004 09:03:09 | More by ipogios
3.88/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
To be completely honest, I was not expecting a lot from the Hofbräuhaus. Being such a tourist spot, I was expecting it to be very "Disneyland" and annoying. I couldnt be more wrong. It may have been that visited during the winter when there were few tourists, but the place was never overly crowded with drunk Americans like I thought it would be. Granted, there were plenty of Americans around, but you will have that anywhere near Marienplatz. There are still plenty of locals that frequent the place.
On to the beer. Started off with a liter of the dunkel. Once again, I was not expecting a whole lot, as I figured the beer would be toned doewn to a point that it would be "yummy" for the average tourist. Wrong again. The dunkel was fantastic. Nice sweet and malty flavor, but was smooth enough that I didnt have to force the liter down. My wife tried the helles and it was just as nice.
We did eat dinner here once. The food was much better than I expected as well (surprise).
In all, we had only expected to hit this place once, but had such a good time the 1st try that we came back once more before we left for a "quick" liter and to buy some souveniers.
Id say that this place is a must hit, if for nothing else, because it is the thing most people know about Munich. Hopefully youll be as pleasantly surprised as I was!
03-29-2004 19:11:39 | More by DrunkenPanther
4.09/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3
I visited during the Christmas season, so there weren't many tourists around, just a lot of Germans out on the town.
This place is just huge in every way, huge hall, huge ceiling, huge tables, and a rather large gentleman who constantly was pouring beers for the waiters to pick up. An oompah band adds to the ambiance. I picked up a shotglass from the souvenir counter for ironic reasons (a shotglass after drinking from liter glasses?).
It's loud, it's packed, and it's a must see at least once.
Earth toned interior - lots of tans and browns, easy on the eyes when you're consuming liters, and the ceiling is painted with a mural - useful for those that overimbibe and end up flat on their backs staring upwards.
They only had 2 beers on when I went a Dunkel and a Helles, but both were excellent. Service was quick and impressive giving the volumes (of beer and patrons) that they needed to deal with. You'll only be ordering beer and maybe some small food items - so don't worry those are German words you'll pick up in a couple of hours.
I didn't keep any food notes as I traveled through Germany, but as with everyplace else I tried in Germany - you can't go wrong with Bretzel and Kartoffelsalat.
03-24-2004 21:04:52 | More by mschofield
4.5/5 rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5
I had one of my most enjoyable meals in Germany here.
The restaurant section on the second floor is large and open. Full of old Bavarian style decor and a ceiling trimmed with tracings of paint, the atmosphere is something to behold. Handcrafted 'Hofbrauhaus' chairs offer a classy touch.
The food is absolutely exceptional, as is the beer. My meal, 'Bratwurst Hofbrau style' was delectible, as was the side dishes that accompined it. My friend had ordered Potato Salad as a side and when I asked for one as well the surcharge was a meer 1 euro. The food prices were extremely reasonable from the regular menu. Hofbrau offers daily specials as well. They are excpetionally cheap and the special my friend ordered was very enjoyable.
Service is also quite good. The waiters are prompt, orderly, and extremely friendly. The ones I had spoken to were bilingual and had no hesitations about speaking English.
I throughly enjoyed and recommend Hofbrau for lunch, dinner, or a night of beer and fun.
11-19-2003 14:40:24 | More by allboutbierge
3.71/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
As far as I can tell, this was my first visit here in over 20 years. I did the obligatory stop on my first trip in '80, and spent a wild (and drunken) night here in '82.... since then.... I had avoided the Haus as a tourist-haven. Well, avoid no more. Yes, it does get a gaggle of US, Brit and Japanese (among other) tourists, but it is still predominantly a Deutsch hangout. I visited on a whim at about 1130AM on a Wednesday.... the main hall was about half-filled, and then mostly with locals. The oom-pah band was already in full-swing, making the Haus loud and raucous. The main hall, upon entering, is quite large, with a high ceiling and lots of arches....though it is still smoky and rowdy! Tables are old, wooden, carved-up suckers....like a dingy frat-house. There are actually many Stammtisch strewn about, so ask before sitting, as you may be not-so-politely told you're NOT a regular!! Hahahahaha! ;-)
This is really a typical German Bierhall.... gotta love it! There are actually many adjoining rooms/halls, plus an outdoor area (in a courtyard, or "Hof") to wash down the suds. I really enjoyed the Haus after abstaining for so long. As far as Biers go, they only offered a Helles, Dunkles, and Weissbier (plus a Radler)...so selection is limited. Quality is still up there, though. The service bordered a touch on surly, yet it was still efficient. Perhaps they feel that people will always come here regardless...who knows. Sort of reminds me of Durgin Park in Boston. Still, a fun place, one I won't avoid in the future! Prosit!!
atmosphere: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: n/a | $$
10-03-2003 19:01:31 | More by Bierman9
Hofbräuhaus München in München, Germany
92 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.