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Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
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134 Ratings
Ratings: 134
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.33%
Active Beers: 16
Beer Ratings: 4,312
Beer Avg: 3.63
Taps: 4
Bottles: 1
Cask: N
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[ 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 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
Photo of danadeny
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%

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 don’t 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 don’t 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. Couldn’t 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 don’t forget to toast with everyone at the table. That’s what the place is about, tons of people drinking and having a good time.

danadeny, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of BeerNutta
5/5  rDev +20.5%

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.

BeerNutta, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of ipogios
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

ipogios, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of DrunkenPanther
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%

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!

DrunkenPanther, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of mschofield
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

mschofield, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of allboutbierge
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

allboutbierge, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%

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!!

overall: 3.71
atmosphere: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: n/a | $$

68

Bierman9, Oct 03, 2003
Photo of PatandDavid
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

I've always had a great time here, even in my student days back in the mid-80's. You can call it a tourist trap, but it will the funnest and most delicious tourist trap you've ever been to.

Cavernous...the ceilings are so tall, and the huge rooms seem to go on forever. Long tables with benches, make yourself at home. Be sure to check to see if they are a Stammtisch first though, there should be a sign hanging above. These are tables for the regulars, so you should ask first before sitting down and make sure you don't just take the table even if it is empty.

Yes, there are many tourists here, but also many Germans. The band is great, and does many of those tradional German bierhall songs, you can't not have a great time. I really enjoy the vibe.

The beer is tasty and fresh, and you can get a great big mass of their tradional lager or the dunkel. They also offer a wheat beer. Service is responsive, even when it's crowded. The pretzels are tasty.

You owe it to yourself to go, relax, enjoy the gemuetlichkeit, have some tasty beers, sing along with the songs, and make some new friends. Prost! pat

PatandDavid, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of Spacegrass
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Showed up here our first night in Munich after a long day travelling. When we sat down our server was there first thing ready to bring us some beer. He recommended the Dunkel so I got that along with a much needed meal. The beer that Hobrau makes goes down like spring water in my opinion. The maB was gone in 10 minutes, it was just so good. Many of the locals prefer Augustiner over Hofbrau but I may have to disagree, can't be sure though. The selection of food was okay, and beer was your standard selection of Dunkel, Helles, Wheat, and Radler like in most Munich beer halls or gardens.

Overall I loved the atmosphere, there was a great mixture of both tourists and locals so I was pleased. We met some local Bavarian college-age students, they were fun. Also had a group of guys from Texas and England sit down with us.

The service here was great, our waiter was very attentive and the food was excellent. It's very loud here though so don't bring the kids along. Weisses Brauhaus next door would be a little better for a family meal. But being that I'm a college-age student I had a blast here, and will definitely go again if I make it back to Munich.

EDIT: Just went back to Munich...and as promised I visited here again! And again, and again, again....! Love it, cheap food, I ate here a lot since I was on a budget. Great deal. Full of tourists but retaining an incredibly unique atmosphere. A definite place to visit! (I'm not changing any of my previous ratings)

Spacegrass, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of Andreji
4/5  rDev -3.6%

An all year round impression of the Oktoberfest environment, focused solely on tourists. The place has a very attractive bierhall setting with live music and lederhosen all over the place, pretzels and beers always around. A thick ambience inside with all the joy and loudness typical to its beer-infested air (this being positive) but you can clearly tell the people beside you in the long joined tables are tourists and you rarely spot a german aside from the staff, which is kind and very professional (as they carry many 1lt mas in their hands) and folkloric. The selection of beer is wide and good quality typical bavarian styles, along the food. Its highly recommendable to go year round to feel the south german joy of beer, even if only among other tourists.

Andreji, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

A wild place but quiet in March. Dopplebock and lager on tap along with Weizen in a bottle. Great food and the atmosphere in the courtyard was nicer being removed from the noise of the large hall. Service was great and the food also good, if you get a chance dine in the courtyard for quiet or in the main hall for noise.

bierman2000, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of ricp215
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Been there twice and had a great time. Music, friendly strangers and great beer.

ricp215, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of srletend
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Large touristy beer hall. But, you have to visit at least once...

srletend, Aug 31, 2014
Hofbräuhaus München in München, Germany
92 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.