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3.88/5 rDev -6.3%
With all the fame surrounding the Hofbrauhaus, it isn't just beer lovers who visit this place; it's a tourist destination. As the most stereotypical beer hall in a city that knows beer halls, no wonder it's so popular. It looks big on the outside, and it seems to get bigger once you walk in. There's a gift shop to the right as you enter, a big stage for bands to play traditional Bavarian music (and I got my share during lunchtime), and a sea of tables and benches throughout the first floor. I wouldn't be surprised if you could seat 500 people! If that wasn't enough, there's an enclosed biergarten with at least another 100 capacity, and a second and thrid floor (the top floor reserved as a dining and dance hall). Much of the ground floor was filled with a combination of tourists, FC Bayern, and Barcelona fans (this being gameday of the first leg of the semi-finals), and a few pockets of open tables which I targeted.
4 different beers on-tap (Urbock, Weiss, Dunkel, and Original Helles) plus a bottled non-alcoholic wheat. Despite the attraction of popularity of the place, the prices are reasonable for food and beer (one liter pours are €7.60). It isn't just the beer that they brew themselves, they also have their own butchery which makes their own sausage. No wonder my bockwurst and potato salad were agreeable.
Flagging a server took a little time, but to his credit, he was able to get my liter of beer and bockwurst out in a matter of minutes. But I get the impression that he was rushing me, as I was pay to pay right after getting my order. What if I decide to order another liter? Or maybe this is how they turn tables quickly at the Hofbrauhaus.
Classic beer hall. Classic beer. Classic Munich flare. Everybody should visit this place once in their lifetime.
05-10-2013 15:46:53 | More by DoubleJ
3.35/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
07-13-2007 23:35:58 | More by TurdFurgison
3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
10-08-2009 23:14:57 | More by morebeergood
3.71/5 rDev -10.4%
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
3.53/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
08-04-2009 18:24:43 | More by crossovert
3.2/5 rDev -22.7%
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.
01-04-2008 05:22:44 | More by nickfl
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -15.5%
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!!!!
B'ham UK April 2007
04-15-2007 14:12:43 | More by JohnW
Hofbräuhaus München in München, Germany
92 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.