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Klosterbrauerei Andechs

Klosterbrauerei AndechsKlosterbrauerei Andechs

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 8
Beer Ratings: 1,124
Beer Avg: 4.02

Taps: 5 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
96
world-class

34 Ratings
Ratings: 34
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.52%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

Bergstraße 2
Andechs, 82346
Germany
phone: +49 8152 3760

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ikats

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I was just reviewing a bottle of their Spezial Hell that I picked up at the monastery, and realized that I need to review the place itself as well because this is really a must when visiting the area. It may actually deserve a bit of a pilgrimage as well.

I visited with some friends during our week long trip in Bavaria (mostly around Munich) during Oktoberfest 2010. Unfortunately, we got there a bit late, so we only spent about 1-2 hours there. Didn't explore the area itself - went straight from the parking lot up a short hill to the monastery. It was chilly, so beer garden was empty, but the main hall, which is quite large, was fairly full. Not full so that 6 of us could not find a table, but we definitely did not feel lonely. You get your beer and food upfront yourself. We came late, so not much of a wait. Service was not terribly friendly, but very prompt (I found most German service to be this way which is fine by me).

Atmosphere was great (as far as I am concerned). Clearly lots of locals, some of which seemed a bit displeased with our clearly touristy behavior (but I can't blame them). Even though we were outsiders, I did not feel uncomfortable at the slightest.

I think Andechs beer is exceptional. I've tried a few of the styles they had and they were all great.

Food was good too. Our group included a few adventurous individuals (myself included), so not knowing German we picked a few thinks mostly by the way they look. Some of it was not my thing, but some was great. Regardless, there is definitely a lot of interesting cheeses and meats to try.

Going out we got a few mixed six packs of 0.5L bottles to split.

This is really a great place that I hope to visit again. I'm not sure if this says anything, but going out our entire group was quite amused by the alcohol measuring apparatus in this place. Surprisingly our designated driver who only had one Radler beat out a few of heavier drinkers (including yours truly). Probably not accurate, but fun!

05-26-2011 02:44:42 | More by ikats
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +13.9%

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MichaelBigbone

California

5/5  rDev +13.9%

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melonpocky

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

10-21-2013 23:38:45 | More by melonpocky
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MarkT

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$

While my Overall Review is 3.75, it's lower because of service and selection. For eating at a Biergarten like this one, it doesn't really matter what the service or selection is like since it's pretty universal across most Biergartens, so I would like to give an arbitrary overall review of 4.4/4.5. So, on to the review!

Atmosphere - I visited in late June 2012 and had beautiful weather for a visit. Went with two friends from Munich via the S-Bahn to Herrsching, from which you can hike through beautiful woods up to the Kloster. I recommend this way since it is not only very scenic, but it also helps build up a thirst for excellent beer. Plus the Kloster is situated on top of a hill that overlooks farmland and the Alps on a clear day, so it's hard to go wrong. Few Biergartens, let along breweries in general, can probably offer this same experience, so it's worth it for the hike and views alone.

Quality - The beer was very good, with the standard Helles-Dunkel-Weißbier offerings prevalent in Munich and Bavaria. We each ordered one of the three, and I won't go into reviewing these beers in particular since other people more qualified than I have done so in the individual beer reviews section. However, they were all very good.

Service/Selection - The Kloster works in typical Biergarten fashion (cafeteria style), so you won't find a wide range of foods like you would in a place like Augustiner-Keller in the middle of Munich. Additionally, my friends and I were hoping to eat Stekerlfisch or chicken at a little food-stand area just outside the Klosterbiergarten, but they both closed up shop after we arrived, thus limiting the selection that you could probably find otherwise.

Food - I had a plate of Schweinbraten (roast pork) with Bratkartoffeln (roasted potatoes), and it was very good, although it didn't knock my socks off. It was my first time having it as well, and as a first-time experience, you can't go wrong.

Value - The price of drinks and food seemed comparable to what I was used to getting in Munich, although I can't remember specifics, but come with at least 20 Euros if you plan on ordering a Maß (1 liter glass) and a plate of food.

09-16-2012 19:25:09 | More by MarkT
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BartlettAveBrew

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

This place is as near to perfection as I may ever find! I fully endorse all the other reviews. PLEASE NOTE: The train to Herrshing is now the S8. All else remains the same! And that's a GOOD thing!

The atmosphere at Andechs was the most impressive, and a close second was the Dopplebock Dunkel. My wife sampled the Apfel and it was delicious, but one of those things that you can only handle a halbe of. We also sampled a limited run of Maibock, which was fantastic.

The grounds are immaculate and the food is top notch. Classic Bavarian wurst, cheese, and gigantic servings of ham and chicken. We were there on a Saturday and it wasn't crazy busy, the crowd was an even mix of locals, tourists, and bachelor parties! Entertaining all around. Since we arrived to Herrshing at around 10:30, we just missed the bus (which runs every hour at 10 past the hour). We opted for a cab from the train stop for 12 euro.

Bottom line, GO THERE NOW!

06-08-2012 14:42:40 | More by BartlettAveBrew
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Ruds

United Kingdom (England)

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

Of all the places to make a day trip to from Munchen zentrum, this has to be the number one choice!

Visited in July '11 and walked up from the railway station (S5 - 50 mins from zentrum) which is through a wooded path climbing gradually up the hillside. This took about 40/5 minutes. We got a bus back for 2 Euros, as we were full of beer and pig :P

There are 3 or 4 different bars on the site and we started off in the highest up one with the cafeteria style self service eatery

Beer is paid for at a small window then you hand your token over for fresh beer from the barrel

At this bar we had all 3 that were available, hell, dunkel and dunkel weiss

Had the 'haxe which is from pigs raised on the monastic farm, absolutely fantastic - you pay by weight!

Only minor criticism was the large number of wasps - everywhere, yes it was July and we sat outside in the sun but surely they can do something to control them?

We than moved down the hillside to a smaller bar where we sat outside again (no wasp problem here!).

Different beers available, so do remember to move about in order to enjoy them all (almost like a small hillside town comprised of bars!!!)

We had 2 bottled Andechs beers here in the form of the excellent Bergbock and Doppel Bock Dunkel - ramping the ABV's up somewhat - we needed desert after all

Excellent venue - a must and I will return

10-22-2011 15:05:49 | More by Ruds
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Forb

Nebraska

4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

This is a beer Mecca!!! Whether you are going to see the monastery atop this Holy Mountain or enroute for the delicious selection of beer and food, this is just simply a must-go destination. They even have these oddly interesting wooden carved sculptures as you're making your way up. Served straight from the brew kegs into either a 0.5L or 1L mug you will find yourself wanting to try each and every offering. But don't forget the food!! They also sell bottles on site if you plan or traveling a distance away or fear you might not find it in stores. This beer is offered few and far in between if you know where you're looking but I always treat this one as exclusive simply because I can't allow myself to miss it when I'm there. Enjoy!! Prosit!!

07-23-2011 19:59:39 | More by Forb
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crossovert

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$

Went with a group of friends to lay on the beach in Herrsching, we had a few beers there then went here. It was actually a legitimate hike getting there through residential neighborhoods and a small forest. It is a climb so bring hiking shoes, I accidentally stepped in a mudpit. Once you get there you know you've earned your beer, it takes about 50 minutes to an hour.

The church is beautiful, there is 3 Biergartens and a big Bräustüberl. There is also a gift shop. We went to the Biergarten/deck just outside fo the main hall (the one pictured). The food is more or less cafeteria style. A Maß of Helles only costs 5,60 from the cask. The line for the beer was non-existent when I walked up, it was smooth and easy.

The food is mediocre at best, the schweinhaxe was overcooked but the pretzels were very good; but the beer is cheap and amazing. Most of it is pretty cheap, i was in a group of 10 and we bought a ton of food, plenty for all of us and it was only 4.00 per person.

This place is a must for people traveling in Bavaria.

04-26-2011 10:11:33 | More by crossovert
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I was lucky to spend several days in Andechs in July. From my work location, I found myself only a pleasant walk through the woods to the large monastery. Beers are served in regular (.5L) and large (1 full liter) mugs. The venue has plenty of seating capacity, an upscale restaurant and a walk through cafeteria/deli. I used the later where there were a good variety of meats and cheeses, huge Bavarian pretzels, and other offerings - most or all made by monks in Andechs, as is the beer of course. Good food, good prices, great beer. The patio has an excellent view over the rolling hills, mostly farmland, and is highly recommended, weather permitting.

The large halls and patio indicate this place must receive large numbers of visitors at some times. Clearly, more than the occasional visitor drinks too much ... or at least that's what I inferred upon spotting the massive vomit station in the men's room: a very impressive stainless steel structure with, apparently, well-positioned handles and a large 'target'. Having mentioned this, I should add that the rest room, and every where else I ventured was spotlessly clean.

Visitors, especially music lovers, should be sure to see the cathedral. Highly ornamented and visually stunning, it houses a fine organ and the burial place of Carl Orff.

Can visit as a day trip from Munich.

03-14-2011 23:36:42 | More by chinchill
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Klosterbrauerei Andechs in Andechs, Germany
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