Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh

Hofbräuhaus PittsburghHofbräuhaus Pittsburgh

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2705 S Water St SouthSide Works
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15203
United States

(412) 224-2328 | map

Opens Daily 11am

Added by Bierman9 on 03-19-2009

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Photo of lastmango
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

When you can't get to Munich and want to feel like you are, visit the Hofbrauhaus in Pittsburgh. My family visited last weekend and we were all very pleased with the beer, food and service. The beer is brewed
onsite and licensed by the original Haus in Munich. I had the Marzen and Hefewiezen. Both were very fresh and tasty. Most of us had the bratwurst platte with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. The sauerkraut was the best I have ever had. One of our party had the schnitzel, which he really enjoyed. The atmosphere is terrific with the look of a Bavarian beer hall and German music playing. Although too cold to be outside, this place has a veranda and an outdoor beer garden that overlooks the river. A real gem!

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Photo of October
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Been many times and don't think I've had a bad night here. If you go on Thur-Sat night its like a madhouse, but it's all first come first serve in the beer hall area and their bar does a pretty good job getting everyone drinks. I like that they have a regular dining area always open in case you aren't looking for a dance on the tables type night. The selection is limited to the 3-5 beers they have on tap at the moment, but most are pretty good!

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

This place is great. Everyone is dressed in classic German attire and there is almost always a band on stage playing folk music. It is encouraged to stand on the tables and dance. The biergarten itself makes this place amazing. It is a huge outdoor area with picnic tables along the river front. All the food I have had has been really good as well. The only downfall is that sometimes the servers seem a little too busy to help you and that they don't offer a wide variety of brews.

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Photo of StevensBrewing
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh is hands down, my favorite place in the city to go late on a Friday or Saturday night, get up on those benches and clang those steins together and sing along.
Their hefeweizen is my favorite and pairs great with any of their authentic menu of tasty German gems. When it is nice out, get down to the beer garden and sit along the river and toast the great view and great atmosphere with a large glass of that hefeweizen. The waitstaff is great and make the overall experience a good one, worth braving the South Side traffic.
Did I mention they have great hefeweizen?

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Photo of misternebbie
1.75/5  rDev -54.1%

Corporate and loud ,very loud,beer is okay, just okay, I had a lager very reminiscent of Miller high life sweet and adjunct! Potato pancakes that were straight from the deep freeze! Better than a sharp stick to the eye but not much better.


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Photo of RVigz
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This was a lot of fun. The beer is delicious and super fresh. Amazing atmosphere that is sure to make you smile. Live music and a very friendly wait staff that is quick and efficient. The beer is very reasonably priced and the food is great. The food is a tad pricey but its worth it. Overall amazing experience and it will not be the last time i visit!

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Photo of coldy
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is an absolute experience. Pittsburgh is filled with little authentic ethnic bars and restaurants, and that is great. This place is a larger than life, authentic reproduction of the original beer hall!

The food is always good, and the beer is obviously fresh. The place has something to offer everyone. They are open for lunch, they have a great kids menu, and they have special keg tapping events monthly for the new beer selection.

There is just the right amount of noise and fun, without being overwhelming and ruining you conversation. Live music is always a great touch, and they have special events that are great, such as Oktoberfest and the St Nick party n December.

You have to go there with the right expectation and you will love it. Good German style food, good beer, nice servers, fun atmosphere. There really isn't much not to like. Fun place!

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Photo of Azpittil57
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Stopped in after a Pitt football game and the place was hopping. The opening act was a gentleman in Bavarian dress with a keyboard, alternating between beer hall favorites and rock classics. The main act, a bavarian trio kept the energy up and the party going.

The liters of beer were all excellent, a perfect serving size. We had the beer cheese and pretzels which were a perfect accompaniment to the brew.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Well they've done a good job of pulling off the whole German bierhall thing. This place is spacious with lots going on; or at least, the potential for a lot to be going on. Beer selection is somewhat limited in that they are getting directives from the head office. But there is a monthly special brew available. Food is okay. I felt like they could have been bringing more of the funk than they were. Seemed standard. Service is fine. I am not a big German beer fan, unless it's really giving some interesting flavor kick. That being said, I don't think I'll find myself coming back here much, if at all. There are too many unique local establishments to be hanging out at. Especially in the south side.

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Photo of burnstar
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Awesome beer hall atmosphere. Had a liter of hefeweizen which was awesome. Good attentive service. Not a huge selection but they have a new seasonal each month which is really cool. I wish I lived closer and could try them all. Food was absolutely awesome. We got the sampler appetizer which was great. Meals were a big hit. Reasonably priced. Again, I would love it if this place was closer to where I live. Great place to hang out, eat, drink, talk and have fun with friends. Overall this is a great place- I'm really glad this is in Pittsburgh.

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Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Part of the 'Burgh Beer Tour 2011.

Atmosphere: You know what you're getting yourself into when you walk into any of these places -- big town hall style seating, oompah bands, loads of waitresses walking around in the traditional German garb... It's really a good effort to invoke the nature of a German community celebration. Fun.

Quality: All of their own beers, and I feel that they care about what they're putting in your glass. Definitely a solid bit of beer, and good food and waitstaff.

Service: We had a good and attentive waiter, so I certainly feel that he was ready for the large, Saturday night crowd that was bustling about and he managed all of food and orders well. I do wish we would have had a waitress, though, as they look pretty awesome in those German dresses... kind of makes me wish I was German, or at least in Germany.

Selection: Not the widest selection, and all of the beers available are the Hofbrauhaus beers, but they're good and there's enough variety within their spectrum.

Food: Food is damn good, but not good for you at all. Tons of sausage dishes, and I think everything seems to come with pretzels and potatoes of some kind; it's like a carbohydrate and fat overload, but hey, it's not like you're going to eat it all of the time, so once in a while can't be too bad for you. Right?

Value: I feel that you get what you pay for form the atmosphere to the selection to the food. It's not necessarily a cheap night out, but you walk away full to the brim of good food and good beer.

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Photo of slander
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

On the heels of East End, yes, Pittsburgh. It's been a bit and there was no HB Burg when last I was here, so I'll have to hunt it out. Cross any bridge on the right river, and it's the stand alone in a strip of circle twice and then go hit the parking lot like you should have in the first place...

A most sprawling place, like a giant German house with eaves. Blue & white striped and argyle pole out front with HB & German play, and a row of ornamental fermenters upfront for the "we brew beer" show. Entered through the entrance located on the wrong end as far as I'm concerned, ducked the hostess booth and set about the large open room with vaulted ceilings.

On the near end, a wide "U" shaped clean laminate looking wood topped bar with seating for a dozen and a half on wooden bar chairs. I will set up here. 4 white ceramic Hofbrau towers sit at different points along the way, each with 6 handles. Barback is a row of counter over coolers, holding tiered booze with Jager machine & SoCo machine bookends. 2 giant shiny copper kettles rest behind the barback with a raised platform in between where one may play conductor in "sing along with oompa" going on at the other end of the room. Strangely, the platform has seating on a corner piece for a single sad man. A large shelving rack behind the kettles holds all the world's steins. Yes, that's where they are.

3 rows of bench tables run the room, some 40 tables or so in all, including the ones tucked to both sides of the stage against the wall. 4 step up tables canopied on both far walls, plus 4 roundies in the corner over the bar's shoulder along the panel windows over the deck area. Raised far end for the oompa band, which is one guy doing everything. He was kind of getting on my shit until he busted out Edelweiss and then I started getting all Von Trapp sad, and wondering what became of the hottie oldest sister. Flags to both sides of the stage, and an inflatable harp playing angel from the center of the room. The walls paneled lowers with old black & white Germany prints around the seating, below white walls & ceiling, with massive ductage blended. Large drop pentagon shaped HB lanterns over the main floor with wall & pillar mounted shortys, and smaller drop lanterns around the bar. Bell lamps over the canopied seating with alternating blue & white flaggings above.

Side room holds 30 tables, solo or in sets of two, with very large arched barrelesque rafter ceilings & ornate chandeliers. Views of the brews where equipment be behind glass there. And from the main room again through to the outdoors, holy shit! A patio terrace running the length of the place with 3 dozen tables contained within drop plastic walls, and down below, a bar and another 4 dozen tables in a gravel ground biergarten. I can see bar counter space & barrel tables, amidst the trees, strung white lights & lanters. And some light out front seating, a pen with a half dozen tables, I spy the oompa singing man there not singing just now.

All looked around out, I'm back at the bar for drink. 5 beers on the sampler paddle in baby tall mugs. HB Premium Lager, 5.2%, crisp, good maltiness, light hop finish, better than I remembered it being; Munich Hefeweizen, 5.4%, bananana clove as it should be, solid; HB Light, 3.8%, lightly hopped with some maltiness, actually not too bad; Dunkel, 5.5%, nice caramel flavors, a total sweety in a good way, mega win!; and the seasonal Oktoberfest, 6.3%, it's a good Octo with sufficient malty character, the only beer not made here, this one imported from Munich. The Dunkel & Premium Lager were the best of the lot, but the Oktoberfest and Hefeweizen were very close behind.

What? Sure, yeah, there will be food. Started with a bowl of the Gulaschsuppe (Hungarian goulash with beef, paprika & potatoes). Hearty, very rich, and just enough. And then the Wiener Schnitzel, trading up the German potato salad for the mashed potatoes, and got my chef's selection vegetables on (carrots, snap peas, broccoli, and something yellow). The Wiener Schnitzel (breaded pork cutlet) was stellar, and I now suspect that the ½ lemon they dealt me was to be squozen upon, but not having Schnitzed before, I had no way of knowing. And I did so enjoy the mashed, green specs of something in them and all, I wonder what they be. Dinner was very good.

You can visit the HB shop should you be hunting out the quintessential Ferdinand hat, and they've got some cool HB pieces otherwise. I guess if HB is going to set up shop this side of the pond, they'll need to have things up to snuff. So I shouldn't have been surprised to find the beer to standard, which it was. And I caught a pretty damn good meal, too. For a chain house, it was pleasant enough, definitely not as annoyingly pretentious as the one in Vegas, would you believe it?

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Photo of Woody188
3.43/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

We have stopped here a couple of times, food was not really that good, seems like it came off of a frozen food truck, but we go to these places for good beer. As for the beer it was a little above average, nothing that really wowed us. A word to those that like to relax and enjoy their beers, this place is turning into a Mecca for all the local college students. Avoid the place on weekend nights it reminds me of my fraternity house parties. Try going in the afternoon or early evening to avoid drunken college madness, unless thats what you like LOL. The interior does remind you of a Traditional German Beer Hall so it is a fun place to stop and drink.

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Photo of jeffzoet
4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

If you live anywhere near Pittsburgh, you probably either know all about this place, or chances are you've been curious about checking it out. Well hopefully this will help you see what you've been missing! I'm not going to give you an entire history on this establishment, but just be aware that is one of three restaurant/breweries in the U.S. modeled after the 400+ year old original in Munich, Germany. I was really looking forward to visiting the Hofbräuhaus when it opened in the South Side Works in the spring of 2009.

My most recent trip was for the monthly keg tapping. You see, Hofbräuhaus keeps 4 beers on tap year round - the Light, the Lager, the Weizen and the Dunkel. They come in half liters and full liters! (I recommend trying a liter of half Dunkel / half Weizen!) Then on the first Wednesday of every month, they have a ceremonial tapping of a new seasonal beer. I've made it to 15 out of the 17 keg tappings that they've had since opening! This month's selection is The Christmasbier. I arrived around 6pm to get a good seat. We sat in the Bier Hall - the largest room at the Hofbräuhaus, and THE place to be if you really want to experience it at its fullest! Just before 7pm, we were asked if we wanted to hold flags in the parade. Yes, you heard me right... a parade! As part of the keg tapping festivities, they have a parade winding back and forth between the bench-style seating to introduce the first keg of the new beer. It consists of the head brewer rolling out the wooden cask keg of beer, the full German band (more on them later), and a few lucky patrons including myself who carry Bavarian and other beer related flags. It's a great way to celebrate a brand new addition to the Hofbräuhaus beer family!

As the parade ends, a line starts to form along both sides of the giant Bier Hall leading up to the front. Why, you may ask? Because the entire first keg is free! After a brief explanation of how they created the Christmasbier, they have a new person tap the keg every month. Once the keg is tapped, they pass out 1/2 liters of the beer. Since I was in the parade, I was fortunate enough to be one of the first to receive mine. Oh happy day!

My friends and I quickly returned to our table. After shouting "Prost!" in unison (the German version of 'Cheers') and clinking of our glasses together, we took our first sip. As usual with Hofbräu's beers, I was pleasantly satisfied by the flavor and aromas. What I like most about Hofbräu beer is that it's the perfect balance of quality and quantity. Which means that it is delicious beer; easy to drink by the liter! (or two or three!) The Christmasbier is a lager that it is a bit more robust than their mainstay Lager. The first thing I noticed was the full malt flavor that I love about holiday beers. It just warms you up on the inside during those cold snowy nights. At the end I caught a hint of flavorful hops (but not too much) for a satisfying finish - overall, a great beer that fits the season perfectly.

Not to be overlooked, Hofbräuhaus has a great menu as well. I always come for the beer, but love the options they have for the food pairings. A favorite appetizer is the soft German pretzels with bier cheese ($8.99). This trip, I decided to order something that I've never had there before - the Grilled Chicken Sandwich ($7.99), which comes with some of the best fries in town. I'm not a huge grilled chicken fan, but wanted to check off another item on the menu. It was surprisingly good! I added some brown mustard to it to add a bit more flavor, and found myself enjoying yet another item off of their menu. I think the reigning champ is still the "Hofbräuhaus Hot Brown" ($8.99). I'm not even going to bother explaining this one to you. Just go there, order it, and thank me later.

Now just in case the beer or food hasn't convinced you to visit, the other thing that truly makes this place unique (and long overdue in this area) is the fun atmosphere you can't help but get sucked into. Most of that is in large part due to the bands. A couple different musicians perform there, but my absolute favorite has to be Alpen Glow led by Joe Grkman Jr. (Find them on Facebook - All Grk'd Up) They show up wearing traditional Bavarian lederhosen and draw in the crowd with their catchy tunes and amazing accordion skills! Adults and children alike find themselves dancing on the benches (not only allowed, but encouraged!), waving their drinks in the air and singing along.

The Hofbräuhaus is the perfect place for families & friends to come and have a great time. It will be an experience that you will remember long after your visit.

this review was published at www.pittsbughhotplate.com

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Photo of beermanWV
4/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere is very nice. The main beer hall can get very loud with the polka band and people packed in. Long tables with benches, with a nice bar area. Hard to have a conversation when it gets crowded in the evening. The balcony area overlooks the Monongalia River. Down the steps from the balcony is a open air outdoor seating area.

Beer selection is good. The seasonal changes once a month. Lots of german lagers and ales, as expected. My favorites are the hefeweizen and dunkelweizen.

Decent german dishes. My favorite are the pretzel girls who walk around selling pretzels with melted beer cheese.

This is a good place to bring friends and enjoy a afternoon or evening.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Transcribed from notes dated F, 21 Aug 2009.

Having just come from a screening of "Inglourious Basterds" at the nearby cineplex, it struck me as a good time to partake of some German-style biers.

On the approach, I was immediately struck by the bank of seven (7) 38-bbl. and two (2) 19-bbl. fermenters along the left side of the exterior of the building. I CANnot remember ever seeing such a design previously. The entry was likewise on the left side of the building, through a long vestibule with the m.d.s. to the immediate left and to the right was the remainder of the brewhouse (bearing in mind that the kettles were on prominent display in the middle of the bar area).

Behind the m.d.s. was the Gift Shop, but by making a left, I was in the bar area with the bar a "U"-shaped blonde wood construct surrounding the two gleaming copper kettles and a blonde wood cabinet for glassware along the left wall. Picnic style wood tables and benches with slatted backs were the general order of business with a few booths along the front and back walls on the right side of the bar area. A pair of double doors next to the back booths led onto the patio/Bier Garten area overlooking the Monongahela River. Along the right wall was a short stage for an Oompah band, although none was playing during my visit. Lots of exposed piping and ducting throughout, which I enjoy. The color scheme for the interior was Cream White and Royal Blue with the former being dominant. I also have to cop to being impressed by the female staff in their Dirndls, including puffy-sleeved blouses and white stockings, very traditional garb.

Back at the m.d.s., by continuing straight, along the front (south) side of the building, was a banquet/meeting hall behind glass doors.

I also took some notes for inclusion in my ASN column and I include them here in case you may have missed the issue in which they appeared. Opened 29 April 2009. Head Brewer was Eckhard Kurbjuhn assisted by Shawn Setzenfund. Plans were being made for a month-long Oktoberfest celebration in September 2009 with an eye towards expanding the fest in 2010 based on interest.

Beer: You had better be a fan of Lagers in all of its forms. Four standards - Premium Lager, Hefe Weizen, Light and Dunkel. Seasonals include Prussian Export (Jan.), "Adulterator" Doppelbock (Feb.), Marzen (Mar.), Bavarian Wheat (Apr.), Maibock (May), German Pilsner (June), Bohemian Pilsner (July), Steelers Schwartzbier (Aug.), Oktoberfest (Sept.), 1810 Pince Ludwig (Sept.), Weizenbock (Nov.), Christmasbier (Dec.) and a rotating Zwickelbier.

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Photo of dwarvenspirits
2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 2

Went here for a birthday party and was anxious to try the beer and authentic german food. Beer was subpar. Sure, it was clean and tasted good but didn't blow my socks off.

The food . . . it was not impressive at all. The breaded pork I ordered tasted like it was frozen and not made fresh. I think the only thing made fresh on my plate was the potato salad. Even the veggies looked like they were pulled from a bag and steamed.

The atmosphere was spot on with a bunch of large benches and tables and they had a live band playing when we were there, however, we couldn't sit in the audience hall because they didn't allow height chairs in there.

Overall, I was not impressed with this place. Overpriced food that wasn't fresh . . . not what I was looking forward to.

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Photo of brewman63
4/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went relatively early on a Friday night (5 PM) which was a good thing because by 6 you would be waiting a couple of hours. They don't try to rush you out while you're there which is good for those lucky enough to be seated and bad for the rest. We were seated in the separate dining area off the main beer hall. Too bad because when we went into the beer hal to look around it was definately livelier. Next time we'll have to try to get seated there. They had four beers available, none of their seasonals. I'll hold off overall judgement on the beers until they get their own brewing. Of the four I tried only the dunkel was worth drinking (the weizen wasn't bad either). The food was pretty good with the appetizers outshining the main courses. Service was good also considering the number of people there. It's hard for me to compare this to the other German beer hall in the area (Penn Brewery) because this one definately has the feel of a chain while PB is more authentic. I will go back to Hofbrau at elast a few more times. I guess it's a good thing when you have two good German beer halls in the city.

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Photo of biglite351
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

The main room is really REALLY loud. You basically have to yell at the person next to you. The large open beer hall is a really neat idea. There isn't anything else like this around here.

We had a large group, 20, and the waitress was willing to do 20 checks. That was great as a lot of places will not split. She worked her butt off. Kudos to her!

I think that they need to up the food quality for the price a little though. They are still rolling on the novelty of the place, but soon people will have to want to come back as the novelty will go away.

Their beer selection is light as I like porters and stouts and they do not have one of either.

You should go once for the experience, but you will have to decide of you want to go back.

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Photo of Kolsch
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Visited on a rainy Sunday afternoon. Place is located in Southside works. No parking lot on premises, but plenty of parking areas available nearby.

Atmosphere: Seated at bar in the main dining hall, not as big as I thought it would be. Place was busy but not overwhelming. Guy in Lederhosen playing the accordion and encouraging German sing alongs up on stage. They also have another separate room to the right as well as seating outside which would be nice in the summer.

Quality/Selection: 5 beers; 4 regulars and 1 seasonal. Had the BergBock which was the seasonal. Description of this beer was as a Maibock and the style was spot on. Crisp, smooth with just a touch of sweetness to it. Could drink many of these. Also tried the Hefe and Dunkle which were also spot on style wise. If you are not into German beer then you will be disappointed though the light offering should satifsfy most BMC drinkers.

Service was ok; sat at the bar and did speak with Barmaid who has been there since they opened last spring. She said the place gets really packed by 20 something's on Saturdays whose sole intention is to drink heavily and sing. Hmmm...Isn't that the idea?

Value/Food: we did get the sampler which included soft pretzels, sauerkraut balls, fried pickles and potato pancakes. $12.99, not a bad price for a sampler. Food was average at best with the sauerkraut balls being the standout. Could definitely eat a big bowl of those. Would like to come back and try some sausages next time.

Overall: if loud singing with a lot of drunken people is your thing, then this is the place. I really enjoyed the beers and would go back just for that.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Hobrauhaus is a huge place, they have a large private party area, a huge indoor dining area with a large projection screen where they place local sporting events, and an enormous outdoor patio type area. Weekends are crazy and there are a ton of 20 somethings out partying. They also will have live music and a guy up front singing ziggy zaggy. They do shot-ski's where they line up several shots on a large wooden ski and three people will each line up next to the shot and rock out.

The food is very good, I love the sauerkraut! The portions are very big. Food is a little expensive but nothing crazy.

The beer is quite average...at best. If I go I go for the girls and the atmoshpere. It is a fun place with pedestrian beer; but that is still better than miller light (the pittsburgh favorite).

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This is located immediately behind the Cheesecake Factory in southside works.

The atmosphere is very novel with the staff dressed in their lederhosen and dirndls. The main dining room is huge and has that Oktoberfest atmosphere with the long wooden bench tables and a stage which has a live german folk band (or in my case a man with an accordion) who encourages the audience to participate in cheers rituals and singing throughout the course of the meal. Which is fun at first, but I can see it getting obnoxious if you frequent the place.

The menu offers high quality german food and german lagers as well as the hefe weizen year round. They also offer a different seasonal brew each month. You can get each in the typical glass or a giant beer stein. They have the typical light lager for the average beer drinker as well.

I like this place- the hefe weizen is pretty good and the seasonal is usually interesting as well, besides this is one of the only beer places I can convince my friends to go to because of its sheer novelity.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

The atmosphere was pretty cool, its pretty much all open with benches and tables patterned after Munich. It is very lively with a loud house polka band. The beer was served in a liter or half liter size. Liters were priced at $8. The beers were very tasty bocks and lagars. I had a pork shank with crackling, which as it turned out crackling is the pig skin. The pork meat was pretty bland with not much spices. So I guess I was not to impressed by the food. But it was a cool experience all and all.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I live about 75 miles from Pittsburgh, and probably end up there about 2 times a month. Since this place opened, I had not had the opportunity to get there until this weekend...Thank God I did.

The atmosphere is simply awesome. Everyone sings, dances on the benches, and generally has a great time. It seems like everyone is just nicer at this establishment. Almost as if you are partying with your family.

The quality is great. Their beer, produced on location, is top notch and so fresh. They offer beer in various glasswares, my favorite being the liter dimpled stein.

The staff is very nice, and do their best to handle the extreme crowds that come to the Hof. They do their best to make sure everyone is having a great night.

The selection is awesome, with I beleive 4 taps constant with a different monthly seasonal each month. They have an awesome keg tapping ceremony on the first wednesday of every month to ring in the new keg; I haven't been there for this, but I would love to see it happen.

Food was spectacular. They offer 3 different wurst varieties, and the pretzels taste soooo good. The bier cheese is also amazing.

7.50 for a liter of beer? That is awesome. Worth every penny, considering you are getting authentic german beer at a domestic price.

Overall, this is such a great place to go for fun and great beer. I love it so much, and I've only been there once. I can't wait to go back.

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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Boom--Munich comes to Da' Burgh. A big building on the banks of the Mon River in the up and coming Southside Works area. Right across the street from REI (big plus)! They certainly spared no expense on this place. A German bierhall on a slightly smaller scale. Large interior, which can get a bit noisy, with a good sized U-shaped bar area off to the left side as you enter. Soaring ceilings give it a nice look. In season a biergarten area will seat 600! If you are boring a quiet "no fun" room is off to the side providing seating for the dull at heart. A live accordian player was getting ready to provide entertainment.

With only 4 beers on tap and the soon to be provided fifth rotating seasonal HBH will never receive more than a 3 from me for selection. I look forward to a visit in September if possible when they will feature a schwarzbier in honor of the start of the Steelers season. In times when the seasonal kicks before the next one is due to go on a zwickelbier will offer the fifth choice.

Our service was good....with honest to goodness German hostesses helping out and training the local staff. People were friendly and chatty honestly wanting to know our thoughts.

Food was solid, hearty honest German fare. I had a wurst platter with red cabbage and spaetzle. I would certainly come in again just for the food.

We tried all 4 beers and found the light to be surprisingly good (would be a GREAT BMC replacement) but found the hefe to be the hands down winner.

Overall a nice addition to the area scene. I hope it can sustain the pace it had when we visited shortly after opening and it isn't a mere fad. I think it will do well, good location, good food, good beer and good atmosphere....it is a good to be at place!

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