Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Bayerische Staatsbrauerei WeihenstephanBayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei WeihenstephanBayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Alte Akademie 2
Freising, 85354

+49 8161 5360 | map

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cowtownhorn from Texas

4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Service plus walk yourself through their outdoor bar/food. And the outdoor self-service had more than I saw in the rest of Bavaria. This was not my favorite beergarden in Bavaria/Salzburg/Fuessen, but the food selection in the self-service area demolished the rest. C'mon kids, you're in Munich. Go out to Freising, this is the oldest brewery in the world. I'd recommend stopping at Schloss Schleissheim (just south of Dachau) on the way home.

Jun 13, 2019
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Being in Munich and this close to Freising we decided that we had to visit the oldest brewery in the world, so it was a train trip and off to Weihenstephan. After arriving in Freising and figuring out the bus arrangements, we arrived at the front campus drop-off, but then we had to figure out where the bierstube was. Nearby campus map boards didn't help, so we walked to the top of the hill. When we thought that we were close but still unable to find it we asked two students (who had never been there) for help but they couldn't get us there either. So we continued to walk around trying to find the place. Then all of a sudden we rounded a corner and we saw people drinking.

Wow! Great beers and food, and that is not a trite understatement. We ordered a 3-beer sampler (Helles, Wheat and Dunkel) plus small pours of Korbinian and Vitus. Wow, wow, wow! Deliciousness at it's best.

This visit may have been the pinnacle of our entire trip. Navigating the train, the Friesing city bus system, and finding the pub in the university complex of buildings were all a challenge, but well worth it. The beer and food at Weihenstephan were outstanding, with the Vitus Wheatbock and the Korbinian Dopplebock being the highlights. As good as the beers were, we ended up rating the food the best that we had for the entire trip. Afterwards, we found the path to be able to walk down the hillside to the train station. What a day! Highly recommended. Plan on a full day and check out the other beer places in town too.

Jun 13, 2017
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Brynomite from Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We visited the brewery a few years ago and had a lot of fun. The beer was fantastic and the grounds gorgeous. We ate the Bräustüberl And it was nice.

The food was decent and the service more than adequate. I've had much better food in Germany, but it was hard to beat the atmosphere and the fresh Weihenstephan. Overall a great experience.

Aug 21, 2015
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hankmeister from Florida

4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Visited here early March 2015. Short train ride from Munich to Freising, a bus up the hill, then had to walk about 250 meters to the brewery.

Very German, very clean. I didn't get to do the tour (but I signed up for it since I'm going to be back soon) so I just went into the Braustuberl for lunch. EXCELLENT! My waitress was nice, attentive in a German/European way [they don't come over every 5 minutes to check on you - Americans are often not used to that]. Had 2 Vitus beers (delicious) and the Brotzeitbrettl, which is basically a cutting board with sausage, cheese, and a couple typical German spreads for bread. Great portions, fresh and delicious.

Can't wait to go back.

Mar 08, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

This famous brewery is located on top of a hill in a scenic town near the Munich airport. Plenty of free parking. Large, uncrowded (i.e., plenty of open space between tables) deck with a nice view, as well as a variety of spaces inside. World class beer with limited variety (typical for Germany). Had food once which was OK but not sufficient to rate the food offerings. Well worth the effort to visit if in the area.

May 06, 2014
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Jojo850 from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Everyone needs to visit Weihenstephan once. Well worth the short journey by train from Munich. Their Kellerbier was sublime, the food was outrageous, and the restaurant service was good considering the fact that we were there mid-day in January. There is a small shop across the drive from the restaurant where you can pick up all of the Weihenstephaner swag you need.

Aug 02, 2013
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Danny1217 from Florida

4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

One of the nicest biergartens I have been to. Weihenstephan features all of their regular beers either in 1L or 1/2L servings. The beer comes out incredibly fresh and tastes delicious, as you would expect from this brewery. I gave the service a 3 because there was no table service in the biergarten, so there's not much I can say about that. The food was pretty good. I had a currywurst, and it was very enjoyable.
Very cool place.

Jul 13, 2013
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.46/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Is this a brewery, or a university? I know that Weihenstephan has a brewing school, but I see more than just beer science studies around the campus. I came around to finding a building with crates of empty Weihenstephaner bottles, but was still lost where to find the biergarten. I felt like I was trying to find Waldo. I did find it though; walk through the restaurant and you're there! And on a warm sunny day, the setting couldn't be much better; shady biergarten, but with just enough light to penetrate through, the green rolling hills off in the view, this is the real Bavaria.

The setup is cafeteria style; you pick what food you want, and you order what beer you want. There are no table servers, so you'll need to designate someone to place beer orders. The good news was the queue for the beer is almost non-existant, and the beer menu (10 total beers - weiss, dunkleweizen, kristalweiss, lager, pils, dunkel, kellerbier, leicht weiss, Vitus, and Korbinian) is easy to read. And priced well too, at €3.30 per half-liter of hefeweizen.

I had to have a hefeweizen at the source for Round 1, fantastic. Round 2 was the dunkel lager Tradition which isn't imported in the US, another great one. With proper glassware and outstanding beer, I can't imagine the serving of the beer being much better, if at all.

By foot, it's a bit of a walk, but the beer is damn good and the environment of a sunny day healed the scars of a long walk. Not to mention you're near the front door of the world's oldest brewery.

May 10, 2013
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Momar42 from Maryland

4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Finally made the bucket list trek this past weekend with a few buddies. We got there late, in the snow and it was quite cold. We opted to walk from the train station up the path in above mentioned conditions as the night fell. After finding our way up the path and to the quite massive complex that is Weihenstephan we finally found somebody that pointed us to the BeerStubel. I mention all the above to illustrate just how amazing this place really is! I would do it all, in worse conditions whenever I get a chance.

As mentioned, all their beers are available though some were poured from bottles. Many different sizes are also accomodated. All beers are served in the appropriate glassware and poured perfectly, as you would expect. The Stubel is very cozy on a cold night and while we didnt EAT the food, the sheer aroma and visually pleasing dishes spoke for themselves. We all tried everything but the Infinium which they had, it just didnt resonate enough for us to drink it. Prices were spot on for most Munich beerhalls and of note is the exstensive souvenier selection ranging from affordable to OMG how much?! All glassware were available for purchase in the range of sizes.

If you are near, you must go. If you are not near but want to go, you must go. I know I will if I ever make it back to Munich.

Jan 19, 2013
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FungusBrewer from Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Weihenstephan itself traces its brewing history back to 768, the yeast strand itself predating that by centuries. The location was once a forestry school turned abbey on the outskirts of the Black Forest. Now it's a solid brewery (oldest in the world), and Bierhaus. The food is Bayernish, and the beer is incredible. There were nine beers on tap when I visited, and my company ordered round the house all of them. My favorites were the "Vitus Weizenbock, and hefe-dunkel weizen's. To eat, I had the weißwurst Früstuck with senf and a brezel. What else right? Wunderbar! The Atmosphere was great, quality undeniable, service fast, selection expected, and food traditional.

You can't help but walk away feeling a bit of the educational vibe. Weihenstephan is now a renown beer school, and mecca for enthusiasts. American's, pray towards the East.

Feb 20, 2012
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Ruds from England

4.78/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Spent 3 hours here on the last Sunday afternoon of November '11

Upon arrival at 2.15pm - the place was packed with groups comprised largely of families lunching, but by the time we left it was mostly empty!

There are many different rooms, probably 4 or 5 inside, plus a large beer garden that was obviously not open at this time of year

The room we chose was down a small flight of stairs and resembled a medium sized cellar

A string quartet was playing in the corner for the first hour we were there

To the business end ...

8 beers available on tap on my visit, so I set my limit at 0.3l (available on most) in order to sample as many as possible

I visited, Helles, Dunkels, Weiss, Dunkels Weiss, Korbinium, Pils, St Vitus Bock and finished by sharing a bottle of 'Infinium' the champagne beer in collaboration with Sam Adams - served by the waiter into 'Infinium' flutes, whilst the bottle rested in an iced bucket

The service was very good and they soon adapted to our pace of drinking and my 2 x 0.3l to my friends 0.5 !

The food was amongst the best I have experienced in my many trips to Germany

This day was the last of a 3 week 'game' festival, so I opted for the Game stew.
Amazing !!! Hare Hock, Roast Boar and Venison steak with dumplings and red cabbage!

Cannot recommend highly enough and will visit in the summer next time to sample the beer garden

From Munchen you can catch an RE train (23 mins) to Freising Hbf

From here it is a 15/20 minute walk or E7.50 in a cab

We got a cab back to Munchen Airport E25 which is worth knowing

Dec 03, 2011
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crossovert from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

The giant brewery/university complex has one major restaurant and a biergarten.

Me and my friends sat in the biergarten overlooking the Uni. It was a Saturday night but it was relatively quiet. I had been here other times when tourbus after tourbus rolled in. There was one this day, but they sat inside. Only one of us ordered food and it came in a quick amount of time considering the extra load they had from the tour bus.

YOu simply order from a counter. There is probably 10 options. You can get pretty much everything in a Maß. I had a maß of pils, a half of dunkel, and a half of weizen. They were all excellent. They had both Vitus and Korbinian on tap which was nice.

This place is pretty nice and the beer is world class making it a must stop.

Jul 05, 2011
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JohnW from England

4.15/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Freising is a great little town to visit (45 mins from Munich, same train line as to the Airport, but make sure you sit in the correct coaches, as half the train goes to the Airport, the other half splits and goes to Freising!) The Freising Dom is well worth a visit while in the town.

The Weihenstephener Brewery is a 20-30 min walk up a long incline path through the woods from the town, and the BrauStube is through the main buildings, just follow the footpath which eventually becomes a road. At time of visit (May 2009)the Beer Garden was closed due to building works. We were shown upstairs in the BrauStube to a new outdoor terrace which was upmarket and very smart. Excellent food menu at reasonable prices and the beer was very good and cheaper than in the Munich bars. Service was very good and most staff appeared to speak some English.

The "Stube" itself has several larger rooms in the usual German Beer Hall style, with good service - though they filled very quickly after opening time (maybe a Coach party ?) so probably a good idea to get there at opening time!

We enjoyed our visit here, and would certainly visit again. Pleasant return walk through the gardens and woodland back into the town with views from the hilltop.

Note that the photo shown here in BA is NOT the Braustube or Beer Garden, but the truck loading bay of the brewery, the Braustube is just around the corner!

B'ham UK (visited May 2009)

Dec 16, 2009
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TheSarge from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I headed over here with my wife on our fifth wedding anniversary. Always wanted to visit the oldest brewery in the world, what a gift! I unfortunately didn't get to take a tour, nor did I get to meet Frank Pfeifer, but the brewery and campus grounds were well manicured, and very relaxing.

After walking around for a bit, I stopped in the on sight getränkemarkt and purchased some brews that don't make it my way (Kristall Weizen and Korbinian), and the price was obviously cheaper than going to my local store to get the same style of brews.

Afterwards, me and my wife partook in some cuisine at the onsite Bräustuble. We ate in the biergarten, which is set up cafeteria style. We went ahead and had some rotisserie chicken, a huge pretzel, small salad, and a knödel. All of which was reasonably priced.

On tap they had about all of their mainline brews to include Korbinian, which I tried for the first time. The price for the beers was decent, and my wife's white wine was reasonably priced too.

Overall, it was well worth the trip to go and see the Weihenstephaner Brewery. I just recommend doing a little research for tour times, if you want to get the full experience. I believe the tour is at 1PM, but I'm not quite sure.

Jul 01, 2009
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Domingo from Colorado

4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I stopped in at the end of May when it the weather is warm and it's perfect for a day at the biergarten. We took the train to Friesing and walked up the hill past the school and "stumbled" upon the biergarten.
They serve a host of different items including helles, dunkel, weiss, dunkel-weiss, kristal-weiss, Korbinian, Vitus (a new weizenbock), pilsner, alcohol-free, as well as radlers or russ'ns made with any of the above.
The beers are all hyper fresh and as expected, are amazing. Even though some of the items are bottled, this is as fresh as you'll ever encounter them. Supposedly this is the only place you get the pils, too.
The view is stunning. You can see a nice rolling countryside that makes a wonderful backdrop. Did I mention the smells coming from the brewery itself? It's simply AMAZING. It's worth the trip for that alone.
Service was a little spotty the day we visited. It seemed like they were just a little short staffed, so I had to wait for someone to man the beer window on 2 occasions. Still, they spoke English and were really nice. I don't blame anyone, obviously.
For the food, we had wursts, pretzels, and the typical bavarian items you expect. It's not as good as some of the really high end bavarian restaurants (or Andechs) but it's still excellent biergarten cuisine.

It's a short train ride from Munich (only about 30 minutes, plus a 20-minute walk) so this is a must-visit for any Bavarian beer treks. I'd put it 2nd to only Andechs on the list of places you must see.

Jun 29, 2007
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andythejerk from Utah

5/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The quick train ride to Freising from Munich is more than worth it. Hell, the "short" plane ride from Atlanta to Munich would be worth it, just to visit the oldest brewery in the world. Take a buddy, since the smallest quantity served in Bavaria is 1/2 Liter, and you're gonna want to split them and taste them all (Give a little extra Trinkgeld and ask for an extra glass).
The food was classic baviarian faire--we ate some hearty pork knuckles with potato salad and also got a giant pretzel, and it was all very, very good. We sat outside in the beautiful Biergarten overlooking the countryside of Freising, and did we have a good time! The guy running the taps figured out that we weren't just silly tourists and really interested in their beers, and came and talked to us for quite a while about the different beers and brought us some literature in English. The busser promptly removed empty dishes and glassware.
Here's a hint: Make sure you try the Pilsner. It is unfiltered and is ONLY available here at Weihenstephan's Bräustüberl, since they figure it's not going to be good any longer than 2 weeks after completion of the brewing/fermentation. This Pilsner was far better than any I have ever tasted--I only wish I could have had more! And you know it's damn fresh, since they throw it out after 2 weeks in the keg. Their Kristallweizen was my other favorite, but everything was very, very good. Even after splitting our beers, lots of carbs, and the better part of a day, we eventually decided we couldn't enjoy all of their beers and left a few untouched (i.e. the Traditional); they offer too many good things here! Make it a 2 day visit.
Sadly, they don't do brewery tours anymore due to sanitation concerns, but don't go anywhere near Bavaria and dare not visit this place!
I've never given all 5's to anything before, but my experience at Weihenstephan was absolutely perfect, and was the highlight of my tour of Oktoberfest/Bavaria.

Sep 28, 2006
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bruachan from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

made a pilrgimage to this fine piece of delicious history for the italy/ukraine game. took the S1 (right?) out to Freising, but the last bus had left at 8:something so we took a 10 euro cab ride

the food was very tasty; it pushed the $$ to the edge of $$$, but was worth it. the schweinesax'n was great and my brother enjoyed his sauerbraten with kraut. both came with a fine kartoffelknödeln (we picked it over the bread one) and good gravy

the beer is...well i don't think i even need to explain. sampled the weissbier, dunkel and korbinian. simply devine

Jul 04, 2006
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Jaynuze from District of Columbia

4.63/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The world's oldest brewery, Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan (try and say that quickly three times), is located seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Why is it that anything of interest in Germany is located on top of a long steep hill? I recommend not visiting the HB the night before trekking out to this beautiful site in one of Bavaria's oldest and most scenic settlements (founded during the Bronze Age!). This was by far one of the best spots we visited while we were in Germany. Though the walk felt a bit longer than the 30 minutes mentioned in a previous review (then again we got lost on the way there), it is an attractive one. Even if you don't read German, the blue and white signs will help you find your way to the University/Brewery. Set on top of one of Freising’s two “famous” hills (Weihenstephan hill), the biergarten provides stunning views of the countryside and the town of Freising. You'll be hard pressed to sit inside on a nice day, though the pub is beautiful as well. They have a great selection of beer (it’s Weihenstephan ... of course they would!) and the food is traditional and delicious Bavarian fare, great with beer (especially if you're half in the bag)! I would suggest a trip to this brewery/brew pub to any and all beer lovers, the scenery is breath taking, service is very friendly, the beer and food are delicious, and it's all VERY reasonably priced. In hindsight, I wish we had spent some time in the town since we had such a wonderful time ... but hey, the train ride back to Munich gave me plenty of time to take a nap! Prost!

May 08, 2006
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

They've recently stopped giving tours through the brewery, but I still had to visit.

This MILLENIUM old brewery is now within the heart of a University. There's plenty of university students wandering about, and the only monks to be seen were on a billboard add (on the side of the old brewery).

I've always really liked their products. Plenty of flavour & incredibly drinkable. I guess that's how they've stayed around for so long. Having their brews fresh (vom fass) at the brewery restaurant is certainly worth the trip. The Korbinian doppelbock and both of their Weizens are second to none.

Food was typical Bavarian; the price was quite reasonable.

Although it's more like a University campus than a monestary, it was still pretty cool.

They still produce dairy products as well... their yogurt was quite good.

Apr 09, 2006
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

From München, take S-Bahn 1 to Freising, This is about a 45-minute ride. At the station there, the walk is about 30 minutes, though there are buses available to get you here quicker. If you walk pay attention to the street names and directions. One wrong turn made a 30-minute walk into a 45-minute walk for me and BierManVa... Though we did get to see a glimpse of the lovely downtown Freising...
Up on the hill, the Weihenstephan Brauerei has a good-sized Biergarten, where you can either soak up some sun, or relax in the shade of the big-ass trees dotting the area. In the Biergarten you can partake of a self-serve Bier stand as well as a self-serve food-stand. I was very pleasantly shocked when, after ordering a Bier from the gentleman behind the counter, he came over to our table moments later and produced some english-language Weihenstephan brochures for our reading pleasure. Way cool! John (BierManVa) and I also opted to grab some grub inside. There are many rooms in which to eat, all looking a way-cool German... Though the rooms all do have modern furnishings they are in the old-style...lots of mugs, tankards, old photos and paintings...even one room with a low-slung, arched ceiling... gotta love it! I counted about 9 Biers here available.... Hefeweizen, Dunkelweizen, Hefe Leicht, Kristal Weizen, Pils, Origanal Hell, Traditional Dunkel, Korbinian Doppelbock and Hefe Alcohol-frei. All their Biers are top-shelf.... Service inside was good, though the waitress had about 6-7 tables to look after. Highly recommended! Great Bier and atmosphere, and food! A shrine to german Brewing. Go for it!!

Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.38
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$


Oct 03, 2003
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan in Freising, Germany
Brewery rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 27124 ratings