Hofbräuhaus München

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Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

Platzl 9
München, 80331

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Photo of Culture
3/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

This is obviously a must see while in Munchen. Many tourists , food is not good at all. I have been to some smaller beer gardens in Germany that have amazing food. They had entertainment ... very enjoyable. I went with my wife and sister-in-law. We had a good time and i got a steine. Like i said you must go just to say i have been.

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Photo of -N8
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

A fun spot but a bit of a tourist trap. A must on your first visit to Munich, but not so much after that. The food is ok, and there is usually a traditional German band playing. A fun place to people watch, although most of the patrons are out of towers.

A bit of a downer when you find out there are a several HB Haus locations elsewhere in the US etc.

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Photo of nickfl
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of Jojo850
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.25

Everyone has to go once for the experience. Had a liter of Hofbrau Original and a liter of Funnel, and both were fresh, crisp, and delicious. Even in January the service was spotty and slow. My wife and I each ordered weiswurt, but for some reason we only received one order. That being said, the atmosphere of the place was enough to make it worth the visit, and the other diners were warm and friendly as could be. We will certainly return.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Well, you have to do it. But it's overpriced for the food and the beer you get. However, the atmosphere is totally German, despite the abundance of tourists. Be prepared for walking around looking for a table, and possibly sharing one with other folks. It's a good experience overall, but there are definitely better establishments in Germany.

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Photo of Caesar1pup
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 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.

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Photo of LauraAndrew
3.45/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

It's right next to the Hard Rock Cafe. If you're one of those people who go to New York City and visit the Hard Rock, you'll love this place. I, personally, think it was way too touristy and full of loud, obnoxious Americans. I'm only one out of those three, so it wasn't my crowd. We decided to head across the street to Ayinger's instead. We were very happy with that decision.

(Full disclosure: we were in town for Oktoberfest. If we didn't experience the fest, it's possible we wouldn't have found this place so cheezy by comparison. We also probaby would have stayed here longer, seeing it's as close to the Oktoberfest feel as you can get without actually being on the Wiesen.)

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Photo of VaterRoss
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This place is something else, the Disneyland of Bavarian beer culture. Huge building with many different seating areas. Make sure to arrive somewhat early as it closes and empties out fairly early by American standards. Think of the Hofbräuhaus as more of an experience than a restaurant and you're on the right track. Where we sat there were tons of old wooden table crowded up with tons of people and even more beer. The raucous environment encourages socialization with those nearby. Food was good but expensive. All of this to the backing of a band busting out drinking songs and Schlager songs.

Downsides: expensive prices and average to poor service. Just remember you're not paying for the food/service, you're paying for the experience.

This place is incredible, everyone must go here at least once. The pretty good food, limited beer selection, and high prices make it difficult to recommend going more than once, but that one time you do go, oh boy, get ready to have a blast.

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Photo of Crainjd
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 5

Loved the atmosphere when we walked out in. Just what I was expecting from a traditional German beer hall. Very busy but we were welcomed when we asked to sit with two other men at one of the tables. It took awhile to get someone to take our beer order. Even longer to get our food order in. The giant pretzels were outstanding and the bratwurst and sauerkraut was out of this world. They had a band playing traditional German music and there were groups of patrons singing along with the band. Overall a terrific experience for an American.

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Photo of PdxBeerNut
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

On a recent trip to Europe, my wife and I felt it would be necessary to visit this place. When we arrived, we were blown away at the sheer size of the place. I had read about the Hofbrauhaus in many tourist books and on the internet. I will admit that nothing, no pictures or any amount of reading can prepare you for an experience at the Hofbrauhaus.

The service staff were all adorned in dirndls and leiderhosen. Amazing to watch these women carrying ten 1 liter steins through the crowd. The service was slow, which was expected for how busy it was. On our last day in Munchen, however, we arrived at the Hofbrauhaus when it opened in the morning and sat and watched the 2 other tables in the place get served for about 1/2 an hour before we were even greeted.

We just happened to arrive in Munchen 3 days prior to the opening ceremonies of Oktoberfest. This city was packed and there were huge lines to get into any beerhalls. Arrive early and stay late. This was one of the most memorable stops on our 2 week tour of Europe.

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Photo of andythejerk
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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!!!).

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Photo of JohnW
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

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

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Photo of crossovert
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

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.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

On a long weekend visit to Munich (December 2007), I deliberately avoided this place over the Sat/Sun and visited on a Monday at about 6pm. I was expecting something very touristy and overpriced. The reality was somewhat different.

The place itself is enormous; a cruciform shape with the band stage at the centre. Wooden tables (when you can get one!), and tables with tablecloths tend to be "Stammtisch" reserved for locals, unless the waiter sits you at one.
The Sandra Bullock lookalike waitress in Bavarian costume treated is with a degree of disdain at first. I did notice that when she saw that we were staying for more than one drink, she improved considerably in demeanour. I can't say that I blame them for attitude; the numbers of Japanese tourists who tramp through here, take photos and videos, and never even buy a beer. Okay, some do, but I saw some ask this pretzel waitress to pose for them (which she did), and then they shook her hand and left. Not even a euro tip!

I confess that we were sucked into its atmosphere. A couple of litres of their drinkable beer, and the will to leave decreases. And when the band play that fanfare, you are encouraged to stand and sing the toast "ein prossit, ein prossit, der gemutlicht keit" and then slam the stiens together and have a slug!

And at €6.60 per litre, it's one of the best "tourist" things you can do; music and waitress service included. I suppose they make a good profit on their pretzels (€3.20) must be €3 profit.

As so many have said; this place is somewhere is a must visit. Just do so when it is quieter than the mania of weekend nights. I will be back, and I never thought i would say so. Nice to be proved wrong!

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Photo of calir1
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

For a destination place, this place is great. Who cares about how much stuff costs or whatever when you are here in Munich it is fun as hell. The wierd part for me was not being seated. I guess you just have to sit anywhere and maybe even join people and enjoy their company. Everyone was super friendly and I had a blast. The selction of all three beers was not like a typical American bar, but it is not an American bar. The selection was perfect for this area and all I wanted to drink were liters of hefeweisen all night long. The dunkel and lager were also good, but we were there for just the experience of it all. It could get crazy in there with a puke sink in the bathroom, but that just means everyone is having fun.., Loved it would go back

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Kind of a must-go place in Munich, but the dream is better than the reality. Super crowded most of the time, so expect to wander around for a while or sit upstairs in one of the off-the-beaten-path areas of the place to get a seat. Beer is not great and is a little more expensive than other places. If you are in college, go for it. If you are visiting with your family, you might want to avoid the crowd and noise (or just walk through to check it out, but eat/drink elsewhere).

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Photo of dogma33
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

It may be the 'tourist' thing to do in Munich, but it is worth the visit regardless. Very light hearted atmosphere, excellent beer, the food is good. The service was spotty, particularly in the central beer garden. Service on the second floor was better and less crowded.

We sampled several of the menu items, things were good though nothing really jumped out at us as above and beyond. More importantly, the beer is pretty outstanding.

All in all, a very good value and a nice place to relax and take in some very good beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

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 | $$


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Photo of MarkoNm
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

A great place to visit while in Munich. It has that real Bavarian feel. The place is packed full of people, especially during the football game night. It’s a must do in Munich to treat yourself to a 1l glass of beer together with some typcial Bavarian cuisine. Awesome.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

With my girlfriend and a another couple we went here on our trip to Europe because we were told this was a must visit beer hall in Munich. This place was huge and rich in history, more then one live band playing at the same time and that gives you an idea of how big this place was. We sat at a massive table with several other groups from all over the map and even snorted some snuff with an old German lady. A small selection of decent beers for the boys and a lemon beer mix for our ladies served in a massive mug (my profile pic is the mug in question) a great novelty and what I imagined a German beer glass to look like. I ate a bunch of meat and was well fed with pretzels being served by pretty young German girls who seemed embarrassed by their traditional outfits that were clearly put on for the tourists like myself. At the end of the day we had a blast here just drinking and talking to the locals and tourists alike, not where a beer geek would go to sample a bunch of brews in a quite environment but if you want to laugh drink and be merry this place is a must.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited this place yesterday despite the number of people telling me it was a tourist trap.

The menu comes in both English and German which was convenient. Service in most German restaurants sucks compared from what I am used to but this was a little better than I have experienced. You get an Erie feeling as this was once the hall where hitler gave his speeches during the second world war. The atmosphere was great, despite the hundreds of tourists. Beers ranged from half a liter to a full liter and they had about 5 or 6 on tap including their esteemed Oktoberfest. The beer was very fresh and served in the appropriate glassware. The Oktoberfest was good, but unlike the others I had on this trip. I also had their weisse bier which was refreshing. Foodwise there is a big selection of traditional German fare but there is another tourist trap with ordering pretzels as youngest specify which size or you will be gettin getting the huge one. Food was a bit pricy but in line with what I had been paying. The crowd was fun, but if you want some authentic Bavarian beer drinking times hit up one of the brewery owned restaurants or another biergarten.

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Photo of ohmesohoppy
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

When reviewing this place just as you have to do when reviewing american light lagers you have to keep the style in mind. The hofbrauhaus doesn't claim or try to be a world class beer bar, it is what it is- "the largest beer hall in the world" and one of the top tourist attractions in munich (it has a gift shop). And in my oppinion its pretty damn good at being that. Anyways the atmosphere is pretty good in my experience. It's loud, lots of drunk people, stereotypical german music playin-the works. There can be some people that are way too drunk, but the staff is pretty good in recognizing problem people and handling situations. Also for the most part people are there to have a good time and since most of the people are tourists from america and europe you end up striking up conversation with the strangers sitting with you. The beer is much better than the imported stuff you find in the US. My favorite was the dunkel. I wish they had a few more varieties though. The times I went there the service was pretty good keeping in mind the place is huge. All in all its a pretty good time as long as you know what youre in for before you go and you dont mind embracing your inner tourist for a couple liters. Even if youre not in the mood for a loud beer hall you should at least visit this place during the afternoon. The architecture inside is really amazing. And it does have a lot of history. I was told that the bavarian flags painted on the ceiling were swastikas in Hitlers day.

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Photo of kbm
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

You have to go to Hofbräuhaus while in Munich. In my opinion, the beer is virtually indistinguishable for all the other lagers that you can get throughout Munich, but I don't think you can experience the Bavarian beer culture with the same kind of flamboyance anywhere else - even if it's a bit kitsch.

We showed up on a week night and the place was packed. We spent about 20 minutes trying to get a table. We eventually scored by sitting at a table with people who were leaving soon.

Our waitress was a caricature of giant Bavarian beer maiden: cigarette hanging out her mouth and giant bosom spilling out.

The food was great and the whole experience was worth the visit. Towards the end of our night, a couple of locals decked out in full Bavarian regalia sat with us and bought us a round of beers, taught of the drinking songs and told us what they thought of President Bush and Americans. It was an exceptional experience.

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