Klosterbrauerei Andechs

Klosterbrauerei AndechsKlosterbrauerei Andechs
Klosterbrauerei AndechsKlosterbrauerei Andechs
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Bergstraße 2
Andechs, 82346

+49 8152 3760 | map

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jjboesen from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

This is a MUST day-trip from Munich; take the S-Bahn (S8) to Herrsching and Bus 951 that will take you to the bottom of the hill, atop which awaits the magnificent Klosterbrauerei Andechs - specifically, the Klostergasthof. There is a large terrace, but it was closed during my November visit. (On clear days, you can see the Bavarian Alps.) It is a large and rustic place with large communal tables and a few booths. It is a popular place for locals and humble beer pilgrims like myself. There is no table service, so here's what you do: step up to the Casse, pay for your beer - a liter mug will cost 7.30 (euro) - show the receipt at the next counter, the one with the giant keg, and claim your delicious beer, one of the best Germany has to offer. If you hunger, there is an adjoining room where you can get food in a cafeteria style. I settled for some tasty sausages and then settled in for a wonderful day.

Jan 24, 2018
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Punky_Brewster from Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Probably my favorite beer garden that I visited during my trip to Bavaria. I only tried the Helles and the Doppelbock beers. I don't remember much about the Helles, but the Doppelbock was awesome. I had pork belly to eat which was also fantastic. Food and beverage were both very reasonable. It was less expensive than beer gardens in Munch. We went on a Sunday afternoon in the Spring and there was a traditional Bavarian band playing music and it was a very festive atmosphere. Views were good too since it sits on top of a hill.

Jan 07, 2015
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is it. This is a place where all beer lovers must pilgrimage to. Come on... It's a monestary in the Bavarian Alps where they have making beer for hundreds of years. And of course the beer is amazing.

Jan 03, 2015
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MarkT from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Sep 16, 2012
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BartlettAveBrew from England

4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Jun 08, 2012
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Ruds from England

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Oct 22, 2011
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Forb from Nebraska

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
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!!

Jul 23, 2011
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ikats from New York

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

May 26, 2011
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crossovert from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Apr 26, 2011
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
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 latter 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.

Mar 14, 2011
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pauljmccain from Missouri

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a great place to go. A fun trip from Munich. Quite the hike, though I wouldn't recommend it in the summer! Lots of bugs. We took the bus back.

When we went there was very few people there. Only the main Biergarten was open, and I think we were the only non-locals. Very good atmosphere, with a traditional pay-then-take setup, self service, and older buildings, though newly modeled. Plenty of indoor and outdoor space, with a great view.

The selection of food was not the best, though the food they do have is simply excellent. Then the beer selection is great, with all of the Andechser beers and their take on Radler, sparkling apple juice and helles. A tasty combination, refreshing if you do choose to hike up.

Cheaper than most places in the city, it's 5.50-7 euros for a mass depending on which beer. I spent 7 days in Munich and am looking forward to my next trip to Germany just to come back here. You must take the day trip if you go to Munich!

Aug 19, 2010
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loren01 from Washington

4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here this past winter while visiting Munich. It was an easy day trip from downtown Munich out here...took the train to the last stop on S5 (Hershing) then took a cab from the train station to the monestary. You could probably walk it but there was a ton of snow when we were there so the cab was just easier. The atmosphere at this place was pretty cool. It was like a cafeteria style beer hall, you go get your food then there is a seperate place to get beers. In the next room over there are big long tables to sit down and enjoy the food and drink. I had a dopplebock which was amazing. Overall this was a very good day trip, probably my favorite of anything we did while in the Munich area.

Apr 19, 2010
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been here twice over the years when visiting Germany and I've never walked away dissapointed in my experience. The atmosphere is second to none, it sits on top of a big hill on the outskirts of Herrsching and has an amazing view from the patio/outside dining area. It's actually a monestary and it's really cool to walk around and just explore the place.

The food is very good and reasonably priced. Both times I've been there, we've sat outside. I can't say enough how much we enjoyed this place. The food was good but the beer is what made the experience. I really prefer their lager and wheat beers to several of the other brewers in the region (just my personal preference). I brought my dad here and he wasn't too impressed with the pork as it comes pretty much on the bone. I found it humerous, knowing what to expect, and our family being German by heritage makes it even more humerous. He moaned about the food but had no complaints whatsoever about the beer!!

My only gripe is that I wish they would distribute their beer in North America, I really miss this place back home in the U.S. The only thing I have to ponder are good memories and a nice Weiss beer glass in my china cabinet. If you're in the Herrsching area, this is a must stop.

Dec 24, 2009
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Graebner from Germany

4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

One of my all-time, if not the all-time favorite place to get a beer.

Atmosphere is good, a surprisingly large proportion of locals...almost everyone in the place is from Munich. Compare this to the Hofbraeuhaus where a very large percentage of people are tourists, and the place is geared towards that crowd. Andechs is still pretty local. People are friendly (probly all that 7% beer), the monks are polite and business-like, the rooms are incredible with exposed timbers in low ceilings and the names of each former abbot carved into a beam, back to 1455. The biergarten has a fantastic view of the Ammersee and the hills of Bavaria, even the Alps on clear days.

Still not sure what quality means.

Service is good. One of the three times I've been the food line was longish (10 min), but thats it. Beer line is 3 min tops every time. Monks are pretty friendly and very helpful, and they always get it right.

Selection is great, considering everything is brewed on premises. 10+ different brews to choose from. I get the doppelbock, but their weissbier is also outstanding...probably the best weissbier I've ever had. Food selection is good, cold and hot deli-style area and a small buffet line type thing.

The food is phenomenal. Best sauerkraut in Munich as far as I know, the roast pork shoulder is incredibly delicious, tender and juicy, the pretzels are great. Their potato salad isnt the best Ive ever had, but it's certainly delicious. They have specials, which on Friday is smoked mackeral with peppercorn, paprika, herbs, or plain, served with horseradish and black rye, and it is divine.

A thick slice of pork shoulder, a pretzel and some kraut will run you 6 euro, the mackeral will run you a paltry 2.5 euro, and a litre of the doppelbock will set you back 6 euro even, with the other beers ranging from 4.80 to 5.70 euro per litre. Half-litres are available as well.

From any S-Bahn station downtown, take the S5 to Herrsching and either a bus or taxi to Andechs. There is also a really nice trail through the woods, but if you havent been before the short way is very hard to find, and the long way takes almost two hours. Walking back is easy though, you can't lose the trail, it takes about 30 minutes of walking through the woods to get to Herrsching, and you come out within a few blocks of the S-Bahn station.

If you can only visit a single establishment in Munich, this is the one (Augustinerbrau am Marienplatz is a close second).

Mar 29, 2008
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Goldorak from Canada (QC)

3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

After a very somber visit in Dachau, I needed enlightenment. What better place than on top of the hill at Andechs?

Too bad we got there a bit late, our hotel was back in the village and we had to walk all the way up, so we missed the brewery and distillery tours. The huge mountain of plastic cases near the brewery was quite a sight, and on the way up we spotted a few hop vines that seemed almost ripe for picking. The church is pretty impressive, with a cool sundial...right underneath a clock. Maybe they needed a second opinion! The view for up top is very nice, it was clear out so we could see the mountains, the whole area is very quaint, kind of Vermont-ish.

It was getting a bit chilly out, so we sat inside in the main section where the cafeteria style food and Beer counters were. I went straight for a mass of dopplebock from the cask, and my girlfriend got a glass of wine. What I don't get is that they charged a 3 euro deposit for her wine glass, the kind with a green stem that you find absolutely everywhere in the country, and charged me nothing for the kick-ass Andescher mug my Beer was served in. It was absolutely fabulous, rich yet quaffable, well worthy of the hype. They had 2 more casks and Andechs bottles as well.

As with a vast majority of the places we've been to, clientele was in their late 50s or older, including the charming German couple who shared our picnic table and some of the food we got. We went for some cheese and bread, all made on-premises, and they were quite good.

Great place to spend an afternoon if you're in the area.

Sep 29, 2007
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

What a place to visit, I recommend any lover of high quality malt beverages makes a pilgrimage to this site. From Munich hauptbahnhof it's very easy to get here (S5 train to final stop, then look for the Andechs bus for a 10 minute ride to the Kloster).

It's set on a hill with a beautiful view of Bavaria, you can actually see the alps in the distance when it's clear (like today). I had a total of 4 beers while here, sampled in several locations within the klosterbrauerei: first the bier garten, then the beer hall, then the restauarant. Each location was perfect, I probably preferred the beer hall overall due to the medievel feel to the place, with exposed timbers and stucco and whatnot.

Everything was reasonably priced, the doppelbock dunkel was 3.30 euros for a 0.5L glass, the wiess bier was maybe 2.70 euros. Every beer was delicious, and the monastary buildings give a very inviting ambience.

I just realized the review is too positive, heading for hero worship. So I'll list a negative: the line to get a beer in the beer hall is too long, it takes 10-15 minutes each time you get a beer. With 3500+ seats, I'd like to think they could set this up differently, allowing for quicker ordering.

If you find yourself in Munich, this place is a no-brainer.

Jun 29, 2007
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JohnW from England

4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The Andechs Monastery is a MUST visit when in Munich area, and I can only endorse others reviews.
To get there from Munich, catch the S5 suburban train from the Hauptbahnhof to Herrshing - about 45 minutes, and then the 951 bus from outside the terminus station at Herrshing to Kloster Andechs. I would recommend you get a train just before 9am, then get the bus from Herrshing at 10.10, but beware, there could be hundreds of people with the same idea, and the bus so full you cannot get on! You can walk from Herrshing, but its about an hours steep uphill walk of 3 miles.

The bus drops you at the car park at the foot of the Andechs Monastary, so just a short uphill walk.

The Monastery church interior is amazing and must be seen. The Beer Gardens, Terrace and Restaurant areas are all close together, and normally three Andechs beer available from wooden casks - the Hell, Weiss and Dobblebock Dunkel, and all are fantastic. There are various food options, from hot pork slices, the knuckle joint, cold meats and cheeses, breads and salads at a counter, then take them out to the Beer Garden, or Terrace, or into the two restaurant halls.

Great atmosphere in the Beer Garden and Terrace and VERY popular in fine weather, so best to arrive early to be sure of getting a seat!

The full range of beers are available in bottles and presentation packs, as well as other souvenirs of the place.

Highly recommended, and I can hardly wait to go again!!

B'ham UK April 2007

Apr 17, 2007
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andythejerk from Utah

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

Go to the Holy Mountain! It has been made holy by the deliciousness of the monk-brewed beers! Set in a beautiful countryside next to a gorgeous Bavarian lake, you'll have to take a train and then a bus to get there from Munich, but it's more than worth the trip. The closter church was beautiful, and we also splurged and climbed to the top of the bell-tower for the cost of 1 euro. Amazing 360 degree view!
The view of the patchwork farmscape from the Biergarten is almost as spectacular (just not 360 degrees) since you're at a monastery (monks always build on hilltops), and sitting there with the good Bavarian food and even better beer, it's an experience not to be missed. I especially liked their Hefeweissbier Naturtrub, but the famous Doppelbock is also worth mentioning. The Rollbraten was one of the best things I have ever eaten!

Sep 28, 2006
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greebsnarf from New York

4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I visited Andechs during a month-long tour of western Europe this summer with a friend. We spent only three days in Munich but I insisted on making the roughly-hour-long trek out to the monastery on our last day there. It was a drizzly day, a little on the cold side, but we ate in the biergarten rather than the overcrowded hall. It was quiet and relaxing--the handful of equally stubborn patrons of the garden were all about forty years our elders and kept to themselves--with a lovely view of the monastery just up the hill on one side, a patch of woods on another, and below us a herd of cattle grazing in a small pasture. All in all, the perfect setting for a light lunch and a few liters of strong beer.

Perhaps because the garden was so empty, service was spotty, with the waitress only bothering to come outside infrequently, and rushing us a little with our orders when she did. Our food was nice but unmemorable, but we hardly sampled the bulk of the menu: we only ordered desserts, chocolate-drenched berries and cream for my companion, a filling but unspectacular kaiserschmarnn for me. I wish I had tried the main courses, but maybe next time.

But the beer was the reason we came and it certainly didn't disappoint. We sampled the helles, doppelbock, weissbier hefetrueb, and dunkles weissbier. All of them were both stunning and delicious and I certainly had more than was wise considering their well-disguised strength--all of the beers served on the premises are at least twice as alcoholic as the bottled varieties, with the doppelbock reaching 18%.

To cap off the visit, there's a separate gift shop where, among other things, you can buy four-packs of bottles for the road. I should mention that the monastery grounds themselves are also beautiful and well worth the visit in their own right. I saw some posters advertising a Carl Orff recital that would be performed on the premises about a month after my visit. If I lived in the area I'd love to go out there for something like that.

Sep 07, 2006
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DaveFL1976 from Florida

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Oh how I wish I had more time to spend here.

Spent the night in Fussen, and visited King Ludwig's castle. Pretty cool. Then drove the two-hour drive (with poor directions, you can make it there quicker with better directions, I'm sure). Finally we arrive in Andechs. There are plenty of signs to direct you to the brewery. We pull into what looks like a Wal Mart parking lot. I wasn't impressed.

But then you begin to walk up the hill and it becomes more serene. You see the tower of the monestary. Old German guys having fun. Laughing, and happy people.

Finally you get to the Brewhouse. It's a bit confusing at first. Not really any table service. There are seperate lines for beer and food. Plus at least 2 lines for food. One for small stuff like pretzels (brezes) -- you've got to have a pretzel. And another area where you can buy the brauts and schweinhaxe. The food is all tasty, and while a bit pricey, it's worth the money for the experience.

Go to the beer line. Start with the Weissbier Hell.
Then move to the Doppelbock. Oh man, that's good.
Before you get too drunk on the Doppelbock, have an Applebeer, or a Hell Lager. The beer is all top notch. The scenery is great. Everybody's having a nice time. The food is good. I want to go back!

Jul 13, 2006
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dedrinker from Kansas

3.51/5  rDev -21.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

A beautiful summer well spent. We sat outside overlooking golden fields of wheat. We made sure to visit on a weekday as they claim to hold back the doppelbock on weekends (tourists+serious beer=silly drunk spectacle). It was such a beautiful day, and we made sure to try all the beers available. My chief love of German beer is that while the overall selection is relatively low (stylistically speaking) you really have to make a concerted effort to seek out a bad example of any given beer style they make. Helles, Dunkel, Doppelbock, Hefe-Weizen - we did it - people I had literally just met the day before and invited to come with me. The beer was great, the surroundings were great, and the overall day was sublime. Go there!

Jun 01, 2006
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place is still a monestary, with a fairly good sized brewery adjacent to it.

The brewery is expanding, and there were 4 new conical stainless steel fermentation tanks ready to be installed. Sitting next to them was a wooden cart full of spent grains... presumably to feed their livestock. They still produce organic dairy products and their milk, yogurt and cheese were all really good.

They have a stuberl, which is more of a self-serve cafeteria/beer-hall, and excellent value. We opted to relax & get served at the Gasthof restaurant. The food was REALLY good and reasonable priced. My wife had a nice plate of their cheeses, I had a generous portion of meat. Their fresh beer (vom fass) was really good, though I thought their dopple was a bit of a let-down (I enjoyed their other stuff more).

I picked up a stein from their gift shop for around $5 (similar to what the hofbrau house in munich sells for $18.50).

We visited in the last week of march, so there was still a fair bit of snow around... we took the bus from/to the trainstation.

The lake down by the train station was still frozen, but there were plenty of people out walking, and even a few people drinking beer in the sun!

Apr 09, 2006
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I took a day trip out to Andechs while I was in Munich for Oktoberfest, and I am very happy I did so. The monastery is situated in the countryside a short bus ride from Herrsching, which is itself a 30-40 minute ride on the S-bahn from Munich. After you exit the bus, you must walk up a steep hill to the monastery, church, and restaurants, but it is worth the walk. The church itself is quite beautiful, and you can try to climb all the way up the steeple tower, if you dare.

As for the beer, there is a main indoor seating beer hall where you can purchase your mugs of the wonderful Andechser bier (there were 4 or 5 styles on-tap during my visit, including the world famous Doppelbock, the Jubiläumsbier, an Apfelweisse, and the Helles). You go up to a window and pay for your beer and get a token, and then walk a short way to another window where you get your mug of beer for your token. You can then drink you beer inside in the beer hall, or outside on a nice patio with a view of the countryside. There is also a smaller cafe restaurant on the other side of the patio where you can get coffee and snacks. Finally, there is a restaurant/cafeteria where you can order meals to eat with your liters of beer. The schweinhaxe was crisp and tasty.

The beers were, of course, wonderful. The Doppelbock was so delicious and easy to drink. 1.5 L went down smoothly. It is a good thing you can get here on public transportation (just don't miss the last bus back to the S-bahn).

Service was pretty minimal, as everything is ordered from a window or a counter, but that did not detract from the experience. The prices were reasonable. One comment, however, is that if you want to buy bottled beer to take with you, you can purchase it at a kiosk or in the gift shop, but four bottles cost a little over 7 Euros, and these same four bottles can be had in Munich for 5-6 Euros. But not a big deal, and perhaps worth the convenience.

I recommend all beer lovers visit this wonderful place as it is definitely worthy of the pilgirmage.


Mar 20, 2006
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Domingo from Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

A wonderful "must do" trip if you're in the Munich area. Easily accessible via the s-bahn system and either a short bus or taxi ride from the station.
The entire atmosphere is just terrific. A large self-service style beerhall (no tablecloth in sight) that of course just happens to carry some of the best half-dozen beers in the whole world.
I was there in the winter so I didn't get to experience the outside biergarden area quite so much, but you can see how nice it must be in warmer weather. The view is stunning.
Beers were roughly 2 euros each and are served in the default .50 mug, or the larger one for about 50% more for the Helles and Dunkel.
Selections are a Helles, Dunkel, Weiss, Doppelbock, and a few special selections. The specials in the winter of '05 were the AMAZING Apfelweiss, and Dunkel Jubilaumsbier. You also can order a Radler if that's your cup of tea. There are also several varieties of Schnapps distilled at Andechs including peach and apple. A nice couple from Hamburg gave us a try of the apple and it was wonderful.
Food is typical hearty bavarian fare...but done REALLY well.
English is typically spoken and mostly understood, but knowing a few German phrases is a big plus.
It just doesn't get much better than this. If you're in Munich, you'll want to hit up the Hofbrauhaus and Andechs.

Because all of the beers are so wonderful, you'll want to likely have a friend ordering one thing while you order another...and just split the beers. This way you can try everything without becoming incoherant due to the potency of many of the brews!

An amazing thing is that the place is FULL of locals. We arrived at 10AM thinking we'd be the first ones only to discover 25 locals that appeared to have arrived some time earlier. By noon, the main hall was full...and on a random Wednesday no less. People in Germany know a good thing and take advantage of it!

EDIT: In the summertime the place opens up quite a bit. There's a huge patio area with an additional bar area, and even a second biergarten on your way up the hill with its own taps (which may have items not available in the main hall). Also, the Apfelweiss turned out to be a simple juice-blend item (which is still awesome), but you could probably have them make it using other beers as well.

Jan 05, 2006
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bigbelcher from Arizona

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A little bit of heaven in every glass is how I think of Andechs. Where else can you go and see a 15th century baroque church with their own beer garden? The beers are all of outstanding quality with dopplebock available year round. The only disappointment had to be in the limited food selection in the beer hall. When the beer garden is open the BBQ ribs and chicken are both outstanding. The beerhall itself can get quite smokey so the beer gardens are a good plus with a fantastic view of the countryside.

Dec 28, 2005
Klosterbrauerei Andechs in Andechs, Germany
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