Germany > Bavaria > Kelheim-Weltenburg
chinchill (96) South Carolina | November 1, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 16/20
Perhaps the most memorable and impressive of the many breweries I have visited. This brewery has a fantastic location/setting, cathedral, and chapel. It is also, by some accounts, the world’s oldest monastic brewery. Visited in 2007 and again in 2012.
The location is directly on the Danube, in a more rugged area with some cliffs. My visit brought me there by car and a short hike, but there is a passenger ferry from Kelheim that follows the river through a gorge that folks really like. Also, a small cable ferry just upriver. The baroque cathedral is dedicated to St. Michael, and there is an awesome, large, semi-surreal centerpiece on the altar featuring St. Michael slaying a dragon. A short hike up hill takes you to a small but very unusual chapel. These are worth a trip even if there was no brewery or restaurant. Bottles to go are available at the gift shops.
The venue has a large shaded courtyard in which the biergarten is located, as well as a number of inside dining/drinking areas. I had an excellent schwarzbier my first visit. Some of the beers and foods (cheeses and meats) are still made on premises or nearby by Benedictine monks.
KyotoLefty (500) Kyoto, Japan | June 4, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
Visited in 2006, but never put in a rating. This is a lovely, historical place, and the beer is very good so it is well worth a trip if you are in the area and have an afternoon to spare. You ride down the Donau in a boat, getting thirstier all the way. I suggest avoiding the boat beers, so you’ll really be knocked out at the abbey. It’s absolutely beautiful and in nice weather, the beer garden is great. Of course the number of beers is limited, but they are darn good.
zonmei (3) Colorado Springs, Colorado | October 25, 2009
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 18/20
A gem of a site with rich brewing history. There is a lot to do here and my family stayed here for longer than we expected. We coupled this trip with a visit across the Danube to the Hall of Liberation. The view is beautiful, the Danube shows its power flowing around the bend the Kloster sits on. The museum has an English DVD on request and there was a discount when we went (4 Euro for a family of 4). The chapel is beautiful! There is a nature park around back as well. I really enjoyed the meal. My 8 year old who hates traditional German food finished an adult portion of spaghetti too. The place got really crowded around 14:00 with tourists.
pivnizub (480) Bochum, Porúří, Germany | April 13, 2009
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Scenic location, indeed - beautiful nature and beautiful architecture (Asam Brothers). All in all a must when You are in the Regensburg-Kelheim area. But be careful: it often becomes very noisy and touristy, especially on holidays...........
Quack-Duck (183) Down South, Germany | April 13, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Scenic location: a brewery in a monastery next to the Danube river - a superb and picturesque location. Next to the brewery and its visitor centre is the Klosterschenke, the official brewery restaurant (www.klosterschenke-weltenburg.de). Here you can sit within the walls of this old monastery in the shadow under large trees enjoying the beer brewed just a few steps away. The prices are all right for such a location, the food is well-prepared. I particularly enjoyed the Weltenburger Klosterwurst (sausage made according to an ancient recipe of the monastery). The car park is about 800metres from the monastery, there is a souvenir shop nearby where you can buy the full range of Weltenburg beers, including the ones brewed by Bischofshof in Regensburg.
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