Germany > Bavaria > Munich
3fourths (1182) Boulder, Oregon | June 4, 2008| Updated January 21, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Well, this is a place that everybody should visit once, but I think once is enough. Typically full of tourists, many of them young Americans. All beers but one come in 1L mugs only, which is a frustratingly stupid tourist ploy meant to amplify the faux-authenticity of this place to the ignorant. After spending a couple of days in the garden of eden known as Franconia, this was about the furtherest thing I wanted to do, sit in a crowded, loud, fake German beer hall. I’m sure at some point years ago this was the real deal, but not anymore. The Sommer bier was tasty though, all 1000 ml of it.
t0rin0 (970) Riverslime, California | October 1, 2013| Updated October 2, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited September 2012.
This was near the end of day two in München. The first night at Oktoberfest we weren’t able to get into the Hofbräuhaus tent (actually the only one we couldn’t get into). The actual restaurant certainly did not disappoint but like any German pub they only carry a couple of beers, most of which are only available by the half liter and full liter. There was a band playing which much like the music at Oktoberfest was very repetitive with a 5 song play list. Those songs aren’t even full songs either. Oh well. We had a great time sitting across the table from two Americans from Oklahoma that were doing a similar trip to us (though they had gone into Norway after Sweden). The old German lady next to us was having a good time with a few half liters as well. Service is really freaking slow but nice otherwise and were happy to bring as much beer as we needed, which meant buying full liters knowing it would be a while before the next round arrived.
Braudog (696) Hampton, Virginia | November 19, 2006
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Of course they have great beers, but this is more a tourist trap than a great brewpub. And it’s too big! But I guess this is a "must visit". (April 2002)
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 12, 2011
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 12/20
Well, had to do it, right? Let’s see... There are so many tourists here that it’s hard to hear yourself speak. Cameras are clicking everywhere. An oompah-band is forced to play traditional Bavarian music in the center of the main room (which is quite beautiful though). Food is rather bland. Service was Horrible, completely uninterested, even handing me a hot plate that had obviously been taking right from the kitchen heating board. Ridiculous on all accounts. Thankfully, the beer is not nearly as bad as the service. Their Original is a nice Helles and their Dunkel does its job well too. Didn’t really care for the Weiss and the Sommer though. All in all, with Ayinger Speis und Trank right in front, and Andechser am Dom and Augustiner Bierhalle und Restaurant not far away, I know I will never come back here.
GT2 (477) Riverslime, California | April 25, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Went here back in the day before I was really seeking out specific craft beers. Just getting acquainted to German Hefeweizen and falling in love with Franziskaner Weissbier. This place is touristy and there is typical schnitzel type of heavier German food along with bratwurst/weisswurst. All of the "macro" type lagers came in giant .75L mugs so good luck having more than 2. The Hofbrau house beers were on tap here, but since then they have a bottler and international distribution...so you can try most of their house beers without ever going here. The atmosphere is really the only draw- big beer hall with high ceilings and long wooden tables that seemingly every visitor has carved their name into. Easy to find near the Munich City Hall. Though I suspect there are better beers places, at the time this is the only place us kids knew about.
Theydon_Bois (461) The ’Sham, England | March 16, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
What to say that hasn’t been already ... Hitlers favourite haunt and this seems to attract the tourists here more than any other beer hall. We sat inside and eat here surrounded by Japanese tourists pointing cameras at anything that moved!
Beer is OK - nowt special ditto the food - adequate.
Outside was a huge beer garden with umpa style music wafting across it.
Service held up well bearing in mind how busy it was.
I wouldn’t say don’t go here but if you only have a limited time in Munchen hit on other venues first.
You can get their beers at Munchen Flughafen at the small bar right by the departure gates (BA anyhow).
pivnizub (449) Bochum, Porúří, Germany | January 22, 2008
60 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
No prejudices: Even though this is a very well known, touristy place, it is nevertheless worth a visit. The atmosphere is quite original, the prices are reasonable and the shady garden in the yard is by all means worth a detour.....
Fin (433) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | February 1, 2008
52 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Went here on the Friday. It dominates the corner and in fact much of the street on which it stands but I will say it is definitely worth venturing inside. The beer was actually very good, the place was buzzing with a smattering of locals amongst the hoard’s of beer glass clinking tourist’s, and their was an oompah bad knocking out a few presumably Bavarian numbers. Where it loses the odd mark is for the attitude of the staff, surly and quite naughty i.e. Here is your change and this is my tip, thank you the tip was taken without even my consent and then surly waiter shot off to his next mug to get his tip. Despite that one annoyance well worth going to.
KyotoLefty (420) Kyoto, Japan | June 4, 2012
68 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Just go. Split a couple different liters with a friend and enjoy yourself. It’s a must, and worth it, though you probably won’t want to stay too long.
adnielsen (380) Fort Collins, Colorado | October 22, 2010
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 20/20
Everyone has to come here at least one while in Munich. The place is overrun by tourists, but the atmosphere can’t be beat.
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