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Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
13 Center Street
phone: (413) 594-8788
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5 | $
The Munich Haus is located in Chicopee center, an area that can be a bit daunting to navigate for the novice. A lot of one-way streets and construction make accessibility a little less than desirable these days. This should not deter anyone from visiting though, it's well worth the hassle.
The atmosphere is great. The bar and lounge area is very ornate and decorated in a folksy German theme. The waitresses all wear traditional German garb. German folk music plays in the background. There's a small outdoor dining patio with umbrellas. A banquet hall is also available for rent for large parties, though I've never been back there to see it. They have an outdoor beer garden currently under construction, which is slated to open any day now. A huge Octoberfest celebration is being planned as well. I'm very much looking forward to this, and it should be a major draw during the warmer months once it's completed.
The service is very good as well. The waitresses are all very friendly and attentive. They know the menu and specials front to back, and they know the tap list too. They aren't really beer-saavy, but I wouldn't expect them to be anyway. They know enough to help a neophyte choose a good beer, and that's certainly good enough. The bottom line is that the waitstaff well exceeds what is expected of the service at an average restaurant.
The Munich Haus boasts that they have the most extensive German tap list in the area. While that is true, they could do a little better to pick up a few more interesting German beers. Spaten/Franziskaner and Hofbrau grab the most tap space. Paulaner, Warsteiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Radeberger, and Erdinger all rotate in and out with some frequency. Paper City usually has a tap or two, and represents the only American craft option. Paper City also brews the house beer, a pretty decent Vienna Lager. There is a very small bottle menu with a few solid options available too. Notable bottled beers the last time I visited included the Schlenkerla Marzen and Monschoff Schwarzbier. The beer selection does encompass a fairly broad amount of German beer styles, and what is offered is certainly solid enough to keep you happy if you like German beer. However, there is some room for improvement, especially considering the stuff I know they can pull in through Craft Brewer's Guild. I'd like to see some beers from Schneider-Weisse, Ayinger, Mahrs, and Weihenstephan make it to the tap handles.
The food here is second to none. The Munich Haus has its own master butcher making authentic German sausages on-site, and holy Christ does it make a difference. Hands down the best German sausages I've ever eaten. All sausage meals are very fairly priced at $11-12 and include sauerkraut, red cabbage, and spatzle. All are delicious, and the value for the price is outstanding. A variety of traditional German, Hungarian, and Polish food entrees are also available, including hasenpfeffer, roulade, goulash, keilbasa, and a variety of schnitzel. Appetizers run the gamut from taditional German and Polish favorites like fried cheese, pierogies, golombki, pretzels, and potato pancakes to American seafood and even game meat. I had cajun-style fried alligator on my last visit. What they've done with the menu is truly special and impressive. Oh, and did I mention all you can eat sausages every Thursday?
The Munich Haus is a diamond in the rough, and an oasis of culture and fine dining in an otherwise barren and drab city (with the exception of a few good Polish delis). Make it a point to visit if you find yourself in the area.
09-24-2012 16:39:15 |
More by ryan1788a5
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
First of all I'm a fan of German food and love all types of German beers. There is always a good seasonal selection on tap . Ask for the bottle beer list and find some quality beers. The service is friendly and polite always able to explain food offerings to newbies. They offer comedy shows ,game feasts, Oktoberfest party along with many different events. Great place to just sit at the bar and enjoy a beer and homemade chips.There is a parking lot near by along with on street parking.During the nice weather enjoy a beer on the outdoor deck. Good people and family friendly for young and old.
03-16-2011 01:06:02 |
More by gumper2
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
This place in the center of Chicopee, MA is pretty good. The ambiance is a bit Epcot-ish for lack of a better term. The staff wear traditional style outfits, and the music played is a long the same line. The bar however is nice--10 taps mostly (of course) German, including Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, and Spaten. I also noticed some offerings from Paper City Brewery as well. The service was quick and polite, and they were well stocked with appropriate glassware. The final point of note was the chips that came at the bar. Potato chips made fresh, in-house came at the bar with your drinks with dipping sauce that was outstanding. A great snack to accompany some great beer. Definitely worth visiting if you are in the Pioneer Valley.
11-11-2009 22:29:22 |
More by PJLukasik
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I'm a huge fan of the Munich Haus and I believe it's rating as a beer establishment is a bit underrated. In a previous review someone stated there being 3 beers on tap. This is just false. I've been coming to the Munich Haus since before they officially opened and this has never been the case.
Their menu always features:
2 Paper City beers, usually Dam Ale, and IPA.
Hacker-Pschorr Munich Lager (awesome helles)
Dinkelacker Pils and Dark
Erdinger Hefe-weiss and Hefe-weiss Dunkel
(If you've never had the dunkel on draught you're in for a treat, it's exceptionally different than in bottle and amazing. Sometimes this is the reason why I come here)
Plus they will have seasonals, last night there were 3 but I only remember:
Paulaner Salvator doppelbock
Both are stunning brews!
The food is always fantastic. I absolutely love the Schnitzel Berliner, Paprika Schnitzel, Pfalzer Rostbratwurst. And I've never been disappointed by anything else I've had.
These folks do a fantastic lunch, a great buffet for wedding receptions and partys.
The staff usually very friendly and attentive, even when the place is packed.
The bar area is a welcome and comfortable place to sit and have a beer while waiting (a short time) for a table.
Western Mass beer lovers or beer-curious folks, this place is a MUST. We have some fantastic beer establishments in our area such as the Dirty Truth, Sierra Grille, Moan and Dove, Amherst and Northampton Brewing Companys.. but this place doesn't get mentioned much. I say we need to turn it around. Anyone interested in having the best German beers fresh on draught needs to hit the Munich Haus! You just won't find most of these beers at the other establishments so I can't even say they are in competition, it's apples to oranges.
I think their beer selection represents a well thought-out plan and I think it's working well. The Paper City, though not my favorite, is well liked and recognizable in our area (never mind being only a few miles from the brewery). The Hoegaarden is a well placed alternative for folks not into the German beer thing. And the German beer selection is top notch. I also enjoy the bottle selection but can't quite peel my self away from the draught list.
03-30-2008 13:29:49 |
More by snafui
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5 | $$$
This is a decent little place located in Chicopee center
A- very nice and authentic looking. The waitstaff wear tradional garb and coco clocks are everywhere adding to the charm. Everything is decked out in dark wood and white table cloths.
Q- the bier selection was good, 3 on tap with at least 20 different bottles, all authentic german. The beir was served in the proper , non chilled glassware.
S- the service was quick and friendly and though she knew everything on the menu she could not help me with prenunciation of some of the german words
F- I ate the wienersnitle with sourkrout and spetula. The wienersnitle was ok while the sides left something to be desired. The krout tasted as though it had sugar added to it. But I wanted something sour.
Dessert was very good however,it was not made fresh, but probally from a store.
$ expenisive for what you get
08-10-2006 21:18:11 |
More by mcarroll10177
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went for lunch on a rainy Saturady afternoon. THis establishment has a vast lunch menu, going form American fare (burgers, fish, sandwiches) to traditional German (schnitzels, sausage, etc.) The prices were very reasonable. I had a chicj=ken schnitzel wit hsuaerkraut, spaetzel and a salad for around $8.00. The atmsophere wa very old world like. Cuckoo clocks were onthe walls with carved dark work mirrors and plenty of flowers, German music played in the background, just at the right volume. My group had a variety of foods including both American and German. Everyone seemd to like the food, with the jury out on the spaetezel(I think it is an acquired taste.) The wait staff was dressed in traditional costumw which added to the charm of the experience. Service was impeccable and unobstrusive. The slection of brews was good..around 8-10 German style draft brews as well as the same number of bottle offerings. Thw wine list was alos quite good. The desserts were a big hit with all as we shared balck forest cake and chocolate tortes....extermely good. If you are in the area, worth a try.
04-24-2006 01:23:38 |
More by edchicma
Munich Haus in Chicopee, MA