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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
This place is as near to perfection as I may ever find! I fully endorse all the other reviews. PLEASE NOTE: The train to Herrshing is now the S8. All else remains the same! And that's a GOOD thing!
The atmosphere at Andechs was the most impressive, and a close second was the Dopplebock Dunkel. My wife sampled the Apfel and it was delicious, but one of those things that you can only handle a halbe of. We also sampled a limited run of Maibock, which was fantastic.
The grounds are immaculate and the food is top notch. Classic Bavarian wurst, cheese, and gigantic servings of ham and chicken. We were there on a Saturday and it wasn't crazy busy, the crowd was an even mix of locals, tourists, and bachelor parties! Entertaining all around. Since we arrived to Herrshing at around 10:30, we just missed the bus (which runs every hour at 10 past the hour). We opted for a cab from the train stop for 12 euro.
Bottom line, GO THERE NOW!
06-08-2012 14:42:40 |
More by BartlettAveBrew
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is an amazing place. The atmosphere category here is almost a joke. You're drinking some of the best beer in the world at the actual monastery where the monks brew it. You're up on a hill looking down into a beautiful valley. There are hundreds of other beer lovers from all over the world there enjoying the beer with you. Definitely a 5. While here, I tried all of the beers they had and was impressed with every one. I had several huge pretzels which were excellent and some Scheinhaxe or however you spell it, which apparently is pork knuckle. It was excellent as well. As a true beer traveler, you must visit this place at some point. There's really not much else I can say about it that you don't already know, so that will have to suffice. It's worth the plane ticket to Munich alone!
11-14-2005 21:49:04 |
More by PatYoda
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).
03-29-2008 07:13:29 |
More by Graebner
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5
Well, after Beirman9's overwhelming recommendation that we visit Kloster Andechs, David and I decided to get the heck out of Munich and go exploring. We took the train, and at the last stop, the German Family riding with us asked if we were going to Andechs. We said yes, and that we were taking the bus. They convinced us that walking up would be more pleasant, and really build our appetite for the beer and food...they weren't kidding!! After about an hour of walking through the snow covered woods, we made it to the top. We found a table out back and then it was time for the good stuff: The food and beer are outstanding! David got the Dopplebock and I got the Helles, both in a mass. It's all self serve: you grab and tray and point out what you want, and they serve up a fine plate of traditional regional specialties. You also go the the beer line, order yourself a beer, pay, get your ticket, then give it to one of the beermen to pull you a beautiful beer. The German family was very nice to us: they shared some of the delicasies with us, we bought them a few drinks, they bought us a four pack of beer to take home...the whole experience was overwhelmingly one of the best of our trip. True camraderie found, plus excellent beer and food.
03-08-2003 05:15:52 |
More by PatandDavid
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Was encouraged to visit Cloister Andech's during my visit to Munich in May, 2004. After a long day of touring King Ludwig's castles we almost returned directly to Munich without stopping for a visit. Thank goodness we did stop. Signs directed us fairly easily to the monestary, which is located on top of a hill. The enormous parking lot at the base of the hill was mostly filled and buzzing with celebratory folk. Up the hill we walked, past oodles of booths selling knick-knacks, until we climbed the stairs to the biergarten.
What an unbelievable place. Long tables of revelling beer-drinkers enjoying the company they've come with and eagerly making friends with whomever grabs the seats next to them ("It's hier frei?"). There is no table service, although they clean up after you leave pretty quite. The line for beer is long, but moves very fast. A different line is for food and, unfortunatley, the selection is quite limited. I was really hungery and ordered the most substantial item on the menu...scheinhaxe (pig's foot, hairs still intact). I do NOT like pork, but it was actually quite good. My wife ate a pretzel that she had to hold onto with both hands because it was the size of her torso. Around us sat an international audience. We met people from towns nearby, a couple from Canada, and then who sits down next to me, but Nobel Prize winner Demond Tutu. WTF? Apparently, he was visiting the monestary and wanted to see the brewery in action. He ordered a Helles (light) and split a scheinhaxe with his wife.
Too bad my wife couldn't drive a stick-shift or I would have had many many beers. Sweet, clean, and divine. Whoa unto me, I had to drive back to Munich and could only enjoy one Helles and one Dunkel (dark). We sat in a baudry section in the main outside seating. Inside seating is available and a quiet outside section was available on the patio that overlooked the barn and local terrain.
If you ever make it to Munich, you MUST find a way to travel the 30-45 minutes south-eastish to visit this fantastic place. Monestary? Or heaven on earth?
07-12-2004 06:31:39 |
More by mentor
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
There really are no words adequate to describe the experience of a day on the holy mountain. From the unique aspect of the view to the astonishing intricacy of the chapel, from the overtly Germanic "Gemütlichkeit" of the whole place to the outrageously delicious beer, this is a place to be savored slowly and enjoyed deeply.
Remembering that this is an active monastery helps explain the atmosphere and the hospitality. Observing the rule of St. Benedict, which says, All strangers who come should be received as if they were Christ himself, the managers treat guests very well.
We sampled four beers at the monastery:
1. Spezial Hell
2. Dunkel Naturtrüb Jubiläumsbier
3. Doppelbock Dunkel
4. Weissbier Hefetrüb
What the four had in common was an amazing depth and complexity. The one we rated lowest, the Spezial Hell, would probably have been rated much higher if we had sampled it alone: it simply couldn't stand up to its incredible companions.
My advice is to skip breakfast, arrive late morning for a huge early lunch, then spend the afternoon intermittently strolling and sampling half-liters. It's an experience you will never forget.
Note that the monastery sells beer at a higher price on the grounds than elsewhere. You can get half liters of Andechser for about 1 Euro in Munchen, but they're about 3 times that at the monastery. I'm sure it's a way of being nice to their distributors and making some extra money off the tourists. Despite the price, it's worth it for the amazing experience.
10-31-2005 04:35:22 |
More by ColoradoBobs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5
It's been about 8 months since I was here and I wonder to myself why I haven't put down my thoughts until now.
September, 2003, during Munich Oktoberfest. I find myself on the train platform with Bierman9, BierallucanbRI and his cousin and brother. We are all a little slow from the night before and not much distracts us from our self flagilation on the train and bus to Andechs.
But something magical happens...Our arrival to the brewery! First and foremost, the view is beautiful. Set amongst the hills of Bavaria, the gentle rolling countryside captivates and astounds the visitor. Then the bier, mighty and brash. Huge amounts of the most delicious brews available are awaiting the palate of even the most discriminating traveler. (Pls import this nectar!) What's next? The food of course. Classic and incredible German dishes of pork, wurst..you name it.
Before we know it, our troubles are gone, we are loud and boistrous and another night at the Oktoberfest awaits us!
A trip to Munich without a stop in Andechs is like going to San Francisco and not seeing the Golden gate.
05-27-2004 02:23:26 |
More by BierManVA
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.
01-05-2006 00:48:10 |
More by Domingo
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!
05-26-2011 02:44:42 |
More by ikats
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!!
07-23-2011 19:59:39 |
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