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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.
06-29-2007 22:46:01 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
This place is heavenly!! You can sit inside, in the high-vaulted-ceiling hallway, where it's loud and smoky (typically German). Or, when the weather is decent, go outside onto the patio and soak in the sunshine as you soak in the suds. Bier here is outstanding, although you can only get 3 on tap (Hell, Weizen and Doppelbock). Service is rated as well as you want to rate yourself, since it's all self-service. Tell the cashier what bier you want and pay, then give the cask-man your receipt. Mmmm good!! They have 2 food counters; one for cold-cuts and cheeses, the other for warm pork or leberkase and kartoffelsalat. Quite tasty! If you ever get to Munchen, you MUST visit Andechs; it's only about 1 hour south. Prosit!!
atmosphere: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
10-10-2002 08:24:50 |
More by Bierman9
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.
03-20-2006 04:15:38 |
More by UncleJimbo
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Went with a group of friends to lay on the beach in Herrsching, we had a few beers there then went here. It was actually a legitimate hike getting there through residential neighborhoods and a small forest. It is a climb so bring hiking shoes, I accidentally stepped in a mudpit. Once you get there you know you've earned your beer, it takes about 50 minutes to an hour.
The church is beautiful, there is 3 Biergartens and a big Bräustüberl. There is also a gift shop. We went to the Biergarten/deck just outside fo the main hall (the one pictured). The food is more or less cafeteria style. A Maß of Helles only costs 5,60 from the cask. The line for the beer was non-existent when I walked up, it was smooth and easy.
The food is mediocre at best, the schweinhaxe was overcooked but the pretzels were very good; but the beer is cheap and amazing. Most of it is pretty cheap, i was in a group of 10 and we bought a ton of food, plenty for all of us and it was only 4.00 per person.
This place is a must for people traveling in Bavaria.
04-26-2011 10:11:33 |
More by crossovert
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
09-29-2007 14:34:44 |
More by Goldorak
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The Andechs Monastery is a MUST visit when in Munich area, and I can only endorse others reviews.
To get there from Munich, catch the S5 suburban train from the Hauptbahnhof to Herrshing - about 45 minutes, and then the 951 bus from outside the terminus station at Herrshing to Kloster Andechs. I would recommend you get a train just before 9am, then get the bus from Herrshing at 10.10, but beware, there could be hundreds of people with the same idea, and the bus so full you cannot get on! You can walk from Herrshing, but its about an hours steep uphill walk of 3 miles.
The bus drops you at the car park at the foot of the Andechs Monastary, so just a short uphill walk.
The Monastery church interior is amazing and must be seen. The Beer Gardens, Terrace and Restaurant areas are all close together, and normally three Andechs beer available from wooden casks - the Hell, Weiss and Dobblebock Dunkel, and all are fantastic. There are various food options, from hot pork slices, the knuckle joint, cold meats and cheeses, breads and salads at a counter, then take them out to the Beer Garden, or Terrace, or into the two restaurant halls.
Great atmosphere in the Beer Garden and Terrace and VERY popular in fine weather, so best to arrive early to be sure of getting a seat!
The full range of beers are available in bottles and presentation packs, as well as other souvenirs of the place.
Highly recommended, and I can hardly wait to go again!!
B'ham UK April 2007
04-17-2007 21:56:59 |
More by JohnW
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
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: 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: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Oh how I wish I had more time to spend here.
Spent the night in Fussen, and visited King Ludwig's castle. Pretty cool. Then drove the two-hour drive (with poor directions, you can make it there quicker with better directions, I'm sure). Finally we arrive in Andechs. There are plenty of signs to direct you to the brewery. We pull into what looks like a Wal Mart parking lot. I wasn't impressed.
But then you begin to walk up the hill and it becomes more serene. You see the tower of the monestary. Old German guys having fun. Laughing, and happy people.
Finally you get to the Brewhouse. It's a bit confusing at first. Not really any table service. There are seperate lines for beer and food. Plus at least 2 lines for food. One for small stuff like pretzels (brezes) -- you've got to have a pretzel. And another area where you can buy the brauts and schweinhaxe. The food is all tasty, and while a bit pricey, it's worth the money for the experience.
Go to the beer line. Start with the Weissbier Hell.
Then move to the Doppelbock. Oh man, that's good.
Before you get too drunk on the Doppelbock, have an Applebeer, or a Hell Lager. The beer is all top notch. The scenery is great. Everybody's having a nice time. The food is good. I want to go back!
07-13-2006 19:36:55 |
More by DaveFL1976
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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.
04-19-2010 15:19:32 |
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