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phone: +49 8152 3760
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
As previous reviewers have stated, this is truly a special place. A place of religious significance for more than a thousand years, a place a fine brewing significance for five or six hundred. Wow. The onion domed towers from the cathedral are visible from some distance away. Once you reach the hilltop you know that this is indeed everything everyone has said here on BA and more. Just about an hour outside of Munich on the S-Bahn (toward Herrsching) but well worth the trip. Plan on spending at least a half day here. Visit the cathedral, wander around the grounds and visit the shop. I picked up some cool glassware at a reasonable price. Hang out for some great beers and basic fare, self serve style. Meet some new friends in the Bier garden enjoy the view. When we visited they were serving a Helles, Spezial Hell, Weisse, Doppel and Radler (beer w/ lemonade). Be sure to have the Dopplebock the monks sacrificed little while fasting on this liquid bread. Be sure to make it a point to visit here if anywhere nearby.
10-01-2003 15:51:22 |
More by John
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I've been here twice over the years when visiting Germany and I've never walked away dissapointed in my experience. The atmosphere is second to none, it sits on top of a big hill on the outskirts of Herrsching and has an amazing view from the patio/outside dining area. It's actually a monestary and it's really cool to walk around and just explore the place.
The food is very good and reasonably priced. Both times I've been there, we've sat outside. I can't say enough how much we enjoyed this place. The food was good but the beer is what made the experience. I really prefer their lager and wheat beers to several of the other brewers in the region (just my personal preference). I brought my dad here and he wasn't too impressed with the pork as it comes pretty much on the bone. I found it humerous, knowing what to expect, and our family being German by heritage makes it even more humerous. He moaned about the food but had no complaints whatsoever about the beer!!
My only gripe is that I wish they would distribute their beer in North America, I really miss this place back home in the U.S. The only thing I have to ponder are good memories and a nice Weiss beer glass in my china cabinet. If you're in the Herrsching area, this is a must stop.
12-24-2009 04:33:56 |
More by jzeilinger
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
British Columbia (Canada)
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is still a monestary, with a fairly good sized brewery adjacent to it.
The brewery is expanding, and there were 4 new conical stainless steel fermentation tanks ready to be installed. Sitting next to them was a wooden cart full of spent grains... presumably to feed their livestock. They still produce organic dairy products and their milk, yogurt and cheese were all really good.
They have a stuberl, which is more of a self-serve cafeteria/beer-hall, and excellent value. We opted to relax & get served at the Gasthof restaurant. The food was REALLY good and reasonable priced. My wife had a nice plate of their cheeses, I had a generous portion of meat. Their fresh beer (vom fass) was really good, though I thought their dopple was a bit of a let-down (I enjoyed their other stuff more).
I picked up a stein from their gift shop for around $5 (similar to what the hofbrau house in munich sells for $18.50).
We visited in the last week of march, so there was still a fair bit of snow around... we took the bus from/to the trainstation.
The lake down by the train station was still frozen, but there were plenty of people out walking, and even a few people drinking beer in the sun!
04-09-2006 21:55:04 |
More by Derek
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Of all the places to make a day trip to from Munchen zentrum, this has to be the number one choice!
Visited in July '11 and walked up from the railway station (S5 - 50 mins from zentrum) which is through a wooded path climbing gradually up the hillside. This took about 40/5 minutes. We got a bus back for 2 Euros, as we were full of beer and pig :P
There are 3 or 4 different bars on the site and we started off in the highest up one with the cafeteria style self service eatery
Beer is paid for at a small window then you hand your token over for fresh beer from the barrel
At this bar we had all 3 that were available, hell, dunkel and dunkel weiss
Had the 'haxe which is from pigs raised on the monastic farm, absolutely fantastic - you pay by weight!
Only minor criticism was the large number of wasps - everywhere, yes it was July and we sat outside in the sun but surely they can do something to control them?
We than moved down the hillside to a smaller bar where we sat outside again (no wasp problem here!).
Different beers available, so do remember to move about in order to enjoy them all (almost like a small hillside town comprised of bars!!!)
We had 2 bottled Andechs beers here in the form of the excellent Bergbock and Doppel Bock Dunkel - ramping the ABV's up somewhat - we needed desert after all
Excellent venue - a must and I will return
10-22-2011 15:05:49 |
More by Ruds
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A little bit of heaven in every glass is how I think of Andechs. Where else can you go and see a 15th century baroque church with their own beer garden? The beers are all of outstanding quality with dopplebock available year round. The only disappointment had to be in the limited food selection in the beer hall. When the beer garden is open the BBQ ribs and chicken are both outstanding. The beerhall itself can get quite smokey so the beer gardens are a good plus with a fantastic view of the countryside.
12-28-2005 17:29:34 |
More by bigbelcher
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
A lovely, but hung-over morning, September 22 (2003) found me joining five others (my brother, nephew and his buddy, Bierman9 & BierManVa) en route on the S-bahn out of Munich and heading for Herrsching and Kloster Andechs -- my first and long-overdue, highly-anticipated visit!!! The weather had not always cooperated in the past, but now I could arrive and sit in the sunshine outdoors with my big-ass doppelbock and work my way quickly out of any thought that I was ever feeling squeamish. Precisely the case, and the monk's brew was magical to the end. True beer enjoyment (Biergenuß) par excellence.
Getting situated with one's beer is also done here with direct efficiency... You go to the payment counter right in front and pay for your beer choices (size and type) -- and then hand in your slip to the servers who are continuously pouring. Then it's possibly food and inside or out depending on preference, mood or weather or whatever... I wasn't up to it this time, but I have heard from locals that the Schweinhaxe are the absolute best here.
10-12-2003 04:18:14 |
More by Hobbz
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was lucky to spend several days in Andechs in July. From my work location, I found myself only a pleasant walk through the woods to the large monastery. Beers are served in regular (.5L) and large (1 full liter) mugs. The venue has plenty of seating capacity, an upscale restaurant and a walk through cafeteria/deli. I used the later where there were a good variety of meats and cheeses, huge Bavarian pretzels, and other offerings - most or all made by monks in Andechs, as is the beer of course. Good food, good prices, great beer. The patio has an excellent view over the rolling hills, mostly farmland, and is highly recommended, weather permitting.
The large halls and patio indicate this place must receive large numbers of visitors at some times. Clearly, more than the occasional visitor drinks too much ... or at least that's what I inferred upon spotting the massive vomit station in the men's room: a very impressive stainless steel structure with, apparently, well-positioned handles and a large 'target'. Having mentioned this, I should add that the rest room, and every where else I ventured was spotlessly clean.
Visitors, especially music lovers, should be sure to see the cathedral. Highly ornamented and visually stunning, it houses a fine organ and the burial place of Carl Orff.
Can visit as a day trip from Munich.
03-14-2011 23:36:42 |
More by chinchill
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
A beautiful summer well spent. We sat outside overlooking golden fields of wheat. We made sure to visit on a weekday as they claim to hold back the doppelbock on weekends (tourists+serious beer=silly drunk spectacle). It was such a beautiful day, and we made sure to try all the beers available. My chief love of German beer is that while the overall selection is relatively low (stylistically speaking) you really have to make a concerted effort to seek out a bad example of any given beer style they make. Helles, Dunkel, Doppelbock, Hefe-Weizen - we did it - people I had literally just met the day before and invited to come with me. The beer was great, the surroundings were great, and the overall day was sublime. Go there!
06-01-2006 03:42:58 |
More by dedrinker
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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
Klosterbrauerei Andechs in Andechs, Germany
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