A trip to Germany is incomplete without a visit to a beer hall; music, laughter and high ceilings along with an endless supply of beer for most Brit’s, this is probably the first port of call.
Not a huge lover of beer but still wanting the full German experience, Hofbräuhaus was on the list of places to visit. Afterall, I couldn’t leave Germany without trying the beer right?
Turning the corner of the quaint streets of Munich, Hofbräuhaus can be heard from a distance, with a surge of people entering and leaving the large impressive building. Even if we weren’t heading to the beer hall, curiosity would have led us inside.
So of course the first thing we ordered was a beer served in a stein glass. Surprisingly though, the Germans cater to those who may not enjoy the taste and between the two of us, we shared a large white beer with lemonade.
Taking the first sip and ready to dismiss the flavour, I unexpectedly enjoyed the beer and went down a treat with our food.
We ordered venison goulash served with cranberries, brussel sprouts and egg noodles as an accompaniment to our rather large beer.
The venison was pleasant, slow-cooked with a rich red wine sauce and the egg noodles were thick enough to lap up the extra sauce and the cranberries gave an extra sweetness.
The gingerbread mousse didn’t fare so well, and I didn’t enjoy the dish as it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. A lack of sweetness replaced instead by a strong hint of coconut.
The evening did end on a high regardless of the disappointing dessert because of the electric atmosphere at Hofbräuhaus and one that would be difficult to replicate elsewhere. With loud singing and laughter all surrounded by warm, friendly, sociable people, it was surely an evening to remember and made our Munich trip, all the more enriched.
– Hofbräuhaus, Munich