We continue our lap around World Showcase with the Germany Pavilion.
And I’ll cut right to the chase on the biggest happening – Altenmunster Oktoberfest is no longer available.
Beck’s Pilsner is what you’ll find instead. It’s a bit of a bummer as Beck’s is the sort of thing that you can find in most convenience stores across the country in a 6-pack for $8 or a 12-pack for $10. Or 12 ounces here for $8.50. The souvenir cups looked to be down to 16 ounces as well. The Dunkel now belongs to Warsteiner, which is a lot more common than the Erdinger that used to be served. Shots of Jagermeister, Barenjager, and Apfel Korn are also nowhere to be found, in addition to the wine skyrocketing from $8 to $11. If we gave all that up for Bud Light at Crystal Palace then I’d like to do a trade back.
Sommerfest is the quick service that you’ll find nestled in the back right of the Pavilion.
If it’s not the smallest major fast food outlet on property, then I’m not sure what is. Disney experimented with offering several more entrees for a while, but there was really no point. There’s nowhere to sit and they can’t keep up with more than sausages.
I’m probably the only person that remembers the Leberkase Reuben circa May 2k14. A better time in Disney blogging, really.
The pictures for this collection of updates were taken over four or five days and comprise something like 3,500 photos, so I had plenty of opportunities to try a little of this and a little of that as the days wore on.
I returned to the $10 “Frankfurter Served on a Freshly Baked Roll with Sauerkraut and House-made Paprika Chips.”
And I don’t think it was very good. The roll “felt” way too thick and dry for the amount of sausage served, which is probably smaller than it looks in the pictures. Life is all about angles, after all. The Frankfurter was also limp and lacked flavor. It might as well have not even been there. Even the sauerkraut was somehow bland without any of the sour flavor that you’d typically attribute to fermented cabbage. Spicy brown mustard didn’t do much to elevate things, either. It was a big disappointment.
On the plus side, the chips are better than average with a little bit of spice from the paprika and a satisfying crunch.
I gave the “Cold Macaroni Salad – Traditional Macaroni Salad with Eggs” a shot. The portion was on the chintzy side for $3.79 and it seemed to be more peas and green onion than noodles, all of which were swimming in mayonnaise. It reminded me of something that you’d pick up in the grocery store deli, only a lot more runny.
So this trip to Sommerfest did not go particularly well. Plus there was nowhere to sit.
Karamell-Küche, on the other hand, is always a pleasure. Though I should not tell you this as lines are already getting longer and longer.
Anyone with even a casual relationship with caramel needs to make a stop here. Virtually everything is delicious – the Caramel Pecan Bar is my personal favorite. It’s not quite as rich as something like the Werther’s Caramel Butter Bar and is more substantial than the Caramel Roll with Marshmallow Cream. Everything is coded as merchandise so they take 20% off with an Annual Pass. It can’t be beat.
Werther’s Original Caramel Corn is available in bags. The stuff they make fresh at the kitchen is far better and while it’s best fresh, can still be enjoyed a day or two later. They can also package just about anything to-go in plastic containers, including the caramel apples.
You’ll also find this wall of candy.
Biergarten, the popular Oktoberfest buffet, is located in the back left of the Pavilion adjacent to Sommerfest.
You can pull up my last review here.
Like most things Disney-related, the price has gone up significantly over the years, but it seems to have hit Biergarten particularly hard. When I first reviewed the restaurant six years ago, lunch was $22/adult, so the price has gone up 59.1% in six years.
Fortunately, I’m sure your salary has as well.
The Weinkeller is located in the back left of the Pavilion.
Here, you’ll find an assortment of wines by the glass, virtually all of which are very sweet. There’s also beer, cider, and a few liqueur options.
Here’s the menu. Virtually everything is less expensive than the Selbach Riesling available at the various kiosks, so keep that in mind if you’re after wine.
The price of the Wine Walk has gone up again too. I reviewed that experience in this post from around this time last year.
On the plus side, it does come with two of these little cups now and it “only” costs $2 more than when it only arrived with one. So maybe it’s a bargain.
Wines by the bottle are also available.
There’s an actual pear inside of this pear brandy.
While there is not an actual apple in this apple liqueur.
The model train is an underrated attraction that you’ll find on the Italy side of the Germany Pavilion:
It’s quite elaborate, particularly when multiple trains are running.
For the Flower and Garden Festival, you’ll learn all about Alpine Containers:
Along with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:
Overall, you’ll be doing a lot of eating, drinking, and shopping in Germany, and that’s probably okay. While I hate to lose my precious Altenmunster, we still have a delicious assortment of caramel at our fingertips.
And a lot to see once we get to merchandise next.