Thanks to our good friends at WDW for Grown-ups for this great review of the Bratwurst at Sommerfest, the counter-service location in Epcot’s Germany pavilion!
Apparently, many people don’t care for sauerkraut.
I get this impression because in the short time I was eating outside of Sommerfest, several families passed on eating there because the food came with kraut. This is a shame, because they missed out on a great meal for no reason.
Statements of fact: 1. Sommerfest has pretty good food, even if you don’t like sauerkraut; and 2. You can avoid the kraut. Let’s proceed…
Germany’s Sommerfest is located next to the entrance to the table-service location, Biergarten. According to their current menu, Sommerfest has two “entrees:” you can either get a bratwurst, or a frankfurter (both of which come with sauerkraut — FYI).
Whether you go with kraut or kraut-less, the brat is definitely worth trying. I’ve had a few strong-tasting brats that I didn’t much care for in the past, but Sommerfest has it right. If anything the taste may have been a bit too subtle, but I really enjoyed it. In fact, this may be one of my new favorite counter-service meals!
The roll, interestingly, comes on the plate next to the sausage, but of course I ate it like a hot dog.
The key to enjoying your bratwurst, however, is the condiments. I highly recommend you go with the brown, spicy mustard. I found that the mustard compliments the subtly rich taste of the sausage perfectly. Throw in a bite of sauerkraut on the side and you have a very nice combination of tastes.
For dessert I chose the apple strudel. It comes with a vanilla sauce that is quite tasty, and the whole thing is covered in powdered sugar.
Given that it had apples, a crust, powdered sugar, and a vanilla sauce I figured it was a can’t-miss proposition. Unfortunately while I enjoyed all the tastes individually, the whole was less than the sum of its parts. The apples were quite tart and overpowered everything else; and I would say the powdered sugar and the vanilla sauce are an either-or proposition.
I would still say it was a good dessert, but it wasn’t the masterpiece I was expecting based on the ingredients.
I wish I had gone with one of the soft pretzels. They were listed under “desserts,” which gave me pause, and I wanted to try the strudel, so I passed on the pretzel. By the time I decided I wanted to go back, a huge line had formed so I went without.
This brings up one of the downsides of Sommerfest. There is fairly limited seating, which can be a problem when the park is busy. While you can easily pull off eating your brat standing as long as you put it in the roll, the strudel would have been impossible without a table.
This meal would obviously be great with a beer (it was a little early for me to start drinking, or I would have had one for ya).
In the end, the need for a little extra seating doesn’t overcome all the other strong points. While sauerkraut may scare off some picky eaters, you can easily avoid it and the remaining dish should be acceptable to just about anyone unless you absolutely hate sausage. I can heartily recommend you give Sommerfest a try…even if you don’t care for sauerkraut.
Have you sampled the sausage or sauerkraut at Sommerfest? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!