There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of a true German beer hall or Bier Haus. From the oompah band to the buxom fräuleins delivering a dozen huge mugs of beer at a time, this classic German scene makes a good backdrop for this video slot.
Sure, I’ll get to the details on this game. But first here is a shot of me hoisting one of these massive mugs at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich.
Bier Haus Slot Layout
This game from Williams displays five reels with four symbols showing on each. A 40 coin minimum bet activates 40 paylines.
The symbol set starts with a German man in a classic Bavarian hat, hoisting a mug. Then you will find castles, acorns, kegs, and accordions. The playing card suits round out the inventory.
The wild symbol is a frame of frosty cold mugs of beer.
Triggering the Bonus Round
The real action in Bier Haus comes from the bonus round, where you win free spins. There are two special symbols in the game and both are images of a lovely German girl. The “Feature Symbol” has just the girl, while the “Gold Feature Symbol” has the girl carrying a few beers on their way to a thirsty table.
For the purpose of triggering the bonus, the two symbols are equivalent. You must collect at least five of the feature symbols on adjacent reels, and they must begin with reel number one.
In the screenshot, you can see that I collected seven of the feature symbols: 1 on reel one, 4 on reel two, and 2 more on reel 3. The feature symbol on reel 5 doesn’t count, because feature symbols must occur on adjacent reels starting at the left.
If you catch any combination of five Feature Symbols and Gold Feature Symbols, you win five free spins. For every extra feature symbol, you get another five free spins. In my case, with seven symbols, I won 15 free spins.
So, what’s the difference between Feature symbols and Gold Feature symbols? Well, every spot where there was a Gold Feature symbol in the triggering spin will be replaced with a Persisting Wild symbol which stays fixed throughout the free spins!
In my spin, I had a couple of Gold Feature symbols, and you can see here how the wilds are fixed in place while the reels spin.
If you can manage to catch some additional wilds to go along with the persistent ones, you can land a nice win.
More on the Bonus Free Spins
It is also possible to retrigger the bonus, which will add more free spins to your tally. Since the persisting wilds stay for all the spins, you can rack up some nice bonus round wins.
The game sounds during the bonus spins reminded me of a German tradition I didn’t know anything about until I visited Germany. The bierhaus culture includes a lot of singing. My wife and I learned about this by being serenaded in our room by drinkers in the biergarden down below! Fortunately, they were really talented!
Bier Haus is a simple but fun video slot. While there is nothing special about the base game, the free spins with persistent wilds create a lot of possibilities.
You can play this game at any of the NJ casinos listed below.
Min Bet: $0.40
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