BierHaus is a risky slot in every sense of the word, but with risk as always, comes the possibility of great reward. Aside from the storyline, with its buxom blonde serving wench and drinking theme perhaps not to everyone’s taste, this is also, unusually for such a visual slot, quite a high variance game. Generally, slots which have entertaining and enveloping themes, such as Spartacus for example, are fairly benign slots. They are looking to entertain and give long play periods with little variation in wins, small but regular is normally the order of the day.
WMS have switched it up with the BierHaus slot, the variance is so high that you don’t even need to be a seasoned sot player to realise quickly that the base game round exists solely to keep you engaged long enough that you either bust your bankroll or, if you are lucky, trigger the bonus free spins round. In a live casino environment, I wouldn’t have imagined that BierHaus would do well, with veterans heading straight for the 3-reelers and casual players heading for the flashy branded slots. WMS are trying to bridge a gap here and, so far the game actually seems to be developing a following.
The cost of entry isn’t quite so brutal, although the 40 pay-lines are fixed on the online version of this slot, you can play from just 0.01 credit per line, I haven’t played the game live but I assume the same applies. Most casinos will set different upper limits, but I haven’t seen anywhere which has it online where the max is so low as to be frustrating. Bankroll management can be a concern for lower stakes players, so you might want to head over to something like IGT’s Stinkin Rich if this feels too risky for you.
There is a decent range of 6 high pay icons, a fixed wild and four royal playing card symbols to fill out the pay-table. Full marks to WMS’s design team, it’s a good looking slot and the ambient audio effects are a really nice touch. There are two scatters, you need 5 of them to trigger 10 spins but they are stacked so it’s not as prohibitively hard as you might expect. The gold scatter, if part of the trigger will then become a locked wild for the all following free spins. These are well worth having as though the bonus round hits very infrequently – re-triggers seem to be the norm rather than the exception and those locked wilds can ensure some serious pay-outs.
Unlike IGT slots where the spins round tend to have utterly ridiculous caps, BierHaus will grant you a maximum of 80 spins, though largely speaking, any bonus round on this game will generally mean a windfall. It really becomes how much of your bankroll you lost before you get to one of the bonus round as to whether or not you end up with a decent hangover after your visit!
Bierhaus Slot Rating
3.38 / 5
based on 16 player ratings
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