Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne
Beer Available At Ausschank Pfaffen Brauerei Max Päffgen (arranged by most recent)
Pfaffen Original 63
DSG (47) Tel Aviv, | January 23, 2008| Updated August 18, 2008
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
This place was slightly more crowded than all other Kölsch brewpubs I visited that August noon. Still, service was good and it was quite quiet and cosy. The Köbes seemed a little annoyed when he wanted re-fill my glass after the first beer and I said no (I had too many other beers to drink that day). Still, the Kölsch is very good and one of the best ones.
gunnar (439) Sandnes, Norway | June 3, 2015
30 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 4/20
Closed for renovation at my visit in late may. Looked nice for the outside with glass paintings on the wall. Had a glimpse of the inside, seems they are changing out almost everything from carpets to furniture.
tom10101 (245) Quebec | October 24, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Visited on Thursday not too long after opening. Place was almost empty. Not huge compare to other Kölsch bars/restaurants in the city. Service was ok and fast. Selection seems to be only one beer (Pfaffen original), but the other ratings are stating there’s more and it might be possible since I didn’t get ahold of a menu while there. Their Kölsch is good. I didn’t try the food. Price was in line with other places in town. Interesting stop.
baxterfish (249) , England | October 21, 2014
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Perhap the nicest kolsch bar I visited. Beer predictably dull and limited.
caesar (330) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | May 10, 2014
34 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 6/20
Typical german Kolsch bar: loads of wooden tables, small wooden seats. One of the better Kolsch available. Dont order anything but beer here, cause the Kobes will be rude. We had to leave a table inside, as we didnt want to eat anything, although there were hardly any people inside. Silly and stupid.
JohnRMurdoch (332) Glasgow, Scotland | March 14, 2014
56 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 15/20
Small touristy traditional Kolsch house with pretty stained glass windows. Further away from cathedral therefore quieter. 3 brewed beers on tap. Satisfactory service.
jbrus (167) Delft, Netherlands | January 19, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Nice looking place near the Weihnachtsmarkt (in Winter of course). Very friendly who even had some time to talk to us which is rather rare in Köln. Tried their Bock which was pretty OK although I’m not a Heller Bock fan. The food was pretty good, certainly for these prices.
meerbier (4) Pijnacker, Netherlands | January 2, 2014
48 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
Not the most fantastic ambiance but for Germany standard ok. Friendly staff though. Same goes for the selection: small but good beers. And it continues in the food: cheap but decent.
77ships (135) Antwerpen, Belgium | December 9, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely place & the outside looks pretty to boot. The inside is full of interesting decorations, lots of dark wood, cosy atmosphere and something essentially German (in a great way).They were a bit packed since were looking only to drink, they guided us to some tables upfront where we could stand and drink which was fine for me. Service was very fast & good, clearly speedier than the service we encountered anywhere else in centre Cologne. They had two beers available, I think if I didn’t specifically ask for options, I would have gotten only Kölsch but that is just how they roll in Cologne so that is fine. Both beers were very interesting, good & unique. It was neat to get half a litre of Heller Bock after doing only small Kölsch glasses prior to coming here. My favourite easily of the Kölsch places we hit in Cologne unless if you count Braustelle a Kölsch place which I do not.
Beershine (822) The Sunshine State, Florida | October 15, 2013
46 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
This was the rudest and most unpleasant stop on our tour, and the beer was not so good either. I would give it a miss given how many other nicer spots there are..
t0rin0 (1505) Do Not Resuscitate, California | October 2, 2013| Updated October 3, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited in July 2009 and again September 2012.
In 2009 we spent about 2 minutes here. We were walking through the old town and trying some kolsch beers as well as site seeing. We walked in here around 4pm and looked for an open table. A few seconds later someone came by to tell us that we couldn’t stay here unless we wanted to eat as well. We said we just wanted a beer and the guy got rude and demanded that we make room for dining customers. There were plenty of open tables. Whatever. Sroll vorbei.
2012: This was one of the very early stops of the day. In fact this may have been the first. We got the same table that I was trying to get on my first visit. This time however, since it was still before lunch time, we got service and they were even friendly. They also had several beers that were not a kolsch as well and they weren’t as upset that we tried to order a non-kolsch as the people were in Dusseldorf. My first experience left a bad taste in my mouth but the second was pleasant.
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