Turkey > Istanbul
Beer Available At Balans Bräu (arranged by most recent)
vipinvelp (285) Velp, Netherlands | September 5, 2012
8 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 1/15 FOOD 1/10 VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 1/20
The place is closed.
ogivlado (297) Zagreb, Croatia | November 15, 2011
36 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 7/20
In a small street near Taksim Square. Three beers on the menu but only one available (Pilsener). Not so many people inside, but despite that fact, very noisy place. Below average brewpub serving too expensive beer(s) with not much of atmosphere.
blomster (6) Göteborg, Sweden | October 7, 2011
28 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 5/20
Visited Sep 29th 2011.
Brewpub downstairs, nightclub upstairs. A loud, not so good, band was playing in the brewpub when we visited so we sat as far away from the stage as we could.
Three beers listed, but "sorry, no Weissbier". The two house brews available, Pilsener and Karamel, were actually pretty decent, a change from the not so interesting Efes.
I would recommend a visit if you’re in Istanbul, but only for a beer or two, not an all-nighter.
JapanTony (106) , Japan | September 14, 2011
10 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 1/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 1/20
This is the worst brewpub I have ever seen. Three house beers listed, but "problems" with two meant only the pils was available. I tried it and after 2 sips gave up as it was sour. I returned the full glass to the bar and said "bad beer" and walked out without paying (they had no objection). Place is relatively big and in the middle of a very hip area packed with young people, yet it was completely empty.
TeeBow (2) , | March 22, 2011
8 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 1/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 1/10 OVERALL 1/20
One of the worse Brewpubs I have ever visited. They advertised 3 beers, only one was available (this at 8pm on a Sat!). The Pils they served was flat and had a bad aftertaste (maybe it was the dregs of the keg?). Service was zero. There is a club on the 2nd floor, dogy characters, some bouncers at the front of the brew pub that looked like they just go out of jail.
kungfufelon (12) Vicenza, Italy | December 29, 2010
34 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD 3/10 VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 8/20
This place actually isn’t very hard to find: it is on the other end of Nevizade, which is one of the busiest bar and restaurant streets in Beyoglu. The only tough part is going through all the tables that spilled out onto the street.
The beer(s) are alright, only they have a funny shellfish-like aftertaste. I wish I could have tasted the other types other than the weissbier, but that was all they had. And for what they were, they were also very pricey, with a pint going for about $6. The service sucked, with the waiters standing around and chatting and ignoring everyone else. The food was equally disappointing. All in all, worth hunting for only because it is one of the two establishments in Istanbul that brew their own beer, and one of the few the whole party scene in Taksim/Istikal that serves something other than Efes and Miller.
Ungstrup (354) Citizen of the universe, Denmark | November 18, 2010
46 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
I had a very hard time finding this place - stuck in a small side street - or more like an alley way, so narrow is it, off the main shopping drag. Next to no other punters there when I visited an early Wednesday evening. The board listed 3 beers, but only two was available, and the bartenders did not speak enough English to explain or understand my question of when the third beer would be back on. And they lacked change when I paid just over twice the beers price. The kettle sits in the middle of the room - in copper, but unpolished. Stone floor and big stones make up the walls - above which is a fake wood beamed cealing. 50 cl of beers puts you back 4 EUR - which I find a bit much. But inspite of all - a must visit if you find yourself in Istanbul
Beershine (850) The Sunshine State, Florida | September 4, 2009
40 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 7/20
Nice location but rather depressing bar. Was Ramadan and during the day so understandably no other patrons but even if it were full has a stock characterless bar feel. Sitting outside on the street is great, though--good street life around this area. The dunkel is decent.
Beerlando (70) Orlando, Florida | July 22, 2008
42 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 9/20
Small brewpub that doubles as a nightclub in the Taksim Square area of Istanbul. Indoor and outdoor seating available. The fermentor sits at the back of the place, right behind the DJ booth. The rest of the brewing equipment sits right in the middle of the bar. Though there are 3 beers on the menu, only one, the Pilsner, was available when I visited, and it was nothing to write home about. The food was a strange mix of German, Asian, American, and Turkish. Like the beer, the food was nothing to get excited over, its just typical pub fare. Service was adequate, but far from special. The place looked like it was struggling financially when I was there, which might explain why they’re only brewing one beer. In a land where the beer scene in 99.9% dominated by the local pale lager, Efes, I wonder how much longer this place will be around. Visit while you can.
omhper (187) Tyresö, Sweden | March 13, 2008
42 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 9/20
Disco brew pub with big screen TV, loud music and a rowdy crowd. They had two rather unimpressive beers on. Not great, but on the whole the concept works.
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