Estonia > Tallinn
Fin (544) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | September 16, 2006
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 11/20
Went here May 2005. Large brewpub that serves reasonably good beers but like Gazza says it is much more expensive than some of the neighbouring bars, I didnít mind it but I can imagine it could get very crowded with the stag weekend crowd and weekenders in general.
JoeMcPhee (508) Toronto, ON, Ontario | September 4, 2011
60 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
A massive, cheesey spot in tthe middle of Old Town, itís tough to pretend youíre not a tourist while youíre in this place. Having said that, the beer really is pretty damn good. A very fresh and zesty pilsner, an appropriately dark and malty dunkel and a lovely assortment in between makes it worth a stop. Try to get there early to avoid the worst of the touristy vibe (or embrace it and just have a good time). The beer is very expensive - even for Old Town (20 Euro for a sampler?!) but you may want a reprieve from the typical and ubiquitous Estonian lager.
gnoff (433) MŲlndal, Sweden | April 13, 2009
56 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited on April 10 with FatPhil (and Anna) and SaintMatty and again on April 11 by myself, 2009. First night I ate the Hock, which fills you up nicely. Also first night I asked for the ampler tray, which wasnít available, they really pushed the BH Premium as the beer to have, so I tried that one. Also tried the Medovar from Phil and the Dunkles Extra from Matt. Second night I didnít eat, but had the four remaining beers by myself. They had some live music as well as dancing going on, not really a peaceful environment if thatís what youíre after. Oh yeah, they really tried to sell me the BH Premium again, guess because itís the most expensive one? Itís pricey and touristy, but I think still well worth it since the beers are rather nice. Service could be better though, or at least not so "selling".
visionthing (304) Oslo, Norway | November 20, 2012
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 12/20
Quite nice interior. Touristy place but the beer was decent enough and the service was quite okay. A bit touristy and impersonal, but still worth a visit.
FatPhil (302) Tallinn, Estonia | November 13, 2007| Updated May 20, 2009
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
Bavarian scene, piped oompah music. Tourist trap prices. All the beers are unfiltered, and thus vastly more flavoursome than pretty much all other baltic lagers. Food is high quality but quite expensive. A frew years back all beer was half price during happy hour, and it then actually becomes a pretty cheap venue - however that seems to have stopped now. Sit inside the big wooden beermug for more privacy.
SaintMatty (263) Uppsala, Sweden | October 14, 2007| Updated October 16, 2010
44 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
I was very excited about going to this vast place after reading about it,but I was disappointed by the beers and the service. The beers are mainly German styled in what is essentially a German styled beer hall. They are technically well made, but are a bit bland for my tastes and the recipes are not adventurous enough.
The service is more often than not very slow and rude and the prices have the tourists in mind, and in my mind do not represent good value for money.
The food is on the pricey side unless you go during one of their happy hours, but I have not tried their food yet so cannot really comment too much on it.
I do not feel the staff have enough knowledge about beer which is what you would expect in a brew pub. I am not asking for them to be experts, but I would expect them to have some kind of knowledge on what they are saying.
This is a tourist trap restaurant which just happens to sell beer brewed on the premises. I think it has great potential but I would like to see a bit more invention.
TimE (250) Tokyo, Japan | September 25, 2008
48 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 2/10 OVERALL 8/20
This place blows. My parents were annoyed by the super kitchy german music that blares from speakers onto the street and I was not looking forward to going in the place. Prices were sky high, beer was crap. Atmosphere was crap and service was mediocre at best. Plus all beers were only in 500ml or bigger, which did not make it ideal for sampling. They had a sampler tray for about $30. You gotta be joking me! Get in and out as fast as possible is my recommendation.
TBone (215) Pori, Finland | August 3, 2004| Updated December 9, 2008
30 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 6/20
If you go to eat: they have 12:00-14:00 happy hour (meals). Very central location near Raekoja Plats.
Update: now seven own beers + sometimes specials. Soviet style service, ok beer and good food.
Marko (205) Split / Zagreb, Croatia | April 24, 2010
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
On a street right off of the Raekoja plats (Town Hall Square). Huge place, decorated completely in some Bavarian/German style (but couldnít shake the feeling that they were just trying too hard), waiters dressed ,as the others have said, to match too. The music is really funny too. The three of us didnít eat (having been filled up by the pancakes at the Kompressor which is quite close) but after one finally arrived, we ordered the sampler (they didnít try to sell us BH Premium so I guess someone told them to cut it out). Amazing how many varieties on a theme they pulled off and they donít even taste all that different (apart from the nice Dunkles Extra). Too expensive (more akin to Finnish prices than it has any right to be) but hey, itís the only brewpub in town and youíll want to visit it for that. And if I remember correctly, you get to steal wifi from across the street.
Tim Webb (203) Cambridge, England | April 10, 2011
54 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 11/20
What a story of missed potential! A perfectly adequate, large, íAustrian-styleí brewpub making beers in all the right colours to an acceptable standard but none of them shine. This is the only brewpub in Estonia but seems to choose not to enthuse. Its downstairs restauarant has a pirate theme - why on earth would you do that unless you had lost the plot?
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