Germany > North Rhine-Westphalia > Cologne
bartlebier (105) Belchium im Biersgau, Germany | May 11, 2015
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Run-down, Köln-style face value dive bar just around the corner of still closed due to renovation Päffgen on Heumarkt. 18 taps advertised outside are mainly Pils, Helles and international lagers now, while the draft list inside includes Schlenkerla, Mönchshof and some Belgian Inbev fare. Counter populated by your average Kölner bluecollar boozers, glancing a critical eye on your other choice than Kölsch and lost tourists. Slightly lost looking and mistrusting barman. Nice Bier-themed comédie humaine piece of questionable sanity in the middle of the Kölsch capital.
KPD (204) Michigan | October 5, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
1 block from the Rhine or so, feels like a neighborhood bar, I was on a sampling kolsch tour, they had Sion only which is one of the weakest of the 5 I tried that day. Some nice german taps here we never see.
caesar (328) Bunnik/Utrecht, Netherlands | May 10, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
When entering, you think you are getting into some lonely German truckers bar in Lloret de Mar. But as soon as you get used to the atmosphere, its actually quite ok. Very friendly bartender. Selection is mostly different kind of pils and kolsch, but there is rauchbier (Schlenkerla) from tap (how often do you find that outside of Bamberg?) and they had the wonderful Kulmbacher Eisbock from tap. Bottled list is quite boring, but at least they have some different stuff than the average Kolsch bar, which just serves 1 type of Kolsch. Relief from the average Kolsch bar and compared to those, they have a splendid selection.
77ships (127) Antwerpen, Belgium | December 9, 2013
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
A complete and total break from the six Kölsch bars we visited prior to coming here. Which constitute the majority of Cologne’s beer scene. This place far from large, full of wood, fine decorations and eating plus lots & lots of Kölsch like all of those establishments were. Instead you get here a regular sized rundown dive bar, in completely apt fashion even of the letters of the giant sign was not working anymore. The outside advertises 18 beers on draft which is an astronomical amount compared to everything else & this place is close to the centre. Only one of the beers they have is a Kölsch (it’s Sion). The beer list is rather baffling. It is a mix of random crappy lagers from all the place, stuff like Budweiser and Chang. Plus some worthless stuff like Leffe. Mixed with more interesting dark lagers made by the more sizable producers in Germany, this included several offerings from Kulmbacher. Sadly a lot of the more interesting offerings listed seemed to be not on at the time of our visit. Many of them most beer nerds will have already tried at some point. Figuring out what we actually got turned out to be a bit puzzling, the majority of that is probably to blame on me trying to speak German :) The selection constitutes half bottles & half draft with the draft offerings served in neat little dimple mugs and bottled offerings sans glassware. This was the time of our bar crawl when we got loud, noise & probably impossible to stand which actually made is fit in perfectly here. The rest of the group was delirious with this place after I made them drink Kölsch all day long which they disliked. So people looking for a break from that may want to pop in here, you will probably find a couple of good beers. Figuring out what they do have or not may be a bit tricky & a lot of what they have is not worth bothering with at all. It is an odd place but might be a haven for anyone looking for something else than Kölsch. Once can do no harm by popping in and grabbing a Kulmbacher Eisbock.
deanso (358) the Hague, Netherlands | September 11, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Completely different to all the traditional place in Cologne if you are tired of Kolsch. Lots of taps, mostly Belgian and an interesting bottle selection. Has a small terrace
Itzjerm (67) Taft, Tennessee | June 30, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
For Koln, best beer options avialalbe, and prices are not to bad. Did not have food, and I sat outside, service was pretty good.
Theydon_Bois (851) Tourist Town (West), England | June 15, 2013
42 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 7/20
A review of sorts as I didn’t actually purchase a drink in here !
Drawn by the allure of a multi tap venue of beers other than kolsch we hit the beer museum around midnight on Friday 26/04/13. Perhaps our timing was the mistake, or perhaps it is always like this ?
Loud Abba like Euro Pop was blasting out of the speakers at a volume to prohibit conversation.
The place was full of kids and pretty busy downstairs so we headed upstairs where there was room - we soon returned as this was the smoking area and stank of cigarettes. We attempted to get served but the 2 girls behind the bar were busy chatting to one another and after waiting for a minute or so we decided we really didn’t need to be in this bar and left. Beers I noted included Diebels Alt, Kulmbacher Dopplebock and other largeish players such as Erdinger.
If I returned here it would be in the afternoon.
purc (26) , Poland | March 7, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
Graet selection of German Bocks on tap /the only place like this in Cologne/. Welcome relief from ever- present Koelsch. Open till 2-3 am - another rarity in this well-ordered town. One serios drawback is music that is played so loud that you cannot think let alone talk. Bring ear-stoppers and enjoy Vitus.
Dedollewaitor (369) Odense, Denmark | April 3, 2012
50 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 11/20
Hofbrau Munchen Delicator from tap could be a reason to go. Otherwise this is extremely odd. Grown people dancing and shouting pop ballads from the 80’s mixed with really young people drinking Corona. Really loud music. Corona, Leffe and Germans from tap. Bittbuger, Erdinger, etc. Hmmh..
Flatulenz (10) , Azerbaijan | March 17, 2012
54 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 9/20
Zum "nur Bier trinken" ist das Biermuseum eine Top-Adresse. Mehr als 15 Biere vom Fass und diverse Flaschenbiere stellen so eine einzigartige Vielfalt in Köln dar. Essen sollte man dort eher nicht denn teuer und mittelmässig muss nicht sein.
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