Didn’t enjoy Fässla as much as a couple of the other places I visited in Bamberg, even tough it really is a nice place by "non-Bamberg" standards. Good beers. Service is friendly enough. Quite big place.
I stayed here many years ago and well before I joined this site , so this review is from September 2006, my third visit.
Grubby looking, but interesting all the same. We sat in the rear courtyard, past the sanding only, window served corridor, overlooked by the gabbled letting rooms.
The two inside drinking rooms are wooden panelled and smoke stained from years of old locals ’chewing the cud’ and puffing away like mad. They were there on this visit also, filling the rooms with conversation and plumes of smoke, which is why my party of 6 decided to sit outside, as we wished to eat as well as imbibe.
The draught helles and my dunkel were all first class, each poured from a tap surrounded by a small barrel (fassla), can’t tell where the beer really comes from though, certainly not from the little fake barrels.
If you have no German, the menu will be difficult, local dishes mostly, not found in any guide book. It appears to change daily, about 10 meals to choose from. Pork was the days meat (like most days I should think), although Beef was also on offer. Everyone enjoyed their food, my Jager (mushroom) sauce on my lump of pork was really good.
December 2011 - No kidding, RIGHT across the street from Spezial, this place isn’t as inviting nor did their beers resonate as well. But we ended up spending a lot of time here -- maybe because it was our fourth beer stop of the night and we were feeling pretty good, but also because we ended up having a great time making friends with some local fellow beer lovers. We had to sit outside in the interior beer garden and it was COLD! But we had a grand time anyway. (Brewery #567)
Brewery-restaurant-pub-hotel opposite Spezial. Small patio at the back, mostly used by nicotin-addicts. Two rooms at the right of the big entrance hall, and an overflow one on the left. Beers are OK, but tend to be a bit stronger in alcohol than comparable ones. Also their bock is the strongest in Bamberg.
Both beers "vom fass", gold pils and lagerbier, were quite similar. Both were light, thin bodied and stinked sulfur. The place itself is not bad, interior all in wood, service is joyful and quick, but for the beer experience, it’s a no-go in my book.