Germany > Bavaria > Merkendorf
3fourths (1270) Boulder, Colorado | December 8, 2011| Updated November 27, 2013
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Typical Bavarian brewhouse interior. Nine or so beers available, 4-5 on tap. Tried the kellerbier, rauch and pils and found them acceptable with the rauch perhaps the best, but certainly didn’t get the dirty character my friend Ernest experienced, so either our tastes are vasty different or we had different kegs/batches.
Beershine (705) The Sunshine State, Florida | July 17, 2009
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
There should probably be two entries for the brewery and for the keller, they are in different locations. The brewpub is easy to find and has a large enough beer garden that we were almost fooled into thinking it was all in one place. Thankfully the brewpub was closed, because otherwise we might have just hung around there instead of looking for the keller, which is a classic even if very hard for us to find. The whole village was drinking up there--there were very few people on the street because all were at Hummel keller. My only gripe was they served us in an unmarked krug whereas all the locals receive one with the logo. It’s an unnecessary insult to beer travelers who obviously go out of the way to seek out their brew. If they assume a tourist will steal the krug, why not simply ask for a pfand? This has not happened to us anywhere else. Anyway, the beers were out of this friggin world so it made up for it. The rauchbier was excellent, but just avoid the Cowboy Schwartz, that was crap.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | June 13, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
This place is a real gem in the Franconian countryside. The brewer here is really having fun, and it shows. He had 10 available beers when we visited! This is particularly impressive when you consider the fact that most breweries around these parts are in the 1-4 beers range. Moreover, these beers were all at least decent, but in some cases brilliant. The 5 on tap were all clean and flavorful, the Pils being my favorite. Of the 5 bottled (which I brought back home), the Räucherator (smoked doppelbock) is the definite knockout imho, a truly complex, scrumptious, and never exaggerating lager. The place has your typical Franconian countryside decor, so a small room with long, wooden tables, and a group of old men playing cards. Classic. Check these guys out, they’re only a few kilometers from Bamberg.
fiulijn (516) Vancouver, British Columbia | November 30, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Visited in 2011
The interior is a bit dull, surely old, but it doesn’t manage to give the good impression of other bars. The service is flexible and allows for multiple samples; although the choice in the end is for the splendid Raucherla; also the number of beers available is not bad. I got a shot of their Bockbier Schnaps, and it’s very good too (sweet, herbal and hopped).
pivnizub (458) Bochum, Porúří, Germany | July 5, 2006
80 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Nice place, good beer.......! Sitting outside in the courtyard between the Gasthaus and the Brauerei is also very nice. Friendly brewer !
Brugmansia (380) Jylland, Denmark | December 2, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Visited a couple of times with my parents, great cosy traditionel countryside brauhaus. Not far from Bamberg, placed in a smaller village, easy to park close by. Seems very familyrunned, in a nice way. Cosy atmosphere, friendly service, cbeers served in good condition, and food are typical franconian, cheap prices. For sure worth a visit ;-)
Dedollewaitor (346) Odense, Denmark | July 6, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Large and local brewpub. There was a big sort of wedding when I visited on a sunday in July. Very friendly waitor who took me to their warehouse and showed me which bottles they had avalaible. I had a beer from tap and walked out with 5 bottles. They brew quality beers!
downender (296) Bristol, England | July 24, 2011
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Visited 14/7/2011. I Managed to catch the direct lunchtime 917 bus from Bamberg and had about 1.5 hours in the pub before it went back. It was a hot day and all the customers (and brewery staff) were sat outside in the courtyard. The three beers sampled were good quality, the pork steak with fried potatoes and kraut tasty and the service efficient and friendly. Prices were cheap. Would definitely visit again - a great experience.
Bryne (293) Bryne, Norway | May 6, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Just around the corner from Brauerei Wagner. The beergarden was rather crowded so we ended up sitting inside. We all had dinner here. Typical Franconian pub grub, which I like! Impressing beer range: 6 beers on draught and 2 bottled beers. This is for me the main reason why I give Hummel higher rating than Wagner. Räucherla Märzen and Kellerbier were my favourites. Also a decent Maibock Hell. (Hell can sometimes be decent....) (Visited April 29th 2012)
JK (271) St. Louis Park, Minnesota | July 27, 2013| Updated December 10, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
I biked here out of Bamberg. It was the first open brewery I found on a long bike ride. I sat outside at long picnic tables with the children’s play area in the back, making this feel very authentic. Only other locals during lunch on Monday, and the server did not speak any English. It was a relaxing spot to eat in the shade.Low prices for food and beer, which was great. I believe this place had more beers available than any other brewery I went to in Germany.
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