Germany > Bavaria > Schammelsdorf
TAR (30) Lafayette, Colorado | August 19, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 16/20
Have been here 6+ times because the beer is as clean and hoppy as you will find in Franconia, and the atmosphere a shade or two more convivial than most brewpubs in the region. The supremely quaffable, golden-orange Ungspunds Lagerbier, chock full of glorious Hallertau Tradition, has commendably been found in tip-top shape each time we have visited, which keeps us coming back as it exceeds the bitterness of the world-class Witzgall Landbier and Roppelt Kellerbier. So damn clean and flawlessly brewed! Michael, owner and master brewer in his sixties, can always be found behind the bar in the evening, contently pouring beer for his patrons. He even indulges me when I hand him my stemmed glassware, which I like to bring inside with me when beer hunting in Franconia, instead of using the ubiquitous steinkrugs (nice to see the beer). With a lagerbier being so eminently chuggable (the Dunkler Landbier is also delightful), you tend to find yourself wanting another and another, which has us faithfully clamoring for "one last schnitt" up at the bar after we have been informed of last call. During our last visit, Michael’s wife extended maximum leniency and hospitality toward us after overhearing our server deny us. She not only poured a couple of half-liter glasses for us free of charge, but she also took us outside to the biergarten and lit a candle for us (keep in mind, the brewpub is now closed) and a few minutes later went back inside and brought out one of those ginormous one-liter dimpled mugs to top things off while she retreated to her home on premise. Needles to say, we couldn’t have left happier (or more jacked-up on hops!).
Brugmansia (416) Jylland, Denmark | March 26, 2014
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Visited easter 2012, with my parents. Traditionel franconian brauhaus, very cosy atmosphere, nice deco and friendly staff. We had 4 of their beers, served with a smile and well coditioned. They do traditionel franconian food, cheep and looking good, but we did´t eat at this time.. Very nice, clean and rather spacy brauhaus.
3fourths (1352) Boulder, Colorado | December 14, 2013| Updated October 10, 2014
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 19/20
It wasn’t until my third visit to Knoblach that something special happened. The first time in 2008 I only was able to buy bottles, Dunkles Landbier and the Ungspunds Lagerbier. Neither were very good. The Dunkles I thought malt-forward and bock-like, while the Lagerbier seemed dull. On my second visit I only tried the Räuschla (which is a marzen and not a smoked beer), and that too was underwhelming. So in 2013 after having some favorites show poorly we expanded our options for a few days and happened into Knoblach again. This was the first time having beer from tap and nearly every one of them shined. Both the Dunkles and Ungspunds were hoppy all heck, about as hoppy as you’ll ever find in Franconia. Juicy 4.0+ Bockbier and a solid hefeweizen as well. Friendly family and staff, open late, pfefferhachnen on the menu, killer ceiling art and some of the best beer around. Knoblach is a regular visit from now on.
Ernest (170) Boulder, Colorado | December 2, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best places we went on this trip, and I think we ended up coming here 3 times in total...twice just for beer and once for dinner as well. Just lovely...the lager and dunkel are stunningly clean and hoppy. Probably the hoppiest (certainly the bitterest) beers in all of Germany. Delightful, smiling waitstaff and the brewer himself poured the beer every night we were there. This is an absolute must-visit, especially if you want eye-opening hop bitterness and clean brews.
madthom8 (126) Kingsbridge, England | March 26, 2012
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 11/20
Visited March 2012. Mixed feelings here as the food and atmosphere were very good while the beer fell short of expectations. There was a main room with tan wood paneling and furniture, and another smaller room off of it. The service was good as I tasted my way through some of their range. The Ungespundet Lager was metallic, the Dunkles bland, the Fastentrunk Bock sweet, and the Rauschla confusingly (for me anyway) was not a smoke beer but the filtered version of the Lager, and astringent. The best beer was probably the bottled Weis. Worth a visit I guess, not least for the food. The rather infrequent Bus 927 runs from Bamberg and stops across from the brewery in this pretty village.
MartinT (521) Montreal, Quebec | August 12, 2011
86 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Smashing little countryside brewery not too far from Bamberg by bus (or bike). Very friendly waitress, beautiful setting under huge chestnut trees, overlooking a barn, a tiny church and a few houses. Old locals were slowly walking from every direction as they starting serving people on a weekday afternoon. Their Ungespundetes is a fantastic hoppy quencher and their Dunkel Landbier gorgeous too. One of my favorite Franconian countryside brewery experiences.
Beershine (779) The Sunshine State, Florida | June 29, 2009
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 16/20
Last stop on our brewery bicycle tour from Bamberg and might have been my favorite. It was Saturday and there was an octogenarian playing in a one-man-band (had guitar, harmonica, and sang through karaoke machine with synth drum tracks) working his way through old favorites like "Take Me Home, Country Roads." The service was very good and I liked the beers. Big biergarten.
pivnizub (469) Bochum, Porúří, Germany | June 8, 2006
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
A fine, typical franconian Brauerei-Gasthof with a shady (or sunny) beer-garden in front of the whole complex in the center of that tiny village of Schammelsdorf (not Schlammersdorf !!!). The friendly owner will answer Your questions about his excellent Bier. Worth a visit !
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