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Beer Available At Gaststätte Lommerzheim (arranged by most recent)
Päffgen Kölsch 91
Fin (497) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 27, 2014| Updated March 31, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
This bar was about twenty minutes walk maybe a bit less if we hadn’t of dawdled taking in views when crossing the river. This place looks a very non-descript place from the outside, btw its close to Deutzer Freheit a Ubahn station, actually wasn’t Freheit a band from the eighties who were ’keeping the dream alive’. The room upstairs actually ground floor was rammed so we headed downstairs to the cellar which was ranked also rammed. We sat and waited patiently for a table to become free, probably an hour and 20 mins drinking Kolsch :-) We were then offered a table to join two German ladies who were just finishing their meals, they were really lovely very friendly & also helpful explaining the menu, they worked at Cologne/Bonn airport for Lufthansa but because of the local travel strikes across the city yesterday & today they were having a couple of beers (they had six each!) before driving home. Back to the place. The food portions were typically German i.e. a shrine to pork, they were also huge, tasty, simple & great value. The Paffgen Kolsch was excellent, prices were superb for food & beer.This place is deservedly popular, really like it, great buzz about this real friendly place.
hobsch (44) Cologne , Germany | November 24, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 19/20
Managed to get a table on a Friday night and it was again close to perfect. Frank runs this places flawless. Päffgen is served perfectly, food (Kotelett, Bratwurst) is very good by Brauhaus standards. I left at 4:00 am after we finished the last keg with the help of some Dunnerkiel. Only drawback: always crowded and no reservation. Cellar rooms are only second choice.
richlamb (9) , Australia | October 7, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Very relaxed beergarden with great service and simple but good-quality meals. They have only one beer - Kolsch - but its served quickly and fresh, and its excellent.
Authentic Cologne beer experience.
deanso (264) the Hague, Netherlands | September 10, 2013
78 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
I got there at opebing and it was full of locals in 15 minutes. It really looks like its pucture. Great service. Well kept kolsch
Travlr (1383) Washington, Washington DC | August 5, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
This place is an homage to one man, whose portrait hangs throughout the bar. The place, as others have noted, is a bit past its prime. That doesn’t stop it from being a pilgrimage destination, as well as a regular haunt for neighborhood residents and workers. The food is now the main attraction. Portions are large even by German standards - come hungry.
savnac (285) Anchorage, Alaska | June 17, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Hit this place on a super sunny afternoon. Sat outside and had some beer and food. Service was probably some of the best in Germany that we had. Limited selection as you can expect but the Paffgen was fantastic. Food was really good, as were the prices. Across the river but worth the trek, even if on foot.
Shaney (18) Köln / Cologne, Germany | May 31, 2013
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Wer auf Gelsenkirchener Barock steht, wird hier seinen Himmel finden...der Biergarten hingegen ist klasse, wenn auch gnadenlos überfüllt 10 Minuten nach Eröffnung. Päffgen ist eh das beste Kölsch auf diesem Planeten und es wird auch immer zügig Nachschub gebracht, dazu eins von diesen legendären Koteletts und der Tag ist dein Freund. Alles in allem gut, aber "objektiv" etwas überbewertet.
Schlenkerla (322) , Austria | February 23, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
I was at this place 15 years ago, when old Mr. Lommerzheim was still alive. A cult place. The meals were so huge, can still remember the huge, fat, white pork knuckle. Although I am not a big Koelsch fan, a must visit when you are in this area. I have to come back soon after so many years.
barakihunter (15) Brisbane, Australia | December 3, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome little place hidden away. Friendly service, beer brought to you as the tradition is here, as soon as you finish one they bring you the next without asking. Only serve paffgen in terms of beer, but its the best kolsch in cologne so it makes it ok. Great selection of food! Apparently the interior of the front drinking room hasn't been changed in over 50 years, and it certainly looks that way. Worth visiting!
b727trijet (263) Isleworth, England | December 2, 2012| Updated June 15, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 18/20
Probably a victim of it’s own success, it’s always full when I go. And although just one beer it is the best kolsch (many agree), from the wooden barrel and always in perfect condition. The Kotelett is legendary too. I get immense pleasure watching the empty barrel get replaced (carried through the crowds by the staff on their shoulder) by a new one about every half hour! This place is stooped in tradition, I love it.
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