Norway > Tromsø
Beer Available At Ølhallen (arranged by most recent)
Mack Julespesial 33, Mack Juleøl 4.5% 21, Mack Brown Ale (2013-) , Mack Juleøl 6.5% 36, Mack Hvete , Mack Bayer 24, Mack Juleporter 58, Mack Pilsner 11, Mack Blanding , Mack 1877 18, Mack Haakon 11, Mack IPA , Mack Judas Yeast 9, Mack Yggdrasil 8, Mack Bok-Øl 36, Mack CCCP , Mack Nissefant
Fin (433) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | January 21, 2013
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
We visited here on Saturday 19th January 2013 (me, Loz & Isobel) in the company of Rune & Finn and Runes wife who joined us later but I have forgotten her name. On entering the pub the bar is ahead of you and there are drinking areas around it to the front and left and stretching along past it to your right where we sat in a small alcove. I understand that the bar dates back to the 1920’s. We had a couple of the seasonal Christmas beers in bottle but were unanle to try the CCCP which was just going on as they had some dispense issues, we also tried the Bok. The bar was quite busy for 3pm on a Saturday and the area off to the left was full with a large group. I would like to thank Finn & Rune for their wonderful company and for keeping popping up with bottled beers. I liked this place, the staff were friendly, there was plenty of seating and the beer choice was good, however I preferred Skarven overall for atmosphere and general ambience.
Rune (344) Tromsø, Norway | February 15, 2006
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 13/20
Ølhallen (the Beer Hall) is an institution in Tromsø and has been serving beer since 1928. The Hall is connected to the northernmost brewery in the world – The Mack Brewery - and function both as a Brewpub and as an outlet for its products. This is the only place serving beer in Tromsø that opens as early as 9 a.m. But they also close early, usually at 5 or 6 p.m. (Saturdays at 3 p.m. and closed on Sundays), so be sure to check the opening hours before visiting. Central location in the main street of Tromsø. Friendly and attentive staff. They serve most different kind of lagers, but in 2005 the brewery started producing ales. Ask for the months Bryggmesterens Spesial (The brewer’s special ale), and you might be lucky to find a bitter, a pale ale or a stout from cask. Among the lagers the most interesting should be the seasonal xmas beer, and a very nice münchener (Bayer) and a bock. Highly recommended is also Gullbok – a blend of two strong lagers. No food, except snacks – try the dried fish. Non smoking inside. The guided tours at the Mack Brewery starts here. A pub crawl in Tromsø usually begins at Ølhallen.
Cunningham (301) Halden, Norway | October 24, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
herlig sted en lørdags formiddag :-)
visionthing (237) Oslo, Norway | October 25, 2011
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Nice place for a beer in Tromsø. Went there first and foremost to try the microbrew (certainly better than other beer I have tried from Mack), but the atmosphere is interesting too. Colourful regulars.
Tim Webb (183) Cambridge, England | February 22, 2011
60 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 11/20
The taphouse for the world’s northernmost brewery, on the opposite side of the road to the brewhouse. Everything that is currently available on tap. Good stew too. Large but quite cosy - it could be a lot worse. 1970s American Top 20 ’music’ is imposed.
madmitch76 (111) , England | April 1, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 15/20
Watch out! A short walk through the ice and slush for an evening drink ended in dissapointment. This place closes at 18.00!!
Returned the next day to find a spacious and characterful pub with very good staff who helped me a lot cleaning out all the Mack beers available even to the unlabelled Christmas porters in the fridge.
Obviously Mack dominates here but the beers are not bad at all and certainly tasted fresh.
Service was always snappy even when the place suddenly filled with tourists.
Prices are very expensive but you can get small glasses which helps.
Overall a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. Well worth seeking out.
ILikeOl (111) , Norway | January 23, 2011| Updated February 11, 2011
44 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 8/20
Walking into this pub you will be greeted by two stuffed polarbeers. From there on it goes mostly downhill. They offer 8 beers on tap, brewed at Mack brewery across the street. From the 4.7 pils to the 6,2 christmas beer, they are all rather bland. Expect to run into tourists and overly thirsty locals that fork out around 75 NOK for a brew at the towns factory outlet. None of the beers listed on this website were available when I visited this week.
beeroverwithme (90) Tønsberg, Norway | March 20, 2013
58 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 4/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Ølhallen, the brewery tap for Mack Bryggeri, is the oldest pub in Tromsø and celebrated its 85th anniversary the day of my visit (28 February 2013). The interior is rustic, with red brick stone walls and well worn, brown wooden furniture. The walls have much local memorabilia to show, there’s a stuffed polar bear greeting you when you enter and the place just feels old. My kind of place! Because it’s only open from 10 am to 6 pm, you don’t risk running into drunk teens (though you will see some regulars, moving unsteadily between bar and tables). Even if I liked the place, the beer selection was a big letdown - they didn’t have anything else than various Mack lagers on draft and on bottle there were a couple of Nøgne Ø beers plus Chimay Blue, everything else was Mack. According to the bartender this will improve when the new Ludwig Mack Brygghus micro brewery opens up next door, until then their selection will be rather limited.
RuneStumo (66) FØRRESFJORDEN, Norway | March 13, 2012
42 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 7/20
12.03.2012. Nice place with a lot of history. Since this is a Mack brewery dominated place the selection was not the best. One of the beers I tasted was very poor and infected, and that is not good. Nice place, and the woman behind the counter was helpful and knew a lot about Mack beers.
banii (44) Trondheim, Norway | January 24, 2011
68 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Crowded place, with tourists and drunks. Some special beers, but not much to write home about...