Forchheim Beer Guide: Your Forchheim guide to beer, beer bars, breweries and brewpubs

Latest reviews from Forchheim

68 /100
Getränke Kistner (Beer Store)
SANDÄCKER 1
“Big selection of regional beer and a couple shelves of craft. Good prices. Nice place to collect the local specialties.“
hauxe 443 days ago
74 /100 KELLERWALD
“Great location under the trees. We visited 3 of the Kellers—about half in total were open following the easing of Corona restrictions in the Landkreis. Had mostly bad luck picking up new ratings and it’s hard to sample given the size of the pours. This is though a pleasant way to pass an evening, although I’ve not much interest to be here with 400k others during the Annafest. Limited eats at most places but the Schindlerkeller, where we ate, offered some very decent dishes of traditional Franconian fare.“
hauxe 483 days ago
66 /100 KELLERWALD
“Fantastic location with all the kellers up the hill. Unfortunately no places were open when visiting, despite at least one announced so. Well it opened after half an hour but with no food and limited selection. Have to revisit.“
ekstedt 1111 days ago
76 /100 KELLERWALD
“Forchheim breweries keller. Cozy forest, can get busy. Beers of good quality are being poured. Great place to visit!“
Dedollewaitor 1119 days ago
70 /100 KELLERWALD
“Hard to rate. A lovely forest, so absolutely beautiful in good weather. On most days, there are only a couple kellers open, like when we went. in that case, you have a half dozen or so beers to choose from, which isn't a whole lot. During festivals and at other certain times, it is better, or so I hear. Go if you are in the area.“
KyotoLefty 1131 days ago
92 /100 KELLERWALD
“For me the Kellerwald is in walking distance. So you can be sure I know it well. It is situated in an oak tree forest on the hill east of town. You can walk up in 20-25 minutes from Forchheim city center or the train station with now excellent local train connections to the Nuremberg-Bamberg line. A taxi costs about 7-8 Euros currently. New hotels right next to the train station are under construction and will offer new options.. The Kellerwald knows 3 seasons: winter with limited seating in mostly cabin style huts quite cozy summer (May to October) with many outdoor seatings and Annafest with full capacity of 30,000 seats, an 11 day event end of July with special brews and mostly only 1 Litre steins. Respectively there are all year kellers (aka cellars as most of them sit on man made caves used for storage),.summer kellers and Annafest kellers. Beer comes for 4 local breweries: Greif, Neder, Hebendanz and Eichhorn (order by size of brewery, Greif the biggest). All are family owned for centuries, way before the term “craft beer” came up. If it is not Annafest you will get a lager style draught beer nowadays poured with CO2 from a flash cooler. Only 2 kellers do traditional storage and pour with gravity. Schaufel Keller and Glockenkeller (partially). Weißbier from the bottle is also available from all of them and some specials like the “Schwarze Anna” from Nederbräu. . There is also beer available from small breweries from neighboring villages. Georgenbräu and Löwenbräu from Buttenheim and Rittmayer, Hallerndorf, In terms of industrial brews there is good news and bad news. Wolfshöher eventually will disappear but Kaiserbräu Neuhaus took over some of their kellers. They bring in their labels Veldensteiner and Simon. Tucher to my knowledge still owns one keller but opens only at Annafest offering their label Zirndorfer.. If you decide to come at Annafest you will find the “largest beer garden in the world”, city officials claim. There are lots of roundabouts and sweets stands for kids but also additional bars and music stages for adults in addition to the beer offerings. Locals prefer the time around Annafest for more atmosphere easier service at your seat and an unbelievable value. In winter, the quiet season, there are additional offerings like goose from the oven. But you need to find a date and bring a party. Drop me a note if you need to know more. “
cork 1581 days ago
70 /100 SATTLERTORSTRASSE 10
“Solid one two with Hebendaz. Only had the export, which was OK.“
jonno 1601 days ago
74 /100 SATTLERTORSTRASSE 14
“This was my favourite of the two side by side places. Beer was a little better and enjoyed the atmosphere more.“
jonno 1601 days ago
64 /100 SATTLERTORSTRASSE 10
“Visited with SinH4 and CS. One room place with a serving bar. Cheery outgoing waitress serving a roomful of dour old men who went to extraordinary lengths to avoid eye contact with us, merely turning their empty steins on their side to signal their continued thirst. The single tap beer was very tasty, exceeding our expectations. Worthwhile stop suggested by SinH4.“
Travlr 1661 days ago
74 /100 SATTLERTORSTRASSE 10
“Visited with Travlr. The local spot for beer in Forchheim. The beer on tap is very good, the place filled with locals, standard Franconian quality. Quite a few beers available. Definitely recommended!“
SinH4 1663 days ago
76 /100
Getränke Kistner (Beer Store)
SANDÄCKER 1
“A huge Getränkemarkt with a wide range of beer, some of them terribly local. Some crafty brews are sold as well, and all the beers I bought here were fresh and in good shape. Super cheap, the perfect place to load up the trunk of your car. *The* Getränkemarkt to go to in Franconia.“
SinH4 1766 days ago
90 /100 KELLERWALD
“You visit the Annafest to get experience of one of the world’s better piss-ups. You visit Kellerwald and any other time of the summer because it is a clever way of doing Franconian beer in a nutshell and for me was one of the best cultural beer drinking experiences of a long career writing about the subject. On Mayday bank holiday weekend about 20 of the 28 or so bierkellers (local name for biergarten) were open and no two were owned or run by the same brewery. Most serve at least one kellerbier without added gas. The standard measure was 50 cl and the usual vessel was a stoneware krug. We bagged Greif, Löwenbräu Buttenheim, Wolfshöher, Nederbrau and Eichhorn and could have doubled that number with some advanced planning. Food and service varied, as you would expect but generally was pretty good. The place started up around 09.30 and carried on till 20.30. It is a 20-30 minute walk from Forchheim train station, which is 20-25 minutes from Bamberg on the Nuremberg line.“
Tim Webb 1974 days ago
68 /100 BAMBERGER STRASSE 49
“Friendly locals pub live football, down to earth, excellent prices, limited but tasty food. Music in evenings if no sport. Opens late which is rare in the area. Only one draft beer.“
rickyholden 2024 days ago
10 /100 BAMBERGER STRASSE 9
“The most ignorant barman I have come across in 44 years of drinking. Five tables empty but would not let us sit down, told us to stand outside in freezing hall, which we refused to do. Said he didn’t understand English only Russian, we sat down anyway which he came and told us not to. 30 minutes later one of the empty tables was occupied. This man is a total ...... .....“
rickyholden 2025 days ago
72 /100 SERLBACHER STRASSE 10
“The city pub is closed since several years. Old picture on ratebeer. The address given is correct. No food offerings at the brew pub but you might bring your own. Locals place with a great selection of bottled beers. Helles on draft.“
cork 2040 days ago
54 /100 KELLERWALD
“I went here during the Anna fest and whilst the atmosphere was unsurprisingly like a carnival it was very crowded. Was easy to get served at the many kellers but unfortunately the minimum size of most beers on offer is 1 litre so not so good if you are on your own and want to tick a few!“
SaintMatty 2056 days ago
74 /100 SATTLERTORSTRASSE 10
“Pretty good spot. Very decent selection of beers available on tap and in bottle, of good quality. This place seems to be a popular locals hangout. Large, traditional interior. Pretty good value, fine service. Worth a visit if you find yourself in Forchheim.“
Leighton 2494 days ago
74 /100 BAMBERGER STRASSE 9
“A great place to check out if you find yourself in Forchheim. The place has a homey feel about it. Good service. Solid beers in terms of quality, but the selection is relatively small. Certainly worth a visit.“
Leighton 2494 days ago
84 /100 SERLBACHER STRASSE 10
“Visited during the Bamberg Jolly of January 2014. Great spot overall. Brings to mind a low-key kitchen. Fairly extensive range of beers on offer. Fair pricing. Top-notch service. Definitely worth a visit if you are nearby.“
Leighton 2499 days ago
68 /100 SERLBACHER STRASSE 10
“Very simple place by the brewery with just 1 tap - Helles. It’s perfect by the way. Best recommendations.“
Sokolov 2741 days ago
62 /100 BAMBERGER STRASSE 9
“Nice place (specifically garden) with 3 solid brews.“
Sokolov 2741 days ago
60 /100 SATTLERTORSTRASSE 10
“Small ordinary place with just 1 tap - Helles. Very good taste & quality.“
Sokolov 2741 days ago
60 /100 SATTLERTORSTRASSE 14
“These guys try to do more heavier beer than their colleagues in the city. The result is not impressive though...“
Sokolov 2741 days ago
58 /100 BAMBERGER STRASSE 9
“Lovely pub and beer garden. I was the only person there on a Monday afternoon. Only one beer, despite many listed on the menu. Ok.“
KyotoLefty 2742 days ago
56 /100 SATTLERTORSTRASSE 14
“Dead when compared to Neder next door, and therefore less interesting. Export on tap was ok.“
KyotoLefty 2742 days ago
62 /100 SATTLERTORSTRASSE 10
“The is a place with a very rough feeling on a weekday afternoon. Presumably retired and unemployed men are hanging out putting a buzz on. A woman might be scared to go alone--hell, I was. It is definitely worth a visit, though, to get the feel of the Franken underbelly. The kellerbier in bottle was very good. Sadly the Export from gravity wasn’t.“
KyotoLefty 2742 days ago
72 /100
Getränke Kistner (Beer Store)
SANDÄCKER 1
“This Getränkemarkt is located on the outside of Forchheim, easy reachable with the Autobahn. The selection is big and offers very local and regional beer, mixed with some local craftbeer (partly overpriced). Found many new ones for myself there, yet I doubt that they change their range of beers a lot. Prices for the normal bottles were cheap and service ok. Would come back for buying the rest of their beers.“
McTapps 2882 days ago
70 /100 KELLERWALD
“Over 20 pubs, bier kellers, put together in a large woody area outside of the town called Forchheim. We visited three of them: Glocken keller, Winterbauer keller and Rappen keller. Each keller is an outlet for one brewery, some of them serving up to 7 to 8 different beers. Friendly service all over, and well-made German food at Winterbauer Keller where they also took us for sightseeing into the beer caves. 20 minutes by train from Bamberg to Forchheim and then we walked for about haft an hour from the station. It is of course possible to take a bus to Kellerwald. Lovely autumn weather also made this trip an exciting happening (visited 11.10.2014).“
Rune 2889 days ago
68 /100
Getränke Kistner (Beer Store)
SANDÄCKER 1
“Excellent drinks shops packed with beers from local breweries, next to the usual suspects. Beer prices are good, except for the high priced Nikl beers. The odd IPA available. Good place to pick up beers whenever in the area.“
bierkoning 2898 days ago
88 /100
Getränke Kistner (Beer Store)
SANDÄCKER 1
“Excellent selection of the regional beers at fair prices.“
lberges 2900 days ago
76 /100
Getränke Kistner (Beer Store)
SANDÄCKER 1
“Large "Getränkemarkt" , located in an industrial estate south of the Forchheim city centre, close to an ARAL petrol station; great selection of local franconian beers plus the inevitable usual suspects; on a special shelf You can find the ridicoulosly priced special brews from the Pretzfeld Nikl-Bräu… So far the best drinks market in Franconia (with the exception of the Nuremberg Landbierparadies)!!! Worth a detour! “
pivnizub 2951 days ago
50 /100 KELLERWALD
“A string of uninspiring breweries serving little more than Helles (outside of Annafest), prices higher than elsewhere in Franconia. I don’t understand the appeal and I can’t recommend a visit. You would think that bierkellers would serve Kellerbier, but we found only helles and a single Festbier.“
3fourths 2966 days ago
56 /100 SERLBACHER STRASSE 10
“Brewery taproom, a bit off the beaten tracks; a better description than :"looks like an east-german school-dining room" is hard to imagine; friendly service; some tables and a lonely tree in front of the building may serve as "Biergarten". O.K.“
pivnizub 2998 days ago
58 /100 BAMBERGER STRASSE 9
“Sombre and quiet feeling place. Nice actually to gather your thoughts for a few moments. Okay beers, good service. But if your idea of a good time out is a buzzing brewpub then this isn’t for you. Maybe it livens up of an evening.“
madmitch76 3137 days ago
58 /100 SATTLERTORSTRASSE 10
“Sprawling large brewpub, lots of locals here. Few okay beers. Nice feel and worth the trip.“
madmitch76 3137 days ago
62 /100 SERLBACHER STRASSE 10
“A bit different this place - not the usual wood panneling. More modern. Also has one of the stranger pissers I have visited, thought it was a shower room! Beers were good enough and service was okay. Worth a visit.“
madmitch76 3137 days ago
64 /100 SATTLERTORSTRASSE 10
“Visited during Jolly to Bamberg 2014. Wooden interior, looked quite nice. Good beers and decent service.“
rlgk 3139 days ago
62 /100 BAMBERGER STRASSE 9
“Visited during Jolly to Bamberg 2014. Typical german pub with decent beers. We did not stay for very long, but I guess it is worth visiting if you are in the area.“
rlgk 3139 days ago
56 /100 SERLBACHER STRASSE 10
“Visited during Jolly to Bamberg 2014. Pretty strange place. Like Andy-Snow said, looks like an old school dining room, a jukebox in the middle of the room and a pin up calendar on the wall. Beers were decent, service average.“
rlgk 3139 days ago
64 /100 SATTLERTORSTRASSE 10
“Dark wood and copper interior. Smokey despite the smoke ban. Feels like an authentic local pub.“
AndySnow 3154 days ago
52 /100 BAMBERGER STRASSE 9
“Small local pub.Had three of their own beers available. Mostly locals, good service.“
AndySnow 3154 days ago
54 /100 SERLBACHER STRASSE 10
“Appearance of an east German school dining room from the late 70s. An old jukebox. Bare, slightly worn chairs and tables. Some locals. A shelf with rows of beer awards. Friendly service. Good prices.“
AndySnow 3155 days ago
82 /100 SATTLERTORSTRASSE 10
“Goes immediately into my all time top 50! Great 50s/60s style basic boozer with clientele and ambiance to match. The service is efficient and charmingly brusque. Bring your own food, talk to the locals and sup the delicious cheap beer. What more can a man want? As for some of the negative reviews on here, I guess they just don’t get it!“
JimGent 3177 days ago
74 /100 SATTLERTORSTRASSE 10
“visted on 25th of october..i think the british would call this place" tipicall old style proper boozer" ..we got in and only old people were drinking their "export" directly from a wood barrel..nice interior and beer ..“
jorge76 3255 days ago
54 /100 BAMBERGER STRASSE 9
“Visited July 2013. I sat out in back and ordered a seidla of Vollbier which was very diacetyl. There was a huge row after I was there a few minutes involving screaming, spitting, shoving and a broken glass. No, I wasn’t involved. There was a guy in his 70’s who was upset by the noise a youngster was making and got into it with his mother. And then the father arrived... I can’t guarantee this sort of entertainment every time so the ambiance is only a 3.“
madthom8 3306 days ago