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

Latest reviews from Koln

64 /100 FRIESENSTRASSE 64-66
“Typical Köln 10/10/5/10 rule here. 10 minutes to put an order, 10 minutes to wait to get the beer, 5 minutes to drink the beer, 10 mintues waiting to pay. Lazy staff. No card only cash. Some English spoken. Ok beer.“
Marduk 11 days ago
72 /100 CLEVISCHER RING 121
“We hit this place Sunday morning, since it was open. Large place, friendly staff, English spoken. You can pay by card if bill is larger than 15 euros. Otherwise cash only. Bacon pancake was huge, beer ok.“
Marduk 12 days ago
78 /100 KALKER HAUPSTRASSE 260
“Only the beer garden was open. Since it was hot day we didn't mind. Selection of their beers on tap plus bottles. Food portions looked huge. Worth to visit.“
Marduk 12 days ago
38 /100 GÜRZENICHSTRAßE 8
“Macros on tap. Lots of memorabilia on walls. Rap as music. Like any other RC.“
Marduk 12 days ago
78 /100 KALKER HAUPSTRASSE 260
“Schöner Biergarten direkt am Brauhaus in Köln Kalk. Es gibt Suenner und Mühlen Kölsch. Dazu diverse Flaschen der Brauereien. Leckeres kölsches Essen. Schönes Ausflugsziel.“
DrNosha 22 days ago
64 /100 FRIESENSTRASSE 64-66
“Quintessential beer house. Busy, but the service was good. Beers were über fresh, right out of the wooden kegs. Food was more like what I would call “German pub food”. It was no frills but did the job as we were hungry.“
50belair 39 days ago
98 /100 MARTINSTR. 32
“Excellent beer bar with a great selection of beer. They have a number of own' beers, the Grapefruit IPA was awesome. Very friendly bartender. Obviously very committed. Please visit. They can do with the trade.“
WelshMedic 142 days ago
86 /100 CHRISTIANSTRASSE 2
“Endlich schaffe ich es mal hier her! Alternatives Brauhaus in Ehrenfeld. 4 Taps, und was für welche! Dazu klasse Essen. Im Kühlschrank nochmal 6 Flaschenbiere. Muss man als Bier geek gewesen sein!“
DrNosha 151 days ago
80 /100
Johann Schäfer (Restaurant)
ELSASSSTRAßE 6
“Wir sassen im Johans Schäfferchen. Modern, szenig. 3 eigene Biere vom Fass. Essen liest sich kreativ und lecker, leider nicht versucht. Der Weg in die Südstadt lohnt!“
DrNosha 151 days ago
68 /100
Scotia Spirit (Beer Store)
FRIESENSTRASSE 16A
“Whisky, whisky, whisky and some interesting beers. Lovely shop.“
franclh 186 days ago
76 /100
Gaffel Am Dom (Restaurant)
BAHNHOFSVORPLATZ 1
“Large German brauhaus. Crowded, well organized, more than one beer available. Very good ambiance. Visit when in Cologne. (11-2021).“
franclh 189 days ago
58 /100 FRIESENSTRASSE 64-66
“Large, typical German style. Only Kölsch. Food is fine. Very good Kölsch.“
franclh 189 days ago
40 /100 HEUMARKT 62
“Typical Kölner pub. Staff running around with Kölner Stange with Pfaffen Original. You hardly get the charge to order something else. Heumarkt is a nice market place to visit though. (11-2021).“
franclh 189 days ago
78 /100 MARTINSTR. 32
“Easy going beer bar. Nice beers on tap which charge regularly. A lot of bottles and cans for sale and drink. An Oasis.of beers between all Kölsch.“
franclh 189 days ago
52 /100
Sünner im Walfisch (Restaurant)
SALZGASSE 13
“Gemütlich, typical German brauhaus. Noisy, friendly, professional. Only Sünner Kölsch on tap. Visit the place for the nice ambiance. (11-2021).“
franclh 190 days ago
76 /100 UNTER KAHLENHAUSEN 47
“Visited 02.08.21. Ten minutes walk from the train station. A traditional German restaurant that serves Päffgen Kölsch from tap. The food was solid and good. Nice atmosphere and attentive and efficient service. Free from background music. Well visiting for an authentic Kölsch experience.“
Holmen2 299 days ago
74 /100 HEUMARKT 6
“Fairly large place in two levels and even though it was busy the service was great. Drank kölsch and ate German food.“
SlackerMads 302 days ago
84 /100 FRIESENSTRASSE 64-66
“Visited a couple of times in July 2021. Large place with a covered patio in the back, which is kind of cozy, but is also where the dirty filthy smokers sit. Traditional decor with lots of dark wood and yellow painted walls. The service is amazing. The Kellners make sure your glass is never empty and with a fantastic kölsch like Päffgen what else could you ask for? Food maybe? The food is also traditional German with schnitzel, blood sausage and the like with one or two vegetarian options. Great place where you can easily spend a couple of hours at least.“
SlackerMads 303 days ago
76 /100 SALZGASSE 2-4
“Clean and not rocked down like Amsterdam. Nice place in the heart of cologne with a very nice selection of local and international craft beers. Here, you got real beer, not only Kölsch. Service is getting much better: friendly and knowledgeable. Worth a visit.“
dunklermessias 516 days ago
60 /100 CHRISTIANSTRASSE 2
“Rocked down bar with the charme of the 80s. About 6 beers on tap, also some bottles. Crowded and loud place, so the bar crew has to ask a few times. Beer and prices quite fair, tonight no favs on tap. Worth a visit, because its located in Köln-Ehrenfeld. And thats hipp...“
dunklermessias 516 days ago
56 /100 ROBERT-PERTHEL-STR. 51
“Great selection of beers, industrial as craft, but displayed in a rather loveless way. No vendor in the beer section. During payment my bank cards didn't work, I had to pay cash.“
ophone 679 days ago
50 /100 MARTINSTR. 32
“Visited bar June 2020. Was very disappointing. With the virus, you were encouraged to set outside which was great! So we asked for the taplist. We were told if we wanted beer info from the bar we had to scan a QR code. The info contained only the taps. Then we asked for a beer list and were told they did not have one. I did go inside and looked in the coolers and it appeared they had some great beers. I would have stayed if they had provided a beer list and not depended on some tech solutions to find out what was in the bar. In the future, when the virus lets up, we will go back to Cologne and for beer other then kölsch we will go to Delirium Tremens bar!“
tubaplayer 694 days ago
68 /100 MARTINSTR. 32
“Good option for craft beer in Cologne, it has a couple of taps and a good selection of cans and bottles in the fridge. Small snacks like crisps/chips are available and you can order delivery and eat there. Friendly services, occasionally there are nice tastings or tap take overs!“
karrjin 705 days ago
62 /100
Brauhaus Sion (Restaurant)
UNTER TASCHENMACHER 5
“Tucked away in the streets between Haumarkt and the cathedral is this big place. Nice outdoor seating, beer tables right at the bar and the usual long table area. Although the beers keep coming here as every other kölsch joint in town, it’s maybe a bit slower than a lot of the others – weather that’s a positive or negative is really depending. Professionally absent service. Did not try the food. * How do you rate the selection attribute in a place like this? The whole concept is to serve the one beer they do. To give a fair total score I’ll give a 10, even though there’s no selection at all and as such it should really be 1. “
tmrmwel 734 days ago
64 /100
Peters Brauhaus (Restaurant)
MÜHLENGASSE 1
“A fairly big place, with some small “beer” tables in addition to all the long tables. Still, here as in every other kölsch place in town, the beers keep coming, and the generous portions of food is served along the way. Nice enough beer. Did not try the food. * How do you rate the selection attribute in a place like this? The whole concept is to serve the one beer they do. To give a fair total score I’ll give a 10, even though there’s no selection at all and as such it should really be 1. “
tmrmwel 734 days ago
64 /100 HEUMARKT 62
“On the touristy corner of the Haumarkt, lies this authentic yet fairly modern traditional kölsch gasthaus. A lot of small tables makes it easier as a tourist, without this in any way being anything but the ausschank it is. The tasty Päffgen kölsches keep coming, the enormous German servings of food is abundant and there’s really no complaints. * How do you rate the selection attribute in a place like this? The whole concept is to serve the one beer they do. To give a fair total score I’ll give a 10, even though there’s no selection at all and as such it should really be 1. “
tmrmwel 734 days ago
72 /100 HEUMARKT 6
“A couple of stone throws, on the “other side”, off the Heumarkt, this hectic place is one of the most authentic places in town. Just long tables all the way, and you’re seated only where and when the waiters decide. The portions of food are as German as the service and the kölsch is flowing freely, so there’s really no complaining. Definitely one of the places to visit in Köln! * How do you rate the selection attribute in a place like this? The whole concept is to serve the one beer they do. To give a fair total score I’ll give a 10, even though there’s no selection at all and as such it should really be 1. “
tmrmwel 734 days ago
72 /100 SIEGESSTRASSE 18
“A local place over at "the other side" of the river, not far from the Köln messe station. Traditional place with long tables both upstairs and in the basement, packed with people at dinner time. The place does what places like these do best, serve people food and kölsch. The selection is set to the Päffgen, but they do keep’ em coming, so even if you miss anything else you won’t have time to ponder about it. The waiters do contribute to the atmosphere, with their cheerful, but oh so German service. Did not try the food. One of the better places in town, and definitely worth the trip! * How do you rate the selection attribute in a place like this? The whole concept is to serve the one beer they do. To give a fair total score I’ll give a 10, even though there’s no selection at all and as such it should really be 1. “
tmrmwel 734 days ago
70 /100 MARTINSTR. 32
“In a city riddled with traditional gasthauses serving their take on the famous Kölsch, this place offers a glance through too the future where beer styles are abundant and do not strictly abide to the Reinheits gebot. A hip, although somewhat generic, modern beer place, where you walk in to a fairly big and visible bar counter with small tables scattered about. Beside the bar is a pretty nice bottle selection in fridges, in addition to twenty or so on tap. Service minded and knowledgeable staff.“
tmrmwel 734 days ago
100 /100 MARTINSTR. 32
“If you are a beer lover, Craftbeer Corner is excellent, a perfect laid back beer bar that you must visit if you are a "beer geek". They offer 15 different craft beers on tap. For only €9.00... you can have a flight of 5 different ones. In addition, they have a wide range of bottled and canned selection of craft beer from around the world. I also like the fact that the staff are multilingual and so are most of the clientele hence making for a great atmosphere to meet and converse with other beer geeks!“
BierDudeOtto 750 days ago
70 /100
Bierlager (Beer Store)
BONNER STR. 38
“Medium sized beershop with nice ambience. Selection is good, but changes to rarely. Actual brews, especially in cans should be offered more often. Serving licence is great and always 2 beers directly on tap. Beer tasting events are nice, but no epiphany. Nevertheless good shop!“
curryeis 808 days ago
72 /100
Die Fette Kuh (Restaurant)
BONNER STR. 43
“A typical modern burger format but done very well, serves large and tasty burgers and there is a decent range of beer including a couple of their own labelled bottles. Friendly service. A good spot.“
JorgeLee 818 days ago
100 /100 MARTINSTR. 32
“THE place to drink craftbeer in Cologne“
redhairmoe 829 days ago
78 /100 KYFFHÄUSER STR. 19
“Bar in the University district of Cologne. Basically it is one of those bars which have this distinct German 80s-90s flair you can find quite often in German cities. But the reason I added this bar here is its impressive selection of different beers for such a place. It serves mainly Belgian ales, most served in bottles and a few even from tap, like La Chouffe and Cherry Chouffe. The Kölsch they serve there is Gaffel, which they store in a 1000 liter tank, as told by a friend of mine who works there. You can also have a Guinness from the tap. By the way, every Monday is quiz night. Fun thing about this: The quizmaster has a strong Cologne accent. He even adressed us in Cologne dialect when we entered the bar. (The beer selection on the internet site isn't up to date, the place sells a few ales more by the meantime.)“
ophone 871 days ago
78 /100 ROONSTR. 33
“Nice Brauhaus in Cologne, with good homebrews, excellent German food and friendly service. Great prices, but this seems to be the general case in Cologne and I'm used to higher prices in gastronomy as a Luxembourg resident. Try their Wiesse, it's the best Kölsch I ever drank. Their normal, filtered Kölsch is nice aswell.“
ophone 873 days ago
38 /100
Galeria Kaufhof (Beer Store)
HOHE STRASSE 41-53
“Little supermarket in the basement of the store. Not as big of a selection of beers as I hoped, mainly standard Kölsch brands, a few other German beers and also a few foreign ones. Prices are ok, especially considering there's deposit to pay on the bottles.“
ophone 873 days ago
62 /100 BUTTERMARKT 39
“A dark, cavernous dive bar a block off of the Rhein walking path, this establishment offers about 18 draught beers from the area along with a mixed bag of bottles. There is nothing particularly interesting here but I did find a few new to me beers.“
BeerandBlues2 895 days ago
58 /100
Gaffel Am Dom (Restaurant)
BAHNHOFSVORPLATZ 1
“I popped in here primarily to escape the Christmas Market crowds for a bit, and to use indoor plumbing. It is a large beer hall inside, just across the street from the Dom and the Hauptbanhof Köln. I enjoyed 2 stanges filled with Kölsch before heading out for further exploration.“
BeerandBlues2 895 days ago
56 /100 HEUMARKT 6
“A medium sized gasthaus beer hall in central Köln, just off the Rhein. There is an interesting revolving door with the top half golden stained glass and the bottom half wooden. Inside the tables are fairly close together and filled with locals and tourists looking for a hearty meal and fresh Kölsch. I skipped the meal since I had been snacking at the local Christmas Markets, though I did try their winter seasonal Dopplebock and low alcohol bier (which happens to be the first beer they brewed, according to my server). I would not seek this out as a destination but I did enjoy 2 beverages while I rested my feet.“
BeerandBlues2 895 days ago
72 /100
Früh am Dom (Restaurant)
AM HOF
“Came here on 21.11.2019. Back in Cologne after a long time. I am not a big Kölsch fan, but in this city the style is an absolute must and Früh is one of the better breweries. Located next to the Dom. Great ambiance. Typical tapping area next to the entrance and a few nicely decorated rooms. Definitely worth a stop.“
Schlenkerla 919 days ago
48 /100 FRIESENSTRASSE 64-66
“The place is very cool, lots of old wood and a very old school German vibe. The kolsch here is ok. The service here was the worst that I may have experienced in all of Germany. Maybe he was just having a bad day because another server was hours late, but no excuse to be such a dick.“
jbruner 928 days ago
50 /100 BUTTERMARKT 39
“This place at one time may have been pretty cool, but the ownership has let it decay and it has turned into more of a dive than a beer bar you want to hang out at. I honestly only stopped in because the sign said they had Schlenkerla on tap, but it turns out that's the rotator and they had a festbier on tap instead. A decent selection is the only thing it has going, but honestly Delirium is right around the corner, with a better selection and better vibe.“
jbruner 928 days ago
62 /100 HEUMARKT 62
“One of the busier places on the old town main square, with locals spilling out the doors and seated everywhere you could imagine inside, upstairs and down. Cool wood sculptures at the bar tables; the place seems hip, and a little pretentious honestly. The beer was ok, but nothing that great in my opinion, and the food seemed like standard Koln fair. A smaller producer, so worth stopping in just for that, but otherwise there are better kolsch breweries around. “
jbruner 928 days ago