voota (91) Melbourne, Australia | January 21, 2008
Went here late, the day before a public holiday and it was packed to the eyeballs. Lots of noise and beer, the latter being or reasonable quality. Everyone seems to drink the Kolsch, although I reckon the weizen was a better beer. Staff come to the tables outside and serve you. Good place to drink beer, the best I found in Bonn.
This strikes me as Bonn's attempt at creating its own version of a Cologne brewery pub - which is possibly unfair, since I don't know anything about the place's history. But I don't like the original, and I'm not too fond of this variation on the theme, either.
Quite large, rather traditional brewpub with a small patio in front. Usually with three of their beers on tap: Naturtrüb, Weizen and a seasonal. The quality of the beers was quite high, I hope that they give the brewer a bit more leeway and increase the number of taps for more different beers. Food was varied and included traditional, local dishes. Prices were quite okay, and the staff was quick and attentive. I hope I can try more of their seasonals!
Hard to find spot if you are not local and without phone. They do offer two types of Kölsch beers, one of the unfiltered (bonus for guys like me). Inside mostly locals. Service when noticed that I was of "rating" type greeted me with brew master Gunnar Martens. I was luck as Gunnar is full of energy, great persona that leads local beer revolution. I was presented with pilot batch beer, whiskey infused ale...In short solid spot, and ask for Gunnar if possible.
Brauhuas Bonnsh stands as a testament to how much German beer culture has degraded and how large of a challenge the German craft brewers face in attracting a local following that is interested in flavorful beer.
As expected this brewpub is not trying anything exciting, they mostly produce a Kolsh style beer that is backed up by a rotation one or two of the expected German styles (Wheat, Bock...).
What is surprising is how this place can stay open given the total lack of quality control over the brewing process. The beer served here often stinks like sulfur or has an unpleasant yogurt like sourness (they are not trying to make Lambic) or is notably flat. Still the crowds line up and pound it down, even when it smells like farts.
Not sure who to blame a brewer that would serve something this bad or a public that would consume it.