Located in a quite back lane in the very centre of Odense, this cozy quality pub offers a perfect refuge to a tourist, far from the madding crowd (and yet so close). I visited it with Christian on a quiet, early Sunday afternoon, which was most possibly the reason why we accounted for 50% for all the guests. The staff are knowledgeable and very friendly and service-minded. The selection on tap is really impressive for a Danish pub outside the capital. Among some twenty taps there I saw (and tasted) delicious brews like Evil Twin Imperial Biscotti Break and Crouch Vale Amarillo (on cask!). The prices are not exactly low, but, to be fair, there is no reason why very good beer should be sold below its value. I will definitely visit the place again next time I am in Odense.
Updated October 2013. The place to go for Ratebeerians visiting Odense. One of few places in Denmark to get English cask ale, but these days the ever changing other taps may be more interesting. Lots of Danish micros from the best breweries, along with a few Americans, Belgians and Germans. The cask selection changes reasonably often - sometimes a lot of Fullers, sometimes nice little rarities. The bottle selection nowadays is also rotating, typically imperial stout and lambik.
And it’s not just a beer geek hang-out, lots of locals go here just for a good time and a beer. Thursday to Saturday it’s crowded in the evening. Service is knowledgable, and the beer is usually beautifully served.
Friendly staff. Unfortunately some of the tapped beers has this buttery smell and taste. It’s pretty often actually.
Benzai (275) Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, Netherlands | September 2, 2013
Located in the city center it’s easy to find. The place may look as if it’s closed, but don’t let that closed door fool you. Inside there’s plenty of room to sit down at the bar or at a table. Place has an agreement with two restaurants across the street where you can get food for take away which you can then eat at the bar. Surprisingly enough the man behind the counter -Thomas- speaks Dutch! Not just Dutch, but English, Russian, Danish and German as well! Impressive! About 20 beers on tap and 20 on bottle. We had a very good time here. Will certainly go back there if I’m around. Recommend!
Cozy bar with very nice and knowledgeable service. They have a lovely and rotating selection on tap, however their bottle selection is very limited. Good prices.
A revisit nine months later shows mostly new beers on tap, however they were the same as elsewhere in the country, and the bottle list is still very limited. The two casks on were some of the usual suspects. Service was top notch though. I appreciate an honest person not afraid of admitting when some of his beers are not good.
Visited several times, cosy, friendly place for a pistop :-) Being in the citycenter it can be a problem to park close by, but with just a short walk it will be ok. Great atmosphere in this old, townpub, not very spacy, so at times it can feel very busy. Nice selection of beers, friendly staff and most times the beers are served in good condition. For sure worth a try if you are in the area.
I’ve frequented the place for quite some years and it’s going as strong as ever! Last time I visited I enjoyed two world premieres - albeit both Danish draught beers - in one evening! Quite an experience for such a laid-back comfy pub. Look out for the Pale Ale Festival recurring every spring - a must-see for these parts of Denmark!