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Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub

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Ebenezer's Restaurant & PubEbenezer's Restaurant & Pub
BA SCORE
100
world-class

125 Reviews
Reviews: 125
Visits: 153
rAvg: 4.72
pDev: n/a
Taps: 35
Bottles: 1,000
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

44 Allen Rd
Lovell, Maine, 04051-3919
United States
phone: (207) 925-3200

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Reviews: 125 | Visits: 153
Photo of Cascade77
3.78/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Finally made it over to this legendary spot with my girlfriend in tow. Kind of a typical, rural, golf course side bar on first glance. Closer inspection reveals a wonderful tap lineup and even better bottle selection.

No doubt some great stuff on tap but it was a little frustrating that the bottle list seemed to be pretty out of date. Also a bit annoying that some of the prices aren't listed.

Wait staff was good with prompt, pleasant service. Beers were all in great condition and served very professionally. Food was also tasty. I had the veggie lobster wrap and my girlfriend had a burger and frittes.

Had a conversation with the very enthusiastic talkative owner. Definitely passionate about beer but also pretty full of himself. A bit aggressive in sharing his 'knowledge'. This kind of killed the atmosphere a bit.

In my opinion this place pretty much has fantastic selection going for it but not much else sets it apart in a positive way from so many other places. Worth a visit bit I probably won't return. (1,024 characters)

Photo of bceagles39
3.45/5  rDev -26.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Ebenezer’s is a good beer bar. The beer list is first class (assuming the brews are in stock). However, I do not believe this is even the best beer bar in Maine, and certainly isn’t the best in New England, let alone with world!

We stopped in for lunch recently and were pleased (though admittedly a little underwhelmed, based on our expectation) with the atmosphere. It was comfortable, inviting and felt like any decent pub you might find. Not world class beer bar atmosphere by any means, it kind of felt like somebody made a pub-themed room in their house. There is an incredible array of Belgian-centric beer memorabilia throughout the place which was awesome to check out.

Service was fine but the woman tending bar was either not particularly knowledgeable in beer or assumed we weren’t – so she really took no interest in discussing any of our selections. After ordering a lambic, I was warned that it was going to be sour. Although I found this to be condescending, I tried to look past it and engage in a discussion about the beer - but apparently that it was “sour” was all she was able or willing to express.

Next I ordered a 't Smisje BBBourgondier (bottle) which was served ICE COLD. I don’t think I’ve ever been served a colder beverage in my life. I don’t expect my beers to generally be kept and served at proper temperatures… but when they are, you win my respect. If Ebenezer's is truly great international beer destination, I would think that some more thought would be given to a detail like this. I realize this brew isn’t from the show-off cellar but still, I did expect more.

They were notably out of several of the beers I attempted to order, including the Black Albert (funny how that brew is kept in stock at Novare Res just an hour away). Maybe if I was the type of beer drinker who knew that lambics can be sour they would have found one for me!

The food was standard pub fare. The frites were, at least, frites, but certainly nothing special.

Ebenezer's is a good beer bar and I am glad I went. I might even go back one day if I am in that area (now that my expectations in the right place). There is no doubt that it is possible to have a world-class experience here, especially if the owners are in and you avail yourself of their cellar selections. But you can have that at any number of places in the world and I disagree with the general notion that this is an elite beer establishment.

EDIT: Selection is rated 4 due to the unavailability of several beers ordered during our visit. (2,547 characters)

Photo of BeerBellyBrew
3.05/5  rDev -35.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Great selection of draft Belgium's you won't find too many places, except maybe in Bruges. Lots to choose from, with the true sour Lambics, IPA's, Dubbels, Tripel’s, Strongs and Saisons, you get the picture. The staff is somewhat knowledgeable, well, much better in past visits. The owners were not on site the day we visited and I think they were short staffed. I went with several friends to have some appetizers and some special beer and take in the Patriots game. It turned out to be a complete sh*t show!

Took at least a half hour to get a drink, by that point everyone was annoyed. The last time at Ebenezer’s we experience very slow service, but chalked it up as being in Maine, “can’t get there from here”. This was the straw that broke the camel’s preverbal back, I will not go back to this establishment unless the owner calls me to tell me he has just tapped a new keg of Black Albert and are not serving it until I arrive. Truly the owners need to hire Jon Taffer from Bar Rescue to straighten this place out. The bathroom looked like an old frat house bathroom I may have visited a few times, doesn’t say much for cleanliness. I always check the bathroom in a bar/restaurant, good indicator of what the kitchen will look like, never ordered food in fear it would arrive the day after.

We received a first beer, slugged it down as if we were playing a good game of quarters and paid the bill and left. As I see it, we would have spent all afternoon there enjoying the fine selection of beers and some food. They lost out on a lot of money, but maybe they don’t really care. Sorry Ebenezer’s, I won’t be back and neither will 12 of my friends. This visit took place on Octover 13th 2013. (1,722 characters)

Photo of beeroverwithme
2.45/5  rDev -48.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3

I guess I came to Ebenezer's with expectations sky high, and the fact that the owner wasn't present on the day of my visit probably didn't help the case either. But it started out well on a sunny Saturday at the end of March 2010; the place looked stunning from the outside, I loved the decorated walls inside and the woman that greeted us had a friendly, familiar aura.

The first let-down was that Chris wasn't there. The female bartender (his wife?), despite her friendly aura, just wasn't a beer lover; she admitted as much to a couple that ordered wine with their meal. The beer selection on draft was reasonably good, with a number of smaller Belgian breweries as well as Brooklyn Cookie Jar Porter. However, they were out of Black Albert which I had come half the world for. Well, I thought, then I could go for bottles instead. That's when I got my big let-down. They only had an old beer menu, with about 70 types of bottled beer. About half these entries were sold out and the other half of little interest!

In the five hours I spent at Ebenezer's, which cost me $170 (incl dinner), I had not a single stunning beer (a few were good, most just OK) and I left the pub with a shattered dream. This was not the beer haven I had envisioned.

For a better beer selection, better atmosphere and more beer knowledge try the Novare Res pub in Portland - about an hour by car south of Lovell. (1,397 characters)

Photo of rocksteady726
2.25/5  rDev -52.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Visited here over the summer. It may have been a busy day, but the service was terrible. The staff was unwilling to serve us bottles from the cellar and continued to insist we order tap beers or bottles from the cooler. We had a reservation and still had to wait 30 minutes to sit down, even though our table was empty and clean. The food was slow to come out, and the staff was openly being disciplined by management in the dining room. This certainly did not live up to the hype for me. All that beer down in the cellar doesn't do anyone any good if you can't order any of it. (583 characters)

Ebenezer's Restaurant & Pub in Lovell, ME
100 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.