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Brauerei Früh am Dom

Not Rated.
Brauerei Früh am DomBrauerei Früh am Dom
Based on:
4 Beers
366 Hads
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 22
Visits: 32
Avg: 3.79
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

Am Hof 12-18
Köln, 50667
phone: +49 221 2613211

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Reviews: 22 | Visits: 32
Reviews by cagocubs:
Photo of cagocubs
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I stopped here while traveling throughout Europe. I love Kolsch beer and was reccomended this place by many Germans. This place had great location, beer, and good service.

As stated before the proximity to the cathedral is nice and it is a must visit for anyone going by or to Cologne. The inside has a nice feeling as it was crowded with both the townspeople and tourists. The service was a tad slow but I realize it was because it was so busy. The only thing I remember about their food was it was larger portions. I do remember the Kolsch was excellent. This place was big with a nice authentic feel. It was somewhat pricey, but well worth it.

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Photo of nickfl
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I think this place gets a bit of a bad rap for being touristy, I'm sure it is a nightmare at certain times, but we were there on a relatively slow Tuesday evening and it was great. The building itself is very cool, multiple underground levels in old cellars, you can sit at the bar and watch them hoist a new barrel into place and tap it every 20 min or so. Service was good and the kolsch was our favorite or the three breweries we made it to in the city.

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Photo of jonesry09
1.98/5  rDev -47.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1 | food: 3

Fruh is a tourist trap mixed with a sports bar.

The Kölsch isn't great but there is a decent vibe in there if you like being around other tourists. The food is "meh" and your better off walking another couple blocks to get an overall significantly better experience.

Go to say you did, but don't have high expectations.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Anacross
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Taillon75
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of Randyarchy
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Service was extremely slow in an empty pub. Nice view though.

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Photo of 31Sam13
3/5  rDev -20.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The beer was average with not a very good selection and the place was packed with a very young and pushy crowd. They had a Kolsch that was actually pretty good and the place is located near some decent shops and a quaint area, so it was a mixed bag.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Riik3
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Paccamacca
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of NorbertB1974
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of clintbrimson
3.41/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Whilst in a very touristy location this is still quite a nice Kölsch bar. Service was extremely attentive and after giving the impression that we may not have actually been tourists but locals it became even better and from our calculations we paid the locals’ Kölsch price and not the inflated tourists’ price. The Kölsch is nice and the decor is too however if you want to escape tourists I would look elsewhere.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 4

Better to have a late lunch than none at all. Fruh am Dom has a very large biergarten in the front, but on a sunny and warm Saturday, all the seats were taken. No problem, we'll just head inside and sit at one of the wooden tables. It's roomy inside, and high ceiling also give that inpression.

Right off the bat, we were given a 200 ml of Fruh Kolsch. Don't expect to find any other beer, as it's the only beer served. Like in Dusseldorf, at Cologne's kolsch houses you are given small glasses of the house beer and are automatically served another one as your glass runs dry until you tell them to stop. Later on we decided on our lunch. I helped myself to a very large serving of boiled pork kunckle, which was so big it could have fed two people. Eike was really enjoying his asparagus soup and nibbling off of Daniella's entree.

One of many good spot in Cologne to hit for a beer in a good atmosphere. Oh yeah, the house beer is pretty good too.

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Photo of sim0n17
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Service is not bad, it's just always busy. Try to get a table on the ground floor if you can as the atmosphere is better. I find lunch to be more fun than dinner. The Fruh is always fresh and flowing - be sure to "abuse" your Cubis as local tradition dictates. Basically, be rude to the waiter in jest as that is the expectation - sometimes they dish out better than they get :-)

The steak tartar is nice and the cheese selections are very nice. There's a lot of traditional German food on the menu. I also reccommend getting a cask for the table if you group is a little bigger - or just thirstier as this is fun to tap the keg, a lot faster for refills, and just fresh as the day is long.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I think this must be most BA's first stop on a Kolsch tour, as this so close to the Hauptbahnhof.

We visited in Summer, so most of the drinkers were outside on the terrace soaking up the sun.

It was the day of the 3rd place play off in the World Cup - Germany vs Uruguay, so atmosphere was light hearted and football focussed!

Service was excellent, very Kobe-like, not much chat, just taking the order and bringing it out.

The kolsch is certainly fresh and of good quality from the wood.

I had the Halven Hahn - A slab of gouda cheese, butter, and a rye roll, with mustard - the classic Koln snack! My drinking buddy had the 3 spiegeleir mit speck, bratkartoffeln und salad. It didnt stand a chance.

Selection is of course Fruh Kolsch, but thats expected, its their pub!

Value is more pricey since close to the Hbf.

Overall, a very enjoyable visit!

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Photo of jdlarkins
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

A classic just around the corner from the Catherdral and a five minute walk from the train station. Back in the fall of '97 I ate a nice wild game meal (boar?) and in 2007 stopped by quickly while on business.

One of several world classic pubs in Cologne and Dusseldorf, very different than Munich and the south. Kolsch beer is easy to drink for any beer drinker. Unique beer, glasses (.2 L) and waiters (called Kobes).

Huge place, packed with people, not too touristy but a little more expensive b/c of proximity to station and cathedral.

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Photo of ndolover
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This is a must visit place when in Kolin.

There was indoor an outdoor seating, we chose outdoor. The place was packed but we managed to immediately find a seat. We ended up sharing the large table with some nice business men.

The service was brisk, which I did not expect. The customary .2 Liter glasses were used. With the quick execution of marking my coaster and constant replenishment of beer this seems to be the way to go. The Kolsch was wonderful. I have never had such a fresh Kolsh that was so well done. Of course, you only had that (and I believe and Paulaner wheat bier) to choose from...soo you better like it.

The food was simply prepared and wonderful. We had some light apps consisting of freash vegtables and cheese. Well done to say the least.

Overall, this was a great place to spend any length of time. You can not go wrong here.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I arrived late one Sunday morning and didn't leave until that evening...

Fantastic atmosphere; very traditional brauhaus that seems like it hasn't changed since its opening. Despite its location just next to the Dom, the place was packed with locals; only a few tourists to be seen.

The service was excellent; the köbes were always there with fresh glasses and were quite friendly. I was drinking with a few regulars though, so this could have been exceptional.

As with any brauhaus in Köln, the selection was limited; hard to fault them on this.

Definitely my favorite place to have a kölsch in Köln.

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Photo of therica
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

We had a wonderful time here on our last night in Cologne after a month. It was hunting-game season so they had all of the seasonal meats available, as well (Nov-Jan if I recall?).

The ambience is very much authentic. They have a good number of dining-rooms, and the restrooms are downstairs but worth the trip down the lovely staircase whether you need to use them, or not!

Waiting for a table during pre-Christmastook some time. Service was impeccable overall, however.

Beers are of course outstanding-- one of the top Kolsch's of Cologne. There's also a gift-shop next door, which sells various gift-packs of their Fruh beer and many other items.

If you can't find the place readily, go to Starbucks and look across the walkway ;-)

My favorite incident here was when I was puzzled by one of the seasonal-game items on the menu. I thought I'd tried all of them during the month, but I'd never seen this one, so I ordered it. When I was served, I asked the server (who spoke very little English) what it was. He thought, he paused, then he laughed and said, "BAMBI!" Yes it turned out to be baby-deer!

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Photo of foles
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

It was a foregone conclusion that we were going to visit this place!

Its a massive establishment, that seems to be very well run. As soon as you walk in the door, there is a area where the Kolsch is poured from the barrels. This is good fun to watch (tapping, and special lift for the barrels) and you can buy your beer there and then standing up. It's a bit of a tourist attraction, but an understandable one that is done well by Fruh.

The beer is very solid (fruity style of Kolsch), and the building is quite nice, and a bit windy/confusing with all the different rooms / restaurant areas.

The beer was a little expensive compared to other Koln pubs/breweries at Euro 1.55 for 0.2cl. Next door there is a shop that has some nice Fruh souvenirs amongst other things - I picked up a pair of cufflinks shaped like Fruh bottle caps.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

After a pretty intense session in Antwerp, I was ready for something a bit lighter, so off we went to Köln. It was a Sunday, so pretty much everything outside of the touristy center around the Dom was closed. No matter, I wanted to to check this place out.

As you enter, the Kolsch barrel awaits you sitting on it's stand, a Köbes standing by for another to show up with his empty crown to fill. 3 Floors with different ambiances, we went for the non-smoking section on the ground floor, which had nice naval inspired paintings, hop vines on the walls and an open view to the fountain and street outside that was filled with people enjoying a cold one in the fair weather. Going downstairs you get to see the Bierkeller, the souvenir stand that sells everything from T-shirts to keg stands and even the actual faucets they use for the kegs. Keep going down and you'll find the refrigereated room where they keep the kegs extra-fricken cold.

Our waiter was exactly what we expected from a Köbes, not a very chatty guy - he didn't speak english anyway - but efficient and to the point, so in no time I had a stange filled with the local brew. I certainly did enjoy it, in fact my first one I downed almost immediately, but it wasn't my favorite in town. Obviously, selection is pretty limited, however my girlfriend did get a glass of wine, although a pretty generic one.

We were there for a quick snack only, our food was good, fairly large portions and well presented.

You could tell that this is the Kolsch house most frequented by the tourists, it's litterally a stone's throw from the Dom so prices are higher than everywhere else. But it's still well worth checking out, and the Beer is good.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3

The wife and I stopped in here on our recent European trip. After trying all the big Kolsch breweries in the city center, this was our favorite for the beer. It also ranked pretty high on atmosphere. We sat inside near a window, which had stained glass decorations, that was in view of one of the Dom's bell tower spires. The service was decent and the food was okay. But the beer by far is the reason to come here. I honestly believe it's the best in Koln.

(The selection for obvious reasons is poor here - but honestly, why would you come here to drink anything but Kolsch?!)

Stop in here if you're in the city and thirsty - also it's not far at all from the train station so you could hop in if you have a few hours while just passing through.

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Brauerei Früh am Dom in Köln, Germany
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