Novare Res Bier Café
Taps: 26 / Bottles: 250
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 112 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Dreadnaught33:
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$
So I normally don't rate places I only go to once, but I feel I must in this case. Overall the selection is great but the customer service is not great.
Atmosphere: cool vibe in brick, dark lighted 'cave' like bar very cool for beer geeks. Overall the people in there seemed ok but a little on the not so beer informed side, it was a Tuesday night afterall.
Quality/service: the bottles look stored well, most of the taps were ok but here's where personal experience comes in: my friend orders a my Antonia (dogfish) on tap and it comes out extremely oxidized and not true to the beer any of us knew. We told the server we had and she was super defensive about it although we spent enough and bought bottles expensive and rare enough that they should have known we knew what we were talking about. Would not replace or give a refund for it. Not cool, if you ask me, even at the super expensive beer bars I've been to everywhere they would take back and probably ackowledge old taps, give a refund or another beer, not the case here. Overall service was spotty and was not friendly even when we tried to engage on a beer level. Quality of the cantillon 2005 guezue was excellent though.
Selection is outstanding, cool tap choices from the world and local plus a great bottle selection. Check out the website for yourself here. Would have liked a bit more Midwest and west coast selection but perhaps thats the state laws?
Overall great beers for the most part, not caring service. Would try again and hope for better results/ ask for tastes if they do that for hoppy stuff.
03-23-2011 04:12:47 | More by Dreadnaught33
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4.85/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
I haven't rated a beer establishment yet, which is strange as I spend 75 percent of my time in them. Just spent a day visiting Portland - great beer town. Even beats the other portland in Oregon. Found this bar on BA and agree with all the recommendations. Such a diverse list of beer and the atmosphere in there is great. Wait staff was very helpful. They recommended that I take it easy with the barley wines which was excellent advice - although I ignored it and now surprisingly my wife is telling me I ruined dinner at Street Co which I dispute since I don't recall dinner. Two solid thumbs up for Novares Res
02-09-2014 16:28:02 | More by BradMacMullin
4.74/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Off the beaten path. My first time in Maine - I could safely say: I'd be a regular there if I moved to Maine! Excellent selection of beers. Service was great: knowledgable & friendly staff. Atmosphere: because you feel like you're in a cellar, one could stay way too long! Loved it!
01-13-2014 15:56:40 | More by shahn
4.25/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Regular visitor to novare, love this place. Kinda hidden off exchange street, a definite European feel with the beer garden and wood tables. Always an awesome draft list and a great way to educate people or friends to beers. Can always find a beer that fits a persons palate. Service can be a bit spotty, depending on the bartender, but that really has to do more with individual personalities than anything else.
12-20-2013 20:02:23 | More by Twobeards
Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME
99 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.