Novare Res Bier Café

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Novare Res Bier CaféNovare Res Bier Café
BA SCORE
98
world-class

122 Reviews
Reviews: 122
Visits: 220
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: n/a
Taps: 26
Bottles: 250
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4 Canal Plz
Portland, Maine, 04101-4034
United States
phone: (207) 761-2437

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @novareresbiercf

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Place added by: indiapaleale on 05-28-2008

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Reviews: 122 | Visits: 220
Reviews by Jayli:
Photo of Jayli
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Stopped in here over Memorial Day weekend. A friend of mine in the area knew my affinity for good beer and decided this was a MUST GO TO. I have to say, dammit - she was RIGHT!
Novare Res is located just off Exchange St. For an out of towner, you'd walk right past this place and be none-the wiser for what you passed up. There is 2 separate sections to the place - the indoor part of the cafe, and the outdoor. The inside is what I would imagine pubs to look like in Germany and Amsterdam, with exposed brick floor, long wooden bar, and tables dispersed throughout. Outside has about 6-7 long picnic tables in the terrace.
Service was fantastic. Bartenders were knowledgeable and would let you sample different beers if you had questions. All beers are served in the proper glassware.
Selection is outstanding. They routinely rotate the 25 taps that they have, and offer about 300 bottles - fantastic Belgian presence. Prices can be a little steep, but the selection and availablility of these beers pretty much balance out.
This is by and far one of the best beer bars that I have been to. I onlt wish that I were closer to Portland..of course, my liver may be happy that I am not...
This is a must stop at for anyone in or visiting the Portland area! (1,256 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of MarkSansone
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great place for a great beer selection.. (40 characters)

Photo of cherche
4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of abridgedatx
4.76/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of rocksteady726
4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Flabbyjandro
4.61/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of shekletona
4.45/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of RKing44
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of trevorpost
4.55/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of mklisz
4.18/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of 52mgtd
4.85/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Ok, so you don't go there for the food, you go there for the beer! A fantastic list of on tap and even better bottles, ask any chalice owner, what a great place to enjoy great beer and meet interesting people, chalice #71 (221 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Visited on Tuesday evening. The two of us sat at one of the big multi-party tables. The place was slow.

V - Dark, not well lit, dank, but clean and open and definitely a beer bar vibe. I wouldn't call this a "dive bar" because it is not dirty or inhabited by undesirable folks. 4.5

Q - All beer served in proper and clean glassware. Beer seemed to be at correct temperature. Some might complain that beer is served in glassware not of its own branding, but not an issue for me. 4.5

Ser - Our server Jamison (yeah that's right) was fantastic. Very good in helping my friend pick a beer she would like. He was even ready to send us to a different place so we could find the food we looking for. 5

Sel - Fantastic bottle selection and a very good tap list the night we were there. Had a De Strusie XXX Rye Triple and a bottle of Jolly Pumpkin Oro De Calabaza 4.5

F - Did not eat food during this visit. (905 characters)

Photo of vonnegut21
3.47/5  rDev -22%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2 | selection: 4

An old school dive of a craft beer bar. Solid selection, but underwhelming considering their reputation. There are certainly better taplists in Portland. Service was poor. I get that it was busy, but the bartenders (particularly the one with the man-bun) were more concerned with serving their friends than helping a new customer.

In summary, Novare Res was fine, but it hasn't adapted over time and has been surpassed by some of the other up and coming craft beer bars in Portland. (486 characters)

Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of chippo33
4.29/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Reds76
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Hopstout
5/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

By far my favorite place in Portland (that IS saying something!). Amazing draft list, even more amazing bottle list. They thrown amazing events and have special tappings constantly. The staff are insanely knowledgeable and can always assist with making top notch selections from their ridiculous Belgian offerings. Cannot say enough good things about Novare. (358 characters)

Photo of jebrew
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of CTFalcon
4.63/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Texasfan549
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of psweendogg
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

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Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME
98 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.