Novare Res Bier Café

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

129 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
98
Reviews:
129
Ratings:
248
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
6.5%
 
 
Taps:
26
Bottles/Cans:
250
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
Novare Res Bier CaféNovare Res Bier Café
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

4 Canal Plz
Portland, Maine, 04101-4034
United States

(207) 761-2437 | map
www.novareresbiercafe.com

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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 248
Reviews by mrocksmith:
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4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

I read about this place on BA, and figured out of the bunch in Portland, ME this is the one I had to attend to. Glad I made the decision. Their beer lineup is fantastic, and the atmosphere matches it well. It's not the most massive tap list out there but its very finely procured. Great list of locals (although no Allagash and being a visitor, it would have been cool to try one on tap). The people at this beer joint definitely "get" what's going on with beer culture right now at the nerd level. Which is awesome. Keep it up.

If I'm ever back in Portland, ME I'm going to come here again just to see what they have on tap. Oh and if the Oxbow guys read this.... you make f**king rad beer.

Hit this place up! And get the pork belly tacos if they got them. Just ask the bartender Louis about them.

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Photo of illpass78
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

What is there to say about about this place? It's the best. Amazing selection of foreign and Maine beers. Menu is just what it should be - mix of great cheese pairings and cut-above pub food. Justifiably beloved.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ScottP
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of RePhil
4.46/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Erockss
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of SveNss0N
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of -Rick
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This was the best beer bar we visited while in Portland. A bit hard to find (located in a back alley type location), it was well worth the hunt. A great selection of tap offerings, and an even better list of rare/interesting bottles to try. The food was also quite good. We had a great cheese plate, with all the fixins. Will certainly return here if in Portland again.

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Photo of ESCO138
4.95/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

This place was amazing, had CBS on Tap plus too many other great stouts I can't even remember. The staff was very helpful and the atmosphere superb. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
2.36/5  rDev -47.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2.25 | food: 2.75

This place ended up being a MASSIVE letdown for a spot that is so highly recommended. The vibe/setup is cool but that's where it ends. The selection of American/Maine beers was very weak. Nowhere near the selection of Bissell, Foundation, Oxbow, etc. found at so many other bars in the neighborhood. They were unapologetically out of almost everything we wanted on the food menu and the service was absolutely rock bottom quality.

I'd have a difficult time conveying how offensive the service actually was, but our stomachs and empty glasses spent the night longing for our waitress' attention as she sat and chatted at other tables.

If you only like foreign beers and have no problem with putrid service, then this is the place for you. Otherwise, go somewhere else. There are plenty of better options within walking distance.

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Photo of MRVermont
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of jhavs
4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Mid afternoon lunch, bar area mostly full, tables not crowded. They have a well-selected tap list that is more euro-centric as well as a large bottle list. The bottle list has many "hard to get" selections, but you will pay dearly for them. Bartenders did a fine job, were knowledgeable, but seemed mostly uninterested in anything but chatting with each other. I saw a few groups walk in and then leave when they were not helped. Had an item off of the special list as my meal. Food is made with care, looked and tasted good but wished I had went with something else after seeing a few people around me served.

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

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

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.38/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of crob3888
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of JonahBrews
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place has been a staple for years. The selection is astronomical and I love the fact they have a beer list to keep and check off which beers you have tried and write personal notes. Individual glasses mean a lot for each particular beer, and a very knowledgeable staff. Also, a Hole-In-The-Wall; you have to walk down an plaza in order to find it.

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Photo of Readysethgo989
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of blisscent
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of scxcrunner
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of HopsnMalts_NJ
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Skellbop
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Ajlvt
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dailyminefield
4.51/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3.61/5  rDev -19.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Not really my scene. Nothing exciting on the menu; they were having a lord hobo event. A decent selection of beers, but the King's head is much better in my opinion.

Would return if they have a better taplist.

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Novare Res Bier Café in Portland, ME
98 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.