Novare Res Bier Café

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Novare Res Bier CaféNovare Res Bier Café
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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 zamboni1:
Photo of zamboni1
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I'm not a tourist but not a Portlander either, and Novare is one of my go-to places in Portland. Really like everything about this place: the atmosphere (12 degrees below zero in the dead of winter as well as hot & humid summers on the big hops-laced beer garden / deck), the selection, the clientele, and the staff.

The bottled beer selection is great and the draughts are fresh (super-clean tap lines!) and are rotated very frequently. Check their website for the latest draught lineup -- as others have said here, they update their list online faithfully (seemingly daily). Prices are a bit high *for Portland* but are still lower than any comparable place in Boston, Burlington, Providence, or NY. I've always -- and I mean always -- found the staff very helpful and engaging and have been recommended some amazing beers I would not have otherwise tried on my own. They know their stuff and will share their knowledge if you're not a jerk.

Yes, they do a 2-day Octoberfest fun thing where they have but two O-fest beers on tap and served in 1 liter maas mugs. Surprised some people find that annoying; most of us sorta regulars look forward to it and take it in the fun spirit in which it's intended. Novare also does other events nights / weeks that are cool: Caskfest, Smuttfest, Belgian Bier Fest, Roguepalooza, and so on.

I like me my Novare a lot and appreciate it for what it is -- one of the top beer bars in my state of Maine. (1,442 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.