Active Beers: 5
Beer Ratings: 43
Beer Avg: 3.65
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 7 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by Domingo:
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $
Because of the nature of how beer culture in Bamberg works, I think most of the brewery reviews should be pretty similar.
Keesmann is no different. They’re directly across the street from Mahr’s, tucked into a strange angled street between Konigstrasse and the river.
When you walk in there’s the typical dining room to the left with a window for ordering beers. The dining room isn’t too big, but the “waiting hallway” is pretty popular, well lit, and furnished with large wood kegs made into tables. There’s also a pretty large biergarten in the back with table service, although most people tended to just use the window and head for the back.
While they have a display case in the back showing a whole range of beers, but when I went they only had 2 on tap and supposedly 1 in the bottle. Their flagship Herren Pils is absolutely stellar and is easily one of the best beers I had in town. Their Sternla dark lager was nothing special, though. Per some things I've read they have a weizen in bottles that I didn’t see anyone order. With Mahr’s about 50 yards away I guess that makes sense. Either that or maybe they just don't usually sell the bottles at the bar. Selection's the only real knock on the place since most places have at least 3 options. That said, Herren pils pretty much makes up for that by itself.
While a lot of places were shooting for an older look, Keesmann was pretty modern looking with the additional lighting, newer wood décor, and fairly recently renovated biergarten.
I didn’t try the food, although I was told that they specialize in dishes using their beers and that the food is good. Also worth noting – they do growler fills at Keesmann. Can’t say I’ve seen that done anywhere else in the area.
Worth the trip over for the Herren pils alone, plus the prices are low. 2.30 for a 1/2L is about as cheap as you’ll see.
Edit 8/13: I'm not messing with my scoring, but the food at Keesmann is full-on wonderful. It's worth a special trek here just for the food. Their cold cut platter and "schnitzel cordon bleu" were some of the best dishes I've had in all of Bavaria/Franconia. Plus, Herren Pils is as good as it has ever been. Still maybe the best beer in town if not the whole region.
07-05-2011 15:28:46 | More by Domingo
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped here on a warm Wednesday evening in Bamberg. It is very similarly formatted like the other pubs in Bamberg. The brewery is in the back, then a biergarten, then a stubehall, then some seating. I sat in the biergarten.
I tried the famous Herren Pils and the not as good Sternla Lager. I also had the Blaue Zipfel to eat. The beer and the food were both good quality, as was the service.
The prices were the typical inexpensive Baberg prices, the atmosphere was relaxed.
Overall I would recommend this place, a solid stop in Bamberg.
08-03-2011 08:01:31 | More by crossovert
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $
The guestroom is clearly renovated in the last 20 or so years, and feels sort of like going to applebees. High modern ceiling, and light airy and clean inside. There are some dead animals on the walls to have some of the effect of an old Bamberg pub, but it just doesn't get there for me.
You can also get a beer at the window and stand at some barrels in the hallway/courtyard. I'd recommend that to improve the atmosphere.
Decent crowd at lunchtime. I had an omelette, which came quite burnt and a little greasy. I do generally like my eggs overdone, though, and it was still tasty. I imagine that most people would send it back in a fancier place.
The beer I had (sternla) was fine, but not really up to the local standard.
03-28-2009 17:03:43 | More by brc
United Kingdom (England)
3.8/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Almost opposite MAHRS Brewery, and about 25 minutes walk from the Station, though easy to find with help of a map. Probably better to come here on the way back to the Station, finishing in Mahrs before going back!
Two rooms and beer garden to rear, the usual wood panelling and scrubbed tables, with some standing room in the outside corridor. Friendly pleasant atmosphere full of locals at time of visit. We had the Keesmann Herren Pils, which was light, crisp and with slightly bitter hoppy finish, very refreshing and decent price.
It appeared as though the "lady" of the house sat at table with the locals chatting and keeping "order!" We did not eat here, but the food looked very good with generous portions and seemed popular the with locals.
Definately worth a visit, and being 'off the tourist trail' likely to get a seat and table! Then cross the road to Mahrs for the final and best beer!
B'ham UK Sept 2008
09-15-2008 19:19:58 | More by JohnW
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This brewery is not too far on foot from the centre of Bamberg - if you know where you are going. It's beyond the area covered on the tourist map that you are given in town, so we ended up wandering and asking direction for an hour or two.
As you walk in, there is an undercover area where you can buy beers through the "take-away" window, and to your left is the bar/restaurant.
The beer and food were good, and the staff very pleasant. Small wierd antlers on the walls.
Worth the walk,and a bonus is another brewery is just across the road.
11-11-2007 08:35:18 | More by hogshead
3.94/5 rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Located near Mahr's and directly across the street from the "big red church" (Wunderburg).
This place was much brighter than the other places in Bamberg. Scrubbed wood floors and tables. Typical goat skulls and horns adorn the walls. High ceiling with no beams. Curtains on the windows. Many regulars here, and I even saw a stammtisch where they were playing cards as they enjoyed the bier.
As in the other places in town, there were a few biers offered on tap as well as a couple of bottled biers. I tried the Pils, which was very good. Unfortunately I did not have time to sample more here.
The service was very prompt and efficient.
Definitely stop in this place when visiting Mahr's a little down the street.
12-15-2003 07:24:37 | More by UncleJimbo
3.8/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Getting to Keesmann will take you about 20 minutes by foot from the Bahnhof and then along the river. Good find, and Mahr's is right across the street! Enter from the street and you are first in the "Schwemme", an outdoor (though covered) area where you can order a Bier from the window and drink standing at a huge Bier-barrel stand. Further on you come to a courtyard with a mini-Biergarten. The dining room is to the left as you enter from the street. It is a bright, airy, woody room, with the expected old-style furnishings and decorations. Available here are a Pils, Helles, Weizen, Dunkles and a seasonal Bock. Steins and glasses are also available for sale. Comfortable, easy-going place, and the Pils is real tasty! Prosit!!
atmosphere: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: n/a | $$
10-07-2003 15:52:50 | More by Bierman9
Brauerei Keesmann in Bamberg, Germany
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.