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Brauhaus Schmitz

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

36 Ratings
Ratings: 36
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 11.03%
Taps: 30
Bottles: 92
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

718 South St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147-2023
United States
phone: (267) 909-8814

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @brauhausschmitz

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(Place added by: GeoffFromSJ on 07-04-2009)
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Reviews by BeerForMuscle:
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%

Brauhaus Schmitz is my dream come true. I anticipated that this place would have it all, and it does. The front doors open up completely to South Street and you will see a high ceiling, a long wooden bar and eclectic German wall hangings. Schmitz offers a great selection of beer, a wonderful traditional wood-laiden German beer hall look, and a large array of unbelievable German cuisine. Growing up with my mother and her family coming from the Father Country, I've been immersed in German culture and cuisine since I can remember. Brauhaus Schmitz offers authenticity and exceptional quality and presentation of the food and drink. If you enjoy German beer and cuisine, you will love this place. If you have never had German beer or cuisine, you need to visit this place as you will also love it. You can find cheese and meat platters, salads of sorts, and plenty of protein and carbs on the menu (wurst, schnitzel, spaetzle etc). Almost daily they offer specials in appetizers, entrees and desserts. The usual suspects are always on tap, and you'll be sure to run into MANY German beers you've never tried or heard of, in varying German styles. There is plenty of seating and some standing room. They have added a Brauer's Bund in the back to the right, which is a Brewer's Room, with a lovely flitch bar top and additional beer taps. Larger parties can reserve one of the two stammtisch (large tables) in either area of the restaurant. The service has been outstanding including highly knowledgable bartenders and friendly table service. I will continue to revisit Brauhaus Schmitz for the forseeable future.

BeerForMuscle, Oct 11, 2009
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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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dmw32, Jul 25, 2014
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3.83/5  rDev -10.1%

I stumbled upon Brauhaus while walking up and down on South street during a sweaty-hot almost-summer day while looking for apartments.

Went in for lunch and had a good time. The place is rather large and was pretty empty at around 1pm on a Tuesday. Not much of an atmosphere... the place looks new and sterile.

30 beers (20 front/10 back) on tap, all German. I've never seen a Deutsch joint with so many options: five different Hefes, three Goses, four Dopplebocks... plus more Goses and even some sours on the bottle menu.

I enjoyed the food- not your average German. Had a nice salad of kohlrabi, ramps and what not. The house-made sausages look promising. Service wasn't terribly warm but I'm used to it here in Philadelphia.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

This is a must go if you like beer. Excellent selection of drafts (majority german beers) with many various styles to appease everyone's taste. Bartenders are not only attentive but they know their stuff as well. No coors or bud even served at this place. If you ask, expect a glass of water....all in good humor, but there is a lot of truth said in jest. This place is the bees knees if you love beer. Stop reading this and just go now.

danz2323, Nov 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

RobertColianni, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of EBeckett3
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

Open, almost barn-like inside, wooden tables, great bar. If it's German beer you want, here's the place for it. 29 beers on tap & 90+ in bottles. mostly German with a few Belgian & German-style worked in, e.g. Left hand Oktoberfest. I had the Hofbrauhaus Traunstein Oktoberfest & the Paulaner Hell at the Oktoberfest yesterday - very good indeed. Service was attentive, quick and pleasant. Wurst is outstanding. Rollmops. Spatzle. Schnitzle all first rate & great sides available too. A great addition to the community and they throw a great party. The 5th annual Oktoberfest was a blast with over a ton of pork prepared and served.

EBeckett3, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of WunderLlama
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

A brief visit to Philly brought me to the steps of Brauhaus Schmitz. I was there very early (5pm) for dinner. Nice atmosphere with German travel posters and the Rheinheitsgebot posted on one wall. A classy bier Halle! They also earn special marks for being a soccer pub. Although there were no Bayern pennants, they had an Eintracht Frankfurt and Philly Union scarves.

Immediately greeted and seated. Very attentive and knowledgeable waiter( despite being a St Pauli fan). Very impressive beer list with some beers exclusive in the US only at BS. Tried the Andorfer doublebockhefeweizen. Interesting and very good. Order the tasting course and tried the following:

Sauerkraut croquettes. - very good with speck / bacon mixed with emmentaler cheese and sauerkraut deep fried into delicious nuggets

Goulash - absolutely sensational . I would come back just for this dish alone.

Jäger schnitzel - pork steak coated and pan fried, spatula and asparagus. The pork was too filling (typical German food reaction) , the spatula were good the asparagus was very good and reminded me of my Mothers recipe.

Appel Strudel- a thick delicious wedge of flaky pastry and apples.

This was served with a draft Hacklberger Humorator. An amazing delicious bock bier . Loaded with malty goodness and an earthy, fruit taste that reminded me of figs. Loved it and only on draft in the US at BS.

Very good food, excellent beers, excellent service, nice atmosphere (although early) . I recommend it and will be back the next time I am in Philly.

WunderLlama, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of MsRif
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%

I've been here several times with friends and it is a pretty nice venue. The atmosphere is lacking simply because of the crowd that typically comes here, especially during soccer games. Pretty obnoxious and certainly not there to enjoy beer so much as chug it and enjoy being tanked during "the game." Service is excellent...the bartenders are fairly knowledgeable and helpful. Selection is pretty darn sub-par...obviously come here knowing that the draft selection will be German brews, and the bottle selection is meh. I basically come here for the kartoffelpuffer, the bartenders in dirndls and the interesting selection of German beer, when I feel in the mood for it...which is not too often anymore. For what this place sets out to be, I think it hits the mark, I just don't really consider it the best craft beer destination in the city.

MsRif, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%

Located on South St. between 7th & 8th. Opened in June '09 and I stopped in for a visit on its first day. The place is beautiful, with a tremendous facade, and great atmosphere. Nice service, and waitresses in dirndls. Beer selection is great. Finally a truly great drinking establishment in the South Street area...it was well overdue. Lots of great German beers on tap, some of which you can't really find anywhere else in the area, and a wide selection for all over the world in bottles. Cuisine is good, mostly German, as would be imagined. Visit during Oktoberfest for an amazing time!

The one downside: TERRIBLE crowd, and it's just been getting worse.

Rifugium, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

Have gone here a few times with my girlfriend, the last being on New Year's Day. Setting is long beerhall with thick wooden tables and large booths. There is an illuminated copy of the Reinheitsgebot on one wall next to the bar. Waitresses wear dirndls in typical beerhall fashion. The German music playing in the background adds authenticity, but it's often too loud and makes conversation challenging.

Brauhaus Schmitz offers a wide selection of foreign and domestic beers available in a variety of sizes. I have gotten beer in a pint glass, a stein, and my favorite, a boot (Das Boot!). The last time I went I started my beer journey with a stein of Jever Pilsner and finished with a syrupy EKU 28. Both were memorable brews.

The food is traditional German fare, so a lot of sausages and meat, pickled fish and vegetables--all of which are surprisingly good! Some recommendations are the rollmops (pickled herring), the Obatzda cheese spread as appetizers. The laugenbrezel also comes highly recommmended, but we've never had it. The entrees are equally good with some of the ingredients, like sausages, being made in-house. The last time I went I had Schweinsbraten mit Dunkelbiersoße, which was roast pork served with a dark beer and mustard sauce. For desert, we shared an apple strudel and sample some schnapps from the Brauhaus's extensive offerings of this liquer.

Overall, prices are reasonable and waitstaff is helpful and eager to give recommendations. The food is great and they have changing specials. My only complaint, as I mentioned previously, was the music being too loud.

tomthumbsblues, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%

Took the family downtown for some Christmas sites and stopped here for dinner.
At 5pm on a Wed. place was pretty empty.
Got a good booth watched a little soccer while listening to songs In German, pretty cool.
A nice beer listing but i thought it could and should be a bit better. Leans to wheat beers.
I did have a tall Jevers which was soft and mellow, and Schlenkerla Urbock.
Good.
My wife ordered a baked pretzel as an apptiezer and wienerschnitzell for dinner which got a big laugh from the kids.
It's a good place and would certainly go back again.
Ohh! and the barmaids are hot.

micromaniac129, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of jjboesen
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%

The recent Veteran's Day holiday provided an opportunity to spend a long weekend in Philadelphia. Brauhaus Schmitz was the first stop. The Brauhaus is situated in the blander section of South Street behind a somewhat nondescript storefront. Upon entry, you pass several tables to the well-polished bar. The room is dark and pretty narrow (and, at the time of this visit, very packed). The bar itself is clean and polished. Plenty of wood and brick ensures a convivial and comfortable drinking atmosphere - and perhaps some gemutlichkeit? Overlooking the bar area is a mezzanine level with additional tables for drinking and general merry-making. (Just pray that Begby* isn't up there with a pint or two.)

Obviously, the Brauhaus' several taps of fresh German bier was the primary reason for this visit, which included quaffs of Stoudt Oktoberfest, Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest and the very excellent Ayinger Celebrator. There is also an extensive lists of bottles (die Flascheliste) to further enhance your beer drinking experience - and even includes the infamous EKU. Other enhancements were the frequent rotation, correct glassware and some very attentive service. Of course, the Brauhaus offered up the usual suspects of German cuisine; I lunched on a pork sandwich with spatzle. Not bad, but not great. (What is the German word for "meh?") Nevertheless, I enjoyed the visit and would return in the future (die Zukunft).

* Begby is a brutish, drunken lout who appears in the film Trainspotting.

jjboesen, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of cevafm
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%

The atmosphere was good. The lighting was a little dark and our table was a little wobbly, but there was a nice big TV next to our section that I watching the Phillies game on. Would have like to see a little bit more German beer culture represented in the decoration.

Quality was excellent. The table linens and silverware were extremely clean. I sampled one of the Bavarian "Big 6" beers that I have not tried yet, Franziskaner Weissbeer, and also had a 1/2 liter of Warsteiner Dunkel. The beer was fresh and the taps were clean.

Service was great. Only thing that prevented me from giving it a 5 was that the hostess was a little on the shy side so I could barely hear her. Our waitress was extremely helpful.

Selection was awesome. Didn't even finish reading the beer list as it was soooo long.

Food was very good. You can't find this food at too many places in Philly. Reading Terminal market comes to mind. As well as Miller's in Lancaster, but that's not in the city now is it.

Value was good. Most of the beers were priced around 5.50 a half liter, with some of the more exotic micro-brews pushing 8 a bottle. I felt it was reasonable considering the combination of food, beer selection, and great service.

cevafm, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of bfree
3.55/5  rDev -16.7%

As a resident philadelphian, tap lists do not usually impress me much...but this bar has an extensive list of german beers on tap.
However, the setup of the bar sucks if you are going to have a beer and not dinner. It is very cramped and not much seating at the bar is available. I have been there a couple of times including tonight, and this time the waitress actually made us get up from one of the booths because we were not eating, and this was at about 10pm so it was not really dinner time. Mind you, there was nowhere to sit at the bar and nowhere to stand as the bar is very narrow, but we were made to stand while waitresses walked back and forth, running into us every time. I have been here at other times when it was not as packed, but still had to deal with the narrow bar and people running into me constantly. This is not very authentic, as most german beer halls leave room to breathe.
I would recommend this place if you go there during the week for a good german style beer, but beware on the weekends.

bfree, May 30, 2010
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Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, PA
94 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.