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Harry's Hofbrau

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13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 6.21%
Taps: 19
Bottles: 40
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

390 Saratoga Ave
San Jose, California, 95129-1324
United States
phone: (408) 243-0434

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(Place added by: Aleesmith on 07-08-2011)
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Reviews by Philousa:
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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

Harry's Hofbrau is going through a massive overhaul, and it's good news for fans of craft beer! A new bar manager was hired a few months back and he switched out a lot of taps. Now they have a ton of craft beer on tap, both domestic and imported. Tap highlights from my visit include Speakeasy Betrayal and St. Bernardus Abt 12.

I was there for their weekly tasting, which features a 'rare' beer from the featured brewery. Pizza Port Brewing was featuring their Mongo DIPA and Anniversary Ale. It's not a true tasting of what the brewery offers, but you get to keep your glass if the distributer has enough glassware to give out.

I overheard that Harry's has standing orders for limited brews that are coming out later this week, so this might be the place to go in the South Bay for rare, local beers.

Philousa, Aug 09, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Sep 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

brywhite, Sep 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

first day in cali-first bar we visited; was NOT disappointed!
Food: average...we came for the beer!.
Beer selection: AWESOME: draft and bottle
Friendly and helpful staff; fantastic first impression of cali hospitality.
If nearby, do stop in and visit Andrew for suggestions at the bar

glf60, Aug 31, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -3.6%

Solid place for some solid beers. I would never have thought Harry's would be the place to go for craft beer in my area, but if you just want some craft and not all the extras that usually come with it (overpriced, beer snobs, hipsters, etc..) then this is the place.
Solid bar-tending and solid food make this place a no brainer on a Thursday night (Pint night!)
Stop by and say hi!, I'm the guy that's drinking a beer!

JesseLara, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

rowbow, Jun 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

smitty5245, May 29, 2014
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bouncepass, Apr 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Matt_Ortiz, Dec 26, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%

Harry's Hofbrau is an interesting place. On the one hand, it's a cafeteria-style carvery that serves, frankly, a lot of old people. On the other hand, it's an incredible beer bar that serves lots of crazy beers at surprisingly cheap prices.

For food, Harry's serves things like roasted turkey, roast beef, pastrami sandwiches, etc. It's cafeteria-style, which means you wait in line, order at a counter, and point to the things you want. The line can be long, and it's a bit annoying to wait instead of being waited on. I'm not a huge fan of the food, but it's fine.

The beer is served at a separate bar on the other side of the restaurant. There's a big chalkboard that lists everything available, and the selection is great, with an ever-changing list of interesting beers. The pours are large and surprisingly cheap. The bartenders are great -- they know their beer, and they are super friendly. They are also happy to give samples to help you choose a beer.

A note for parent BAs: this is a great place to take your kids. It's a family restaurant, so you're not going to get the dirty looks you might at a hipper place like Original Gravity. The space is large and loud, and other people can't hear your kids over the din of the restaurant. They also have these life-sized sculptures that my daughter loves to check out.

Afty, Oct 26, 2013
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Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose, CA
92 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.