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Harry's Hofbrau

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

brywhite, Sep 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Friday at 07:25 PM
Photo of Afty
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Matt_Ortiz, Dec 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

smitty5245, May 29, 2014
Photo of adsomers
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%

San Jose, CA hasn't seen the level of excitement around craft beer that you can find in San Francisco and Oakland. Harry's Hofbrau is changing that with their recently installed new tap system and a passion for bringing craft beer to the South Bay. When you go to Harry's for beer, you are witnessing a microcosm of what's been happening in the last decade all across the U.S. I think it's ironic that this is happening so late in game, as Northern California is so well-known as being one of the birthplaces of the American craft beer industry. Ironic as it may be, Harry's has finally seen the light, and they are the first to do so. In my opinion they are doing an excellent job leading the charge in these parts.

Examples:
- They host 'pint nights', featuring a particular beer or brewery. Often representatives from the breweries show up, free food is served, the beer is discounted, and glassware is given away.

- They host festivals, such as the recent Double-IPA festival where a lucky few, myself not included :(, were able to get Pliny the Younger among dozens of other hard-to-find hop bombs.

- They have many rotating taps and it seems their beer menu is constantly evolving with some the best-chosen selections you can get anywhere in the Bay Area. They're the ONLY joint on BeerMenus.com right now and the selection is fantastic.

So what's not to like about Harry's? Well, it's a classic hofbrau, and if you aren't already familiar with this kind of atmosphere it might be somewhat of an acquired taste. Many of the best beer spots are "gastropubs" and this place is certainly nothing like that. But the food is tasty and inexpensive, and the place is HUGE with ample, comfortable seating. The bar itself is vast and very comfortable, and the staff is friendly.

adsomers, Mar 09, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

Harry Hofbrau has been a fixture in the South Bay for a long time. However, when I recently got into craft beers two years ago, I found out that they have a great selection of craft beers on tap and in bottles, along with their hearty food. I forced the family to go during this year's SF Beer Week.

Atmosphere: Big and spacious. Cafeteria style serving and table seating, along with a nice bar section. All ages and sizes.

Quality: Everything is good. You go to Harry's for the combination of selection (roast beef, turkey, sausages, sandwiches, lasagna, etc. They have close to 30 taps and at least as many bottles. Stone, Lost Abby, Firestone, North Coast, etc are just some of the beers.

Service: The bar staff is knowledgeable and friendly. As far as the food, they hand it to you and you pay for it!

Selection: Covered above in the quality. You will find something here to eat. No problem.

Food: This is primarily a meat and potatoes kind of place.

Value: Good food at a good price. Add craft beer and you have a "go to" place.

QuakeAttack, Aug 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

bouncepass, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of glf60
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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Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose, CA
92 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.