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Jacob Wirth

Not Rated.
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very good

36 Reviews
Reviews: 36
Visits: 55
Avg: 3.85
pDev: n/a
Taps: 32
Bottles: 27
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

31 Stuart St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02116-4723
United States
phone: (617) 338-8586

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Reviews: 36 | Visits: 55
Reviews by henkster:
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3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place is a regular stop for my wife and I, so the review is based on many visits. They have about 30 beers on tap (I believe 29 to be exact) with a nice variety, although several are devoted to the Bud/Bud Lights of the world. They always have the the Harpoon 100 Barrel (the Bohemian Pilsner at our last visit), plus the Boston staples Harpoon IPA and Samuel Adams. Staying true to their heritage, they have a nice selection of German beers on draft, including: Spaten Optimator, Franziskaner Hefe Weiss and Hefe Weiss Dunkel, Ayinger Brau-Weisse, Paulaner Hefe Weiss, Hofbrau and Warsteiner. At last visit, they also carried the Oskar Blues' Old Chub and Hoegaarden. In the last year, they have expanded their bottle selection to include some Belgians: Chimay Blue, Duvel, Westmalle Tripel, and one or two of the Lindemans lambics. This is also one of the few Boston bars I've seen where you can order pitchers, at seemingly reasonable prices, of all the drafts.

Overall, it's a very casual, fun place to have a quality beer. The atmosphere is great - a turn of the century German-American beer hall, reminiscent of Schroeders in San Fran or the Berghoff in Chicago (which, sadly, has closed). Lots of old wood, including the bar, but watch that your drink doesn't slide off as it's tipping quite badly at this point.

The food also leans towards German fare, with jaeger schnitzel, sauerbraten, potato pancakes, and wurst plates. But, if you get nothing else, then order several sides of their outstanding potato salad to go with your beers!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Zstets
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of trevorpost
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of hornblower19
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of AdamTebbs
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Great food, great beers. Went to this place after a B's game for a Brat and a couple of beers and ended up staying for five hours. I love this bar. It has become kind of a tradition for a buddy of mine and I to hit it up whenever we are town together.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

There is a fantastic old and ornate back bar and well-worn floors kind of sets the mood for this friendly beer hall.

The bar is in front as you enter. There are about 8 seats then a service area. Personally I would like to see more bar seating. It has nice windows overlooking Stuart Street that add some light.

There is a mix if high tops and lower tables in the expansive raised dining area. There is also a small outside seating area in front.

I like the banners and beer taps they use for decoration. They have some really nice old wood clad bottle coolers as well.

The large tap menu changes weekly. The bottle menu is also pretty large. Lots of domestic and import choices. Nothing super rare but the selection is solid.

The food was tasty. I thought the chowder was nice and my sausage platter was good.

The service is professional and knew the beer menu.

Seems to be lots of history here. Glad to see there some good beers to go with it!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I came one late afternoon on Memorial Day. While the place is quite large, there were very few patrons (maybe six!) here. In fact, the staff out numbered us. I was struck by the streamers across the ceiling with placards advertising a Paulaner Oktoberfest. The bar features lots of dark, elaborately carved wood. It's like stepping back to an era no longer available.

The smells from the kitchen are attractive. First, I experienced Bratwurst, and then grilled marinated steak. Although I didn't try any food, the aroma "therapy" was superb.

The service was fine, but the server at the bar did not really understand the selections. Still, with 44 beers on tap, many of true nuggets, it's hard to go wrong. I did not note too many really hard-to-find beers, but the selection offered many high-quality beers. In most cities, this would be a top-notch beer bar, but not Boston.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Jodi215
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

We had lunch here while touring Boston. The atmosphere is German beer bar with lots of flags and beer decor. Quality was below my rating of average. Service was friendly and helpful. Beer selection was very good and that's about the best thing I can say about this place. I had a pastrami sandwich and it was horrible. The meat was dry and while the roll was tasty there wasn't anything on it. One tiny slice of pickle came with. Others in our party had the chicken BLT which was good and a sausage sampler plate which looked really dry and bland but they said it was good. Every table did get a bucket of corn bread which somehow seemed out of place for a German eatery. I can't eat corn bread and no one else ate it at our table so it all went to waste. Maybe a mixed bucket of bread like rye or sour dough would be a better choice. Value was reasonable.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

In town at the Courtyard Tremont for a few days for work after coming back from the great beer desert that is Canada. This joint is right around the corner from it.

Got in late the first night and walked over for a quick bite on a tip from the hotel desk girls.

Fresh Flower Power on tap. Thank you sweet Jesus and God bless the USA!

Live piano and singing, great fresh beer, friendly and prompt service, and reasonable food. Some mates joined me and we shut the place down.

We went back the next evening for a few beers and apps before heading out to dinner. Ended up staying the whole night and again shutting the place down!! Way too much fun and you gottta love waking up with a sore throat from singing too hard!!


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Jacob Wirth in Boston, MA
87 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.