Taps: 32 / Bottles: 27
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 32 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by henkster:
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place is a regular stop for my wife and I, so the review is based on many visits. They have about 30 beers on tap (I believe 29 to be exact) with a nice variety, although several are devoted to the Bud/Bud Lights of the world. They always have the the Harpoon 100 Barrel (the Bohemian Pilsner at our last visit), plus the Boston staples Harpoon IPA and Samuel Adams. Staying true to their heritage, they have a nice selection of German beers on draft, including: Spaten Optimator, Franziskaner Hefe Weiss and Hefe Weiss Dunkel, Ayinger Brau-Weisse, Paulaner Hefe Weiss, Hofbrau and Warsteiner. At last visit, they also carried the Oskar Blues' Old Chub and Hoegaarden. In the last year, they have expanded their bottle selection to include some Belgians: Chimay Blue, Duvel, Westmalle Tripel, and one or two of the Lindemans lambics. This is also one of the few Boston bars I've seen where you can order pitchers, at seemingly reasonable prices, of all the drafts.
Overall, it's a very casual, fun place to have a quality beer. The atmosphere is great - a turn of the century German-American beer hall, reminiscent of Schroeders in San Fran or the Berghoff in Chicago (which, sadly, has closed). Lots of old wood, including the bar, but watch that your drink doesn't slide off as it's tipping quite badly at this point.
The food also leans towards German fare, with jaeger schnitzel, sauerbraten, potato pancakes, and wurst plates. But, if you get nothing else, then order several sides of their outstanding potato salad to go with your beers!
08-20-2006 19:30:08 | More by henkster
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
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!!
08-24-2013 17:20:42 | More by blkdth1313
2.8/5 rDev -26.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I was surprised it took me so long to make a visit here. Due to the horrendous service it will be longer until I am back. Sometimes a location's beer selection can overcome some spotty service (see Sunset Grill) but this place can't. Decent beer list with the standard German/Belgium and American craft selection. Nothing overly special.
A German Beer Hall feel that is worn and slightly charming... A menu that was a mix of standard pub fare and German basics.
The Service... OMG the waiter should be fired. Now, important to note.. sometimes you read reviews that reference poor/slow service on the busiest of nights. NOT the case here. The place was 60% full when we had dinner. Knowledge, attitude and attentiveness were all missing. And there was no charm to overcome these deficiencies. My wife commented that he (waiter) must have just finished his Masters and felt this job was beneath him. I say that is a great description. Plenty of other places in Boston to hit before ever considering this location.
07-20-2013 21:08:56 | More by Reagan1984
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$$
I went with my wife on a beautiful Saturday afternoon for a late lunch. We had a Groupon for a complete meal, and I was psyched to finally get to take advantage of A Groupon offered by a restaurant that had a reputation for serving good beer.
The beer selection was pretty good with 40 in all. There was apparently a Clown Shoes thing going on so there were 5 of their beers on, plus many of the usual European suspects (Radeberger, Schneider Aventinus, Hofbrau). Several US and local craft selections from the likes of 21st Amendment, Uinta, Boston Beer Company, Mystic, Jack’s Abby, etc. were also on hand. A few Belgian taps, too. Among them were Chimay and Duval, IIRC. Several more made sure that there was something for everyone beer-wise.
But while I have no quibbles with the selection, the pours were all over the place. When I ordered a 9% DIPA it came in a 14 oz. “cheater pint” while my wife’s sub-5% APA came in a standard 16 oz. shaker. The menu did not specify pour sizes, only prices (which were on the high side, as this is Boston after all). When I asked how the sizes of the glasses/pours were determined, I was told that it was based on the ABV and the cost. OK, that makes sense I thought…
I then ordered the same beer my wife previously ordered, but this time it came in the smaller 14 oz. glass. I asked again what the deal was, and the bartender/wait staff honestly didn’t seem to know that there was a difference in the glass size. I reminded them that while 2 ounces was not a big deal to me, the lack of a consistent pour size would not reflect well on their reputation amongst beer geeks in Boston. It is especially irritating considering that “pints” were going from $6 to $7.50 or more. I noticed that Aventinus was listed as $11.50, but I’m unsure of the size of THAT pour. So, beer buyer beware.
The food was flat out great. Appetizers: the sauerkraut and sausage balls and the potato pancake app were both excellent. The pretzel crusted salmon was tasty and served with tasty mashed potatoes and fresh steamed veggies. The mac and cheese was unbelievably rich and tasty-the best pub mac my wife and I have ever tasted! The German chocolate whoopee pie dessert was good, too. Entrees were $11-23, with burgers and such in the $12 range. If not for the Groupon our dinner with 4 beers, 2 apps and 1 dessert would have easily been $75 including tip.
Service was attentive and very friendly. The ambiance was tough to gage since it was not busy, but there are a bunch of TVs tuned to sports. That said, it seemed to have a manageable noise level and a pretty good vibe. The bar only had a few stools but several high top tables and there is a fairly large dining area.
I’ll return to Jacob Wirth, but I will do so with a close eye on the pour size.
06-16-2013 02:08:46 | More by andylipp
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$
Came in on a Tuesday. Nice selection of imports and crafts on the draft list Had a duvel to start. Next three beers I requested off draft list were unavailable so a bit of a disappointment. Menu offered good selection of German and American entrees and small plates.
03-27-2013 00:35:06 | More by hipcat
Jacob Wirth in Boston, MA
87 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.