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Herkimer Pub & Brewery

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42 Ratings
Ratings: 42
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.33%
Active Beers: 43
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[ Brewery, Eatery ]

2922 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55408
United States
phone: (612) 821-0101

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Reviews by benito:
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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

The Herkimer is one of a handful of restaurants in Lyn Lake and remains one of the few brewpubs in Minneapolis proper. Its focus on German-style beers sets it apart from the dime-in-a-dozen mold of American brewpubs, as any visitor is likely to encounter a style (gose, berliner weisse, dunkel, kellerbier) hardly ever seen at other breweries.

The atmosphere is neutral--lots of grays, blacks, and vintage-style posters advertising some of the house beers. There are large, cavernous booths along the perimeter of the bar, and the bar itself occupies the middle of the restaurant. There's a bit of sidewalk seating available as well.

They keep six beers on tap, and when I visited, only one of them was one of the 'year-round' offerings. Instead they had a dortmunder, kellerbier/zwickel, dunkel weiss, gose, alt, and munich dunkel. The gose was an interesting experiment-- somewhere between a wit and a berliner weisse according to the restaurant's description, though the salt flavors were a little overdone. I also sampled the kellerbier and the dunkel weiss; both were above average, if otherwise unmemorable.

Given the paucity of brewpub selections in Minneapolis (and only Minneapolis), the Herkimer is a must-visit stop by default. Overall, the German brews make for an interesting angle on the brewpub; I'd certainly go back for another visit.

benito, Aug 19, 2008
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Dave11899, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Inside, this is a fairly dark pub (even in the daytime) with a large island bar in the center of the main room. Tasteful logo signs decorate the walls here and there without making the place feel cluttered. A large chalk board at the rear of the building presents the current tap line up including info about ABV and IBUs. Tile mosaic lined support pillars sprout from the floor in a few places. When I was here, there were a few people drinking at the end of the bar, but otherwise I had the place mostly to myself.

My server was very knowledgeable about the beers and the styles they represented--something one does not always find in a brewpub or craft beer bar. Luckily they have started doing a beer sampler since the old days, getting 5-6 oz of four beers of your choice.

My favorite beer was their Maibock. It had a sweet and slightly sulfury lager nose. The beer was a deep copper color with a fine white persistent head. Flavor was sweet initially with a hint of alcohol tingle on the tongue. The taste faded to an aggressive bitterness and dry finish, striking me as more like an Alt beer, but very nice overall.

The Alt had a light hop aroma and graininess. This one had a creamy mouthfeel and sweet tart flavor at first. After a couple of sips I got more caramel and grain with a mildly bitter finish and some citrus and earthy hop flavor lingering after. Not a bad beer, but I would have liked a bit more assertive hop bitterness like the Maibock had.

The Rye Pale ale was unusual. In the aroma I got sweet honey, passion fruit and not much of what I'd typically expect as classic hop aroma. The flavor was very strange with a Skittles flavor at first, that smoothed out after a couple sips to more of a real fruit blackberry or currant flavor. This was brewed with Junga hops, which I had never heard of prior to this. Looking them up, it appears that they are known for a blackcurrant flavor, so perhaps this is not an off-flavor in the beer, but simply a weird hop character. After learning this, I like the beer more! There is certainly something about expectations that color one's understanding and enjoyment of a beer.

The last of my beers was a Baltic Porter, a stronger alcohol dark beer with a deep mahogany color and ruby highlights. Flavor was malt forward with a hint of toffee and raisins. A bit of alcohol warming and a spritzy to almost creamy mouthfeel. Ends very dry and drinkable. This one could be a bit more complex, but a very nice example of the style.

Overall I was heartily impressed by the improvement in the beer quality and range in styles since my last visit. I was also lucky enough to speak briefly to Rachel Grey, the assistant brewer, who was in that day. Rachel is one of only about four female brewers in the state, and I noticed her at first because of her characteristic pink welly boots! She has been brewing at the Herkimer for the past year and has learned a lot in the process. I was impressed by her obvious passion for the job and interest in feed back. I appreciate her time in talking to me, and can honestly say that the beer quality at the Herkimer has greatly improved.

I had a wonderful chicken and waffle for lunch that really hit the spot!

Thanks to wonderful service, excellent food and a good mix of beers I had a very pleasant experience here for lunch. This really exceeded my expectations and I will likely return here

Jackofallbrews, May 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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TubbyDullard, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of bluto25
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Had the opportunity to visit Herkimer's last week after purchasing a $20 coupon for $10 through Google Offers. Herkimer's is, as they say on their website, a German-inspired brewpub located at Lyndale and Lake Street in the uptown area in Minneapolis. It makes a long list of German-type lagers including Kolsch, Dortmunder, Maibock, Dunkel Weiss, Alt Bier, Oktoberfest, Bock and Doppelbock. For food 17 serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a happy hour menu. Its menus contain standard fare items along with a fair share of unique recipes including Peurco pulled pork, Fish and Chips, Sausage and Mash
Herkimer's decor is a modern 50's style with numerous posters on the walls. It is a casual seat yourself brewpub. The atmosphere was warm, casual and relaxed.
In our group we enjoyed the variety of beers and selected for drinking the Kolsch, Dunkel and Alt Bier. We had soft pretzels as an appetitizer. For our dinner he chose the Peurco pulled pork and the fish and chips.
Our overall experience with Herkimer's was very good. The variety of beers and food make for very enjoyable experience. We recommend you try this out.

bluto25, Jun 06, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

A- A fairly nice bar. A couple tvs. Extra benefit because they have shuffleboard. Fairly small.
Q- Everything is fresh. Clean. All around enjoyable.
Ser- Service wasn't the friendliest but they were quick.
Sel- They only have about 7 beers on tap, but they're all decent to good and very fresh.
F- The food is subpar. Sandwiches are decent. French fries are disappointing. Bars like this that are about sports and shuffleboard should have good french fries.
It's worth going for a beer if you're in the area, but not necessarily that good from a food point of view.

jsprain1, Nov 20, 2011
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3.03/5  rDev -14.9%

I was in the Twin Cities area for October and visited on a Monday evening, during Monday Night Football. There were certainly people there, but hardly busy. Decor was basic - it seemed to be going for a bit of a simple classic vibe to me, but I wasn't there for the vibe, but rather to enjoy a few beers, so I took a seat at the bar.

When I got someone's attention, they showed me a beer list. The good news is that the beers are different from the standard american microbrews. They were generally German styles and mostly Lagers, although Alt is an ale. The printed descriptions were a bit helpful. Unfortunately the help didn't seem that interested in beer.

The beers themselves were decent. Not spectacular, but good. They also were not styles I have that much. Because they are a change of pace, I rate them a bit above average for selection.

I'm glad I went, but never felt like going back.

KC8LTL, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jera1350
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

This place will not be remembered for its atmosphere by me. The inside is basically a large bar with very little decor. It's really a no frills place. The outside patio is fine, but their really isn't much to look at in terms of plants or surroundings. They do have two beanbag courts which give people something to do. They had five available beers. All german styles, but the darkest beer available was an alt. Would have been nice to have one bigger beer option. Service was average. A bit slow really, but not terrible. The beers I did try seemed to be on par for the styles. Some of the styles are pretty unique and were first for me. Tried some sweet potato fries which were phenomenal. Not a bad place, but it just wasn't a fit for me and I can't see myself going back.

jera1350, Sep 12, 2010
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2.99/5  rDev -16%

Abit disappointing, as I really was not sure what I was expecting. But then it was my first excursion into the Uptown area. Okay selection of beers with 6 on tap, all German style lagers. Food looked good, especially the burgers. Service was mediocre, as the servers seemed to be focused on each other and not with service. Redeeming factor was the 2 for 1, which compensated for the lack of service. I'd go back but wouldn't make this a regular hangout. Schwartz beer was my favorite. Crowd was a mix of regular folk and the eclectic. Be interesting to see what the clientle is comprised of later in the evening.

Seahorse, Dec 17, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Went for a late lunch during happy hour.

Atmosphere was a nice mix of hipsters, business men and women, college kids and old timers. There was something for everyone here.

Quality was also pretty good. The beer was very high quality, and I enjoyed it much. The environment itself is a reason to visit this place.

Service is the only low point I can think of. Our server seemed to hate life, and didn't smile once. It also took him a good ten minutes to get me the beer I ordered. I left him a good tip in an attempt to cheer him up, however.

The selection of beer isn't the largest, but the quality is nice. I personally have tried the Gose, Oktoberfest and Sky Pilot (at the time of this review) and enjoyed them all, especially the Gose.

Food was good, we ordered three appetizers (less than $4 each!). We got Nachos with Guac, Roasted Red Bell Pepper Hummas with Flatbread, and Pub Pretzels. My only knock is that the Pub Preztels claimed to come with Jalepeno Honey Mustard, however is was quite clearly Horseradish Mustard. I don't know if they actually know the difference, or if they were out of the real stuff.

The price was very reasonable, but then again everything was discounted as it was happy hour.

I will definitely be returning again, and again and again.

Mistofminn, Oct 06, 2009
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3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

I have been to the Herkimer several times in the past, most recently this last weekend. It is located in trendy Uptown, so expect to be surrounded by a diverse crowd. Everyone from hipsters to older neighborhood residents and families can be found there during the afternoon.

Herkimer is a lager-intensive German brewpub, so it helps knowing beforehand that you are not going to get a DIPA hop-bomb when visiting the place. They do not offer guest beers either. The beers are good, but not great. My favorite is the Alt, but also have enjoyed the Marzen and the Kolsch as well. Bonus points for the 2-for-1 happy hour 7 days a week from 3-6PM; very nice on the budget. Decent service; not entirely that knowledgable about the beers, but pleasant and timely.

The food is mostly standard bar fare. Incredible homemade soft pretzels are worth a trip to this place by themselves.

Overall, a decent place to grab some beers. Not a lot bad to say about the place, but nothing that blows you away, either.

kbaker91, Apr 08, 2009
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2.35/5  rDev -34%

this place is good but i cant recommend it to any one who expects service. this along with other hippie/ yuppie bars in uptown have some of the worst servers on the planet. they stick in a corner or on the side of the bar talking amongst staff and other close friends/patrons?. i think you can get better service if you ask more aggressively but i don't like to have to hound a bar tender to do their job. the beer was good once, i had the alt beer and the bock, thought they were excellent. but the most recent trip to Herkimer was more disappointing yet. after troubling the bartender for an alt beer i take my first taste and discover that the lines were filthy or something because it just tasted like sugary syrup and was disgusting. since i don't live by it any more i don't think i will ever go back. p.s. if you do live by it and you can choke down grungy beer from the uptown staff they do have a good happy hour, not sure about food though since it was never offered to me and i didn't want to bother the kitchen staff at the end of the bar.

BLACKOUT0213, Mar 15, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev +13.8%

We walked into the Herk for lunch and the place wasn't to busy. It's a nice setup with a bar in the middle of the room that seats patrons all around. To the left of the bar (from the door), are big glass windows displaying the brew equipment. Our Bartender, I don't remember her name, was very polite, attentive, and took good care of us. I ordered the Mac and cheese with ham which was very good and also had their Alt and the Kellerbier, both of which were pretty good. It looks as if they have 5 beers on at a time. I would have liked to see something a little different on tap, but this was pretty good, anyway. Lastly, the music at the Herk is pretty enjoyable.

Greggy, Jan 11, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

Walking in, this place looks like (surprise!) a brewpub: large glass walls partition off and highlight the fermenters, large rectangular bar in the middle, and seating along the sides. Furnishings were largely modern, with retro-style decorations featuring their beer offerings.

Speaking of beer offerings, what I like about this place is the list of brews consists of all German lagers. Pretty different than your standard ale-centric brewpub. So, I was pleased to take down a couple tasty brews (and share/sample my friends' choices) with dinner. Beers were of an above-average quality. There were 5 brews on tap at the time, with a total beer list as shown on this site.

Everyone's food was good. The menu was pretty typical nice bar food of burgers, salads, sandwiches, and a couple entree selections. I knocked down the food score because I thought there should be more German food on the menu!

The service was helpful, and our waiter had a surface-level knowledge of the beers (that is, color and a few descriptors). At times, service was a bit slow, but we didn't mind.

I look forward to continuing to visit this brewpub more frequently and doing a few ratings of their tasty brews.

CHSLBrew, Jan 09, 2009
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Stopped in to the Herkimer for an early supper. We found the pub to be cozy with the bar in the center, booths on one side, tables and a view of the brewing equipment on the other.

For beer I had the Alt and found it to be very tasty; the SO had the Gose which she enjoyed quite a bit.

Service was friendly and quick. The waitress really knew her stuff, quick with commercial equivalents when the SO asked about different beers.

Six beers were available, this was the one area we may have wished for more. We also were a bit disappointed at the lack of a sampler.

Food was also good. We had the Puerco and Crab Cake sandwiches, each with sweet potato fries.

Prices were reasonable for the Twin Cities metro area. After such a positive visit, we will be stopping at the Herkimer again and understand why we found a line extending out the door driving by a couple of times before.

slyke, Sep 07, 2008
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3.23/5  rDev -9.3%

I have been to the Herkimer a few times in the past year (4 or 5). I go there basically anytime I have company come to town as my first encounter was with my wife and kids and it is not a "kid friendly" establishment as there are no high chairs or booster seats. Let me just go ahead and say that is fine, but I wasn't expecting it. The service was terrific on my visits early in the day and if you sit at the bar but I felt a little forgotten at a table late night. I haven't been enough to know if that is normal. It is a younger crowd even though I am not that old. The shuffleboard games that go on are quite possibly the highlight. The food quality is alright, but that wouldn't be why you went there. The beers made me think that it was great place for people to cross over from drinking macro beers to microbrews as they are more mainstream and less risky than some microbreweries and brewpubs. It is a great place to hang out at night and just "have a few." I have read some others postings about parking and construction, but unless something changed since then I can usually turn up some legal parking despite the construction, but I am also willing to walk further than some. I have tried everything that has been offered on my stops to the Herkimer. I enjoyed the Berliner Weisse (White) and perhaps the novelty of it coming in three separate glasses helped propel it to the top. On other stops I hit the seasonal offering as I have notes on an Oktoberfest here and a kellerbier that wasn't present in my first couple visits. I don't go enough or often enough to know what the "regular" beers are, but I did pick up a stack of coasters that I am pretty sure gives me a hint. Go hang out with a buddy, you will like it.

Ragingbull, Jul 11, 2008
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Herkimer Pub & Brewery in Minneapolis, MN
83 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.