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Brauerei zur Malzmühle

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Brauerei zur MalzmühleBrauerei zur Malzmühle
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Place Score: 90
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: n/a
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

Heumarkt 6
Köln, 50667
phone: +49 221 210117

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Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 13
Photo of alfrantzell
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We pushed through the revolving door, then through the heavy red curtains. This is what entering Narnia must be like.

Gargantuan bratwurst with red cabbage, apples, and roasted potatoes lubricated by mustard is what we ate. We drank their Kölsch and tried their Koch'sches Malzbier, a 1% ABV item that tasted like force carbonated unfermented wort. Upon looking it up, it turned out to be just that. Not the tastiest of beverages, but it was nice to see an alcoholic option that was not Kölsch.

A fine establishment, and just a stone's throw from the Rhine.

Photo of dbalsock
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in for a quick lunch, that I wish could have been extended. The decor is mostly different shades of wood with the tables being unfinished and adding a nice contrast to the walls and chairs. Very simple setup, with long tables and short tables for groups. The quality of the beer was great, although I only had the Kölsch. They had some other options, but I don´t know what they were, and I wasn´t looking for anything other than Kölsch. The service was fantastic and friendly in both German and English, and we were provided with an English menu when requested. The food was quite good. I got a simple bratwurst with sweet cabbage and roasted potatos and my partner got a beef dish that was quite good, although saltier than we are used to.

Photo of foles
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

This is the best place I visited in Koln, in all departments, including the Kolsch (well balanced spice & fruit).

The building was lovingly restored after WWII, and is cosy and welcoming inside (especially in winter). There is a little booth near the back, where what I think is where the manager sits and observes proceedings, whilst doing paperwork and various other tasks. It also has the curtain within the front door which I saw in a few other places also.

The food in our opinion was brilliant. We had a Rhine specilaity - Braised beef with dumplings & stewed apples. It was incredible!

I will make a bee-line for this place if ever in Koln again - best beer & best food in town.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2

The wife and I stopped here on our recent trip to Europe. This was a very close second on the best Kolsch in the city center.

The atmosphere was less than desirable after having spent most of our time in open air cafes our well aired dining rooms in the summer. The only windows were in the front and the whole place was very smoky and there was no outside seating It made me feel somewhat claustrophobic.

However, the beer quality was excellent. A worthy stop for a few Kolsch after our visit to the chocolate museum down the road!

Photo of JohnW
3.88/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Outward external impression is a bit less than impressive, but pushing through the rotating doors leads to a surprise of traditional interior, dark wood, high ceilings with historic pictures. The usual bare wooden top tables, with benches and stools. Got the impression that more local folk use this bar than some of the others and with good reason. The Kolsch is very good, slightly malty taste, fresh, light bodied, very drinkable. Service from the waiter who was working our table was a bit slow (he seemed more interested in his cigarette!) but OK. Food was good value and traditional German, and what we had was very good. The menu not as extensive as some of the brewery bars, as the beer comes first here. Highly recommended.

August 2005
John W (Bham UK)

Photo of tjd25
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Dark windows and the rotating door make the entrance in the place kind of mysterious. Once inside, you discover a totally not fancy atmosphere, which is actually what makes the bar look cool. Very quiet and basic atmosphere, like an old-style neighborhood pub. Nice wooden tables, no real decoration except for all the wooden furnitures. Very few people when I went, in the mid afternoon. Service was fast and almost friendly, which is quite rare in Cologne from my experience. Waiters seemed to be having an argument in the back of the room, but that just added to the family like atmosphere of the place. Didn't get to try their food. A good stop.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The establishment is less than 100m from the Heumarkt Bahnhaltstelle for the 1,7,8,or 9 lines. From taxi or foot it is right across the tracks from the Altstadt or roughly a 150-200m walk from the Scholade Museem. Look for big red letters that say 'Malzmühle'.

Upon enterance one can tell that Malzmühle was very recently redone. But they have done very much to preserve the historical qualities of the establishment. The table particularly add a class touch--they are simply sanded beer-soaked tables that you can picture generations of men throwing back round after round over.

The beer has little equal. For further description please read the review. The food is also extremely good. The restaurant specializes (quite appropiately) on Rhineland and other German dishes. For the non German speaker their menu can be alot to handle. But, in my opinion, after eating there a few times, one can not go wrong with any choice.

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Brauerei zur Malzmühle in Köln, Germany
90 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.