Brauerei zur Malzmühle
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3.33/5 rDev -17.2%
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!
07-26-2007 00:05:41 | More by scoobybrew
3.65/5 rDev -9.2%
This place is located a bit south of the Heumarkt tram stop. When I was there, they were working on the roads making it difficult to get across to; the best way being to go down into the underpass and directly back up the other side. Climb a couple of steps and push on the revolving door brings you in to this fine drinking house. We went there just for beer and it was easy enough to get a table as the rush for food was over. We stayed in the front room and drank some kolsch. The only other brew on tap is a 2.5 % malty beverage that is not great. Service was efficient and our glasses were replaced when required. Another must visit when in Cologne.
12-04-2010 15:18:03 | More by JohnfromDublin
3.73/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
04-09-2005 09:11:27 | More by tjd25
United Kingdom (England)
3.88/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
John W (Bham UK)
08-29-2005 19:30:43 | More by JohnW
3.9/5 rDev -3%
Far enough from the tourist frenzied center to actually encounter a local or two. On our last visit we were fortunate enough to enjoy the first half dozen rounds courtesy of a very nice couple that are based in the area. Very quiet on Sunday evening.
The beer is one of the best of the Kolsch style, but if you want variety of styles, you wouldn't be in Cologne, now would you? Served fresh from a cask on the bar, no CO2 pressure required. Prices are reasonable for city center, and it is very convenient to access from the tram.
11-05-2013 02:19:30 | More by laquebrada
3.9/5 rDev -3%
Six months ago I tried to find this brewpub but ended up assuming it was only a brewery, no restaurant or drinking area. My friends and I are idiots, as just this week I returned and it is very easy to find your way through the front door.
This is a little off the beaten path as far as Kolsch brewpubs go, but not too far. About a 15 minute walk south from the Koln Dom.
The interior is nice, all wooden chairs and tables, lots of wood fixtures, beautiful multi-pane windows that look old (but I'm sure aren't). It all looks sorta authentically old except for the floor, which has new-looking tile (at least it's stone color). There was a huge spiraling staircase to the second level which was closed when I was there.
The food is a little pricy compared to other Kolsch pubs, but it tasted good. English menus are available which makes ordering as easy as pointing. The beer itself is easy pounding and priced on par with others in town (1.55 euros per 0.2L glass).
Two beers are served here, their Kolsch (which is OK) and Malzbeer (a wierd and sugary concoction that I do NOT recommend).
The service was excellent, the friendliest waiter I've yet encountered in Cologne, not that any of them have been rude, just a little distant. Anyways that wasn't the case here, it was a warm reception and a new glass appeared every time the last drop emptied from the previous one.
11-01-2010 22:18:59 | More by TurdFurgison
3.93/5 rDev -2.2%
Great Kölsch, very good atmosphere, we had an awesome schwieneshaxe and although we weren’t locals we were never made to feel like that. This place is just off the main square so not as touristy as other Kölsch bars. This bar would be my first stop everytime I returned to Cologne.
11-12-2013 10:54:42 | More by clintbrimson
4/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-07-2010 17:32:50 | More by alfrantzell
4.06/5 rDev +1%
Drinking kolsch, it's better than remodeling your flat. I had the opportunity to see a few breweries on my own while EIke and Daniella fixed up their newly bought flat. Fist stop, Malzmuhle. It's interior is on the darker side and you can sense the history whcih has been left on the walls. I didn't see a bar to sit at, so grab a seat at a table and get served in a quick manner.
Kolsch, as you can imagine, is the staple house beer, and is first served to you by default. It was my favorite kolsch of the trip, and I helped myself to a few pours of the beer. If you're looking for something a little different, there is also a malzbier (a low alcohol, sweet dark beer) and a bottled weizenbier which was served with its own weizen glass. The kolsch is also available in bottles to go.
It's not a classic spot in the city like Gaffel Haus or Fruh am Dom. However, Malzmuhle has my favorite kolsch, and that would certainly have me return.
05-26-2013 17:10:29 | More by DoubleJ
Brauerei zur Malzmühle in Köln, Germany
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