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3.38/5 rDev -19.9%
My friend insisted that we had to eat a late lunch at the Klosterbräu. When we got there at late afternoon, we were too early: The beer garden and the kitchen weren’t open yet.
After some discussion, we were offered the traditional Schweinhaxe with knödel and kraut. I had the pork knee while my friend, a vegetarian, was given two pieces of knödel with gravy and sauerkraut for 6 €, while my gigantic piece of meat plus all the other was just 2 € more. A bit tight, I might say. The food was a bit dull, I think.
Otherwise, this very traditionally decorated pub is less than 30 years old, but it sure looks like it was started in the 18th century.
The restroom was clean and tidy, as were the whole establishment.
Beer selection: They offer only their own beers. At the time, only the swartzbier and the hefeweissen were served (on-tap).
The black lager is one of its kind in Bamberg, otherwise I wasn’t very impressed with this place.
09-17-2011 17:32:42 | More by bark
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
Me and my wife stumbled upon this place by walking around Bamberg in very late afternoon. We had not planned on visiting any breweries this evening, but it looked too inviting, so we decided to pay it a short visit.
The place was half full and we were greeted by friendly and hospitable waiters. We did not eat, but both coffee and several different beers were good, the overall atmosphere in the restaurant was nice. We really enjoyed our evening, so we stayed there much longer than initially planned.
08-18-2011 16:53:49 | More by atis
4.36/5 rDev +3.3%
Probably my favorite brewery stop in Bamberg. It's a little tricky to find since they have a false front door and it's tucked down a 1-way street, but it's worth hunting down. There are 4 tables out front (of the new entrance) and the typical hallway/dining hall/window set-up that almost everyone has. There's also a mini 4-table biergarten at the end of the hallway that is partially covered in the event of rain. While I didn't really explore everything that much, there appeared to be a very large second seating room across the hall from the first. It appeared to be almost like a banquet hall.
I didn't order any food, but the menu was in English and the typical items you'd expect were on there.
Service was quick and the waitress was attentive. We even got to order before they "officially" opened on a random weekday morning.
Probably the nicest thing about Klosterbrau is the variety, and it's all on tap. They have a pils, schwarzbier (a real one), brown beer (an old recipe) and weiss all of the time. All of the beers we tried were terrific and worthy of a trip back. In a town like Bamberg, where there are a TON of options, that says a lot.
Also, when the brewing operations are going, the smells are piped into the hallway, which is a massive bonus.
Prices for the beers were higher than elsewhere (2.70 vs. the 2.30 to 2.50 elsewhere) but were still more than worth it.
I can't speak for the food, but the beer and look of the place are top notch.
Edit 8/13: The beers weren't as good on my most recent visit, and they even tasted stylistically different. Supposedly their business model and even their brewing operations are in flux. Hopefully this is temporary as it was previously one of my favorite stops.
07-05-2011 03:32:48 | More by Domingo
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
Ok this is also a must do. Food is all world and atomophere is good. right on the river, no view from the pub, but the garden does which was closed when I was there. Service was a little slow, but there was a large business group for lunch when I was there that slowed the waiter down. I had the swartzbier which was amazing and the pork knuckle which I still continue to day dream about. This is not the top destination in Bamberg for beer stops but definitly in the top 5. This is another must do but don;t miss out on the big ones before this. Gosh i miss german food.
06-23-2011 21:19:09 | More by CampusCrew
United Kingdom (England)
3.86/5 rDev -8.5%
This attractive bar is tricky at first to find: from Schranne walk towards Obere Pfarre Church, but turn left into Judenstrasse, at the narrow fork with Unterer Stephansburg (where you walk up to Spezial and Wilde Rose Beer Gardens) keep left, and then second left again, just after one building has Klosterbrau sign on the wall.
There are a few typical benches outside at front, then inside on the right is the GasteStube, in two sections each with about 5 tables. On the left a smaller stube, and further on toilets and a small beer garden in a courtyard. Rooms are typical dark wood panels and beams, and decorated with animal skulls and antlers!
We used the front outside and inside Gastestube on each of our daily evening visits. At the time (June 2011) there were 4 beers available, A Hell, Dunkel, Weiss and Maibock Herbst Beer at 7%. The Maibock was very good, with a flowery herb like hop finish, slightly sweet at first, rich texture and copper colour. The Hell was much lighter and crisper in taste and texture. The Weiss was also good, and typical of the Bamberg beers. Service was always very good and made to feel very welcome on return visits. There is also a cellar bar, which seems to be used by parties of organised groups - and could be very busy. One night there were uniformed 'bouncers' at the entrance, though not too sure why.
The Gastestude had frequent visitors just taking away the bottled beers from the bar counter, so obviously popular with locals.
Typical Bamberg style bar, good beers (food looked good from what we saw) and all good value the Beers were €2.30 half a litre and the 7% Maibock was €3.10. The fact we went there for at least one beer every evening of our 5 day stay tells you we enjoyed it. Highly recommended.
B'ham UK June 2011
06-07-2011 11:21:21 | More by JohnW
4.04/5 rDev -4.3%
This place was my first stop in Bamberg with a few friends. We sat in the Biergarten in back and were right on the river with an amazing view on a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon.
3 beers are offered here, a Pils, Dunkel (Braunbier), and Schwartzbier. All of them are pretty high quality and rather inexpensive.
The waiter was attentive but kind of strange, he gave everyone the wrong beers accidentally, and jsut was kind of off-kilter
But another waitress was very helpful and hooked us up with a nice booklet showing some of the Bamberg breweries.
And to sum up this place this is a must-see attraction in Bamberg.
05-02-2011 08:37:29 | More by crossovert
Brauerei-Gaststätte Klosterbräu in Bamberg, Germany
93 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.