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Reviews by Domingo:
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
Easily the most unique pub/brewery in Bamberg. Is it better or worse than the others? Depends on what you want, but you won't confuse it with any of the others.
When you walk in, the first thing you'll notice is that everything is set-up in a large well-lit room with the brewing equipment right in front of you. No hallway passage or beer window - everything is table service. Lots of the neo-industrial copper piping you see in US brewpubs. It reminds me a lot of home. The actual bar is small and is maintained by waitresses. I don't really think you can just wander up to the bar and order here.
They have 3 beers on tap, plus you can order Shlenkerla's rauchbier (and a few menu items) since they're just next door. Their 3 beers are a helles, dunkel, and weizen...pretty much the Bavarian beer trinity. Is that a taster flight I saw? Yup. They do tasters just like most US craft breweries. Can't say I've seen that anywhere else.
I tried the dunkel and weizen and much like the atmosphere, they're unique and likely US inspired. The hops in the dunkel were used very differently and the malts followed more of an amber profile. The weizen was more typical, but still showed a distinct boldness that's usually a lot more restrained.
The food here is quite good and also unique. You can get some of the standard Bavarian/Franconian treats, but the menu is a lot more like a gastropub with a bit of Italian and south European flair. Vegetables abound and the plates are smaller and well priced.
I have no idea what the general opinion of the place is around Bamberg, but I can tell you that they have a unique idea on their hands that will either succeed or crash and burn. The food is universally good here, and I get the impression Bamberg is a town that does appreciate good food, so that will likely help them in the long run. The beers will probably be divisive, but then again that's kind of what the US craft beer scene is all about. They just need to hope there are more loves than hates and we'll see where they end up in a few years!
07-06-2011 14:10:35 | More by Domingo
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3.86/5 rDev +4.6%
The most recently opened brewpub in Bamberg is very influenced by the American brewpub tradition: The shining copper kettles in the centre of the pub, the option to taste their three beers in small glasses, the background music and the robust interior in bright wood.
Although the beers are all in the Bavarian tradition: München Helles,, München Dunkel and Hefeweizen. They also sell the Schenkerla Rauchbier. All beers are served from keg.
The staff was friendly and helpful, knowing quite a bit about the beers.
It seems like they are owned by Mahr’s
09-17-2011 18:39:45 | More by bark
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
This establishment is not your usual German beer hall. It is like an American brewpub meets a German bierstube. I am not sure if it is due to the American Soldier/tourist influence or maybe the huge population of British students/tourist in the area. Whatever it is I think it is a cool combination. I have been there several and it can be super busy when every other beer joint in the Dom Platz is empty and vice versa. The service is always friendly. The atmosphere is great I am a big fan of the kettles being in the middle of the restaurant and schnapps brewing on the bar. Both the food and the beer are pretty decent.
06-20-2011 14:16:26 | More by MTNboy
4.18/5 rDev +13.3%
Smaller place down the stairs form Domplatz nestled 1 door down from Schenkerla. We decided to stop here first.
Inside it has a bar, some brew kettles, and some benches in the back. It wasn't too full and the wait staff is super attentive. They obviously knew we spoke English and offered us English menus and talked English, but we declined because we spoke German. It is kind of annoying for me, but it should be viewed as a plus overall.
I ordered the Bierprobe which was cheap and included the 3 beers they had on tap. The beers were good, but not fantastic, but still good enough to warrant a visit. But what really caught my attention was the Schweinhax'n. It was the best one I have had so far, swimming in Biersoße and some kind of herb sauce with a very good Knodel. It was 9,60 too which has been the cheapest I found, and it was a giant one.
Overall the beer isn't the best in Bamberg, but this location is easily a high point for food.
05-02-2011 08:46:47 | More by crossovert
3.14/5 rDev -14.9%
I walked in here on a sunny but chilly Saturday afternoon after visiting the open air market in the Alstadt. The place was empty. The inside is beautiful, looks recently remodeled with lots of arches and wood. We took a seat near the tanks and were promptly helped by friendly servers. I had a half litre of the helles and the dunkel. Also on tap was the Weizen, which I didn't try. I didn't care for the helles; it was light, dry and husky like a helles should be; but I agree with some reviewers below that something seemed 'off' about it. I can't put my finger on it but it was just weird. The dunkel was just OK. It had a nice malty sweet aroma but I did not want another one. Being literally right next to Schlenkerla, this place has insurmountable competition but doesn't even come close to the quality of the other places I visited in Bamberg.
04-07-2009 17:38:35 | More by rocktopus
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
We wound up here a couple of evenings as a "last stop" after a long day of sightseeing and keller-hopping. Schlenkerla is right next door, but was packed tight and the crowd was starting to get a little sloppy, So the tables out front of Ambrausianum were great for people watching. Why wasn't this place packed like next door? Probably because the bier was just "ok". We had the Weizen and the Dunkel. The place has a bit more of a modern feel, and there's something kind of "off" with the vibe inside. We saw lots of people walk in, look around and then leave... not sure why, but probably because there are so many amazing places to have a bier in Bamberg that this place pales in comparison. We had the streudel here one night and it was very good: fresh and flakey. Two nights later, we ordered it again and it was limp and stale - obviously microwaved from the fresher batch we had previously. Honestly, this place is better than the Brewpub near me... but in Bamberg it's at the bottom of the pack.
10-07-2008 20:17:14 | More by LauraAndrew
United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
We arrived in this bar around 12 mid-day on a Wednesday and found it almost empty, yet all the bars around were so full we could not get in any of them (Heller Trum etc)
The interior is very pleasant with brew kettles on display and attractive seating around and on a balcony with lots of plants, making it very attractive.
Service was prompt (although there were only two other customers!) and friendly, and we had the Ambausianum Keller bier, which was a pale unfiltered Hell type beer. Have to say it was the most disappointing beer we had on our trip to Germany this time, although light and refreshing, it had a hint of sourness which neither of us enjoyed. We only just finished the beer, and maybe we just made the wrong choice from the several available.
One this one showing, we were disappointed, but maybe that also explains why it was so quiet when everywhere else was jam packed!
B'ham UK Sept 2008
UPDATE JUNE 2011
We visited here again three times during a weeks stay in Bamberg. We found the beers better than on our first visit in 2008, with the unfiltered Lager beer being tasty and enjoyable if not outstanding. I would say the same of the Weiss Beer too, we enjoyed it, but there are better beers. Service was good, and we did eat here one evening and the food was good and decent value - typical prices for Bamberg. It was never as busy as the adjacent bars, but worth calling in, and the interior is attractive.
09-15-2008 19:43:09 | More by JohnW
2.28/5 rDev -38.2%
Visited this place by default one afternoon because Heller-Trum a few doors up was closed.(I think it was a Monday).
Very new upmarket looking place, while at the same time trying to evoke an "old school" feel. The place felt wrong.
Very average beers served by pretty, but cold waitress's. I think I even walked away and left an almost full glass, the quality was so poor.
It is a shame because it is in a great location, but in this nieghbourhood, it just couldn't "keep up with the Jones"
11-11-2007 09:03:41 | More by hogshead
Das Ambräusianum in Bamberg, Germany
86 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.