The Bier Stein Bottleshop & Pub

The Bier Stein Bottleshop & PubThe Bier Stein Bottleshop & Pub
The Bier Stein Bottleshop & PubThe Bier Stein Bottleshop & Pub
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1591 Willamette St
Eugene, Oregon, 97401-4068
United States

(541) 485-2437 | map

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Photo of atigerlife
4.91/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Spent a glorious afternoon in this amazing pub!! Just amazingly relaxing and wonderful in every way!

Wonderful tap beer selection. Also have about 20 refrigerators with bottles. Yes, you can definitely find whatever you want to quench your thirst.

Food was also delicious. I had a large pretzel with a side of homemade pickles. Also had a wonderful charcuterie plate. Truly yummy! I also like that they make a lot of their food as well as source a lot of locally made products.

Overall, it was a glorious few hours in Eugene sitting at the bar in this pub. I highly, highly recommend it!

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Photo of warrenc
4.18/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Had lunch, a nice guada and turkdey sandwich . Nice variety of draft selections, quite a few bottles to choose from, though they did not have the German beer I sought. For eugene , it will be your best bet for a good variety

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Photo of hopguy28
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great place. Eugene is the best. The only thing that sux is beer snobs.. I love craft beer but Im poor. The people who make great money go to these places all the time!

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Photo of Jbagel1
4.95/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The Bier Stein is a cool place to grab some great beers (also hard to find beers) and food. I really like the tap display. Shows how much is left on tap in real time. They always seem to have good events too. I really liked the Block 15 sticky hands release party or the PTY rr day. Sometimes i don't get food there tho. Theres noting wrong with the food but its sometime too much cash for a few beers and food.

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Photo of wrazan
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is the best. When I moved to Eugene they were still in the little shop on 11th. Since then, they upgraded and expanded into their current location on Willamette. You go for the beer, but then you stay for the beer and food. Service is great, especially when the ewench system is working well. Pro tip: go grab your first beer and a menu, and open a tab. Then find a seat, peruse the menu, plan your next beer and place your order on your phone.

If you stand in front of the 1200 or so bottles they have for a minute or longer somebody is bound to ask you if you need any help. Super knowledgeable staff.

Throw in the pool table and big screen projector and you have yourself the perfect beer bar.

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Photo of JISurfer
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Man, this place was awesome. Folks in Eugene are so lucky to have this place. They have just about every Oregon beer you could want, then some. I was the first person in there, got helped by 3 different people. Had 2 more say hey as they walked by. Everyone was extremely helpful and nice. I got 6 high quality Oregon beers for $16, not bad at all. They check their ages on the IPAs too, so you don't have to. Go there if you're w/n an hour or so drive. Totally worth it.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.11/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

We stopped in for a weekend dinner. Order food and beer upfront and go find a seat. It's a fairly big area with a square bar in the middle of a dining area and a pool table on the side. They had 20-some taps, including a cider and two nitros; and there's a bunch (100s?) of bottles in upright coolers to have there or take-away. The pretzel, beer cheese, fries and mac & cheese were delicious. If you want more beer for food after your initial order just text it to the bar without having to get up into line again. Well worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of rangahy
4.38/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

A few friends brought me to this place while I was visiting them in Eugene. Apparently it's the new location. It clean, spacious and super inviting. They have a great beer selection, both on tap and in bottles. The drafts are listed on a big screen behind the counter, while all the bottles are easily viewable in their stand up coolers. I sampled a few beers before going with a porter, which was good, although I am ashamed to admit I don't remember the name. (this was a few weeks ago). We all ordered food as well, which was better than standard bar fare. I got a grilled cheese sandwich with tomatoes and peppers. My friend got a half order of nachos. Half order was huge. Her boyfriend got a club sandwich that was pretty good as well.

The best part about the place was definitely the atmosphere. Although they didn't really have mood lighting it felt very cozy. It was like sitting at your kitchen table drinking with friends. There isn't loud music blaring. Just a bunch of friendly folks milling around or sitting down chatting. The fire place was warm, and the d├ęcor entertaining.

my only regret... we had all partied too hard the night before and only stayed at the Stein for a beer. I would love to go back and spend an entire evening.

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Photo of BierBattered
4.73/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Bier Stein is like a night club for beer enthusiasts. It has a loud, busy, atmosphere that is created mostly by people milling around and conversing rather than loud music or TVs. I was down there for the Corvallis Beer Tap Takeover and for a Thursday, the place was packed! Although there was a special event, I did not get the impression that this was out of the ordinary. The service was great, I was super impressed how quickly and efficiently the food runners found the customers despite being only marked by as number in very crowded restaurant. It was the first time I visited the pub in that location, but am very much looking forward to going back.

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Photo of Jodi215
4.23/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

The atmosphere was very nice, comfortable casual, tables were wood tops with coasters in resin. Beer decor on walls, pool table in back with small patio in front. Quality was above average with a little taken off because there were no towels in Ladies room. Towel dispensers were empty. Clean restaurant and restrooms. It would be nice to have ice tea spoons for the ice tea also. My short handled spoon disappeared when I accidently let go of the handle while stirring. Service was great, you order your food and beer at the counter and then staff brings it to you at your table. Wait staff was friendly, helpful and service was prompt. Their beer selection was above great. They had Pliny on tap, not easy to find these days. The bottle selection was interesting and many hard to find beers were available. Perfect rating is earned.We all had sandwiches but there were also starters, salads and soups on the menu. I had the Love me Tenderloin sandwich which was delicious, others in our group had the Pizzaini, Grilled Cheese, Father Guido Sarducci, Turkey and Bacon. The only one that didn't use the word delicious was the Grilled Cheese. It looked really good but was said to need salt. It had four different cheeses! The french fries were possibly the best I've ever had, I ate every one of them. Value, food was very reasonable while the beer was a little more expensive.

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Photo of pattermj
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

In town for one night while driving from Texas to Everett. Saw their list online and the hotel was only a few blocks away so the girlfriend and I stopped by for dinner. Place was packed for a Tuesday but quickly got a table after ordering. Beer bottle selection was awesome, price slightly high but for the availability extremely worth it. Tap list was acceptable but I didn't see anything amazing. The GF appreciated the wine list and liked the atmosphere which was great for a beer bar. I think his name was David but our bartender who took our order was great. Love talking with other beer people.

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Photo of D-Stylz
4.13/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

What this place lacks in atmosphere it makes up for in many other ways. The staff are top notch and very knowledgeable. Their bottle selection if awesome for Eugene! Once they move into their new digs in early 2013 they'll have 30 taps and even more bottle selection! Can't wait!

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Photo of Beercounter1
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Love the Bier Stein! If you are in Eugene you have to stop by and experience it. Staff is very knowledgable and the selection is the best, south of Portland. I like the arangement of the beers by region / continents makes it easy to find what you are looking for and to explore in an educated fasion especially if your new too beer. Beer cheese soup is amazing and their panini's are good too. Rotating drafts of great beers that range from local great Eugene and Oregon beers to hard to find imports. The only thing that could be improved is more seating. The Stein is where my journey into great beer started so they will always be my favorite bottle shop & pub.

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Photo of zacheney
4.45/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is equal parts bottleshop and pub, as its name suggests, although it looks more like the former than the latter upon entering. The bottled selection toward the back is very impressive, with most of it housed in a refrigerator that keeps going and going. Unlike some Northwest bottleshops, The Bier Stein does well to stock more than just IPA's. As a sour lover, I'm happy to find a great selection of sours ranging in price and rotating to keep things interesting. They carry all the standards within the big categories, representing local and international breweries. Stuff on tap also rotates well, with a sign teasing upcoming drafts. The food isn't gourmet, but it's solid pub fare. Wonderfully laid-back, The Bier Stein avoids the pretense common among high end bottleshops.

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Photo of IpeeA
3.68/5  rDev -19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place fails only in its service which is why I'm writing. I had a bad experience today but I'll try to be fair and objective.

The atmosphere is good. It's too small for the business that they attract and seating can be at a premium. One television playing the relevant sports but this is certainly not a sports bar.

The quality is top notch. Given this is a small town they do an amazing job at getting both quality bottles and drafts. Appx. 10 drafts with one nitro and easily 150 high quality bottles (without counting, just an estimate, probably north of 200). Bottles are available for on site consumption or to go and most drafts are available in pint or half-pint pours. Great feature for those wanting to try several drafts.

Here's where I have my beef. I was fortunate enough to be there the day they got a shipment of Cantillon bottles. I was alerted to the shipment after talking with the bartender. I went and selected several bottles. Then I was told there is a two bottle per person limit. Fine, I've encountered this before. Standard practice of course. I selected my two bottles and returned to my seat at the bar without complaint. I then witnessed a man purchase 5-6 bottles from the same Cantillon shipment of which I was just limited to 2 bottles. I witnessed the purchase, watched the man walk out the bar, questioned the bertender, expressed my concern, and was told that that person spends "a lot of money" in the bar and, thus, was allowed to purchase whatever he wanted. I proclaimed that I've spend a small fortune in the very same establishment and was limited to only 2 bottles but would be happy to purchase more. The bartender stated that it was not her area to make such decisions (as I agree) and would alert the proper manager about my concern. I don't know whether she did or not, but I was never approached about this issue though I stayed at the bar for a good 20 minutes following this exchange. This practice, though not unfamiliar in my beer hunting experiences, is absolutely unacceptable. If there is a bottle limit policy, it shoult be enforced to the letter. If the policy is being bent for special customers or employees, it should not be done in the face of the very loyal customers who are subject and willing to submit to said policy!

Selection is great, see paragraph above. Food is very good. Not cheap but a good value. Sandwiches and salads, nothing fancy but basic stuff done right.

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Photo of divineaudio
4/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

notes from my summer west coast trip.

cool bottle shop/pub near downtown eugene. 13 coolers with quite the variety of bottles, organized by country.

9 taps + 1 nitro for drinking on premeses. great prices considering the quality of the beer being poured. i ordered a stone belgo-anise stout and hopworks evelyn dipa for under $10. didn't order food so i can't comment there.

service was alright, though the bartender seemed annoyed that i hadn't fully made up my mind when i got to the bar.

atmosphere is pretty relaxed, though the place was packed around 5pm when we stopped in.

pleasantly surprised to see an assortment of glassware behind the bar to accomodate a variety of styles. overall a great place and worth a visit.

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Photo of jbakajust1
4.72/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I love living in the same city as the Stein, and especially working 2 blocks away. They have a great staff, very friendly and knowledgable. It's awesome to walk in and everybody greets you by name. They have breweries come in for free bottle tastings, special "brewery only" beers on tap, etc. Menu is amazing, best beer cheese soup I've ever had. Hundreds of bottled beers to go or to enjoy at a table (only draw back is that there aren't enough of them). Every special release, top rated beer (distributed to OR) you can think of. 10 taps, 1 on Nitro, always a sour on tap (flander's reds, oud bruins, JP, lots of RR, Cascade). Love that I can talk to the beer orderer about new releases and beers he knows I would enjoy. The owner used to be a brewer, and a couple times a year he goes to the local breweries and brews his own (awesome) recipes on their system and taps them at the Stein. Only draw back is the crowded space, lack of tables, but rumor has it there could be an expansion in the future!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Been to this place a few times. Walk in, there's a few tables, only seats around 15 I'd guess, almost always crowded. Crowd seems pretty cool, college town and all, a little reminiscient of Chico even.

About 5 coolers worth of beer. Good selection, leans heavy on OR/WA beers. Some stuff you won't find elsewhere. Lots of hoppy stuff. Six packs missing for the most part as I recall. Employees pretty much leave you alone until you want to purchase some stuff. They're cool w ya taking some of the extra cardboard 6ers which is always appreciated (99 bottles gets kinda weird about it).

Pretty much a guaranteed stop anytime I'm in the area, which will be next week. Surprised I hadn't reviewed this, among a few of the places I've stopped before.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

This place came highly recommended by several locals and especially for the employees at Belmont Station and Rogue ales distillery & public house up in Portland and let me say thank you to them for the tip because this place totally lived up to the recommendation. When you first walk in you realize the place is not that big and kind of ask yourself does this place really have over 1000 beers well it turns out that if they dont it is damn close. The bar area is big enough for probably 10 to 12 people which at times can feel a little crowded but for the most part I got to know the bar tender Matt really well. My brother and I went to this place on a back to back nights and both nights had an incredible time.

First the beer selection is top notch. They have 10 taps and the beers are always changing which makes it worth it in itself to keep coming back and seeing what is new because it litterally changes weekly and hell even daily. Great selection of bottles beers from all countries and styles so take your time and choose wisely.

The atmosphere is great it is right near the University of Oregon so you get all types from students to professors to tattooed beer lovers like myself. Because of the wide range of people passing through there you never know who or what you will find yourself talking about.

The food itself is simple having things like sandwiches and soups, just enough the keep the belly full enough to keep drinking beer. A must have it is the beer cheese soup. I think my brother and I had 5 bowl of the stuff in two days.

The kicker for the whole trip is that the bar tender Matt gave us a bottle of High 5 which is the Bier Steins 5th anniversary Imperial Red beer that was brewed at at Ninkasi by the bier stein owner Chip Hardy. Cheers to Matt for that and I can't wait to take a trip back up Oregon and make another stop into this wonderful establishment. CHEERS to everyone at the Bier Stein

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

After visiting the Bier Stein for the past few years, I figured it was finally time to write a review.

The Stein is pretty damn unique in its set-up. Ten frequently rotating taps showcase the best of the local Oregon breweries along with a few awesome surprises from across the pond like some Aecht Schlenkerla, Karmelit, etc. While relatively small, it's one of the most solid tap lists I've seen. Always something unique, something I have yet to try, and always something that will please everyone at the table.

And if there's nothing on tap, then there are walls of coolers nicely organized where you can grab a beer from. And if you want to grab bottles to go, that's an option too, with to-go prices that are relatively comparable to the local markets.

Service is always top-notch. The guys know their stuff, know how to pour, and know how to handle it when it gets crazy busy (which is happening more frequently). They rinse every glass, will give samples without raising an eyebrow, and are all-around the best I've encountered.

The full-service kitchen does everything from daily soups and sandwiches to some pretty awesome nachos and hummus plate. Nothing out of this world, but for an establishment that's primarily a bottleshop/pub, the menu is solid.

After regularly visiting the Stein a few years ago and then moving away, I realized what a gem of a place it is - and a must-visit if traveling through the Wilamette Valley.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.33/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Pretty awesome place, not quite a restaurant, but it has a restaurant vibe to it. It's a very relaxed atmosphere, the guys behind the counter know what they are talking about and that's good. There are more beers than I can count in this place, 99% of them are refrigerated too! They have a pretty damn good tap selection too, nothing compared to what they have in bottles, but better than most bars. The food is awesome, great salads and sandwiches, the food is healthy, you can tell by tasting it, non of that crappy run of the muck bar food. Value isn't too bad, by no means cheap, but the food is reasonably prices and the beer isn't too bad either. The coolest thing (other than almost all the beers being refrigerated) that I can remember is that fact that every single beer is sold in singles, so you can mix and match however the heck you want!

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Photo of loren01
4.5/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been to this place a couple times. I will hit it any time I'm in Eugene. One of the coolest beer stores/pubs I've been to. In an area of downtown thats fairly close to the university. The last time I went there it was around dinner time and it was standing room only, I ended up just grabbing some beers to go. The selection is excellent, over 1000 beers I think somebody there told me. Lost of beers from the region and beyond...lots of Belgian/German beers as well. Ate here once and it was real good as well, everything seems to be fairly priced. If you love beer and are in Eugene you need to check this place out.

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Photo of chinchill
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Bier Stein was recommended by locals. My first visit to a beer venue of this sort. A massive (over 1000!) beers available in bottles ... but heres the kicker -- these are in coolers that line the walls for browsing and hands-on inspection by the customers. Beers are nicely organized too. So I had a great time browsing beers, while chatting with a local home brewer and enjoying one of the 8 (?) beers they have on tap. If one wants a bottled beer, you simply take one from the cooler and hand it to the bartender who will open and pour it for you. Or you can take them to go. Taps feature local brews and some from further afield.

I had dinner with my beer; it looked and tasted great. I would strongly recommend this as a destination for a meal, as well as for a beer or two.

The venue is small to the point of feeling a bit cramped. They do have a small bar and several tables for seating. The kitchen is partially visible, which I find to be a sign of good quality eats.

If I lived in the area, I'd definitely be a regular.

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Photo of bradleyp
4.05/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I recently moved to Eugene, and I fell in love with this place the first time I was there. It's rather small, but very enjoyable to be in. A small flat screen TV in the corner is usually playing local sports. It's a very friendly atmosphere, and the place is always filled with people who enjoy good craft beers. My girlfriend is a big fan of Stouts, especially the coffee flavored ones. She always suggests we go to The Bier Stein every couple of weeks, just to check out the newest Stouts they have on tap. One suggestion though, don't park your car in the parking lot next to the pub, otherwise you'll get a $30 parking ticket.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

The Bier Stein...wish I would have had more time to sit and enjoy the place, but had to get to the duck game! Anyway, the outside looks like a german pub, typical craftsmen beams with a tradition sign out front and a large mural on the side wall. The place is really pretty unassuming, I could see myself driving by it and seeing the mural but making little connection. Anyway, the atmosphere is nice, tons of bottle on the walls and in the coolers, small bar with 8 taps, a few tables for seating and a small partially visible kitchen. The quality and selection is absolutely fantastic. Eight beers on tap, but several hundred bottles to choose from covering every style and region. Very impressive setup. Service was excellent, the gal serving was very knowledgeable as were the guys helping on the floor. I perused the coolers for a good half an hour asking lots of questions and overall being fairly impressed with their knowledge. Didn't try the food, but it all smelled and looked great, pub food with a little extra love and flair it seemed. Very cozy place, will be back for sure!

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The Bier Stein Bottleshop & Pub in Eugene, OR
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