Brouwerij Het Anker

Brouwerij Het AnkerBrouwerij Het Anker
Brouwerij Het AnkerBrouwerij Het Anker
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Guido Gezellelaan 49
Mechelen, 2800
Belgium

+32 (0)15 20 38 80 | map
hetanker.be

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.12
Beers:
29
Reviews:
3,453
Ratings:
7,248
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.37
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
32
pDev:
7.32%
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Reviews by Sparky44:
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Nov 16, 2018
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I had enjoyed some tasty Anker biers while in Europe in 2018.... Opted to stay in Mechelen on my 2019 trip, with a visit, or 2, to Anker in mind... Stopped by here on 25SEP, 26SEP and 28SEP19...

The restaurant/gift shop sits on a main street with the old, large brewing facilities in buildings to the rear. Enter off the street and head in to the right... This is the bar area room, with about 20 small tables scattered about the square room. There are windows on the right, street side, and a bar at the rear. The walls are painted a light shade of plum, with a golden outline of King Charles (Carolus) on horseback behind the bar. The bar was made of old, dark wood, the tables light, fresh wood, and the ceiling had dark beams across side-to-side. Nice looking place! There was an upstairs area, which was the main dining room, though I didn't take a look. A passage at the rear, left led to the gift-shop, where you could find clothing and bier to go.

They had about 15 of their own biers available, including my fave, the tasty Whisky-infused dark Belgian ale... Mmmm!! Service was top-shelf from the gents behind the bar. Main food items were quite pricy, though the cheese/meat plate I had was very tasty. The bier prices, though, were exceedingly reasonable. Glad I was able to stop by.... Prosit!!

4.23/5 rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$

321

Mar 01, 2020
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desint from Belgium

3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Jun 10, 2018
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MagicNic from Canada

4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great setting in old Mechelen. Took a tour of the brewery with a very knowledgeable and funny trilingual guide. The tour included a visit of the old coolship on the roof with a very nice view of the city and a tasting of three different beers at the end. Excellent products, authentic belgian brewery.

Mar 19, 2018
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Birdlegs from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Dec 24, 2017
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WadeB from Canada

5/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I cannot say enough about this brewery. Visiting this brewery was the highlight of our recent vacation in Belgium and Amsterdam. Our special thanks to our superb tour guide Marie Vanhellemont. Marie went well beyond our expectations in delivering a terrific visiting experience. The tour even included a few beer tastings at the end in which Marie provided her expert guidance. If you are in Belgium for five days or more, you must visit this brewery. We visited a number of other breweries during our trip but nothing could top this experience. You can combine a visit of Mechelen with a visit ti Antwerp on the same day since they are close to each other.

Jul 26, 2016
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byronic from Canada

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

An absolutely fantastic visit. The selection of beers is limited to what is offered by Het Anker, that being said they have everything available and the store is newly renovated. The staff is fantastic both at the pub and the store. Definitely stop in for lunch, I recommend the Gouden Carolus cheese sandwich and the Flemish stew.

Oct 15, 2015
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SCW from New York

4.14/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Jun 01, 2015
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HopBelT from Belgium

4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Apr 20, 2015
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SmashPants from Australia

4.5/5  rDev +3%

Dec 15, 2014
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DutchcdnTEXAN from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +0.7%

Nov 20, 2014
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mr-jj from Washington

4/5  rDev -8.5%

Stayed at the hotel. Food was decent, beer was good, bartender was really friendly. A fun place to stay and drink while traveling on business.

Nov 18, 2014
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JackNip from Delaware

4/5  rDev -8.5%

Oct 24, 2014
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Jayamefu from Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Oct 11, 2014
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Pompi81

5/5  rDev +14.4%

Oct 07, 2014
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Mattical69 from California

5/5  rDev +14.4%

Sep 25, 2014
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WynnO from Florida

5/5  rDev +14.4%

Sep 19, 2014
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TWStandley from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Aug 27, 2014
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Wouter69 from Belgium

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Jul 21, 2014
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6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3%

Jul 19, 2014
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MojoIRL

4.5/5  rDev +3%

Jul 16, 2014
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RusImpStoLuv from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Feb 26, 2014
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dirtylou from District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

We stopped through Mechelen on our way out of Brussels to tour the brewery and take a quick peak at the town. It's really an easy drive - only about 15 minutes from the airport.

The brewery, which dates back to the 15th century, emerges out of the quiet and uber-quaint streets of old Mechelen.

The tour was primarily in Dutch with abbreviated english translations afterwards upon request. Fairly standard tour, but it was cool to see their retired spontaneous fermentation equipment on the roof. They've also begun distilling their own whiskey and seeing (and smelling) the barrels was a nice touch. The tour ends with a few samples - the classic and the tripel.

There's a small store and a cafe featuring their beers as well. The Het Anker "campus" was a cool thing to see - definitely worth checking out.

Aug 31, 2013
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BelgianBeerPope from Belgium

4.04/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Nice place for lunch or dinner. They only serve the beers which they brew (Anker Pils, Boscoullie, Gouden Carolus, Cuvée v/d Keizer, ...) so selection is limited (I hope this explains the LOW score for selection) but you can be assured that the waiter will recommend the best beer to go with your meal (or wine, if you prefer). Food is nicely prepared and served, menu is not excessive but includes some Belgian classics, starters, mains, desserts and snacks, waiters are friendly ! Parking space in the area can be little difficult to find. I will visit this place again !

Oct 05, 2012
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Filosoof from Netherlands

4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

As their beer this place certainly can be called classic. The brewery stands on the ground where beer is brewed for hundreds of years. On the site is a building of the sixteenth century where has been a hospital where the Begijns served their beer to their patients, when the water wasn't save to drink and beer was welcome to relieve all pains.

In 1990 the brewery could be closed. Only two people working. Nowadays highly succesful with 45 employees.

Nice hotel, very friendly people, lovely brasserie and the greatest beers. Need I say more?

Mar 07, 2012
Brouwerij Het Anker in Mechelen, Belgium
Brewery rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 7248 ratings