Brauhaus Schmitz

Brauhaus SchmitzBrauhaus Schmitz
Brauhaus SchmitzBrauhaus Schmitz
Bar, Eatery

718 South St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147-2023
United States

(267) 909-8814 | map

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Rated: 4.39 by acurtis from New Jersey

Aug 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
Brauhaus has one of the more steady, dependable taplists in Philly - been a fave of mine since it opened. Always have trouble making up my mind deciding between at least a half-dozen different must-haves or gotta-trys. German beer may be my favorite, so this bar is unsurprisingly heavenly for me... The menu (at least the main courses) is overall a bit too pricey, but I've yet to be disappointed, only when they're out of something (or they decline to make my rollmops). Again, the fare plays to my loves: smoked, pickled, or salty nibbles, or hearty, rib-sticking meaty entrees... Never had any bad bar service, in fact it's often rather good - the serv-ers, on the other hand, are a different breed... Whether visiting when it's busy and raucous or on a crickets-dead winter weeknight, it doesn't take long to get comfy, especially when the beer arrives. Ain't my typical dark dive, so it must be the beer and Deutsche.
Oct 31, 2019
Rated: 4.3 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Aug 06, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

Jul 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25
This place is pretty rad, very much a German themed pub. The vibe is cool, the service was very good and attentive. The selection was very good if you like German beers. It's a great place and I'd love to try the food sometime in the future.
Apr 16, 2017
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Rated by HerrDirektorEifler from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Awesome place, attentive bartenders/wait staff, good food, and of course, awesome selection of bier.
Jun 29, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by metter98 from New York

Apr 24, 2016
Rated: 4.36 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Apr 23, 2016
Rated: 4.65 by tmac from New Hampshire

Feb 21, 2016
Rated: 5 by Crab_gang from Pennsylvania

May 28, 2015
Rated: 3.95 by Goodytime from New Jersey

Apr 21, 2015
Rated: 4.53 by LehighAce06 from Pennsylvania

Feb 28, 2015
Rated: 4.6 by josh32219 from Virginia

Jan 30, 2015
Rated: 4 by ShaneHarris from Pennsylvania

Dec 15, 2014
Rated: 4 by BigMike from Pennsylvania

Dec 06, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by ksolekjr from Minnesota

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 4.3 by FightinIrish88 from New Jersey

Nov 12, 2014
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Reviewed by Gavage from Nevada

4.75/5  rDev +11%
This place will defintely put you in the mood to drink German beers and forget about those DIPAs dominating other bars. Plenty of brick and ligher colored woods create an inviting atmosphere. There is a second floor with some tables that overlook the first floor. German flags and other themed decor line the walls.

There were around 25 or so beers on draft here focusing on styles such as bocks, oktoberfests, gose, and weissebier. I ordered a bock and it came in a large mug which set the mood. I ordered the homemade sausage platter with some german potato salad and was in heaven. The food was delicious. The female bartender had a bubbly personality and was very friendly and knowledgable of the beers and food options.

This should be a must stop for any BA if you are visiting from outside the Philly area.
Oct 23, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

Oct 12, 2014
Rated: 5 by erogers08 from Pennsylvania

Sep 11, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by dmw32 from Philippines

Jul 25, 2014
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Reviewed by DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75
I stumbled upon Brauhaus while walking up and down on South street during a sweaty-hot almost-summer day while looking for apartments.

Went in for lunch and had a good time. The place is rather large and was pretty empty at around 1pm on a Tuesday. Not much of an atmosphere... the place looks new and sterile.

30 beers (20 front/10 back) on tap, all German. I've never seen a Deutsch joint with so many options: five different Hefes, three Goses, four Dopplebocks... plus more Goses and even some sours on the bottle menu.

I enjoyed the food- not your average German. Had a nice salad of kohlrabi, ramps and what not. The house-made sausages look promising. Service wasn't terribly warm but I'm used to it here in Philadelphia.
Jul 06, 2014
Rated: 5 by Bundesbarber from Pennsylvania

Jul 01, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by soulcougher from Pennsylvania

Jun 03, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by boosterrocket from Texas

May 22, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Barnsley from Pennsylvania

May 21, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by InspectorBob from New Jersey

Feb 26, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by NYR_Rob from Pennsylvania

Jan 20, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by JD_Lombardi from Pennsylvania

Jan 11, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

Jan 08, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by hoppymcgee from Maine

Jan 06, 2014
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Reviewed by danz2323 from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
This is a must go if you like beer. Excellent selection of drafts (majority german beers) with many various styles to appease everyone's taste. Bartenders are not only attentive but they know their stuff as well. No coors or bud even served at this place. If you ask, expect a glass of water....all in good humor, but there is a lot of truth said in jest. This place is the bees knees if you love beer. Stop reading this and just go now.
Nov 19, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by RobertColianni from Pennsylvania

Oct 30, 2013
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Reviewed by EBeckett3 from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Open, almost barn-like inside, wooden tables, great bar. If it's German beer you want, here's the place for it. 29 beers on tap & 90+ in bottles. mostly German with a few Belgian & German-style worked in, e.g. Left hand Oktoberfest. I had the Hofbrauhaus Traunstein Oktoberfest & the Paulaner Hell at the Oktoberfest yesterday - very good indeed. Service was attentive, quick and pleasant. Wurst is outstanding. Rollmops. Spatzle. Schnitzle all first rate & great sides available too. A great addition to the community and they throw a great party. The 5th annual Oktoberfest was a blast with over a ton of pork prepared and served.
Sep 22, 2013
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25
A brief visit to Philly brought me to the steps of Brauhaus Schmitz. I was there very early (5pm) for dinner. Nice atmosphere with German travel posters and the Rheinheitsgebot posted on one wall. A classy bier Halle! They also earn special marks for being a soccer pub. Although there were no Bayern pennants, they had an Eintracht Frankfurt and Philly Union scarves.

Immediately greeted and seated. Very attentive and knowledgeable waiter( despite being a St Pauli fan). Very impressive beer list with some beers exclusive in the US only at BS. Tried the Andorfer doublebockhefeweizen. Interesting and very good. Order the tasting course and tried the following:

Sauerkraut croquettes. - very good with speck / bacon mixed with emmentaler cheese and sauerkraut deep fried into delicious nuggets

Goulash - absolutely sensational . I would come back just for this dish alone.

Jäger schnitzel - pork steak coated and pan fried, spatula and asparagus. The pork was too filling (typical German food reaction) , the spatula were good the asparagus was very good and reminded me of my Mothers recipe.

Appel Strudel- a thick delicious wedge of flaky pastry and apples.

This was served with a draft Hacklberger Humorator. An amazing delicious bock bier . Loaded with malty goodness and an earthy, fruit taste that reminded me of figs. Loved it and only on draft in the US at BS. Great German draft beer list

Very good food, excellent beers, excellent service, nice atmosphere (although early) . I recommend it and will be back the next time I am in Philly.

Update 9.8.18

New chef- limited the menu. No goulash , no croquettes
Jun 14, 2013
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Reviewed by MsRif from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5
I've been here several times with friends and it is a pretty nice venue. The atmosphere is lacking simply because of the crowd that typically comes here, especially during soccer games. Pretty obnoxious and certainly not there to enjoy beer so much as chug it and enjoy being tanked during "the game." Service is excellent...the bartenders are fairly knowledgeable and helpful. Selection is pretty darn sub-par...obviously come here knowing that the draft selection will be German brews, and the bottle selection is meh. I basically come here for the kartoffelpuffer, the bartenders in dirndls and the interesting selection of German beer, when I feel in the mood for it...which is not too often anymore. For what this place sets out to be, I think it hits the mark, I just don't really consider it the best craft beer destination in the city.
Dec 24, 2011
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Reviewed by Rifugium from North Dakota

3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Located on South St. between 7th & 8th. Opened in June '09 and I stopped in for a visit on its first day. The place is beautiful, with a tremendous facade, and great atmosphere. Nice service, and waitresses in dirndls. Beer selection is great. Finally a truly great drinking establishment in the South Street was well overdue. Lots of great German beers on tap, some of which you can't really find anywhere else in the area, and a wide selection for all over the world in bottles. Cuisine is good, mostly German, as would be imagined. Visit during Oktoberfest for an amazing time!

The one downside: TERRIBLE crowd, and it's just been getting worse.
Apr 29, 2011
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Reviewed by tomthumbsblues from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Have gone here a few times with my girlfriend, the last being on New Year's Day. Setting is long beerhall with thick wooden tables and large booths. There is an illuminated copy of the Reinheitsgebot on one wall next to the bar. Waitresses wear dirndls in typical beerhall fashion. The German music playing in the background adds authenticity, but it's often too loud and makes conversation challenging.

Brauhaus Schmitz offers a wide selection of foreign and domestic beers available in a variety of sizes. I have gotten beer in a pint glass, a stein, and my favorite, a boot (Das Boot!). The last time I went I started my beer journey with a stein of Jever Pilsner and finished with a syrupy EKU 28. Both were memorable brews.

The food is traditional German fare, so a lot of sausages and meat, pickled fish and vegetables--all of which are surprisingly good! Some recommendations are the rollmops (pickled herring), the Obatzda cheese spread as appetizers. The laugenbrezel also comes highly recommmended, but we've never had it. The entrees are equally good with some of the ingredients, like sausages, being made in-house. The last time I went I had Schweinsbraten mit Dunkelbiersoße, which was roast pork served with a dark beer and mustard sauce. For desert, we shared an apple strudel and sample some schnapps from the Brauhaus's extensive offerings of this liquer.

Overall, prices are reasonable and waitstaff is helpful and eager to give recommendations. The food is great and they have changing specials. My only complaint, as I mentioned previously, was the music being too loud.
Jan 18, 2011
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Reviewed by micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Took the family downtown for some Christmas sites and stopped here for dinner.
At 5pm on a Wed. place was pretty empty.
Got a good booth watched a little soccer while listening to songs In German, pretty cool.
A nice beer listing but i thought it could and should be a bit better. Leans to wheat beers.
I did have a tall Jevers which was soft and mellow, and Schlenkerla Urbock.
My wife ordered a baked pretzel as an apptiezer and wienerschnitzell for dinner which got a big laugh from the kids.
It's a good place and would certainly go back again.
Ohh! and the barmaids are hot.
Dec 12, 2010
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Reviewed by jjboesen from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3
The recent Veteran's Day holiday provided an opportunity to spend a long weekend in Philadelphia. Brauhaus Schmitz was the first stop. The Brauhaus is situated in the blander section of South Street behind a somewhat nondescript storefront. Upon entry, you pass several tables to the well-polished bar. The room is dark and pretty narrow (and, at the time of this visit, very packed). The bar itself is clean and polished. Plenty of wood and brick ensures a convivial and comfortable drinking atmosphere - and perhaps some gemutlichkeit? Overlooking the bar area is a mezzanine level with additional tables for drinking and general merry-making. (Just pray that Begby* isn't up there with a pint or two.)

Obviously, the Brauhaus' several taps of fresh German bier was the primary reason for this visit, which included quaffs of Stoudt Oktoberfest, Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest and the very excellent Ayinger Celebrator. There is also an extensive lists of bottles (die Flascheliste) to further enhance your beer drinking experience - and even includes the infamous EKU. Other enhancements were the frequent rotation, correct glassware and some very attentive service. Of course, the Brauhaus offered up the usual suspects of German cuisine; I lunched on a pork sandwich with spatzle. Not bad, but not great. (What is the German word for "meh?") Nevertheless, I enjoyed the visit and would return in the future (die Zukunft).

* Begby is a brutish, drunken lout who appears in the film Trainspotting.
Nov 15, 2010
Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 54 ratings