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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Reviews by GeoffFromSJ:
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Got here Thursday afternoon of the opening week in the early afternoon. I'm loath to make any review final, let alone one this early on.

From the outside of the hall to the inside, this place exudes a very cool vibe. Lots of wood, which would explain why the carpenter's union was protesting outside. We ate at the long bar.

Our bartender was great and we even had good interaction with another server. Granted, we were there during an off-hour. They give tastes, which was nice for my non-beer geek friends.

As for the selection, I didn't bother looking at the bottle selection. That said, Brauhaus Schmitz is off to an auspicious start. I had the Uerige Sticke, a schwarzbier, and the Aecht Schrelenka Helles. For a German restaurant, the selection is great and well-rounded. Except for eisbock, I think every major German style was represented.

The food menu looks good & interesting. I had the schnitzel sandwich, which was solid. But I think I should have gone for the wurst sandwhich instead. The fries were solid as well, and the ketchup seemed to had an interesting spice in it. Honestly, my impressions here need more sampling to be accurate.

After the close of Ludwig's, we needed Brauhaus Schmitz in Philly if we are to truly be the greatest beer drinking city in America. This fills a huge gap and is easily Philly's most important opening of 2009.

Update: 7-24-2009 They just had a Gose on-tap which is very rare. Given they are hitting major and minor German styles, as a German restaurant, they have to get a 5.

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More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Knapp85
4.14/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of HerrDirektorEifler
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

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4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of LehighAce06
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of josh32219
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Gavage
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 53 ratings