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The Bavarian Lodge

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

58 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

1800 Ogden Ave
Lisle, Illinois, 60532-1501
United States

(630) 241-4701 | map
bavarian-lodge.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
98
Avg:
4.6
pDev:
4.57%
 
 
Taps:
36
Bottles/Cans:
163
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 98
Reviews by adamette:
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5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This, in my opinion formed by attendance to a limited number of establishments, is a world class place for Beer Advocates.

I went there while visiting family in Lisle after finding them online while searching for Spaten Optimator on tap. I could not believe it when I discovered that the place was right there in Lisle and got confirmation that my favorite beer is on tap there with a quick phone call.

A classic german looking exterior, a sign on the door stated that an impending annual vacation by the owners will mean that the place will be closed for that amount of time. Loved that. Luckily, the vacation was set for the week after my visit.

There is a very large bar with many many taps near the back. The best part about them is the caliber of those beers is the highest of any bar that I have been to. Of course my beloved Optimator but also many others (were there 20?) that were equally difficult to find on tap.

The restaurant side of the place features heavy wooden furniture and a very pleasant, smoke free feel.

The service was excellent. I was high maintenance, asking if they had any Optimator glasses after proclaiming my enthusiasm for the Dopplebock. I wanted to purchase one or more if I could but alas, they were not for sale. I ordered and our waiter brought me an Optimator Stein and my experience was complete!

Selection, as alluded to above, is certainly exceptional. They have a large quantity of high alcohol content beers on tap and I received an education in different types of rare on tap beers while there.

The food is exceptional. Do yourself a favor and visit there when you are VERY hungry! You will be glad that you did from the wonderful homemade bread to the authentic sausages and other heavy, satisfying food. I think that I had 4 slices of the incredible bread which really filled me up before my dinner but I do not regret it since I still can recall how good all of the food was. Everyone in my party was significantly impressed with their food.

The value is reasonable since this is such a rare find (all of these beers on tap in one place)

If you are anywhere near Lisle check this place out. This is a world class establishment. I will be returning on Easter weekend, 2008.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.95/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Perfect.
A real live BA bar.
Quality, variety, depth, in beer, scotch, food, and service.
25 or so stools around the u-shaped bar. Private booths for another 25 people. Some additional tables all in the bar area.
2 other rooms have more space for larger (more than 6) groups. Parking seems sufficient.
Back to the Kwak cask.

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Photo of Poloplaya
4.71/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Svyturys30
4.94/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of oso
4.73/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

They always have interesting and great beer on draft - and having great food doesn't hurt either! One of the go-to's for the Chicago burbs!

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Photo of GMorgan
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of hopheaddeluxe
4.03/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of htm
4.64/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of maz
4.89/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of ahbithwabm
4.69/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of McAndrew
4.8/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of puftdank
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of aasher
5/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of WiggyKGB
4.59/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.43/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4.28/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Downtpwn
4.79/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Kraj30
4.76/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

my favorite beer place of all time. maybe because it was the first place i started to drink great beer..

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4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of TheRealPour
4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of smbslt
4.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Friend brought me there because they had Arctic Panzer Wolf on tap (operative word "had"). Glad it they we out and although the were quick to offer a Revolution Anti-Hero there was no need. I could think of no bigger insult than to drink an IPA in this place. Not that it had a super authentic vibe but their German selection was outstanding and how could any one or two or ... not be washed down with bacon cheddar brat.

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Photo of Kevin_Young
5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DanielShuler
5/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +8.7%

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