The only drawback to Brauhaus Georgbraeu is that they only have one beer, although it is a fine Pils.
It's situated overlooking the Spree at the statue of Saint George (hence the name). Looking to the north you'll see the Berlin Cathedral, and to the south the busy Mühlendammbrücke. It's a beautiful square, and during the warmer months they have a great deal of outdoor seating (@400). (I visited in the winter and still thought it was beautiful)!
Additionally, it's located in the Nikolai district, just down the street from the St. Nicholas Church and Zum Nussbaum, as well as the Rotes Rathaus. A little bit to the north and east you'll find Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse and the Brauhaus Mitte. A little bit further west takes you to Alexanderplatz, and there are several other brewpubs just past there.
Inside it's quite charming with several different areas featuring slightly different decor. I sat in the back near the bar in an area with black chairs, naturally-finished solid wood tables, exposed walls, a tiled "stone" floor, and gleaming copper kettles.
As to the food, it's quite good, and and considering that it's right in the center of "Mitte" Berlin it has to be understandable that it's just slightly pricey.
Here are some examples:
Potato Soup w/ a Sausage €6,50
Large Mixed Salad €7,50
Bratwurst w/ sauerkraut and potatoes €10,50
Pork Schnitzel w/ vegetables and potatoes €13,00
Steamed Trout w/ vegetables and potatoes €14,00
but there is a house special that includes a small pils and a schnapps as well as...
Boiled Pork Knuckle w/ peas, sauerkraut, and potatoes €10,92 (a bargain!)
Overall I'd highly recommend it, as well as a visit to Zum Nussbaum which is literally about 2 1/2 blocks up Propststrasse.
My second visit to this brewpub, thought I'd better review it:
We sat on uncomfy stools in the center part of this modern, slick, well run place. Outside it was wet and cold, so the mass of tables and chairs outside stood empty, inside it was rammed.
As we attacked our Pitcher of Hell and the two fresh, hot pretzel we looked around at the brown tiled flooring noting the green shirted staff scutlling about feeding the masses. Neat booths are in most areas of the inside, we however were perched in the main bar area, lots to see here, you can watch the beers being poured for a start.
The beer was fine, as were the pretzal, nice place.
We had a large party all meet at Georgbraeu Brauhaus and we had a good time. Service was pretty attentive and the prices were reasonable with each of our party of 10 spending about 22-25 euro each for dinner plus 3 brews over about 3-3.5 hours. The house beer "pils" is not really a pilsner at all with very light hopping and a mouthfeel that is thick and creamy like a wheat ale more than a lager. The dunkel is a very mediocre amber wheat ale with that same thick, coating feel, but no sharpness or very interesting aspects at all. THe food quality was medium with the bratwurst being a little less than crispy on the outside and dense on the inside but overall not bad and portion sizes were quite generous. It is a good place to meet a bunch of friends for a nice social time, but if it was jsut me or a few people, I would find a place where the beer is a bit more interesting and more to style.
Located on the River Spree, we walked from the Klosterstrasse U Bahn station, which was about 10 mins. If coming from that station, dont go over the bridge! Its on the right hand side of the water before the bridge.
Lots of seating outside which i can imagine would be rammed in the summer, but on a rainy autumn afternoon it was empty. Inside, its multiple small rooms filled with a mix of high tables and booth, all very dark wood and lamps, a wee bit depressing. It was pretty quiet but we probably picked the busiest room, which was filled with locals all gorging on Schweinhaxe!
Service was very slow, took about 10 mins to order, then must have been 10 to actually get the beer. Waitress was friendly enough but she just seemed to be so slow serving all 4-6 tables she had.
Selection - The house Pils and dunkel, thats it. But thats to be expected.
Beer was served in branded glassware and good condition, i just felt it was a poor example of a pils.
No food sampled but those Schweinhaxe looked tasty and plenty.
It was a one beer stop for us, lack of service and the beer not going down well made us want to get out really! No problem, Zum Nussbaum is round the corner!
The Georgebrau Brauhaus is in the middle of the busy tourist district of Berlin, next to the river. With an immense seating area outside, few people are inside, although there are several dining rooms and some smaller cozy places, too. It's a busy place; you might have to wait for service...oh, and they only make one beer...Pilsner. It's pretty tasty, but it's not cheap. Although this seemed more of a tourist destination than a beer drinkers destination, it's close enough to other places that it's worth the stop.
This brauhaus is located in a very picturesque and touristy section of town. This is not a destination place per se, but its proximity to Zum Nussbaum and its location in the Nikolaivertel make it a place many tourists (and beer tourists) are likely to visit.
The beers (both helles and dunkel) are fine. Not bad, not exceptional. A solid B.
Food also seemed fine. We ordered Hackepeter and it came completely unseasoned (which we suspect is a northern regional preference -- and this being the North we can't fault them). We prefer the southern style (with capers and maggi) so we felt the need to perk it up a bit with some senf (mustard). The remainder of the menu looked fairly standard for these parts -- wurst, schnitzel and schweinhaxe/eisbein.
Nice interior -- woodsy, wood panelling and tables, comfortable with number of smaller rooms instead of one grand hall. We visited in late Fall, so no chance to enjoy what looks like a great patio beer garten.
Truth be told, our favorite destination in the quarter was Zille Distille which had the Kindl Dunkel Bock on tap and its quality was excellent -- very nice molasses and roast. They also had a hearty Wildedelgulasch that we loved. If you have a large group you will need to come to a place like Georgesbrau -- but for a more intimate setting and better beer and food, we loved the Zille.
Zum Nussbaum is also very much worth a stop. All three are within a block, in the shadow of the church steeples.
In the pleasant re-constructed medieval district of East Berlin. A nice looking patio by the Spree in front of the statue of St. George, but it was a miserable night.
Place was pretty packed for a rainy Monday. All German speaking patrons from what I could tell. Well designed, large interior with beer glasses/bottles lining the walls and nice brass fittings.
Georg Pils is the only beer on tap... although it's kinda funny since it's listed as hell or dunkle, what's a dunkle pils? I only tried the dunkle. Quite nice, malty sweet but an easy drinker. Both beers seemed to be unfiltered. This isn't the place for exciting brews, but both beers are excellent German beer hall quaffers.
Food was standard German at the usual prices. Paid 10 euros for a large plate of bratwurst, sauercraut, potatoes and gravy. Tasty enough. Give it a shot when you're in the mood for some heavy drinking rather than serious tasting.
Service was good. Despite being a tourist place, the waiter let me ramble on in my rotten restaurant German.
Going throgh berlin's Nikolai Viertel we came accross this brewpub.
On a sunny summer's day, this place has a fantastic terrace facing the spree and the museumsinsel with just enough vegetation and parasols to reminisce a bit of your south german biergarten. fantastic view and location, and fantastic service.
Selection isn't fantastic because they only brew two versions of their Georgbraeu. they aren't bad however.
this is a brilliant hangout for a summer's afternoon in one of the prettiest areas of central berlin.
Went with my wife on our recent trip to Berlin. The brewpub is right on the spree river and next to the statues of St George slaying the dragon. The pub atmosphere is quite nice and even has non smoking rooms, a rarity in Germany. I tried their winter beer which was quite tasty. Service was good for Europe (note Todd's review re: european service) and while the beer selection was limited to 3 beers, that is pretty good for downtown Berlin from my experience. Atmosphere is quite cozy with lots of booths. Lots of native Germans and the occasional tourist in the place. Food selection is good and includes pig knuckle (eisbein) which was quite tasty and well prepared. Overall I would definitely go back, especially during the summer when you can sit outside and enjoy the river and the atmosphere.
A brisk walk from either Unter den Linden or Potsdamer Platz and you'll find yourself along the river Spree and at Brauhaus Georgbræu, a single beer brewpub -- Georg Pils, an unfiltered pilsner offering avialable from a 0.3l serving to "ein meter." The first keg was tapped on October 24 1992. And their master brewer, Oliver Kaßan, brews approximately 1,500 hl of Georg Pils a year, which is served exclusively at the brewery.
Atmosphere is pretty average. Most of the people that were enjoying the place when we showed up were either locals or German tourists. The unique part is that the place is split up into 8 "pub rooms," each with its own unique character and name. We were seated in the Bauernstube, or "Farmer's Den," which overlooked thier outside beer garden.
I showed up at Brauhaus Georgbræu after drinking several litres of beer at the Lindenbräu am Potsdamer Platz. Thinking that I saw "ein litre" on the menu I ordered the "ein meter" and within minutes had a narrow tray, one meter long, squeezed onto the table. It held 12 x 0.2l of this beer. I also order the "Blutwurst" by mistake, only to realize that it was two plump blood and kidney sausages. In case you were wondering, I managed to finish 9 of the 12 glasses of beer ... and 1-1/2 of 2 Blutwursts.
Food was your typical German food, priced reasonably. Service was also more or less typical, they kept their distance and only tended to you when you asked ... which I kind of like.
Worth a visit? Perhaps a quick one, a bite to eat, and just to say that you were there. I just can't imagine hanging out too long with only one beer to drink, but that's only because I love variety with my beers.