Die Koelner Bierhalle (The KBH)

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Type: Bar, Eatery

84 Saint Marks Pl
Brooklyn, New York, 11217-2015
United States

(347) 227-7238 | map

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Added by slander on 11-23-2012

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Reviews by luddy83:
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4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been here twice: once on a crowded evening and then again on a mellow afternoon. It was quite loud on the evening visit but in the afternoon there were families with children running around. It's a former lumber yard converted into a German beer hall. The beer is ALL German and since I was only there twice I ordered the Weihenstephaner Dunkel both times--it was delicious. It's close to the new Barclay Center (home of the Brooklyn Nets) and a great place to have an adult beverage before and/or after a game. It has a nice neighborhood vibe.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
4.03/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Fantastic place. We really knew nothing about the area, but were going to Barclays and wanted a spot to hit for a few pre game drinks. German beer hall theme sounded cool. maybe 3-4 short blocks from Barclays. outside has look of a Bavarian cottage, down an otherwise normal, quiet street.

Inside was quite cool. around 16 or so communal tables. Bar in the back, and open kitchen to the rear. It was quaint, low key and authentic. the bar, with maybe 8 seats, was lined with rows of appropriate glassware.

bartenders were real nice, more than quick to offer samples without having to be asked. I didn't count the taps, but there had to be 18 or so of them. Not at all your typical ho hum German selection (Hackers Psforr Marzen was all I recognized) and no generic macros and no crafts. there were 3 types of Kolschs, 3 Pilsners,and every other German style you could name; including a hoppy Hefe which was really good.

Only tried the large pretzel, which was good, but not enough to give a food review. all German fare though.

really nice spot, a short walk from the arena...need to return next time I go see the Nets.

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Photo of Jason
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

In our travels we tend to run into some repetition, we see trends appear and many jump on them. So my thinking at first was, yet another beer hall in the NYC area ... until Slander suggested we check it out. A recommendation from the man, a demi-god of the BeerFly world ... you have to follow through with it or it will haunt you until you do.

Massive warehouse-like space converted into a "German Beer Hall", long rows of wooden benches that and a very rustic looking bar. While there was not outdoor seating I am find with drinking in cavernous places.

Beer selection took me by surprise, about two thirds of the list I have never tried many of which I have never seen in the US with some I have never heard of! Bartenders were great, big on personality and knew their shit when it came to the beer. Oh yeah, glassware for all of the beers, branded glassware. Liters are also available for most beers I think.

Food, spot on. Ordered the weisswurst and it came out in a covered pot of boiling hot water. Pretzels were epic as well.

Seek this place out.

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Photo of slander
4.73/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

At least, I think that’s what it’s called. It’s kind of hard to tell ‘cause everything’s written it this gothic font I can’t easily decipher. Our second German beer bar of the day, working our way back up and over towards not down and away from. Visited with B&B and guest star D earlier this week, and now revisited later in the week. Seemed like a good idea...

Tudory accent fronted looking place just off 4th Avenue, and in. Large open room with high high high ceilings corrugated straight and not pretty and not needing to be. Center chandelier and drop mosaic stained glass lamps of single filament bulbs in 2 rows across the room, and some spinny fans. Wall mounted lamps 3 & 3. Reddish concrete floors in my failing eyesight and this light. Wood panel walls trimmed ½ way up, their uppers done in concrete muraled with the house logo on one wall and something printed in German opposite in black & red. I don’t know what it is; it might be a poem, about me, but I am unsure at this point. And some flaggings here and there but it’s not over the top. Seating on looong beer hall tables; a row of 5 to one side, and 4 on the other. Bathrooms to the backside done up as a gingerbread house.

Zig ‘Z’ wood panel piece topped bar with a lip, panel base & phat phoot bar to the left and back some, seating 13 on sturdy weighty wood block squared stools along the ‘L’, hugging the slight ‘don’t trip’ step up lip of slat wood around the bar. The far end of the bar is lost to big boots and big glassware from 1.5L to 3L (Oh, big boot days). And the tap tower, if you want to call it that, is a semi-circle cut into the bar with drainage wrap around below, offering an easy ‘step in’ from their side. It’s pretty damn interesting. The barback wall corner is glass & ceramicware shelved; all sizes and shapes, and a whole lot of it completely inaccessible, because the counter space below it is lined or stacked or both, and you’re just not getting around that. And booze tiered counterside, on the ends, and more below with coolered bottled selections.

And a standalone open kitchen space to the rear for your scrutiny. Wursts & brats mostly, the menu chalked on the rear side wall. Ordered up and my food arrived in about 45 seconds (what took you so long?) Last time out, I had the bratwurst on a Kaiser roll, emphasizing that not only did I not want evil fucking sauerkraut, but that I also didn’t even want people discussing its nastiness in my presence, which I don’t think was unreasonable. Today, I just went with the mammoth pretzel, served with weber mustard. It was a good pretzel, I ‘et the whole thing.

30 taps, an unequaled selection of nothing but German beers, including a good deal of ‘never heard of thats’. The list done up separated out by style (Zunft Kolsch, Sion Kolsch, Zwick’l Kellerbier, Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Marzen, Innstadt Extra Schwarze, Innstadt Neues Helles, Innstadt Stadl-Bier, Schonramer Gold, Schlenkerla Helles, Wurzburger Kiliani-Festbier Hofbrau, Hacklberg Humorator, Bayreuther Dunkel Lager, Bayreuther Original, Einbecker Schwarzbier, Monchshof Schwarzbier, Altenmunster Dunkel, Arcobrau Schloss Dunkel, Arcobrau Zwickl Lager, Hovels Original, Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, Maisels Weissbier Original, Innstadt Passauer Weisse, Schneider Aventinus Weizenbock, Weihenstephaner Dunkel, Einbecker Pils, Jever Pilsner, Radeberger Pilsner, Veltins Pilsner, Weihenstephaner Pale Ale).

Over a few repeated visits here, I’ve drank the Zunft Kolsch, Innstadt Stadl-Bier, Arcobrau Zwickl Lager, Schneider Aventinus Weizenbock (which they do in .3 shorty servings), & Schneider Weisse Mein Nelson Sauvin (yes, on tap, seriously, with claims of ‘here and nowhere else in the US’, and pricey as all hell, but still). I’ve also sampled a few interesting things; SlossBrau Auer Bock (pretty good), Hacker Pschorr Bock Animator Dopplebock (has some excellent in it, I could learn to love it), and the Hacklberg Humorator (nothing funny about this beer). Aside from the Kolschs, all beers are priced for liter and a shortier version, that generally being a .5L but there are some .3 & .4 servings. And a bottle list of 3 dozen+ entries if by some chance, you can’t get by on the tap list.

Both Leslie the other night and Stuart tonight knew their game, having worked at Manhattan German joints. They’ll ask what you drink and offer up suggestions, and deal you samples, good folks. I believe it jams here at night and during the day, well, there are currently a bunch of loud screaming kids; apparently they front a viscous gang of local stroller pushing moms who’ve been bounced from other establishments in the neighborhood. Good food, great beer. A realer deal than all other German beer bars I’ve seen.

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Die Koelner Bierhalle (The KBH) in Brooklyn, NY
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