Mahr's Bräu

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery

Wunderburg 10
Bamberg, 96050

+49 951 91517-0 | map

Notes: Bamberger Original since 1670
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4.35 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Feb 12, 2022
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3.89/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5
by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

This place was just across the street from Keesman, so a 'twofer' for brewery visits on the same block. The interior of the place is pretty standard for its vibe, although all of the swags of hops were a little extra that we had not noticed in other places. We arrived just after lunchtime and the crowd was thinning, so we had very good service.

There were three beers available, so we chose the Helles and the Kellerbier. (The other was a Weissbock.) Both beers were brewed very well to style, although it's hard to rate a kellerbier because they are not often seen and learned for comparison purposes.

To stay with our plan to eat lightly at every location during our pub crawl, we ordered just a bowl of soup. It was tasty but nothing outstanding. Based on that soup we included a food rating in this review. This was an okay place, and since it's across the street from another brewery, sure, you should visit here too.

Jun 13, 2017
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4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
by Lawnie from Nebraska

Love the large green ceramic heater.

Aug 17, 2016
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3.99/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5
by azorie from Florida

This is a must visit for any German beer lover in Bamberg. The people are very nice, especially if you can speak some of the Language. The beer is first rate. We had our car and did not have a hard time finding the place.
That said some days they only have 2 beers on wooden cask. but they are really great beers. enjoy.

Food standard German fair. Depending on what your used too, its decent.

Aug 27, 2015
4.65 by Seacoastbrewer from New Hampshire on Jul 07, 2015
4.32 by SCW from New York on Jun 03, 2015
4.79 by herrburgess from South Carolina on Jun 02, 2015
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4/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

I have visited this brewery several times, both summer and winter. In summer, the beer garden is pleasant and filled with happy locals. In winter, as in my visit this past week, the interior is filled with locals (mostly) but with a small number of tourists. I ran into fewer tourists here than at the Schlenkerla and even the Spezial. It is, after all, off the beaten path and I have been lost several times looking for it (yes, I didn't read my map and relied on my memory - big mistake). If, however, you read your map, it is no problem getting here. There is an English menu available, which they default to, if they know you are a tourist (sigh). The food is great, the beers on tap include the ungespundet (aka "ein OOO") and the staff is friendly and helpful. Redommended!

Feb 21, 2015
5 by cichief from Virginia on Nov 22, 2014
4 by Russkiy from California on Nov 02, 2014
4 by jonb5 from England on Aug 19, 2014
5 by Jefjak from Kentucky on Aug 04, 2014
4 by MattSweatshirt from Texas on Jul 31, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4
by DoubleJ from Wisconsin

It doesn't receive the tourist traffic that Schlenkerla received, but the walk was reasonable enough for my curiosity. Turned out to be a very curious trip indeed; the nearby Brauerei Keesmann has a problem working Sunday, so Mahrs got the visit by default. The outdoor biergarten was full of people and life, so I headed inside in search of a seat. There's a window which takes orders at the bar from outside, but being inside you just need to get the barman's attention.

There was no beer menu, so everything was oral. Only two beers were on-tap (helles and kellerbier), however it did have a number of bottled options. After a long walk, I was pleasantly refreshed with a half-liter of their helles, and more refreshed to find how inexpensive it was (€2ish for 500 ml of helles). You can even watch them tap your beer out of the wooden barrel, which was a first for me. At the time, I was dissapointed that only two beers were on-tap, but now I regret that I didn't stay longer.

May 09, 2013
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4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5
by TurdFurgison from Ohio

This delightful brewpub is off the beaten path, far from the other Bamberg must-sees. It's worth it though, Mahrs is one of my favorite lager brewers anywhere. I dragged a coworker along for the long walk and we arrived hungry and thirsty.

It's a small place, especially on a cold day when sitting outside is not an option. The tables are set up such that 2 people entering will most likely share a table with others (no problem, although it was families and we all kept to our own groups conversationally). The unfiltered lager is what you'll want, although maybe there's a special offering at other times of the year which could take precedent. Anyway the unfiltered lager was delicious and cheap. The food was likewise delicious and cheap. We had the pork schnitzel and pork knuckle, each of us paid <10 euros for the food (GOOD DEAL).

If you've come to Bamberg as a beer geek you likely are searching out rauchbier. I strongly encourage a stop here anyway, but I also understand if it takes a backseat to Schlenkerla and Spezial.

Mar 17, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
by Domingo from Colorado

Mahr’s is one of the most unique looking of the Bamberg brewpubs because it has a large courtyard biergarten in front of the brewery itself. Both times I arrived to find that area relatively full, so it’s clearly the choice spot. The front entrance leads to the standard hallway, although the hallway in this case seems to lead to an alley and the neighborhood behind the brewery. The indoor sitting area is much smaller than most other places, although there appeared to be a side door leading to additional sitting space.
I didn’t see a lot of people eating here, so I take it that Mahr’s is more of a drinking spot than a dinner destination. That’s understandable because their beers are all terrific. They might be the overall best brewer in town. When I was there, I saw taps for a helles and ungespundetes (kellerbier – the best I’ve had to date), with weizen available in bottles. They also also have a pils and a whole host of seasonals including a maibock I barely missed.
Drop into Mahr’s for a slightly different look and feel and for arguably the best beers in Bamberg. Prices were the standard 2.30-2.50, so they won’t break the bank, too.

EDIT: More and more I believe Mahr's to be the brightest star in a town filled with excellent beers. Their whole line-up is absolutely wonderful and you can't go wrong with anything. Recently we're been getting more beers from them where I live, and they're just flat-out amazing. I only had 3 different beers from them in Bamberg since my trip was short, but next time I think I'm going to camp out there for a day.
While I'm partial to some of the regional brewers around Munich (Andechs, Aying, Weihenstephaner, etc.) Mahr's is every bit as good as they are and maybe better in some ways!

Jul 05, 2011
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4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
by JoeDaddy from Massachusetts

If you are in Bamburg swing by Mahrs, very much a local watering hole. Off the beaten path, but very friendly. We did not get food there as we were just passing through. Visiting the Biergarten was great. We had a few dunkel bier and some snacks, Landjäger smuggled in from Rothenburg ob der Tauber. The weisen was also quite good. A great place to take a break and sit back. Bamburg is a great place to drink beer. This was one of many local places to visit there.

We did manager to bring home a ETA, which was great big dark beer. Well worth the visit!

Jan 27, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
by fsimcox from Louisiana

The last time I visited Mahrs Brau was with my wife, kids, and my wife's Aunt and Uncle.
You enter a long hall with narrow planks on the wall to set your beer on. There is a window on your right to purchase 1/2L beers from the bar and a door on the right to enter the restaurant area. When you enter the restaurant, the bar is on the right, and on the left is the Stammstich table with a green Kachelofen behind. There are long tables along the walls, with a smaller room and more tables in the back. Many historical pictures on the walls.

We went there for lunch, and had a wonderful meal. The adults had the Schweinhax'n, while the kids had bratwurst. We also had the Weissbier and Keller bier. Each was very good.

In the past I have had the lunch special, the Sauerbraten I recall being very good. One particular visit, I ask my waiter if she would sell me the krug I had just drank my Keller bier from. She seemed more than happy to clean it up and sold it to me for 3 or 4 euro. I still have it sitting at the top of my German Krug collection.

My favorite Bamberg brewery.

Jan 23, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
by dbalsock from Vermont

This place felt like it was a converted house, with multiple living rooms and dining rooms converted into cozy publike atmosphere with long dark tables and benches for relaxed imbibery. The quality of the beer was very high, fantastic dunkels and helles. They did not have a rauchbier available, although that is what bamberg is known for, but the quality of their brews was so high that it didn't matter to me. The food and the beer was very inexpensive and the food was quality, but not the best that we had as it was a tad salty for our tastes.

Jul 05, 2009
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4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
by brc from Michigan

A dark bar, with huge wood beams in the low ceiling. Small traditional green tiled oven (heater), which they were using when I visited in March. The decorations are old pictures instead of the traditional dead animals, and a 1920's radio in one corner. There are two smallish rooms, with some people at most tables but plenty of space when I visited on a weekday lunchtime. They had self service pretzels on a stick above the bar, and a kitchen open. The man I shared a table with was supplementing his meal from the kitchen with bread, pickels, and more meat from his bag. In the hallway there are some standing spots and a window to the taps, and many people chose to stand out here and talk, even though there was plenty of space to sit. I was the only tourist, but still felt welcome here. Great atmosphere, great beer. If they used wooden casks this would be heaven. One of the best spots in Bamburg, and definitely worth seeking out.

Mar 28, 2009
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4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4
by JohnW from England

About 25 minutes walk to the Station from here, so if you are doing a bar tour of Bamberg, make it your last stop before getting the train! Easy enough to find with the help of a map.

Outside beer garden greets you at the entrance (almost opposite Keesmann) then into the bar which is almost an L shaped room with low ceiling and the usual dark wooden panelling and small serving bar.

We were here about 1.30pm on a Friday after being in Keesmann, and it was not very busy, some sat outside and 3 free tables inside (note one is a Stammstich, for locals only!) We had the Mahrs Keller beer, served straight from a wooden barrel on the bar, and can only say it was outstanding. Dark copper colour, maltly aroma, but good body and texture, hint of hops in the finish - very tasty and easy to drink. Had we not got a train to catch within the hour, would probably have spent the rest of the day here! The Keller beer was €2.30 for half litre.

Some German locals at an adjacent table, realising we were English wanted to know how we found the place - being off the tourist trail - and were thrilled to know of our interest in beers and chatted with us the whole time we were there swapping stories about beers in Bamberg & Forscheim! Their advice? When visiting Bamberg, get to the famous bars like Fassla, Heller-Trum etc for 10am, you will then get a seat, then work your way to the less well known ones that are not on the tourist trail!

To my mind, the best beer in Bamberg (unless your weakness is for smoked beers) and is a MUST for any beer lover when in Bamberg.

First rate.

B'ham UK Sept 2008

Sep 15, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
by FirstMan from Massachusetts

So, here's the setup -

Knuckles and I were Germany specifically to tour the 9 breweries of Bamberg and then head to Munich. When we arrived in Bamberg, it was pretty much cold and rainy, being late September. We walked all over the place, and after a particularly long walk and a couple wrong turns on the way to find Mahrs Bräu, we finally arrived. I remember being kind of tired, wet and cold.

Once we walked into the place, though, that all seemed to change. The atmosphere inside is warm and cozy, with several smaller-sized rooms filled with different size tables. There are fairly low ceilings and the older construction of the building lends a kind of homey feel. Almost as soon as we sat down, the sun appeared from behind the clouds outside and began to come into the room. Additionally, the nice server plopped a big stein of Kellerbeir down in front of me.

Oh so happy.

That Kellerbeir was one of the best beers I had in Germany and the atmosphere of the place really helped it along as well. I remember all of us at the table - clearly tired after a long walk - suddenly start to get happy.

Mahrs has a nice beer garden out front that I'm sure is great in the summer, but frankly I was just as happy to sit inside.

Mahrs is a must-go in Bamberg.

Sep 14, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
by hogshead from Australia

It was nice enough weather (and we were warm from the walk from town) so we opted to sit in the biergarten.
Not much of a view, but after receiving a beer from the small window on the right as you enter, we settled down for quite a pleasant afternoon.
The brewery courtyard is just off the biergarten and had seats for the workers to come and have a beer while on a break.
The smell of malt was everywhere, and it actually helped us home in on the location.
Great beer in a relaxed enviroment. Just watch you head on the beams inside the door.

Nov 11, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
by UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

Located not far from a big red church, east and south of the train station. Walkable from that area (20+ minute walk).

You enter the archway and turn right to enter the gaststube. I found this place to have a real, old bierhall kind of feel. Low, woodedn beamed ceiling, dimly lit, long tables, plus a few shorter tables. It got quite busy, and many regulars even drink outside under the archway and order their beers thru a window right at the taps.

They had 3 biers on tap: the Ungespundete lager (from wooden barrels), the Helles, and the Bockbier during my visit. The Weiss bier in bottles was available, and they also had a non-alcohol Lowenbrau. The Ungespundete was served in ceramic mugs/steins, and others were served in glasses. The beers were all quite good. The service was very good, and this was one of the few places in town that kept track of my tab by hash marks on my coaster.

I was lucky to have a waitress who spoke English very well, but as with other places in town, I am sure you could get by here with only a bit of German. The other patrons who shared my table were very friendly, and I had some very nice conversations with those who could speak English. A very nice time.

I tried some of the food, and it was very good (I had a cheese plate "mit Musik" and some sausages, all very traditional Bamberg food).

This is a must visit when in Bamberg.

Last visit 24-Nov-2007.

Dec 12, 2003
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4.06/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

This is right across the street from Keesmann, so it's easy to turn a double-play! You first encounter an outdoor courtyard with tables, chairs and benches strewn beneath the big-ass chestnut trees. Just further you enter the Mahrs "Schwemme", a long, dark hall where you can imbibe while standing around and b.s.-ing. Otherwise, take a right upon entering and find yourself in a low-ceilinged, dark, smoky, old beamed room. Big, heavy old wooden tables and chairs offer plenty of seating, and this place can get real loud and hot at night! A typical "lokal" with many regulars frequenting it. They have anywhere from 5 to 8 Mahrs Biers on hand, depending on seasonals. All that I've tried to date are very good. Service is good and helpful (a recurring theme, methinks!). They have an extensive food menu with reasonable prices, though I did not indulge. A must stop in Bamberg, along with Schlenkerla and Klosterbräu (and Fässla, and Spezial, and....) Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.06
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: n/a | $$


Oct 07, 2003
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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
by bierman2000 from Pennsylvania

Nice outdoor visit, May 1999. Had Lager on tap and the Weisse in a bottle. Also the Radler mix of Lager and lemon lime soda. Nice atmosphere outside , inside crowded and loud. A Dunkel was also available and all the beers were delicious. The food was excellent especially the Nurnberger sausages in kraut.

Feb 24, 2003
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4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
by Hobbz from Rhode Island

Although this establishment did not fit into my plans at the time for any visit -- never mind an "extended" visit (!) -- until some other trip perhaps, nevertheless after my brother and I had spent a few late- afternoon hours in Schlenkerla (aka, Heller-Trum), we found ourselves "schlenkerling" about in downtown Bamberg as eventide was slowing upon us. Lo and behold, I noticed a couple of "older" chaps beckoning us with puzzled faces. They were nice English folk and inquired on if we knew where the "Mahrs Bierkeller" could be found. They had heard marvelous things about it... Nicely, they knew the address and had in their possession a detailed map of the area. Consequently, I noticed it was upside down!!

I quickly oriented its location, and, more importantly, how one would go about in getting there (even after Schlenkerla!). We offered a go at it as well.

If they owe me anything in my getting them there quickly and dutifully, then it is all offered back and more, for what an absolute fun time we had therein with all the locals. The rather plump, older and brusque server -- the kind of woman one immediately thinks of, true to her form yet ever-mindful of our service, was "charming" in that sort of sense. She even did not take mind when I kept switching my beer choices. A yummy ungespundetes Lagerbier served in authentic earthenware mugs and tasty Vollbier & seasonal bock = always room for another round, bitte!

We stayed the evening until our entire table (we & the locals) was kicked out at closing.

I have a new "friend" in town.

Jan 14, 2003
Mahr's Bräu in Bamberg, Germany
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