Vetter Alt Heidelberger Brauhaus


Type: Brewery, Eatery

Steingasse 9
Heidelberg, 69117

(49) 06221 165850 | map

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 13
Reviews by rinhaak:
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4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

My wife and I visited Vetter's on our recent trip to Heidelberg. We sought it out because of their claim to have the "strongest beer in the world" (they were listed in the 1994 Guinness Book of World Records). Certainly no longer the case, this proved to not be a wasted trip.

We went for lunch and the place was pretty empty. There were maybe four different groups in the very large and spacious dining floor. Huge bronze colored vats were seen along the back wall, and they had a long counter with several glasses and steins for sale. The tables were all long wooden picnic tables. There were a couple of TVs playing as well.

The atmosphere was rustic, authentic, and pleasant. The service was surprisingly good (not something I would often praise in German restaurants). Our waitress was fast, helpful, and patient with my own sub-par German. She answered all of our questions regarding the food and drink, and, maybe because there weren't many patrons that afternoon, she was fast with our drinks.

At the time, they had three beers on tap: a Helles, a Doppelbock, and their famous Vetter 33: an 11.5% syrupy doppelbock (the BA review page lists this a 13.2%, but their menu lists it at 11.5). I ordered a glass of the Vetter, my wife the Doppelbock. Both were exceptionally made, though I found the Vetter a bit overwhelming in terms of sweetness.

The food is really what made me feel a review was necessary. Neither my wife nor I are particularly excited about traditional German cuisine, but this was magnificently done: by far the best representation of this culinary tradition I've yet tasted. I ordered Schweinskopfsülze mit Remoulade und Bratkartoffeln: a huge pork leg with sauerkraut and german dumplings. The meat was tender and fell right off the bone. My wife ordered the Brauerpfanne ,Tiroler Gröstl" mit kl. Salat
(Bratkartoffeln mit Blut und Leberwurst) which was phenomenal. It was a skillet dish with potatoes and two different types of sausage (blood and liverwurst). It was rich but not too much so; the blood sausage lent a deep complexity that was really fantastic. The potatoes were soft, and all the flavors perfectly blended. I encourage every meat eater to order this dish.

Heidelberg is a major tourist destination, so if you find yourself in town, definitely go have dinner and a beer (or two) at Vetters. It's worth the stop.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of windowside
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Blwissler
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of dundeestalacerveza
5/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Ummmmmmm.. It's a German brew pub. Need I say more?
Burley wooden tables seated family style, plates of pork, and casks tapped at your table. The Germans do it right.
Also... Vetter 33. A 33% beer.
Hefeweizen and so much more.
If you ever go to Heidelberg, take a trip to Vetter..

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Photo of moorenor1
5/5  rDev +22.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Incredible!!!!!! The dunkle was crazy good!!!!!!

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Photo of mamaraza
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of Barleycorn
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Sparkybrad4d
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Good food, attentive waitress. Good beer in a nice place with fine ambience. Being in a decent town works too

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Photo of apootje
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of LittleDon
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Touristy? Maybe. Worth stopping in? Definitely.

Located on the main tourist thoroughfare a 100 meters or so from the Alte Brucke. Atmosphere is what you might expect from a German brew house, old wooden tables, wooden floor, dark walls, and hops hanging from many places. There are two very large (50 bbl?) copper tanks next to the bar. Service was good as the beer maid was quick, knew here beer, and rescued me from my massacre of the German language. Four or five beers were available all in multiple sizes (except the 33, which only came in 20 cL). Food was well prepared and reasonable for the location (about 13 Euro for the Schwein Haxe). Portions were more than enough. Worth a return visit.

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Photo of foamee
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

The Vetter Brewpub in Heidelberg is in the busy no-car shopping and tourist area near the university. The brewpub has been there a long time; it is quite warn and has a lot of character. The main room has about 6 large tables and about 6 more smaller ones, and large displays of hops hanging like chandeliers. The 10 barrel brewing system is also quite prominent in the room. A helles is served year round as well as a seasonal. "The world's strongest beer" is their claim to fame, once featured in the Guiness Book. Their "33" beer has an original gravity of 1.033, and is a sweet doublebock.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I stopped at the Vetter Brauhaus the other day while spending a week in Heidelberg.

Located on a old and historic street corner this fairly large brewpub caters to locals and tourists. Menus are available in English and German and both other an explanation of their brewing methods, the Reinheitsgetbot, and short description of their seasonals. The English translation is also quite good.

Only part of the brewery is visible but adds a nice element to the experience.

Service there is exquisit. Our waitress spoke fluent and easily understood English but when my friends and I explained that we wanted to speak German that brought a smile and greater hospitality. The Brewery also offers tours and I was told that a table side explanation from one of the brewers can be easily arranged.

The Brewpub is extremely easy to find. Its just on the Altstadt side of the Old Brick (the one with the funny sculpture of the monkey).

My food rating was based merely on beer munchies, but they were some of the best damn beer munchies I have had during my stay in Germany. I had spicy homemade cheese spread served on a three large thick and soft pieces of Rye bread, along with a side of pretzel sticks. The cheese was soft, thick, creamy, and with a touch of spicyness. Prices for food and beer were quite reasonable, especially considering its proximity to one of the citys main tourist attractions.

Selection of beer here is very limited. They typical run two year round's (a helles and a house specialty referred to as 'Vetter 33') along with a seasonal. From what I remember it was a Maibock, Weihnactsbier (Christmas beer), Weizenbock, Keller, Märzen, and something else. I had the privlege to enjoy the Märzen, along with the two other varities and was very impressed.

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Vetter Alt Heidelberger Brauhaus in Heidelberg, Germany
3.5 out of 5 based on 14 ratings.
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