Hofbräuhaus Newport

Hofbräuhaus NewportHofbräuhaus Newport

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

200 E 3rd St
Newport, Kentucky, 41071-1612
United States

(859) 491-7200 | map

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Photo of wingedeel
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Reasonably authentic German beer house, right by the touristy levee area in Newport. Large, open dining area with community tables. Some bar rail seating, which is where we sat.

The German style beers were nicely done, and served in full or 1/2 liter mugs. In my opinion they were not fantastic, but certainly well worth drinking. They have a can filling station for to go consumption, but they seemed a bit pricey.

The food menu was fairly large, we just split a appetizer sampler plate which was huge , consisting of sauerkraut balls, potato pancakes, fried pickles etc. It was more than enough for two at a reasonable price.

Would return.

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Photo of Jasoncolliver
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

excellent place for a good night of German food and good beer. They established a new beer, the Hofbrau Hallodri, which was excellent!

I would definitely return, as the food, service, and atmosphere were absolutely awesome!

Not necessarily the place to go if you're on a tight budget, but the price for the portion size is awesome! We almost always bring home leftovers!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

A great "German beer garden" that I frequented when visiting my friends in Cincinnati. Small number of taps, but all the typical German beer styles. The hefeweizen and the dunkel were top notch, and served in the big German glasses like you'd expect. The food is typical but delicious German fare. The service is good, and the beer girls are very friendly, and very nice to look at, ha.

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Photo of rodney4130
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

Reasonable prices, but that's to be expected when the beer lacks flavor (completely unremarkable) and is served in mugs that are still hot from the dishwasher. I had the Dunkel which was okay, but not one of the better dunkels I've had. The premium lager tasted like what you'd expect a "premium" lager to taste like. All of this beer seems like what BMC people drink when they want to brag that they like good beer. Food is like a German version of Applebee's. Lots of cute girls as servers, which is fun, but doesn't overcome the fact that there are only four beers and the food tastes like it was microwaved. You can do a lot better across the river.

Building is really nice though.

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Photo of mhagler
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Hofbrauhaus was a great place to go during my trip to Cincinnati. When we went up there, we went to a Reds game, enjoyed Taste of Cincinnati, then headed over to Hofbrauhaus for a beer or two...we ended up staying there the rest of the night! Between liter beers and never ending cornhole tournaments, on top of live music, this was the place to be in Newport, KY. The only downside I really remember was having to go back inside to get a beer myself everytime. If there were a few more waitresses tended to the folks who where outside just hanging out, it would have been perfect.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I used to live near Newport and frequented this place when I was in college. As other reviewers have noted, the interior looks just like a Bavarian beer hall. The service is always good, at least in my experience. Most of the beers are solid (though there are a few one may want to avoid), and most of the major German ale and lager styles are represented. The food is good, if you like vaguely German cuisine, but the portions tend to be enormous. Overall, Hofbrauhaus Newport is a great place to grab a couple of beers and a meal.

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Photo of aasher
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I visited this location yesterday and was quite impressed. When you walk in it looks like an authentic Munich bier hall with a multitude of long tables and benches, placing each table and group of people very close to another. It makes for a more social environment. They only had about five beers on tap, all of their house beers, but they were all very, very fresh. I had two liters of their fresh seasonal, their German Pilsener. It was one of the best pilseners I've had to date. Their hefe was also superb and looked amazing in their mugs. They had a nice selection of authentic German food. I got a reuben and a cup of spicy brautwurst soup and both were superb. The guys I went with really enjoyed their food as well. It was a little expensive but that's ok. You're essentially paying for atmosphere. Overall I thought this place was quality all around and they accomplish what they set out to do.

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Photo of crlova2
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A must see if you are in the area! All the beer is brewed in house other than the marzen. You will always be drinking super fresh clean tasting german beer. My friend actually works there and cleans the lines once a week so there will never be a dirty line and all the beer is run straight from the bright tanks. I haven't tried much of the food but everyone I know says it is outstanding. They do use beer in multiple dishes straight from the brewery. The beer here is much better than the pasteurized stuff you buy in the bottle shipped over from Germany so if your only impression of Hofbrau beer is bottled than this place will most likely really surprise you with its quality. Try the Dunkel, hefe, and seasonals as those are my favorites!

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Photo of buschbeer
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I made my second visit Sunday before game 3 of the NLDS. I really like the atmosphere of this place. It looks like a German drinking hall. There were rows of tables and benches in the main part of the building. I bellied up to the bar. There was live accordian music and plenty of German drinking songs. The waitresses dress in traditional German attire, but to my dismay, many of them wore undershirts to prevent the St. Paulie Girl busts from being appreciated. Nevertheless, I ventured on.

The menu consists of German staples as well as American cuisine. My friend and I sampled the wurst platter, consisting of bierwurst, bratwurst, and mettwurst, along with sour kraut balls. I was disappointed in the bratwurst, but, when you live outside the "Bratwurst Capitol of America" that has a festival dedicated to the sausage every year, non can compare.

The beer selection was basic with their standard four year round selections and a monthly seasonal. I enjoyed the hefe weizen, much more than in the green bottled version at the store. Overall, a fun place to hang out. With a solid lineup of German offerings I can see myself spending more time pre and post Reds games.

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Photo of LucienDeRubempre
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 1

Nice atmosphere, nice location, quality beers for reasonable prices, but the service is mediocre and the food is flat out awful. The building is gorgeous, and still looks almost brand new, with big copper brewing tanks over the bar, huge main hall, smaller dining room, and a biergarten with a great view of the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati. The beers are pretty solid, I thought the Premium Lager was nasty cat-pee skunk sauce, but the dunkel and the hefe were both good.

The food, however, is the kind of hideous thrown-together cafeteria food similar to Olive Garden or Applebees. The demi-glaze (German demi-glaze = contradiction in terms...) was made from bullion cubes, the sauerkraut was rubbery and bland, the wienershnitzel was over-fried and super greasy, and for some reason it came with steamed veggies (a German staple /sarcasm). We actually sent one entree back because it was completely inedible. If you must eat stick to the wurst and pretzels. I can't believe anyone is taken in by this place, my great-grandfather (whose name was Herzog) was an immigrant from Munich, and my family has always cooked and enjoyed German food. If you want real German food in Cincinnati, check out Mecklenburg Gardens in Clifton, because the Hofbrauhaus is about as authentic as triple-hop brewing.

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Photo of witster18
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I love this place. A few of my friends and I pulled a man-trip to cincy and this was the night spot we hit on a friday night. The beer was excellent... the premium lager and dunkel the high pts and the hefe was pretty good too.

What really set this place apart was the atmosphere. When we walked in there we about 20 huge wood tables with huge wood benches... the roof had that octoberfest tent look and the entire front room oozed 'huge partaaaaY'.

We spent the evening making new friends while drinking massive quantites of fine beer and listening to great music(snapps?)... the last three hours were spent STANDING on the table and nobody was in sight that gave a *(#&%. The place turned into the biggest free for all party that I have seen in many years... LOVED EVERY MINUTE.... thanks to hofbrau for providing the perfect party spot on a friday night.

Didn't try the food.... lived off beer alone the whole night. Great beer... great atmosphere... perhaps the best bar experience of my life... or at least since the old mich/osu papajoes kegs and eggs days...

this place ROX!

this place made a bunch of near 40 yr olds feel like they were at a frat party - rt at home!.... I WILL DEFINITELY be back. the 4 for food was based on a review from a member of our party....

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Photo of BuffaloBrew22
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A great place to go if you're looking for something different or off the beaten path. Just across the river from Cincinnati and extremely easy to find. The Hofbrauhaus in Newport Kentucky is a great place to spend an evening. From the beer garden, to the authentic atmosphere and decor inside. It actually feels like you walk back in time or beam over to Bavaria! The food was rather good, especially because I have no idea where else you can order actual German food in Cincinnati. (I just moved to Cincinnati in June 2010). The beer is simply the best part of the entire experience. Order up a few massive one liter steins of your favorite Hofbrauhaus brew and settle in for some great music. I prefer the Dunkel, it is delicious! Prost!

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Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great open family feel. Beer hall style with basic long tables with long benches. Decor is simple and authentic German. Food was excellent. Lots of German staples. Beer was really tasty. I tried the lager in a liter size and followed it up with a seasonal maibock and was very pleased with both. The band was good and created a fun atmosphere with lots of interaction with the crowd. My kids loved it too. The location is good. It is easy to find with lots of parking and other things to do right along the ohio river. Overall really fun afternoon of beer, food and music.

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Photo of jkrich
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

After visiting the small Hofbrauhaus in Panama City Beach, Florida, I looked forward to the much bigger, more authentic Hofbrauhaus in Newport, KY. Afterall, they brew the beer on premises, unlike at the Panama City Beach location.
When we arrived we decided to sit in the quiet section, away from the band. The room was warm, very warm. We ordered pretzels with beer cheese and half liters of the Helles. The beer and pretzels arrived quickly but without saucers for the pretzels and cheese. Our waiter never returned so I had to seek out another waiter for plates. By this time the hot pretzels were cool. Also, the "beer cheese" was nothing more that melted velveeta. We finished our beer (which was very good) and left.
I was very disappointed, but I am willing to give this place another try.

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Photo of cdpike
3.88/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Hofbräuhaus in Newport was another one of the first things I found when moving to Cincinnati. It's right near Newport on the Levee which is a fairly nice outdoor shopping area with lots of places to eat, drink, and play. The dining room of HB is a big open hall with lots of long picnic benches throughout surrounded by a few booths, so be prepared to make friends if it's crowded. Nice big open bar is very attractive. I've seen a fun German music duet here with lederhosen and everything. My favorite though, is out back in the biergarten. My wife and I love coming on sunny Sunday afternoons and washing down the sun with a liter of the HB Premium Lager. Very nice and relaxing, with also quite a bit of seating in the biergarten and a very nice view of Cincinnati from across the river. The beer is great and brewed on the premises and I've enjoyed all the food I've eaten here. I've rated the value $$$ only because the bill seems to get pretty big pretty quick when we order food, but if we're there just for beers I would definitely award only $$. The food is also really tasty German fare, but I hope you're not on a diet! HB is a lot of fun and is a place I love to bring my out-of-town friends and family.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The Hofbrauhaus is as close to walking into a German Beer Hall in Munich as it gets.
From a fine dining establishment in the front, to a long-tabled raucous beer hall, bar, and music hall in the middle, to a relaxing extensive beer garden in the back. You can have a great lunch outside, a fine dinner inside, and then party with complete drunken strangers with the house band that night.
Service is exceptional here. The wait staff is incredible.
Beer selection might be not incredibly diverse but most of it is brewed onsite according to the strictest of German Purity Laws.
Food is both highly to style and delicious.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

This place is easy to find, right on the corner of a major intersection. Parking is a non-issue, since valet is available and the lot looks to be a good size for when the place is not busy. I had never been to this part of Kentucky, and I only took a brief stroll around the area, so I can't comment too much on the nieghborhood, except to say that the Kentucky side riverfront seemed clean and well-kept, with plenty to see and do on a beautiful Saturday in April. There seemed to be many places to get a drink or have dinner, and The Irish Pub inside the mall(don't remember the name) was cool, especially since you can still smoke in Kentucky!!!

Hofbrauhaus has to be the best place to get a beer though. We went to the outdoor Biergarten first, where they had cornhole set-up out of the way and a patio section sprinkled with whiskey barrel planters.(first hop shoots coming up nicely) We sat at the tables and a server was with us immediately. Warm and friendly, but also knowledgable and courteous- traits that most of the servers,waiters, and hosts showed here. we got the sampler, only 6 beers I think- but its all made in-house and fresh, so whaddaya want?

Pretzels and bier cheese were outstanding, and of course complimented the biers well. Seasonal was a true-to style and well-done Schwarzbier that washed down the pork cutlets with demi-glaze nicely. we all shared a little of what we ordered and it all tasted traditional and delicious. By the time I had a full liter in front of me I was dining in the bier hall so I didn't want to break the vibe with a review, but I'll say that every bier was fantastic.

Food is reasonably priced and the drink prices are normal for a brew pub that brews on-premise with no outside beer served.

Definitley a place to go for good beer, but a nice to take the family or could even make a fun date. Prosit!!!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

What a fun time! This tends to be a very popular spot for me and some friends to hit after work.
This place is festive, lively and a joy to be at. Decently produced German beers, usually in a one liter stein for myself. Beer Garden for the warmer weather. Very good food. Their rotating monthly beers are very good. Plenty of music, singing and just general partying going on. It's impossible to come here and not have a good time. The beer garden is much more laid back and relaxing on a nice warm day.
Beer is decent, but you go here for the atmosphere and fun.

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Photo of wspscott
4/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I met a friend here before a Friday night concert across the river in Cincy. The atmosphere is loud and boisterous, there was a small german band (accordion, drums, don't remember the rest) playing "ompah music" which made it a little hard (not impossible) to talk. There were lots of families, the kids seemed to really like the music, there was also a large group of 20ish kids who were celebrating someone's 21st birthday. How do I know what they were celebrating you ask, the band got the whole table to stand up on their chairs and lead the room in the chicken dance, kind of corny but kind of fun :)

I had the Dunkel and he had the lager. I really liked the Dunkel and my friend said his was good as well (he is not a BA). For dinner, I had the sausage sampler plate, it came with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. Everything was excellent, I would have no problem having the same thing for dinner again. Our waiter was solid, he seemed busy but he checked back with us enough that we did not have to look for him when we wanted a 2nd beer.

If I lived in town or was there for vacation/business, I would absolutely go back, good food, good beer and a fun atmosphere makes for a fun place. BTW, if you are going to have a 2nd beer check out the difference in price between .5 liter and a full liter, I imagine the 1 liter is a much better deal. Recommended.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a really fun place. I visited on a Friday night in the summer, and the place was hopping. Live Bavarian music and costumed waitresses give the feeling of being in a Munich beerhouse. As the night wore on, there was dancing on the floor and on the benches of the picnic-style dining tables. Kind of loud if you want intimate conversation, but a grand place to be if you want to revel in being a little piece of humanity. The service is okay, but a bit slow, perhaps in my case because the night was so crowded (I did have to wait more than half an hour for my table for party of eight). The food was good, ranging from traditional German pub fare to some great local foods, like Zinzinnati Chicken (The skyline of Cincinnati, the most German city in America can be sen just across the Ohio River). I had another local dish, Kentucky Hot Brown; it was good, but not like most I've had. The beers were fresh and excellent, and served in half and full-liter steins, with classic foaming heads spilling over the rims. Overall, an experience not to be missed if you're soujourning in the Queen City.

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Photo of chilidog
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Made this a vacation must as we were doing the Newport acqarium later that afternoon.

Got to it about 2p.m. Plenty of free parking and no wait.

You walk in and the aroma hits you. Grains, yeast, kinda stable like. We were greeted by an older german guy, we talked abit about Octoberfests in our hometown area, very nice.

we were seated at one of the large wooden tables. Good atmosphere in front of the bar and cooper brewing kettle. The brewmaster was at work as its above the bar height, almost stage-like. Ok for entertainment for no music at our visit.

The beer was good, though they were out of the months special Bohemian Pils and the Dunkel. Both of which I wanted to try. Instead I had a liter of a back-up special offering, Zwickelbeer, an unfilter lager. It was offered by our pants sport'n waitress. It wasn't skirt time either, though she did show the kids her socks, very nice. She new her beer as well which was very cool.

The food was great. Good quality and good portion size. You can save some dough by ording from the second page sandwitch side, as we did.

Going at the off times are good if you have a kid or two. Only thing, you don't always get the full octoberfest feel. Even the old german greeter guy was gone leaving the gift shop unmaned. I wanted a glass but didn't go back in to track down my sock wear'n waitress. Oh well, next time, cause im go'en back!!

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

We skipped the Saturday morning sessions at NHC and drove down to the river and Newport Kentucky. After shopping at the Mall, we headed over to Hofbrauhaus.

It was a couple of minutes before 11 am, and we walked into the lobby and were deciding whether to buy a liter stein or a Stiefel, and the hostess informed us we could sit in the biergarten or we could wait for two minutes. For some reason, we chose the biergarten. Then menu in the biergarten is different than in the dining room. So instead of schnitzel, I had sausage.

We had a German Pilsner and it was excellent. It went well with the brats. Our server was attentive. How could he not be? We were the only ones in the biergarten. Everyone else decided to sit inside!

If you find yourself in Cincinnati or Kentucky, make an effort to visit.

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Photo of barleynvinebrew
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2

In my opinion this establishment is a pricey franchise brewer. The area is very much lacking a small or even medium size craft brewpub. The reason people enjoy this establishment so much is the do not have anything to trully compare it to. The Rock Bottom in Cincinatti is above this place.

The food, I was not impressed with the portions for the amount of money paid for a lunch. The quality of the food was okay.

The beer tasted just like a franchise or rubber stamp brewery (Budwieser or Miller).

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Photo of becktone
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I love going to the Hofbrauhaus in Newport. It has a great German atmosphere, though I doubt it is anywhere close to a carbon copy of the atmosphere of the Munich Hofbrauhaus. You can expect it to be pretty empty on weekdays during daylight hours, forget trying to get in and get a table with friends or family on Friday or Saturday night, even if you get there at 5pm you'll still have to wait. Inside there is usually live music-a polka band. Service is pretty good, I went there on break(from work) one day and waited about 5 minutes till the bartender came to me, maybe its because I look a bit younger, but still, it wasn't very busy. Not only that but it also took him about 5-7 minutes to get me a drink after I ordered. Beer selection is about 5 beers, the four that they've always on tap and a seasonal. Food is good but expensive, I recommend the cheese fries, you get a killer portion.

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Photo of parrothead2004
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

After visiting Hofbräuhaus in Munich a few months ago, we decided to try the domestic verion on our last visit to the Cincinnati area.

We went on a weekday afternoon a few days before New Years. The initial impression was decor and furniture were spot on, in a smaller form. Lots of heavy wooden furniture, beautiful steins, paintings, much of which was imported from the German location.

Our waiter was very friendly, and a bit hung over. He mentioned there was a keg tapping the night before, and he did a lot of research on the new beer. He was friendly and helpful, if a bit foggy.

The food was good, especially since they had veggie burgers not offered at the original Haus. The potato pancakes were delicious as well. The real letdown was the size of the pretzels. They were good, and fresh, but not particularly big.

The beer was excellent. We had the Dunkel and Hefeweizen by the liter. They were fresh, served at the right temperature, and great examples of their style.

Overall, a great place for a beer and lunch. It is not the crazy entertainment destination like its Munich counterpart, but it's closer and we didn't have to pay in Euro!

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Hofbräuhaus Newport in Newport, KY
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