Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro

BEER AVG
3.74/5
Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss BistroBayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1507 Montana St
Missoula, Montana, 59801-1409
United States

(406) 721-1482 | map
bayernbrewery.com

Notes:
Taproom:
Monday - Friday: 12pm - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: Noon - 8pm

Edelweiss Bistro:
Monday - Saturday, 11am - 8pm

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BEER STATS
Beers:
23
Ratings:
846
Reviews:
368
PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Ratings:
15
Reviews:
4
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
5.88%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Ironnomad
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Mothergoose03
4.04/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

(#12 of 49) This brewery offers German-inspired beers and food. It is located just off a main street among other light-industrial buildings. I was looking forward to trying the German-style beers and food because I have not visited many breweries in this mold and I wanted to learn more about the taste of German beers. I was not disappointed.

The pub had a quaintness to it, even to the point that the on-staff German brewing intern walked through while pushing a hand cart with a keg going to the bar cooler. He was wearing a pair of red bib overalls that just seemed right for the occasion. A window in the rear wall of the pub looked out to the kegging area.

There were 11 beers on tap so we ordered a sampler flight of 9 of them. My marginal experience in drinking these styles left me at a loss to be able to judge them, so a lot of my evaluation of the beers was based on how I liked them rather than their being brewed in relation to their style characteristics. We really liked avery one of them, and gave an overall B+ grade to them. The most notable was the Pilsener, which I think is the best beer in this style that I've ever had.

The food is also very good here. It seemed like a good variety of German dishes that were on the menu, and we really enjoyed the meals that we ordered. If we are ever back in this area again, this place will be at the top of our list to visit again.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Sixpoint
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of willsail4beer
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One thing I enjoy, is consistently good beer. There is nothing more disappointing than enjoying one batch, and the next one is different, and unpleasant. Bayern Brewing is Montana's oldest surviving micro brewery, since 1987. They brew all lagers, in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot. All organic, all natural, no gmo's. They have some good standards, the Amber (and unfiltered Amber), Pilsener, Helles Lager, unfiltered Hefeweizen, a Dunkelweizen and a classic German Black Lager. They also have some great seasonals. The brewery has two brewers who are from German Master Brewing programs, and usually they have an intern or two, recently graduated from German brewing schools. Soon to have a kitchen, also to have a German intern chef, from Germany. Great staff, most of them have been there for many years.

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Photo of misternebbie
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of Brath1
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of cyrushire
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Coopdaddy
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of tylerstravis
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Solobrow
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MTScotchAleLover
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of archyquaffer
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

I first visited this brewery when it was located in the old train depot at the end of Higgins. The brewery shared the building with a nice restaurant. It was always hopping on weekends. One time the Scorpions and their entourage showed up to party after a concert in Missoula. It was a grand venue for sure, and seems almost deserted now- perhaps the rent is too high.

I did not know about the current location until recently (I had moved away from Missoula). The current place is out of the way and would be hard to find if you didn't know the streets, and is far from the nice part of Missoula. Very limited parking on the edge of a low rent residential area. We visited it in cold weather and so didn't try the patio. The inside is rather cramped. They had a window to view their operation but it was largely obstructed by boxes.

The service is very good, and they were busy when we were in there on a Friday late afternoon. Their beer is excellent. As we left, my girlfriend was hesitant to pull out into traffic on the nearby extremely busy thoroughfare, and we were rudely honked at by the car in back of us. I gave 'em the Butte wave and they backed down like psis. That town is getting to be too much like a big city.

I like this brewery but don't care for the location. If this place was downtown in a nice old building, it would be the bomb.

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Photo of DroolingMoose
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Bayern is definitely a local favorite. Tasting room is kind of small but an inviting atmosphere, the patio is the best place to do your tasting. You can also watch them bottle their lovely beers. Pints sell for 4 dollars which is always a good deal. Growers give you about 6 pints and cost anywhere between 7 and 12 dollars for a fill if you already own a nice piece of glass, or stainless steel for us river goers.

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Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro in Missoula, MT
3.74 out of 5 based on 846 ratings.
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