Brauerei Spezial

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

Obere Königstraße 10
Bamberg, 96052

+49 951 24304 | map
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Rated by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75
Checked into the hotel and immediately began my Bamberg brewery hopping journey across the river to Spezial. A smaller establishment integrated into the streetscape with apartments above the inner courtyard. Indoor seating was a small yet traditional bierhall setting and the outdoor biergarten had numerous smaller tables. Food menu is traditional and delicious. Beer offerings are obviously stellar and reasonably priced. Such a unique flavor and what makes Bamberg so special. They even sell bottles and glassware to-go! A great first stop!
Jun 13, 2023
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25
A short stroll from the Grüner Markt north brings you to the Untere Königstraße, and there you'll find Brauerei Spezial, and right across the street, Brauerei Fässla. They're both spectacular looking buildings, but then again, so are most of the buildings in Bamberg. It's a little bit away from the very touristy center of town, and thus a bit more relaxing.

Stepping inside of Spezial you'll find the main dining room to the left, which will be mostly reserved, and then two smaller side rooms. In warmer weather there's also a courtyard where you can enjoy a beer in the sunshine. Inside it's typical old German decor with carved wooden panels and small animal antlers and photos and clocks hung about. It's really very nice to look at, taking in all of the detail of the carving, the massive wooden beams that support the floor above, the wood floor in the main room, the beautiful green kachelofen, and the lace curtains in the tiled floor side room. In fact, if you look closely you'll see that some of the glass in the windows appears to be original, or at the very least, quite old. Oh, and let's not forget the variety of different, seemingly antique lamps that are hanging above. It really has some charm to it, and a great feel!

Once you've found a seat, a server will find you! Then you can order a beer, and perhaps a meal. There are generally four beers available: Lager, Märzen, Weissbier, and Ungespundet. If you visit in November or early December and you're lucky enough you'll also get to try their Bock before it sells out.

For food they offer the typical Franconian fare, and I have to say that everything is done exceptionally well. For just 9,20€ I have to recommend the Jäger Schnitzel, and the Bratwürse with kraut and caraway seeded rolls (2 for 5,20€) makes and excellent lunch or snack.

I've never spoken with anyone who's had less than a rave review of Spezial, and given it's location directly across the street from Fässla, and a couple of blocks away from the Bamberger Weissbierhaus it really is a must-visit.
May 19, 2018
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Reviewed by PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75
This was our first place to visit this day. We were not hungry yet so we only wanted to try the beers. The vibe here was typical of most of the other places that we visited on this trip. We did note that check-in/check-out for the hotel was occurring at the counter, so that was a little different. We did not note a bar here, so we sat at a table.

Four beers were available plus two alcohol-free ones. (Sadly no maibock.) We had a lagerbier and a weissbier, and really enjoyed them. The 'U' bier and a marzen were also on tap, but we had places to go and beers to drink elsewhere. Hopefully we'll try them in the future.
Jun 13, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by SCW from New York

Jun 03, 2015
Rated: 4.39 by herrburgess from South Carolina

Jun 02, 2015
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
My favorite Brewery eatery in Bamberg. Honest food, good service. Traditional brewery restaurant in Bamberg. Well located close to the city center and between the city center and the train station. Great beer. Rooms are decent with a small bathroom with shower attached. Nice views of the Faessla across the street. Steep stairs up to the rooms, however.
Dec 27, 2014
Rated: 4.68 by cichief from Virginia

Nov 22, 2014
Rated: 4 by Russkiy from California

Nov 02, 2014
Rated: 5 by Vreten from Sweden

Jul 13, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by TurdFurgison from Ohio

Mar 18, 2014
Rated: 5 by Sgtgibbs from Ohio

Jan 11, 2014
Rated: 4 by ebogenrief2 from Illinois

Nov 14, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by Bung from Michigan

Oct 26, 2013
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Reviewed by IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75
I went in to have the Rauchbier. Since I was on a day trek to hit several breweries, I knew I'd eat later. So no food for me here. The service was ok, but I think we were the only customers at that time. And they seemed to be less than enthusiastic about having to serve the one and only table occupied. Probably not bad if you really like the beer, but it's not my favorite Bamberg offering.
Jul 09, 2013
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Reviewed by Domingo from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
I stayed across the street at Faessla, so this was a pretty easy walk to make. Like pretty much every brewery in Bamberg, when you walk in there's a room with table service and a window for ordering beers.
In addition, there's the "hanging out hallway" for a quick brew, and unlike most other spots - Spezial has a pretty decent sized mini-biergarten in the back with roughly a dozen tables and waitress service for beers and food. Most people tended to go straight back to the biergarten, skipping the window and indoor seating.
When stopping by for beers mid-day I found the service in the biergarten to be a little off. Even some locals ended up leaving, but luckily we got our beers pretty quickly.
However at night in the normal dining area service was super prompt even though a good chunk of the place consisted of people simply hanging out for the evening and having a few drinks.
Food was excellent. Both variations on schnitzel were stellar. It was easily one of the best German meals I've had to date. Plus, it's a nice bonus that their "default" rauchbier is fairly mild and easy to drink with or without food. The ungespundetes (kellerbier) is also terrific and makes a fine counter-point option. They also have a weizen and a stronger rauchbier, too.
I originally wanted to stay at Spezial, but they only have a handful of rooms. Word has it that it's a great place to stay, too.
Still, for beer and food I find Spezial to be a good place.
While I'd recommend almost all of the places in Bamberg, Spezial gets a special mention for the food and overall quality for all of their beers. As a hotel - it's also in one of the best locations in the city. You're really right in the middle of things.
Jul 05, 2011
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Reviewed by MillRat from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
My wife and I spent four days and nights in Bamberg, and stayed in a room at Brauerei Spezial. With one exception, this could not have been a better choice.

The beer is as good as it gets in Bamberg, with mildly smoked lager and marzen, and non-smoked weizen. The food is very well prepared typical Suddeutsch fare. Decor is typical beer hall, with plenty of large tables, dark wood, adn antlers. I don't think we ever ate at a restaurant in Germany that didn't have antlers. I bet the McDonalds has antlers. The vegetarian restaurants probably have antlers, too.

Anyway, service was as attentive as it gets in a packed beer hall. You might not get immediate attention, but you won't go hungry or thirsty. This is place to meet local Bambergers. There are other places here you'll just meet other tourists.

The rooms are a bit small, but very well kept and have a nice view of Fassla across the street. Thet are only accessible via two full-story flights of stairs, but we were never bothered by any noise from the gasthaus below.

Herr Christian Merz was kind enough to give a quick tour of his brewery, and it is amazing how much brewing equipment could be packed into so small a space. Their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint is significant an laudable. Now for the one criticism. They do not have internet available, and Bamberg is notable for its dearth of internet cafes. Fortunayely the laundromat next door had a 3 euro per hour ternminal. Other than that, this place, very convienient to touring Bamberg's other breweries as well as historic sites, is well worth the visit.
May 17, 2010
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Reviewed by FirstMan from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
Spezial is across the street from Fässla, so it was a logical second stop in our tour of all the major Bamberg breweries. The main dining room has several long wooden tables and is clearly place where locals come regularly. When we were in there, the place was near-empty - which was a bit of a surprise after leaving packed Fässla, but perhaps we just hit it after the lunch rush. The atmosphere is typical Franconian/Bavarian with antlers and such on the walls.

Spezial was the first place in Bamberg where I was able to get my lips on a Rauchbier. Mmmmm. Theirs was more subtle than I expected, with a light, mellow smokiness that didn't bite at all. Quite good. I also had their Pils, I believe, but it was only to try another of their beers - it was lost in comparison to the rauchbier.

Having "eaten" at Fässla (see my other review), we didn't really eat anything at Spezial, so I have no comment on the food other than to say the menu looked fairly typical southern German - I'm sure it's good.

Overall Spezial struck me as the quintessential Bamberg locals place. Not necessarily a place where you're going to spend the evening drinking, but definitely worth a visit for the Rauchbier and to say you've been there.
Sep 14, 2008
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Reviewed by Goldorak from Canada (QC)

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Great place that we almost skipped, because it was completely full when we got there for dinner, it was only on the way out that we peaked into a small enclosed section near the door where a private party was held. There was a small table for two that was free, so I asked in my broken German, dictionnary in hand, if they minded if we joined them. No problem they said, and we ended up chatting away with them, they were as nice as just about everyone else we met in Germany. I don't know if this section was non-smoking, but the only one who seemed to smoke used snuff instead. The snuff came from Andechs, too funny. He offered me some, and I was sort of tempted to give it a try, but I didn't want to destroy my tastebuds. The décor in this small section was similar to a hunting lodge, with plenty of trophies on the wall, mixed along with old pictures of the brewing heritage of this site.

They had more then just one Beer available, including a Wit, the Rauchbier and the unfiltered lager, which I enjoyed the most. Food was pretty good, obviously with very large plates at decent prices. Efficient and friendly service.

I'd recomend this place over any other in Bamberg. Sure, Schlenkerla is nicer looking, but the atmosphere here is brought on more by the patrons and staff rather than just what's on the walls.
Sep 28, 2007
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Reviewed by BlackHaddock from England

3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
Opposite the Fassla brewpub and just as good. This also has a courtyard type outside drinking area and two main drinking rooms inside.

Long tables in the main bar means you do not sit alone (the dining room has smaller oblong tables with covers on) and will most likely have to join someone already seated, no problems though, just get on with it!

The beers come straight from the wooden barrels on the bar, which is on your right as you walk in. The Lager beer is slighty smoked, the dunkel not.

Clean, tidy and welcoming, notice the green tiled heating stove in the main room (not as posh as my Avatar, but mine is from a castle).

A must when in Bamberg, as is the Fassla across the road.
Oct 03, 2006
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Reviewed by Derek from Canada (BC)

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4
This is a great place to stay in Bamberg. Rooms were 45 Euros a night, including breakfast! Breakfast consisted of coffee, juice, a hardboiled egg, a basket of bread, jam, and a plate of meat and cheese.

We didn't have any other meals there... but we did have plenty of warm, fresh-baked prezels. Awesome.

The room was relatively large (for Europe), and although the washroom looked like it was decorated in the 70's, it wasn't very worn, and was really clean.

Their steins are reasonably priced, and they'll fill it at their TAKE-OUT WINDOW for 0.90 Euros. Awesome.

We were there at the end of march and they were serving their ungespundet (kellerbier) and smoked lager from wooden casks. Awesome.

In a word... Awesome!
Apr 11, 2006
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Reviewed by UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
This is a nice, traditional German bierhall type of place. Nothing fancy, nothing pretentious, but comfortable with good beer. In the main room, there were 3 long tables, 2 medium, and 1 small one (seemed to be used by regulars). Seats about 50, plus a dozen more in the small back area. Hardwood everywhere. Hanging chandeliers, antlers on the walls, potted flowers near the windows, framed photos on the walls. Good, no nonsense service from the waitresses. Can get smokey.

The beer was good. About 3 beers on tap, and 2 or 3 available from bottle. Served in glasses, though some regulars had steins.

Nice place. Very near the train station and across the street from Faessla. Definitely worth a visit.

Updated Nov. 2004

Had a meal here. Very good food. Typical Bamberg tavern food.
Dec 10, 2003
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Reviewed by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5
Another verry typical German pub, like Heller and, across the street, Faßla, in Bamberg... Scrubbed wooden tables and dark beams supporting the ceiling; smoky, loud...great decor.... Big old tiled oven in the main room.... Can always get their Rauch bier vom Fass hier, sometimes their Ungespundet lager or a Weizen; from bottle their Rauch-Maerzen... Service quite good, with typical Deutsch fare...Wurst, Wiener Schnitzel, etc.. This place, like Heller-Schlenkerla, IS Germany!! Guten Appetit, und zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.83
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $

Oct 11, 2002