We absolutely loved this place. A little hard to find, down a side street from the main walking strip. The beer was my favorite during the entire trip. I'm a hefeweizen snob, but this place has the best I've tasted. Ever. You might have a different opinion than me, but the Bavarian yeast clove notes and the balance of a mild carbonation made me smile each sip.
The interior of the building is amazing and I am curious to see what the attached hotel is like. We are actually making plans to return and this place is on our list. The staff was very friendly and tried to help us with our odd request of adding cheese spaetzle to our dish. Yes, I'm weird and must try everyone's cheese spaetzle.
There's a nice patio area to sit in, but it was a little too cold out for us to give it a shot. The dining hall is large and there are two other areas to eat your meal inside, not including the bar. I took home a really nice .5L mug and wish I grabbed a growler for the hotel before we drove away.
Heidelberg is an amazing town and we want to see more of it, but I'm definitely coming back here!
This place had amazing beer. The seasonal beer was also very good. The food was fresh and tasted great. Would definitely go back here again.
We stayed here 10 years ago and decided to return this year for our 35th wedding anniversary trip. We had a room in an annex to the original hotel - no elevator. The room was very comfy, but as Americans we struggled with the lack of control over the room temperature when it stays warm at night. Nevertheless we will certainly return for the comfort, location, breakfast and, most importantly, the house made beer.
This review is for their Hotel....
Kulturbrauerei Heidelberg Aktiengesellschaft used to be a brewery but they transformed part of it into a hotel. ( & there's still a working brewery )
Great location to hit the tram up to the Castle or to walk around the Old Town & it's especially close to the waterfront where the famous Old Bridge is
Rooms were quiet which was a surprise, given our room directly faced the brewery / bar that was full of people late into the night. Beds were comfy. Nice water pressure
There's an elevator for those schlepping heavy bags or who can't deal well w/ stairs
We were directed towards a special parking lot for hotel guests as street parking is next-to-impossible to acquire
Only minor complaint was that the room was super hot ....but we didn't think to open a window so shame on us. Also come to find out the next morning that they had had the heat turned on.....so mystery solved!
Breakfast the next morning was a nice layout of breads & rolls, cereals, sliced meats & cheeses & they will make espresso drinks to-order. Their lattes were nice & creamy!
Even though the brewery is new by Heidelberg standards, you can't really tell this is not a long running beer hall that electoral princes of old visited. It definitely has the atmosphere of the older establishments in Heidelberg and with its 3 large rooms, it has far more room and is easier to get a seat than almost anywhere else in town.
The service was decent. The waiter got a little surly when we asked for an english menu for one of our fellow travelers but lightened up a bit later on. We were served pretty quickly and our big beers came right away.
The beer was very good and they had a decent variety of the house brew on tap from unfiltered wheat beer to seasonal bock. Very tasty and went well with the heavy meat.
I tried the pork knuckle. I got a giant plate with what seemed to be half a pig on it covered in delicious crispy skin. I also got healthy sides of mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. Both were very good and helped to soak up the gravy as well as break up the heaviness of the pork. It was super filling, but very well cooked. The rest of the menu was a selection of traditional German dishes, mostly involving big hunks of meat.
The food was good, but the beer was the standout for me, which is good for a beer hall. I would definitely recommend it for large groups or any gathering where you want to sit and drink good beer for a while.
A bit touristy, but the master brewer does a great job in describing how he produces three kinds of beer for this local brewery. None of the product is exported, but is served in the restaurant/hotel attached.
When you have finished tasting the beer, you can have a prix fixe lunch in the restaurant. There were a choice of three entrees on the day that we were there- bratwurst, roast pork loin and a fried feta vegetarian option. Served with red cabbage, sauerkraut, and potatoes, these portions are enough to last you all day. The three course meal also includes a salad first course and strawberries and ice cream for dessert all for $29 Euro. And don't forget to order one of the beers that you tasted to go along with your lunch.
The space is huge with seating for at least 200 people and easily 30 foot ceilings as this is located inside a historic building. There are also murals painted on the walls that depict the town of Heidelberg. There is also a lovely beer garden out back that would be my first choice to sit although it is where all the smokers congregate.
Service had a bit of an attitude about the use of credit cards but know that they take them (Mastercard and Visa only).
Not my favorite place to eat in Heidelberg, but certainly an A-OK option.
Very nice place in Heidelberg downtown, good beer and good food. Busy atmosphere like in a rhenanian Brauhaus.
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