Klosterbräu

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Obere Mühlbrücke 3
96049 Bamberg
Tel: 0951-52265
www.klosterbraeu.de

Bamberg Station 1.8 km

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday from 10:30
Saturday, Sunday & holidays from 10:00

Output: 4000 HL

Founded in 1533, this is Bamberg’s oldest brewery and an atmospheric one it is, too. Tucked away on a small cobblestone street, this charming old half-timbered brewery is a must visit. There is limited outside seating out front but a larger and perhaps even nicer one to the side on the river.  Of course, it’s best in winter as the interior is a true traditional pub with numerous large tiled ovens for warming. There could be no better place to drink their sumptuous Schwärzla, a dark treat.

Charming interior,  duck breast & Schwärzla

The food is excellent though it’s not always exactly the same. We’ve had the best Schäuferla in our lives and though it’s always great, that one was the most amazing. To be fair, we’ve never had a bad meal and we’ve had quite a few different things as you can see below. Another beer to try while there is their old style Braunbier.

Schnitzel & Aspargus, Schweinebraten, Sauerbraten & Braunbier

Their beer range is larger than most Bamberg breweries with a Bock of some kind on at all times. Though the Hellerbocks is good, keep an eye out for their spectacular Schwärzlabock, which is only out for a short time between Christmas and January 6th. We’ve gone up the last three years specifically to drink nothing but it. It’s that good.

Massive gorgeous Schäuferla & amazing Schwärzlabock

It appears the Schwärlabock is sadly no longer being brewed. We’ve called three years in a row and they always say there is no plan to brew it. We’ll keep trying since it is one of the greatest Bock every brewed and surely the best in Bamberg. They are now brewing a very good Rauchbier but in a town like Bamberg with two of the best Rauchbier breweries in the world, it seems redundant to branch out in that direction at the loss of one of your own beery innovations like their Schwärzlabock.

the atmospheric side pub & their new Rauchbier

Klosterbräu was bought out by local big brewer, Kaiserdom, a few years ago.  Though initially it seemed they were keeping the same, there have been some gradual changes which I guess were to be expected. First, it seems Kaiser Pils has replaced the Klosterbräu counterpart Gold Pils. This isn’t a big deal to me. I didn’t think it was all that great and only had it once. That said, it’s still one less beer brewed. They also seem to have stopped brewed their amazing Schwärzlabock and that is a great loss to the brewery, Bamberg and as far as I’m concerned, brewing in general. The last time I was there, they didn’t have their Schwärzla either and if they stop brewing that, it’s a loss of not only a great beer, one of the few different beers in town and a big part of their brewing tradition. I’ll be stopping by next time in town to see what’s on tap. If you’re in town, be sure to go in and order one too.
Beers: Bamberger Gold Pils (quite possibly replaced by Kaiser Pils), Klosterbräu Braunbier, Klosterbräu Schwärzla, Klosterbräu Rauchbier.

Beer calendar:
Maibock in May
Bockbier Anstich in October with Heller Bock from then until late April
Schwärzlabock at Christmas time to the Three Holy Kings (January 6th)

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