Bärenschanze U-Bahn Station 250 meters
Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 to 01:00
Output: 5000 HL
Founded in 2006, I chance to say Schanzenbräu is Nürnberg’s most popular brewpub. There are now a few newer ones but this one seems to draw the locals as evidenced by the crowds of people at their tent at the Fränkisches Bierfest. I’ve always shied away from it as their big beer is a Rotbier and though I’ve had a few decent ones, most of them have been fairly bland. I didn’t try their beer at the fest figuring I’d concentrate on ones I couldn’t get so easily but did go out to the brewpub one day for lunch when the fest wasn’t yet open.
Schanzenbräu is located in the Höfen neighborhood in east Nürnberg but unless they are having an event, there is no place to sample their beers there. Instead, head to the Schanzenbräu Schankwirtschaft in the Bärenshanze neighborhood, slightly closer to the center and easily reached with the U-Bahn. The interior of the pub is classic but with a slight modern flair. It’s reminiscent of the Neustadt in Dresden with a funkiness infused in the otherwise old wooden furnishings. I quite liked it. The Biergarten out back was super nice but very busy so we ate inside and had one beer before securing a seat out there.
great interior and Biergarten of Schanzenwirtschaft
We tried the Rotiber and Schwarzbier. The former was a gorgeous amber with a formidable head. It was a spicy malty brew with a nice finish. The Schwarzbier was indeed black with a tan head. It was a fair approximation of the style. I had Bratwurst and they were just okay. For Franconia, they were not good enough to return for. My wife had a Schnitzel and she felt it was a frozen one. Prices seemed high for the quality but the Biergarten was packed and everyone was eating so maybe we just made bad choices. It’s hard going wrong with Bratwurst here though so go figure.
The popular Rotbier of Schanzenbräu, Schnitzel & Bratwurst
I’d go back again if in town, but not likely during the Bierfest as there are countless other beers to try there including these ones. Not a place I’d plan to eat but I’d go for a few beers and the atmosphere.
Beers: Schanzenbräu Rotbier, Schanzenbräu Hell, Schanzenbräu Schwarz.
Seasonals/Specials: Kehlengold, Roten Bock, Pils.
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