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Taps: 55 / Bottles: 400
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Mr. Dunderbak's is located in a mall, so it's a narrow rectangle shape. The bar starts as soon as you walk in and extends all the way to the back, so there is lots of seating but there always seems to be a lot of people in here. The atmosphere is German for sure, lots of decoration and a big 'tent' is covering the ceiling to give it a beer garden feel.
There was around 20 taps or more, I can't remember the exact number.. but they had a great selection and I rated that a 5. A decent amount of Belgiun's like Derlium, St. Abt 12, Gulden Draak. They also had some one-time brews on tap such as Rogue's Latona 20th Anniversary Ale and Avery's Ale to the Chief. I was also told they were having a keg of DFH 120 coming next weekend.
I rated service as average because we sat in the back to get food and waited a very long time to get service. Even when a waiter took our order, things were moving slowly.
The tap selection is amazing.. see my above comment. Their bottles selection is great also! Lots of limited edition brews which awesome to see! Bottles like J.W. Lees Harvest Ale's were there in full swing, something you don't see everywhere else.
Their menu had a huge selection! It's totally German based so you better like German style food! Lots of great appetizers to choose from also. The food was delicious.
Everything was priced reasonably, even the food and bottles of beer.
If you live in Tampa this should be your place. Although this is located in the mall, so they're restricted to mall hours which sucks. If you're traveling through Tampa, make sure and stop here and send the wife shopping while you enjoy a pint!
09-05-2008 12:40:53 | More by Yesac
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Mr. Dunderbak's is one of the true gems in the area. Being in a mall you would think the place would be rather boring and cookie cutter. That is not the case. They have transformed this little spot into a german beer garden with a tent like fixture over the bar making it feel authentic. There is some real comfy seating in the back and a nice long bar.
It is decorated to the max in german trinkets. The selection of beer is always good with both german offerings and hard to get U.S. micros.
The staff for the most part knows their beer, and the owner is a nice guy. The food menu is vast and everything I have ever had is good. You can get a nice big pretzel for well under two bucks. You can't beat it.
Overall a nice place. You would have a hard time finding a better place to grab a beer while in a mall.
04-27-2008 16:29:14 | More by tpd975
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I've known about this place since I moved to Tampa (1992), but I hadn't been until last summer. Man... this place rocks.
A & Q- Awesome, you immediately escape Florida and are brought to Germany (well, I haven't been, but it sure seems like this is what it would be). The proper soundtrack is provided, along with what you may find in a small german market: beer, food, candy, and more.
S-I've been 3 times, and each time has been pretty solid.
S- There's so much here in terms of food and beer, it's hard to decide what you want. I usually stick to the German wheats... as they go down great with the cuisine.
F- Everything I've had has been delicious. The reuben is ON POINT. The Jagersnitzel is extremely flavorful. The side dishes range from creative to traditional, and are all very good. This place truly offers something different and delicious.
04-07-2008 20:42:19 | More by ScottUCF84
2.73/5 rDev -35.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
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Sent: Sat Feb 23, 2008 04:46 UTC (1 day ago)
Out of 18 or so a+ reviews, you viewed this 35 year old establishment quite myopicly.
I have 300 bottles such as flensburger,and kellerbrau. On draft lagunita's lumpy gravy, Brooklyn reserve hopfweizen, and my own homebrew a 60 shilling ale. You did me a great disservice. Have you been to Germany?
You don't like to look at German stuff, What does a german beer bar look like?.
I've got a German beer making history book on the bar by Horst Dornbush, He writes for all about beer, and alestreet!! read it and Wake the hell up!
First, it is in a mall. I'm not one for strip plazas and the mall is the only thing worse than that. I want to be in a free standing building. I want to drink with others that planned a trip to a beer joint and didn't just happen upon a place.
The place is cramped and full of stock. I didn't find it fun to look at the German merchandise, I would have found it more fun or interesting to look at beer related stuff.
Our server was okay. She seemed disinterested when we said we were there to try beers and might not eat. I guess it would be different later in the evening or on the homebrew night.
I tried the Saint Somewhere and it was good, but flat. There weren't tons of draft styles because they catered to the German pils and wheats. If I were ranking them compared to other delis I'd give them higher marks, but this is a beer site!
We got hungry and ordered pastrami and sausage platter. The food was average at best. Greasy and "Americanized" come to mind.
Yes, there are a lot of German beers, but nothing I haven't seen everywhere else. I don't think I'll return.
ADDING: Now I won't return for sure. I guess the service is a direct result of ownership and their "myopic" view that having everything German makes them a stellar beer joint. The more places I visit and take notes about, the tougher I get. I'm changing my numbers to reflect the selection as a 2.5 and the quality as a 3.0 because of the flat St. Somewhere. I would never have looked back if I hadn't gotten the nasty-gram from the owner. Now isn't that ironic.
02-07-2008 00:44:34 | More by DrummerDan
4.78/5 rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
When I was younger I went to Mr Dunderbak's a few times back in my hometown Daytona Beach, but it was before I was of age so I didn't remember it very well. After a vacation in Germany I brought my husband here for a really nice afternoon of beer and German food. He grew up in Germany so he is a discerning judge of German restaurants. We both really enjoyed the atmosphere, it's very similar to a lot of the little pubs in Nuremberg. The beer selection was great, we ordered St. Bernardus Abt 12 on tap- which was served in a goblet.
Beyond the beer menu, we got a kick out of the selection of German food and candy available there. It tickled me to see Milka chocolate, Mezzo Mix and Kinder eggs on the shelf. It's also a nice place to pick up a mixed six pack. Someone recently told me they have a recipe book for home brewers which I'll have to check out one of these days. My only "complaint" was the food is not as authentically German, as other places I've been to in the US. I felt it represented an American idea of what German food is, but with that said, our meal was still very tasty. So if you're more interested in beer this is a great location. However, if you live in Tampa and want some true German cuisine I highly recommend Schnitzelhaus on Waters Ave.
01-24-2008 15:49:36 | More by jenbys2001
4.75/5 rDev +12%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I stop here every time i go to University Sq. Mall, it's a nice quiet break from the perils of shopping w/ an authentic German atmosphere and cuisine, a decent selection of imports, a few good crafts on hand as well, i do believe they carry some macro stuff, but never asked,i always get a german brew and the brat hoagie & the potato salad...nice, just like grampa used to make ; my only complaint was if you weren't at the bar, it'd take a little longer for your server to get to you, the prices weren't bad either, I definitely recommend this place to anyone in the area ...
01-08-2008 17:23:10 | More by animal69
4.68/5 rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
25 beers on tap, none of which are macro or American run-of-the-mill in any way. The only domestics I can remember seeing were Old Rasputin (Glorious) and St. Somewhere. Loads of Germans with a varied styles: Dopplebocks, München Lagers and Dunkels, Weissens, and some others. Delilrium Tremens as far as Belgians on tap go. Several hundred imported bottles, some in coolers, others on shelves with dim lighting (I have yet to find a skunked beer here). The stock rotates frequently with new stuff all the time. Loads of hand crafted beers from all over the U.S.
The food is awesome. Lots of German deli selections with the occasional American staple such at the Philly or the New Yorker. Tons of imported chocolate and other delicacies. Some glassware, books, and home brewing kits. They even have German wine. What a wonderful place. Reminds me of Munich (at least what I can remember from when I was little visiting my Grandmother).
The staff is very knowledgeable, most are very well versed in beer and the selection and very friendly. The pricing is reasonable too. It's my favorite place to have lunch and a cold pint of Dunkel. Great choice.
11-08-2007 18:28:08 | More by JArami
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
People may know of other Mr. Dunderbak's from previous mall experiences, but this one is more than just a good German restaurant and deli because of the draught beer selection. The owner, JB, has consistenetly lsitened to his ba customers and brought in not just unusual German beers but Belgians and recently some hoppy American craft beers (on a recent visit he had Saxxo and Dead Guy on tap as well as a Koelsch, a Bock, two Hefeweizens, a Schartzbier and two Oktoberfests).
The food is authentic German, the sandwiches are large and interesting (in a good way), the service is attentive and quick.
The Tampa Bay BEERS homebrew club has been meeting here for several years on the first Tuesday evening of each month.
06-26-2007 16:14:58 | More by JeffG
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Mr. Dunderbaks is a rare find, and one of the highlights of my stay in Tampa. Located in the University Mall, you might easily walk past this place without noticing. However, step inside and you'll be treated to a truly impressive selection of beers (both on tap and in bottles), as well as, a Munchen-style menu with authentic German fare. I believe that beer advocate "marksto" below gives the most accurate description.
When I visited they had about 20 beers on tap and I chose the Hofbrau Marzen to go with my Polish pirogues and mushroom, onion dipping sauce. After eating I ordered a draft of St. Bernadus Abt 12 as an aperitif. Both beers were very fresh and the Abt 12 was absolutely outstanding. They also offered Hacker-Pschorr Marzen, Weinstephaner Dunkel, Kolstrizer Schwarzbier, Riessdorf Kolsch, and other Germans. On tap from Belgium there was Delirium Tremens, La Choufe, SAXO, Wittekerke Whit and the St. Bernadus Triple. Dead Guy Ale from Rogue, and Lost Coasts IPA and Old Rasputin were among the domestic draft offerings.
In bottles they claim to have over 250 beers from "Around the World" to include a nice choice of Belgians, an extensive selection of Germans and an eclectic sampling of American micros. Beers from England, Ireland, Austria (Samichlaus), Czech Rep, Canada and even Sinebrychoff Porter of Finland appear on their beer list.
The place was friendly with an authentic Bavarian feel. The staff was efficient and knowledgeable about the beers, and overall, this is a great little beer bar in the strangest of places. It closes when the mall closes on weekdays (9pm) so stop in for lunch or an early dinner. You won't be disappointed.
06-22-2007 02:58:58 | More by 86sportster883
4.83/5 rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Mr. Dunderbaks is a great place to get away and relax. It is nice & cozy and you're treated like part of the family. The staff is very friendly and knowledgable.
The food is very authentic & good, it reminds me of growing up at home. I miss the homemade sausage and other German oriented food that I had back at home. I finally found it here. The beer... I felt like a kid in a candy store, so many to choose from..where do I start??
I definately recommend Mr. Dunderbaks to everybody it is the best german restaurant around.
Mike in Tampa
05-24-2007 01:45:01 | More by mjahner
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Mr. Dunderbak's in Tampa, FL
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