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Taps: 55 / Bottles: 400
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
14929 Bruce B Downs Blvd
phone: (813) 977-4104
(Place added by: poundboy)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$
Went here on my last trip to Tampa after hearing it talked up so much on this site.
When we got there, the hostess was only interested in her cell phone and didn't acknowledge us until we asked if we could just sit where ever (we couldn't). The bar was full so we got a table. A few minutes later our server came up and asked what we wanted to drink, he seemed annoyed when I asked for a beer list. He gave us their current tap list (the selection was pretty good and varied but no prices and no sizes) and my friend ordered a Cigar City Maduro Brown Ale (it was on the list, which said it was updated daily) and was told that keg blew two days earlier. Instead he ordered a Cigar City Guava Grove and the waiter rolled his eyes and walked away.
Needless to say if I could give the service a 0 I would.
A few minutes later he came back and dropped of the beers, we asked about food. They were on the night menu so there wasn't much to choose from. We got Nurenburgwursts, Knockwurst, and a pretzel. The nurenburgwursts came out first and were burnt on the outside and cool in the middle, the pretzel came out second and was doughy and chewy, the knockwurst were cooked fine but were just below average quality.
I may be harsh on them here as I eat a LOT of top quality authentic German food but this was that bad.
I will not be going back here and I will not recommend this place to anyone else. There are too many good beer places in Tampa to support a place that doesn't care about quality.
09-15-2009 15:06:51 |
More by mullenite
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$
Email received from owner:
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
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I was down in Tampa for one night on my recent Florida vacation and I decided to try this place out as it had gotten some real nice consensus scores here on BA- in fact higher than anywhere else in Tampa. I guess all things considered, I could see why people might like this place but my experience here really sucked.
Firstly, their website wasnt working so I couldnt get directions or even a feel for the food and/or beer menu beforehand so this was disappointing. Secondly, they are not in this University square mall anymore--they are on Bruce B Downs blvd. We drove to the mall and when we couldnt find the place I called them. The person on the other end of the phone couldnt tell me the address but could only tell me it was near a Greek rerstaurant called Acropolis.
So we finally find the place and its pretty busy. There is a wait for a table and we put our names in and are told it will be about a 20 min wait--no big deal we figure we'll just have a couple beers while we wait as there was a table outside that we were able to sit at although there werent enough chairs for the 3 of us.
So firstly, the draught beers--yeah they had a great selection and there were some breweries that I hadnt tried before like Dunedin and St Anthony's so that was good and the prices and quality on them were fine. The problem is they dont have a list of their draight beers printed out--its just written on some chalkboard in the back of the room and its not very easy to read. If you arent familiar with beer styles in general--this chalkboard beer list really isnt gonna do you much good at all as there is no explanation of where the breweries are located or what style beer they are or the ABV. To me--that is just a poor way to run a beer bar. So what if they change all the time, there should be a printed list of whats available on tap with their styles, the brewer that made it and the ABV and price.
The quality of the beers was great but the service was absolutely pathetic.-especially after we sat down to eat. An example would be a guy would come by and see we needed some service--he'd say I'll be right there and then the guy wouldnt come back for like 10 minutes. He took a beer order from me charged me for it and never brought it over to me. Some of the food was good like the potato pancakes and these little fiery chicken things they had. However, we got a few pretzels and they were not only like the frozen super pretzel variety but they arrived at the table partially cold and/or frozen. When we complained about this, they obviously zapped them in the microwave which is a terrible way to heat up any kind of bread product. I'm sorry but a place that calls itself German should put a little more effort into soemthing like a pretzel which is such a typical accompaniment to a beer.
Its unlikely that I'll ever go to this place again. I'm kicking myself that we didnt try Tampa Bay Brewing instead.
03-10-2009 14:18:33 |
More by rousee
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Back in the day, when this establishment was at University Square Mall I would have most definitely given it a different review. However, times have changed and this outfit decided it would be best to change along with it; a new location inside a more upcoming venue.
Good brews can still be found both bottled and on Tap. The staff is competent, and the food, as always, is pretty good. Prices are still a little on the high side, and the atmosphere, in my opinion, has taken a serious nose-dive.
With this said, I liked it much better before. In its present state, I feel that quality and service have been overlooked in hopes of revenue. Though, I have only had one experience at the new location so don't let my review deter you. Give it a shot, you might like it.
03-31-2010 04:01:25 |
More by SimplySinister
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I don't like writing bad reviews, so I'm going to try and keep this as cordial as possible...
Located in a strip mall type place, you walk thru the front door and there is stuff piled on top of one another...all beer stuff, kind of odd. Is this a retail store, a bar, a deli, what? I notice a room off the right that has bottles and bottles of craft beer...okay they have a retail space inside this bar/deli, cool. The host greets us, and we say we'd like to have a beer, and seeing how the bar was full, the host went into melt down mode, and couldn't figure out how to handle the situation. Well, we can sit on one of the three couches in ONE of the bar areas, or one of the tables, not a problem.
The selection is nice, again nothing outstanding. Heavy on German, and foreign pours, with some good craft speckled in there.
Everything was poured in proper glassware, but it just wasn't a very welcoming vibe, honestly. As we left, the host was bringing the open sign in, and it was 7...maybe that's why it was such a weird vibe, everyone was hustling to get out on a Sunday night. I will try this place again, but left feeling slighted and unfulfilled, it just wasn't what it's ninety something rating says it is. We did not try any food.
12-26-2012 22:14:33 |
More by MarcatGSB
vibe: 1 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
I have a hard time rating this place. I will NOT stay at Dunderbak when they have that awful - truly dreadful - accordion player. If you go there and you hear even one chord of accordion let me give you some advise - leave immediately. You don't even want one beer as the most awful music will drill into your brain no matter how much you try to avoid listening.
When the accordion player is not there then I really like hanging out here. The staff are all very knowledgeable about the beers on tap. I find all the help to be quite friendly and you get a very good vibe from them. The beer selection is very heavy German lagers and sours which you would expect from a German food restaurant. I like American craft IPA's and my only fault is the selection is usually scant here - 2 or 3 and beers you've undoubtedly drunk before.
The food is really quite tasty. We've eaten here a lot of times and can truly say we haven't had a bad meal experience. The food quality and value for the money is quite good.
If they'd just lose the damn accordion player this would be a 5
06-22-2013 17:36:25 |
More by ZogStarlene
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
If your into German food and European beers you have to try it since it's the only place like it in the area. Also, it is the meeting place for Tampa Bay Beers the local home brew club. They have a new address and the new place is better than the old one. It still has the same Bavarian charm but with more space and a dedicated beer garden. The food is fairly authentic German with a very good selection on draft as well as in bottles. They even have other German food stuffs for sale. If your in the area it's worth a stop.
11-26-2008 06:27:03 |
More by nick76
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A old world German bier haus. Very cluttered...
Q good beer, good food
S service is mediocre... They don't know what's in bottles and the draft list is never up to date
S a lot of beer, but they don't know what they have...
F good food. Authentic German.
V not too costly. A fair price.
The place is ok. But what a pain in the ass. It's so cluttered I feel like I'm in my grandmothers front room with all the nickknacks... The beer is in no order, the coolers are a mess. The paper draft list is never right...
06-03-2013 00:41:33 |
More by Lare453
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I heard about this legendary place about 3 years ago and finally decided to give it a try. The whole german market scene was really neat to look at, But not really what I was looking for shareing tables with rowdy strangers is not always a good time. There selection was great I thought I counted 50 drafts, proper glassware was used. The food was authentic German and decent. They also have a bottle selection which I thought was a bit pricey (9 dollars for some Lagunitas Hop Stoopid can useualy find it for 6 or 7)
10-23-2009 13:57:53 |
More by Blitzstyle
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Great news! In February 2009, Mr. Dunderbak's is moving out of University Mall! Yes, it will be located on Bruce B. Downs just north of Skipper Rd. in a plaza between 2 Greek restaurants. Overall, this is probably one of the best places to find a wide selection of beer in Tampa. Definitely interesting when you get a little toasted in mall (although that's coming to an end soon). They do a nice job of recommending beers to newbs. A comfy, familiar place to drink them. With the new location, hopefully they will be able to stay open past 9 PM!
11-24-2008 23:16:17 |
More by i13tony
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