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Taps: 36 / Bottles: 163
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1800 Ogden Ave
phone: (630) 241-4701
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by adamette:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
This, in my opinion formed by attendance to a limited number of establishments, is a world class place for Beer Advocates.
I went there while visiting family in Lisle after finding them online while searching for Spaten Optimator on tap. I could not believe it when I discovered that the place was right there in Lisle and got confirmation that my favorite beer is on tap there with a quick phone call.
A classic german looking exterior, a sign on the door stated that an impending annual vacation by the owners will mean that the place will be closed for that amount of time. Loved that. Luckily, the vacation was set for the week after my visit.
There is a very large bar with many many taps near the back. The best part about them is the caliber of those beers is the highest of any bar that I have been to. Of course my beloved Optimator but also many others (were there 20?) that were equally difficult to find on tap.
The restaurant side of the place features heavy wooden furniture and a very pleasant, smoke free feel.
The service was excellent. I was high maintenance, asking if they had any Optimator glasses after proclaiming my enthusiasm for the Dopplebock. I wanted to purchase one or more if I could but alas, they were not for sale. I ordered and our waiter brought me an Optimator Stein and my experience was complete!
Selection, as alluded to above, is certainly exceptional. They have a large quantity of high alcohol content beers on tap and I received an education in different types of rare on tap beers while there.
The food is exceptional. Do yourself a favor and visit there when you are VERY hungry! You will be glad that you did from the wonderful homemade bread to the authentic sausages and other heavy, satisfying food. I think that I had 4 slices of the incredible bread which really filled me up before my dinner but I do not regret it since I still can recall how good all of the food was. Everyone in my party was significantly impressed with their food.
The value is reasonable since this is such a rare find (all of these beers on tap in one place)
If you are anywhere near Lisle check this place out. This is a world class establishment. I will be returning on Easter weekend, 2008.
02-20-2008 05:23:50 |
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The Bavarian Lodge is my favorite place to grab a beer, and I'm lucky as it's only about 10 minutes from my house.
The Atmosphere is excellent inside. There's a bar area with a decent amount of seating at the bar, and then also a handful of other tables in that room. There's also a dining room that has a more traditional restaurant setting. It can accommodate a good amount of people, and during dinner hour it gets pretty crowded.
The Quality is perfect. They always have high quality beers on tap and in bottles, and the food is top-notch German food. I love eating and drinking here.
The Service is normally fantastic. Everyone that works there knows beer very well and can explain flavors intelligently, and they're also very friendly and helpful. The one negative thing I can say was moreso a specific incident, and that was during one of their Goose Island tap takeovers. They allowed people to go to the bar, so those people were given precedence over the orders coming in from the tables. It turned into chaos as everyone who went to the bar got BCBS variants before the taps kicked, but most everyone at the tables got shut out. They didn't respect the queue of orders as they came in. I hope they fix that next time.
You couldn't ask for a better selection. They have 30 or so taps and over 100 different bottles which include Trappist beers and some other special releases. They also have a great selection of German food.
The Food is absolutely delicious. The only downfall is that if you're not a fan of German food, this is not the place to come. They don't serve traditional bar food, although with appetizers like Bavarian pretzels, normally you can at least find something that you'd like.
If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend at least grabbing a beer here. You will likely not be disappointed.
09-24-2013 15:58:46 |
More by smartassboiler
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$$
This place is glorious. Great on tap beer selection that is rotated frequently. Very satisfying German food. A warm hearth and comfortable atmosphere. I like the fact that there are virtually no TVs or music. It's a great place to have a beer and conversation with a friend. And the food is outstanding.
06-29-2013 04:01:34 |
More by amalahow
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
We've been to the lodge many times over the years. If you want a fancy setting, this isn't the place. But for good beer, good food and good service - this is the place
Their beer list, on tap and bottled, is outstanding. The only problem is deciding to have an old favorite or try something new. Luckily you can have both!
The food is equally fantastic. The schnitzel is my favorite in the Midwest. Well worth the trip.
06-23-2013 18:46:02 |
More by Azpittil57
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is my go to place for a good beer and great service. The staff are knowledgable about their products and the food is excellent. This place throws some killer tap takeovers and doesnt an excellent job with servicing their customer base. My only issue is that they aren't open on Monday's or Tuesday's. I would frequent this place much more if they were open on those days. They have one of the best beer menus I have ever seen and they always have something new every time I go in there. The best thing about them is that they support the local breweries in the area and really help them spread the word. You guys are great and I really appreciate what you do for the craft beer community.
06-06-2013 19:08:21 |
More by Matthewpakula
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is far and away one of my most favorite places to to get a beer and dinner with friends and family. but not for the faint of heart. I think the only thing that i have had in the way of food that i have not loved was the duck and that was more of a personal bias to expecting it to be more like duck confit. As far as the beer list goes, it is second to none as far as selection in both variety as well as quality of rare and old favorite beers. I did put "reasonable" for value, but if you are not into craft brew as much, you might see it as "a bit pricey". Overall I have been to Bavarian lodge with various groups of people, and each time if the beer list doesn't get them the food or atmosphere does. No place is perfect, but I feel Bavarian lodge hits it pretty close to the mark.
01-24-2013 15:23:57 |
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