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Active Beers: 5
Beer Ratings: 8
Beer Avg: 3.55
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
phone: 030 / 24728727
Reviews by 4thoseabout2bock:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
There are actually 3 Lemke outlets now in Berlin -- as Lemke has acquired both Luisenbrau (in Charlottenburg) and Mitte (nearby, at Alexanderplatz.)
All three seem to have the same menu. Its not clear what the brewing relation is. All three seem to offer pils, original (dunkel) and weisse regularly and rotate their seasonal.
Based on recent visits, it seems this location has the most turnover/daring in their seasonals. Right now theirs is a Pale Ale, while the others have a Zwickel. The food is also fine at this location -- we've had their ribs (deep fried and sauced) and their Knusprige Haxe. Both were done quite well and certainly filling. They also offer an all you can each lunch buffet at this location for something like 7E (we haven't tried it).
The location is a set of large, brick walled spaces UNDER the sbahn tracks. A couple of pubs share this Berlinesque setting in the archway space (Brewbaker and Deponie No3 are similarly located). There are several large open rooms and a large outdoor seating area in back. One room has some nice old copper kettles, and a mix between long tables and lounge seating.
If I could only make it to one Lemke, I think this would be the one I would try.
Other close by beer geek destinations include Aufsturz for their bottle list at Orienenburger and Tuholsky, Sophieneck (corner of Gros Hamburger) for Kolsch and Alt on tap, and Schwarzwalde (corner of Tuholsky and Linienstrasse) for Rothaus on tap.
11-09-2008 10:12:04 |
More by 4thoseabout2bock
More User Reviews:
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
This is a large modern, open plan joint under railway arches with a warm friendly feel to it.
As you walk in, down a couple of steps the bar is just to the left, a few stools along it. You can also stand or sit to the right near the entrance otherwise it is food like seating on long tables. The toilets are to the right where another foody room and the brewing equipment is.
Service was attentive and pleasant, beer quality fine and although I only had the 'Flammkuchen' on my two visits (Feb 2013) the proper food looked huge and good.
On both visits I used the small high tables to the right and had a 'Probe' the first time, this is a four beer selection of whatever is on tap.
03-08-2013 09:14:01 |
More by BlackHaddock
United Kingdom (England)
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited Lemke late on a Saturday evening and we were able to order food at 11pm, which was great (as we'd failed in the last 2 venues, having left it a little late)
Beer wise I tried the Hefweizen and the Pils, both good efforts and food wise a hearty 'haxe!
It was fairly busy and the atmosphere was good, although a bit too dimly lit for my liking!
Not sure of the official closing time was but we stayed past 1am without being chased away and there were still people drinking on our departure!
10-22-2011 22:46:12 |
More by Ruds
United Kingdom (Scotland)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Visited on the 27/09/2010
Stopped at this place after Brauhaus Mitte, an easy 5 minute walk up to Dircksenstrasse, this place is in two of the railway arches.
Very dim lit 3 room bar, with lots of high tables and chairs. As you walk in, the beer dispensing area is on the left, with tables in front and toward the right is another couple of rooms styled in the same way - bare brick walls and lots of uplighters, high chairs and tables.
Moderately busy mostly students, quite a few Americans, and suits enjoying a post work beer.
Sampled both their Festbier and their Hefeweizen, both in good condition and in branded glassware. The festbier was unfiltered which was unusual.As stated in my Brauhaus Mitte review, i think Lemke must be supplying Mitte, since they have the same owner.
Waitress was quick and friendly, we were easy enough to see sitting at a high table in front of the beer taps, watching all that lovely beer being poured.
Selection was their own offerings - an unfiltered lager, dunkel, weizen and the seasonal festbier. Reasonable prices i guess about e3,50 a half litre
Food wasnt sampled but the menu was varied, with Berliner specialties and some Bavarian, food looked good and healthy portions ;)
Overall, it was a nice place to go for a drink and a chat, inviting feel and worth a visit if in the area.
10-14-2010 20:17:39 |
More by seanyfo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
There are 3 Lemkes in Berlin but the Hackescher Markt location is the only one I've ever been to--it's well located, and the atmosphere is just about what you would expect of a Berlin brewpub. The service is far faster and friendlier than your average German service, so thumbs up for that, for speaking German to me, and for good beer recommendations.
When I lived in Berlin a year ago I used to be really fond of the weekday lunch buffet--6.80 for all you can eat of various German classics, including soup and dessert--but I've also enjoyed dinners there, including the maultaschen (probably my favorite thing), the schnitzel, good steaks and an awesome tomato soup. Nothing is out-of-this-world but it's all tasty.
As far as beer, they seem to always have the Original, the Pils, and the Hefeweizen on tap, and then a rotating seasonal. All of the beers that I've tried are solid--definitely a Berlin gem!
12-29-2009 20:04:15 |
More by lstokes
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Lemke has two locations in Berlin. One is in west Berlin and the other is in the former east underneath the Hackescher Markt S-Bahn station, which is the location I visited. I'm not sure where their beer is actually brewed within Berlin, but it it tasted damn fresh regardless.
I started with the Pils, about which I had heard good things. It appeared semi-unfiltered and had an amazing creamy texture, not over-carbonated as well. Best pils I've had. Next came the food which was appetizing, but not amazing. The Rotkohl was very good though. Aside from the Pils, I had the Lemke Original, which is a dunkel. This was good, but the Pils was definitely more extraordinary. I think that they usually have four beers on tap at any one time. When I was there they had the Pils, the original Dunkel, a Weissbier and a seasonal Stout-- odd since it was in August. My friend had the Weissbier and said it too was unique and tasty.
Service could have been better, but they were pretty busy the night I was there. Atmosphere was nice. I could tell the place was pretty new, but it had a warm, old-german feeling to it.
Definitely a place I would revisit-- I'd go back just for the Pils, a wurst or a schnitzel, and maybe to taste the seasonal offering.
08-19-2008 23:33:53 |
More by dasenebler
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
On a recent trip to Berlin I had two goals in mind - see Hertha Berlin play at the Olympia Stadion, and find a great brewpub. I achieved both. Lemke was quite simply magnificent, some of the best beers I have drunk in a long time, excellent food - I had bratwurst and it brought back many happy memories from childhood living in north Germany as an Army brat. And the desserts where everything a German dessert should be - instant delightful heart attack.
The service was extremely good. They let me babble away in my school boy German even though they spoke perfect English. We naturally tried every beer on tap, which that night were:
All I can say was that each of them was a quality product and the Original was simply sublime - it is amazing what a German can do when he ditches Reinheitsgebot.
Now, when do I go back to Berlin for more?!
06-18-2008 10:43:48 |
More by velkyal
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$$$
Finally made it over the other, older Lemke, having already been to the new one. It is located across the street, down the S from the H Markt.
The place is great looking. Low lighting but in a very classy style. Good view of the kettle.
They had 3 beers on tap, one of them being a seasonal. I tried the seasonal. I think it was a zwickle but can quite remember. Beer was solid, but nothing exciting.
Nice bar, nice location and the food is probably pretty good, but it was very expensive compaired to the other BP in Berlin. Check it out if your near.
05-07-2007 11:20:21 |
More by elmocoso
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This place is near Hackesher Markt. Really great atmosphere here. Large arched ceiling, brick, subdued lighting. Large enough to absorb much of the smoke that's always such a problem in Germany. There were only 4 beers on tap when I was there, the Echthell being the best of the four. All the beer had this very different mouthfeel to it, almost like it was a nitro pour. It wasn't though, I confirmed it with the bartender.
I had the brewer's guild plate for 10.50 euro. Great pork chops and potatoes, the normal German diet. A good amount of food but a bit pricey for often cheap Berlin.
Service was great, I spent quite a while talking with the German bartender about the various beers, past and present. He showed me the fermentation tanks (open fermented Pils) and even the recipe book. In it were 30 or so beers, mostly German but there was a Porter, Stout, and even a Barley Wine. I was told all were made by a brewer from Mexico and that there aren't any plans to make them again. Too bad.
This place will be the highlight of your Berlin beer adventure, make sure to stop in.
02-21-2006 20:07:28 |
More by benmiliron
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
Riding on the S-Bahn the other day, I noticed the flag for this place peeking up from the far side of the tracks. I had been here in September and tried the Pilsner, but did not write up my reviews.
So the other day, A and I had some time to waste inbetween seeing a film and a party for the Documentary Film division of the Berlinale Festival. I suggested Lemkes because it was on the way from Alex(anderplatz) and Potsdamer Platz. We walked to Hackescher Markt only to find ourselves backtracking towards Alex.
The main entrance for Lemkes is located on the north side of the S-Bahn inbetween Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt. As there are shops filling up the vaults underneath the S-Bahn tracks, it does not seem out of place and is not difficult to find if you just stick to the S-Bahn.
The first time I went it was empty and pleasant. This time, however, it was so packed we sat at the bar, watching the rest of the room through the mirror, and watching the barkeep fill up the glasses to send to tables. We never talked to him, though, as our orders were taken and filled by a waitress who was taking the orders for half the place. She printed out a slip with our order, handed it to the barkeep. He poured the beer, put it on a tray with the slip, and then the waitress brought us our beers from the tray, even though it would have been easier for him to hand them to us directly. Then again, procedure is procedure, and Germans love their procedures.
Beautiful warm lights from the ceiling illuminated the bar so that it wasn't too dark, but not too bright. Lots of tables filled and the stone arches of the vault underneath the S-Bahn added to an atmosphere of being inside of a old beer hall. The tables were all communal, and nearly every seat was filled. The place is quite new (seit 1999), so it does have a newish feel to it, but it doesn't try for old kitsch or Ostalgie (nostalgia for the East), but is very nicely put together, not too shabby, not too old, but somewhere inbetween both.
Quality. The beer was simply amazing. I've been drinking lots of bottled German beer, but there is something quite amazing about beer from the tap that you cannot get in bottles. Perhaps it is the freshness factor of getting a beer that tastes like it was made two months ago and very carefully lagered. A and Ich both had the Lemkes Original. Superb dark lager. Flavorful and hoppy. I wish they were like Georgbrau and filled growlers, but the only way you can takeaway their beer is to purchase either a 10, 20 or 50L keg. So it goes.
Selection is a funny thing here in Germany. The beer will almost always be local, with a few different beers thrown in there. On tap were: Original, Pilsner (which I remember as being quite good from my last visit), HefeWeizen (Surprise! Not!) and EchtHell. Now, EchtHell, means "Truly Light in color" so I didn't even bother with it. I did find out that they have a "Bierfahrplan" which translates roughly into a "Beer driving plan" or "Beer travelling plan." Also, they brew a Porter, Stout, Barleywine (!) among others. A asked about the barleywine, but they said that it is only brewed when it strikes the brewer's fancy. Still, I'm giving it a 5 for selection, because they dare to brew other styles of beer. I've also heard that they once brewed an IPA, so maybe I can befriend the brewer and ask him to make a Left Coast DIPA in the style of Ruination. Then again, Germany may not be ready for that just yet!
I would recommend this place as a must-stop in Berlin. It is quite close to Alex but Brauhaus Mitte (formerly Leopold's) which is across the street from the Fernseheturm (TV tower at Alex) just does not compare on atmosphere.
02-16-2006 10:44:38 |
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