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Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof
Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 1,018
Beer Avg: 3.37
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
Bayerischer Platz 1
phone: +49 (0)341 12457-60
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
What a beauty of a place to drink beer -- and a rare, quality beer at that! (Gose!)
I took us a while to finally work our way around this unfamiliar city. Finally as we walked toward the entrance, my heart was pounding and my mouth watered with anticipation. I first feasted on the delight of seeing it all: The place is a converted, old-abandoned and once railway terminus building that looked like its architects actually anticipated not its agéd sorrowful demise, but rather its new incarnation into a brewery/brewpub: It has a beautiful, original but newly painted archway out front reminiscent (on a smaller scale) of the famous one greeting visitors of the Plzeň institution (and seen on bottles of Pilsner Urquell). Indeed, the history of the location is described in the brewpub's menu card (and see their nice website).
The inside matched every bit the perception and anticipation of the exterior. As we entered, a large wooden bar was on the left, aligned with tall bar-seating tables and a number of busy waitresses were carrying loads of beer and foodstuffs to and fro. I can still picture the uniquely shaped tall beerglasses on their trays -- each with the killer of all luscious thick wheaty-firm heads that a beer could ever have!, shaking atop each and every glass, bouncy and unyielding (and taking a few good gulps and a couple "got-beer lips" to avenge).
The setting was pretty massive and we quickly noticed how crowded it was for a Monday eve (though still plenty of room for us). The menu was rather large and inviting, although time constraints precluded us from sampling. What we did see looked scrumptious - likely accounting for its busy atmosphere of young and old alike. Time also limited my wandering about, so I mostly stayed put with my friends and my beer. There were many additional seating areas and spaces visible from our seat and from trips to the WC and likely even more that we didn't take the chance of seeing.
Only too few "prosts" later, and it was Auf for now...
I very much hope to return back some day soon, and will update and elaborate more and on the food. I also hope to linger and try out some of the other establishments I am researching.
12-12-2003 04:18:39 |
More by Hobbz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited the Bayerischer Bahnhof so I could try their Gose from the source. The place is quite large, rather modern-looking with hardwood everywhere and tables built around their brew kettles. (I doubt they're used given their proximity to the tables but they had electricity wired to them and monitoring machines hooked up, so who knows?) It was pretty crowded when we arrived on a Sunday around 1pm.
I tried two beers, their Gose and their seasonal Bockbier. The Gose was what I expected (having previously tried it on tap at the Map Room in Chicago), well worth the trip alone though not as good as Ohne Bedenken on the north side of town. I drank mine straight (you can find my review on this sight for more info), though I noticed many drinking theirs as cocktails mixed with various syrups. Their Bockbier was quite a pleasant surprise... Nice and malty with a nice balance of sweetness and just enough bitterness. They also offer an unfiltered Pils, Hefeweizen and Schwarzbier. A good selection for a German brewery.
Their food was very good, though not incredible. I had a Stadtwurst salad (I soon found out that Stadtwurst is similar to bologna, not bratwurst) which was good. My wife had leeks with potato pancakes. I didn't have the leeks, but I stole one of her pancakes which was delicious. The food was definitely worth the price, though it seemed clear that you came here for the beer, not the food.
The atmosphere was family-friendly, which was good because we were traveling with our 15-month-old. The service was so-so, but typical for Germany (in other words, slow and somewhat unattentive). Overall, while I liked my visit to Ohne Bedenken better, Bayerischer Bahnhof was well worth the trip just south of the Old City and a must-stop for any beer lover visiting Leipzig.
11-11-2007 18:32:42 |
More by Windigstadt
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This was my first beer in Leipzig and my first ever Gose. Took a bit of trouble to get to as there is at the moment (May 2008) quite a bit of construction going on. There's some sort of massive tunnel being dug underneath the city. The old railway facade will remain (they actually moved it about a hundred meters), but in the meantime the brewery/restaurant is a bit hard to find.
Once inside, it's quite a bit more modern-looking than one typically sees. The layout of the restaurant, the sheen of the wood and the carefully arranged bric-a-brac on the walls meant that it wouldn't look out of place in the US.
However, one sip of beer is all that it takes to realize that you're in one of the most unique places on earth. My first reaction to Gose was overwhelmingly positive. The beer itself was a very cloudy, pale yellow. I tasted a fair amount of coriander and was reminded of a Belgian witbier. The salt was there, but it wasn't too strong. A bit of acidity (probably the salt). Absolutely lovely. I also tried a pils, but it was nothing to write home about. The pils is unfiltered, with a color similar to the Gose. The taste was subdued. I would have done better to have ordered another Gose.
05-11-2008 06:58:11 |
More by UpQuark
Gasthaus & Gosebrauerei Bayerischer Bahnhof in Leipzig, Germany