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Brauhaus Vetter

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Steingasse 9 69117 Heidelberg

Simply put, Germany is notorious for its beer.  Ask anyone in the world what they associate with Germany and German products and beer will surely be mentioned.  So what’s a trip to a historic city such as Heidelberg without visiting an old, local brew house?  Brauhaus Vetter, steps away from the historic Old Bridge passing over the Neckar River and the famous Bridge Monkey, is one such brewery known for its own home brewed beer and traditional German cuisine.

 

Take a step inside this old Heidelberg brewery and you will instantly become aware of the two sizeable beer brewing kettles next to the bar area.  The dining area is completely open and spacious, with several large wooden tables and old benches.  The tables are quite large and enough to accompany a total of twelve guests, with three on each side.  In fact, it’s sort of reminiscent of family community seating.  Hence, small groups or solo diners may need to share the table if the restaurant gets packed with patrons.  Floors are also made of wood.  Décor isn’t spectacular, but there are beautiful green plants decorating the ceilings.  American pop music plays from the speakers.  Of course, the prime seats in the house are those looking out of the windows as you have the opportunity to people watch.

The menu, offered in both German and English versions, features an abundant number of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as an extensive list of entrées, ranging from the typical sausages and schnitzels to various combinations of breads and cheeses.  Naturally, the home brewed beer is featured at the very beginning of the menu.  There are also menu choices for large groups, including an entire platter of around fifty sausages.  Interestingly, during certain months, Brauhaus Vetter features daily specials.  For instance, throughout the months of February, March, and April, Monday revolves around sausages, Tuesday is schnitzel day, Wednesday is Haxe (Pork knuckle) day, and Thursdays are all about liters of beer.

 

Today being a Wednesday makes it is a perfect time for a German delight – roasted pork knuckle (Schweinehaxe).  An entire pork knuckle, served with Treberbrot (spent grain bread), and a dollop of mustard on a single leaf of lettuce costs a mere 7,80 Euro.  Half a pork knuckle will set you back only 4,90 €.  A warning though: Schweinehaxe is definitely not for the faint of heart!  There are so many deposits of fat – unhealthy layers hiding under the crispy skin and attached to the meat – that people really need to be careful while eating it.

 

Aside from the fat, the meat is moist, tender, and full of flavor.  Eaten in combination with the bread and the mustard, the dish tastes wonderful.  Where was this mixture when mother made sandwiches for lunch?  The skin is probably the best part of the dish.  Mmm, pork skin!  Simply scrape off the extra amount of fat (or eat it if you so desire) from the pork cracklings and enjoy the heavenly crispiness that is pork skin.  Surely a guilty pleasure!  Just don’t tell your doctor you ate it, though!

 

Knödel, large round bread (or also traditionally potato) dumplings, are huge spheres of disappointment.  An American equivalent would probably be dressing eaten on Thanksgiving, except Knödel is shaped into balls and prepared without the various herbs.  The flavor of the Knödel at Brauhaus Vetter is simply lacking.  Although the side order to the Schweinehaxe is accompanied by a brown gravy sauce and topped with fried onions, the dumpling is missing that special kick.  As is, it merely tastes doughy.  As a side dish to the roasted pork hock, it is simply an afterthought.

Brauhaus Vetter isn’t the most innovative or unique restaurant in Heidelberg.  After all, it is first and foremost a brewery.  Don’t expect trendy, fashionable dishes in this touristy part of Heidelberg.  But the chefs here at Brauhaus Vetter dish up hearty, delicious German food that will surely keep you satisfied throughout the entire day.  And, of course, the home brewed beer is always an excellent accompaniment to wash it all down!

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Summary:

Conveniently located steps away from the Old Bridge in Heidelberg, Brauhaus Vetter is a German brewery and restaurant offering a wide selection of home brewed, unfiltered, natural beer and an extensive selection of German cuisine.  Moderate prices.  Special selected discounted days (see website).  Known for its ‘Vetter 33’ – the strongest beer in the world.  Beer kegs and bottles available for purchase.

Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 11:30 AMMidnight
            Friday and Saturday: 11 AM – 2 AM

 

Overall – 4.5 stars

  • Ganze Schweinehaxe mit Treberbrot (Roasted Pork Hock with Grain Bread) – 4.5/5
  • Knödel – 3/5
  • Service – 5/5

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www.brauhaus-vetter.de/

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February 24th, 2010 at 8:08 pm

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