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Brauerei Max Leibinger
Bar/Tasting RoomRestaurantBeer To Go (Off-License)
Friedhofstraße 20-36
D-88212 Ravensburg
Telephone: +49 (0)7452 / 953007
Hours: Monday-Saturday 4:00pm-midnight.
Brewer: Jörg Schmieder
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Notes

Visited: January 14, 2009

Opened: 1894

Annual Production: 70,000 hl

Contributors: Andreas Praefcke, Jörg Schmieder, Ronald Becker

I visited Ravensburg in October 2006 and walked from one end of Friedhofstraße to the other, but I couldn't find any address "20-36". The bartender at the Brauereigaststätte (Friedhofstraße 1) insisted it exists, though. Turns out I didn't walk quite far enough...it's on the other side of the cemetery. Andreas Praefcke explains:

Leibinger is indeed in Friedhofstraße, but way up. You were here: Map (Gaststätte Storchen). It's the former Brauereigaststätte of Bürgerliches Brauhaus, bought by Farny some years ago. The brewery, which was located just opposite on Friedhofstraße, has been demolished recently. Now there is a new housing complex on the site. However, the brewery's office building is still extant. Google's satellite image is old enough to still show the brewery : Map

Now follow Friedhofstraße up, until you get past the cemetery (Friedhof) at the left. On the right, there is the Leibinger brewery: Map

Ravensburgers have always made fun of the fact that you got headache from Bürgerliches, while you don't from Leibinger. The cause is of course that Leibinger gets his water from above the cemetery, while Bürgerliches had to take water that had just circulated in the cemetery for a while... ;-)

A great beergarden is Bärengarten (of Bürgerliches Brauhaus), by the way (Map). However, for legal reasons, it's only open 5 days a year during the annual Rutenfest in summer.

So today (2006-12-05) I finally found the place. As usual, I misread a sign and ended up hiking all the way up the hill behind the brewery and down the other side. And when I arrived at the Stube at 1:45pm, I found the note on the door saying they'd be open at 4:00. So I hiked back down the hill and had a quick Farny beer at the Bürgerlisches Brauhaus on my way to the train station. Andreas and I will have to meet up some other time.

I did finally get to have a beer here in January 2009.

Updated: November 15, 2014

Beer List


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    • Date: January 14, 2009 (#7676)
      Package: draught
      Place: at the brewery
      Score: 16 points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright red. Big head.
      Aroma (3)
      Toasty, sweet, floral.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Medium body, fizzy. Sweet and malty. Grassy, earthy, mildly resiny hop flavor, mild bitterness. Sweetly malty finish.
      Overall Impression (2)
      Sweet beer.


  • 4.80% abv.
    • Date: December 8, 2006 (#6206)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Bodensee Katamaran, Friedrichshafen-Konstanz
      Score: 16 points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright golden. Moderate carbonation. Nice thick head.
      Aroma (3)
      Malt, mildly sweet, mildly grainy, mildly smoky.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Medium-light body, smooth. Sweetly malty and grainy, with a prominent grassy hop flavor and bitterness. Unfortunate metallic note up front. Clean malty finish.
      Overall Impression (2)

  • Münchner-Style Helles
    5.20% abv.
    • Date: October 10, 2006 (#6132)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Hamma at Ravensburg Bahnhof, Ravensburg, Germany
      Score: 17 points
      Appearance (3)
      Bright pale golden. High carbonation. Thick head.
      Aroma (3)
      Grainy sweet malt.
      Mouthfeel (9)
      Light body, fairly fizzy. Big sweet malt character, grainy. Mild noble (Tettnang) hop flavor, even milder bitterness. Sweet, malty, noble-hoppy finish.
      Overall Impression (2)

  • South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier
    5.20% abv.
    • Date: October 10, 2006 (#6133)
      Package: bottled
      Place: Hamma at Ravensburg Bahnhof, Ravensburg, Germany
      Score: 16 points
      Appearance (3)
      Yellow, opaque. Massive head.
      Aroma (2½)
      Clean, sweet wheat malt.
      Mouthfeel (8)
      Medium-light body, fizzy. Huge wheat malt flavor. Some cloves and just a hint of banana, more so in the finish.
      Overall Impression (2½)
      Baden-Württemburg Weissbier doesn't seem to have anywhere near the character that the Bavarian versions have.

  • Leichtes Weizen/Weissbier

  • South German-Style Kristal Weizen/Kristal Weissbier

  • German-Style Pilsener
    5.20% abv.

  • Traditional German-Style Bock

  • South German-Style Hefeweizen/Hefeweissbier
    Awards:
    • Gold Medal, 2011 DLG-Biertest

  • Münchner-Style Helles
    4.80% abv.

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    Kellerbier/Zwickelbier

  • Zwickel
    Münchner-Style Helles