At first glance, Lemke seems like a standard German restaurant and pub. But they also brew their own craft beer. Lemke is a Berlin based brewery with three restaurant locations in the city, including one under the S-Bahn tracks near Hackesche Markt. They offer a tasting flight and a full German menu of food along with non-beer options. It might feel more mainstream, but the beer is fresh and local.
Type of Place: Brewery, Restaurant
Allows Smoking?: No
Food options: Full menu
What kinds of craft beer does Lemke have?
In Short:10 taps with their own beer and a menu of bottles.
Lemke brews and sells their own beer from their brewery in Berlin. The standard German beer types (Weizen, Pils, etc) share the menu with IPAs. They offer a standard 6 x 0.1L tasting flight. Judging by the stack of the wooden boards behind the bar, this is a popular option. A pre-printed card sits behind the beers to explain each one in English on one side and German on the other.
We tried the flight and then each picked one from the menu. The flight is their 6 most popular beers, spread across IPA, Pils, and Weizen styles. I found most of them too hoppy for my taste, but it was good to get a selection. Then we tried the seasonal Christmas Bock and a Sour Beer. Both were more interesting than the standard set.
The menu has a selection of wine of all colors as well as a full list of spirits for cocktails. They also offer a “meter of shots” with 12 shots on a board. Sounds crazy, but maybe with a large group of friends.
A few non-alcoholic beers are on the bottle list and while I did see a gluten-free option in the restaurant, I can’t find it on their online menu, so ask if that is important to you.
This is a restaurant, so of course there is the standard list of soft drinks, coffee, and other non-alcoholic beverages, too.
Their own beer from the taps costs around 5.50 Euro for a half-liter, with a few cheaper options. Some of the specialties are more expensive. Smaller meals are around 10 Euros, while an order of schnitzel that came with two cutlets on a pile of fries was 15 euros.
Overall, it isn’t Berlin-cheap, but for the area in town and the slightly more tourist focused audience, it isn’t horrible.
Lemke is a brewery restaurant and has a full menu of German style food. Meat and potatoes in various forms dominate the menu. Portions are large enough to split. We tried the schnitzel and the goulasch. It was fine, but nothing super amazing. Certainly standard hearty German food to accompany the beer, but the beer is still the star.
What is the place like?
Lemke has three establishments in Berlin. One right at Alexanderplatz which houses their brewery, another just a few blocks away under the rail tracks at Hackesche Markt, and one near the Charlottenburg Schloss in the west of Berlin. We tried the place at Hackesche mostly to see the decor under the rails.
Two full arches of the S-Bahn between Alexander Platz and Hackesche Markt have been combined for Lemke. Vast sweeping expanses of exposed brickwork rumble slightly as the trains go overhead. This is a big place, but doesn’t feel either like a warehouse or crammed full of tables. Lighting is dim, but not dark. This is a place to enjoy a beer, not read a book.
One arch houses the entrance and main bar with a chalkboard showing their ten taps. There are plenty of tables here and the entrance out to a beer garden for nicer weather. The other arch has long tables to seat many people. Menus are fairly large clipboards rather than folded paper, with beer and food on opposite sides.
If you’re visiting Berlin on vacation, this might be a good choice for traditional German fare along with some craft beer. All three locations are near tourist attractions, yet you probably wouldn’t just stumble on it while wandering around.
What makes it unique?
- Brewery Tours are offered in German and end with a beer tasting
- The location under the tracks feels different and fun
How to Find Lemke Brewery
Hackesche Markt Location
Open: Monday – Sunday: 12 PM – 12 AM
Address: Dircksenstrasse, S-Bahnbogen 143, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
Nearest Transport: Hackesche Markt Sbahn and tram stop
Am Schloss Location in Charlottenburg
Open: Monday – Sunday: 11 AM – 12 AM
Address: LuisenPlatz 1, 10585 Berlin-Charlottenburg
Nearest Transport: Richard-Wagner-Platz on the U7
Alexanderplatz Location in Mitte
Open: Monday – Sunday: 12 PM – 12 AM
Address: Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 13, 10178 Berlin-Mitte
Nearest Transport: Alexanderplatz on the U2, U5, U8, and various Sbahn lines and trams