Schmohz Brewing Company

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Schmohz Brewing CompanySchmohz Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.36/5
Based on:
18 Beers
137 Reviews
Place Score: 84
Reviews: 18
Visits: 33
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar ]

2600 Patterson SE, Suite A
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49546
United States
phone: (616) 949-0860

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

"outside seating in our Beirgarten"
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Reviews: 18 | Visits: 33
Reviews by TheGingerbreadMan:
Photo of TheGingerbreadMan
3/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Classic small time brewery. It's not trying to be anything fancy. It's just a good place to get some decent beer and hang out. Free popcorn and pool, set yourself up with a few beers and chill. Not hard to lose a few hours without losing much of your wallet here. You can tell these guys just enjoy what they get to do everyday. (328 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Sexton
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 2 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4

Had 2 beers and both were infected. No thanks. (46 characters)

Photo of aussiebeer
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Decent beer, even got a little tour with the owner (50 characters)

Photo of Jeffrey84
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

The beer is average but I really like the neighborhood feel. (60 characters)

Photo of king75
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

This was the absolute worse experience I have ever had at a brewery. First off the place is absolutely filthy on the inside and it honestly feels like if a health inspector would come around that he would either be paid off or the place would be closed down until they meet certain requirements. I went around lunch time on a Saturday and there was hardly anyone in the place, the tables were dirty and the linoleum floor was dirty and stained. The bartender acted like I was inconveniencing her by asking for a beer. I visited the brewery with 3 friends and we each got a different beer. One of the beers had a medicinal sour flavor and was definitely infected. My other buddy got their cream ale which was very generic and had few redeeming qualities. I had the bone crusher stout which was mediocre and had a burnt flavor to it. The bone crusher was the best of the group and it was nothing I would re-order. I will not be returning to this brewery and I will not be recommending their beer to anyone. Very disappointing beer and very disappointing experience. (1,064 characters)

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.1%

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1/5  rDev -71.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Two trips within a month’s time. Reasonable pricing on beer and growlers. Inconsistent flavor with the beer between the two visits, even among the tap mainstays (except for the Bonecrusher Stout - that was consistently delicious). Nice and quiet, great spot to stop with kids. Bring your own food friendly. (308 characters)

Photo of gopens44
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This place is pretty much what you'd want to see in a neighborhood bar. Great selection of beers, pool tables and friendly service that won't pull punches if you engage in dumb assery. The owner guy was very friendly and eager to talk up any patron. Have a bite to eat elsewhere, then swing by here for after dinner (or lunch) good times. (338 characters)

Photo of BeerTravelerky
4.48/5  rDev +27.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Great place for beer and to meet friends.

The staff works very hard to make sure you are served correctly and with a smile.

Owners are often in the tasting room providing service and good conversation.

The brewer is a one of a kind guy. GREAT knowledge and experience.

Because of the demand the beers rotate quickly so there is always something fresh on tap.

You can find bottles all over Michigan.

At certain time brewery tours are available and worth the price. Schmohz has one of the larger micro-brew systems in West Michigan. (538 characters)

Photo of GRPunk
2.3/5  rDev -34.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5

The atmosphere is cozy. Cool, low key feel, nice garden area. Unique feel. How many other bars have a Michigan Tech hockey theme?

Beer quality is VERY sketchy. I've made it a point to drop by a time or two every year to give this place another chance. They just keep putting out below average beer. I haven't been alone in questioning the possibility of the bar passing off infected beers as servable.

Service has been adequate. While I can't blame servers for selling the product, I've witnessed the brewer being confronted over perceived shortfalls in his brews. Constructive questioning hasn't been welcome.

While the selection is pretty vast for the brewery's size, it lacks on much "good" beer. I've consistently enjoyed the ESB, otherwise it's a bit of a crap shoot.

Again, value would be great. 3.75 for a pint? Count me in! Then again, I've left more than 1 pint on a table as completely undrinkable. That's no great value.

I really want to like this place. I'm a huge beer homer and want to see all MI joints succeed. That said, after many disappointing visits (over the course of 5 years or more) it's time to give an honest review. After comparing their "Beer City PA" with versions from other local breweries, I've only confirmed my suspicions. It's just not worth your time or money to hit this place up while in GR. I'm sure I'll continue to give my obligatory visit every year. If things improve, I'll be sure to update. One can hope... (1,456 characters)

Photo of Ed_Bollix
4.61/5  rDev +31.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Schmohz was a delight. My girlfriend and I arrived at right after opening on July 5th. Chaz, one of the the brewers, was setting the place up and tending bar as the regular bartender had called in. It was ungodly hot outside and the temperature inside the pub felt great.

After a short delay during the initial setup we ordered our first of 2 flights. We selected from the experimental and non-ipa beers for this first flight. I have to say were delighted with ALL of the 6 choices purchasing six packs of 3 to bring home.

Chaze was all to happy to talk about the beer and the the regulars at the bar chimed right in with info and thoughts about their favorites. We finished our flight and ordered another including the signature IPA's as other strong flavor choices. The IPA's did not disappoint and I will say that these beers were the beers we compared all others to during the remainder of our southern Michigan beer tour.

Of the 10 breweries visited we both agree that the beers at Schmotz were the best for taste and variety/selection. No matter what you drink there is likely to be something at Schmohz for you.

We sampled most of the beers at Schmotz and chose Pickle Tink and Zingiberene for our desert beers before packing up the car and heading back into Grand Rapids proper to visit Brewery Vivant. (1,316 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Now this brewery is in a strange location - an industrial park. The girl serving us ale stated they moved into this location because another brewery had been located there and they would not have to convert as much in the building to a brewery. The inside had the ramshackle appearance of not being completed. There is a pool table when you enter and a pinball machine in the corner. Also, on this particular day, the inside was entirely too hot. However, the ales were consistantly good, from the hoppy Pail ale to the malt accented ESB. The refreshing and flavorful cream ale is well worth seeking. No food served, but the brewery will have an occasional pig roast. The brewery offers its beers in growlers and six-packs. Also, my niece tells me the brewery has a very sweet pet pig named CeCe. (796 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Our last stop of the night on the GR tour.

From the outside you would have no idea this place even exists. Once inside it looks like a pretty average townie bar. Pool tables darts and TV's up front. Small bar in the back. The selection was limited to the handful of beers they make but a good mix of styles. I settled on the barrel aged barley wine.

The server grabbed our beers and didn't make any conversation. Seemed like every one in the place was a "regular". Half the bar was watching a college hockey game with serious intensity. The BW was served in a snifter and not too cold. Which is how I like em.

Overall if I didn't know it I would have just assumed we were in some regular local bar. Not a brewery. Sometimes less pretentious isn't all that bad. (766 characters)

Photo of SupaCelt
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

If you were led to this place blindfolded and had the blinders removed once inside you would never think there were craft brews and craft brews only on tap at the bar. This place looks like it would have PBR on tap and white trash types singing karaoke, but it has a few decent beers to offer should you be in the area. Free pool, free popcorn, and a friendly waitress/bartender add some positive points to Schmohz. Overall, the atmosphere is a different sort of vibe and the interior is simply not pleasing to the eye save for the aforementioned waitress. It seemed as though the majority of the patrons were regulars who were familiar with one another. It felt kind of like we were visiting a fraternity or club house of some sort. I can't decide whether that was a good thing or not. At any rate, it was a very unpretentious scene that could teach some of the more uppity joints around the area a thing or two.

The quality of the products offered in bottles and on pull at the taproom is generally average. A cut above standard fare. Hopknocker was a decent choice and the stout was on sale as the brewers choice of the day. Not bad beers.

The service was great. Beers were pulled and ready to drink within seconds of bellying up. The bartender was very friendly which is sometimes difficult to find these days.

The selection was decent. Most styles had a consumable representation on tap and the pricing was reasonable.

This place is a perfectly viable place to get something other than BMC. With some of the other places available around the area, it may take a bit of a back seat. It is worth a visit to see normal people enjoying better beer without any of the uppity shenanigans that may be encountered elsewhere. At least they give back the proper change, Founders waitstaff. (1,788 characters)

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Schmohz Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
84 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.