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Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.

Not Rated.
Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.
BA SCORE
84
good

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.16%
Active Beers: 17
Beer Ratings: 150
Beer Avg: 3.48
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

245 East Main Street
Fredericksburg, Texas, 78624
United States
phone: (830) 997-1646

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Photo of LiquidBreadMan
2.28/5  rDev -35.4%

Because the brewpub concept fits so perfectly with the old world-noveau hipness of the Texas Hill Country, I was excited about an opportunity to visit the Fredericksburg Brewing Company. I had expected an honest German "brewpub" atmosphere, which shouldn't have been difficult, considering the place is in the middle of a German settlement. But, although it had a slight charm about it, the atmosphere was artificial.

In all fairness, it was a weekend lunch hour in the middle of spring. This is the time of year when bluebonnets and peaches are in full bloom and so the Hill Country becomes a tourist mecca for cabin-feverish Texans. Not exactly the ideal time to 'review' a brewpub.

Either way, our server seemed frustrated as she made us wait 15-20 minutes between visits to our table. The German Sausage sampler was mediocre (at best), coming to the table at room temperature and tasting like it came straight off a Sysco Foodservice truck. And the beer wasn't terrible. It was just.. Blah -- every one of them (I had a sampler which included bock, pilsner, a wheat ale and a blond ale). No bouquet.. Semi-flat in the flavor department.. And no finish whatsoever.. It was what you would expect out of a big brewery's version of a crafted beer.

Next time I'm in Fredericksburg, I'll probably give them a chance to redeem themselves, but with lower expectations. By the way, the manager was nice enough to send us away with a handful of souvenier coasters

LiquidBreadMan, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of loobear
3/5  rDev -15%

I tried three beers when I visited this pub: Enchanted Rock Red Ale, Pioneer Porter and Peacepipe Pale Ale. The Porter was the only one I enjoyed. The other two were somewhat disappointing.

Nothing particularly novel about the atmosphere. Service was alright, though the chick seemed short and brisk when speaking to us. Decent prices - I'm glad they offer samples. Unfortunately, we were unable to try the food.

Next time we'll try another brewery in Fredericksburg, since this one wasn't quite convincing enough to visit once more.

loobear, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of tdawgydog
3/5  rDev -15%

Stopped in here for some lunch while visiting Fredericksburg. Was hoping for a little better than what we got. Service was not the best, food was meh and so was the beer. You have to do at least one of these things right. I think they get a lot of walk-in business because there is not a ton of choices in town.

The atmosphere is pretty decent, par for the course for a micro-brewery. You have the brew kettles behind the bar and the bartender seemed pretty knowledgeable about the beers that they brew.

DW had a chicken wrap that she thought was ok, but a little lacking on the condiments. I had the cheesesteak which was also ok, but the fries weren't anything special. As for the beer, I went with the Peacepipe Pale Ale. At first taste it was a little hoppy but not as much as expected and then in the aftertaste there was a slight hint of coffe, as if it had accidentally crossed taps with their coffee porter. Who knows??

Again if you find yourself in BFE it's worth a stop, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find this place.

tdawgydog, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.01/5  rDev -14.7%

Atmosphere: nothing special. A pretty average brewpub with nothing to make it stick out from the rest.

Quality: I had two beers and tried a third. I'd say they are average at best. Nothing worth making the trip for

Service: a little slow. Waitress was new so I will give them the benefit of the doubt on this one

Selection: six beers all home brewed and nothing special.

Food: some pretty good German foods and regular pub bites. Fairly tasty but nothing that is too special

Overall: I was not impressed with this place. I prefer places that work hard on their beers and have an more standard menu. This place had a clear German theme and sub par german beers

SportsandJorts, May 23, 2013
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%

They make about 20 something beers, but they only carry about 6 at any given time.

None of the 3 I tried were particularly good, but I still had a fun time trying them out.

They sold 4oz samplers for $1.25, so that helped make for a better tasting experience. I wouldn't have really cared for full glasses of the ones I had.

I wish I had the time to try some of the food, but I'll have to try that out this summer when I pass through on the way to Austin again.

Not a bad experience, but I wasn't impressed. Will stop by again though to try some more beers next time. For the price and location, why not?

ZenAgnostic, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of ottovon
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%

just went there this weekend with my girlfriend. the beer was ok. the porter was good. i really enjoyed it. the hoppy holidays was eh. it was not at all as hoppy as a name that is "hoppy holidays" leads you to believe.

the food was ok. we got fried jalapenos for an appetizer. not too bad. i got fish tacos. the were ok. i get fish tacos almost every place i go so i feel i can review fish tacos pretty reasonably. my girlfriend got a salad that she said she enjoyed it.

this place is ok. the porter was good and i wouldnt mind just going in and grabbing one and then shopping with the girlfriend with it. they do serve their beer in plastic cups in the bier garden, and glass pint glasses in the restaurant if you eat there. i was surprised about the plastic cups, but it is nice if you plan on leaving. the bier garden is pretty cool. just big picnic tables everywhere with a projection screen and the other tvs on the walls around it and on every wall. the bier garden was a pretty good atmosphere.

if you are in the area, it isnt a bad place to go to just grab a beer to go. the food was nothing special. the beer was ok. but you will at least get to try a local beer. the porter was good. and they did just win a medal at the 2008 GABF, but it wasnt on tap (the helles).

cheers.

ottovon, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%

Visited during the 2006 Texas Beer Advocate gathering. Nice decor, high ceilings, very clean, cozy, with all their brewing equipment set up right behind the main bar: shiny copper kettle with sparkling clean stainless steel tanks. Small selection of available beers, only 5, which you can try in a six-buck sampler. Selection is fairly generic for June: a red ale, an ipa, a maibock, a porter and a helles. For an overtly German-style brewpub, it seemed unusual to see only 2 German-style beers, and those with brewed with American-style hops. The IPA smelled wonderful, and was fairly interesting. The rest were typical generic American brewpub material.

Service was definitely substandard. A long wait on tables, despite abundant empty seats (perhaps because of understaffing, but the staff seemed to have enough time to stand around idly chatting). They objected to us moving chairs around to seat our group altogether, and we had a bunch of problems with the bill, with items added that hadn't been ordered as well as missing items on the bill. It was very difficult to get the waitstaff's attention, and I sat for long periods with an empty glass.

Food was reasonably good, though priced a bit high for the small portions. The sauerkraut was excellent, but I only got a small dab with my Jaeger Schnitzl. The sausages were good but not exceptional.

Apart from the terrible service, for a saturday night, a decent but not outstanding brewpub.

allengarvin, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of Lukebell15
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%

On the Main Street to where you can buy a beer and walk down the street as you drink if you like. Beer was average but for $1.25 for a 4 oz sample you can't beat it. Nice area to relax and cool off from the hot Texas sun. This is a German style pub.

Lukebell15, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of JackDempsy
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

This city is a tourist trap, so the beer is made for the masses (the average beer drinker). And, the masses in this area drink "Lone Star" and "Shiner". So the beer is kind of like both of those. I had the pale ale and the IPA - well that is what I ordered - they both tasted the same and not too bad, but no hop bite at all. The food was average bar food and was alright. With all of that said - It was the best place to go in this town, so if I was there, I would go again.

JackDempsy, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of PhxHorn
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%

We visited this for lunch during a trip to the Nimitz Museum down the street, which is worth the time to do. The place is your basic bar setup, with wooden floor, wood tables and chairs. There are also taller bar tables with stools.

There were about six beers on the menu, and I had the IPA, which was very good. I ordered a pizza, and given a choice between small and large, I chose small. That was a mistake, as it was only 7 inches or so. I don't think the menu specifed the size. it was fine, though. My wife got some kind of sausage plate, with several different kinds of weiners. I tried them all, and all were very good. The kraut was rates as good but not great. Service was a little lacking--they took the order and brought the food, but never really checked on us and never offered refills. The place was not too loud, which is a plus for me. The menu had maybe 6 or 8 different sandwiches, and the same number of salads, and major entrees. Nothing fancy, but a decent selection.

This is in the middle of a touristy area, and so I don't think they're hurting for business. They could dial up the service a notch and they'd really have something.

PhxHorn, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of peterjk
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%

I really like the location. Nice old mercantile building on main street in Fredericksburg.

They've done a great job on the inside, minimal touch to make it modern and usable without disturbing the old character of the building.

There are a few CRT TVs but all at one end so you can enjoy your food / beer TV free if you so desire.

They have a nice beer garden out back.

There are actually locals in the place and the tourist there are friendly. Got to talk with several people while sitting at the bar.

Services was friendly and quick.

Food selection was expanded over standard pub fair and the quality was decent given the moderate price.

The beer selection is standard brewpub. Unfortunately all there beers are a bit on the watery side but no major flaws (although in general they where to hoppy for me)

The porter was the best and will be my order when I go back.

peterjk, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.43/5  rDev -2.8%

I have been here many times over the last ten years. I have always enjoyed myself and never thought I paid too much or did not receive product of good quality. The main dining room is big and contains a bar with the brew kettles right behind it. This is pretty cool and I have been there on several occassions when they are busy brewing. There is a huge beer garden type of thing behind the main dining room with a bunch of picnic tables and a bar that I think they only open on occassion. There are always four or five beers on tap with one usually being a seasonal. I have tasted the Enchanted Rock Red Ale(?), Pioneer Porter, Not So Dumb Blonde, Jailhouse Bock, Pedernales Pilsner and several others that escape my memory. All are of decent quality (I have noticed a little thinness in the beers my last few visits). They offer a sampler for 5 or 6 bucks and you can fill your growler for $12. Next door they have a shop where you can buy a cup of beer to enjoy while your wife is dragging you to every antique shop in town (there are a zillion)! The food has always been good, our favorite is the spinach and artichoke pizza. Make sure you order it with the beer grain crust, it is delicious!! The service is consistently good, I definitely recommend the Fredericksburg Brewery if you are passing through the Hill Country.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%

This is right on the main drag of Fredericksburg. It is a charming little brewpub. There is a large room in front as you walk in. The bar is to the right with all the brewing equipment behind the bar. The room is pretty much a big concrete building. There are a hand full of rooms that people can stay in upstairs as well. There is a beer garden in the back with an excellent sign that says "Less Government, More beer." That says it all. Very relaxed like the rest of the town.

The bartenders are very enthusiastic about their beer. Which is always good. The service was fast, friendly, and knowledgeable. No complaints here.

The selection is a bit to be desired. Pretty much a standard selection. A porter, pale, red, helles, ext. Nothing exciting, but nothing bad either. The helles was very good and an excellent example of a lager. If you hit the brewery at the right time they can have some really good offerings though (an Imperial Stout, a Maibock, an excellent coffee porter). Mostly the aforementioned beers though.

The food is all over the place, and nothing really excellent. I have not tried the German sausage plates, which are probably very good. Though the rest is just typical pub grub. There are other places in town that I would go to for a meal first.

Overall, a very nice place to grab a beer. They don't make a lot of crazy beer geek styles, but are very good at what they do. Which is making good quality beers in a fun atmosphere. I would be a regular if I lived in the area. Recommend if visiting the area.

champ103, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%

Take this establishment with a grain of salt and enjoy it for what it is: a quality brewpub. Settled in the midst of an historically German town, there is little German authenticity about this place, including the brewed offerings. But as a brewpub, it's quite good.

Modern decor, lots of nice rockwork with the brewing equipment just behind the bar. Didn't try the food but looks like above-average pub fare (burgers and fries, etc). Larger room in the back for bands.

The place is usually packed and the beer is excellent. Only four styles offered, none particularly German but I liked everything I tried. Good place to waste a Sunday afternoon, seems like a lot of local regulars present.

assurbanipaul, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of ranger7
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

ranger7, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

greenspointexas, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of lysergicdream
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%

lysergicdream, Oct 30, 2014
Photo of briman
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%

Visited this brewpub during a past summer. Nice little town in the heart of Texas, pretty popular as a daytrip. Basically a "main street" type of town, with a main drag lined with mom & pop shops of all types. It was early in the day, but still pretty busy. I only had time for one beer with lunch, the Pioneer Porter which was excellent. The food (german sausage sampler) and service were great as well, and I'm looking forward to returning in the future to try the other beer offerings.

briman, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of beeragent
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%

On a recent trip to Fredericksburg, we stopped in to have dinner and try their beers. The restaurant looks like its devided between a dining area, and a back drinking area which looks alot like the movie Beerfest. The atmosphere was very friendly, not over-crowded, and very lively. However, we did go before the dinner crowd hit, so this review may not be as exact. The waitstaff seemed friendly and had a good grasp of the food and beer that they serve. The service was relatively quick for the size of the location. Their food selection was good, but seemed to be limited in the selection of German food, having a bigger selection of other food on the menu. The beer selection was the usual, a wheat, red, pale, and porter. No seasonal at this time. The beer was average, but considering where Fredericksburg is located, this is probably the best you'll find in the area. I wasnt complaining. The prices were relatively reasonable, considering that its in a tourist town. Overall, a good place to go when in town.

Edit: After going to this location several times after my initial review, I felt that I needed to add some info. After trying the Fredericksburg Brewery's beer, I found that the beer is incredibly watery. I tried a couple of their beers after trying the sampler, and found their beers to be seriously lacking in body. The flavor is okay but it still feels like I'm drinking water. They display their awards on the wall from GABF, but after trying their beers, I just cant see how they have won any awards unless their entry beers at the festival are seriously altered. I'm not trying to bash this place as I still enjoy going there, but since my intial review, the beer has really gone down hill.

beeragent, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of HardTarget
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%

If you are in the area, stop by, it's worth the trip. Fredericksburg is a touristy town with a main drag to walk, and they encourage you to bring your beer with you. The Brewing Company has at least 4 beers they brew to choose from, and some great German food to sample. I liked the Pioneer Porter and got a growler to take home, but a friend really enjoyed the Enchanted Rock Red. All the plumbing is right there behind the bar and the staff are happy to show you the process. The brewing company also has a Bed & Brew (get your own breakfast).

HardTarget, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%

Atmosphere- Fredericksburg Brewing is located along a touristy shopping area along the main road through town. Most of the shops around here are antique or craft shops. Not exactly my favorite shopping destinations. Luckily, Fredericksburg Brewing is a great escape from the kind of shopping my mother likes. The main room of the brewpub contains many tables and one long bar with the brewing equipment right behind it. In the back there is a banquet room which resembles a German biergarten. The premises also contains a 12-room "Bed N' Brew" and a Lager Room which dispenses to-go drinks for those stuck shopping with their wives.

Quality- The three beers I had here were of great quality. The Dunkle Weizan was dead-on, the Admiral's Amber was very good, but standard, and the seasonal Hoppy Holidaze was amazing.

Service- Service was prompt, and our waiter knew the beer pretty well too.

Selection- Unfortunately only five choices, but since the quality was great I didn't mind.

Food- The food selection was brewpub fair with a German influence. My father and I enjoyed our selections, but I think maybe my schnitzel made me a little sick.

I recommend Fredericksburg Brewing on the strength of their beers. Just don't expect this place to resemble real German biergartens.

Gagnonsux, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of Squelch
4.18/5  rDev +18.4%

Visited here for lunch yesterday. The atmosphere at this brewpub was typical with friendly brewers, hosteses, and waiters. Quality of the food was very good especially for a brewpub.

The service was excellent and we were promptly served by our waitstaff.

The selection of food was extremely varied from american, german favorites, and tex-mex to suit all needs.

Not a single person disliked their meals. I've reviewed 4 of their beers if you are interested view my profile. The APA was the best that I tried.

Squelch, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of mgdeth
4.2/5  rDev +19%

Atmosphere - Typical brewpub atmosphere, with the entire brew setup in plain view. Relatively comfortable seating and surroundings. Acceptable and friendly, if not remarkable.

Quality - Beer and food are fresh. Some variance in beer quality, but is still pretty good on the whole.

Service - Polite and prompt. Our server seemed fairly new, and did not know a lot about the beer. Even so, I was impressed that this place had trained its service staff fairly well.

Selection - Standard pub fare, including nachos and pizza. Five or six beers on tap. Beligian beer lovers look elsewhere.

Food - The food is excellent. I highly recommend the spinach artichoke pizza with "beer grain" crust. The nachos are done up right with fresh onions and peppers.

Value - Fredericksburg is essentially a tourist trap, with prices to match. You have to spend a little more, but in the end I think this place is worth a visit.

mgdeth, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of CONOR8832
4.53/5  rDev +28.3%

Got the pleasure of trying out this place out over the weekend during Oktober Fest in Fredericksburg. Beer was very good, smapled there red ale and there seasonal oktoberfest brew, but i fell in love with there aniversary ipa, had several pints during the course of the afternoon. Staf is very knowledgable on the beers that are brewed there. Worth a day trip (depending on how close you live to Frederickburg) to go have some great food and great beer.

The food is exceptional, great sandwhiches, pizza is to die for, german style food, scotch eggs, and fried pickles that will make you wet your pants. Everything that they have on the menu will strike anyones fancy. Great atmosphere to be able to eat and drink right inside the brewerey. They also have a "bed and brew" where you can come stay the weekend right above the brew pub, how cool is that, walk down stars and go have a tastey brew. I highly recommend stoping in it is well worth the wait on a busy afternoon, and while you wait have a couple of their tasty beers.

CONOR8832, Oct 05, 2010
Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc. in Fredericksburg, TX
84 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.