Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 21 | Display Reviews Only:
2.28/5 rDev -35.2%
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
02-08-2003 07:38:43 | More by LiquidBreadMan
3/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
04-25-2011 02:13:41 | More by loobear
3/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
11-11-2009 23:14:22 | More by tdawgydog
3.01/5 rDev -14.5%
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
05-23-2013 17:28:06 | More by SportsandJorts
3.06/5 rDev -13.1%
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?
04-22-2011 03:47:03 | More by ZenAgnostic
3.1/5 rDev -11.9%
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).
12-30-2008 03:53:01 | More by ottovon
3.23/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
06-25-2006 22:38:02 | More by allengarvin
3.23/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
10-15-2013 01:29:57 | More by Lukebell15
3.25/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
12-14-2013 16:27:00 | More by JackDempsy
3.35/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
06-02-2009 16:28:10 | More by PhxHorn
Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc. in Fredericksburg, TX
83 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.