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Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)

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Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
BEER AVG
3.72/5
Based on:
42 Beers
512 Ratings
Place Score: 90
Ratings: 53
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3859 Buffalo Road
Rochester, New York, 14624
United States
phone: (585) 594-9800

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vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

This was stop #1 for my wife and I on a 9-day East Coast pub crawl and a family visit. The brewery is located slightly away from the busy Rochester area and any other retail business, and the building has a rustic style form the exterior, as does the pub area on the inside. The dining room is not quite so, but the vibe of the place is very good.

There were 10 beers on tap, so we ordered two 4-glass sampler flights to go with our meal. All of the beers were brewed to style and were tasty with one possible exception – the Old Ale. We thought the alcohol was a little too hot in this one. Most of the beers exceeded the characteristics for their style and were rated at a B or a B minus in our grading system. The most notable beer was the Citra Double IPA, but that hop variety is also our favorite so there is some bias there.

The restaurant has a German ownership background, and there are a few German dishes on the menu, so we each ordered one of those entrees. The food was excellent. The place was busy, so it appears that many other patrons agree with our assessment.

This area was the overnight location on our way to the East Coast to visit our family, and on previous trips we’ve stayed in the Albany and Syracuse areas without finding a brewery as good as this one. So on future trips, this is where we’ll be spending the night, and we’ll definitely revisit this brewery.

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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The rare brewpub where the food equals the quality of the beer. There isn't much to say about the building, kind of a simple bar area in a box building; and the location is anything but convienient, its the middle of nowhere. The beer is always good: especially the Scotch Ale, Vanilla Porter, and Christmas Ale. I always go for the flight sampler because I want to try as much as possible while I'm there, (it isn't as easy to get this beer in Buffalo, even though it should be on tap all over WNY). The food is great as there is a german menu: excellent bratwurst, homemade pickled cabbage and sauerkraut: beer food.

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3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

This was one of my two beer stops in Rochester (the other one being Beers of the World, of course).

It was snowing pretty heavily and I couldn't wait to find this place. But it ain't so easy- the address is in Rochester proper, but it feels like a suburb/small town, way past the city itself. Location qualifies as "middle of nowhere".

A worn-out but cozy building, like a hunting lodge. Very dark, some Christmas lights. Incredibly lively for a Monday at 2pm, filled up with locals doing lunch, drinking cocktails and getting growlers. This seems to be THE spot to go in this area of "town".

I sat at the bar, super friendly bartender. Got a sample of four beers for only $6.50, four ounces each sample. Nice!

I tried the Java Stout (which the bartender said is their most popular beers, but it appears not to be reviewed here), Vanilla Porter, Xmas Ale and Scotch Ale.

The Java had the slightest taste of bitter coffee, but very watery. I overheard the bartender telling a costumer this comes as a nitro pour so she cannot fill growlers. Huh. OK...

The Vanilla Porter had a tad touch aroma of vanilla, but super thin. The Scotch Ale carried a nice malty-bready taste, but still very thin. However, it was my favorite. The Xmas Ale tasted like bubblegum, funky taste, didn't like.

All of these beers were drinkable, but uneventful and forgettable.

The food- I didn't try, but it looks to be standard pub/bar food. The girl next to me ordered parmesan-garlic fries, and a side salad came to her looking as fine as the salad bar at Golden Corral. Be afraid.

I would stop by if I were a local, and if you're in Rochester, why not check this brewpub out. But it is definitely not an outstanding joint or a beer destination.

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4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

After a lazy Sunday we decided to stop by the Rohrbach Brewing Company's brewpub for a light dinner and some tasty local brew. The front door leads straight into the bar area which, in addition to the ten to twelve bar stools, also had a small seating area. The bar was made of nice solid wood beaming, seemingly inspired by a wood cabin's design. The lighting was fair, with dim ceiling lights supplemented by a variety of tactfully hung Christmas lights intertwined with autumn and winter foliage. The opposite direction led to a modest dining area, with about four booths up each wall and about four tables taking up the center of the room. This area was decorated similarly, with the addition of photographs and etchings of local sites adorning the walls.

We were seen to a booth and began to look over the somewhat extensive menu. The cuisine is typical bar/pub food, with the greasy finger foods, to the burgers, to the grilled courses. Of note, nearly everything on the menu is named, in part, after a famous person or street of Rochester, which is pretty cool. Towards the end of the menu there is actually an entire page of authentic German dishes, in case you want something to better complement their beer selection. We each ordered soup and salad. The soup was heartier than anticipated for a "chili", but was spicy and tasty nonetheless. The generous salads were autumn varieties, with notably fresh goat cheese, which made the dish.

As is to be expected, their beer menu is populated by house brews only. They have six or seven year round brews, with three beers per season that rotate appropriately. Most everything is on tap, but they were out of two last night. Additionally, they have a decent selection of wines, with surprisingly few coming from the extensive number of local wineries. They also had the standard selection of liquors and mixed drinks.

Overall, we were impressed by this eatery. The atmosphere was nice and quiet (although it was a Sunday night, so who knows on other nights), the staff was friendly, and the service was lightning quick. It seems to serve well as both a place to go with some friends for a few drinks, and a place to take your family for dinner. Heck, you can even just stop by to refill your growlers with some of their surprisingly delicious house brews.

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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went with a group of 5 on a Friday night, it seemed incredibly crowded and we couldn't find a place to stand without being in someone's way. Once seated, though, my only complaint is they were out of some of the beers - fortunately they have enough selection that it didn't matter.

I'm a fan of beer samplers to attain maximum variety for minimum price (financial and physical). The "bluebeary" ale was amazing, even for someone like me who tends to dislike fruit-flavored beers. Our non-beer drinker at the table even enjoyed it. The pumpkin spice ale was an above-average offering, while the Oktoberfest was acceptable but not amazing. Food-wise there is something for everyone, and portions are sizeable.

I'd definitely go again, but on a weekend I would advise using the call-ahead seating option - you'll be waiting awhile if you don't.

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4.18/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I liked the atmosphere on a busy Friday night, it was busy, but we were under no pressure to hurry along. There were tvs with sports on, but it wasn't a "sports bar." The food and beer were definitely the main attraction.

Seemed to be a high value placed on the quality of their service and products, virtually everything we had was solid.

Can't say enough about their service. We took advantage of their "call ahead" option and our group of 5 was waiting for about 15 minutes before getting a table, not too bad at all. Our server was knowledgeable about their beers and was very enjoyable to chat with throughout the evening. After we mistakenly thought we were finished we ended up ordering a couple more taster sets.

Selection was good, their brews spanned a wide spectrum, and I thought everything we tried was brewed well and anyone should be able to find a favorite. Their scotch ale as mentioned was good and surprisingly their "bluebeary" beer was also a standout that converted a newbie to craft beer for the evening.

Food was great german cuisine, everything seemed to be done well. Prices were very reasonable, and I'll probably pick up a growler or two to take back to OH.

Photo of reustyMMX
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Rohrbachs is a neat little place to grab some good german food. I have always sat on their covered patio out back and have always enjoyed it.

There is an average sized bar upon first entering the establishment with a modest amount of tables for seating.

Their food is quite good, I usually go with some variation of sausage and potatos, and have always been satisfied.

Their beer selection is good and the quality is quite good.

The only standout beer at Rohrbach's is their Scotch Ale which is one of the best I've had.

Certainly worth a visit if you are in the area.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Rohrbach's is one of those out of the way places with an emphasis on German food. Their beer is quite good but I tend to favor only a few of their and not like the rest. The IPA is good and they're known for their Scotch Ale. Out of all the beer places in Rochester, I go here the least but I do enjoy it every time I'm there. It's definitely worth checking out if you're in the area. I like it because it's all local folks with no BS. The only down side is this particular location isn't really close to anything. Prices are very reasonable.

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Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub) in Rochester, NY
90 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.