The Faust Hotel (Faust Brewing Company)

25 Ratings

Type: Brewery, Eatery

240 South Seguin Ave.
New Braunfels, Texas, 78130-5119
United States

(830) 625-7791 | map

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Added by HardTarget on 05-28-2006

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Photo of deg
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

I was there at lunch time on a Friday. The place was empty. However, I liked the look of the place. The brew kettles are visible through the glass, granite counter top, lots of wood. I tried their Wee Heavy and their Altbier. The altbier was excellent, the wee heavy was OK. To eat, I tried their rueben. The rueben was one of the better ones I had. Two beers, the sandwich, tax, and tip were right around $22. Not bad. I rated the selection as lower than average because they only had three house beers. I expect a little more from a brewpub, but they did have other beers available.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Junichi
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Pyedog
5/5  rDev +38.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I made it a point to visit to try the Altbier... The place is an old hotel filled with antiques and perhaps ghosts. In the rear of the place is this incredible pub...kind of a "secret place" that should be checked out if you are visiting New Braunfels. Good food, very friendly service and superb beer by Siebel Institute trained brewer Ray Mitteldorf. There were 5 beers available, all damned good. Growlers to go... I am looking forward to returning...maybe Ray will brew a "secret Sticke Alt".

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Photo of LXIXME
3.78/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of elNopalero
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Apparently there’s been some changes made here and since I’ve heard good things about this place from locals I decided to make a return visit and check it out for myself. A German-style brewery in a quaint German community a stone’s throw from San Antonio sounded like a perfect destination for a quick day-trip. Unfortunately, I might have built it up in my mind more than I should have.

New Braunfels itself is pretty cool—once you get away from I-35 and the toobing promotions. The downtown has plenty of olde and old timey looking pubs. I caught myself pretending each one was serving their own craft beer.

The Faust hotel itself has a ton of character. This place looks like an antique and that’s just coming in. Beautifully restored with a wonderful wood veneer I could see myself settling down to some tasty pilsners or a home-brewed alt-bier and enjoying the day…

…unfortunately, they only had three house beers on tap. Twelve handles so there’s other options but not one drop of their flagship alt. Nor any pilsners. Their website doesn’t reflect what they have either so don’t rely upon that. And their advertisements in area papers and beer periodicals aren’t accurate either. Prices are about what I’d expect, and I didn’t get anything to eat so I can’t comment on the food. Looked like your typical pub fare. Servers were friendly and welcoming although I can’t say for sure whether or not they knew much about beer. A solid and resounding “Meh!”.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.78/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I had a free afternoon in San Antonio and decided to do a micro-brew tour. Faust is a good 25 miles from the downtown SA riverwalk but you have to travel if you want good beer in southern Texas. I arrived at Faust just as they were opening at 4pm on a Thurs. There were 3 house beers on tap (all $4/pint): a pale ale, a golden ale and a German Alt. I opted for the Alt and wasn't disappointed. There were 12 other taps that included Tripel Karmeleit, Pyramid UFO, Spaten o-fest, Alamo Ale, Rio Blanco Pale, Guinness and Stella. I liked that they had the appropriate glassware for each draft. In addition there was a small, but decent beer selection. The music was classic rock, the staff was friendly and I would certainly recommend Faust as a place to stop for a beer or two.

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Photo of champ103
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

The Hotel and the bar both look beautiful. A great granite top bar and wood everywhere. The incredible charm of the hotel carries over in every way to the bar. You can see the empty brewing equipment behind the bar. Grr, what a waist.

The bad news is that there were no house beers during my visit. I was not expecting the beer to be all that good anyway, but I have to dock a few for advertising the bar as a brewery with no house beers. I got the old, "we are working on it" response. Instead they have about 10 taps and plenty of bottles. Three taps for Real Ale. Alamo, ESB, and Rio Blanco. Harpoon UFO as well. Some other German beers on tap from Hofbräu, Belhaven and some macros. Tap lines or kegs don't seem to be up to snuff though. Service is what you would expect. Some nice bartenders that are working for tips. Not much knowledge about beer overall.

Overall you can't beat the history and charm of this place. It is a beautiful bar/hotel, and has a ghost story to boot. Really not a bad place to have a drink if you are staying in the hotel. Though not a place I would recommend otherwise. Glad I got a chance to visit though.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Stopped at the Faust Hotel on the way back to our hotel after a day of "Toobin'" and were disappointed to learn they are not currently brewing their own beers. However, the license is in the works and they say they will be producing again in the next couple months.

The historic hotel is located on Seguin Ave just a few blocks from the town circle. New Braunfels is not too far off I-35. There is street parking in front and the hotel appeared to have parking as well.

The interior is like stepping back in time, and the bar is directly past the registration desk to the left. The bar is relatively narrow with bar and table seating.

Despite not having their own beers, the hotel did have around 8 beers on tap from brewers like Real Ale (Fireman's/Alamo Golden and ESB), and Harpoon, along with imports from Spaten, Guinness and Lefebvre. They also have a decent bottled selection again with local/regional beers represented.

Service was good on a slow weekday late afternoon. The bartender was in the know about the brewing situation and was very friendly.

We did not have any food on our visit.

Overall I liked this quaint bar in this old hotel and would definitely attempt to visit again once they start brewing.

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Photo of beeragent
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2

I took my dad here for a different flavor of beer, to his usual Bud light, for his birthday. I grew up in New Braunfels, but didnt realize that they brewed there own beer, until my sister had her wedding reception here a few years ago. The bartender offered us a sample of the three beers on tap, which were the only three beers they brew. The Blonde and Hefe, were okay, and the Brown being the best. I hate to say it, but the Brown tasted alot like Shiner Bock, just a little better, but not what you would expect from a brown ale. Not exactly what you would expect from a micro-brewery, especially since its based in a town with strong German heritage, but thats what we experienced. The bartender was very friendly, and explained alot about the hotels history (by the way, the hotel is supposedly haunted). The beer was okay, and the atmosphere was good, making the place an enjoyable stop, worth checking out.

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Photo of TPoling
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This place has been through an incredible number of ups and downs since it opened several years ago. There were even a couple of periods when brewing stopped altogether or there was only one wretched beer on tap. There seems to be a little stability now, or at least enough to warrant a review.

There are three beers: brown, hefe and blonde. The only one with much backbone is the Brown, an unfiltered ale with a lot of yeast floating. It is served very cold and needs to warm a little for the decent flavor profiles to come through.

The hefe was bland and automatically served with an unwanted wedge of lemon. The blonde -- nothing here, move on. There is a full bar and they no longer hold the correct license to also be able to sell growlers -- so says the bartender.

The setting is beautiful with a marble bar and wood everywhere. The copper kettles and tanks gleam behind the bar, while the government tanks are in the basement next to the hotel's washer and dryer.

My wedding reception was in this hotel 16 years ago and I desparately want it to have a brewpub I can recommend to visiting BA's. Say a little prayer. There is potential.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Atmosphere (4.5): Great looking bar! Granite bar top, loads of dark wood, glassed in copper tanks. The hotel is historic and the bar matches. There is a piano and some warning signs about a “piano bar”, but no one was playing when I was there.

Quality (2.5): I have to be fair. I want to give a higher score, but only one of the taps was enjoyable, and that was the Brown Ale, and it had what I have to hope was dried yeast floaties and residue. Still, I enjoyed the Brown Ale’s taste and would happily drink another. The blonde sample I got was a bit watery, and the “Hefe” was a pretty thin Wheat ale, lacking any banana or clove esters, and had a distinct band-aid finish.

Service (4): Bartender was friendly, and took good care of us. He wouldn’t serve me a half glass that I requested, but was very quick to offer me samples when I came in.

Selection (3): Three taps going, and some macro choices I believe based on the signs, but I didn’t ask, so I reported zero bottles.

Food: They don’t serve food.

Value: $$

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The Faust Hotel (Faust Brewing Company) in New Braunfels, TX
Brewery rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 25 ratings
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