Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.

BEER AVG
3.43/5
Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc.
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Eatery

245 East Main Street
Fredericksburg, Texas, 78624
United States

(830) 997-1646 | map
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BEER STATS
Beers:
17
Ratings:
244
Reviews:
83
PLACE STATS
Score:
83
Ratings:
41
Reviews:
25
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
11.85%
 
 
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Photo of Magery
1.79/5  rDev -50.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.75

Photo of LiquidBreadMan
2.28/5  rDev -37.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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

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Photo of loobear
3/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

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.

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Photo of tdawgydog
3/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

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

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Photo of mig100
3.05/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 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?

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Photo of ottovon
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.23/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of Lukebell15
3.23/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

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.

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Photo of JackDempsy
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

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.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of peterjk
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of clackenstein
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2

Photo of arizcards
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Visited with Da Boss after spending a good chunk of time at the LBJ ranch.

Overall vibe was actually very good. Long bar with fermenters on display for all to see. Left hand side was the old brick façade which lent a nice old tyme warehouse feel. In the back was a decent size bier garten. Ample seating/tables in the main dining room.

Unfortunately the quality of the beer does not match the vibe. The Porter was OK and i was not seeing high ratings for other brews.

Service was so-so as well as our server was pretty slow on a not so busy post lunch Thursday.

Selection offered on the menu was only 5 brews. I did not see any other listings.

Food was very good too. The Rueben was excellent and the German Potato Salad authentic. Da Boss enjoyed her burger.

Overall a neat place to hang out and have a meal and a cold one.

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Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

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.

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Photo of needMIbeer
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of rspauldi
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Junichi
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of ranger7
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Fredericksburg Brewing Company, Inc. in Fredericksburg, TX
3.43 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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