Coach's Brewhouse

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

110 W Main St
Norman, Oklahoma, 73069-1307
United States

(405) 321-2739 | map

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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Apr 15, 2014
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Narthax from Texas

2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Jul 08, 2014
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csiewert from Oregon

2/5  rDev -38.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2

2's across the board... I don't know why everyone in Norman is so excited about this place... maybe they just don't know any better. The beer is 3.2% ABV... all of it... don't let anyone (including the waiters) tell you otherwise. I haven't had a waiter know what the difference between bud light and an IPA is yet. They also take your order and then promptly forget about you... here's a hint, if you have to go, order two beers at once and then when one is gone, order a new one, because that is how long it will take. The food is greasy and bland and the atmosphere reminds me of a dirty Applebees. Just stay away.

Dec 29, 2010
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jeranbrews from Oklahoma

3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place is a long walk or short drive away from OU campus.

The resturant area is ample, and the staff are young healthy and friendly. Next to the resturant there is a larger area with pool tables and a second bar.

They offer 5-7 beers that are crafted specifically for this chain. You can see some of the copper kettles in the back window and on a not busy afternoon can strike up a conversation with one of the brewmakers.

For a modest fee you can even take a growler of their beer home. And get a discount when you bring the growler back for a refill.

Food selection is ample. The pulled pork sandwhich is my recomendation. The pizza also very nice.

The beers offered are not bad. But they beat anything else you'll find in the grocery store or Quick-e-Mart. The stout and amber both wash down the BBQ without regret.

Prices are probably a bit high for starving college students, but more than reasonable.

When I was going to school and living in Norman, this was a fine place to spend a few bored afternoon happy hours. Game days it is just too crowded for my tastes.

Oct 22, 2009
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HoppyMcStout from Missouri

3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Coach's has a variety of brews, but none are greater than 3.2% by OK law. For this reason you would think that the brews there would be a little less expensive, but they still seem pricey to me. The Harvester appears to be the standard American Wheat and is the best call if you should stop in. Their IPA is decent as well, but again only 3.2. Their Kona Coffee Stout is not anything you would want to try! Like several of their beers it's just too thin and watery for me. The burgers there aren't great but the pizza and nachos are good. Another benefit is that there always seems to be plenty of room there, and it's pretty easy to grab a pool table.

Jan 26, 2009
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marilynnh from Texas

3.64/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

After visiting the location in OKC, my husband and I decided to check out the place where the beer is actually brewed. We were headed home on a Sunday afternoon and a repeat of that Oak Aged IPA would really hit the spot.

The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. There are two separate bar areas, one very large with pool tables and glass walls looking into the brewing area. When we expressed an interest in the brewing process, one of the employees took us in for a tour. That's always fun. We really enjoyed it and I was impressed by how clean the area was.

I may be repeating myself, but here it is. As far as the beers go, we really like the specialty beer, called Oak Aged IPA. I was pretty impressed. IPA is my favorite beer and this was super hoppy and had a nice balance to it. A little toasty, but not overly so.

We tried the Downtown Brown and thought it was just ok. Could be for the same reason we felt the stout at Bricktown location was thin. Maybe because beer brewed in OK can be no more than 3.2 %. I guess the fermentation process is stopped too early for those nice malty flavors to really develop.

Prices were a little higher at this location, maybe we just missed happy hour. We would certainly stop in if we pass through Norman again.

Oct 03, 2007
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Braudog from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Visited this cozy place in November 2006. It's a warm, brick-clad restaurant and bar with a retro sports bar theme. I was entertained by the entire history of OU football teams that stretched the entire length of the bar. Their menu consisted of BBQ selections, 14-inch pizzas and other "standard" brewpub fare including burgers and sandwiches. I sat at the bar and ordered a burger and it was excellent. The bartender was friendly and knowledgeable (and not half-bad looking). I ahd two beers (had to drive back to OKC), and both beers were pretty good. This turned out to be the best beer-centered locale in the OKC-metro area. Recommended!

Feb 04, 2007
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fastfwd from Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

I've been working in Norman the past week and hitting this place every day after work. Happy hour lasts from 3 to 6 with $1 pints and 2 for 1 bottled beer. Selection of beer has been pretty poor and I've heard everything from them not having a full selection until the middle of summer to new batches being ready next week.

Since I first visited them they have had a wheat, amber, brown (not their own brew), and an IPA. Right now they only have the amber and IPA. The IPA is worth a try if you are in the area. It's the best Oklahoma brewed beer I have had yet. The others that I tried (wheat/amber) were pretty weak and probably tuned down to the taste of the average Okie that is accustomed to 3.2 beers. I read that Coach's has a permit to brew over the Oklahoma mandated 3.2 regulated beer and I would venture to guess that the IPA is around 6%.

The staff is pretty friendly and they have some great looking waitresses. The bartenders that I talked to about beer were nice enough, but not what the average BA would consider knowledgeable. I was pleasantly surprised to see at least one new waitress everyday last week. Especially considering that the semester is over. The owners of this place have another called The Library that is located right off campus that was suggested to me by one of the bartenders. The Library has the same beer as Coach's and it's probably loaded with scenery.

Regular beer prices are $3 for a pint, but you can get a half gallon jug for $7. You can also buy the jug for $5 and pay the $7 to take some beer home if you like.

May 18, 2003
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ADR from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I was in town for a meeting (Oct. 2002) and only had time for a quick stop on a quiet Wednesday evening (it would have been a madhouse on a day of a Sooner away game). Nice size, lots of wood and warm-colored walls, sports memorabilia, and tall ceilings with the exposed ductwork painted green. Tables, T.V.s and leather sofas. As to the brews...this is the original Coach's with branches in Oklahoma City and Tulsa...unfortunately, Oklahoma law limits brewing to 3.2 alcohol by weight maximums, so I give the owner and brewmaster props for even trying to run a brewpub in a state with such inane legislation. I only tried the IPA, which was good and nicely hoppy. But as anyone who has suffered through 3.2 beer knows, it just lacks ooomph -- similar to decaf coffee. Service was friendly enough, but no one wanted to talk beer that evening. I guess, if its gotta' be Oklahoma, this is a place to be.

Nov 07, 2002
Coach's Brewhouse in Norman, OK
Brewery rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 32 ratings