Frankenmuth Brewery

Frankenmuth BreweryFrankenmuth Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

425 S Main Street
Frankenmuth, Michigan, 48734
United States

(989) 262-8300 | map

The Frankenmuth Brewery was re-opened under new ownership July 1, 2009 after being closed since Nov. 2006. The Brewery has both a class C resort license as well as a micro brewery license. We have begun distribution to the state of Michigan in kegs as well as serving our patrons in one the most popular destination cities in Michigan, Frankenmuth. We expect to be bottling in small quantities by March 2010.

Please note that all comments and ratings posted on here pre-2009 have nothing to do with the new ownership.

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Photo of MIBeerGeek
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

I have been here 3 times. Always a wait for subpar beer and food. They do have a good selection of beer and the food isn't bad. My suggestion is to head down the street to Zehenders Chicken place and get their home brewed Red ale or Bock. I would be more than willing to wait 30min for those two!

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Photo of jburris64
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.25

Old school brew pub. Odor of brewers yeast greets you at the door starting the excitement of a new adventure. The food looks amazing and tastes even better. Add in the mixture of old and tunes completes the package.
A must stop here when in Frankenmuth!

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Decided to have dinner here after a day in town with the wife and kids. Saturday evening, so there was a wait of about a half hour. Took the kids to look at the tanks in the meantime, and a waitress offered to get us drinks and an appetizer while waiting for a table. Our waiter was just as friendly. Service was quick, food was good, beer was solid.
The building is great looking inside and out, and if it wasn't so rainy, we could have sat on the patio overlooking the Cass River.
Well worth the stop while in Frankenmuth.

Beer sold by bottle, case, cans, growler. 15 varieties on tap on this visit.

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Photo of Rostie
1.45/5  rDev -60.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 1.75

Waitress messed up the flight so what good is it? Slow service. Bad food. All this adds up to a bad beer experience. Won't return and won't try their beers again

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.53/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Me and the wife spent the weekend in Frankenmuth. I had to visit the brewery and buy a Growler of thier Brown Hound. Excellent beer by the way. Liked this brewery very much, helpful staff and good selection of brew. The atmosphere was a little heavy, very busy that night. But the sights and design of the place is nice, fermenting tanks all around you brings the experience to the top. Overall definitely will be one of my stops when in town.

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Photo of archiebunkerjr
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Every time I visit Frankenmuth Brewery, I hope that my experience is better than the last. My visit today was more of the same. The brewery is one of the most beautiful that you will ever be in. Almost everything is made out of brick, hardwoods, and cast iron. The layout is quite nice as well. The outdoor seating overlooking the Cass River is one of the best views/seatings I have ever had at a brewpub.

Unfortunately, the place is quite dirty. The beautiful stainless steel tanks behind the bar have not been cleaned in well over a year. They look disgusting. They should be a showpiece at the bar and they look like crap. There are lots of other places through the brewpub that are filthy as well. This is even more troublesome in that the town of Frankenmuth has maintained a squeaky clean image for years. It's too bad Frankenmuth Brewery does not follow suit. One other thing that hurts the vibe rating that I gave is that there are always numerous kids there. Don't get me wrong - I like kids. But they do increase the noise levels.

The quality of the beer has always been very ordinary but hopefully that will change with their new brewmaster, Steve Buszka. Steve was the brewmaster at Bell's when it was still called Kalamazoo Brewing Company so he has many years of great experience to draw upon. Tonight, I had a dopplebock that tastes quite similar to Bell's Consecrator Dopplebock; a wheated lager called Sunshine Ale that tastes quite similar to Oberon and the 2015 Imperial Stout that tastes quite similar to Expedition Stout (although it didn't have the red fruity notes that Expedition Stout has). If Frankenmuth Brewery's beers continue to improve in quality as these three beers that I had tonight did, they will be on to something.

The service was quite good tonight. Our waitress was very attentive and took our food and beer orders in a timely manner. Our food was delivered at a reasonable time. There was a 15 minute wait to be seated which I have never had before. But they were quite busy.

Beer selection was maybe slightly better than in the past. Frankenmuth Brewery always sold their six flagship beers (pilsner, IPA, hefe, irish red, blonde and dunkel) along with three or four seasonals (although one or two of the seasonals were usually out of season). They had the six flagship beers tonight but the other offerings were a Belgian IPA, a Belgian abbey, 2015 Imperial Stout, a wheated lager, a dopplebock and a helles lager. In my humble opinion, all of the six flagship beer recipes could be improved - they are OK for their style but none of them makes me say wow.

Finally, the food. There just always has to be a problem with the food. I just don't understand it. My wife and I shared a chicken nacho appetizer and I got a fish and chips entrée. The nachos were delivered in an acceptable 10 to 15 minutes. They were forgettable. There was no salsa on the nachos or on the side. The only sauce included was a minimal amount of a southwest sour cream applied lightly to the nachos. The portion was sufficient for the price but most of the nachos buried underneath had nothing on them.

10 minutes later, I received my fish and chips. I should have returned them immediately. The quality was probably OK but they were served lukewarm. Which meant they were cold two or three minutes after being served. My wife and I both guessed that the fish and chips were probably done at the same time as the nachos. Again, this is extra disappointing because the town of Frankenmuth has been very successful for years for serving great food to the thousands of people who visit each year.

I generally visit Frankenmuth Brewery once per year. Like I stated at the beginning, I hope every time that my experience was better than the last but it just never seems to happen. I do hope that the addition of Steve Buszka as brewmaster will continue to have a positive effect on the quality of the beer served at Frankenmuth Brewery.

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Photo of bwood06
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Great layout for this microbrewery. Very nice outdoor seating area overlooking the river along with a nice indoor bar area with the brewery's equipment visible. Have always been able to get right in. Food is ok. Selection of food is not very varied. Beer is good for the most part.

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Photo of Fatdenny
3.93/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Very festive atmosphere. Beer selection accommodates a wide range of tastes. The place was very busy yet the service was still top notch. The wait was a bit excessive but well worth it. I would definitely recommend stopping here for a beer if your in the area.

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Photo of king75
2.73/5  rDev -25%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere- The atmosphere of this brewery is the only thing it really has going for it. It is a large building with vaulted ceilings and you can see brewing equipment from anywhere in the brewery, they also have a nice little shop up front with beer to go and brewery swag.

Quality/selection- First off they have maybe 10 beers on tap if that, most of which you can pick up at any good beer store in Michigan. Not a lot of selection in their variety of beers most of which are their regular line up with one or two seasonals. The only thing more disappointing than the selection of beer is the quality of the beer. I've had their pilsner which taste almost as bad as Budweiser, Red Skye which is a very watered down red ale lacking in body and in flavor, oktoberfest which is just has a really generic feel to it all malt no hops no complexity, and their Hefenweizen which may be their best beer and even it tastes watered down.

Service- Every time I have been here the service has been shody at best. The waitress I had the first time messed our order up several times and did not check on us often. The second time the waiter we had was a little better but was still hard to track down if you wanted a refill of anything.

Food- The food is hit or miss. The first time I was here I had a burger which was a bit over priced but good. The second time I had a pizza and it was extremely bland and underwhelming.

Overall- This brewery is over rated in my opinion. If you are just getting into craft beer and do not have much of a palate for complex beers then you will probably like this place. About five years ago I would have liked their beer, but now all of their beer to me taste really watered down and generic. For the price the quality should be better. I've been there twice, I will not be back a third time.

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Photo of Amberluvsbeer
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Frankenmuth is a pretty good place overall. it was a nice place to go sometimes visiting my cousins up that way and my uncle always took us here back in the day. It's different since it reopened from when I was there before I could drink. Now that I drive myself I wish there was more parking around. Sometimes it's a problem sometimes not. I like the nice brick and it's actually a pretty building. Inside is cool, with the gift shop and the parafanalia(?). The food is good and apart from the decoration is when you know everything they do is traditional and German in style. They make very good versions of the pub food you might find in Germany, German sausages and the big soft pretzels and all. The beer's good too. i wouldn't say it's world class and they could use some work but they're definately not bad. Overall it's a nice place to relax and eat and drink.

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Photo of Kerrie
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

Had dinner here yesterday with my bf and two friends.

A- I can't say anything bad about the atmosphere. The place was huge and open, and a lot of the behind the scenes brewing equipment was visible, which is always cool. The music was at a reasonable volume and not terrible (i.e. top 40) but rather mostly 80s stuff.

Q- The quality of the beer, most of the food, and service was very good. I've had their beer bottled and it is way better on tap, specifically the Hefeweizen and Red Sky Ale.

S- Our server was attentive without being too invasive, and very polite.

S- The selection gets marked down due to there being little in the way of beer varieties, both in terms of styles and the total amount. I realize they stick to German styles, which is probably why they lack porters, stouts, fruit beers, etc, but it leaves little variety. The selection of food was very good, however. You also get a choice of a pint or 22 oz, with only a dollar difference between the two.

F- My food (the Cowboy Burger and fries) was great, and the 2 guys I went with had no complaints either (they stuck to sandwiches). However, my best friend's mac and cheese was tasteless and awful. I tried it for myself and agreed. Avoid that dish.

V- I thought the value was excellent. Food prices were average (at least for my standards in the Metro Detroit area, not sure about this area of MI in particular) and the beer was either $3 a pint or $4 for a 22 oz, which was awesome and cheaper than what I'm used to. That said, maybe there was some sort of Sunday special on those? The prices weren't on the menu and I can't see them online, either, so maybe they fluctuate. I noticed that the price of the flight made no sense... $1.50 per sample or $12.00 for a whole flight of six... but none of us got the flight, so no matter, in our case.

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Photo of CSFerrier
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.25

A nice place in a nice town. The selection of food is pretty good, most go for the beer; which is worth going for if you're in the area.

Frankenmuth Brewery produces some pretty good beer. I think I've had all of their selection, my personal favorite is the Hefeweizen and the Pilsener.

Worth a stop!

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Photo of TurboBrew
4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Went thru the brewery/pub on our way back from a northern michigan/ traverse city trip on the way back down I 75 South!

Awesome place, really glad we decided to check it out. Im a huge Oktoberfest beer fan so naturally got a 22oz'er and a appetizer (the pretzel balls) which were AMAZING!! The mrs ordered a Hefeweizen which was excellent also. Both beers were perfect cold temperature and were in clean glassware.

The interior of the pub is truly awesome. Plenty of seating, with a nice long bar and a sweet view of the brewing tanks/equipment.

There is also a outdoor seating area which looked like it had a nice view.

The service was very prompt and professional, as well as the quality of the food and beer..

The gift shop also has great prices on t shirts, glassware, stickers, and 5.99 for a sixer of the pilsner :)

Will definitely return and recommend to others! A+

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Photo of Putitonmytab
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

This place is pretty cool. Never been there, friend took me on a tour of the brewery, I was very impressed, they are pasisonate about what they do there and that is always a good thing. We at the restaurant there for dinner. Had a pilsener with my meal that was pretty good. You get a view of the lake which compliments the meal nicely as well. Looking forward to going back when I return to Frankenmuth! 10/10. 5 stars, etc, etc, this is making me type more than I had planned! Come to Frankenmuth Brewery its great!!

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Photo of BeerGuy44
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Had a great time here. Ate with a view of Cass Lake. The food was delicious and the Pilsener that I had with my meal was great. If you are from out of town you must take a tour of the brewery with a tasting at the end. They recommend a beer with your meal if you aren't sure what would go best. For dessert get the deep friend oreos, they are a favorite among regulars. This place is definitely not a tourist trap either, its a local place with local people. Would recommend this place to anyone!!!!

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Photo of GoldenChild
5/5  rDev +37.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A: Amazing we drove by and alls my kids could say was "Wow look at that place it looks awesome" Not enough parking though we had to park a few hundred feet away. They maybe have 15 parking spots at the brewery (unless i was missing something). As soon as you walk in its just mind blowing big fermenters, taps, lots of TV's, Huge dining area, and the view of the river will blow you away.

Q: The quality of everything was excellent

S: Our waitress was named Starr and she did a superb job. There was one mistake on our bill and she was very fast at correcting it.

Sel: They had a great selection of food and beers.

F: The food YUUUMMY!!! I live with two of the most picky eaters in the world, my wife, and our daughter. One had a pizza, one had fish, and i had a bacon bleu burger. Burger was alittle more done then i would of liked it but just like the other two dinners it was delicious! The beer was fantastic too we got the flyt and loved all of them hope they get back to bottling soon.

V: It was a bit pricey but it was worth it. We fed me my wife our 9 year old daughter plus one flyt (9 beers 1.50 each) of beers for 44.00 plus a 9 dollar tip

Overall i cant wait to come back to this brewery it was super!

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Photo of TheBear11D
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

Recently I went to visit some friends in the Frankenmuth area and we were deciding on a place to eat. We ended up at the Frankenmuth Brewery because they brewed and served their own beer.

I was happy when I first walked in, but that did not last too long. The place looks nice and the atmosphere is pleasant. We had a brief wait, but it's a tourist town near the holidays so that was expected.

While waiting I noticed that it was $40 to get a growler...just a growler. It is $45 to get a growler that actually has beer in it and a refill is $10. I could perhaps see the interest if I was going to have it filled weekly, but for an out-of-towner it was not worth it.

Our server was completely uninterested in us. She was very short with us, rarely checked in and left our used appetizer plates on our table the entire time we were there.

They serve only their own brews and they have 5 or 6 to choose from. Not a wide gamut of selection, but that's not the end of the world.

The food left much to be desired. It certainly fell short of the quality I was expecting for the price. I had the brats which were decent--over salted but decent, the potatoes were cold and seemed as though they came out of a box. The asparagus was large (not good for asparagus) and needed some sort of seasoning.

I was less than impressed with the place. The staff seemed distant and uninterested from the start to the finish. The prices exceeded the quality and I was left wishing I had gone somewhere else.

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Photo of beerguru15
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Been to this brewery many times, and just realized that I have yet to review it.

The best part about this place I would have to say is the atmosphere. I enjoy the layout and the spacious view it has. When you walk in your presented with a gift shop and a great interior. When walking into the dining room that vats are the items noticed first as they are to the left of the bar and also behind the bar.The brewery has a nice patio and a few levels to the building.

The brewery has quite a few beers on tap, I believe 6-7 beers that are always available, plus a few seasonals and special occasion beers. The staples are a hefeweizen, a german dunkel, a pilsner, a red ale, a blonde ale and a IPA. Though the selection of beer is suiting for more beer lovers, they can be inconsistent at times and seem to change.

The service also is pretty good, the bartenders do a good job in pertaining to customers needs and also are attentive. The other waitstaff is the same, though that also seems to change depending on the time of day.

Food wise the brewery has a nice assortment, ranging from Pizza, Sandwiches, Fish, appetizers and soups/salads. Pretty much everything I've had so far has been good and enjoyable. Oh and I gotta mention the Pretzel bread with the Horseradish sauce....excellent!

Overall this is a good brewery and has been a reason why I've made many returns. Between the food, selection and atmosphere its very easy to love this place. Only downfall though is the inconsistency of beers and at times service.

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Photo of bozebus17
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I went here for dinner and drinks with my girlfriend. The building looks very cool from the outside. I don't think the current building is that old, but it looks as if it could be from the turn of the last century. The same feeling continues inside. There is a very spacious bar/dining area upstairs, and I believe there is a large area downstairs as well. It is also in a good location, within walking distance of everything downtown.

I believe they had 7 or 8 beers on the menu. I tried the pils, English IPA, and the Red Sky. I thought the pils was pretty good. It was everything I would expect out of pilsener; light, refreshing, and very drinkable. The English IPA was decent but nothing memorable, and I did not care for the Red Sky. I don't know if something was wrong with this batch, because there was a funky yeasty flavor that would be more appropriate for a Belgian brew.

The food we had was very good. When we were seated our waitress provided us with pretzel bread sticks that were pretty tasty. We ordered a pizza for dinner and we were both very impressed with it; it was a step up from standard bar pizza.

Our waitress was very friendly and made us feel welcome. They were also not very busy at all for a Friday night. I would imagine it is much busier during the summer traveling season though.

Overall I enjoyed myself at this brewery. The beer isn't really anything memorable, but it is decent. If you're staying in Frankenmuth I would highly recommend stopping in for a few brews and a meal.

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Photo of buckeyerob
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stopped in on a Saturday afternoon with my wife, and son plus a home-brewer friend and his family. Food was pretty typical for a brewery-we had chili in a bread bowl, onion rings, burgers, and wings. None of this was wow but it was all pretty tasty. Beers we had were the English IPA-very smooth and easy to drink, and the Red Sky which also had a nice flavor-my wife who never drinks craft-beer said it was "pretty good" which for her is a ringing endorsement. Service was friendly and one of the managers gave us the scoop on all the different features at the restaurant-they have a full service bar on the first floor which opens for Friday and Saturday nights. They have heated patios and for those who get worried when they see that the main parking lot only has about 20 spaces they have 2 lots across the street-one behind the Fairfield and the other behind the library. Valet service is being considered. Overall it was a nice place to drink some flavorful craft beer.

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Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Visited on December 22nd for lunch with the fiancee.

Visually the brewery is situated in scenic/touristy downtown Frankenmuth on the river in a fantastic location. The building has high ceilings and wood molding giving it that classic brewpub feel.

On tap: Pilsener, Hefeweizen, Cass River Blonde, Munich Dunkel, English IPA, Red Sky Ale, and a Winter Bock. Samplers (4 oz) were tasted for 6 of the beers (despite ordering all 7). Never been to a brewery where a sampler tray was not offered. The blonde ale was the only beer unsampled. The beers overall were good with a predominance of malt character in all the varieties. The Red Sky Ale was very sweet and undrinkable to my palate, hefeweizen had a predominant banana character that was expected despite being rather clear for a hefe. The dunkel and the bock were very similar in taste with a dominance of dark malt. Growlers were available but at $40 ($5 refill) a pop I wasn't about to do that.

An open-faced tuna sandwich and bratwurst sandwich were ordered with fries. For $8 a meal the portion sizes were OK with less fries delivered than expected. Both were good but nothing exceptional. I expected a bit more German selections as this is Michigan's little Bavaria. All that was seen was a bratwurst sandwich and a brat dinner.

Service was friendly and timely. My only gripes were that I was charged for an extra sample and the cost of my meal was higher than presented on the menu. Overall, I would say that the Frankenmuth Brewery (Brewpub?) is not an all day excursion but a good stop if you're close or in the area.

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Photo of uncorporated
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I didn't get a chance to go on the tour this time, but the beer was good. The Hefeweizen, the Pilsener, and the Oktoberfest were all great- they had ten beers on tap, and given what I had, I'd go back to try more of them. We also tried the pretzel bread- very good stuff. Lots of standard German and brewpub fare on the menu. Though, if you're in Frankenmuth, good luck finding a place that serves something different.

Beer and food aside, the rest of the place was kind of disappointing. The parking lot is small and the wait staff was somewhat inattentive, especially when we first sat down and when we were getting ready to leave. It was busy, but not overly crowded, which made things more irritating. There's a gift shop when you first walk into the building, but when I was in (Sunday afternoon), there wasn't a single employee in that room. The main desk isn't even in the first room, which is a bit confusing if you've never been in before.

I'd definitely go back to give this place another try- I'd like to go on the tour and try a full meal. But overall, I thought the beer was the only really solid reason to go.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Frankenmuth Brewery is located right in the thick of Main St in Frankenmuth. Parking is tricky as there is only a tiny lot in front. However they have a free valet and additional parking across the street.

The building is pretty and keeps with the German/Bavarian theme that permeates the area. Inside, there is a gift shop at the entrance and the bar/restaurant is in a large adjacent room. The bar is along the left side and offers a closeup view of the brewing equipment.

I was a little let down by the beer situation on my visit. There were only 3 beers available, with everything else either being out (the Dunkel) or not suitable for consumption due to problems with the lines (Dry Stout). They also only had one available beer in bottles (Geyer's). Luckily there were some guest taps to pick up the slack from Victory and New Holland. They also offer their available beers in samples.

Service was as good as could be expected considering how packed the place was. The bartenders were happy to talk about the beers they did have available.

I did not try the food on this visit, but the German fare I saw sure looked good.

All in all I was disappointed with this visit but will definitely give it another shot, as there is obviously potential with this place. Also a good place to kill time if someone else in your group wants to spend 2 hours at Bronner's.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This was the highlight of a recent trip to Frankenmuth. If you are planning a trip to this brewpub, take the tour - its worth the $4 per person. Our tour guide (and fellow BA) Dave was awesome. He was very knowledgeable about the brewing process, history of microwbrewing, and better beer in general. Included in the tour was a private tasting, which is always a good thing.

The overall building layout is nice, with fermenting vessels behind the bar, and the tuns in full view at a right angle to it, in their own glass room. The dark wood, low lighting, and exposed ceiling creates a comfortable and enjoyable dining environment. The bar is nice and long, with a few sets of taps to accomodate the patrons. The booths are very comfy, with covered oil lamps for lighting. There is a gift shop up front with the typical beer-to-go (12oz's and bombers, also growlers) and barware, but also some clothing if you are into that. They had some entertainment there as the (Friday) night went on, an acoustic act singing everything from Bob Dylan to Johnny Cash to Nirvana. Although he wasn't all that good, he wasn't terrible by any means, and I enjoy live music with my beers.

Although we only had beers and appetizers, we enjoyed our stay at the brewery and would come again for a full dinner. Before the tour began, I enjoyed the pretzel bread with honey butter, which went well with my cream ale. Overall, the servers were very friendly and conversational, and made us feel at home.

The beer menu offered a good variety, as well as several guest taps, including New Holland's Mad Hatter IPA and Rogue's Chocolate Stout. Although none of their beers were earth shattering, they weren't pedestrian examples of the styles, either. Their Pale Ale will keep hopheads happy, and fans of darker brews should dig their Irish dry stout. Although the cream ale seemed more of a lager than anything, the hefeweizen was damn tasty. The beers are served a little too cold for my liking, but letting them sit for a minute took care of that. I think a cask-conditioned offering would be a great addition to their lineup.

Definitely worth checking out if you are in the Frankenmuth area.

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Photo of tonedef131
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Frankenmuth is about a half and hour south of Bay City where I spent a portion of my youth and a lot of my family still resides. One of my cousins and his wife are very fond of the Frankenmuth Brewery but are not very serious beer drinkers. However, they knew I was and offered to take me and my girlfirend there when we went up to see them.

Driving into town doesn't seem much different than driving through any rural Michigan area, but once you get into town the atmosphere changes. This is an absolute tourist town. This is not necessarily bad, if you like that sort of thing, but personally it repulses me. Once arriving at the brewery I wasn't real sure what to think. They said this was an old brewery but the building looks brand new. Well, it turns out they have been through two or three tornados and have changed drastically each time.

Upon entering you will find yourself in a gift shop with glasses and shirts and the like. You can buy growlers and bottled beer, but it is all unpasturized so make sure you keep it cold. I found the carryout to be very overpriced.

We decided to take the tour of the Brewery since it should have some interesting history and there was multiple levels to it. Our tour guide was a young woman who constantly reminded us that the brewmasters assistant was her finace. She was knowledgable enough to give the tour, but she was just reciting. She had no answers to any of my questions. But none the less, the tour was interesting and at the end of it they take you into a tasting room with a small bar and all of thier beers on tap. Each person gets to try two different samples, and by this time we were ready to eat.

The dining room is huge with multiple levels and very long bar that had large stainless vats behind it. Very interestign decore, like their old bottler turned into a ring of lights that hung above the hostess desk. The food was excellent. I got some chicken and mushroom pasta the was incredible and everyone else said what they got was delicious as well. Our server wasn't as attentive as she could have been considering the prices, but they were rather busy.

The only beer worth mentioning was the winter bock. Everything else was unbelievibly mediocre. All of the beers tasted somewhat watered down, even the Irish stout (could have been the nitro tap). The Geyers cream ale was pretty good but they didn't have any on tap, I had to buy a bottle to take with me.

All things considered it is worth a look. The experience is memorable but the beer is forgetable. As a restaurant it was wonderful, as a tourist attraction it was successful, but as a brewery it was a flop. Don't go here expecting mind boggling beers, or you will leave horribly dissapointed.

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Frankenmuth Brewery in Frankenmuth, MI
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