Went here with my wife last nite. I have to say I don't like the format of how this is done where they want you to open tab when you enter and order your food and drink, luckily there were some spots open at the bar. The other think I didn't like was there wasn't a full menu of all beer on tap and all wine available. That said I think @champ103 nailed it on his review, so not going to rehash that. The bartender was nice, recommended a good wine for my wife that met what met the profile she was wanting. We ordered the pretzel as a starter, while waiting for the other member of our party to join us. That pretzel never came, and after looking at someone else's pretzel, we decided to just have them cancel it and we went somewhere else. I will go back here again, probably just wait until it cools off and we can grab a patio seat to more enjoy the live music, the inside of the place was a madhouse when we were there
It has been years, but I do remember going to the King's Biergarten in Pearland. This is their brand new location right outside the Heights. Just a general observation, and I have felt the same the few times I went to the original...this is kind of overly kitschy bordering on touristy. Sure the build out is nice, with large communal tables inside, long bar, and even bigger beer garden outside. TV's lining the bar, the music is not right, which needs to be more traditional IMO, and the bartenders/waitresses wear ridiculous costumes that are probably what every guy thinks of for a "barmaid." I find that equally ridiculous for the Catholic school girl look at the Flying Saucers, and of coarse the horrible "breastaurant's" around town. Not saying at all that the Saucer or here are on that level, but I do find it unnecessary and overly kitschy at best.
You can sit at the bar, or order at the register up front. I have never really liked that for this kind of establishment, people need to be encouraged to linger and stay as long as they want. A line at the register does not convey that. Service is still training, Some don't seem to be as knowledgeable on the beer selection or the food menu, and even acknowledged not having tried the menu, which seems a little odd to me.
The saving grace for the spot is the amazing German beer selection. Hacker Pschorr, Weinstephaner, even Andechs and Weltenburger. All having fantastic beers in many styles that shows off what German beers can be, and not put on as an afterthought like many of the newer craft beer bars around do. Everything is served as a 1/2 liter (at almost 17 oz) or full liter (over 33 oz). Prices can reflect that, and some of the rarer Germans are not cheep. $12 for a 1/2 liter on some things...yikes. Happy hour for beer and food is coming though. Also some locals like Brash, Saint Arnold, and a few others along those lines. Love the German selection though.
Food seems kind of Americanized German fair. Plenty of sausages, pretzels, and Schnitzel among other sandwiches and burgers. I had the sausage plate that was Polish and Bratwurst. Sides of Red Cabbage and Potato Salad. Sausages were OK, but seemed more like something I could get a a grocery store. The cabbage was great, and the potato salad OK. Nothing bad, but for $15 was not that filling and expected slightly better quality.
I'm glad to have access to better German beers on tap, and will be looking forward to more visits. Though overly kitschy vibe without the authenticity. Actually, this would fit right in with many touristy places in Fredericksburg, which isn't bad but is what it is. Service is still learning, OK food, great outdoor area, great beer selection, and there you have it.