Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)

Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

3859 Buffalo Road
Rochester, New York, 14624
United States

(585) 594-9800 | map

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

I stopped in here last week while on vacation with the family. Pub to the right as you walk in with maybe a dozen tables and some seats at the bar, the restaurant to the left where we sat had an equal number of tables. I think they had 15 beers on tap that night, most were average at best. The food was decent for pub grub. Our waitress was fairly attentive. Seemed a bit pricey in my mind for the quality, food and beer wise. There are better places in the area I'd surely hit before going back here. YMMV.

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Photo of XpL0d3r
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

This is just down the road from me. Their beers are always delicious, their scotch ale is one of the best around. Food is also tasty! Can sit inside or outdoors under a canopy tent. Staff has always been friendly every time I go there. One time I was there, we believe we got food poisoning from their beer cheese (the best pretzel dip ever!) as everyone I was with ended up getting sick, so I dubbed down my quality rating a bit. We were just unlucky though, I haven't had anything like that happen since. I recommend this place for sure.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

This was stop #1 for my wife and I on a 9-day East Coast pub crawl and a family visit. The brewery is located slightly away from the busy Rochester area and any other retail business, and the building has a rustic style form the exterior, as does the pub area on the inside. The dining room is not quite so, but the vibe of the place is very good.

There were 10 beers on tap, so we ordered two 4-glass sampler flights to go with our meal. All of the beers were brewed to style and were tasty with one possible exception – the Old Ale. We thought the alcohol was a little too hot in this one. Most of the beers exceeded the characteristics for their style and were rated at a B or a B minus in our grading system. The most notable beer was the Citra Double IPA, but that hop variety is also our favorite so there is some bias there.

The restaurant has a German ownership background, and there are a few German dishes on the menu, so we each ordered one of those entrees. The food was excellent. The place was busy, so it appears that many other patrons agree with our assessment.

This area was the overnight location on our way to the East Coast to visit our family, and on previous trips we’ve stayed in the Albany and Syracuse areas without finding a brewery as good as this one. So on future trips, this is where we’ll be spending the night, and we’ll definitely revisit this brewery.

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Photo of alexkeil
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

The rare brewpub where the food equals the quality of the beer. There isn't much to say about the building, kind of a simple bar area in a box building; and the location is anything but convienient, its the middle of nowhere. The beer is always good: especially the Scotch Ale, Vanilla Porter, and Christmas Ale. I always go for the flight sampler because I want to try as much as possible while I'm there, (it isn't as easy to get this beer in Buffalo, even though it should be on tap all over WNY). The food is great as there is a german menu: excellent bratwurst, homemade pickled cabbage and sauerkraut: beer food.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

This was one of my two beer stops in Rochester (the other one being Beers of the World, of course).

It was snowing pretty heavily and I couldn't wait to find this place. But it ain't so easy- the address is in Rochester proper, but it feels like a suburb/small town, way past the city itself. Location qualifies as "middle of nowhere".

A worn-out but cozy building, like a hunting lodge. Very dark, some Christmas lights. Incredibly lively for a Monday at 2pm, filled up with locals doing lunch, drinking cocktails and getting growlers. This seems to be THE spot to go in this area of "town".

I sat at the bar, super friendly bartender. Got a sample of four beers for only $6.50, four ounces each sample. Nice!

I tried the Java Stout (which the bartender said is their most popular beers, but it appears not to be reviewed here), Vanilla Porter, Xmas Ale and Scotch Ale.

The Java had the slightest taste of bitter coffee, but very watery. I overheard the bartender telling a costumer this comes as a nitro pour so she cannot fill growlers. Huh. OK...

The Vanilla Porter had a tad touch aroma of vanilla, but super thin. The Scotch Ale carried a nice malty-bready taste, but still very thin. However, it was my favorite. The Xmas Ale tasted like bubblegum, funky taste, didn't like.

All of these beers were drinkable, but uneventful and forgettable.

The food- I didn't try, but it looks to be standard pub/bar food. The girl next to me ordered parmesan-garlic fries, and a side salad came to her looking as fine as the salad bar at Golden Corral. Be afraid.

I would stop by if I were a local, and if you're in Rochester, why not check this brewpub out. But it is definitely not an outstanding joint or a beer destination.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

After a lazy Sunday we decided to stop by the Rohrbach Brewing Company's brewpub for a light dinner and some tasty local brew. The front door leads straight into the bar area which, in addition to the ten to twelve bar stools, also had a small seating area. The bar was made of nice solid wood beaming, seemingly inspired by a wood cabin's design. The lighting was fair, with dim ceiling lights supplemented by a variety of tactfully hung Christmas lights intertwined with autumn and winter foliage. The opposite direction led to a modest dining area, with about four booths up each wall and about four tables taking up the center of the room. This area was decorated similarly, with the addition of photographs and etchings of local sites adorning the walls.

We were seen to a booth and began to look over the somewhat extensive menu. The cuisine is typical bar/pub food, with the greasy finger foods, to the burgers, to the grilled courses. Of note, nearly everything on the menu is named, in part, after a famous person or street of Rochester, which is pretty cool. Towards the end of the menu there is actually an entire page of authentic German dishes, in case you want something to better complement their beer selection. We each ordered soup and salad. The soup was heartier than anticipated for a "chili", but was spicy and tasty nonetheless. The generous salads were autumn varieties, with notably fresh goat cheese, which made the dish.

As is to be expected, their beer menu is populated by house brews only. They have six or seven year round brews, with three beers per season that rotate appropriately. Most everything is on tap, but they were out of two last night. Additionally, they have a decent selection of wines, with surprisingly few coming from the extensive number of local wineries. They also had the standard selection of liquors and mixed drinks.

Overall, we were impressed by this eatery. The atmosphere was nice and quiet (although it was a Sunday night, so who knows on other nights), the staff was friendly, and the service was lightning quick. It seems to serve well as both a place to go with some friends for a few drinks, and a place to take your family for dinner. Heck, you can even just stop by to refill your growlers with some of their surprisingly delicious house brews.

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Photo of drsyko
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went with a group of 5 on a Friday night, it seemed incredibly crowded and we couldn't find a place to stand without being in someone's way. Once seated, though, my only complaint is they were out of some of the beers - fortunately they have enough selection that it didn't matter.

I'm a fan of beer samplers to attain maximum variety for minimum price (financial and physical). The "bluebeary" ale was amazing, even for someone like me who tends to dislike fruit-flavored beers. Our non-beer drinker at the table even enjoyed it. The pumpkin spice ale was an above-average offering, while the Oktoberfest was acceptable but not amazing. Food-wise there is something for everyone, and portions are sizeable.

I'd definitely go again, but on a weekend I would advise using the call-ahead seating option - you'll be waiting awhile if you don't.

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Photo of Franz4
4.18/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I liked the atmosphere on a busy Friday night, it was busy, but we were under no pressure to hurry along. There were tvs with sports on, but it wasn't a "sports bar." The food and beer were definitely the main attraction.

Seemed to be a high value placed on the quality of their service and products, virtually everything we had was solid.

Can't say enough about their service. We took advantage of their "call ahead" option and our group of 5 was waiting for about 15 minutes before getting a table, not too bad at all. Our server was knowledgeable about their beers and was very enjoyable to chat with throughout the evening. After we mistakenly thought we were finished we ended up ordering a couple more taster sets.

Selection was good, their brews spanned a wide spectrum, and I thought everything we tried was brewed well and anyone should be able to find a favorite. Their scotch ale as mentioned was good and surprisingly their "bluebeary" beer was also a standout that converted a newbie to craft beer for the evening.

Food was great german cuisine, everything seemed to be done well. Prices were very reasonable, and I'll probably pick up a growler or two to take back to OH.

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Photo of reustyMMX
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Rohrbachs is a neat little place to grab some good german food. I have always sat on their covered patio out back and have always enjoyed it.

There is an average sized bar upon first entering the establishment with a modest amount of tables for seating.

Their food is quite good, I usually go with some variation of sausage and potatos, and have always been satisfied.

Their beer selection is good and the quality is quite good.

The only standout beer at Rohrbach's is their Scotch Ale which is one of the best I've had.

Certainly worth a visit if you are in the area.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Rohrbach's is one of those out of the way places with an emphasis on German food. Their beer is quite good but I tend to favor only a few of their and not like the rest. The IPA is good and they're known for their Scotch Ale. Out of all the beer places in Rochester, I go here the least but I do enjoy it every time I'm there. It's definitely worth checking out if you're in the area. I like it because it's all local folks with no BS. The only down side is this particular location isn't really close to anything. Prices are very reasonable.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

decided to swing by rohrbach for dinner on this business trip since it was a brewpub and I really wanted a local flavor for dinner. Neat looking place, lots of wood panneling. THe servers were all quite friendly. Started with the oatmeal stout (outstanding!) and moved on to the scotch ale (ok). Dinner was a german sausage plate loaded to the gills with saurkraut and german potatoes. Damn, do I wish there was stronger support for a german bierhause in NH. Prices were quite reasonable and I got a chance to talk to hte brewer before he went to the local brew school to lead a class on making big beers.

definitely worth a stop and a place I would gladly go back to when in Rochester again.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Family style restaurant/brewpub on the outside of downtown Rochester. Plenty of parking and easy to find.

Interior is fairly typical of a brewpub, seating in the bar as well as a row of occupied bar stools.

7 beers on tap including; Bluebeary, Vanilla Porter, Oatmeal Stout, Pale Ale, Highland Lager, Kristmas Ale (chocolate cherry) and a Scotch Ale.

Beers were so-so. Nothing to write home about. Highlight was the Scotch Ale.

The best part is the food. The German menu is awesome. Pretzels, Schnitzel, Bratwurst, Potato Pancakes, homemade German potato salad and Sauerbraten on Saturdays! I had the brauerwurst which was great.

Service was great, my waitress rocked. She was attentive and gave me samples of two of the beers which was great. Food was terrific.

Beer is solid but won't blow your mind. Worth a stop since its the only brewpub in the immediate Rochester area.

Tuesday is pint night by the way. By a pint keep the glass.

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Photo of gixxerman
3.78/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Gave this place a try for beer and dinner, it did not disappoint.

I was pleased to notice the Oatmeal Stout offering and decided to partake. It was very good, a bit smokey (which I enjoy) and quite drinkable.

For grub I ordered a hot-topper, which is basically their hot pastrami sandwich. It was a decent portion (not Carnegie Deli size) and I had the chips for a side.

It was Monday, and not too busy. The bar was about 3 of 10 seats deep. there was a bit of a snow outside and the roads were far from great. The bartender was very professional, she was very attentive but not overbearing.

I would have rather listened to SportsCenter (which was on the plasma) instead of the retro top 40 they were playing, but I guess you can't have everything.

I'd rank it as a decent non-commercialized joint, and I will stop back if I am ever back in town.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.18/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I come here every now and then for lunch but I really come here in search of their beer!

Situated on a relatively quiet street away from the main part of town, a passerby would just think it's another restaurant/grill. It has a log cabin look from the outside with a moderately sized gravel parking lot. Upon walking in you are presented with an angled bar with a number of taps, mainly their own brews, but they offer a number of macro selections and a couple of micro selections as well in bottle form. Why they need another tap for someone else's beer beats me; their beer house selection is extensive and delicious. Some are excellent, others are very good. Nothing below that.
They have two dining rooms, one right next to the bar and the other in a separate room. Although the place can get pretty packed, once you are seated, you have decent space to eat and drink. In the summer they have an outdoor patio open as well.
Foodwise, I have had a number of their offerings and they are all relatively good. Their German specialties are decent but a tad pricey. The sauerkraut is okay and the German potato salad isn't very good but their Reuben is excellent. They have a number of samplers, including a cheese platter, a German dinner sampler, and a beer sampler for those who like variety.
The staff is friendly and knows about the house beers. One of the waitresses is well versed in the beer world as well, on a slow day she can definitely hold a conversation.
Prices are around the typical $4-$5 pint of their house beers and they are well worth it. The scotch ale and vanilla porter are two of my favorites.
Overall, I wouldn't come here all the time but I can definitely enjoy myself when I do come here. A good place for a family too, as they have a kid's menu and interesting appetizers for the kids to try. Much better than the Distillery, which used to be a microbrew but they are dwarfed in value, atmosphere, and quality by Rohrbach's.

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went there with a group of about 20 of my fraternity brothers. We all like to go out together and we're well behaved but a lot of restaurants get mad at a huge group of guys showing up. Rohrbach's was very accomodating to all of us. The waitress knew a lot about the beers available, the food was served very soon after our order, and the beers were fantastic. Everyone had a great time and felt very welcome. The place was packed at the time and the restaurant did a good job of fitting us in but a few people seemed a little annoyed at such a large group being in the middle of the dining room but the staff didn't seem bothered. The waitress even filled up my growler for me at the end of the meal with some delicious altbier for later, which I ended up having to pass around amongst my friends since I was still in a bit of a food coma from their delicious 10 oz. burger.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Cozy, wooden hunting lodge or rural house type atmosphere,a few famlies were having dinner, and lots of locals. Had a number of German items on the menu, but otherwise, pretty standard brew pub fare. The food was average, and very reasonably priced. I had a sandwich, beer sampler, and dessert for just under $20.

My server was friendly enough, but couldn't get into much of a discussion about their house beers.

As for the house beers, they are better than typical macro brews, but rather average micros. None really impressed me, and some tasted a bit watery and thin. No real clunkers, but nothing to really recommend here either. Wouldn't consider it a beer destination, but I plan to go back there next time I'm in town.

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Photo of bigkingken
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2

I had high hopes coming into Rohrbach because I absolutely love German food. However, there is nothing more disappointing then bland, uninspired German food, which is what I found here.

The restaurant is a giant wooden lodge and is very cool and interesting. I enjoyed the decor and the overall theme. The bartender was extremely nice and chatted with me, since I was alone visiting for a job interview.

I had a German sampler plate. The sausages were pretty decent, and the best thing on the plate. The potato salad and saurkraut weren't great, and my favorite German dish of all, Schnitzel, was downright disappointing. The cut of meat was too thick, it was too tough, and there was absolutely no seasoning in the breading.

I will, however, give props to the beers. I had both a Scottish and Irish ale that I remember being fantastic to this day. I especially liked the Irish ale. I could go for that all night long.

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Photo of davide169
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I get to the Rochester area about once a year for the past 7 years, but I've yet to make any beer stops. This is one of the better brewpubs I've visited over time.

As you walk in you are treated to lots of woods. The building is built much like a log cabin. The bar is on a diagnal running to the right side. There are plenty of tables around the bar area if you don't want to sit down in the dining area which is to the right. If you walk to the back right corner you can see the brewing operations. I'm told they are not going to be brewing as much in this building as they needed a bigger facility to keep up with the local demand.

I tried all 7 beers they had on tap. (they had one guest tap, which I found odd). They also seemed to serve other beers they don't make in bottles. I'm not quite sure why as they had beers that ran the gamut of styles. If someone couldn't find something they liked then they are brainwashed by the big boys.

As for the beers I was very impressed. Everything was very sold and there was not a dud amongst them. I was particularly impressed with the pale ale that had a much bigger hop profile then you would find in many pale ales.

I see myself going back to visit the next time I am in town.

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Photo of Chuud0ku
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I have been here a few times. The first was for my Beers of the World class at RIT. We got a tour of the brewery and a presentation. Their outside dining area has hops growing up the fence - my first time smelling (and tasting) a fresh hop.

My friends and I went back for my birthday last Friday. We called ahead to get added to the wait list, which was a good idea because the place was completely packed when we got there. We had to wait about 20 minutes, but some people were told they would have to wait ~1 hour. I got an Old Nate's Pale Ale to get the appetite going. My friend got a Blueberry Ale. Both were very good.

We got a bunch of appetizers, all of which came in large portions and were decent. When our meals came, one of my friends got french fries instead of the german potato salad she ordered, so the waitress just went in and brought back potato salad, we got to keep the fries. I got the State St. Snitzel. It was good but I think it could have been browned a little longer. It came with sourkraut and german potato salad, both were good but I am spoiled by my German Grandmother's cooking.

For dessert I got a 12 ouncer of their 15th Anniversary Barley wine - which was good enough for my friends to pitch in and buy me a growler of it - $20.

And my fiance surprised me by letting them know it was my birthday. So they brought out a vanilla sundae for me - no charge.

All in all, I think anyone that lives in the area should stop in at least once and support your local brewers.

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Photo of Ig0r
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went in with a friend in the evening for dinner and some drinks. When we got there, there was a short wait for a table and we decided to wait at the bar. At the time, there were five of Rohrbachs beers on tap and, because I knew what I wanted to try, didn't notice what else they had in the way of beer selection.

It was only about a ten-minute wait for a table, which was nice. Our food was both good (burger and a sausage sandwich) and the beers were excellent.

When I ordered a Java's Stout after the meal, the bar was so busy that the bartender had to set it down for a minute while she took payment from another group. When I was about to pay, she said that she was sorry for the delay and the drink was on-the-house. This was unexpected and a great treatment of their customers.

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Photo of armock
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went there on a Saturday night one of the two nights that they don't do reservations (Friday & Saturday) they told us it would be about 35 minutes for a table. We found a spot near the bar and got some pints of their brews for the wait and after being there for ten minutes we got sat at a table. I got their beer sampler for like five dollars that has your choice of four of their beers in five ounce samples. Most of the food is German with some other American foods like burgers and steak. Everyone in my group said that their food and beers were good. The place has some very good prices too it was kinda like going to Applebes for dinner but with better food and beer for the same price. I would definitely recommend going here if you ever find yourself in Rochester.

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Photo of Jkellerson
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

It's kinda out of the way for most Rochestarians. We know its there, we just don't know how to get there. It's Rohrbach's, Ogden's little secret. If there was ever a resturant to top this one, I'd like to meet the owners and shake their hand.

The food at Rohrbach's is really good with a variety of American classics and German favorites. The beers are really good and so is the the burgers. It's not that large inside, but as they move the brewing operations downtown, the seating will expand. Bartenders are always willing to fill the growlers and the servers are really nice and show no signs of stress during the busy hours.

The seating area is not the largest, but the bar area is adequate for the crowd. If you live in the area and haven't been, you're missing out. If you're travelling to our fair city, get out your mapquest and find it, it's worth the visit.

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Photo of guitarfacepete
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I checked this place out during a one-day stay in Rochester for work. I finished the job early so I arrived at the Rohrback place at about lunch time.

It's set back a considerable distance from the highway, and there isn't much else around it, so I was very surprised that the parking lot was packed, and the place had a bustling lunch crowd.

The beers were generally pretty good. I had several hours to kill, so I tried the Pale Ale, the Red Wing Red, the Porter, and the Breakfast Buzz Beer.

The pale was pretty good. It's not as hoppy as I usually like, but I could certainly hoist a few over the course of a night, given the opportunity. The red was quite tasty, though nothing particularly noteworthy.

The porter had a distinct coffee flavor, and a thicker mouthfeel than I'm used to in a porter. Also it wasn't particularly sweet as I find many to be. This beer reminded me more of a stout than a porter, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

The Breakfast Buzz Beer, like the Buzz Beer from the Drew Carey Show, tastes like coffee... The barkeep told me it's a brown ale with tons of coffee. I couldn't drink more than one or two, but it's a great beer, unlike anything I've ever had.

The service was great. The barkeep knew about all of the beers, and offered samples. The food took a little while longer than I expected, but it was a busy lunchtime, and I had no-where to be, so I didn't mind.

I was there on a tuesday afternoon. On tuesday nights you can buy a beer in a Rohrbach pint glass for $4, keep the glass, and refill it for $2.50. I was there too early for the special, but I mentioned I was from out of town, and couldn't make it back that night and they hooked me up anyways. Great service for me.

I believe they had ten beers on tap, ranging from a blueberry ale to the buzz beer. The barkeep was making plenty of mixed drinks too, so everyone should be able to find something they like.

There is a lot of german grub on the menu. The prices run from $6 sandwich platters to more expensive entrees, so there's something for everyone. The beers were about $4 each.

This place is definately worth a visit for anyone in the Rochester area.

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Photo of fightingirishcmk
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

While I go to Notre Dame, my home is only about 10 minutes away from Rohrbach's. I've probably been there a total of about 5 times, without ever having a bad experience.

The decor of the place is rustic/cabin-ish, kinda similar to what you think a german tavern. Exposed wood everywhere. Not too much emphasis on beer, which is good if you're looking for a family atmosphere, or bad if you're looking for a straight up brewpub.

Every time I've been, I've ordered some sort of food. The cuisine is fairly authentic german, and quite tasty. I've mostly had the appetizers (american and german), and desserts, and a couple of times have had their dinner.

Beer selection is good, with 8 offerings on tap. I've been impressed with most of the beers that I have had, and they also do a 4 beer sampler for a very low price. Only beer that I haven't enjoyed there was a Hefeweizen, which tasted like worchestershire sauce or something bizzare. Really enjoyed the Java Stout, and the Scotch Ale is signature brew. Cheap prices, only $3.25, and sometimes they have deals, or you can also buy their pint glasses (I've got a few at home).

Service is alright, sometimes slow. But I've never encountered a large crowd, so they don't usually have too many waiters/waitresses there.

I'd definitely recommend a trip there if you're from the Rochester area. Its fairly easy to get to, about 10-12 minutes from downtown rochester, but in a fairly secluded location.

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Photo of slander
3.94/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

4 and change years, I'd been slowly feeding Mark's head full of beer. Living in Rochester, he'd always be going on about this Rohrbach's, "busting over on Thursday nights for a few Scotty's", he'd say. I'd drag him out and about wherever we were working. Keegans, Sky Top, Gilded Otter and Half Time while in Kingston; Waterzooi, Black Forest, Brickhouse and Southampton while out on the (dirty) island; Barcade, Blind Tiger and Andy's while in and around New York City to name a few and that's to say nothing of Vegas or Cooperstown or Syracuse. Knew I'd get up to Rochester sooner or later, always thought we'd have time to bust on over for a few Scotty's...

Work stint's done, and I've got nothing but a 5 hour drive back to look forward to. No, wait, it's raining pretty good, I'll have to take the Thruway, make that 6 hours. And Rohrbach's is kind of out of the way, so the sooner I get there, the sooner I'm out.

It's a stand alone "A" frame structure on the side of the road. An angled bar seating 10 holds the far triangular corner, with a center mirror bar back and shelves to both sides with bottled macros and Genesee, Standard & Iriquois brewerania cans, booze on the counters along and behind. Suspended glassware rack above the bar back, tap selections displayed there on individual 6"X 12" blackboards, litre mugs hanging above one end. Orange & white strung Autumn lighting over the bar back and from the rafters above, some bramble and green lights in there too. Larger bulb lighting strung throughout the room. Mounted flatscreens at both corners of the bar, a large central one on the front wall, and a pair of small TV's in the other corners. Framed Topper & Genesee prints about. Angled slat wood walls and logishness, black & white tiled floors, and spots & drop lamps. 6 raised bar tables and 5 booths behind a pen wall divider. Large rear windows look upon a brew room with a small front office; GABF and other metals hung here. A side room off the entranceway holds a dozen booths & tables. It looks larger from the outside than it really is.

9 house beers on tap, a sampler gets you 4 beers, so I took in a pair of them. The Porter, chocolatey, roasty, dry and a little thinnish; the Bluebeary, good aroma, and was not sickly sweet; the Octoberfest, quite malty, quite good; the Highland (Amber), sweet & malty; the Pumpkin Spice, no aroma and a light cinnamon spiciness to it, maybe a little nutmeg; the Old Nates Pale Ale, nicely hopped; the Scotch Ale, malty, okay, not the normal scotchy; the Kacey's Kristmas Ale, sweet, chocolate & cherry, the most interesting of the lot and my favorite. All of the taps sat in a single tower on the bar except for Kacey's Kristmas on a korner solo tap.

Beers were good for the most part, service was pleasant and cordial, let me try a little this, a little that before jumping into the samplers. I's gots to get going though, there's still more to see.

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Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub) in Rochester, NY
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