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Black Forest Brew Haus & Grill
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 73
Beer Avg: 3.92
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery, Store ]
281 Heinlein Strasse
phone: (800) 890-6877
(Place added by: marburg)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Found this place completely by accident traveling from Bronner's to Frankenmuth Brewery. It is located on Heinlein, which runs pretty much parallel to the main drag and is in walking distance from Bronner's. There is a large parking lot in front of the establishment.
Inside, the atmosphere does not lend itself to a brewpub look and feel. It looks more like a Perkin's. Unattractive green color scheme and chain-restaurant look really hurt the appearance. However, a live piano player and a really impressive collection of coasters behind the bar are a couple of saving graces. The bar is on the left side of the seating area, and the aforementioned coaster collection is featured around a large mirror.
As for the beers, the selection is decent. Black Forest offers 7 beers from a Light to a Robust Porter and Stout, along with the usual brewpub offerings and a couple interesting seasonals. There are also a few guest taps available. The beers are available in a sampler as well.
Service here is solid. The bartender was well-versed in the beers that are on draught and was happy to fill us in a little on the history of the establishment.
The only food we had here was an appetizer called Brew Haus Nacho Fries and frankly it was unique and delicious.
Overall I am happy to have stumbled across this place. Putting aside the lack of imagination on the interior design, the beers and food make up for it. I would definitely visit again.
10-15-2006 01:41:01 |
More by Dogbrick
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
To be fair, there was a wedding reception upstairs and a wedding anniversary downstairs. We only saw the ground level, which wasn't very impressive. I am willing to go back and re-review this place on another night.
Overall, the Black Forest Brew Haus was a bit of a disappointment. My fiance and I ended a night in Frankenmuth here, and were hoping for a cool place to relax for the remainder of the evening. First of all, the overall atmosphere of the place was more on par with a Ponderosa or a Denny's than a brewpub. We first arrived around 10pm, which should be a great time for a brewpub, but the staff seemed half-asleep and the rest of the patrons seemed lethargic as well. The "entertainment" was a really lame acoustic singer doing Bob Dylan type stuff to a drum machine background. Not exactly a cool place to be a on a Friday night.
Although I was skeptical, we stayed for a few beers and my fiance ordered their Black Forest cheesecake, which we both thought was very good. I don't think its fair, however to rate the food based on a dessert, so that was left with N/A. Their best offering in my opinion was their American IPA. Although they didn't have a huge selection of beers on tap, the range was decent, and I was happy to see that the beers weren't served ice cold. They were actually served a bit warmer than most places (which could have been due to our sluggish server), but it was appreciated.
Even though I was a little disappointed by this brewpub, I will give them the benefit of the doubt and chalk it up to the two receptions they were hosting that night. The beers were only $3.50 a pint, and were tasty enough to warrant a return trip to re-evaluate the next time I'm in Frankenmuth.
Bottom line - don't expect a great place to hang out, but stop in and enjoy their beers if you are in the area already.
05-14-2006 01:50:58 |
More by BeerFink
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
A place owned by the Sullivan family that owned a few family restaurants around the Saginaw/Bay Caity areeas when I was kid not sure how many there is around the area now.Anyways it sits right across from the tourist trap known as Bronners I took many trips there as a kid as I grew up only twenty minutes away and both of my sisters are managers there now ok enough of all that to the place.We showed up at 4:05 and they open at 4:00 for dinner hours during the week wow this place was huge and with nobody in there it seemed maybe larger than it was, a decent size bar greets you in the dining room with alot of tables situated trhu out it trys to come off with a German flair but doesnt really in my mind.Our server was a trainee and a recent graduate of CMU and he seemed very nervous and liked telling me and my wife his life story but he was harmless and at times amusing,the beers available ranged from a very good German doppelbock,to an English mild wich was quite good as well.Sullivans was always known for their fish and chips as I recall so my wife ordered the fish sandwich wich was large and very good I got the locally made brat with sauerkraut wich was also very good (it should be here in Frakenmuth) the artichoke dip appetizer was pretty good as well.This place has a big banquet hall attached and hold live music there with Bobby blue Bland coming soon and recently had Johnny Winter two blues legends wish I could have seen them.Anyways when in the touristy town of Frankenmuth hit this place up.
05-10-2006 14:33:10 |
More by oberon
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Nice open place with plenty of lighting and not noisy. Perfect for gathering with friends.
All the beers I've sampled have been decent, but the IPA, Porter and Imperial Stout were fantastic, considering that this is sort of a kitschy tourist Frankenmuth place. They go beyond the Bavarian theme and serve a wide variety of appreciable brews.
Food was good, but the appetizers are where the german theme ends. While the sausage and pretzels appetizers are good, authentic German, the regular menu is severely lacking in good German choices. The closest they have is a smoked pulled pork sandwich, which is tasty, but I would definitely like to see some schnitzel.
01-08-2006 04:06:11 |
More by nortmand
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been going to this place at least once a year since 2003, and i've never written a beerfly review. Time to get to it!
This place is off the Main St. lane of Frankenmuth shops and stores, right near Bronner's Christmas Wonderland. Nice presentation, as the decor fits the German themed town very well.
The atmosphere is do-able. Nothing special, but not lacking either. A nice view of the brewing facilities from a dozen or so booths was well thought out. An appealing bar is also noted, with plenty of taps and seats.
The overall quality of the beers is quite good, considering this place is nearly unknown. Each beer was appropriate to the style and well crafted. It's obvious the guy making this beer cares about quality. The food is very good as well, with a wide variety of items from Surf and Turf, to burgers, brats and even Italian. Nice.
Service was cool. The waitress seemed to know about the beers and the menu, and offered man options when it came to food preparation. Definitly a step above what i've had at some other establishments.
Selection is good. You'll find something for everyone, including the kids (kid's menu is available). I could eat here several times a week and have something totally different each time. I like that.
Quality of the food was very good. I had the weekend lunch buffet, and every thing I had was great. The brats, beans, salads, potatoes, chicken, it was all very good and easily worth the 10 bucks I spent on it.
Overall value is great. Good beer, good prices, good food and good service. Wish this place was closer to my home. If you're on I-75, it's a 5 jot off the highway. Give them a try nextime you're in Mid-Michigan.
12-11-2005 23:32:21 |
More by Frozensoul327
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
11-17-2005. The family and I stopped by for supper and a few drinks. I started of with a nice Porter. Yum. The menu had lots to offer for those trying to stay on a budget all the way up to high brow.The facility was very nice and clean and atmosphere was pleasing. Live musical entertainment was playing at a soothing volume. Our server was friendly but maybe could have been a bit more timely. Next I had an Irish Red ale. Very good. The food was in generous portions and left me with no complaints. No complaints heard from the rest of the family either and considering we had an 8 and a 9 year old with us that's impressive. I could see the Brewer working away in the brewing area and once he sat down to rest I approached him to pay him complement on his handywork. He introduced himself as Andy Rathaus. He seemed very friendly and humble. He offered me free samples of other styles which I accepted ofcourse. After about 10 minutes of conversation I thought I should get back to my family. He never seemed uncomfortable with the exchange.
So I got supper for four with two beers for myself and two girly drinks for my wife. I had two half gallon growlers filled with their newest offerings in beer and left a tip. Total bill $80.00. I can only consider that reasonable.
11-18-2005 16:43:41 |
More by beerhog
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Interesting place right across the street from Bronner's X-mas wonderland. If you ever find your unfortunate self by this place walk across the road and have a beer. Place is nothing special as far as atmosphere. More geared as a restaurant for the tourist masses but small bar and lokks like a nice outdoor patio.
Beer selection was decent as they don't go for the standard line-up that typical tourist place would do. They produce a few differenet styles and the brewer seems to be into a few different types.
Didn't try the food but the menu looked decnt and deep.
03-21-2004 19:04:15 |
More by CRJMellor
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