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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery, Store ]
281 Heinlein Strasse
phone: (800) 890-6877
(Place added by: marburg)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75 | $
The actually resturant is quite good if you're into German food, which I am. If you're not and you get something that isn't German, well then it's pretty normal. The beer; it's really why yo go.
Want a few Growlers? Well, you can get one from Black Forest for 15 to 25 dollars, full of beer. Once you've gotten one, you can refill it for as cheap as 10 to 20 dollars. Most places I've ever been have charged twice that.
Also, their selection of beer is always changing. Which is cool. They have a stout and a red or two that are always on tap, but often have barelywines of IPAs introduced for short times throughout the year. This really is a great little place. Underrated if you ask me.
Also, damn good pizza.
05-18-2013 01:48:11 |
More by CSFerrier
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped into Black Forest Brew Haus, during a slow period for a late lunch. The food was excellent and the service was excellent. The food had some German themed items which is great for the location (Frankenmuth) I would recommend the sausage sampler and the prime rib.
The beer menu is very nice, and very affordable. I tried a few different beers and really enjoyed the Lost Sailor IPA, great balance, and flavor. I was able to get a growler at an affordable price as well. The staff was friendly and made it easy to decide which beers to get, our waitress even suggested a few food pairings.
If you are going to Frankenmuth be sure to stop here, for a smaller and in my opinion more enjoyable experience than Frankenmuth Brewing ( although that place is good too)
05-25-2013 11:02:26 |
More by AlMarzo
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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 | $$
11-17-2005. The family and I stopped by for supper and a few drinks. I started of with a nice Porter. Yum. The menu had lots to offer for those trying to stay on a budget all the way up to high brow.The facility was very nice and clean and atmosphere was pleasing. Live musical entertainment was playing at a soothing volume. Our server was friendly but maybe could have been a bit more timely. Next I had an Irish Red ale. Very good. The food was in generous portions and left me with no complaints. No complaints heard from the rest of the family either and considering we had an 8 and a 9 year old with us that's impressive. I could see the Brewer working away in the brewing area and once he sat down to rest I approached him to pay him complement on his handywork. He introduced himself as Andy Rathaus. He seemed very friendly and humble. He offered me free samples of other styles which I accepted ofcourse. After about 10 minutes of conversation I thought I should get back to my family. He never seemed uncomfortable with the exchange.
So I got supper for four with two beers for myself and two girly drinks for my wife. I had two half gallon growlers filled with their newest offerings in beer and left a tip. Total bill $80.00. I can only consider that reasonable.
11-18-2005 16:43:41 |
More by beerhog
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
We stop by Black Forest every time we're in Frankenmuth. It is behind Bronner's coming into Frankenmuth. It's a Bavarian Style lodge setting with high ceilings. The interior and crowd is a little Bill Knapp's for my taste, but the beer and food make up for it. I have had the IPA, stout and Octoberfest and all were fantastic. You must try the appetizer sampler. Everything is fresh and you will be stuffed for $9.95. It includes ribs, handmade mozerella sticks, local sausage on a skewer from Willi's Meat Market and buffalo wings. The bartender knows his stuff and for hopheads check out the collection of growlers lining the ceiling.
03-06-2007 14:40:58 |
More by Salo
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
A place owned by the Sullivan family that owned a few family restaurants around the Saginaw/Bay Caity areeas when I was kid not sure how many there is around the area now.Anyways it sits right across from the tourist trap known as Bronners I took many trips there as a kid as I grew up only twenty minutes away and both of my sisters are managers there now ok enough of all that to the place.We showed up at 4:05 and they open at 4:00 for dinner hours during the week wow this place was huge and with nobody in there it seemed maybe larger than it was, a decent size bar greets you in the dining room with alot of tables situated trhu out it trys to come off with a German flair but doesnt really in my mind.Our server was a trainee and a recent graduate of CMU and he seemed very nervous and liked telling me and my wife his life story but he was harmless and at times amusing,the beers available ranged from a very good German doppelbock,to an English mild wich was quite good as well.Sullivans was always known for their fish and chips as I recall so my wife ordered the fish sandwich wich was large and very good I got the locally made brat with sauerkraut wich was also very good (it should be here in Frakenmuth) the artichoke dip appetizer was pretty good as well.This place has a big banquet hall attached and hold live music there with Bobby blue Bland coming soon and recently had Johnny Winter two blues legends wish I could have seen them.Anyways when in the touristy town of Frankenmuth hit this place up.
05-10-2006 14:33:10 |
More by oberon
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Took family here and really enjoyed the experience. Food was tasty and beer selection was great. Sausage and cheese was big hit. Server was very friendly and brought us a number of tasters, as we are from out if town, and not familiar with their selection. Really liked the decor, felt like we had gone back in time. Busy on weekends.
09-13-2013 02:02:07 |
More by Jodawn
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: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Atmosphere- If your looking for a place that is going to enchant you and screams brewery then you are going to be disappointed. This place feels like a hotel restaurant. Very bland feel to it and the carpet is worn and old.
Quality /selection- They had at around 12 beers on tap of a variety of styles. The quality of the beer is better than I expected. Some of their beers will surprise you in a good way some in a bad way, but more good than bad. The ones I liked best were Woody's light quite possibly the best tasting light beer I have ever had to this day, Grateful red- light, flavorful, but lacking body, and all of their stouts were solid. Boyband barlywine to this day is the most dreadful beer I have ever tasted.
Service- the bartender was pretty knowledgeable about the beer, friendly, and honest. She told us the food is not that great here and recommended the burgers at Frankenmuth's Brewery.
Overall, I liked this brewery. Their beer is average or slightly above average. Very affordable had a flight of ten beers over forty ounces of beer for under $12 which is a great price. If your looking for beer in Frankenmuth this is the brewery I would recommend to go to.
07-24-2013 01:29:31 |
More by king75
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