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Rohrbach Brewing Company (Brewpub)
Active Beers: 39
Beer Ratings: 393
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
3859 Buffalo Road
phone: (585) 594-9800
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 35 | Show All Ratings:
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.
11-13-2011 01:37:53 |
More by alexkeil
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.
12-15-2010 05:41:41 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
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.
11-22-2010 23:34:06 |
More by TheBrewo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went with a group of 5 on a Friday night, it seemed incredibly crowded and we couldn't find a place to stand without being in someone's way. Once seated, though, my only complaint is they were out of some of the beers - fortunately they have enough selection that it didn't matter.
I'm a fan of beer samplers to attain maximum variety for minimum price (financial and physical). The "bluebeary" ale was amazing, even for someone like me who tends to dislike fruit-flavored beers. Our non-beer drinker at the table even enjoyed it. The pumpkin spice ale was an above-average offering, while the Oktoberfest was acceptable but not amazing. Food-wise there is something for everyone, and portions are sizeable.
I'd definitely go again, but on a weekend I would advise using the call-ahead seating option - you'll be waiting awhile if you don't.
10-05-2010 22:49:22 |
More by drsyko
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
10-02-2010 22:37:35 |
More by Franz4
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Rohrbachs is a neat little place to grab some good german food. I have always sat on their covered patio out back and have always enjoyed it.
There is an average sized bar upon first entering the establishment with a modest amount of tables for seating.
Their food is quite good, I usually go with some variation of sausage and potatos, and have always been satisfied.
Their beer selection is good and the quality is quite good.
The only standout beer at Rohrbach's is their Scotch Ale which is one of the best I've had.
Certainly worth a visit if you are in the area.
11-24-2009 15:33:26 |
More by reustyMMX
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
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.
10-31-2009 05:34:35 |
More by jzeilinger
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
decided to swing by rohrbach for dinner on this business trip since it was a brewpub and I really wanted a local flavor for dinner. Neat looking place, lots of wood panneling. THe servers were all quite friendly. Started with the oatmeal stout (outstanding!) and moved on to the scotch ale (ok). Dinner was a german sausage plate loaded to the gills with saurkraut and german potatoes. Damn, do I wish there was stronger support for a german bierhause in NH. Prices were quite reasonable and I got a chance to talk to hte brewer before he went to the local brew school to lead a class on making big beers.
definitely worth a stop and a place I would gladly go back to when in Rochester again.
02-13-2009 22:55:38 |
More by barleywinebrewer
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
Family style restaurant/brewpub on the outside of downtown Rochester. Plenty of parking and easy to find.
Interior is fairly typical of a brewpub, seating in the bar as well as a row of occupied bar stools.
7 beers on tap including; Bluebeary, Vanilla Porter, Oatmeal Stout, Pale Ale, Highland Lager, Kristmas Ale (chocolate cherry) and a Scotch Ale.
Beers were so-so. Nothing to write home about. Highlight was the Scotch Ale.
The best part is the food. The German menu is awesome. Pretzels, Schnitzel, Bratwurst, Potato Pancakes, homemade German potato salad and Sauerbraten on Saturdays! I had the brauerwurst which was great.
Service was great, my waitress rocked. She was attentive and gave me samples of two of the beers which was great. Food was terrific.
Beer is solid but won't blow your mind. Worth a stop since its the only brewpub in the immediate Rochester area.
Tuesday is pint night by the way. By a pint keep the glass.
01-23-2009 03:10:16 |
More by indiapaleale
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
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.
01-16-2009 00:41:15 |
More by gixxerman
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