Taps: 145 / Bottles: 1200
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 173 | Reviews: 152 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by jmel10:
4.68/5 rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
I wanted to visit Max's Taphouse during my trip to Baltimore last weekend after hearing about their expansive tap selection. It was a Saturday night and the bar was pretty full but we were able to get seats at the bar pretty quickly. The crowd seemed to be a mix between people looking to party and people who were looking for good beer, but that is pretty much to be expected.
The draft selection was obviously huge with 100+ beers on tap. The bottle selection was also pretty impressive and included vintages of J.W. Lee's Harvest Ale and Thomas Hardy Ale. I was pretty excited about this particularly because I got to try my first Thomas Hardy Ale. Also Maryland based draft beers were all $3.50 which was awesome. Generally all the draft and bottle prices were reasonable.
There were several bartenders working so it was fairly easy to get beer even though the bar was full. Additionally, the bartender who typically served me seemed to be knowledgeable about their beer.
The food selection was maybe a little limited but the burger I got was pretty good. Finally, the check at the end of the night was definitely very reasonable and was actually a bit less then I was expecting.
Overall I was really satisfied with the place and will definitely go back if I am in the area again.
03-15-2011 15:21:27 | More by jmel10
More User Reviews:
4.67/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Atmosphere: This place is rustic and filled with more beer paraphernalia than you can imagine. Signs, mirrors, quotes, tap handles, pictures, and displays. Just shy of cluttered, but brings a beer-orientated ambiance.
The layout is a high point with several different bars inside. The main bar when you walk in is the largest and probably the most generic. Plenty of light plays on the wooden interior. Towards the back of the downstairs theirs an area I’ll refer to as a ‘nook’, much more private with a much smaller bar. This area is low light and quite intimate. The upstairs houses yet another bar, but is split into two deck areas. The floor plan is slightly more open and seems more European than the main bar.
Atmosphere overall reminds me of Delirium Café in Brussels
Service: Bartenders seemed flustered, but that is to be expected during the festival. The ordering strategy was 3-4 oz samples ordered with flight cards. From what I could gather, everyone seemed friendly as they could be and knowledgeable as well.
Selection: My experience was during the Belgian Beer Festival. The quality was impeccable. The amount of beers on tap including the bottle selection was unbelievable. This is Max’s strong suit.
Value: The flight style samples were all $3.50 regardless of the beer, which afforded the ability to taste a lot of world-class beers. Overall, this place is at the pinnacle of the beer drinking experience. If you find yourself anywhere even remotely close, stop by.
02-21-2014 01:55:51 | More by ZagZagg
4.07/5 rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
A low key bar in Fells that has one of the best selections in the city. Getting a beer can be a bit of a task at times depending on the business level. I personally recommend walking or taking a cab if your visiting from out of town as parking can be challenging.
02-08-2014 16:32:47 | More by needMIbeerinMD
3.87/5 rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 1 | selection: 5 | $$$
Great place, however The fat bald bartender is the worst bartender I've ever encountered. Rude Disgusting. Fire him and this place is awesome.
Great beer selection. Fun crowd. Great location. Avoid the bald bartender with glasses. He is rude and obnoxious and gives this place a bad name.
01-26-2014 06:14:38 | More by Runofthemiller
Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
98 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.