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Max's Taphouse

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Max's TaphouseMax's Taphouse
BA SCORE
99
world-class

222 Ratings
Ratings: 222
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.48
pDev: 8.48%
Taps: 145
Bottles: 1,200
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

737 S Broadway
Baltimore, Maryland, 21231-3407
United States
phone: (888) 675-6297

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @maxstaphouse

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5/5  rDev +11.6%

sneth019, Apr 17, 2014
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MCress, Aug 17, 2014
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BigRizz62, Aug 19, 2014
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kevintaraross, Sep 01, 2014
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Ross_Miller, Apr 11, 2014
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Makea, Jul 30, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

This is my first review but decided I should give it a go after being asked to by my bartender. Truly one of the better beer bars I have ever been to, this coming from a guy from Philly. The selection is great, and the staff was one of the more knowledgeable I have ever seen. We discussed different styles of brews, particular beers, and was even recommended nearby diner locations for my girlfriend and myself. The one we chose being phenomenal. I cannot say enough good things about my experiences with the staff.

lessthanhadley, Jul 28, 2008
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

_RL_, May 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Visited the establishment on a Thursday afternoon. The bar was almost empty with only one other table being occupied. The bartender asked us if we were there for food, beer, or both. When I answered yes, he gave me the on-tap and the food menu so we could get started. What a massive selection of beers. And then to see an ale from Scotland on cask? And then to have it served in the proper glass and at the proper temperature? Had I died and gone to heaven? We placed out food order which arrived as I was finishing my second beer selection. The food was excellent. The protion size was enough to be filling without being too much. I also ordered a six-pack to take along which the bartender was happy to kepp refrigerated for me while we continued to tour Fell's Point. It was the perfect drinking and dining experience.

tgbljb, Jul 22, 2007
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

pwoody11, Monday at 07:15 PM
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Csrsteel, Feb 14, 2014
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JakeDebus, May 22, 2014
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duceswild, Oct 08, 2013
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bmur112, Nov 05, 2013
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oline73, Today at 09:58 AM
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stuppy, Jan 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

I absolutely loved this place. If travelling to Fells Point via Ed's Water Taxi, they give you some tickets for a 2-for-1 draft purchase at Max's. Take advantage! The service was fantastic and the bartender was consistently checking my progress to see if refills were needed.
70 beers were on tap during my visit...the bar is quite large with lots of room to move. The bartop has some laminated beer labels, which is pretty cool to check out and see how many you've tried.
While I was there, I had an Oakham cask-conditioned, as well as Rogue Chocolate Stout among others.
There are many different styles to choose from...almost any palate can be satisfied. IMO, this is the best beer bar in Baltimore. True, you don't want to stray too far from this area if you're wandering. But why wander? Just stay here and drink their selections.

PudTinkler, May 17, 2004
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

davidwhatshisnam, May 10, 2014
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Guden, Aug 03, 2014
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Mirrorful, Apr 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

Simply put; I love this bar.

While I've never been a resident of Baltimore, my work has found me in Charm City fairly often, and usually for extended periods. Early on in my tenure in the Land of Present Living (Okay, I'll stop) and still in the early days of my love affair with beer, I heard tell of a place with what I thought was a fairly unique promotion: Every Wednesday from 5 - 8, Max's would serve the nights featured beer in a logo pint glass, and at the end of the night, you got to keep the glass. Seemed like a neat idea to me, so I checked it out and, at the risk of abusing an old cliche, my life would never be same.

Upon entering, I was blown away. At this point in my beer drinking career, I knew very little about what was out there. I could name perhaps German or Belgian beers, and maybe 30 American Micros. So needless to say walking into Max's was a wake-up call. I very quickly became a regular.

Max's has an extensive beer menu (an ever changing tap list of over 60 beers, hundreds more in the bottle, as well as their 3 beer engines) so there is always something new to try, but what makes this place special is the staff. Every one of Max's bartenders (or beer-tenders, as they like to be called) has forgotten more about beer than I'll ever know (there I go with the cliches again) When not busy, they are more than happy to help you select a beer, and have recommended quite a few exceptional brews to me in the past, not to mention steering me away from beers worth avoiding. Be aware , however, that Max's does get busy, especially on weekends, and its not always possible for the staff to maintain the level of personal service. Also, if you are a jerk, beware. I've seen the Max's staff put many a rude customer in their place.

While the food is "general pub food" it is delicious. Burgers, wings, fries, nachos, etc... all do well to help soak up all the beer.

I should also mention that Max's hosts a few annual events, including Belgian and German themed weekends with special menus and often including some very hard to find brews. And if rare beer is your thing, they also host an annual "rare and obscure beer" weekend. And every Tuesday they host a "beer social" witch features special beers, special guests, and who knows what else.

Max's is the meter stick against which I measure every other bar I visit. It opened me up to a world that I never knew existed, one that I've been exploring since. How many people can say a bar changed their life?

JoeKahn84, Dec 15, 2009
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5/5  rDev +11.6%

BFF21231, Jul 03, 2014
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Devman171, Sep 10, 2014
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mctizzz, Nov 16, 2013
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4.97/5  rDev +10.9%

This bar rules. There's about 100 taps, hundreds of bottles, lots of beers I've never seen or heard of before. Many many high quality brews. They also have adjunct lagers for the less adventurous presumably mostly college crowd.

Our bartender was super knowledgeable about beer. We talked to him for a while about the different beers we've tried. He had us split two rare beers we'd never heard of for free. He brought us water without us asking to cleanse our pallets. I ordered the new Game of Thones beer, Blood and Fire and said it wasn't very good. He also agreed with me that only the first GOT beer was any good and these beers only sell because they're A. Ommegang and B. Game of Thrones. It's not often you get to speak with such a knowledgeable craft beer connoisseur as bartender. He even apologized for the price of one of our beers. I wish people in New York would feel bad about charging $7.75 for a fantastic imported IPA. We conversed with another guy we met at the bar and even he hooked us up with some sour stout that was absolutely delicious.

If you're looking for quality craft beer choices in Baltimore look no further. This place can't be topped. This is one of the best bar's/bar experiences I've had, period.

ArsMoriendiOU818, Aug 02, 2014
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Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD
99 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.