Old German Beer Hall
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Reviews by jim102864:
4.29/5 rDev +8.6%
This place is as close an experience many of us with ever get to an authentic German beer hall and what a great place it is.
This is one of those rare times where it's really not so much about the beer, it's about the atmosphere and the experience. The name is fitting, as this long, narrow tavern boasts a lengthy bar along the right wall chock full of massive 1 liter and 1/2 liter Hofbrau labeled steins, just begging to be filled. They have a mug club with 1 liter porcelin steins suspended above the bar. They've also introduced some German liquors that I didn't try and am not familiar with. As has been parroted by others, they only serve Hofbrau products and for this, my second visit, I was only able to enjoy the Dunkel, but what a great experience to drink from a 1 liter stein again.
Go to the rear of the buidling and you'll find long tables with benches reminscent of a German beer hall which makes for a great setting to bring your buddies and spend the afternoon enjoying good German brew. They also have a limited menu which includes brezen (pretzels), bratwurst, knackwurst, and Muncher weiswurst. Basically snack type food but probably hearty enough to fill the belly. Their $5 lunch special sounds awesome...any sausage with any side dish and 1/3 liter of HB beer. How cool is that?
The beer selection is Hofbrau only. Original, Dunkel, Strong Bock (8.5% abv), Munchner Kindl Weisbier, their seasonl maibock and oktoberfest, and Weisgerber Amber. I had been here about 18 months ago and recalled the smooth, malty flavor of the Dunkel which is what I went with again on this visit.
Go there with friends. If you're from out of town, go there anyway and take in the ambiance, the beer, the fellowship of the other patrons, and the congeniality of the waitresses dressed in authentic german dirndls. A must for the beer fan who wants to taste the experience of drinking good beer in Germany only in Milwaukee.
01-18-2008 18:42:44 | More by jim102864
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3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
Was only in Milwaukee for a couple days during the end of last month. Loving beer - and especially German beer - as I do, I had to check this joint out. Was going to hit up Usinger's across the street as well, however, I got caught up in the cheese bar on the corner - but that's another story!
Ok, so, upon walking in you're met with a very long, somewhat narrow room with very high ceilings. The back half of the room has all tables, while the front half of the room has the bar to the right - a quite long bar - fits maybe 15-20 people. Maybe 100s of mugs on shelves on the back bar - mug club. Random German schwag everywhere. Proprietary Hasselhoff memorabilia - a Knight Rider lunchbox...
I can't help but compare this beer hall to (not so) arguably the worst "German" bar in Philly. Where OGBH has things right here are 1) only German music playing, 2) only German beer, 3) much German schnapps in stock, 4) soccer on TV (I'm assuming often)... aside from these points, OGBH does seem to be targeting a comparable audience - party-folk just wanting to party - nothing wrong with that.
Had a decent smoked brat on a pretzel roll and a side of potato salad that smelled like a penny arcade. Turned out the food was free - part of some early, happy-hour like deal. You have to grab your own silverware though, from a nearby kiosk. never saw that before. Bartender was friendly. Beer was good - basically served and presented college bar style. This is a spot where you check your BA OCD-ness at the door.
Great thing about this particular strip of bars on this particular street (Old World 3rd St) is a bit of a German bent in most of them AND the fact that if you're headed to a Brewers game (which I was), you can, with the purchase of at least one drink, get a free shuttle ride to and from the ballpark. These shuttles sell alcohol on board.
Couldn't tell you what this place is like at night (my guess was raucous, frat-tastic), but during the early evening it's a fine enough, low key joint to get a brat and a couple tall beers in. Check it out if you've never been.
08-04-2014 20:50:44 | More by Bouleboubier
Old German Beer Hall in Milwaukee, WI
89 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.