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Moosejaw Pizza & Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.

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Moosejaw Pizza & Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.Moosejaw Pizza & Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co.
BEER AVG
3.53/5
Based on:
33 Beers
250 Ratings
Place Score: 85
Ratings: 56
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: n/a
Taps: 10
Bottles: 7
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

110 Wisconsin Dells Pkwy S
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, 53965
United States
phone: (608) 254-1122

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @dellsmoosejaw

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Photo of Florida9
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

There probably isn't too much to say about Moosejaw that hasn't already benn said before. This is a pizza place. Midwestern style pizza to be exact, but thankfully they don't party cut it. And, since this is the Dells it's packed full of tourists and kids and everyone's eating pizza.
That said, the pizza isn't all that bad. It's not all that good either, but the sauce is sweet and they load it with cheese. I've had worse.
The beer is about the same as the pizza. Fairly generic and brewed for the masses. It's unexciting enough that I didn't even bother filling my growler even though fills only cost $11 and I had brought my growler with me.
I will say my server was a really good guy. I might not have liked Moosejaw much, but my sever was attentive and was willing to get me a sample of whatever I wanted.
In the end Moosejaw is what it is: a pizza pub in a tourist town. I didn't expect much and I didn't get much in return.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

When one is in the Dell's...one must visit the Moosejaw on principle. The brewery is located on one of the main strips in a big log cabin type building. The atmosphere is hit a little...not because of the decor...is that it is more for family night out after a long day in the Dells. The quality of the food and beer was both very good. The service was quite attentive and happy to help. The selection for both food and beer was decent....although it is a pizza place. So I had the pizza, pan style and it was very good. I had a 10 pc sampler, one pint, two adult entres, three kid meals & drinks, and two appetizers....total was $100....seemed a bit much for mid-Wisconsin.

Photo of MFauver35
3.2/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Visited this past Tuesday with my wife and kids. Good family atmosphere including moose hats for everyone. Large menu. Pizza was decent and beer bread with honey butter was pretty good. Of course, I made the family go so I could try the beers. I wasn't a big fan of the honey ale but found the rest of my flight to be quite drinkable. If you are looking for an intimate craft beer taproom, this is NOT your place. But for a large family friendly vacation spot that also makes their own beer, I was overall pleased.

Photo of emerge077
2.35/5  rDev -36.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3

2011: In other Moosejaw related news, Moosejaw brewmaster Jamie Martin (Baertsch) blows whistle on a homebrewing charity event in Baraboo: http://www.wiscnews.com/baraboonewsrepublic/news/local/article_7f16d998-8d88-11e0-8384-001cc4c03286.html

"Brew at the Barn returns June 5 to the The Barn Restaurant and Bar in Baraboo; and event organizer Christin Harding had planned to offer home brews for the public to sample while raising money for the Wisconsin Multiple Sclerosis Society. The event also was slated to serve as a home brew competition...

Harding's plans changed after a concerned citizen, Jamie Martin, contacted various law enforcement agencies regarding the legality of the event. In an email Martin sent to the News Republic, Martin stated Harding was avoiding taxes, violating health codes and endangering The Barn Restaurant and Bar's liquor license."

http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=177485178976213&id=172852729439458

Very uncool, Jaime Martin. Not planning to patronize Moosejaw anymore, based on the actions of their brewmaster. I'd encourage others to do the same, if you care about homebrewers' rights in Wisconsin.

2007: 3.75 B
Airy hunting lodge meets taxidermist's wet dream...the beer played second fiddle to the wholesome family dining element. Arrived for lunch, plenty of seating midday. We were seated under a collosal moose head and the 3-tier antler chandeliers. Everything was fashioned from wood, even the tap handles in the bar were stubby tree branch segments.

First thing to arrive was the 6 point beer sampler, it was served on a log slice carved with inset circles and numbers for the various beers. The beers were also ordered by number on the menu (12 total). Out of the 6, only the Dunkel was pleasing enough to order a pint of. The Weisse was soapy, Amber: funky, Kilbourn Hop Ale: syrupy, and the Pilsner was average. The Stout was ok, with a good roast coffee character, but not especially memorable.

The table ordered personal size pizzas, which all got the thumbs up. Bruschetta appetizer was a little oily with more garlic than tomato.

None of the beers were exciting enough to take a growler of, but i'd return again to try more options with a pizza. On a side note, the delivery cars are eye-catching, but travelling behind one staring at a moose's hindquarters isn't the best way to advertise a restaurant.

Photo of zimm421
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here while on vacation with my girlfriends family. I knew we'd be stopping in the Dells for the weekend and decided to look up good places to eat and grab a beer.

The decor is definitely unique and inviting. Everything fits together very well and looks pretty good. The service was good, we got everything we ordered very quickly, and it was all as ordered. We must have walked in at just the right time, because they sat us down immediately, but when driving by later, the line was way out the door.

The beer is decent, nothing to drool over, but still nice to get a locally brewed beer when on vacation. They had a decent selection to choose from, but besides their beers all I saw was Miller Lite. We all ordered pizza and enjoyed it all, but the personal pizzas were smaller than expected.

Overall, definitely a good place to stop if you're looking for a local brew and some decent pizza.

Photo of TCMike
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

The food was OK here. Not much of a Pub atmosphere, as it is very family friendly. The beer was lacking...seemed lifeless, and flat. We had a the flight to start. The summer wheat, and mixed berry were the best, of the lame bunch IMHO.
The place is very big, so if the parking lot looks pretty full, you still may not have much of a wait. The food selection was large, but quality was just OK. I think the place is trying to hard to be everything, for everybody, and is coming across as just so so to people. I would give it another chance at some point.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped on a Saturday night, the place moderately packed. It has the family place feel with pizza seemingly the dominant food. Had a flight of beers and the IPA and Stout were very good, and the others were solid. Architecturally the building has a rustic cabin theme, with nice tiles on the ceiling. Server seemed to know a bit about beer, and also seemed to enjoy talking about it. Selection of brews may have been slightly above a place of the sort. In retrospect, I find this to be a nice place to visit in the Dells. I thought prices were decent, considering it is probably in the tourist mecca of Wisconsin.

Photo of Lemke10
3.98/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped by here while on vacation in the Dells in Sring 2011.

MooseJaw obviously specializes in Pizza and Beer. They do have lots of other choices but are rather minimal in the burger/steak category. The decor is well done in a log cabin/up north hunting theme. Food was great and the place was hopping for an early Tuesday dinner. Seems they always have at least 10 different store brews to try for $4 or you can get the sampler which is all 10 draft beers in a 5oz. glass. Or you can take home a growler for $14. Really neat place and interesting brews!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5

I'm gonna give this a half point boost in atmosphere because its the Dells! Being there for the first time on a bachelor party doesn't hurt either. Had to lay down some food and drinks before the trip to Cruisin' Chubbies.

Anyways, log cabin exterior, massive place inside. Tons of seating area, multiple rooms etc. . . shit ton of misbehaved kids with single mothers and grandmothers it seemed. Git rid of the kids and the atmosphere is almost perfect.

Beers all have the same taste, bland feel, same yeast strain. Nothing hoppy, nothing thick, nothing over the top, all middle of the road easy access beers. Staff tries to sound educated, but comes off extremely lacking. The pale is not super bitter nor hoppy. The stout is not super high in alcohol etc. . .

Food is pretty bland, overcooked. Have had the elk burger and pizza before.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This is the Dell's after all and this place does market to that audience but it wasn't bad. I was suspecting pint glasses with moose antlers or something but the cherry beer actually had its own glassware, a stemmed flute.

The beer was served a bit too cold so a lot of the flavor was hidden unless you let it warm up a bit. One a Thursday night in Feb. this place was pretty full. With about 1/3 of the people drinking BMC from the bottle, 1/3 drinking Moosejaw beers, and the other 1/3 drinking random neon colored cocktails. They had a decent selection of styles and some home made sodas aswell.

The food was a bit dull and underwhelming pub fare. Mozzarella sticks were rolled in tortillas and fried served with cold marinara sauce. Elk burger was from a frozen patty and fish sandwich was not bad.

When in the dells this is the place to go for craft beer. I guess.

Photo of arboristfish
5/5  rDev +34.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

After I heard that there was a brewpub in the Dells I had to check it out. I went in with my girlfriend and it was just a great atmosphere. Had the whole outdoors feel and look to it. Even the delivery cars had moose figures strapped to the top of the car. The food was great. I had an elk burger that was very good! The beer was excellent as well. I remember having a little bit of everything. The two that stand out the most that I remember was a honey beer, that actually had a honey flavor to it. It was a very sweet and drinkable beer. Another awesome beer that stood out was a coffee stout. The beer actually tasted like a cup of coffee, but it was smooth! Even with the dark malts and the coffee taste it was a very drinkable beer! I would love to check out the rest of their beers! They do only offer their growlers. Or to refill growlers.

Photo of wiseguywood
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Went here as a tourist with the family in July 2010 and knew I had to try the brewpub. The place was packed and obviously a tourist haven. Had to wait maybe 15-20 minutes for a table in the evening (a Wednesday). The pizza (deep dish) was a bit doughy, but delicious.

Enjoyed the brewpub options in their 6 variety sampler. Had Sweet Lou's lemongrass ale, dells pilsner, dells chief amber ale, raspberry creme ale, summer wheat and blonde bock. Of the 6 I probably wouldn't try the lemongrass again. If I get back to the Dells, I certainly will stop here again.

Photo of dirtylou
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

stopped in Moosejaw on the way back from an eastern excursion about 45 minutes past the dells - had been here once, but only for lunch

Welcome to the Wisconsin Dells - a tourist trap of dynamic proportions. Why my beloved Chicagoans get suckered into draining their paycheck in this playland is beyond me.

The Moosejaw fits the bill of the area - it takes on a northwoods theme, huge log cabin exterior, giant moose out front. There are company cars with massive moose on top. The inside carries on the northwoods motif. The clientele on this given day was almost certainly all tourists - i counted a number of people with multicolored wristbands (often marking your stay at a local indoor waterpark).

Beerlist was rather brief - 8-10 taps. The one that jumped out was a dark coffee stout, which i actually really liked.

Service was fine, but no beer knowledge in the vicinity.

We ordered a thin crust pizza and it was pretty tasty - menu consists primarily of pizza and bar food.

If you get stuck in the Dells, this is probably where you need to end up.

Photo of Bulkman
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5

Stopped in on our way home from visiting family in WI.

Decorated in a way you might expect when you hear the name; cut logs, antlers & general "Up North" theme. However, instead of feeling warm & inviting, it comes off as over-commercialized. But hey, this is the Dells, so I can't fault it for that. Everything in town is that way.

Service was very good; the hostess greeted us enthusiastically when we walked in & we were quickly shown to a table near the bar on the 1st floor. Our waitress was there quickly, took our drink order, then gave us just enough time to look at the menu before asking if we were ready to order. She checked back on us several times as well.

The food was just OK. I had the elk burger, and while the flavor was quite good, it would have been excellent had it not been overcooked. It was a bit dry. My wife had the mushroom & swiss burger; it was the same. Good, but not great & over-cooked. They are probably just erring on the side of caution there. The seasoned fries that came with both were pretty tasty.

The beer was very good, we had a pitcher of the Oak Aged Stout. Check out my review of that for more info.

I went upstairs to check out the fermenters & stuff; 3 of them were happily bubbling into buckets from the stainless blowoff pipes on the tops of the fermenters. Cool, wonder what beers those were.

Overall, a worthwhile stop, and I can't believe this was my 1st visit, as I've been going to the Dells since I was a young whipper.

Photo of simmons
4.5/5  rDev +21%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My father & I stopped in at Moosejaw when we called it quits for the night on journey from Wyoming to Pennsylvania. After a long drive looking at nothing, it was time for a beer!!!

From the outside this place looked like a winner. We walked through the doors & the log cabin looking brewpub was full of stuffed animals, antler chandler, and things you would expect to see at Bass Pro Shop. I found my way (quickly might I add) to the bar & got a sampler. They had a healthy selection of beer, & loving all styles their stout was the one that stud out the most. None of their beers were bad or undrinkable. Next came the food, being a pizza joint they had some pizza but the elk burger is what caught my eye...& it was damn good. We came in near closing and the staff was very kind & the service was great. The price was average, normal for what you would expect at a brewpub. If in Wisconsin Dells Id highly suggest stopping in to grab some grub & a beer. I hope to go back there one day.

Photo of drpimento
3.83/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Whoa, I have to admit that I was prejudiced against this place for some obtuse reason. However, I was put in my place in the best way possible. Great place! Attention was paid to the smallest detail. Aesthetics have played a crucial role in the design and execution of the building and operation of this place. Should be around for at least 100 years. And, AND - good beer to boot! Only had appetizers to eat and they were tasty. Bit pricey, but on the other hand beer was almost crazy cheap! Looking forward to a return ASAP.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

We make sure to hit this place every trip to the dells.

I agree with other reviews that this place is a bit like chuck e cheese but I knew that going in so it's not a knock on the place. The beer is very good. My girlfriend and I polished of a pint of everything they offer and once again we were quite pleased. The bartenders are super fun and know their beer. With 10 taps to choose from you should be able to find something you like.
The food is always good. I suggest the pizza since it's their star. Not to mention it's delicious.

Overall this is a great place to drink a craft brew and get good food in the dells.

Photo of botham
2.33/5  rDev -37.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Moosejaw is NOT impressive. A previous reviewer said it best when he compared this place to a Chuck E Cheese's that brews its own beer; tons of families and screaming kids, even around the bar area.

The place is huge (typical for the Dells). Three levels of faux log cabin-esque décor with various taxidermy strewn about. It feels like the Leinie's lodge without the canoes. None of the staff are educated regarding the beer, and none seem to even drink beer for themselves (one bartender told this BA that the only 'dark' option on the menu was the amber!).

The beers themselves were all similar in character, which means that either the same yeast strain is being used for all of them, or there is some discrepancy in the brewing process that gives all of them the same, caramel-like character (bad lines, perhaps?). The offerings were all standard, with nothing standing out as good or unique.

The food was decent, but not impressive. It was quite clear that tables should eat and leave in a timely manner in order to maximize turnover and profits. That, coupled with the fact that probably three quarters of the people in the place were under 13 years old makes this a bad stop for beer.

Bottom line: skip this place if you are looking for a good brewpub.

Moosejaw Pizza & Wisconsin Dells Brewing Co. in Wisconsin Dells, WI
85 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.