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Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co.Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co.
BA SCORE
85
very good

50 Ratings
Ratings: 50
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Active Beers: 32
Beer Ratings: 235
Beer Avg: 3.53
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of botham
2.33/5  rDev -37.4%

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.

botham, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of emerge077
2.35/5  rDev -36.8%

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.

emerge077, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of TCMike
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%

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.

TCMike, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%

One of the great Dells tourist traps. You can tell the traps because they all have the same fake log-cabin decor the rest of the town has.

Brew kettles upstairs and visible is kinda cool. Wait-staff is clueless about the beers. When I order a beer by it's name they ask me what number I want. WTF! is it that hard to learn a little bit about the seven beers you offer? They knew a little about the food offered, but not much. I do have to say that the employee pool in the area is reflected in the service you get.

Food however, was good. I had the "moose wings" one time in and they are like a hot buffalo wing with a little bit of honey butter in the sauce instead of regular butter. Sounds funny, but they taste awesome. Have had the pizza and it's acceptable but not great. Coconut shrimp were OK served with an orange ginger sauce. Not too shabby.

Beers I have had are hit and miss, not terrible but...I think they need to expand the horizons a bit. Seeing the sames selections every season gets old. The ones I have had for the most part were pretty tasty.

Worth a stop if you're with the kids, they'll like the HUGE friggin' arcade in the basement.

wheatyweiss, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of MFauver35
3.2/5  rDev -14%

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.

MFauver35, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

bpfrush, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of stouts4me
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

stouts4me, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Florida9
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

Florida9, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%

Stopped in on the way home from a family get-away to Northern Bay Resort on Castle Rock Lake, about a half-hour North of the Dells.

Atm: A giant log cabin-inspired edifice with multiple bar and seating areas downstairs and the brewing equipment upstairs. Taxidermy abounds. I chose to sit at the big, main U-shaped bar with my GF and family. The place was absolutely packed with your typical Dells crowd of rowdy kids and exasperated parents, but it was pleasant enough at the bar.

Service: attentive and friendly, not the most knowledgable about the beer itself, but eager to fill you back up at least.

Selection/Quality: 8-10 beers on tap including one on nitro (usually the stout). Not sure about the bottle selection, I'm not about to insult a brewpub by not ordering their beer. I tried a 6 beer sampler flight including their nitro stout, a couple APAs, dunkel lager, weissbier and amber. All of them were solid, the Hop Ale, Dunkel Lager and Nitro Stout stood out. Nothing outstanding, but better than I'd have expected from the Dells.

Food: just sampled some appetizers (quesadillas, wings, bruscetta) - standard pub fare, again solid but nothing outstanding.

Overall, not a bad little place to escape to sleezy/cheesy Dells scene for a few brews. Sad to see I missed the recommended Blonde Bock. Worth a stop if you're stuck in the area.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

dirtylou, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

enelson, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of scootercrabb
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

scootercrabb, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of warpig372
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

warpig372, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of shivtim
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%

This joint is like a giant three-level log cabin with what looks like the remains of a wildlife park on the wall. It was beyond packed when I got there (7PM on a weekday). It had to be a firecode violation; this place was wall-to-wall people including the stairs. I was by myself and still couldn't find a spot at one of the three bars. Eventually I got a seat at the basement bar, surrounded by little kids playing video games. Yikes. I decided just to order quesodillas to expidite the process, and it's a good thing because it still took 45 minutes for those to arrive. The bartenders were working their butts off though, so I'll still give service a 4. The beer was good (I had a kilbourn hop ale), but this place definitely seems more like a family vacation restaurant than a microbrewery. I bet it's much different during the off-season and when you can actually grab a spot at the main bar.

shivtim, Aug 14, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

rhoadsrage, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of ZAP
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

Cool place...three bars on three levels with attentive barkeeps at every stop...an awesome beer can collection downstairs....the bathrooms allow you to gaze out the window into the back parking lot at chicks in bikinis getting out of their cars to visit while you piss...that was pretty cool...a good variety of beers and they were all solid and clean but not outstanding...Didn't order any food....the only thing that pissed me off was the bartender filled a couple of pitchers with beer foam while he filled my growler..and then instead of offering it to us he dumped it out....Big Hugey even asked him about it and he acted like a dumbshit and said "What pitchers??"...I still left him a decent tip but that kind of put a sour taste in my mouth..

Overall I would definitely recommend this as a stop if you are in the area....not the greatest beer in the world but it is solid and the atmosphere is pretty cool.

ZAP, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of Reneejane
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

I happen to think this is one of the best restaurants in the Wisconsin Dells. The beers are varied, and plentiful. Get the sampler of beers though, well worth the value. But enough to make you very drunk. (or well, if you're, me, definitely under the table!). The food is good too. I just am not sure that it's the greatest pizza available. I'd almost try something other than the pizza even though it is a pizza company. Maybe it's because I eat pizza enough that I'm picky.

Otherwise the service is quite good, and other menu items are stellar. My husband had the fish and really enjoyed it. The price of food is reasonable.

Reneejane, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Avoid peak times because this place gets packed! I stopped in midafternoon on a recent Saturday visit to the area and benefited greatly from the subdued atmosphere and readily available service.

Moosejaw is huge. There are three bars and several eating areas. The whole place is decorated in fo-up-north. No less than 47,000 elk, moose, and deer were slaughtered to construct the chandeliers alone. I heard a rumor that Moosejaw was number thirty-six on PETA Wisconsin’s list of places to “liberate.”

Beer selection consists of 9 taps, and one nitro. Bottles appear to be limited to ML and BL. The best beers I’ve had there are the Nut Brown and the Hop Ale, which uses locally grown hops. The Pils is also very good. Growlers are available for $13 or $10 if it’s a refill.

The staff are great but when this place gets busy service slacks quite a bit. Food is above average pub fare and pizza. Prices are pretty good, especially for the Dells.

Family friendly so you can take the kids and fill up your growler to enjoy back at the water park.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of zimm421
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

zimm421, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of brdc
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%

This is one of the few options, if not the only one in the Dells area (Essen Haus closes for the fall and winter) at this time of year.
Nice looking place, a bit touristy but nice. Good service, but don't expect the waiter to discuss beer with you - you have to get your info from the menu.
There are a lot of different beer styles available, with some rotation, but most of them are just average, with a few good exceptions, notably a british style IPA (not described as such on the menu) and a dunkel.

brdc, Oct 22, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

veganmaniu, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

derkfromwi, Feb 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

jabo134, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Apr 03, 2014
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Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co. in Wisconsin Dells, WI
85 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.