Water Street Brewery
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 111
Beer Avg: 3.37
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Recently stopped in for some fine Wisconsin cuisine and hand crafted brews.
In my honest opinion, the joint had a cool vibe in the bar but the dining rooms felt a bit outdated, even for an antique brew pub. I started off with an IPA which was a complete disappointment. It was nice to look at but had such a reserved hop aroma/flavor that I was surprised they considered it an IPA. The food was amazing – I had german sausages and Spaetzle. I finished off the meal with their RIS which was actually a treat to drink. Nice roastiness and subtly sweet. Probably wouldn’t go back.
02-01-2012 19:20:33 | More by adrock7309
3.06/5 rDev -14.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
Visited in a recent trip to Milwaukee.
An interesting place in the water street bar area. The bar/restaurant is quite large and very rustic looking. The tap list was about 10 strong, most of which were fairly tame offerings with the exception of an IPA and a "black lager." I was in the mood for a stout or porter and was disappointed to not see either style represented despite about 10 taps being offered. I had the pale ale, which I found to be very average, if not below average. My friends ordered a munich lager and it was pretty good.
Prices were reasonable but considering how ridiculously cheap beer is on all of water street during happy hour, it was disappointing to see no happy hour special here.
Didn't have food. The service was friendly yet describing their pale as a "Sierra Nevada clone" was more than just a little bit misleading...
Not sure that I would return but worth checking out once.
08-01-2011 01:26:27 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped here on a Sunday night, place was not crowded at all. Service was great as far as accommodating customers, although you got the vibe some of the people there weren't passionate about beer. Spent some time looking at the old beer can collection on the wall and some of the decor gave the vintage old town Milwaukee feel. Beers were ok to good, and it was nice to actually have a locally made black IPA. No palate challenging beers of the imperial sort.... I might go back again if I was in the immediate area, but right now there are other alternatives I might prefer more.
05-23-2011 08:07:20 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
This is macro-brew pub. It is very clean in downtown Milwaukee and has a cool nostalgic feel to it. Very family friendly.
The wait-staff were friendly, but were not beer geeks.
Menu was above average pub fare, most things were average, but a few were delicious. The french fries and grilled cheese were excellent!
The beer was pretty light and many of the beers listed on the menu were not available anymore.
Overall, if one is new to the craft/microbrew scene, this may be a great place to start.
04-28-2011 19:19:24 | More by BeerLover99
2.93/5 rDev -18.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $$$
The ol' Water Street brewery, located on, yup, Water St.
If you know anything about Water St. in Milwaukee, you know this is the main drag for nightlife on the weekends. This place can be a very different experience depending on your timing. Of course, the beer is the same regardless.
Anyways, nestled between all kinds of other alcohol and food purveyors, is this brewery. Its on Water St., so parking is atrocious, and of course, meter maids hover 24/7. The quality of the beer is average. Nothing horrible, nothing special.
The selection is usually the standard stuff (pale, wheat, stout, lager, light), it seems to be a rare occasion when they have a seasonal or one off brew available. All the beers taste like they have the same yeast strain and even hops (although in different levels). The food goes beyond typical pub fare, but I haven't had anything any better than typical pub fare there either. Worth checking out, but I tend to prefer other brewing establishments when I'm in Milwaukee. But it is one of the better beer destinations on Water St. if your friends drag you that way on a Thu-Sat night. Go Marquette!
08-12-2010 23:34:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.64/5 rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
stopped in this joint as we were looking for a pre-dinner drink on water street
entrance was festive and lined with giant copper fermenters - tons of beer schwag inside that was pretty cool.
unfortunately, this place obviously suffers from being located on water street. the clientele was pretty terrible on a saturday evening. we sat at the bar, watching bama-florida, and saw more glasses of terrible brewpub wine and crappy cocktails being made than pints being poured.
i had a pale ale - it was average. there was an imperial stout on the menu (didnt see a single one poured in over an hour) but i had no interest in stick around
food was pubfare, but we didnt eat anything
12-06-2009 18:35:21 | More by dirtylou
4.28/5 rDev +19.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've been to Water Street many times but this is the first time since being a part of BA. I was just in earlier last week and plan on going again this coming week. I love how you're greeted at the entrance by big copper fermenters. The whole layout is nice and their decorations between the exposed brick to all the vintage beer collectables give it a great feel.
The bar is pretty large as it circles through two sections.
The selection was great as they had a fantastic handful of different beers on tap. No guest taps that I could see but I got a flight of 10 beers which were all different and fresh.
I've had their food before and it's good but it's been a long time.
As far as their service, the bartender was really nice to my handful of questions about the beers I fired off to him and quick to be around the customers (not that on a Thursday night it would be hard with 6 people there).
The flight of 10 beers all at 4 oz was $8 I think which isn't bad at all.
Definitely a nice place with a great location on Water St. to check out of you're ever in the area!
09-27-2009 18:50:50 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.4/5 rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 2 | $$
Went here on a Friday afternoon before a Brewer's game while in the area. I rather enjoyed the layout of the place, it had some fermenting vessels that you could look at from the restaurant, along with some beer memorabilia along the wall.
Quality was fine, although not super impressive. There were about 8 beers on tap, I had the witbier and raspberry weiss. Both were to style if a bit over-spiced.
Service was good, our waiter was timely and asked about refills in a quick fashion. He also warmed up my food when I asked for it to be warmer.
Selection was decent. German-style influence to the menu. Food was not great. My sandwich came cold, although I am pretty sure that it was supposed to be served warm. Overall, this was ok for the price. I probably wouldn't return but it wasn't a bad stop by any measure.
08-29-2009 18:11:55 | More by tedsox31
2.83/5 rDev -21.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Turned up friday afternoon, the place was empty, weird old lady decorations, felt more like a more expensive restaurant than a brew pub. The food was great, cooked very well. I ordered a sampler of beer, received a pretty good selection for the $8 ab out 12 in all. However all the beers were blah, kind of watery, not much of a defined flavor, a few of the beers had diacetyl in that were not to style. The best beer was the pale ale which actually stood out from the rest of the beers that were hard to tell what they were. I wouldn't come back here again unless it was just for food.
08-05-2009 06:15:49 | More by fbinla
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$
A good restaurant with decent beers. The bartenders have a good understanding of beers although the waitresses do not. The food is generally good with some German influence. Cool downtown location. Their beers aren't bad, but they just aren't anything to write home about. I'm sure the popularity of Water Street pushes this establishment into catering to the mainstream a bit, which isn't the worst thing in the world, it's just not what I'm looking for in a brewpub. For example, the last time I was there, they had just tapped an imperial stout, which I ordered, but there was so little flavor, I can't imagine why they would have labeled it an imperial stout. And, on a side note, when I ordered it, the waitress said, Oh, I haven't tried that yet, probably tastes like Guiness, hope you like that. (now, I know she was just a waitress and that it's hard to find waitresses with a high degree of beer knowledge, but it did push my service rating down, despite relatively timely serving).
01-16-2009 14:54:52 | More by kmeves
Water Street Brewery in Milwaukee, WI
84 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.