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Water Street Brewery

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Water Street BreweryWater Street Brewery
BEER AVG
3.4/5
Based on:
16 Beers
144 Ratings
Place Score: 83
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1101 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53202
United States
phone: (414) 272-1195

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Photo of adrock7309
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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In my honest opinion, the joint had a cool vibe in the bar but the dining rooms felt a bit outdated, even for an antique brew pub.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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.06/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
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!

Photo of dirtylou
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
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!

Photo of tedsox31
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of fbinla
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of kmeves
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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).

Photo of DownDaHatch
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 4

First of all parking in Milwaukee is ridiculous, however I did not let this effect my rating. The look and vibe of this place is pretty cool with old beer cans and bottles lining the walls and backbar. It is quite a large place and is easily a "family-like" establishment. The food was generally pub-style with some upscale dishes/dinners. Their craft brew selection was less than I had imagined and while the Stout was good it did not WOW me. As for the service, that was the worst part of the visit. The staff payed little attention to the bar top and did little to engage in conversation or help with questions about getting around town. It could be that we are from Illinois. I had some similar experiences at a few other stops while others were more than gracious. I would generally say take a pass on this place unless you are visiting the other Irish pubbs in the area.

Photo of poland7
4.72/5  rDev +32.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The place itself is very clean and classy. It has a a restaurant in one area and the bar in another. If you want to be a little laud then the layout is very good. The service was excellent as well. Our waitress was hilarious and we had a great time there. The beer was very good as well. When we were there they had about 8 beers on tap and we each tried something else, but we loved every beer we had. i definitely recommend you visit this place, not to mention there will be many locals here because every one loves this place.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This place gets a 5 on atmosphere because of its huge beer memorabilia collection. The displays of classic cans and tap handles was a sight to behold. According to their website it is 6,000 cans and 1,400 tap handles, not to mention coasters, bottle openers, signs, etc. Also, the interior is just a warm comfortable space. The beers with good. I drank two and sampled some others from people with me. The service was a little slow, but maybe it was just a bad night. The food was pretty good. Very large portions and quite tasty. Not the usual pub fare, either. It was a pretty good value the beer prices were on target and the food portions were great for the price. Nice place, I'd like to go back and try more of their seasonal brews.

Photo of botham
3.63/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

first of all, plan to spend a few minutes looking for a parking spot.

had lunch here yesterday, and was not impressed. Water Street Brewery does not live up to its reputation. the atmosphere struggles between the architypes of a 50's diner and a brewpub (the music is retro sounding, and the decor is 50's-esque). there are some great collections of old beer cans and bar-taps that require a minute to check out. interesting place to be in, and at a great location.

the beers are nothing special either. i sampled the munich lager and the octoberfest, and had a glass of the irish stout. all three of these brews seemed watered down and lacked character. i would have tried a few more if those turned out to be better.

the service was the good part of the excursion. prompt and friendly, and the food was great for a brewpub (the chef's creation was phenomenal!).

bottom line: check this place out for the food and the location, not for the beer.

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Water Street Brewery in Milwaukee, WI
83 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.