Water Street Brewery
Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
3.4/5 rDev -6.1%
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 -21.8%
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 -3.9%
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
3.05/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
12-31-2008 15:29:15 | More by DownDaHatch
4.72/5 rDev +30.4%
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.
12-23-2008 23:35:30 | More by poland7
3.85/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
11-06-2008 18:44:28 | More by zeff80
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
09-09-2007 17:35:52 | More by botham
3.65/5 rDev +0.8%
My visit to the WSB was late in the afternoon on a weekend. Parking was normal for downtown Milwaukee. But considering that it was on Water Street on a weekend, that was actually good.
It is located in a restored building. It was great and had character. The building was made of brick, there were large glass windows. It was all maintained well and was clean. As far as the physical establishment of the place, it was way better than most places on Water Street. The crowd was a mix right off the street. From college students to senior citizens.
The staff was professionally dressed and they had a professional attitude. Definately a step above the usual Water Street bartender/waiter crowd.
I would say that the grub was good to eat, but an average selection for Milwaukee. Definately not worth the cost. The beer was very good, and fairly priced for the area. The selection of beer was average for this area. Ales, Lagers, Weizen. The styles of beer you would expect in a town with a large German population.
My girlfriend and I tried a couple of their beers and took a couple of Growlers home for later. Did I mention that the beer was good?
Well it was!
04-16-2007 14:17:41 | More by Rennpferd
3.4/5 rDev -6.1%
I was pleased with my lunch experience at the Water Street Brewery. My food was pretty good, and the two beers I had were better than others I've had lately at other area brewpubs. A friend told me that Water Street had good food but beers inferior to other brewpubs, and I disagree. Reading the other reviews, I'm a bit confused about my experience, but here it is.
Ambience of the place was pretty cool - lots of brick like a lot of brewpubs, with a very impressive of old beer cans impressively displayed. The menu looked quite good. We had some great pretzels for appetizers, and my sandwhich was pretty good, served with some great home-made chips. Service was a college aged woman, and we didn't talk much about the beer, but she served us adequatelyl. The beers I had (the APA and the Irish Stout) I thought were good, and the highlight of my visit.
03-30-2007 22:02:40 | More by BeerBelcher
3.6/5 rDev -0.6%
Well, I grew up in Milwaukee but left town shortly before becoming of age and never really went back to party until recently. We visited this place last night before going to an Admiral's game. So, the parking on an event day could be unmanagable, but we parked in a garage, and walked to the Bradley center after our meal.
The waitress was very knowlegeable (she had tasted all the beers so knew what she was talking about...). I liked that they had a good mix of German and English styles. Lately I've been really bummed at the over-prevalence of Weiss or Wheat beers and this place had a good mix. I tried the mead, the pale ale, amber, and the imperial stout. The mead was on the wine-y side but a very nice version of it. And, I'm happy to see this style on a menu. Wasn't too sweet and wasn't too yeasty. I liked it. I tried the Pale Ale it was solid, good, and hoppy. But, the Imperial Stout was heaven in a glass. Be careful with this one though, its got high ABV. But it was sinfully chocolately, ooohhh...
The Amber was weird, very weird. I think it may have been a lager, but I got a definite banana-ester flavor to it, and wasn't sure what to think of that, I was expecting something more typical amber ale.
I went for German food, and well, like usual, regretted that later in the night, but it was very good. My husband had a pasta dish and enjoyed it. There is quite a bit of variety with the menu.
01-08-2007 04:58:19 | More by Reneejane
Water Street Brewery in Milwaukee, WI
84 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.