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Water Street Brewery

Not Rated.
Water Street BreweryWater Street Brewery
Based on:
24 Beers
190 Hads
Place Score: 83
Reviews: 27
Visits: 54
Avg: 3.55
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 27 | Visits: 54
Photo of Reneejane
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of granger10
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Been here twice now, once during midday in which it was quite crowded and once at night in which it was quite empty. Crowds seem to be here for the food first and foremost. I have yet to have tried it so I can't be of service in that regard. Beers here seems a bit watery and a touch sweet to style for the most part. Irish Stout was the best I had and the Pale was solid, maybe even good. The rest are about average with a couple being downright bad. A few diamonds are there however deep in the rough. Selection was decent, every basic style was covered but nothing that would wow a beer knerd. Service has been good actually with lots of enthusiasm. It's in a good area of town to go out so this might not be a bad spot for a meal and a sampler before checking out the district. Not really worth the venture solely for beer.

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Photo of bnuttz
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Water street brewery is the only micro brewery in the downtown water street district. A nice place to hit up when on the macro dominated water street. Usually a decent selection of styles are available here. However none have really ever caught me as excellent. The pale ale was by far the best I have come across. Unfortunately most of the brews here seem to be watered down, I really think of any other way to some them up. The food can be decent, but I have gotten some rotten dishes there as well. Prices are not too bad, but can be a little on the higher side. Once again I would say worth a place to hit up if you are on the water street area.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Atmosphere- We went on a Sunday afternoon and sat at a table by the bar. We didn't realize we entered from the side and not the front door where they were seating people. It is a nice clean space with lots of T-shirts of other brewpubs covering the walls and a great collection of old taps and bomber. The piped in music played everything from Van Halen to the theme from Shrek and Hanson but it was a good level so conversation wasn't difficult.

Quality- When the manager brought us these ratty old newspapers I thought he was trying to beg for money (typical for a Chicago street corner). It was actually the menu and the beer list. It seemed like the beer were turned down a little to cold and the air conditioning didn't help

Service-Our waiter happened to be the manager and he wasn't really happy that we seated ourselves so he spent more time flirting with the other wait staff. My friend asked if they had Sprecher, since he noticed non Water Street beer on the list, and the waiter went on and on about how Sprecher is their competition an why on earth would they sell their competitions beer.

Selection- They had a good mix of German American beers with nothing to unique.

Food-The food was good and it came with pub chips which were various roots (beets, potato, yucca?) fried. The chips alone were great. The food is typical of trendy brewpubs that serve oversized buns and big plates so they can charge you double the price. But it was warm and well plated. I had a vegetarian friend that ordered grilled cheese of the kid’s menu cause everything else is focused for carnivore. Interestingly it came with a big piece of corn beef stuck on the bottom of the sandwich. We got a good laugh about that one.

Value- This is the prices I would expect to pay in the Theater District. Reasonable for a big city which is usually a bit overpriced.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Walking into this establishment, I was greeted with copper brewing equipment to my right. Continuing in, there is a small bar on the right hand side, with a very large dining area ahead of me. The place was very clean and decorated with fresh flowers in swing-top Grolsh bottles on the tables. Its not quite what I exect from a brew pub, but its very inviting and easy to sit and feel relaxed. I don't think this is a cozy place to meet for a few beers, but more somewhere to go and have a nice meal and some pints. There were not too many folks there on Christmas eve when we were there, so my view of the service may be skewed, but our waiter was very attentive, though he talked down to me a bit when describing the beers that were available. There were 8 beers on tap. A respectable number, but not anything to write home about. We had a few appetizers and a sandwich, all of which were very good. I would definately visit again.

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Photo of bditty187
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

After a long day, I mean long… I visited Water Street sometime after 10:30 pm on Saturday night, Labor Day Weekend. I sat at the bar with my girlfriend. We sat at the bar that really wasn’t used. The taps had no handles and the bar tenders only visited this section when they needed to cut limes or something. Our backs were to Water Street; it was cool to have such privacy. In this little room was a flat screen TV and a couple of booths by the window. Looking to my right was a wall of old beer cans. Nice. On my way to the bathroom (which were big enough and clean) I noticed a wall of old tap handles. Cool.

I looked around the rest of the establishment, this is more of a restaurant than bar. That fit my mood perfectly. The sections not by the bar were very busy, so much so, I didn’t really check it out much. Most of the people were dressed “business casual” so that should give you an idea about the vibe of the place. There weren’t many people my age (25) yet it was rather loud. Take that for what its worth. Overall, the place was clean, friendly, and family orientated. I don’t think Joe Six-Pack would like this place.

I noticed some outside seating, seasonal I assume!

As for the beer, I tried the Oktoberfest and Pale Ale. I was too tired to review them, plus I had palate fatigue. Both were good, the Pale Ale was yellow-gold, unfiltered with a decent citrus bite. The O-fest was dark brown, malty but not rich, I thought it fell apart at the end. I wasn’t in the mood to try any more.

The menu was a newspaper. I really didn’t look it over thoroughly. I order some chicken strips that were very tasty and my girlfriend order a steak; she liked it. There seemed to be enough to choose from. The day before two of my friends visited here and liked there dinner but wasn’t blown away.

If I find myself in Milwaukee again will have to check it out when I can review some beer and eat a full meal. Still, this place was a Godsend after a long day of many activities.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Established in 1987, it is situated at the corner of N. Water and E. Highland Sts. It is an extensive place, running about half of the block on the Highland side. There is lots of exposed brick, of the light color that gives MIL its nickname, "Cream City." The real attraction here, however, is the breweriana, including an unbelievable amount of cans, many in pristine condition, housed behind glass in large wood-framed cases. There is also a large display of beer tap knobs and handles. Neon signs and vintage photographs are also in abundance. I had a nice meal called "The Old Worl;d Selection," consisting of Usinger Bratwurst and Stuttgarter Knockwurst. Big surprise, for those who have been reading my reviews.

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Water Street Brewery in Milwaukee, WI
83 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.