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Water Street Brewery

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Water Street BreweryWater Street Brewery
BA SCORE
83
good

43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Active Beers: 16
Beer Ratings: 143
Beer Avg: 3.41
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask:
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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(Place added by: brakspear)
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Photo of poland7
4.72/5  rDev +32.6%

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.

poland7, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%

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!

BeerFMAndy, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

woodychandler, Aug 21, 2004
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Cujo65, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

TX-Badger, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Storning, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

WwLoganxX, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of bowzer4birdie
4/5  rDev +12.4%

bowzer4birdie, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of dirtyharry2489
4/5  rDev +12.4%

dirtyharry2489, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

MilwaukeeCrusher, May 23, 2011
Photo of kmpitz2
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

kmpitz2, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

zeff80, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Dactrius, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of bditty187
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

bditty187, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of robebo44
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

robebo44, Jun 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

kvnklingler, Feb 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

stouts4me, Aug 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

JeffSK, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Rennpferd
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

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!

Rennpferd, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%

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

dirtylou, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of botham
3.63/5  rDev +2%

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.

botham, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of adrock7309
3.63/5  rDev +2%

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.

adrock7309, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

BeerLover99, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Reneejane
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

Reneejane, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of bnuttz
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

bnuttz, May 26, 2005
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Water Street Brewery in Milwaukee, WI
83 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.