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Water Street Brewery

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Water Street BreweryWater Street Brewery
BA SCORE
84
good

38 Ratings
Ratings: 38
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%
Active Beers: 16
Beer Ratings: 123
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 fbinla
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

fbinla, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -18.8%

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!

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of granger10
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

granger10, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of Knoxrb12
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Knoxrb12, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Dexterityviking
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Dexterityviking, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of WoostaBia
3/5  rDev -16.9%

WoostaBia, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of DownDaHatch
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

DownDaHatch, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.25/5  rDev -10%

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.

rhoadsrage, May 24, 2005
Photo of tedsox31
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

tedsox31, Aug 29, 2009
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Water Street Brewery in Milwaukee, WI
84 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.