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Milwaukee Ale House

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Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 315
Beer Avg: 3.49

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BA SCORE
88
very good

60 Ratings
Ratings: 60
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.54%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Eatery ]

233 North Water Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53202
United States
phone: (414) 226-BEER

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DownDaHatch

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$

This is a large establishment found in reasonable proximity to several other places to visit. Parking is difficult, but pay the $5 at the lot and you should be ok (cheap parking is a bonus). This place is very large and could be loud. There are two things that are remarkable about this place. First, severla people smokin bith cigarettes and cigars, smoke eaters and high cielings were great as to improve the quality of the air. Secondly, the bar area tables are very open and wide apart and not squashed as in many brew pubs. The weekend entertainment is also a nice touch. The beer selection is not great but the scotch/whiskey selection is very nice. I had th ePull Chain IPA which was very tasty and well balanced and reasonably priced. Simply had a few appetizers at the bar, they weren't remarkable but did the job.

12-31-2008 15:35:59 | More by DownDaHatch
More User Reviews:
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kvnklingler

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-10-2014 17:52:59 | More by kvnklingler
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chris1919

Florida

5/5  rDev +28.9%

01-02-2014 03:16:08 | More by chris1919
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blindtiger24

Colorado

3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$

Huge space with lots of seating options at the bar or at tables/booths. Cool artwork on the walls, live music, and overall a fun place to meet friends for a drink and a bite.

A few nit picky things. 1) Our server was either drunk or just too goofy. The slurring of his words and attempts at humor were distracting from the overall experience. 2) 2 out of 3 beers were served in cold frosted glasses and were weren't drinking light beers (stout and belgian double). Fortunately my cask aged IPA was served at room temp.

In the end, there were some good beers once they warmed up (stout and belgian double). My IPA was disappointing. However, the food was excellent all around. I had the chicken sandwich, and my friends had the fish fry.

I need to give this place a second chance, as I would hope our server is atypical (or maybe having a down night). Maybe grabbing a seat at the bar would put me in contact with a knowledgeable and less obnoxious bartender.

12-30-2013 17:47:20 | More by blindtiger24
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Klinesausage

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-25-2013 20:41:12 | More by Klinesausage
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +16%

11-24-2013 14:05:23 | More by atone315
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$

Stop #403 on my world brewery tour.

Research warned me that downtown Milwaukee was a challenge for visiting a high-quality craft brewery. Have to say I disagree with that finding based on my experience at the Milwaukee Ale House.

Sure, this place probably draws the masses which tends to turn off us beer dorks. Not much going on downtown the Friday night in early November that I visited. They had a 70's rock cover band that only played three songs (around 9) while I was there - maybe a sound check?

I had their seasonal flight plus the cream and hoppy beer. All the beers were very well done in terms of balance and mouthfeel. As a home chef, I'm embarrassed to admit my fondness for wings as bar food. The MAH has probably the best wings I've ever had. No bad too-long-in-the -freezer taste and a great sauce.

I would definitely recommend a stop here is you're in the area.

11-03-2013 01:46:58 | More by Yetiman420
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TheRealPour

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-30-2013 00:27:12 | More by TheRealPour
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Offa

California

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$

Overall, we found this to be a great pub.

It is an old brick building with a large bar area and large open seating area, the kind that is sort of a converted industrial building. It therefore has a somewhat cavernous feel with high ceiling, but is done pretty well. There is nice seating by back windows and out back, with nice views on the Milwaukee River. It's in the Third Ward area, an interesting old industrial-shipping area that has been gentrified a bit and converted to mixed uses.

Quality of the beer overall is very good, ranging from a few that are great to some that are decent, a bit better than mediocre. Overall, the beer is not exciting but is very good and solid in quality.

Service was excellent, efficient and friendly.

The beer selection is very good with a nice range but not extensive in styles and lacking cask selections.

Food we had was all excellent. Salads were great, made with good ingredients and made well.

07-15-2013 20:30:36 | More by Offa
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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$

The precurser the Milwaukee Brewing Company, the Ale House has been a spot I've frequented numerous times through out the years. When Its warm the deck in the back facing the river is a great place to grab a pint.

The beer is mostly MKE Brewing company, but occasionaly they firkins of one off beers that are always the highlight for me. Vanilla bean porter was my favorite hands down. Food is solid, but nothing to write home about, and I've always had good service.

Cheers

05-11-2013 16:54:14 | More by guityler83
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Milwaukee Ale House in Milwaukee, WI
88 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.