Milwaukee Ale House
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Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 312
Beer Avg: 3.5
Taps: - / Bottles: -
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Ratings: 60 | Reviews: 55 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by dstc:
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Beautiful location in historic Third Ward. Sat outside overlooking the river and listened to the loud and very poor choice of music from the boat docked opposite. Luckily the waiter eventually told them to turn it down. They almost listened.
Food was all decent, no complaints there. Beer choice was a bit depressing. I noticed when we walked in the board said they had a Belgian Saison on task. Yippee! But they were out. Ordered the Belgian Wit. Out of that too and out of yet another. Guess you can't even get the 6 beer sampler since there were not six left to choose from. Did get two different brews that were very good, just not what I wanted. On the way out I ordered a six pack to go of one of the beers that was out, they said they had it in bottles. Paid for it and waited longer than I did to get my food to get this beer to go.
All in all I guess I left with a bit of a sour taste of an experience but I did enjoy the food and beer I had and would try again and hope for a better selection.
07-03-2010 19:21:09 | More by dstc
More User Reviews:
3.64/5 rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
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
4.25/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stop #403 on my world brewery tour.
Research warned me that downtown Milwaukee was a challenge for visiting a high-quality craft brewery. Have to say I disagree with that finding based on my experience at the Milwaukee Ale House.
Sure, this place probably draws the masses which tends to turn off us beer dorks. Not much going on downtown the Friday night in early November that I visited. They had a 70's rock cover band that only played three songs (around 9) while I was there - maybe a sound check?
I had their seasonal flight plus the cream and hoppy beer. All the beers were very well done in terms of balance and mouthfeel. As a home chef, I'm embarrassed to admit my fondness for wings as bar food. The MAH has probably the best wings I've ever had. No bad too-long-in-the -freezer taste and a great sauce.
I would definitely recommend a stop here is you're in the area.
11-03-2013 01:46:58 | More by Yetiman420
3.81/5 rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$
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
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.
05-11-2013 16:54:14 | More by guityler83
Milwaukee Ale House in Milwaukee, WI
88 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.