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Milwaukee Ale House

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88
very good

74 Ratings
Ratings: 74
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.02%
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 334
Beer Avg: 3.51
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews by granger10:
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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%

In a nice area of downtown. Very nice looking on the inside. Indoor and outdoor dining which is nice. Two floors, tons of seating. Nice big bar. A few non-Milwaukee Ale House offerings for beer. They had six offerings. I got the sampler and it was a solid array of the standard styles. Good beers really but no style that would excite the beer nerd. I guess they have bands play, I could see that getting really loud. Food looked good but I was saving room in my tummy for beer. Menu like the beer offerings, was standard and not too exotic. If it's solid though, why complain. I'll make sure to get some grub next time. Hopefully with the new brewery being built, they'll experiment a bit more. Eitherways, the best of the 3 brewpubs beerwise in downtown Milwaukee.

granger10, Aug 28, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Enjoyed visiting this place since late 90's on Milwaukee trips. Good range of food options and sincerely appreciate the vegetarian menu choices. Most beers are fairly decent, none bad, but also none that were really hitting it out of the park. Examples for styles seemed aimed at a more general audience, which is fine with me because that's more in line with my tastes as well. Parking can be tough downtown in this area sometimes, which is a common annoyance with me.

yemenmocha, Jun 16, 2014
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chris1919, Jan 02, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

blindtiger24, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

Yetiman420, Nov 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

TheRealPour, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Offa
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

Offa, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of guityler83
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%

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

guityler83, May 11, 2013
Photo of thebigredone
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%

I've been here twice, and likely won't return. Neither the food or beer is really worth the trip. The only really enjoyable part of a visit here is the number of attractive women, either servers or other patrons, though the opportunity for sightings of attractive females is above average in most of the Third Ward area.

In terms of atmosphere, the place is large and loud, not the most condusive atmosphere for having a conversation. The outdoors riverside seating is pretty nice, but it often takes extra time to get seated at an avaialable table in this space.

The main reason for coming here, of course, is the beer. In that regard, the beer is decent, but not particularly worth seeking out. The beers often start out with bold flavors, but those flavors quickly dissipate and end up falling flat on the finish. I can't say I've had a beer here that is anything but average at best.

The food here is good. Not anything overly special, but good for "pub" food. I really enjoy the nachos and the calzones.

Overall, if you've tried everything else in Milwaukee, you might want to give this place a go just for fun. Otherwise, seek out one of the better beer establishments downtown such as Stubby's.

thebigredone, May 27, 2012
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Milwaukee Ale House in Milwaukee, WI
88 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.