Milwaukee Ale House

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BEER AVG
3.45/5
Based on:
21 Beers
186 Reviews
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 57
Visits: 81
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
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Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 57 | Visits: 81
Reviews by thebigredone:
Photo of thebigredone
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

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. (1,206 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of kontaktkernes
5/5  rDev +29.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Excellent Veggie Burger. Mouth watering. (40 characters)

Photo of Hop_God
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of pat61
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3

It's a big place with a deck over looking the river. We were there on a Sunday in March and service was a little lax. The food and beer were decent but not great. (162 characters)

Photo of RJB66
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of mothman
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Fireslayer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Shluffy
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of stouts4me
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Alpar
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Dexterityviking
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Bengineer83
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of chicagoish
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of yemenmocha
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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. (469 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Hendrick24
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of blindtiger24
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (963 characters)

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Milwaukee Ale House in Milwaukee, WI
87 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.