Milwaukee Ale House
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Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 331
Beer Avg: 3.51
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3.26/5 rDev -16%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
I went here with some friends visiting from out of town. I was impressed the the size of the place and the layout of the seating in the bar/bandstand area. Lot's of nooks and crannies to see the band. It is a cool, old building with lots of character. Plenty of TV's for viewing the game and a pool table off to one side with big booths and bar stool seating near by. Having tried a few of there in house brewed beers before this visit, I was not surprised by the mediocre beer. The Louie's demise that I was served was flat with no head. Moving on to the IPA, It was better but still blah. I was disappointed to find they did not offer any guest beers. My only other complaint is that the backrooms are pretty far away and not easy to get to through the thick crowd of standing room only bar-goers crowding the route. Overall this is a good place to go for live entertainment. I was not wowed by there beer, but it did the trick for an evening of entertaining friends.
12-21-2011 18:57:11 | More by JohnWaynes44
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in during the early afternoon on a weekday. Not a bust time and there were only a few souls around.
Even with only a few people around, we were seated as far away from the bar as possible. I guess that my extremely well behaved 4 year old would have bothered the two other customers somehow. It is hard to enjoy an "ale house" when seated so far from the ale.
The beer menu listed their current offerings and indicated a sampler and happy hour pricing. No pricing was indicated. We ordered the sampler and I ordered one of their current brews to take advantage of the happy hour pricing. The server brought me the beer I ordered then went on to explain to me that this beer wasn't part of the happy hour but they'd make an exception on part that it was their mistake. How charitable of them.
The beers were okay. Nothing really stood out and there were a few that were simply uninspired. The couple we liked were good and I would happily visit again when in Milwaukee.
The food was basic bar fare and we ordered the pretzel which was basic. The mustard was strong (right out of the can) and the cheese sauce was okay.
This may not sound like the most positive review, but we would visit again and hope for better. Worth a visit.
12-14-2011 17:12:51 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
4.15/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped here today.
It was kind of dead on a Sunday mid-afternoon.
The taplist was pretty good and first of I ordered the Maker's Demise cask. It was pretty good. Then I went on to order a sampler which h was 6 beers for 8$ or 7 for 9$. I got a gamut of light to dark styles, most were impressive with only 1 or 2 being just decent. The Bock was very good.
The bartender, the curly haired older guy with moustache, was excellent.
The food was okay, all I ordered were pretzels, standard fare. Beware the Mustard they serve it with will clear your sinus.
When I left I got a growler of the bock for 12$ which I thought was reasonable and the bartender gave me some free cups. 10$ refills.
Overall it is a nice stop in Milwaukee on Water/1st/kinnikinac.
04-04-2011 03:30:15 | More by crossovert
3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$
I stopped here with my brother on a Saturday night. Place was pretty full, but managed to get a table. Tried a flight of their beers and they were solid, but not earth moving. I thought it would be nice to see some higher end beers here or some beers with some bold flavors... the place seemed too safe with their choices. The food looked good, but I didn't have any... probably would consider it next time. In the city of Milwaukee with its rich beer history this is one of the handful that might be worth checking out. I will probably come back for the food but hope the brewers try something more daring.
01-13-2011 00:51:27 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
3.84/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited 10/10/2010 on a quick trip through Wisconsin. 12 taps plus bottles to go.
Came in on a Sunday evening and ordered a flight of samples. Kind of quiet with a few patrons hanging out.
The beers were all drinkable at least even if a few weren't quite to style. Didn't try the food so I can't comment on that.
The service was very nice and helpful for the most part even if it was a bit slow. The bartender was nice enough to mix a 6 pack for me with the 3 available bottled beers (IPA, Milk Stout, and Pale Ale).
12-20-2010 02:28:09 | More by t0rin0
3.55/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I wanted to try at least one brewpub/brewery in Milwaukee and, based on reviews, chose Milwaukee Ale House.
This is a sprawling restaurant in a beautiful old building in MKE's Third Ward. It´s got a chain feeling to it.
Nice beautiful seating outside by the river! Service is nothing great, just fine, she didn´t really know a lot about beers.
Food is OK, lots of sandwiches and the typical stuff. Fairly priced, some lunch deals. Great onion rings.
The beer? Alright but not great. I had the Hoptoberfest, Porter (on cask) and Monkey Paw, which the waitress described as a "strong red ale" but BA labels as a DIPA. They were all average to good. A tad watery.
Would I come back? Maybe. But more for the river view than the beer.
10-03-2010 23:15:47 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Beautiful location in historic Third Ward. Sat outside overlooking the river and listened to the loud and very poor choice of music from the boat docked opposite. Luckily the waiter eventually told them to turn it down. They almost listened.
Food was all decent, no complaints there. Beer choice was a bit depressing. I noticed when we walked in the board said they had a Belgian Saison on task. Yippee! But they were out. Ordered the Belgian Wit. Out of that too and out of yet another. Guess you can't even get the 6 beer sampler since there were not six left to choose from. Did get two different brews that were very good, just not what I wanted. On the way out I ordered a six pack to go of one of the beers that was out, they said they had it in bottles. Paid for it and waited longer than I did to get my food to get this beer to go.
All in all I guess I left with a bit of a sour taste of an experience but I did enjoy the food and beer I had and would try again and hope for a better selection.
07-03-2010 19:21:09 | More by dstc
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Located in Milwaukee's historic Third Ward. A mix of industrial storage and now artsy lofts. And some trendy small plate dining/nightclub places. It really all built around the Ale House and the Milwaukee river. Parking can be difficult, just like anywhere in Milwaukee.
Quality of beers is quite nice. Nothing trendy big beer aged in 19th century whiskey stuff, just great session ales. Pull Chain Pale and Louie's Demise are my faves. Service is standard, server's won't hesitate to help you.
Food is quite nice for an alehouse, definitely try the onion rings. Can't say I've ever had anything bad.
02-19-2010 17:46:33 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
If you come to Milwaukee you should check out the Ale house. No, they don't have the crazy big beers but they have some very solid offerings. They also have some special beers that they will break out every so often. I like the atmosphere of the place and it is along the river so its nice to sit outside during the summer time. The food there is also pretty dang good too. They offer up some different items and their portion sizes are better than average. There are some TV's and a few pool tables which makes it a good place to catch a game or hang out with some friends. Overall a pretty good place with some solid beer offerings and some really good food. The service is good and its in a good location.
11-09-2009 23:21:35 | More by Wisconsinality
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Conveniently located amid the Historic Third Ward District and easily accessible downtown via the Riverwalk, the Milwaukee Ale House is a mandatory stop for any Beer Advocate - at least it has been during my many trips to Irishfest (also nearby). It's riverside location also makes it a prime target for the tourist-laden Brews Cruises that ply the murky Milwaukee River.
It is a large establishment with a sizeable bar area, a smattering of high tops and tables towards the river side; of course, Milwaukee Ale House offers a waterfront patio, a prime location. Of course, for me, the bar is good enough.
There are several year round beers and a few seasonals, the former includes their Juneau Ale, Louie's Demise Ale, Pull Chain IPA and a stout, a creamy and delicious elixir whose name escapes me. But it was tasty.
In addition, the thirsty BA can indulge in an eclectic menu filled with a variety of filling entrees, soup and sandwiches. (For lunch, I enjoyed a tender roast beef on baguette with a hearty dollop of potato salad on the side; all of it being delish.) The bartender was efficient and knowledgeable as to the aforementioned beers. None of this, "It's the closest thing we have to Budweiser" here. Always an inviting touch.
In a city dominated by Miller Brewing, and haunted by the lonely ghosts of Blatz and Schlitz, the Milwaukee Ale House serves as a haven to anyone in search of quality beer. I recommend it during any trip to Cream City.
10-05-2009 21:10:59 | More by jjboesen
Milwaukee Ale House in Milwaukee, WI
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