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Milwaukee Ale House

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71 Ratings
Ratings: 71
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.04%
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 334
Beer Avg: 3.51
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

This is a nice place to hang out on a weekend or after work, has a good feel inside, is right on the river, and has a lot of events/music at it. Beer can be pretty good, and pub grub is decent (although I should caveat by saying my wife thinks the food's terrible).

I've visited the Ale House a number of times, mostly for lunch or for an after-work happy hour (I grabbed a burger there last night). This is a large brewpub, and is very active in the local community: they sponsored a race I ran in last year, have a lot of live music, and I saw the brewers once at a charity beer dinner I attended.

During my visit yesterday (a weeknight), they featured a number of special beers brewed for St. Patty's day, our service was good, and my $6.99 burger with chips was OK (home-made chips were disappointing). Pints were $5.

Ambience of this place is pretty cool, with a bar, stage, and tall tables up front and tables along big windows overlooking the river in back. Food is OK, but nothing to write home about. Beer ranges from OK to pretty good.

Probably the best brewpub in Milwaukee, but I've been to far better elsewhere.

BeerBelcher, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of granger10
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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
Photo of shivtim
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

This place looks nice, but it's something we've all seen before. Think dark wood and a stage... not particularly unique. It does have a nice long curvy bar at least. There was a mediocre band playing that was just loud enough so that you couldn't carry a conversation in the bar area. I'm not sure why they had a band at 7:30 on a Wednesday. Food was pretty good and unique. Six beers on tap, at $5 a pint. Service was not bad, pretty no-nonsense. Overall a nice place, just needs some personality. I get that feeling that most people don't come here for the beer.

shivtim, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%

Milwaukee is great in that places that look upscale from the outside are often, when you enter them, much cheaper and friendlier than you'd expect. This is one such place.

At first, I thought that the atmosphere was a little too bar-ry for me. Good amount of smoke, mediocre 70s rock playing. But some of the TV's showed CNN, instead of ESPN, and the clientele was far from a Sports Bar crowd. They were mostly professionals in their early to late 30s, mostly just looking to kick back after a day's work.

Service was great. Bartenders knew about the beers and they knew how to POUR the beers, too. Excellent heads. I ordered a growler with my last round, and the kid behind the bar put it on ice for me until I was ready to leave. Class.

Where this place really excels, though, is in the beer selection. I had three beers, and all of them were big winners, free from any traces of butter or underbrewed chemicals. The APA was perfectly balanced, the Solomon Juneau was crisp, refrehsing and wonderfully unique, and the cask milk stout was fantastic.

Happy hour runs from 4-8 on weekdays, and so pints were only 2.50, and growlers were only ten bucks! I didn't check out the food menu, though. And the selection of beers was pretty run of the mill, even if they seem to nail each style and even if they have a cask.

mynie, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of MeLikeBeer
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

I've visited the Ale House on several occasions and everytime I have had exceptional service and solid beers. The brew kettles are on full display from the Water Street entrance and also visible once inside. The bartenders are very knowledgeable about the beers and if you visit during the day, you'll probably run into the head brewer. The waitstaff and servers are friendly enough, if it's really busy, you can expect a wait for food, but not on refills! They have six beers available, 5 regulars and a seasonal. On my most recent visit, I took advantage of the warm weather and sat out on the patio overlooking the river. Great atmosphere here! There's also a bar downstairs (Hop-Side-Down) that serves the full menu and is a great escape on a Friday or Saturday night when the band can make the upstairs a little packed and the bands can really drown out your thoughts.

I've tried all the beers here, and I'm partial to the Pull Chain Pale, which is a very hoppy American Pale, and that's what I had on this recent visit. The Sheepshead Stout is good, but a little too smooth for my tastes.

I had the Ale House Burger on this trip and it was cooked just as I asked, with large portions and a decent price. I've also had the Blackened Chicken Sandwich, very tasty.

I would highly recommend this as the first stop on a tour of many of the great brewpubs and breweries in Milwaukee!

MeLikeBeer, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of joedon
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%

Very attractive old building, remodelded into a modern brew-pub. Nice, outdoor patio overlooking the river for diners, too.

Excellent quality beer and service; at least in the quiet afternoo, before happy hour rush time, when I was there.

Six taps available with on-premises brews. Only regular taps, no cask-conditioned or "seasonals" to try. No off-property beer available. Lots of spirits and wine list also for sale.

Did not try the food; what I saw, looked good, though.

Decent prices, even pre-happy-hour. Would defenitely come back.

joedon, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

I visited the Milwaukee Ale House on a business trip. It is in a large building on the river in the 3rd Ward area of Milwaukee. There is a bar area with high tables and a separate dining area behind that with an open area over looking the river. The food was typical brew pub fare, pizza, burgers, pastas, and sandwiches. The waitress I has knew about the beer and was very friendly. When choosing sides I highly recommend the blue cheese potato salad. I tried three of the beers, the Maker's Demise, Bloody Third IPA, and the stout. The stout was the best of them. Overall it had a nice atmosphere and the wait staff was excellent.

orsulacp, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

This is a large brewpub on the Milwaukee River in the Third Ward. The selection of beer was adequate with seven diverse offerings--ranging from Light to Stout. I felt the brew offerings were very good.

The atmosphere is typical for this genre: high exposed ceiling, both bench and chair seatings, ample TV's in the area. The menu offers good pub food. I was impressed with the volume of choices, all traditional.

The service was exceptional. Not only was it Wisconsin-friendly, it was prompt and continuously attentive.

While I'm not in Milwaukee very often, I will likely make this a regular stop.

smcolw, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of beerinator
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

I stopped here for lunch, before the weekend brewery river tour. The service was quick and helpful. They have a nice upstairs and downstairs bar, with two great decks overlooking the river. On a nice day, this could be a great spot to hang out.

The beers were pretty good. Nothing extraordinary, but they were clean and drinkable. There were quite a few people who were drinking bottled macro brew, even though the Ale House brews it's own lighter styles. I don't like this situation, but I guess they know better than me what is needed there.

The food was served quickly and I think everyone was pleased with what they ordered. Everything was priced similarly to other brewpubs I've visited.

beerinator, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

This place was interesting. On water street in the old third ward part of Milwaukee the atmosphere of this neighberhood is pretty cool, but this place was kind of lacking! The dark wood, cookie-cutter brewpub atmosphere that I am so bored of greets me (yet again!). The quality of the beers was also just cookie-cutter lame, with no real beer standouts in the bunch. I ordered a pale ale and it was pretty lame as well. Selection was OK, 5 or 6 house brewed beers on tap and 1 or 2 macros as well, wtf?! Food was awesome though and super cheap as well. I had some sort of crazy fajitas. This place is totally worth it just for the food and the value! Maybe they even have a good brew on tap once in a while as well. If not, just go with a glass of water (always good!)

francisweizen, Jul 07, 2005
Milwaukee Ale House in Milwaukee, WI
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.