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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 ryantupy
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%

I went here back in May for the Twins-Brewers series. I found this place to be instantly cozy. We went around 11am and still found two red necks drinking at the bar! We sat out on the patio that over looks the river. Our waiter was kind of slow and defiantly possesed no beer knowledge. It was however very busy in his section. The menu had your typical menu items. Nothing really special or unique here. I found the food to be equally as average as the menu. The place was cool and worth checking out for lunch but nothing special here.

ryantupy, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of Sjixxxy
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%

Stopped in for lunch on a very nice Saturday afternoon. Inside area was pretty empty, while the outside seating was pretty much full of people eating & drinking & enjoying the good weather overlooking the river, Atmosphere was enjoyable.

The beers that I sampled were good, with an average sized selection to choose from for options. I didn't think any of the styles that I tried were weak, and would probably go back again to try them again.

Food however was a different story. No one in my group rated it better then mediocre, and the pulled pork sandwich I had was not good at all. It came out lukewarm, and had some big chunks of bone it in. It was not very enjoyable trying to get down.

Would go back again to try the brews, but I'll make sure I eat elsewhere before doing so.

Sjixxxy, May 20, 2007
Photo of WJVII
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%

This place was a typical pub, the bar had interesting local decor and a nice view of tv's for sports (badgers football was on). In the eating area there was nice seating with views of the river however, nowhere could you watch any of the game if you were catching a bite to eat. The food left quite a bit to be desired and the prices were not reasonable for the quality of food, but the beer was good (and isn't that really why you are there)? Decent joint, but nothing special nor anything making want to go back time and time again.

WJVII, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of Flyer
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%

This is a really enjoyable place to pay a visit. A large, welcoming space in a renovated warehouse, part Cheers bar, part brewpub, part trendy restaurant on the riverwalk. One thing I like about it is its appeal to all ages -- the trendy 20-somethings I work with like it as much as the laid back middle-aged crowd. The live music likewise appeals to all ages. The beer they brew is only average to somewhat above, although I always enjoy the Louie’s Demise, a drinkable Scotch Ale. There’s a sense of authenticity to this place, highlighted by the "family history" they work into the stories of their beers. Truly, you’d have to stretch to call it a craft beer bar, but the vibe here is so content, I love the place. The food is solid-to-good, and the deck on the river is really nice. Also -- when the place is jammed, there’s a small, little-known basement bar (also with a view of the river) that can feel like a refuge.

Flyer, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of JohnWaynes44
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

JohnWaynes44, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of thebigredone
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%

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
Photo of Dexterityviking
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Dexterityviking, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of chicagoish
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

chicagoish, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Akrueg7272
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Akrueg7272, Jul 23, 2014
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
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Milwaukee Ale House in Milwaukee, WI
87 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.