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Milwaukee Ale House

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69 Ratings
Ratings: 69
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.02%
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Eatery ]

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

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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

This is another place without any secrets. The brewhouse sits in the window overlooking N. Water St. There are exposed heavy wood beams; exposed cream brick; a long, curving bar; an extensive restaurant area; a great view of the MIL River from both the patio out back, as well as the downstairs lounge. It is my kind of place. I only remain ambivalent about the black porcelain urinals. Very unusual. The Mug Club is the Greek letters Tau Kappa Delta, which stands for Tappa Kegga Dei, which I was told that no one had ever guessed before (I left a tip for that ego boost). The club's coat-of-arms is equally inspired, but I don't want to give away all of their secrets.

08-21-2004 03:04:42 | More by woodychandler
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

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
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5 | $$

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.

11-03-2013 01:46:58 | More by Yetiman420
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francisweizen

Alaska

3.53/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $

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!)

07-07-2005 22:53:48 | More by francisweizen
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MilwaukeeCrusher

Wisconsin

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
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crossovert

Illinois

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
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jjboesen

Maryland

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
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I visited this place on a Friday night, Labor Day Weekend; I was with a party of twenty! We had no reservation and we didn’t arrive until after 7:30 pm. We had a 1-½ hour wait. No biggie, that gave me sometime to enjoy some of the house beers.

There is a rather large bar area, with a decent amount of open space for standing and walking. The bar is to the right as you walk in the door, it is long with a good number of stools. High tables scattered about. I sat by the glass wall with the exposed brewing equipment. There were many TVs, with a pre-season Packers game on, and a band was playing on the smallish stage. There was some pool tables in the bar area too. It was very busy. There is exposed brick and dark wood, somewhat rustic looking. Dim inside but no too smoky.

The bartender was great, she was quick to serve me and she poured a great pint. The only beef though is when I asked about the seasonal beer, she wouldn’t just tell me what it was, she would only compare it to another house beer (that I’ve never had). I tried twice and when see wouldn’t tell me the style or the NAME I gave up.

So after our wait we were seated in the dinning section, it adjoins the bar and isn’t really separated. At dinner our waitress was very quick, she never let a glass go dry. I was very impressed at how well one person handled twenty people. We sat in a little enclosed area, perfect for a group like this. The menu had good variety. I was hungry so I just ordered the cheeseburger. It was excellent. The steaks and fish were popular as well.

The outdoor seating looking promising as well.

I would definitely go back, there was about 7 beers on-tap, the typical styles but I liked the beer I tried. This is a solid brewpub, while nothing out of the ordinary it was a pleasant place. Worth a visit.

09-08-2004 14:02:53 | More by bditty187
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shivtim

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$$

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.

08-12-2006 03:42:28 | More by shivtim
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Milwaukee Ale House in Milwaukee, WI
88 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.