The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
Active Beers: 28
Beer Ratings: 197
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: 8 / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 38 | Show All Ratings:
3.41/5 rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 2.75 | $$
I've visited this place quite frequently. During the evening hours, it is quite busy, extremely loud, and staff are pacing back and forth through out the place. The restaurant has tables with high chairs, low chairs, and there are some wooden booths. There is an upstairs that serves pizza but I've never tried it.
As for the food, it's mediocre. I enjoy the Salmon Summer Salad and their burgers but that is pretty much it. I've been disappointed with their other dishes (I cease to remember them). Unfortunately my wife had that experience of disappointment when she ordered fish fry. They served her two small fish fillets...almost the size of fish sticks. I'm not kidding. We expected more (we're in Wisconsin for crying out loud!) or at least all you can eat fish. My wife who is petite for an average women wished she had more fish...considering this it will probably not satisfy most people who order this.
Their beers are okay. Not amazing but not bad. They do have a wide selection to choose from which I appreciate. Their Harvest Moon - a wild rice ale - left the biggest impression on me among the rest of the beers. I did enjoy this and would order it again.
Overall - I'll probably stick with the pubs in Madison, WI. But if family and friends are over and we want to eat at a place close by, Grumpy Troll may be the choice.
07-17-2013 16:21:42 | More by Benish
3.49/5 rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I recently took a beer themed road trip to Madison to meet some friends and this was our first stop. Before we get into the review there are a few things to consider.
1. It was the end of craft beer week
2. We arrived at the same time as a busload w/ reservations
3. The pizzeria was closed for a home brew comp.
That being said, the 15 min. wait was actually 45 min., needless to say it was very busy. We did talk with a local who said it's almost never like that. When we finally were seated, our table was right in front of the floor to celling windows looking in on the brew house. Charming really. Our server was very nice but did get a few beer orders wrong, which is why I marked them down on service. The food selection was pretty standard pub fare but delicious. Great cheese curds (it is WI.). My Ruben was pilled high with corn beef, and paired well w/ the wee heavy. The beer cheese soup was decadent, and our friend had a fantastic veggie wrap that was as big as her head! All the brews were very good, the Spetznaz stout, with plenty of roast to go around, and the Hoppa Loppa IPA, with its wonderful floral/citrus aroma, were my favorites. The bill was extremely reasonable, about a $100 for 9 beers, appetizer, 4 meals and tip. I would certainly make this trip again.
06-08-2013 13:13:31 | More by jreindl
3.3/5 rDev -15.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
This was the first time BeerAdvocate let me down :(
I stopped in here after being in Madison (and checking out the new Ale Asylum building).
It was a dark, foggy night (no, but really, it was), and the place was easy to find. I really liked the physical building; two stories.
The entry confused me a bit. Apparently the restaurant is UPSTAIRS, while the bar is downstairs?
Anywho, we went up the STEEP stairs (Handicap elevator is on the right side of the building, I think).
It's a nice little diner-feel upstairs.
The wait staff looked about 14 years old...at the oldest.
I came in for the Spetznaz and the Wild Rice brews. I immediately asked for them. The waitress was just confused and said they don't have them. I was saddened, and asked what they did have. She pointed to the menu.
Yeah...they had the Wild Rice one....[sigh] I know it's petty, but it's the closest thing I have to a pet-peeve when the staff at a brewpub is TOTALLY IGNORANT about the bier, and doesn't seem to care.
Alas, Spetznaz was out...on tap. Apparently, they have bombers of it for $7...Instead of telling us this, we found out as we were leaving....(expect the review soon!)
The Wild Rice brew impressed me. I love rice in bier, and it was great. My brother enjoyed the Belgian-style they had made; very, very solid. My dad sat, broken-hearted, pretending his solid Schwarzbier was a Russian Imperial Stout.
I had asked to just have a taste of 2 or 3 biers at the beginning (trying to figure out which dark brew my dad would enjoy as a replacement), and the waitress gladly brought over little glasses with just a bit in them. That seemed really nice...until I realized I had been billed for them...as full 4 fl. oz. samples....[sigh]
I bumped the selection up a bit because the made a really nice mixed drink (warm, mulled cider) for my non-beer-drinking brother. But, in addition, they did have a pretty nice selection of styles (on bier alone, I'd say it was just shy of the "4" score).
We all decided on pizza. The pizza wasn't that great. It was okay, but nothing amazing. It was actually a bit expensive considering the size and price.
We ended up wishing we had: 1). eaten pizza at Ale Asylym OR 2). Gone to the Hubbard Avenue Diner (down the street from Capital) for dinner
I really cannot knock the bier. It was above average, and they had some great styles.
But, the service sucked, and the pizza was so-so at best.
With SO MUCH AWESOME FOOD and bier in the Madison vacinity, I don't know if I can ever justify the ride out, again.
If you've never gone, I'd say you should go.
I REALLY wanted to go when they had the smoked, sour, dunkelweizen a month or two ago....but, I missed that. So, if they have something that REALLY trips your trigger, I can DEFINITELY tell you it will be worth the drive to try it.
Just do yourself a favor if you're coming from Madison; stop at the Hubbard Avenue diner in Middleton for dinner, instead; Black Bean Burgers and Pie > All.
12-17-2012 07:42:30 | More by TheSSG
4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I stopped in for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. There was about a 20 minute wait for seating but I enjoyed the decor while we waited. There is the pub and restaurant on the ground level and the pizzeria upstairs, both which will offer beer. Food was tasty, especially the grump chips! I did a little research and decided to try one of their better rated beers which was great and took home a 22oz bomber of another to enjoy. Small quaint little place but very clean and busy. Highly recommend.
08-18-2012 05:17:14 | More by Lemke10
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Finally made it to Grumpy Troll after recommendations from friends. It was an early Friday night and it was a little more subdued than expected and the ambiance of the place was nothing much more outside of typical. A hallmark of the place was its variety though, as a sampler was huge with not seemingly world class beers, but on the other hand they were solid. Service was also very good.... but I didn't try any food. I might stop again while passing through town as it is maybe edging top ten in the state, but definitely not top five. Therefore I wouldn't call it a destination.
02-02-2012 16:58:38 | More by MilwaukeeCrusher
4.22/5 rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A- You walk in and you can sense the theme of the bar (trolls), but you can also tell that this is a place about beer. Their awards line the walls, not in a pretentious manner, but just matter of factly. In fact, behind the bar are a couple of medal winning awards as well, practically hidden behind liquor bottles. Feels like a good local neighborhood place.
Quality/Selection- Apparently those awards arent just for show. The beer here is very good and there were like ten varieties on tap. A wide selection and all four I tried were worth coming back for another time. Win, win.
Food/service- Our glasses were rarely dry and my food was very good. I had the prime rib sandwich with mushrooms. I only gave it a four, because the guy I was with said his burger was just good. The waffle fries were amazing.
Value- A pint of world class beer for a five bucks. The food was what you would expect in terms of cost. Nothing cheap, but nothing over priced by any means.
01-06-2012 03:09:50 | More by bismarksays
4.2/5 rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Made my fifth or so visit to Grumpy Troll today so I thought it's about time for a review.
The Grumpy Troll Brewpub is located downtown Mount Horeb, pretty easy to find. Inside is a wrap-around style bar that accommodates around 16 bar stools. The other wall is lined with booths and there are also a handful of free standing tables.
The bartender and wait staff have always been very pleasant here, definitely not grumpy (haha....ha). Prompt as well.
They have 10 to 12 draught lines of Grumpy Troll beer that are of a wide variety of easy-drinking (most the most part) styles. All of their beers are solid with a few that even stand out, such as Spetnaz, Hop Farm Pale Ale, and Maggie.
Food here is more or less your regular bar food which I've found can be either "very good" or just "good". Today was a Grumpy Troll burger (bacon cheeseburger with BBQ sauce) and waffle fries...it was of the "very good" variety! Hopefully they keep that up. Prices are reasonable.
If you're in the area and need a pint and/or food, I recommend the Grumpy Troll.
12-15-2011 23:35:52 | More by Duff27
3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Located in a sleepy little town in the main street area. This old world building is inviting and seems like a comfy shoe.
I enjoyed a rueben and the service was solid.
The real key to this place is the quality and types of beers. A selection of beers such as a baltic porter, Milds, and infused beers. Not your typcial brewpub for beers. Not to mention the many awards they have won in both national and international competitions.
If you are near Madison, I would not hesitate to make a side trip to this brewpub.
09-01-2011 14:02:17 | More by ndolover
4/5 rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here on a Saturday afternoon and it was pretty packed still.
They have the brewing stuff right in a window in front of the seating area. There is also an upstairs and a small biergarten.
They have a sampler with 12 beers, which I got. They are pretty average overall but there are a few gems. It is all pretty high-quality, but maybe not the best recipes. The IPA is really good imo.
The food is good and reasonably priced. I had a jerk chicken wrap that could have used some sauce or something but otherwise it was good. The beer battered fries are good.
The service is nice and prompt and friendly. Overall it is a very worthwhile stop near the Madison area.
08-14-2011 14:34:27 | More by crossovert
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited on a warm summer day for lunch.
Atmosphere: The atmosphere was decent, nice interior, a good look at the tanks and brewing area. A good mix of people, locals, families, people coming in from the bike trail. The placed quickly filled up for lunch and went on a short wait around the noon hour.
Service: We were greeted warmly and seated immediately. Our waitress was knowledgeable and very friendly. She did a great job of checking on us enough, bringing any extras we asked for.
Selection: The tap selection is quite good, 12 taps of their brews. I would have loved to have seen a Belgian offered, but tis the season for lots of summer wheat type beer unfortunately.
Food: The food was fresh, served hot, and quickly. There is a good selection across the menu and a nice selection of sides, including sweet potato tots, which I haven't seen before but really liked.
Overall: A great experience and we most certainly will return. The price was in line with what I would expect in the Madison, WI area.
07-09-2011 19:46:26 | More by uwmgdman
The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery in Mount Horeb, WI
88 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.