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The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

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The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and BreweryThe Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
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29 Beers
228 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 57
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

105 South Second St
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, 53572
United States
phone: (608) 437-2739

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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 40
Photo of puftdank
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of invalid665
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Photo of redleg411
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of twb0392
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

The beer is better than the food; and that is ok with me.

Photo of andrewjdc
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Faunland
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of stouts4me
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mhsmall84
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Nice place, unfortunately I dropped by at a very busy time. Awesome selection of brews, food was delicious and the staff was friendly. I will definitely stop in again!

Photo of aubzachsyd
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of SweetChicken
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of joelambic
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Nyboer1
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of oilcan01
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Benish
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of jreindl
3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of TheSSG
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of Lemke10
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of bismarksays
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery in Mount Horeb, WI
88 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.