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Delafield Brewhaus

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83
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26 Ratings
Ratings: 26
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Active Beers: 15
Beer Ratings: 58
Beer Avg: 3.77
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3832 Hillside Dr
Delafield, Wisconsin, 53018
United States
phone: (262) 646-7821

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Reviews by bucko:
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3.13/5  rDev -10.8%

We visited the Delafield Brewhouse after watching the Minnesota Twins take a victory at Miller Park. The brewery looks huge from the highway but seems much less overbearing once inside. The brewhouse seems to divide the bar from the restaurant and it's wide open... I imagine it's cool to see the two-story monster in action. We arrived around 10:30 on a Saturday evening and there were probably 40 people in the bar. There was a band playing (no cover) and thankfully, they were fairly good. The wait staff was cleaning up and we were told that we'd have to get our drinks at the mostly-crowded bar. Bar service was a bit slow for the number of people working the bar, though I've seen much, much worse. The variety of beers was nice, though when we visited, there weren't any real stand-outs. Quite a few tasty, solid brews, but nothing terribly adventurous. Overall a very nice place... perhaps not a "must visit" but still very enjoyable.

bucko, Jun 09, 2006
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richkrull, Feb 09, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -6%

Stopped here on a weekend last month. Beers were mostly ok, but the IPA I thought was spectacular. It had sort of a mall vibe to it, but maybe that was because there was a wedding party there that day. Wasn't impressed with service, as staff didn't seem knowledgable about beer or didn't care. Probably will go to other places if I'm in the area unless I want their really good IPA again. I didn't try their food at all and am even unsure if they have any, as I was there in early to mid afternoon.

MilwaukeeCrusher, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +14%

Stopped back in recently on a return leg of vacation. The DB is always on the A list of possible lunch stops.

The overall atmosphere of the Brewhaus is unique and familiar at the same time. Very welcoming bar and always fun to see the brewery at center stage.

I sampled the Porter with a follow-up Oatmeal Stout. I also had a taster sample of the seasonal Maibock that tasted terrific, but opted out of high octane so early in the day.

The Porter was rich and smooth with good coffee and chocolate notes. The Stout was more dry than you'd expect in an Oatmeal variety, but the nitro pour was well balanced and not overdone. Both highly drinkable brews.

Our bartender/waitress was always around when we needed her and quick with the sample pours.

Quality of both food and beer is very good and probably a notch above what you might expect from a rural brewpub.

My wife had the grilled portabella sandwich and I had the daily special steak & asiago quesadillas. Both entrees were delicious and plated more than enough for one person.

Pricing was very reasonable.

steveh, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of gixxerman
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%

Big space, sitting all by itself. follow your GPS, you aren't lost, it is in the middle of nowhere.

I strolled in around 840ish and they were already on the limited 'late night' menu. I was able to find a turkey sandwich which looked inviting.

For the beer selection, I was looking forward to the Hop Harvest - lucky me, they had just ran out. So it was the Golden Promise Ale, it was OK, but didn't quench my hop thirst. For number two I gave up on hops and went the Pewaukee Porter route. Hmm, it was pretty darn "hoppy"!

Not a bad spot, bring a hundred people, they'll have the room. You can probably park at least 20 Greyhound buses in their parking lot and still have plenty of parking. The regular menu looked to have some decent food, like the sausage platter, ect..

Next time I will come earlier and make it a dinner time stop.

gixxerman, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%

So my wife and I were traveling from Mineapolis to Milwaukee and didn't have a hotel planned... We were just flying by the seat of our pants (that's a fun way to do roadtrips!). So we start looking for hotels in Milwaukee and discover that in-town hotels are subject to a 16.1% tax rate... This leads us to look into hotels in the neighboring towns...

We ended up in Delafield-- 20 minutes west of Milwaukee. Perfect.

We check the hotel's little book of local places and restaurants and see the Brewhaus listed... I read the reviews on here, but still we decide to give it a chance-- the other options in town were slim pickings!

So... If you exit off the highway, you need to go to the 2nd street south and then turn east. You'll go past the movie theatre and La Quinta Inn and continue another mile-- the road turns into a frontage road. Just when you start to get the feeling that you must have missed it, there it is.

The outside looks huge. A two level giant of a building. The parking is ample, but we are surprised by the number if cars for a Wednesday night. In a very smart business decision, the place has an upstairs area that they use for banquets-- which accounted for many of the cars outside.

The interior is modern-- early 2000's. A nice large island bar is surrounded by tables. The tables also surround the brewing equipment on the other side. The building is clean and updated. Lots of local Wisconsin related decorations.

The staff was friendly and willing to offer suggestions and info about the 10 tap handles. All 10 beers were their own, and I saw no indication of a bottle list offering other beers. The beers ranged from a "light lager" to a Russian Imperial Stout aged in whiskey barrels.
I had the flight-- but asked for the 6 seasonals instead if the 4 that are year-round. I tried: golden ale (on nitro-tap), IPA, Christmas ale, blueberry lager, The whiskey aged RIS, and one more that escapes me.

Surprisingly, the blueberry lager was fantastic. The IPA was maltier than I like. The nitro ruined an potentially good beer-- it should be an American Blonde Ale, not an English Pale ale (as is listed on Ba). The RIS was good too.
The flight ran $6, and an imperial pint of most offerings was around $5.

The food was tasty. The brick-oven pizza is great. My wife tried the chicken parmesan, which was also quite good. The prices were a bit high-- $16 for my wife's entree and $15 for the pizza.

The overall experience was pleasant and enjoyable. This is better than a Granite City or other chain brewpubs. If you're traveling through the area, you should stop and check this place out. It doesn't stand out as the best place I've ever been to, but it is certainly above average.

This place is better than the other reviews would lead you to believe.

AleWatcher, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%

Well this place is hard as hell to find off the freeway. Once you finally get inside, its pretty cool, big old school brewhaus motif. If you know how to get there ahead of time (I mean, you can see it right from the freeway, but getting to it is another story), you'll probably give it more atmosphere points.

Lots of wood all over the place, bars, its huge. Shiny stainless steel kettle in the middle of the place. Upstairs, nooks all over the place. Definitely the selection is German style, tons of lagers.

Food is very good, I've never been disappointed with anything there. You're in Wisconsin, get the bratwurst or any other selection of sausage. The beers are kinda meh for me, not a lager guy. Porter and IPA were decent. Not a place to go out of the way for if its all about the beer for you.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of djhowell
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%

Very large, bland brewpub. It's about as generic as you can get but given it's location in the suburbs it's not very surprising. The place is split down the middle between the dining room and bar area by fermentation tanks. I had a beer at the bar while waiting for some friends. There are close to a dozen TVs, 8 of their own beers on tap, the typical macros available in bottles, and a full liquor bar. It's worth noting that the entire establishment is non-smoking.

The waitstaff is friendly but not necessarily very knowledgeable about the beer they serve. The beer was served in proper glassware though. The two beers I sampled were nothing fantastic but they weren't bad either.

My group all seemed to enjoy their meals. I ordered one of their wood-fire oven specialty pizzas and it was both good at the restaurant and later when I reheated the leftovers at home. The toppings were plentiful and seemed fresh, and the crust was thin and crispy just like I like it. A friend's brat was huge and looked pretty fantastic as well.

If I found myself with a couple hours to kill in the Delafield area again I would probably return but I wouldn't make any sort of special stop.

djhowell, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%

I stopped in here with some friends on the way home from the badger game.

The place is huge. It wasn't overly crowded by any means. It was halloween night so I guess that's not a suprise.

We were greeted by a friendly hostess who sat us immediately. The server found his way to our table and chatted with us about his costume but no info on beer or food was offered.

We all ordered dinner and beers. All my friends know I'm a beer geek so I got a taste from everyone's beer. I thankfull got the porter which was the most flavoful of the lot. Which isn't saying much.

The beer was unimpressive yet unoffensive. Nothing worth going back for. Drinkable and plain.

The food was sub par. This was the concensus of my entire group as well.

Overall an average brew pub. I'm glad I finally got to check this place out. Unfortunately I probably won't be back.

beerwolf77, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%

multiply every trip i've ever taken to Milwaukee by 2. This is the number of times i have driven by this place and never stopped. Located on a hill overlooking scenic I-94, the Delafield Brewhaus towers over passerbys, but still, i had never stopped.

We decided to change this trend on a trip to Miller Park last night (GO CUBS), mainly because Roman's (not nearby, but great) was not yet open.

As we drove into the parking lot, it was noted that the structure kind of resembled a large Cracker Barrel. As we entered the fairly empty building, we noticed the tanks front and center and the aroma of cigarette smoke.

We grabbed a few seats at the bar and munched on some stale pretzels and mustard dipping sauce while watching more NFL highlights. The beer chalkboard had about 8 choices (and miller lite!). 2 things stuck out - a Hop Harvest IPA and the Batch 500 (nitro ESB). I grabbed the 500 and my compadre went with the IPA. According to legend, the hops are actually grown on the property, which i guess is cool.

The beers were actually both pretty decent but there wasnt anything overly exciting about the place and i cant say a return trip will ever occur.

In a world dominated by beer karma, its worth a stop for beerfly purposes only.

dirtylou, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of botham
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%

Delafield Brewhaus will work for some and will not work for others. the previous reviewer said it best, but I will reiterate.

the atmosphere is quite faux. the fermentation tanks are front and center in the space, yes, but most likely 75% of the patrons do not know what they are used for. otherwise it looks like any(wisconsin-esque dinner joint), USA. the one positive is the smoking section is sequestered on the upper level, so the first level is pretty much smoke-free.

quality and service are standard. nothing special, but no huge complaints.

selection is mediocre, with eight to ten offerings, some that ran out shortly before this BA visited. all standard types, with the Barleywine being the only semi-wildcard offering.

food was nothing special. the Chicken Pesto Pizza seemed like a decent frozen pizza thrown in the oven (not bad, but not too great either).

overall, this is a restaraunt that happens to brew its own beer, though the crowd this place attracts probably does not care. easily passed up for better offerings in Milwaukee or Madison.

botham, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of ronhocker
1.95/5  rDev -44.4%

This place is like a Denny's except with a bunch of fermentation tanks in the middle.

The food is of below average quality, I would describe it as applebee's like only of lower and less consistent quality. One decent option is the pizza, but the only reason this is "decent" is I don't believe good pizza exists in waukesha county.

The servers know very very little about beer, and can take some time to get back to you. Our beers on our last visit didn't show up for 15 minutes. And then we had to send them back because they were that bad.

This place seems to do well, but I think this is mostly because of the the location (not that it is in a "good" location) which is in the middle of waukesha county, where most people are not looking for good food or flavorful beer. Applebee's and miller lite are the standard around here, and therefore it shines on a relative basis.

Overall, the food is poor and the beer is very mediocre, the good versions taste like average homebrew. If you are visiting from out of town don't bother, if you live in delafield and you aren't willing to go to downtown Milwaukee, either move or give it a shot.

ronhocker, Oct 27, 2008
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3.8/5  rDev +8.3%

The Brewhaus is a great brewpub for food, not so much for the beer. It still warrants a trip or stop though if you're in passing.

The entire restaurant has a sort of ski lodge feel to it. Very wide open with a loft with additional seating overlooking the great room and the brewhouse. Service has always been exceptional when I've been there. I've requested a sampler before filling a growler or buying a pint and have yet to be charged.

The food is great. Excellent pasta dishes, a good fish fry on Fridays, huge sandwiches, and the pizza looks pretty tasty too. Prices are a bit on the higher side but the food makes it worthwhile in my opinion.

The beer unfortunately is a weak point, and even more so for a place that is completely centralized (literally) around their brewhouse. Diversity is ok but the quality if often lacking. The porter is probably their best beer and while it's decent, it's nothing I'd drive for 30 minutes west just to fill up a growler. Most of the beers are just not very adventurous. None of them crack the 5% abv limit and while they fit within their style, complexity just isn't there.

ebit, Apr 27, 2008
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3.03/5  rDev -13.7%

It is a great space, but nothing inside is cause to write home about.

Considering the quality, I guess I would have to say it was overpriced. The prices are great but on both occasions, the quality was worse than that of a cheap diner. I tried the Barbecue Chicken Salad on my last visit, and was terribly underwhelmed. It was wilted greens under overspiced frozen chicken fingers, unfortunately not the best quality frozen fingers either.

The beer is okay. I had the sampler which unfortunately did not include their more adventerous brews, so I had to order those after the tasters. The Pewaukee Porter is the best, but may be closely tallied by the Dragonfly. The problem is that the Selection is all very middle of road. Some entries concerned me in that they are still on tap well after their designated season. Unfortunately it is all very tame and nothing really inspires you.

Overall it is not bad, but it is like any other brew pub in america. Ok Beer served a little fresher (or older) with some not too great menu items paired alongside.

timmlimestone, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of chiapete
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

I've been here a few times once with a wedding party , and a few times with my buddies looking for a place to drink.

The beer selection is average to slightly above . I like to try a different beer every time I go. The beers have been good , nothing I would drive out of my way for , but most are good for a night out, or with a meal.

The food was good, hot and satisfying . The staff knew what they were talking about and very friendly.

the atmosphere is very nice , a German feel with lots of beer signs and posters.

worth the stop and I will surely go again.

chiapete, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
4/5  rDev +14%

This place is visually stunning on the inside and the outside. As soon as you walk in you can see the entire brewing operation and it remains the centerpiece of the dinning room. The place is covered in local and German brewrania. Most everything is named after local areas.
I stopped in for lunch and got there ahead of the rush. My service was spot on. I was there with my wife and younge son. The menu was simple, but varied enough that we all found something we wanted quickly. I had the rueben and was very impressed. I will try this place for dinner and see what it has to offer then.
They has eight beer selections, four regular and four seasonals. What I had was good and they do offer large samples. Prices were decent on them as well. I took home a 1/2 gallon growler of thier ESB for $14 including the glass.
You will spend the same here as you would a trendy chain, but the food is better and the staff seems to care a lot about what they put in front of you. I recommend this place and I will be back.

Homerbag, Oct 23, 2007
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3.4/5  rDev -3.1%

I’ve been driving past the Delafield Brew Haus for years. Every now and then I would exit Hwy 94 and try to seek it out on the Frontage Rd but I could never find it. The first time I made it as far as Walmart. The second time I got lost in the Home Depot parking lot. The third time I found a movie theater. Finally, this last Saturday I made it all the way up the hill behind the Suburban hell to the brew haus.

First impressions…holy biker friendly bar Batman! There are like 40 motorcycle spots where the handicap spots should be. I walk past about a dozen mean looking mo-fos in leather to a large room with weird barrel housed tables around the walls, a whole bunch of shiny silver brew kettles in the center (of the dining room), a pizza oven on the left, and a large bar on the right.

There are about a dozen brews on the day I’m there, mostly in the 4-6% ABV range, and mostly simple lager/ale styles. I ask for a recommendation and get a pretty good one, the bock. It’s simple and a bit sweet but it goes down easy and with enough flavor to keep my interest. Next I have a Hop Tonic, which I would have assumed to be an IPA but it turns out to be a hopped up mild. Not bad either. I finish off with a couple lame fruit beers that really suck big time.

The only food I ate was an appetizer sampler of fried, fired, and fried, with a side of fried. It wasn’t very good but the portion was ridiculous and helped coax me towards absolute sobriety for the ride up the road to Tyranena.

Not a bad place but not particularly special. The service was friendly and knew a little bit about their beers. I enjoyed the many TVs as an Elite 8 Ohio game was on. I wish it wasn’t in such a round-a-bout place on the side of a highway.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of Chaz
4/5  rDev +14%

I'd heard a lot of good things about this place and had even tried their GABF Gold-winning barleywine on cask at Gitchee Gumi a few years back, so after passing it a few too many times on the way to beer runs in Milwaukee and Chicago it was about time to pay it a visit. The impressive facade and dolled-up exterior is matched by an interior bedecked with breweriana out the wazoo and a large parking lot. 2 levels of seating and plenty of outdoor patio seating . . . plus smoking! And did I mention the twenty-five cent wings? Gotta say that the brews didn't blow me away (the APA was just above average while the rest were average), but on the other hand they were average for a place this ambitious, and by ambitious I refer of course to the sizable menu: plenty of appetizers and meal options, including steaks, fish, and even pizzas from a wood-fired grill! Side Caesar with anchovies? Check. French onion soup with a Wisconsin-German twist (a solid pound of cheese melted on top) . . . check. Kick-ass wings? A *big* check right there! The atmosphere was better than average. We were there on a Monday night watching the Brewers kick the tar out of Detroit (after some sloppy outfielding) and it was full of regulars: contractors, bikers, college girls, and beer delivery drivers sporting Miller patches - yep, I could see myself becoming a regular here alright. Struck up a conversation as I was taking notes on the beer: "you gonna print up them' notes? Had a cuppla roomates at college that made a book from their beer notes." Fella told me about how he had to bootleg Sierra Nevada in the old days - good stuff right there I tell you what. My friend started talking ball with another regular and it was like "this was OUR bar!" Now if only they could brew beer as well as Mike Hoops, I could consider rooting for the Packers . . .

Chaz, Jul 27, 2006
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3.85/5  rDev +9.7%

The Delafield Brewhaus is conveniently located just off I-94 in Delafield, WI. The brewpub, from what I saw, is one large room. Brewing equipment in the middle, a U shaped bar on the right, and seating on the left. I visited on a Sunday afternoon, and it was surprisingly crowded. Lots of beer related posters and what not on the walls. Food was good. I had a hamburger, and it was better than average brewpub food. 9 tap selections. 4 of them, I believe, are year-round selections, with the other 5 being rotating offerings. I had the Export lager, which was very good; the Amber Ale, which was pretty good; and a few sips of my girlfriend's Holiday Ale, which was only average. Service was very good. Our waitress seemed to know about the various beers. I'll certainly stop here again, if the opportunity comes up.

beveragecaptain, Jan 30, 2006
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Delafield Brewhaus in Delafield, WI
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