Ram Restaurant & Brewery
Active Beers: 23
Beer Ratings: 160
Beer Avg: 3.38
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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rhoadsrage:
3.13/5 rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
This looks like all other RAMs in the Chicago area and when I went inside I felt like like I was in the mirror image of the last RAM I was at. This one has the bar area on your left and the last it was on the right. This RAM appeared to be a bit larger and more warehouse like that the last. They still had every bottle of liquor in the place displayed on floor to ceiling shelves with a ladder on each side.
They had the standard pub grub masquerading as high end food with little extra garnishes and presentation but the taste is good and it is usually more than I can eat in one sitting. I was impressed that this was the first RAM I have been to that had a stout, on the menu. In fact, they had 11 taps and 4 of those were brewmaster's specials. So it looks like they have a creative brewmaster. Bud light in bottles still seemed to be the preferred drink of choice by many locals, although the majority of grolwer fills were the IPA.
The bartender served all beers in tall mugs straight from the freezer. The Saison was a strong hefeweize, the baltic porter was a light porter and the Java Stout was all cold coffee, but they were intersting to try.
I was there on a friday night and it was pretty full but the bartender was focused on drawling lines on sherry glasses so he knew how full to fill the glass if someone ordered the $22 glass of port. I had to laugh thinking that with a $22 glass of port you get black lines on you lips. I looked around that night but didn't see anyone with black lines on there lips.
01-26-2008 02:26:56 | More by rhoadsrage
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev +8.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I went here last weekend (Fri evening) with some friends as we all work in the area.
I ordered the beer flight right away and got more than I was expecting out of the Blonde and Hefe. I was underwhelmed by the Pale Ale and IPA. The Porter was very solid but didnt knock my socks off. Also tried samples of the Dopplebock (good) an Irish Red(ok), and a Dusseldorf German Ale (something like that) that was very good. Most of the beers I tried, minus the Pale Ale and IPA, exceeded my expectations. Everything was reasonably priced, if not borderline cheap. I got a beer flight and three 18-oz drafts for ~$22.
Our server was excellent. She was prompt and had a great memory, and even returned a food item before we even mentioned there was a problem with it because she noticed it was made incorrectly. I did not eat so cant comment on the quality of the food, but our table seemed to enjoy the appetizers they ordered.
If you are in the area I would recommend checking this place out. The beer lineup is solid, not great, but very drinkable and very affordable. The atmosphere was good as well, not too loud despite being packed(in the sports bar area), and the majority of the customers were middle-aged, but with a sprinkle of mid-20-somethings to round it out.
04-03-2012 14:20:58 | More by mychalg9
3.95/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This is a fairly large establishment. On the left when entering is the lounge, aka: sports bar, with the dining area on the right. They have about 7-8 regular beers on tap with 3 seasonal beers to choose from. They have a solid selection of beers with most of them having shagged an award or two. If undecided you can order a sampler selection of six beers. Surprisingly they do have bottled BMC offerings for the uneducated. The menu has a good variety with salads, sandwiches and dinners to select from or just wings & things to go with the beer. If you are in a hurry they do have Growlers to to go. For a chain operated establishment it is quite good.
01-15-2012 17:04:01 | More by soju6
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was able to come to this place on several occasions with my family, and I must say that it's a pleasant place to have dinner and a brewski. Knowing that it's one of many in a chain takes away from the charm of the decor and the merchandising doesn't help either, but by no means does that make the place unappealing to the eye. The overall quality of the place is pretty good I like a lot of how the place is focused on their beers as a centerpoint even going so far as to use certain ones in their signature dishes. The service the last time I went was excellent and the server sure knew the things he was talking about, but I remember from past instances it's not 100% the case. The beer selection has one beer of a number of styles, most of the styles light or hoppy ales, though the last time I visited it was Oktoberfest time and that was a solid lager. The food is pretty darn good no matter what you choose. The stuff that uses their special bbq sauce is the best, but you can't go wrong with most things on the menu. Everyone in my party left satisfied and it's a really nice place to go.
09-13-2010 04:51:16 | More by Vdubb86
Ram Restaurant & Brewery in Wheeling, IL
87 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.