Great Waters Brewing

Great Waters BrewingGreat Waters Brewing
BA SCORE
50.3%
Liked Their Beers
3.68 w/ 336 ratings
Great Waters BrewingGreat Waters Brewing
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Eatery, Beer-to-go

426 St. Peter Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota, 55102
United States

(651) 224-2739 | map
greatwatersbc.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
39
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
336
Liked:
169
Average:
3.68/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
59.3%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
86
Liked:
51
Avg:
3.79/5
pDev:
11.35%
 
 
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Reviews by brewdoc75:
Photo of brewdoc75
4.13/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

This was my second trip to Great Waters over the past year. I've always liked this place due to its lovely location in downtown St. Paul. Its a great place to sit outside and have a beer during the summer. Unfortunately it wasn't quite that warm on my visit this time. They have a nice variety of beers. The best thing is that they usually have about 4 or 5 cask offerings. I started w/ their cask mild, Mr. Smooth. What a great beer to start with. It was dead on perfect for the style and very sessionable. My wife and I shared a plate of pub fries for the appetizer. They were ok, but a little over cooked. While we were having our fries, I tried their Rye Summer Ale (forget the name). It was pretty good. It had a nice summery feel to it, but it wasn't really what I was in the mood for. Hopefully they still have it in July, it will definitely hit the spot then. For my meal I had the Southwest Chicken salad. It was ok. For some reason I don't usually equate buffalo wing sauce with a southwest dish. Nonetheless, it was pretty good. I finished the night off with a Tarter Control IPA. Maybe the buffalo sauce burned my taste buds, but this wasn't the most flavorful IPA I've ever had. I'd like to try it again sometime however.

In summary, Great Waters is in a fantastic location in beautiful downtown St. Paul. A great place to have a brew in the summer. Its also close to the Excel Energy Center, so definitely stop by before any event there. The beers are all pretty solid, but the main drawing factor for the true beer geek is their cask offerings. The selection of cask beers is great and they do a great job on these. The food was ok, but definitely not the reason I would go here.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rorjets
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Came upon this Brew Pub in downtown St Paul and thought it was worth a visit on a perfect summer day. It is on the corner of a pedestrian mall, which meant a table outside overlooking a street of people instead of cars. The brewery is in the old Hamm Building, a beer I remember from my younger days ('the beer of sky blue waters'). The waiter told me that it has a special artisan well beneath the building that Hamm had used, and now is being used by Great Waters. I believe it! I had a flight of all ten beers offered, a great deal at $14 for 10 three ounce samples. The beers were consistently good -was it the water? Who knows, could have been the wonderful vibe of being outside on a gorgeous summer day enjoying beer. Nonetheless I would go back in a heartbeat.

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Photo of couchsitta
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TrePackDog
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Photo of Mdodge8837
3.98/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

one of those big downtown old brewery establishments that doesnt feel real personal, sort of like a hotel bar or something, it has that vibe to it i guess. beautiful structure though, right downtown, dim lit inside like a steakhouse, a big street patio opens right up to a cool little buzzing corridor, very pleasant out there, im sure they get a lot more business from working people downtown and passers by than they do from specifically beer people, but the beer wasnt bad at all. i didnt really care for the saint nelson ipa, i didnt think it had enough of the nelson hop qualities about it for the name, but the blonde ale was easy drinking and well made. seems almost like it could be a chain, it isnt. they had a substantial list of house beers, maybe 15 or so of them, and an expansive food menu as well. i had a very mediocre salad, but other food leaving the kitchen looked better. one of those places to really only ever go once for me, i dont think they offer a unique enough experience in terms of the beer, but its worth checking out at least once if you are in the area. maybe a good lunch spot in the summer time.

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Photo of TooGood
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of jakemn91
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of MattMorin
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of Lostbeer35
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of 952melvin
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Nice feel in the St Paul down town, good food and service. Nice view on a cold winter night after dark, site next to the windows and enjoy the view and brew.

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Photo of Robdiesel21
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3.6/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of coombski
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Ilafan
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of BigAl18
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
3.6/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of PlatonicOtterLuv
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of maedhros09
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I think of Great Waters as a decent but fairly average brewpub. The beers aren't very bold but rather tend towards the easy and drinkable side. I haven't ordered much food besides apps. Service was a little spotty, but friendly. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of pat61
3.6/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

I like sitting out on the patio in summer having a beer. While I am not a great fan of their beer, there are usually at least a couple that are good. The food is burgers and sandwiches and bar food. Some of it is good.

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Photo of Fargrow
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Great Waters Brewing in Saint Paul, MN
Brewery rating: 50.3% out of 100 with 336 ratings
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