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The Malthouse

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6 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

48 Courtney Place
New Zealand (Aotearoa)

+64 (04) 802 5484 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2007

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by irishevans:
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1.96/5  rDev -50.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 4.5

a beer bar eh? well could have fooled me. upon entry my "Partner" as they say it down here, and I were warned about our appearance on a friday night. the bouncer said "have you been here before?" the answer was an obvious no, "well if you don't make any more of a spectacle of yourself then you won't have any trouble, and take that hat off." then once inside we walked up to the bar, and tried to talk to the bartender over the obnoxiously loud and BAD techno industrial dance garbage they were blasting at such a level that i could almost actually feel my brain rattle within my skull. then the insults from the staff came. my ol' lady(BA name:omegabyte) first asked what a certain cherry bock on tap, the man tried to convince her that she wouldn't like that style and tried to offer her a macro lager, i believe heineken or steinlager to be exact. mind you this is the lady who was at my side pouring for Oskar Blues at the first session of the 2010 GABBF, and who knows her beers, more than well enough to know what she likes. then after making a point to let him know she did know her beers, he started going through the selection, and got to the point during it where he was trying to tell me that there is NO difference between a wee-heavy, a scottish, or a brown ale. and when I corrected him he looked at me like I was the retard. all the while, all i saw them pouring was mass produced Macro garbage, and making fufu mixed drinks, while people looked as though they were convulsing on the dance floor. after many a dirty looks form the other patrons all dressed to the 9's and a long difficult conversation with the bartender we settled on a brew from croucher until he told us the price. i think upwards of $12 kiwi for not quite a pint, so we left. I suppose having got one over on the place with the free samples, but not worth the way we were treated. unless your into yuppie snob-kid establishments who somehow happen to have a decent selection, stay away.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sixpoint
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of MacDonald
4.61/5  rDev +17.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Took some local advice and went here for Epics Carolina beer release and she was a little busy. Packed with people spilling on to the street, there was a hot wing eating contest going on when we arrived (heat not number of wings) and this beer was brewed to calm the heat.
Rather loud and rowdy but I was in the mood, whoever was choosing the music should get a raise, good rock, metal, punk, ect... The tap list was interesting, 150+ bottles and some interesting ones for sure, vintage stuff, Utopias, Westy's, some sours, 26 taps I was told, couple hand pumps and a randall stuffed with coffee at the time. Service was a little slow but they were packed and the bar was very busy, everyone working was friendly and stoked about the beer. Prices were reasonable for NZ but you could easily brake the bank if you were to ding into the bottle list. I'd go back for sure and would love to check this place out on a quite afternoon but didn't get the chance on this trip, worth a stop if in Wellington for sure.

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Photo of dgilks
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Just a little mainstream but featuring over 25 taps and two hand pumps, The Malthouse is a great choice in Wellington. On my visit the special guest brewery is Bridge Road out of Beechworth, Victoria. While I don't choose to drink any of the BRB beers, it is worth noting that pricing is no higher than it would be in Australia. The tap list is varied featuring a good range of Kiwi options from breweries like Invercargill and 8 Wired. The house beers here are the Tuatara range with the APA, Hefe, IPA, Porter and Pilsner on tap.

The bottle list is extremely diverse with interesting options like Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA, a range of Thomas Hardy's vintages dating back to 2004, Invercargill's Boysenbeery and, most interestingly, Sam Adam's Utopias (at NZ$32/30ml).

The bar is playing a decent but very loud set set of music and is decked out in a modern but not overbearing style. The bartenders could be just a little more knowledgeable but the experience is good.

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Photo of flexabull
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A must stop when in Wellington. These guys appreciate good beer.

Cool and classy looking place without looking stuffy. Comfy chairs, couches, a bunch of seats at the long bar, and a few seats outside.

Quality is top notch. Tons of Kiwi micros, some Belgians, and a few American Brews too. Sierra Nevada, Lagunitas, and Alaskan bottles were scattered inside the large fridges.

Service was great. Really friendly, and more than happy to answer questions and make recommendations.

Selection was awesome. A bunch of taps, at least 20, and lots and lots of bottles.

Food was good, I just had an appetizer, but it hit the spot.

Prices about in line for New Zealand, which I found to be a bit on the spendy side, but not bad.

All in all? Great place, like I said, if you are in the New Zealand capital, pay this place a visit.

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The Malthouse in Wellington, New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Place rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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