Water Street Brewery

Water Street BreweryWater Street Brewery
Water Street BreweryWater Street Brewery
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1101 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53202
United States

(414) 272-1195 | map
waterstreetbrewery.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.43
Beers:
27
Reviews:
82
Ratings:
231
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.55
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
66
pDev:
12.68%
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Reviews by Beerandraiderfan:
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

The ol' Water Street brewery, located on, yup, Water St.

If you know anything about Water St. in Milwaukee, you know this is the main drag for nightlife on the weekends. This place can be a very different experience depending on your timing. Of course, the beer is the same regardless.

Anyways, nestled between all kinds of other alcohol and food purveyors, is this brewery. Its on Water St., so parking is atrocious, and of course, meter maids hover 24/7. The quality of the beer is average. Nothing horrible, nothing special.

The selection is usually the standard stuff (pale, wheat, stout, lager, light), it seems to be a rare occasion when they have a seasonal or one off brew available. All the beers taste like they have the same yeast strain and even hops (although in different levels). The food goes beyond typical pub fare, but I haven't had anything any better than typical pub fare there either. Worth checking out, but I tend to prefer other brewing establishments when I'm in Milwaukee. But it is one of the better beer destinations on Water St. if your friends drag you that way on a Thu-Sat night. Go Marquette!

Aug 13, 2010
More User Reviews:
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

May 10, 2019
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bschmidt_37 from Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Apr 30, 2019
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Griffith from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Mar 18, 2019
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

9/17/18 (Milwaukee): First bar hit during day trip to Milwaukee. Large bar and restaurant area, empty during mid-day Monday. Bar had many steins and other Milwaukee Brewery memorabilia which was nice. Service inattentive despite empty bar. Didn't try food, beer was OK.

Nov 12, 2018
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lrend13 from Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Sep 27, 2018
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Suds from Missouri

4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

My wife and I visited this brewery on a trip to Milwaukee. The beer selection was excellent, and the beer was solid. I particularly liked the Oktoberfest. The building is full of brewing memorabilia, including a wall full of classic beer cans. We didn't have any food, but the service was friendly.

Sep 03, 2018
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Scotty_Karate from Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

Jul 08, 2018
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Jun 28, 2017
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Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25

Jan 31, 2017
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iRun2Beer from Minnesota

3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Aug 16, 2016
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costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

May 02, 2016
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AuntBea from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Great find! Good beer selection & a great menu. Our server was very helpful with beer suggestions & food

Dec 22, 2015
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Angerhaus from Rhode Island

2.79/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

Nov 25, 2015
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Chris-1911 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Oct 24, 2015
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tim007007 from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Oct 24, 2015
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treznor from North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Pretty standard bar scene (at their downtown location). Fairly nice waitstaff and a fairly wide selection of beers. Unfortunately, ever single one of their beers was... bad. Its pretty rare for me to leave anything in a taster in a flight of beers. The 8 I tried tonight (their standard 6 plus two seasonals, the Black IPA and the Flanders Brown) were bad, every single one. I didn't finish a single sample (I think the IPA is the only one I made it halfway through). Almost every beer tasted under-attenuated and every beer had at least one fairly glaring fault.

Aug 18, 2015
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AJNIDEK from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.75

This is for their Grafton location. Been coming here for business for a few years and the fantastic food and service keeps me coming back. Being 100 meters from my hotel does not hurt either. Their beer has evolved to where I can drink and actually enjoy it now. IPA is a bit bitter but this make their black IPA a beautiful thing. Bright and airy feel with great bartenders makes it relaxing any season. Worth a stop.

Aug 06, 2015
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03fatboy from Wisconsin

2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.25

There own Beer Pretty Good Small Brewery

Jul 12, 2015
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DbbC from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Mar 14, 2015
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redleg411 from Wisconsin

3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Feb 06, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

It is basically bar food - cheese curds, scotch eggs, burgers and the like. The beer is decent but there is a lot of the light stuff. All and all its worth a stop.

Jan 19, 2015
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italianstallion from Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Dec 25, 2014
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LukeK from Indiana

3.48/5  rDev -2%

Dec 04, 2014
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logicalparadox from New York

3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Low key interior with a personal feel and touch of personality. Not too loud, which was nice. Staff are friendly, but the restaurant is self serve... Not a great choice if you want a real sit down meal.

Food is home style pub food with a bit of a twist. I missed the homemade pretzels, but my schnitzel sandwich was good. Garlic-parm fries were just fries dusted with some store bought shake. On the bright side my asian salad had fresh orange segments rather than from a can.

Beers are OK (a bit thin and mostly one dimensional), with limited selection (5 on tap) but they have great prices.

Mediocre overall.

Nov 12, 2014
Water Street Brewery in Milwaukee, WI
Brewery rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 231 ratings