Milwaukee Ale House


Type: Brewery, Eatery

233 North Water Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53202
United States

(414) 226-BEER | map

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Photo of crossovert
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped here today.

It was kind of dead on a Sunday mid-afternoon.

The taplist was pretty good and first of I ordered the Maker's Demise cask. It was pretty good. Then I went on to order a sampler which h was 6 beers for 8$ or 7 for 9$. I got a gamut of light to dark styles, most were impressive with only 1 or 2 being just decent. The Bock was very good.

The bartender, the curly haired older guy with moustache, was excellent.

The food was okay, all I ordered were pretzels, standard fare. Beware the Mustard they serve it with will clear your sinus.

When I left I got a growler of the bock for 12$ which I thought was reasonable and the bartender gave me some free cups. 10$ refills.

Overall it is a nice stop in Milwaukee on Water/1st/kinnikinac.

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Photo of MilwaukeeCrusher
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I stopped here with my brother on a Saturday night. Place was pretty full, but managed to get a table. Tried a flight of their beers and they were solid, but not earth moving. I thought it would be nice to see some higher end beers here or some beers with some bold flavors... the place seemed too safe with their choices. The food looked good, but I didn't have any... probably would consider it next time. In the city of Milwaukee with its rich beer history this is one of the handful that might be worth checking out. I will probably come back for the food but hope the brewers try something more daring.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited 10/10/2010 on a quick trip through Wisconsin. 12 taps plus bottles to go.

Came in on a Sunday evening and ordered a flight of samples. Kind of quiet with a few patrons hanging out.

The beers were all drinkable at least even if a few weren't quite to style. Didn't try the food so I can't comment on that.

The service was very nice and helpful for the most part even if it was a bit slow. The bartender was nice enough to mix a 6 pack for me with the 3 available bottled beers (IPA, Milk Stout, and Pale Ale).

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I wanted to try at least one brewpub/brewery in Milwaukee and, based on reviews, chose Milwaukee Ale House.

This is a sprawling restaurant in a beautiful old building in MKE's Third Ward. It´s got a chain feeling to it.

Nice beautiful seating outside by the river! Service is nothing great, just fine, she didn´t really know a lot about beers.

Food is OK, lots of sandwiches and the typical stuff. Fairly priced, some lunch deals. Great onion rings.

The beer? Alright but not great. I had the Hoptoberfest, Porter (on cask) and Monkey Paw, which the waitress described as a "strong red ale" but BA labels as a DIPA. They were all average to good. A tad watery.

Would I come back? Maybe. But more for the river view than the beer.

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Photo of dstc
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Beautiful location in historic Third Ward. Sat outside overlooking the river and listened to the loud and very poor choice of music from the boat docked opposite. Luckily the waiter eventually told them to turn it down. They almost listened.

Food was all decent, no complaints there. Beer choice was a bit depressing. I noticed when we walked in the board said they had a Belgian Saison on task. Yippee! But they were out. Ordered the Belgian Wit. Out of that too and out of yet another. Guess you can't even get the 6 beer sampler since there were not six left to choose from. Did get two different brews that were very good, just not what I wanted. On the way out I ordered a six pack to go of one of the beers that was out, they said they had it in bottles. Paid for it and waited longer than I did to get my food to get this beer to go.

All in all I guess I left with a bit of a sour taste of an experience but I did enjoy the food and beer I had and would try again and hope for a better selection.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Located in Milwaukee's historic Third Ward. A mix of industrial storage and now artsy lofts. And some trendy small plate dining/nightclub places. It really all built around the Ale House and the Milwaukee river. Parking can be difficult, just like anywhere in Milwaukee.

Quality of beers is quite nice. Nothing trendy big beer aged in 19th century whiskey stuff, just great session ales. Pull Chain Pale and Louie's Demise are my faves. Service is standard, server's won't hesitate to help you.

Food is quite nice for an alehouse, definitely try the onion rings. Can't say I've ever had anything bad.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

If you come to Milwaukee you should check out the Ale house. No, they don't have the crazy big beers but they have some very solid offerings. They also have some special beers that they will break out every so often. I like the atmosphere of the place and it is along the river so its nice to sit outside during the summer time. The food there is also pretty dang good too. They offer up some different items and their portion sizes are better than average. There are some TV's and a few pool tables which makes it a good place to catch a game or hang out with some friends. Overall a pretty good place with some solid beer offerings and some really good food. The service is good and its in a good location.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Conveniently located amid the Historic Third Ward District and easily accessible downtown via the Riverwalk, the Milwaukee Ale House is a mandatory stop for any Beer Advocate - at least it has been during my many trips to Irishfest (also nearby). It's riverside location also makes it a prime target for the tourist-laden Brews Cruises that ply the murky Milwaukee River.

It is a large establishment with a sizeable bar area, a smattering of high tops and tables towards the river side; of course, Milwaukee Ale House offers a waterfront patio, a prime location. Of course, for me, the bar is good enough.

There are several year round beers and a few seasonals, the former includes their Juneau Ale, Louie's Demise Ale, Pull Chain IPA and a stout, a creamy and delicious elixir whose name escapes me. But it was tasty.

In addition, the thirsty BA can indulge in an eclectic menu filled with a variety of filling entrees, soup and sandwiches. (For lunch, I enjoyed a tender roast beef on baguette with a hearty dollop of potato salad on the side; all of it being delish.) The bartender was efficient and knowledgeable as to the aforementioned beers. None of this, "It's the closest thing we have to Budweiser" here. Always an inviting touch.

In a city dominated by Miller Brewing, and haunted by the lonely ghosts of Blatz and Schlitz, the Milwaukee Ale House serves as a haven to anyone in search of quality beer. I recommend it during any trip to Cream City.

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Photo of RedBeerchetta
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Good selection of very fine house brewed beers in a good atmosphere and with great outdoor seating on the river. A must for any beer advocate passing through Milwaukee.

I made two trips to this place during my week in Miwaukee, once for lunch and once for dinner. I tried their Belgian golden ale, which was excellent, their IPA, which was good, and their porter, which was excellent.

Lunch was great, dinner was good. Service was very good both times.

Very large dining room and bar area with a couple pool tables.

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Photo of blackearth
4.08/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I've been to the Milwaukee Ale House numerous times in the past 10 years. I just recently had their sampler, and I can say that overall they brew some great tasting beers, but nothing earth-shattering. You can easily find a stlye to fit your taste or mood. My favorites include Pull Chain Pail Ale, Louise's Demise, and Sheepshead Stout. AHA members get half priced pints with the pub discount which is a great deal. The food here has typically been very good as well and resonably priced. Only a couple downsides to this place, the first being that free parking is hard to come by, although there is a parking garage nearby. Second complaint I have is that while I don't mind live music, it's always way too lound in this place when a band plays. You can sometimes find a corner in the back to escape the noise if you're lucky. If it's summer however, you can sit on the patio that overlooks the Milwaukee River and the Riverwalk.

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Photo of birchstick
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Visited this while in town for some concerts at Alpine Valley with some buddies. This was located in a cool little historic neighborhood in what seemed to be a renovated warehouse or store. As soon as I walked in I knew I was in a microbrewery. There is a nice, long bar with a really cool area for the taps.

We pulled up to a long table within in view of numerous tvs. We really wanted to catch the Brazil / Italy soccer game, so we put on a request. Our waitress, a bus boy, and the bartender all made sure that the game was set on a tv that we could see from our seats.

The food was really good. I ordered a mandarin chicken sandwich, which was delicious. After looking at the numerous offerings they had, I ordered a Pressings 78 ale to drink with it. The brew wasn't the most impressive I have ever had, but that's okay. I tried some of the others that my buddies ordered, all of which were decent.

Overall, I am glad we stopped in and I would recommend this place to anyone visiting Milwaukee.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

More like a sports bar than a beer bar - not like that's necessarily bad. High tops in the front with dining area in the back. Oh, and inconveniently located restrooms in a shared hallway.

Food and decor were nice. Had a big bar area dominating one it should.

Service was good in the bar area. Not necessarliy fast; you know if waitstaff is trying to be helpful, it take some time. Our waitress was helpful on the food and, most importantly, knowledgeable about the beer.

Selection was good in that had a wide range in their own beers, but much more limited outside of that.

I thought the food was very good and price was reasonable. I'm a pretty simple guy though.

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Photo of DownDaHatch
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

This is a large establishment found in reasonable proximity to several other places to visit. Parking is difficult, but pay the $5 at the lot and you should be ok (cheap parking is a bonus). This place is very large and could be loud. There are two things that are remarkable about this place. First, severla people smokin bith cigarettes and cigars, smoke eaters and high cielings were great as to improve the quality of the air. Secondly, the bar area tables are very open and wide apart and not squashed as in many brew pubs. The weekend entertainment is also a nice touch. The beer selection is not great but the scotch/whiskey selection is very nice. I had th ePull Chain IPA which was very tasty and well balanced and reasonably priced. Simply had a few appetizers at the bar, they weren't remarkable but did the job.

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Photo of poland7
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

The location is god, right in downtown close to other great places. Also the atmosphere is really cool-seems like "that local bar" everyone goes to. Their beer selection is not extravagant, and the beer itself is not fabulous, but it is definitely worth checking out. The service is great and their beer is better than a lot of beer you will find in many of the local bars. i have to say however, that while i did like the atmosphere in is not to personable. because it has that local bar feel you may feel like an outsider at times.

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Photo of WJVII
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

This place was a typical pub, the bar had interesting local decor and a nice view of tv's for sports (badgers football was on). In the eating area there was nice seating with views of the river however, nowhere could you watch any of the game if you were catching a bite to eat. The food left quite a bit to be desired and the prices were not reasonable for the quality of food, but the beer was good (and isn't that really why you are there)? Decent joint, but nothing special nor anything making want to go back time and time again.

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Photo of tjkurz
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This place is on the Milwaukee River in an old cream city brick building. The deck overlooking the river is an awesome place to get some some and enjoy some beers. The beer and the selection of beer is great - along with the standards they usually have a couple seasonals. Solomon Juneau Hop is my favorite to chase a Bloody Mary - their Bloody Mary's are very good as well. I recommend the chicken nachos - the chicken is prepared in beer - they are the best chicken nachos I ever had. Pizza is also good.

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Photo of iceball585
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This place has a nice location right on the Milwaukee river so you can access it by land or by boat. Although it's also not just a place that you would stumble across because it's not near much else.

The inside is decorated like a typical micro brewpub but w/ a slight sports bar twist. It has many big screen TVs for watching a game. It also appears to have a mug club from all the numbered mugs hanging behind the bar. They also have a nice size patio that overlooks the Milwaukee River.

The staff is fairly educated on the beers that they have. They had about 7 or 8 different beers on tap so I got the sampler of 6. I would recommend the Solomon Juneau Ale or the Sheepshead Stout. The food was especially good as well. They have a big menu w/ moderately to high priced food selection.

Overall if you are in the Water Street area of downtown Milwaukee then give this place a try. The beer is pretty good but the food is even better.

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Photo of ebit
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Ale House is my go to restaurant when anyone's in town. A very open restaurant with a nice out back patio that overlooks the riverwalk in the summer. It can be a little loud inside during the heavy hours but it adds to overall feel of the brewpub. The bands they bring in regularly are usually worth sticking around for and sometimes warrant a trip just to enjoy the beer and the music.

Food is good and prices are reasonable for a brewpub. The in house beer selection isn't terribly diverse. The regular players are pretty average, they aren't bad but they aren't outstanding either. A solid seasonal rolls through every now and then so I usually spring for that or whatever they have as the cask conditioned ale (you'll have to ask for this). That said I wish they had a bit more diversity within their own brews.

Overall a good place to grab a solid burger and definite must stop during the summer for the bands and the riverwalk patio eating.

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Photo of timmlimestone
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Gotta tell you. The beers are not here on this space, and i am not far enough to add more beers. But I had the Entire Butte Porter and the McCabes irish Red tonight, and I am glad.

We ahd been to the Ale house several times, but since they opened the other brewery space they have exploded. They have great beers, not just passable beers. They have really good beers where they used to just have beers.

The Red is amazing. Malty not hoppy not too sharp, but very good all the same. Almost a Mick-Kraut Bastard version of the same.

The Porter was dark, deep and beautiful.

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Photo of gixxerman
3.58/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Popped in for a late lunch. It was about 2:00 and parking was available right outside the door on the street. You can't miss the place, the brewing equipment is prominently displayed behind giant ground to ceiling glass windows.

The place was pretty empty, besides the 3 or 4 people shooting pool, and 2 others at the bar.

I ordered up a Sheepshead Stout, it was good, a bit thinner than I am used to, but quite drinkable. I tried the macaroni bites for an appetizer, they were very good and quite cheesey. They were running a special on 'gumbo pot pie', so I gave that a shot. It was good, but I think next time I would order gumbo without the crust.

I also ordered up a Devil's Advocate to accompany my lunch. At 7.0% it was very drinkable and smooth.

At 2.50 each the beers were a bargain. They have bands here, and I am sure this place is quite lively later in the evenings. I would stop back here again for the beer and food.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

The morning on September 16, 2007 I ran in Al's Run which is a 5-mile race through downtown Milwaukee. After the race 3 friends and myself thought long and hard about where to throw back a few beers. So we hiked from the Summer-fest grounds over to the Milwaukee Ale House. What a treat. The service from a very friendly bartender and a few waitresses made the experience that much better. The beer was good and so was the food. The brewpub borders the Milwaukee River so we sat outside in the warm fall sun for a short time and watched as boats passed. All in all a good time was had by all.

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Photo of botham
4.08/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

a fine little establishment in a beautiful part of town: right in the third ward, which is where my office is, so i get here every now and then.

the atmosphere is great. right on the river, and big, so there is plenty of room for live music and a small brew area right off the street. outdoor dining and drinking are also available when weather permits.

service is always good. bartenders are talkative and friendly, and all know their way around a good brew.

the selection is not as good as other places, but the brews themselves are great! they only had 6 on tap last night though . . .

the food is not bad. nothing too special, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of ryantupy
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I went here back in May for the Twins-Brewers series. I found this place to be instantly cozy. We went around 11am and still found two red necks drinking at the bar! We sat out on the patio that over looks the river. Our waiter was kind of slow and defiantly possesed no beer knowledge. It was however very busy in his section. The menu had your typical menu items. Nothing really special or unique here. I found the food to be equally as average as the menu. The place was cool and worth checking out for lunch but nothing special here.

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Photo of Flyer
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

This is a really enjoyable place to pay a visit. A large, welcoming space in a renovated warehouse, part Cheers bar, part brewpub, part trendy restaurant on the riverwalk. One thing I like about it is its appeal to all ages -- the trendy 20-somethings I work with like it as much as the laid back middle-aged crowd. The live music likewise appeals to all ages. The beer they brew is only average to somewhat above, although I always enjoy the Louie’s Demise, a drinkable Scotch Ale. There’s a sense of authenticity to this place, highlighted by the "family history" they work into the stories of their beers. Truly, you’d have to stretch to call it a craft beer bar, but the vibe here is so content, I love the place. The food is solid-to-good, and the deck on the river is really nice. Also -- when the place is jammed, there’s a small, little-known basement bar (also with a view of the river) that can feel like a refuge.

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Photo of Sjixxxy
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

Stopped in for lunch on a very nice Saturday afternoon. Inside area was pretty empty, while the outside seating was pretty much full of people eating & drinking & enjoying the good weather overlooking the river, Atmosphere was enjoyable.

The beers that I sampled were good, with an average sized selection to choose from for options. I didn't think any of the styles that I tried were weak, and would probably go back again to try them again.

Food however was a different story. No one in my group rated it better then mediocre, and the pulled pork sandwich I had was not good at all. It came out lukewarm, and had some big chunks of bone it in. It was not very enjoyable trying to get down.

Would go back again to try the brews, but I'll make sure I eat elsewhere before doing so.

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Milwaukee Ale House in Milwaukee, WI
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