The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery

BEER AVG
3.73/5
The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and BreweryThe Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

105 South Second St
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, 53572
United States

(608) 437-2739 | map
thegrumpytroll.com

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BEER STATS
Beers:
53
Ratings:
337
Reviews:
129
PLACE STATS
Score:
88
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
7.95%
 
 
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 41
Reviews by TheSSG:
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3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This was the first time BeerAdvocate let me down :(

I stopped in here after being in Madison (and checking out the new Ale Asylum building).
It was a dark, foggy night (no, but really, it was), and the place was easy to find. I really liked the physical building; two stories.
The entry confused me a bit. Apparently the restaurant is UPSTAIRS, while the bar is downstairs?
Anywho, we went up the STEEP stairs (Handicap elevator is on the right side of the building, I think).

It's a nice little diner-feel upstairs.
The wait staff looked about 14 years old...at the oldest.

I came in for the Spetznaz and the Wild Rice brews. I immediately asked for them. The waitress was just confused and said they don't have them. I was saddened, and asked what they did have. She pointed to the menu.
Yeah...they had the Wild Rice one....[sigh] I know it's petty, but it's the closest thing I have to a pet-peeve when the staff at a brewpub is TOTALLY IGNORANT about the bier, and doesn't seem to care.
Alas, Spetznaz was out...on tap. Apparently, they have bombers of it for $7...Instead of telling us this, we found out as we were leaving....(expect the review soon!)

The Wild Rice brew impressed me. I love rice in bier, and it was great. My brother enjoyed the Belgian-style they had made; very, very solid. My dad sat, broken-hearted, pretending his solid Schwarzbier was a Russian Imperial Stout.
I had asked to just have a taste of 2 or 3 biers at the beginning (trying to figure out which dark brew my dad would enjoy as a replacement), and the waitress gladly brought over little glasses with just a bit in them. That seemed really nice...until I realized I had been billed for them...as full 4 fl. oz. samples....[sigh]

I bumped the selection up a bit because the made a really nice mixed drink (warm, mulled cider) for my non-beer-drinking brother. But, in addition, they did have a pretty nice selection of styles (on bier alone, I'd say it was just shy of the "4" score).

We all decided on pizza. The pizza wasn't that great. It was okay, but nothing amazing. It was actually a bit expensive considering the size and price.
We ended up wishing we had: 1). eaten pizza at Ale Asylym OR 2). Gone to the Hubbard Avenue Diner (down the street from Capital) for dinner

I really cannot knock the bier. It was above average, and they had some great styles.
But, the service sucked, and the pizza was so-so at best.
With SO MUCH AWESOME FOOD and bier in the Madison vacinity, I don't know if I can ever justify the ride out, again.
If you've never gone, I'd say you should go.
I REALLY wanted to go when they had the smoked, sour, dunkelweizen a month or two ago....but, I missed that. So, if they have something that REALLY trips your trigger, I can DEFINITELY tell you it will be worth the drive to try it.
Just do yourself a favor if you're coming from Madison; stop at the Hubbard Avenue diner in Middleton for dinner, instead; Black Bean Burgers and Pie > All.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SSGCujo
4.33/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of scootercrabb
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of pkeating59
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Your standard small town vibe coupled with something of a tourist destination town on the outskirts of Madison. You're definitely amongst locals, including frequent packs of bicyclists and gruff harley riders. Staff is incredibly welcoming and the food - very much standard pub fare - and beer are decent.

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Photo of Sprague67
4.68/5  rDev +20%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of EvilMidnightBomber
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a great place. Biked here from Madison (it's only a block off the military ridge trail), and had a great lunch. Had the Trailside wheat and some frys at the bar while we waited for a table, and both were awesome. Had a burger with a brat on top for lunch that was really good, and my wife enjoyed her grilled salmon salad. They were pretty busy, but service was still good. Only tried two of their beers, but I will definitely go back again to try some more. Only complaint: they need more bicycle parking!

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Photo of jonesjere
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of tjk135
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of puftdank
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of invalid665
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Photo of redleg411
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Soneast
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of twb0392
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

The beer is better than the food; and that is ok with me.

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3.52/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Faunland
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of stouts4me
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of mhsmall84
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Nice place, unfortunately I dropped by at a very busy time. Awesome selection of brews, food was delicious and the staff was friendly. I will definitely stop in again!

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Photo of aubzachsyd
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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The Grumpy Troll Restaurant and Brewery in Mount Horeb, WI
3.73 out of 5 based on 337 ratings.
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