United States > Wisconsin > Milwaukee
sunnyridge (28) | April 5, 2010
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
The Ale House has a couple things going for it: Outdoor seating on the Milwaukee River, Very cool music almost nightly, onsight brewing, and coolest of all- cask conditioned ales.
kseecs16 (194) Naperville, Illinois | March 8, 2010
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Nice room with brick walls and exposed wooden rafters. Long meandering bar and a room decorated in a combo of beer and Milwaukee kitsch. 12 taps and 2 cask offerings. Seemed to have some good specials and events, live music. Lively but not busy on a Wednesday evening. Bowl of chili was above average. Great location.
jebert (13) Watertown, Wisconsin | February 12, 2010
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
This brew pub is well located in Milwaukeeís Third Ward with a large parking garage one half block away. Situated in an older brick warehouse type structure, this brew pub has loads of character and is well decorated. There is a large bar area with room for a band and an equally large restaurant area in the rear which overlooks the Milwaukee River. Our service was prompt and friendly. I tried a Belgium ale called Devils Advocate which made me an advocate of the style and MAHís brews. Our dinner was very good as well with lots of choices on the menu. A definte must stop if you are in the area.
lithy (156) Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania | November 30, 2009
66 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty cool building. They had 13 beers on tap when I went, forgot to ask if they had anything on cask so not sure on that one. Samplers were standard pricing about a dollar per beer. Beer itself was varied some inconsequential, others pretty good, nothing spectacular. Service was nice, did not eat. Pints were expensive outside of happy hours, looked like a band was setting up for Saturday night while I was there.
Pivoyager (72) Gaithersburg, Maryland | November 24, 2009
64 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 15/20
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). Itís 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, Louieís 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, "Itís 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.
esjaygee (236) Oak Creek, Wisconsin | August 21, 2009
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 9/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
This place has a rustic feel to it, with tons of wood dťcor and a nice location right on the Milwaukee river. They had a decent selection of taps with three seasonal offerings and two cask conditions beers. Since I went on a Thursday it was $2.50 imperial pints all night long and the two I had were both decent. Our waitress was very friendly, though her beer knowledge wasnít the greatest. I had a Bacon Bleu Cheese burger and an eggplant appetizer and both were excellent. They have lots of free concerts, but the band that was playing on my visit wasnít my pint of ale and I had to shout over them at times. A drawback, IMO, is that they allow smoking in the bat. Overall, I still enjoyed my time here and will make it a point to come back on a somewhat regular basis.
BenC (5) Wisconsin | July 29, 2009
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 14/20
Nice little brewpub in the middle of Milwaukee. The brewing equipment is in a small room up front. I only had one beer, the porter, which was good but a little lacking in character. The bartenders were all very cheerful and helpful. Glad I got to see the place.
JK (206) Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota | July 20, 2009| Updated October 3, 2009
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 14/20
Nice place in an old building with a view of the river in back. Service was friendly but didnít seem to know a lot about beer. Moderate prices and ok beer.
phishpond417 (51) Madison, Wisconsin | July 19, 2009| Updated October 3, 2009
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
The second brewery of the day we all visited. Highly recommended by Singlemalter, and I can see why. The place itself can be easy to miss when zooming by on Water Street, and finding a parking spot can be tricky, but once youíre inside youíll be glad you came. The beer is great in my opinion, excellent variety of house beers as well as the guests. Didnít get the chance to try the food, but it smelled great. Iím sure I will be coming back again.
coharahawk (57) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | June 17, 2009| Updated July 27, 2012
78 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve been to MAH several times now over the course of the past six months or so. I really enjoy the location on the river and the atmosphere of the place in general. They have had a good cover band a few of the times I was there. The food and service have been good the two times I have eaten at MAH. Their beers have been hit or miss. I would not go out of my way to try their beer. However, every once in awhile they will produce a pretty solid seasonal. During happy hour they have $2.50 imperial pints; so no complaints there. Not bad if you want to sit on the riverview patio and a enjoy a locally produced beer. UPDATE: They are making better beers than before. Cool place to bring family that are in town.
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