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Water Street Brewery - Milwaukee
Above Average based on 37 ratings
Type: Brewpub (see listing)

1101 N. Water Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States 53202 [ print map ]
414 272 1195

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Water Street Brewery - Milwaukee

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37 reviews for Water Street Brewery - Milwaukee
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  66%
 Selection  53%
 Food  70%
 Value  69%
 Overall  63%
 Rating  65%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran  (22) Durham, North Carolina | May 19, 2009
Itís in a nice building with the expected old world beer stuff. The waitress did her job. Selection was mostly limited to German type stuff with a bock being the most interesting option. Food was sorta mediocre. I donít know that Iíd bother going back.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
thejoeshow  (7) Saint Paul, Minnesota | September 14, 2008
I was in Milwaukee for a business trip and all my fellow coworkers wanted to go to Water Street to find a bar. They found some crappy college/singles bar with $2.00 beer specials and I refused to go in, so I waled down the street to find something else. And I did! The place was very nice and not over packed at all on a Friday night. The beer selection was very different, not your everyday beer, which was a nice change. I had a few and the prices were nice for a draft craft beer. I was also very impressed what kind of brewing knowledge the staff had. Normally you donít find too many cute girls serving on a Friday night that no much more than how to open a beer. Made my visit a lot better. I didnít eat any food so I canít vouch for that but I can say that the beers were ok at the worst. Nothing I tried was bad. I would definitely go back if stuck on Water Street with all those jerks from work again.
esjaygee  (262) Oak Creek, Wisconsin | June 15, 2008
Decent looking place with beer tanks greeting you as you walk in the door. Collections of old beer cans and bottle spread throughout the restaurant, neat stuff to look at. Perhaps it might have been better if I were able to sample some of those as their beer was below average and almost all of them felt over carbonated to me. Staff was friendly and I was able to get a nine sampler for $8, so the value was okay. Iíve eaten here in the past, but it was a long time ago but I do remember liking the food.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
IPAaLLtHEwAY  (5) La Crosse, Wisconsin | June 11, 2008
Fairly nice brew pub, awesome can collection. They only serve there own beer, and their beer is ok. Decent service, quite a few hot chicks that work there.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash  (138) Pewaukee, Wisconsin | January 8, 2008
Iíve been to both the downtown and Delafield locations more than once. This one has a very good, convenient location for sports and theatre in Milwaukee, which helps bring in business. The layout is quite nice, and I like the decor full of breweriana, as previously mentioned. The food is on the good end of the spectrum, and much better than the beer. The beers are (for the most part) below average, but drinkable. Service was solid.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 11/20
surlysober  (24) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | January 6, 2008
Water Street Brewery seems to understand the communal spirit of craft brewing with framed T-Shirts from other brewpubs around the country as decorations for the walls (which is the reason I gave ambiance a 4), but they fall a little short in terms of brewing prowess. Their beers arenít bad, but they just arenít anything to write home about. Iím sure the popularity of Water Street pushes this establishment into catering to the mainstream a bit, which isnít the worst thing in the world, itís just not what Iím looking for in a brewpub. For example, the last time I was there, they had just tapped an imperial stout, which I ordered, but there was so little flavor, I canít imagine why they would have labeled it an imperial stout. And, on a side note, when I ordered it, the waitress said, Oh, I havenít tried that yet, probably tastes like Guiness, hope you like that. (now, I know she was just a waitress and that itís hard to find waitresses with a high degree of beer knowledge, but it did push my service rating down, despite relatively timely serving).
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 7/20
Strykzone  (112) Wood River, Illinois | July 15, 2007
This micro brew offers 10 beers brewed on site and they are all pretty good. The building is located in the "party bar" part of town and on the Saturday night we were there the area was buzzing with inebriated college agers. The building itself is quite old but the interior was newly redone. I always like the look of old historic buildings that look more of the area. This one was pretty modern looking. The food was just ok and our waitress got about half of the orders wrong. Some food was delivered that was clearly well overdone. But I was there for the beer and it was enjoyable. There are hundreds of beer cans on the wall in a nice case. An impressive tap handle collection is also on display.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Dansting  (114) Overland Park, Kansas | June 29, 2007
A brewpub that was more like an upscale restaurant (a step up from Chiliís, a step down from Ruthís Chris). The beers were pretty good, although the prices were more expensive than other places on Water Street. All in all, a good experience, but I prefered the Milwaukee Ale House a lot more.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
JAF737300  (45) Chicago, Illinois | April 5, 2007
The beers were good from the brewery and the service was very attentive. The ambiance could be better and the food was a bit marginal. Though, they did have some cool menu items such as the scotch eggs!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 5/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBelcher  (134) Columbus, Ohio | March 30, 2007
I was pleased with my lunch experience at the Water Street Brewery. My food was pretty good, and the two beers I had were better than others Iíve had lately at other area brewpubs. A friend told me that Water Street had good food but beers inferior to other brewpubs, and I disagree. Reading the other reviews, Iím a bit confused about my experience, but here it is. Ambience of the place was pretty cool - lots of brick like a lot of brewpubs, with a very impressive of old beer cans impressively displayed. The menu looked quite good. We had some great pretzels for appetizers, and my sandwhich was pretty good, served with some great home-made chips. Service was a college aged woman, and we didnít talk much about the beer, but she served us adequatelyl. The beers I had (the APA and the Irish Stout) I thought were good, and the highlight of my visit.

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