Our first visit to Wisconsin was spent in Germantown and we made our way to the Bier Stube for an authentic(ish) night in a beer garden. The building is attractive from the front, and the garden was quite full. We found a picnic table with one person sitting and asked if we could join him, and he was happy to have company.
The first thing that struck me was the cigarette smoke; I'm not from the Midwest and was surprised at the number of smokers and the fact that smoking is allowed so close to so many people. I suppose that's a side note though, not a review of this place alone. Still, its my first thought.
Our server approached soon and we discussed beer options. She really didn't know much about beer styles and when asked she described the beers in circular reference, quoting the menu without adding value. Five of us ordered four different drinks. When she returned with my beer it was in a small glass; I asked what was up as I had ordered a larger pour and she replied the bartender told her they don't pour that in large sizes. Even though I ordered it and she took the order, and she didn't return to tell me what she first said was wrong. Clearly thorough training isn't a hot button here.
We ordered an app, a pretzel, which was excellent. We also ordered a number of different dinners; two persons shared a rib platter which they loved, another the onion soup which was excellent, another the brat which he loved. I ordered the sausage trio and they were as authentic as I've had in Germany, and definitely okay. One was heavy in white pepper, more of a European thing, but I'm not a fan. One tasted like pepperoni, nice, and the other like beef bologna, again nice. Also, the garden was full of people this Saturday night and the servers were stretched; I had to ask three times for cutlery.
There was an accordion player doing live music and it was truly an experience. It was like a really bad lounge singer except that most of the people in attendance loved him, probably a cultural thing I'm not accustom to.
Prices were in line with expectations; beer a little high, $6.50 for a half liter and $10 for a full liter, meals a little low ranging from $5.50 for a full bowl of soup to $14.50 for a full rib platter with sides.
I also made my way inside the building to use the restroom and it was beautiful. A stunning wood bar and wonderful walls and decor. Its not really large, but I could see this being a destination location on a frigid winter night in Wisconsin.
Overall the Bier Stube is worth a shot. The beer is authentic German brew and if you like this you will be happy. The food is also pretty authentic, just okay for my taste but for others I'm sure really good. The majority of people dining on this night seemed to be having a great time!
I would recommend a trip.