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Max Lager's American Grill & Brewery
Active Beers: 27
Beer Ratings: 118
Beer Avg: 3.69
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
320 Peachtree St.
phone: (404) 525-4400
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 42
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Finally stopped by Max Lager's during Atlanta Beer Week.
The inside is a hybrid-space, with a bar area right up front, a large dining area, and an upstairs. Large windows, brick, semi-industrial, mostly corporate but a little warmer... reminds me of a nice Rock Bottom. Bar was full of downtown office workers doing happy hour.
They had a decent little selection. The Hopsplosion IPA was not bad at all. Small but decent choice of bottles too from the likes of Terrapin, Dogfishhead, etc. Beer is probably a notch above a Gordon Biersch.
Service was agonizingly slow. I think they were under-staffed for the dinner shift. Had a wood-fired pizza, which was not bad at all.
05-19-2010 18:53:08 |
More by shivtim
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Looks like an old warehouse or something. Lots of exposed ducting and piping and brick. Pretty typical for a brew-pub these days. I liked it.
Quality of the beers was pretty good. Nothing to write home about. Same goes for the food.
The service was so-so. The bartender took his time getting to me, and the hostess didn't know the hours they were open when I asked.
The beer selection and menu selection were both good. Not great, but they probably had 10 or 12 boutique beers on tap, with another 10 or 12 in bottles.
03-15-2010 07:16:45 |
More by theopholis
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | $$
Ok, this place is a little hard to review as I don't know whether to review this place as a brewery (which they claim to be) or a bar (which they seem to be better at)
Atmosphere: More restaurant than bar, and more chain, corporate, cold brewery than local brewpub.
I have to break up quality into two categories, one for their beers and one for their guest bottle list.
In-house beer Quality: Not good. Out of their Hopslosion IPA, I choose their St. Mungo 90 Shilling ale that seemed to be about 50 to 60 shillings shy. Menu say 9% but it was the weakest tasting, wateriest 90 Shilling ale I've ever had. What little malt backbone that it had was cloyingly sweet. Just not a good beer. Everything else seemed fairly boring and given the first results I didn't really want to try another.
Guest Bottle Quality list: Very good. From Victory Yakima Twilight to DFH 90 Min. to some Stone and many other great beers. But this place is a brewery right? What does it say about your beers if your guest bottle list beats most bars in the area?
Service: Good, not great. The bartender was not knowledgeable at all, except for what they were out of. Slow at times, but friendly enough.
I feel I need to review their selection like their quaility
In-house beer Selection: Poor; only five of their beers and they were out of one. Really, you're a brewery and you only have four beers available. You're not a new brewery and you only have four? Really??? I know homebrewers that keep more than four of their beers on tap!
Guest beer selection: Very good. Quality craft beers from around the country and the world. I quickly found many beers that I would have ordered; however, I wasn't there to get beers from other breweries.
Value: Well it wasn't expensive, but I didn't get anything i enjoyed so kind of a toss up.
Overall I have no reason to go back for their beers. That said I could see taking a diverse group here and being happy with the bottle list.
03-12-2010 13:49:40 |
More by Loki
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
When I go to Max Lager's, it to play some darts rather than for the beer.
They only keep 3-4 of their own beers on tap, and the 2 times I've been there, none stood out as exceptional to me. They weren't bad, just in my opinion they were like any average reds, pilsners, etc...
They do have a large selection of Atlanta based bottled beer too.
The food was very good, and the service is about average for a brewpub. Pricewise, I found it fairly reasonable.
To have a some brews and play some pool or throw some darts it is a good time, but to sit and just enjoy a few beers, it's not for me.
07-27-2009 19:53:28 |
More by Joe79
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Slight hike from the downtown attractions. We make it a regular stop when heading to Philips or the Georgia Aquarium.
Small bar area with a couple of tv's for sports. 6 beers on tap, all very reasonable and well presented.
Upstairs has a bigger bar area and more of a sports/music theme.
The pizza and apps are all very good. Quesadillas are a personal favorite, as is the BBQ chicken pizza.
APA and Porter are both very good.
If you are in the central downtown area, this is definitely worth a stop.
05-18-2009 01:05:35 |
More by beer2day
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
On a mini-vacation to Atlanta I stopped in here with the wife and kids. It's an old brick building with exposed wood beams on the inside. The bar and kitchen area are pushed off to one side and feel a bit congested but if you are seated appropriately (as we were) the feel is terrific. The beer selection was standard and there was nothing riveting nor anything bad. The food we had was phenomenal and our server was second to none. My wife actually returned to Atlanta on business and went to Max Lager's with a colleague we liked it so much and as luck would have it she had the same server and the same A+ service. It looks like a brewpub, feels like a brewpub, go visit it like a brewpub. The best thing about it however is its location within short walking distance of Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, Georgia Dome, Phillips Arena, CNN and the train which can get you to many other places. Atlanta also has great weekday hotel rates if you are looking for a short vacation.
07-12-2008 03:12:25 |
More by Ragingbull
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5 | $$
This place is a short walk from the downtown business area of Atlanta, so it's a great location...even if it's in the middle of an ugly concrete jungle (this is beer advocate, not architectural advocate so that's another story). Looks like an old mill/industrial building outside. Inside sort of neatly appointed with old gears and tooling and the like. Center island bar with a bunch of various tables for the restaurant portion. I did not try the food, but it all looked and smelled great. The kitchen was hoppin busy and table service looked efficient. The bartender during our visit moved around a lot to make it look like he was busy, but really didn't give great service at all. The beer? All I can say is thank God they had various guest bottles of Victory and Dogfishead. The three varieties of their own stuff (a black lager, a Scottish ale, and a stout...that's it) were uniformly atrocious: poorly balanced body, overtly/cloyingly/inappropriately sweet without a trace of hops. Not recommended. There is a distinct lack of competition that allows a place like this to survive as a brewpub.
03-28-2008 22:31:01 |
More by BertSugar
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
On my first visit to Atlanta, I found this place within walking distance.
The first thing that hit me was the great smoky barbeque smell hanging in the air. It has a cool, old syle atmosphere. Large bar in the middle, with lots of table space and an upstairs. Friendly and knowledgable waitress.
I think I remember there being 5 of their own beer on tap, with 2 seasonals (barley wine and a cask). The beer I had - Black Max was very good. No time for food on this visit, but hope to be back and sample some more offerings. Overall, a very good experience.
03-20-2008 20:39:47 |
More by BigBry
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place appears to be in an old warehouse or factory building in downtown Atlanta. Exposed brick and industrial metal staircases with brewing equipment visible on the main and upper floor.
There was an extensive menu and we got a number of thing to eat.
Unfortunately, the place must be hurting. They only had three of their own beers on tap. The server blamed the hop shortage as weel as the drought. I had a dunkel ale which was pretty good while my friend had the Scotch ale. The rest of the offerings were bottles of macros and a brewery in Athens.
Hopefully, they can rebound from economic and natural setbacks. This place looks like it could be a good place to go on a regular basis.
03-18-2008 18:02:47 |
More by kdog630
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was wandering in downtown Atlanta looking for a place to eat while I was at a conference. My labmate said, "Hey, that place brews its own beer, you'd like that!" so we walked in. It had a neat feel to it, it was more like a brewery that tacked a restaraunt onto itself as opposed to the standard brewpub where it is a restaraunt with a brewery tacked on. I ordered the veggie calzone and it was fantastic! It was just dripping with goat cheese and the roasted veggies offered a nice sweet supplement.
The beers were good. I had the pilsner (gold) and the vienna lager (red) and both were quite good. The pilsner was an honest-to-god pilsner, with a nice blast of continental hops and a pleasant malt backbone. The vienna lager was pleasantly toasty, despite what others have said. It reminded me a lot of Eliot Ness from Great Lakes Brewery, if that helps. It was a little thicker than EN, which is why I think some people felt it was more ale-ish but I really enjoyed it.
Overall it was a great experience.
12-09-2007 17:03:22 |
More by shbobdb
Max Lager's American Grill & Brewery in Atlanta, GA
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