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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
320 Peachtree St.
phone: (404) 525-4400
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 42
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Stopped in here for dinner while I was out as I had remembered seeing the name on BA and thought there might be something worthwhile inside. Walked in and the place was fairly crowded, but sat down and ordered right away. Food was very good and the service was extremely quick. I was actually shocked by how fast the food came out. Pretty good selection of taps, including some IBA, which is just great as I had not had any in the longest time. Was in and out rather quickly which was cool with me as it gave me time to make a couple more stops before heading in. Overall a pretty respectable place to eat that has some good brew inside too. I would stop in here again for sure.
11-29-2007 00:29:32 |
More by mikesgroove
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5 | $$
Went to this place during a conference in Atlanta.
I went to the place around 5pm on a weekday so seating was not as bad as other reviewers have said.
The atmosphere was very strange. The kitchen was open and in the middle of the main dining room. The rest of the place is more or less brewpub decor. Copper brew kettle and conditioning tank. The kitchen is very industrial and not very attractive.
I felt the service was actually quite nice. The waiter made helpful recommendations and was regular in checking up with what I wanted. He also offered help on what to do while in Atlanta.
The selection was so so at best. Not very much in the area of good pub food (which is what the place markets itself as). Alot of pasta and steaks but few just general munching items. Few sandwhiches.
I ordered the gumbo and the house burger. Both were quite good.
The beers were not very good. I had the sampler plate and the house red ale. Most were not served at the right temperature. The tastes were not very good representations of their respective styles.
The prices are strange as well. My burger cost almost as much as my small cup of gumbo. However, the place won't break the bank.
Overall, I would look somewhere else for a place to eat. Maybe a fallback if you can't find somewhere else.
11-19-2007 03:00:33 |
More by jneiswender
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
My boss and I had dinner here last week while in town for a conference. Pretty neat place with attractive decor, big booths and tables, a decent sized bar area. It took us awhile to get seated even though they had plenty of tables because they were a little slow, and even when we were seated we waited 10 minutes for a waiter. The beer was pretty decent but they only had 4 taps. Their gold (a pilsener), red (vienna lager, so they called it), black (black lager) and brown (brown ale) were the only available taps. Seems like usually they have 5 but their pale ale was out. A couple of bottles were available also, and I think I saw a few from Brooklyn, but all in all the selection was pretty limited. I had a red and a brown, which were both pretty good but not outstanding. The red was supposedly a vienna lager but I didn't taste a lick of toasted grain, and instead it seemed more like a red ale. The brown ale was more flavorful although it was very very fruity, with a strong fresh cascade hop taste. The food that we had was quite good, and once we finally had a waiter the service picked right up. Prices were pretty reasonable, especially for the location. I actually planned to go back the next night with another colleague but found that they close at 10pm, even on Fridays! Strange. All in all, pretty good place to hit up for a good beer and good food if you're downtown, but don't plan on spending a long evening here.
11-12-2007 14:19:59 |
More by number1bum
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I was in Atlanta this past weekend for a company convention. On Saturday afternoon between session I was on foot from the Georgia Dome. On a very hot afternoon I walked up to Max from the rear (wrong Peach Tree Street I guess) and the place looks a bit old and industrial. The logo on the side of the building and no separate sign it is certainly not flashy. Walking in the door the first thing I appreciated was that it was cool. The A/C was blowing strong and after hiking around town in a suit that was appreciated. The surrounding downstairs are not flashy either. High industrial like ceilings and duct work. The floor and walls show a lot of age with were and with peeling paint. but the atmosphere is extremely friendly, homely. The bar tender explained to me that the business is a long time family business. John, the brew-master is part owner with his aunt and uncle. He was even helping the cooks at that time. The whole thing felt a bit thrown together but very family like as well. When the bar tender found out I was into beer he asked me if I would like to meet the brew-master. Very nice. The friendliness and the great service makes up for what might appear to be a bit of sloppiness.
Initially I did not even realize there is an upstairs, bar. Wen I went looking for a restroom I found the copper fermentors on display and the upstairs bar past a couple of pool tables. The upstairs bar was a bit nicer but I had no objections either way. When I sat down at 2:08pm I was the only one at the bar. by 5pm there was a full bar and we were all engaged in conversation.
The I drank 3 pints and one taste while I was there. I had the Max's Hefewiezen, the Black Beer, and the Max Pale IPA. I sampled their English IPA as well. The beer were solid beers. No mind-blowing experiences but all good session beers. The food was very good. I really enjoyed the peanut chicken.
Though it is not the type of place I would typically travel 800 miles to visit it was worth popping in to while I was in the area.
Hope this is helpful.
08-06-2007 23:52:30 |
More by Phatz
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
As most BA's know, reviewing a beer bar, microbrewery, or restaurant is as much about one's mood and predisposition as it is about the place itself. (Heck, it's the unstated premise behind any travel writing: attitude influences perception.) I include this introduction b/c we came across Max Lager's after a half-day drive to Atlanta (punctuated with a taste of the city's gridlock), followed by a near-hopeless quest for a place to get something light to eat in downtown. Max Lager's was the hopeful light at the end of the quest. They offered pizza: an entree to share. Yes!
Having written all this, I'll start with it's perceived shortcomings. Where were all the people? This brewpub is downtown, near many big hotels (both upscale, and mid-priced. It was a Friday post-work time. The place (at 7-8 pm) was nearly empty. Some may see this as a plus, but surely a bigger crowd (with cross-over from the post work and hotel business) is needed to keep this place alive! It was also the case that nearly al the other patrons were drinking beer other than Max Lager's own! Another not-so-good sign. Finally--and I'm stretching on this one--they only seemed to offer five beers when we stopped in.: Max Red, Max Gold, Max Black, Max Pale Ale, and one seasonal beer. I think it was a Kolsch. Why thins is streching is b/c some might see this as an asset.
On the beer selection, I could go either way. However, it's clearly within the average range for selection. As for quality, I can't speak long on that. I only tried one of the beers (the Pale). It was okay. Nothing special, but I don't want the quality to hinge on one of five offerings, so I will give Max Lager's the BOTD. A plus as far as drinks go: they brew their own root beer, which was quite good and worth a taste if you're not feeling up for a beer-beer.
The plus side was the atmosphere and service. The evening was cool enough to enjoy a (smoke free) patio. While the small crowds may not be great for business, it was wonderful to have the feeling of being on our own city-center brick patio . There's a great fountain to break of the downtown noise and lots of plants. The service was both friendly and attentive. (for others, it would be great to known if this is still the case when ML's gets
The pizza was a great treat. Small enough to share and finish, but big enough to fill one up if you ordered it on your own. I give it an above average score, b/c compared with other pizzas it was solid, but not awesome. I was hoping for a crispier bottom on the crust. But this may just be a quibble. If you're staying at a downtown hotel and want a casual meal and an enjoyable brew. This is worth a try.
07-23-2007 20:38:33 |
More by wcdoyle
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
The location downtown adjacent to the big hotels gives Max Lager's place a "captive" audience. I could tell that this was a place where the beer is incidental (most folks at the bar were drinking cocktails). The warehouse atmosphere has the initial appearance of cool but the bar area is right up front in the middle of the high traffic area. When I got there most of the folks "hanging out" were staff going off their shift which was rather frustrating because I had to wait to get served my beer. The beer selection included two seasonals but none of the beers were particularly interesting. I ordered the bison burger and it was ok but pretty standard fare. Perhaps another time might create a better "vibe" but I was disappointed with my visit.
07-21-2007 13:03:52 |
More by muldrot
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
Having just arrived in Atlanta after being rerouted for an extra day due to snow in the Northeast, I was really looking forward to this brewpub. It was conveniently located near the major downtown hotels and looked pretty nice from the outside, a small brick building. The inside was ok, but looking into the not so attractive kitchen area while sitting at the bar didn't add anything to the ambiance.
There were only four beers on tap, so we tried the Max Red first. it was certainly drinkable, but my companion's decription was best, "boring". So we tried the Max Gold ?, I was under the impression that it was a pilsner? Lagers not being my favorites, I may not be able to do justice to the quality of these beers.
Even though the brewpub was just down the street, we didn't go back. I will say that the pizza we ate was one of the best I ever had!!!
04-17-2007 16:33:56 |
More by coombski
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
As I entered off of the street, I transited past a staircase to the second floor on the left side, and passed the m.d.s. on my way aft. The rectangular bar was to the immediate right once I passed the lobby and the brewhouse was to the immediate left. Further aft, to the left, was the dining area. Aft of the bar was the kitchen and I finally broke down and ate, opting for some of their B-B-Q.
The whole place had a very industrial feel, from the exposed brick and ducting to the stacked bags of malt to the cog wheel logo to the corrugated aluminum ringing the kitchen.
The food and beer were both passable and filling. I would have preferred more, but I can settle for less, especially when travelling.
02-13-2007 08:59:53 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Went to Max Lagers yesterday for the first time in many years, figured I would give it a review. The interior itself is very cool with rough wood and industrial décor. The main floor contains one bar (near the door) and the main dining area. One brewing line (operating?) with the copper vats was located near the entrance. Upstairs is a second bar, pool tables, more seating, and the remainder of their brewing lines. At the time of my visit they were running a light, pale ale, amber, stout, and three specialty beers (A pumpkin dunkel weizen, an Imperial Pale Ale, and an Abby Ale). The beers are good but none that I tried were exceptionally good. The pumpkin dunkel weizen, the Imperial Pale Ale, and the Abby Ale seemed to fall outside their listed "categories". Not that I think that they should be concrete within a style but it helps when ordering. The food was good. The group I was with had the spicy onion rings for an appetizer and I had the BBQ Chicken Pizza. The portions are good and flavorful.
01-11-2007 19:55:02 |
More by TheEclecticGent
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Located in downtown Atlanta just a couple blocks from two MARTA rail stations (nice if you want to avoid DUI!), Max Lager's has a rough look outside and in. However, don't be put off by the industrial decor - their beers and food are excellent. They offer only a few brews, but what they do make is absolutely wonderful.
Their menu has plenty of variety, and the food is delicious. They have some good selections for vegetarians. You can have a wood-grilled steak or pizza, a sumptuous burger, or a crisp salad with your brew.
As for the beer, quality more than makes up for quantity. Even if they have just a few brews pouring, every one that I have tried has been fabulous. They have some other brands in bottles, but you will do yourself a disservice if you order anything other than one of their beers.
12-25-2006 17:14:40 |
More by Cyberkedi
Max Lager's American Grill & Brewery in Atlanta, GA
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