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Karben4 Brewing

Not Rated.
Karben4 BrewingKarben4 Brewing
BEER AVG
3.91/5
Based on:
21 Beers
1,072 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 16
Visits: 99
Avg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3698 Kinsman Blvd
Madison, Wisconsin, 53704-2509
United States
phone: (608) 241-4812 | map
www.karben4.com

Notes:
Place added by: pschul4 on 01-08-2013

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Reviews: 16 | Visits: 99
Reviews by MarcatGSB:
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I had been reading quite a bit about Karben4 so was excited to pop in and see what the fellas had done to the old Ale Asylum space.
Like mentioned in the first review, the guys we met that night were extremely willing to tell us about what they had accomplished (feeling very prideful I would say), and showed us around behind the scenes. Looks like they are making good use out of the space...A little rearranging has given them more room for growth.
The beers were very solid. The smoked porter was excellent. Mild smoke, with a good amount of roast and chocolate character, very solid. The IPA was also excellent. A very good addition to the Madison brew scene. I wish these guys well, they were very kind and the beer was good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of fredmugs
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of millelacsmark
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of zeff80
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of jpbolton
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Soneast
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of adamranders
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of BecauseWhalezbro
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of kodt
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of krome
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Zatch90
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Bruce5
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

First time since Ale Asylum moved out, Karben 4 is definitely a step up. Opened up the space, much better vibe and a decent food menu. I am a hops lover so this place is perfect, enjoy how they have balanced the hops with the malt flavors but beyond that the choices are limited.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Photo of EvilMidnightBomber
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I'm embarrassed to admit that I've lived in Madison since before Karben4 opened, and I hadn't visited before tonight.
Enjoyed my visit, though, and will definitely be coming back. They were busy but not slammed, and the service at the bar was friendly and knowledgeable. Had a pizza and a flight consisting of everything they don't bottle, followed by a full glass of Idiot Farm which was really good. Second favorite beer was Under Cover, which I would not have guessed coming in.
If I have a complaint, it would be the lack of variety. Despite their claim of being malt focused, their beer menu is full of IPAs, and not much else. Oh, and they need a bigger bike rack.

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Zuidman
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.28/5  rDev -22.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Karben4 landed smack dab on one of my pet peeves. The hand soap is so strongly perfumed that I can't appreciate my beer. The smell is overwhelming, and makes it impossible to rate their beers

Terrible. I

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Photo of jonesjere
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Duff27
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of Danmullens1
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Great beers, excellent food, good times.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of bound4er
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

My first visit here - enjoyed it quite a bit. Crowd was very chill - guessing in the 30 to 50 year old range. Nice bar that seats at least 20 - 25 people. Drank a Fantasy Factory IPA and a Dragon Flute PA. Both were very good. Had the pretzel app (excellent) and turkey sandwich on a pretzel roll (very good). Our two servers were great - attentive, helpful and fun. Only beef is my wife doesn't like hoppy beers and that is pretty much all they had available. It would have been nice if they had one stout, porter, Weiss or sour on tap.

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Karben4 Brewing in Madison, WI
93 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.