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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

Not Rated.
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Based on:
60 Beers
820 Hads
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 110
Visits: 174
Avg: 4.21
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

123 E. Doty St.
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703
United States
phone: (608) 284-0000

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @greatdanepub

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Reviews: 110 | Visits: 174
Reviews by Vdubb86:
Photo of Vdubb86
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was brought here by some locals while be toured around the capital prior to a job interview the next day. The fact that we went to a brew pub was a dangerous choice for me. Though I did manage to behave myself I must admit I rather enjoyed this place. It had the nice feel of an old brick brew house. Hell we got to watch them make beer while we ate, which as far as the brew pubs I've gone to, I've almost never seen that. The quality of the place in general was outstanding, it was the middle of the week and the place was packed. The service was pretty good, the waitress knew enough about beer to be able to assist some in the party with the choices, but as far as overall beer knowledge she didn't tell me anything about the beers that I couldn't have guessed from the style. No knock on her, but sometimes you like to know the insight. The selection was as far as I was paying attention just their brews, but they seemed to have at least 10 or more on tap which is pretty damn good for a brew pub. I ate a rather unhealthy bratwurst burger (c'mon, I'm almost never in Wisconsin) that was absolutely amazing, I don't know how the others' food was but it was pretty damn good to me. They even had a vegan menu...surprising for Wisconsin I know. I would definitely stop here again if i was in the area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Abbbp
4.38/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Come here to party after a Badgers game during the fall and I guarantee you have stumbled into one fine establishment- I guess hang for the beer, but the food, service, and vibe of this place is a dime, not to be missed!

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Photo of aubzachsyd
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of mwaltz99
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 03fatboy
3.16/5  rDev -24.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

place was packed lots of young kids great beers thought!!

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Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.79/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.09/5  rDev -26.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

We visited 14 breweries/brewpubs/taprooms during a recent Midwest trip, and all four of us thought this was by far the worst. Actually, it was the only one that wasn't good. None of the Great Dane beers was exceptional, and one was terrible. I expected much more from such a renowned place. Quite a letdown.

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Photo of JDoHo
4.04/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of djhowell
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of guityler83
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

After seeing Duncan Trussell at the Majestic Theatre me and two friends stopped into Great Dane for some food and a few pints. Not my first time being at this location and I'm sure it won't be my last. The place was busy with people but we were able to get seated right away since it was well past the dinner crowd time frame.

The place has a traditional brew pub look and feel, hardwood bar, beer and brewing items on the wall with a view of the brewing system through a glass wall. There were 8 beers from Great Dane on draft and a few guest beers. Mostly german and english centric (pilsners, hefe, ESB) but with a few unique offerings available and two casks.

The waitress grabbed our drink order fairly quickly but didn't have much information cretique on the beers available - I inquired about the Oat Ale that was on cask and she gave a generic "its good" response. Despite that I ordered it anyway. It was creamy pale ale with english and american hops - very clean.

Food came in good sized portions, maybe slightly bigger then I prefer, but no complaints. Fish was breaded and had a nice crispiness. The next beer I opted for was the German Pils. Clean, crisp with a nice hoppy bite. maybe not as dry as I prefer but I think that would be the Czech that I'm comparing it too.

Overall, the food and beer came quickly with good quality. Nice atmosphere with out being overly crowded or loud. Recommended if you're in the area!

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Photo of elkinbrown
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Came here (not this one, but the Great Dane Hilldale) for Bockfest 2015. It was a blast 15 bocks and all you can eat pretzel bar. Wings were great.

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Photo of redleg411
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of CraigTravor
4.04/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of twb0392
3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Outdoor beer garden is really nice; beer is hit and miss.

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Photo of italianstallion
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Soneast
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of TheBungyo
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Great food, decent service, atrocious beer! I absolutely adored the burger I had. It was perfectly cooked and certainly tasted as if it were cooked over an open flame. Just thinking about it makes me hungry!

But the beer, oh man, Freddy Kruger couldn't inspire worse nightmares. I ordered the bitter on cask and while it was served at the proper cask temp and all ... it was obviously infected. Next up was the mild ale and boom full of diacetyl. A little butter is OK in some English styles, but this was swimming in movie theater sludge. At that point, I decided to quit while I was only slightly behind.

I've been waiting about ten years to get back to Madison so I could try the offerings at The Great Dane and this was a massive let down.

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Photo of Jason
2/5  rDev -52.5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of NJB145
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of yemenmocha
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev -5%

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown) in Madison, WI
94 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.