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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
BEER AVG
3.65/5
Based on:
55 Beers
749 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 161
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.2
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 by WJVII:
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

After going to Ale Asylum while in Madison we made our way to Great Dane to have some more brews and some food.

The first thing I noticed was the size of this establishment, it was a big bar/brewpub. And it was around 2pm on Saturday and this place was packed (yet we still were seated immediately). Our server was very friendly (and knowledgeable) making small talk and joking about my BA friend and my wife leaving right away when we got to our seats (they went to the powder room). The menu was big (almost too much to choose from) and the beer selection was great. It appears that they have 9 year round brews and they had 7 other "seasonal" brews.

We had some chow, nothing special to note, and had some brews (see my reviews in the next few days as I took notes and brought some home).

The only thing that I was upset about was the growler I purchased. They had some really cool ones on display and when they brought ours out they were just generic ones and we came to find the "nicer" ones were $35.

Side note our server let us know which beers would last a few days in the growler as we wanted some that were hand drawn and would have not made the trip back to Point...way to have well trained staff!!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of CraigTravor
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of twb0392
3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
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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4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of TheBungyo
3/5  rDev -28.6%

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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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown) in Madison, WI
93 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.