Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
BEER AVG
3.71/5
Based on:
58 Beers
324 Reviews
Place Score: 94
Reviews: 109
Visits: 172
rAvg: 4.24
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: 109 | Visits: 172
Reviews by soulgrowl:
Photo of soulgrowl
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

If there's one thing that makes me want to live in Madison, it's the Great Dane. Good beer (and plenty of it) at good prices with good food in a cool place. The first time I went, I didn't try any of their beers because I was sick, but this time, I tried the Watermelon Wheat, the Black Earth Porter, the cask-conditioned Extra Pale Ale, and the Scotch ale, all of which were delicious, especially the porter and the Extra Pale. Our waiter was a little slow at times but very friendly, and the food was a notch above standard pub food - I had the Great Dane burger with artichoke dip and also tried the fried walleye and the hummus plate, all of which were quite good. The atmosphere is pleasant, smoke-free, a little boisterous but still family-friendly, with a cool cellar area. Overall, a very enjoyable beer servery with fresh brews that were noticeably more gutsy and robust than what you'd normally get at a brewpub. Highly recommended. (942 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mwaltz99
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of 03fatboy
3.16/5  rDev -25.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

place was packed lots of young kids great beers thought!! (57 characters)

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.09/5  rDev -27.1%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of JDoHo
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of djhowell
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of guityler83
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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! (1,440 characters)

Photo of elkinbrown
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (147 characters)

Photo of redleg411
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of CraigTravor
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of twb0392
3.54/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (57 characters)

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

Photo of Soneast
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of TheBungyo
3/5  rDev -29.2%

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. (747 characters)

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2/5  rDev -52.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown) in Madison, WI
94 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.