Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)

Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown)
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

123 E. Doty St.
Madison, Wisconsin, 53703
United States

(608) 284-0000 | map

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Reviewed by Gatordaddy from Maryland

3.09/5  rDev -25.9%
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.
Jun 17, 2015
More User Ratings:
Rated: 4.15 by SlightlyGrey from Minnesota

Aug 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25
In a pleasant part of the core of downtown. Two back to back tap rows in adjacent, classic dark wood rooms, with brass fittings and all. The four beers tried were all good and the beer engine pulled, cask conditioned, Black Earth porter, the best of this bunch, according to me.
Oct 18, 2021
Rated: 4 by slasich from Pennsylvania

May 16, 2020
Rated: 4.65 by B-rett from Wisconsin

Apr 09, 2020
Rated: 3.59 by Jaszucs from Indiana

Sep 26, 2019
Rated: 4.11 by BalancingBrooms from California

Mar 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75
The original Great Dane Pub is located in the 140 year old Fess Hotel building listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Opened in 1994, the space features a 10 barrel brew house, a stone walled Rathskellar, a private dining area and billiards lounge, along with a courtyard beer garden. The quality of the beer is average. Service was good. Selection is decent. I only had a pretzel and it was good.
Oct 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
Having been a student in Madison in the 1970s, it is interesting to see how the eastern side of the Capitol redeveloped over the last 40 years. (Back then, it was not at all urban except for a few government buildings; whereas the west side was the University and thriving.) Brewing and food has been a big part of the east side revival. And Great Dane has played an important role in the rapid redevelopment during this century.

Great Dane has decent beers, good bar food, a classic bar and a great beer garden. We were there for lunch just before a Badgers football game and the place was packed, I presume, with alumni. Anyway, a good vibe.

I've only had one of their beers and actually didn't give it a good review; but the place overall has made a quality effort. I would have liked to see them promoting other brewers' beers at the tables; but it was just theirs, hence limited selection.
The food we had was good and the menu was thoughtful enough.
Sep 16, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by REVZEB from Illinois

Apr 25, 2018
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Rated by Zenboy99 from Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
One of my favorite breweries I’ve ever visited
Mar 30, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by madeuro from Wisconsin

Nov 27, 2016
Rated: 4.26 by mpolewan from Ohio

Oct 21, 2016
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Reviewed by Billolick from New York

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4
Downtown Madison, old school kinda place...not far from the college campus....large place with a large selections were decent but don't expect anything overly exciting or was better then decent and they were able to bring out all the food for our large group in a timely and orderly fashion..making this a good place to go to with a spot for a meal and some decent beer options
Jul 10, 2016
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Reviewed by Riff from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25
This place has a traditional pub look to it, when you walk in the first thing you see is a long wooden bar. Several tvs to watch any sports going on. Seating area is nice, service was mediocre. The server didn't know much about the beers they had on hand so you kind of order blind unless you've checked out here first. The server screwed up our order in a couple of ways but it was remedied. The beer is okay, nothing spectacular or worthwhile going out of your way for. The food is pretty good here, a couple of steps above standard pub fare and the atmosphere is pleasant. Add a few friends and you'll probably overlook the shortcomings to just enjoy the place.
May 22, 2016
Rated: 4.03 by Kevin_Young from Illinois

Feb 03, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by Jason_cs from Florida

Dec 06, 2015
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Reviewed by Abbbp from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +5%
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!
Oct 08, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by aubzachsyd from Iowa

Aug 23, 2015
Rated: 4 by mwaltz99 from Wisconsin

Jul 27, 2015
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Rated by 03fatboy from Wisconsin

3.16/5  rDev -24.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3
place was packed lots of young kids great beers thought!!
Jul 11, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin

Jul 08, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jun 18, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by JDoHo from Michigan

May 30, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by djhowell from Wisconsin

Apr 30, 2015
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Reviewed by guityler83 from Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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!
Mar 16, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by elkinbrown from Tennessee

Feb 20, 2015
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Rated by NewGlarusFan from Illinois

4.89/5  rDev +17.3%
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.
Feb 10, 2015
Rated: 4.14 by redleg411 from Wisconsin

Feb 06, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by CraigTravor from California

Jan 21, 2015
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Rated by twb0392 from Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
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.
Jan 05, 2015
Rated: 4.09 by italianstallion from Wisconsin

Dec 20, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Soneast from Wisconsin

Dec 13, 2014
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Reviewed by TheBungyo from Washington

3/5  rDev -28.1%
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.
Dec 07, 2014
Rated: 2 by Jason from Massachusetts

Nov 21, 2014
Rated: 4 by OBD from Wisconsin

Nov 18, 2014
Rated: 4 by NJB145 from Michigan

Nov 15, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Canada_Dan from Colorado

Oct 29, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by yemenmocha from Arizona

Oct 18, 2014
Rated: 4 by 22Blue from Kansas

Oct 10, 2014
Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company (Downtown) in Madison, WI
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