Barktoberfest - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 269
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 7.14%
Wants: 19
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Bierguy5 on 09-26-2004

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Photo of kkipple
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Short review for a short beer.

Pretty copper. Still. Nothing-head. Smells of toasty unidentifiable malts... maybe German, maybe not... almost a pumpkin note, buttery toasty-bread sweetgrain here, very small amount of bittering hop... taste follows... an easy, no-frills no surprises Ofest. Finish is lingering toasty malt (good), a little dry bitters and a hint of red apple esters. Mouthfeel is dry-crisp-fizzy and fine, is actually a lot drier than expected... interesting. Finish is much more fruity than it "should" be and reminds me, bizarrely, of Lost Abbey Lost & Found. Drinks okay. Would drink if this were local, but it's not German and seems like it uses an odd yeast. Worth a shot if you like the style. (716 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an apple juice type color with no head to speak of. There was also no carbonation at all rising. Aroma was malty, slightly sour, with trace hints of wheat/grains. Taste was mellow, started off malty and grainy, just like it smelled, but not in a bad way. A bit of bitterness formed after lingering in the mouth. It felt good in the mouth, there was carbonation on the toungue despite none being evident in the beer, and it coated well. Good to drink, it was well balanced a fairly solid oktoberfest. (506 characters)

Photo of rlshep
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Pilsner malt dominates. Some sulfur.

Appearance: Medium white head. Dissipates quickly. Somewhere between copper and brass color. Minimal lacing.

Flavor: Strong toast notes with smooth maltiness. High bitterness for style. Spicy hops jump out at you in flavor but not aroma. Reading over some of the comments, a lot of people are saying caramely. I'm not getting that at all, I get all toasty bready notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium mouthfeel. medium-low carbonation. Alcohol present, but in background. Bitterness leaves some harshness.

Overall: Decent beer. Bitterness is a little too high for this style. With all of the other good Oktoberfests on the market, it would be hard for me to choose this one. (720 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear copper amber hue with a bright off white head, forms thick lacing around the glass as it dwindles. Aroma caramel malts, earthy/spicy hops will imbibe and report back sensations. A spicy hop background upfront caramel malts/nutty tones as well, this is solid maybe a touch of diacetyl (butter). Have no fear it doesn't hurt the flavor profile it's not offensive for me, but I'm not sensitive to that flavor. Only offense for me is overall sweetness it hits the super malty profile without hitting me with enough herbal spicy qualities to balance things out. Mouthfeel is creamy assertively carbonated, not thin not heavy or cloying. Drinkability overall is alright a bottle wasn't bad but this style is meant to be drank by the liter and this version doesn't justify that portion size. (806 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straightforward interpretation of the style. Caramel malt-forward, some moderate grain notes. Finish was a rather pungent quinine bitterness that was out of place in the style. I've noted others complaining of butterscotch notes, but my bottles have none, so perhaps a bit of quality control at the brewery? The label art with the dogs howling at the moon was an amusing touch. (379 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer. I wasn't sure what to expect, but this turned out to be a very tasty lager. It was a little too toasty for the style (though I won't short it for that) with smooth mellow bread and hint of caramel. The only knock is a mild touch of diacetyl in the aroma. Still, I'd be happy to have a stein full of this Oktoberfest any time. (364 characters)

Photo of Spider889
1.39/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On tap at Winking Lizard.

Not sure if I had a bad batch, or if people just like this sort of thing, but this certainly did NOT taste even remotely close to a Marzen/Oktoberfest.

I can essentially sum up my thoughts on this beer is two words:
Butterscotch Bomb

The nose is super sweet caramel and butterscotch. Astringent and very off-putting. I was literally afraid to take the first sip.

The taste is strange. Odd combination of butterscotch, caramel, toasted malts, and MEAD. Yes, mead, it's strange.

Super sweet and syrupy.

There was almost certainly some sort of diacetyl problem going on here, but it was so far gone that the brewery should have caught this. I will rereview if I get the chance to try this again. Definitely not the intent (I hope) of the brewery for it to taste like this. (801 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a transparent golden ornage color with a full creamy off white head.

S-the nose seems off, a fair bit of grain with slight toasted notes, caramel malts as well, however, there is some acetaldehyde giving it a sour green apple aroma.

T-the flavor is more of the same, the malts are good but the acetaldehyde gives it this off flavor. the grains, hints of toasted grain, and caramel seem to blend together and nothing really seperates as if it were meant to blend together.

M-medium body and syrupy with a lively finish and soft feel.

D-can't get over the off sour green apple, not a fan of that flavor and I don't think it should be there. (650 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A safe and tasty Oktoberfest beer that exhibits the caramel-rich sweetness over malty elegance of traditional Marzens.

The pour brings a brilliantly clear copper/amber hue with solid head formation initially, but the retention fades quickly with low levels of lace or life left behind.

Aromas of lighly baked barley, medium caramel and grain dominates the nose, but with a backup note of true malt and tea-like herbs.

Dominant caramel and grainy-sweetness continue in flavor with lighter malt taste, mild breadiness, and light grassy hops. Bitterness keeps the beer from one-dimentional sweetness but is still a far cry from balance.

Creamy and sweet early, the beer retians its maltiness through the first half of the session but the sweetness and grain flavors wear on the palate later.

The heavy sweetness is never balanced with malt complexity or hop bitterness thus the sweetness causes early fatigue of the palate. (925 characters)

Photo of Axic10
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a semi clear copper with a half finger of foam that settles down quickly.

Smell: Bready, biscuity malt, caramel. Very sweet smelling, but not overpowering.

Taste: The taste falls completely flat after the nose on this. Malty heavy, but it has a really earthy after taste which isn't horrible, but it doesn't work well here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Drinkability: I'm torn on this beer, it smells really good but falls short on the taste. I have another bottle to try but I'm not sure if I'd get again or not. (586 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber in color, with a small, frothy head. Doesn't stick around long, no lacing.

Smell is pleasant, with a lot of roasted malts, and caramel and sweetness.

Theres a bit of a hop bitterness at first, followed by caramel, malts, and a bit of breadyness.

Feel is velvety, slightly crisp, not too much on the carbonation, and upper-light in body.

Solid, drinkable festbier! (380 characters)

Photo of bruachan
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

decent froth. good bubblage over light amber clearness

spicy noble hops with a decent background of munich malts

caramel. well-rounded raisiny/munich flavors. very nice herbal hop flavors. that's a simple but elegant beverage. quaffable and seemingly dependable. i detect an ever-so-slight fruitiness in the flavors. this is obviously odd for a lager, but i suppose some lager malts do contribute to fruitish elements

i've kept the mouthfeel score low because i reckon it's a touch on the supple side, but actually think this works out quite nicely (551 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Clear copper in color, with a two-inch head of white foam.
Aroma-Subtle malt, caramel.
Taste-Sweet, toasted malt, caramel, and a nice little hop bite that comes up and provides a nice balance to the sweet malt.
Overall, not a bad take on the style, pleasant and drinkable. (327 characters)

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Besides being the funniest name for a marzen, this one also has the best label. Hilarious.

On to the beer.. pours a pretty, light amber with carb-o-plenty. A thick head soon turns into a lacy ring, typical of this style. Smells phenomenal, yeasty and sweet and toasty. Taste starts with more of a bitter tip than other marzens, which I like, all the while balanced very well with toasted malt. Finishes bitter, and sorta sticky, but not too bad. Feel is nicely carbed and dense. Just a fine-drinking marzen, and a great representative of the style. Excellent. (575 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This may be an excellent Marzen - it probably is. But the style is lost on me. The bottle said lager. I am glad I only bought one. As soon as I took the first sip I said Marzen, which probably is good, if you like those. I don't.

It's really pretty in the glass, and it has another cool dog oriented label (a bunch of doggie ghosts in a pumpkin patch). I am just glad I don't have more. (387 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A holdover from the fall if you will, it has been sitting in the back of the fridge and as I have promised my wife I would clean all this out, I am almost done, down to 15 in the kitchen I think, it is a small miracle for sure. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/20/2010.

Nice dark amber in color as I pour it into the glass. Orange highlights are all over this one as the clarity lets you see the copious amounts of carbonation still coming up to the surface here. A very classic look for fall as it starts to take on a pumpkin color itself with a small white cap of foam that quickly dissipates but leaves a nice touch of lacing in its wake.

Aroma is caramel malts all the way. Light tones of candied sugar, a touch of light spice as well. Really interesting but again as it warms it starts to lose a touch of its luster. Warming caramel and malted grains are all over the profile from the first sip. Nice balance here as there are touches of bittering hops that add a decent amount to it. Clean and crisp flavor, though a little slick work here and the overall profile is that of a classic marzen with a nice hoppy twist. Caramel and bready flavors linger on the tongue longest, but there is a touch of some light hops that due slice through.

Overall a solid example of the style. Not the best ever but very, very serviceable. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again any day, simply very drinkable. (1,455 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice golden orange color with an off white creamy head. Nice lacing is left behind.

S- Smells pretty weak here. Nothing really going on here some bready malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T- Bready and caramel malts are the most dominant and what I expected. Of all the Octoberfest brews that I had this one is not bad but there are much better. There is also something a bit sweet in the after taste I just can't put my finger on. Not bad.

M- Pretty much right on with what I'd expect.

D- Easy to drink for sure. If you haven't had it go for it. I'll stick with Great Lakes or Sam Adams. (608 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a new offering at my local store recently. Wierd. I didn't see this in the fall when all the other Fests were out. Wonder why this decided to pop up now. Huh. On to the beer...

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a very clear pale orange with a small white head on top. Retention is weak, but it left some nice sip rings anyways. Sort of a dirty scent eminates from this one. Dull earth, old veggies, and a light caramel scent on the back end. That's different.

Nice creamy body. Easy to drink, and a pleasing feel. Flavors of mild toasted crackers at the onset, light toffee in the middle, and finishes mildly bitter, but with a touch of sweetness. Aftertaste is sort of fruity. Hop bitterness is low in this one.

I'm not sure what I think of this one. I've had better Fests, no doubt, but this was a decent beer for sure. Some characteristics I didn't like, but others I did. Try it for yourself. (909 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper orange color with some nice initial head, but no lacing. Nice malty sweet scent, with hints of jerky Enlgish hops. Nice sweet malty flavor as well, with a hint of caramel, but with an odd hop aftertaste; more English than German. Goes down well, the odd hop aftertaste does not linger, but rather a nice sweetness does. (339 characters)

Photo of gabe23
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear, burnt orange color with a large white head & lots of lacing.

S - Malty, caramel sweetness balanced nicely by the floral hops.

T - Sweet on the tongue at first, with a small burst of hops bitterness following. Some tartness and dark fruits lead to a clean finish.

M - Nice full body with plenty of carbonation as expected by the style.

D - I found this to be a nice, drinkable Marzen. Nothing earth shattering, but I could put away quite a few on a fall evening. (478 characters)

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of Octoberfests or Thirsty Dog, so thats two strikes right off the bat. But, as always, I'll give this brew a fair review.

A: Pours a clear amber color. Head dissipates rather quickly. No lacing. Pretty typical looking Octoberfest.

S/T: Aroma and taste are, again, pretty typical for the style. Very sweet on the aroma. Taste follows suit, but it has enough complimentary flavor to back it up. Lots of caramel and breadyness. Finishes with a lingering sweetness. Actually has more of a full flavor than your average Octoberfest. Decent for the style.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and coats the mouth slightly. Carbonation leaves prickley sensations on your tongue. Easy drinking with a long lasting finish.

Overall, this is actually a pretty decent effort from Thirsty Dog. Definetly one of the better Octoberfests I have had this year. But, as a whole, these beers remain rather unremarkable overall as there are much more festive and flavorful options out there. Worth a try, especially if you are a fan of the style. (1,044 characters)

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass,nice brown/orange color.small head.ever so slight roasted grain in the nose,a bit of caramel malt sweetness.

nice slight toasted caramel malt sweetness in the forefront, finishes,slight earthiness with a clean bitter finish.very close to the GLBC oktoberfest,imo.

while the marzen lager isnt my favorite style,this is a very good beer.worth seeking out,imo. (384 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live review. On tap at Winking Lizard since it is the "glass of the month" there where you are served an on tap beer in its intended glass, in this case a german style beer stein with "Barktoberfest" written in stylish writing below the Thirsty Dog seal. On the other side of the stein is "Winking Lizard 2009." Cost of $6.37 at the bar.

A Nice orange translucent body under an off white creamy head. Nice lacing as well after repeated sips.

S Kinda basic medium malt with maybe some hops but all smells are distant, not distinctive.

T Medium malt, little hops and a strange sweetness that is a bit out of place. It is difficult to describe is kind of a fakey syrup or sugar taste. This is an average Oktoberfest taste to me.

M Moderate with a bit of smoothness.

D Good but not the best oktoberfest choice.

Notes: The first Thirsty Dog beer that did not REALLY impress me. I should note that I had Great Lakes Brewing Company Oktoberfest earlier today and having the two of them so close together really shows what this beer lacks. (1,048 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- nice clear rusty amber w a creamy off white head leaving thick sheets of lace.

S- caramel malty sweet and a bit metallic. Some good noble hop aroma as well, slightly floral. There's also a fruitiness like raisins and nuts.

T- grainy and toasty, extra toasty, and very fresh considering it's brewed a few miles away. Can't beat that. Aside from the thick bold toasted flavor it's pretty close to my beloved traditional oktoberfests. Barley is balanced out by a clean subtle bitterness in a pleasant earthy finish.

MF- Not as thick and robust as other TD specialties, and that's a good thing. Medium bodied and crisp yet still substantial feeling due to the noticable quantity of malt. A bit of grainy feeling adds to that.

D- a pleasant suprise and not very Americanized, if hearty fresh grain could be considered so. The mf wins me over as it's not too heavy and not too light. (888 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/05/08 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some spice, some fruit and a little bit hops.

T: The taste is malty but a little sweeter than most O-Fests with flavors of caramel, fruit, a little spice, decent hops presence provides some balance. The after-taste is a little sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, not quite the best Oktoberfest that I've had but it's worth drinking for a while. (716 characters)

Barktoberfest from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.