Dragonhosen - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Rayek on 09-20-2013

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Reviews by qchic:
Photo of qchic
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Looks good enough, like iced tea mahogany. Plenty of head initially. Naturally, the aroma is malty sweet and fruity, with some earthy hops to balance. Strangely, something is striking me as minty. Just me? In the flavor are grains and green apple. Starts syrupy sweet and finishes dry and bitter. Probably not a beer that I'll revisit as this is not a style that needs to be imperial.

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz pint at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado.

This beer appears a clear, dark bronzed amber hue, with one finger of loosely foamy, fizzy off-white head, which leaves some sparse, spidery lace around the glass as things quickly dissolve.

It smells of bready, crackery Vienna malt, a bit of dry lemon, and earthy, grassy hops. The taste is much sweeter, the malt gaining a Christmas cake quality, with some sugary fruitiness, earthy, leafy hops, and a mild warming alcohol.

The bubbles are quite soft and innocuous, the body a decent medium weight, and actually quite smooth. It finishes semi-sweet, biscuity in its malt, and a tad, just a tad, boozy.

A very pleasant amped up Oktoberfest, all components getting a fair shake, with the 18-proof booze behaving itself quite admirably. A nice accompaniment to the Beer Diaries' Colorado premiere.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Rich Munich malt nose, spicy with some kettle carmelization.
Some earthiness and spiciness on the nose from the noble German hops.
Pours brilliant copper amber under a fluffy 3” off-white foam cap with a slight orange tint. Palate: spicy malt, some kettle sugars, with a bitter hop accent on the finish. Very light sweetness, the malt flavors are restrained.
Creamy, chewy body with medium low carbonation.

Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz bottle. Nice label.
Deep clear amber with a fine durable head.
Exceptional clarity.

O: With its high abv this "Imperial Oktoberfest" drinks like a dopplebock.

Photo of JMS1512
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured vigorously into a .5L Staatsbrauerei Rothhaus glass

Sight: Clear and rosy amber when held up to natural light. Head is an off-white nature and very delicate though tall. Settles down after a while to a quarter-inch foam, leaves thick lacing.

Aroma: Gentle biscuit, caramel, bread. Slight earth, slight hops. I’d use the word delicate to give an overall adjective, typical of most märzens.

Taste: Wow! The taste mimics the aroma, with just a hint of smoke. Though the abv clocks in at 9%, the booze is well-masked; easier to detect as it warms up. Drinks like something half its size.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with small but never-ending bubbles. It provides a pleasant coating on the tongue and goes down smoothly.

Overall: Fantastic steroid version of the traditional märzen.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent copper with 3 fingers of tan head. Stellar head retention & lacing

S: Pears & toastyness & breadyness

T: Pears, brown bread, a little toastyness, dryness as well. Herbal hop bitterness as this warms, dryness, toastyness, even a little green apple & ever so slight boozeyness. Finishes dry with some apple peel & pear

MF: Medium bodied, fairly delicate carbonation, nice balance

ABV is well hidden, good, but it's no Kaiser, but I might get this again if on tap or limited beer selection is in play

Photo of KTCamm
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

9/25...pours very dark brown, reddish tones, high white foam. Settles and sticks. Malty nose, heavy caramel. High malt taste with a barleywine backled taste. Boozy. Earthy with a moderate bitter. A whopper.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Being only a few months old finding this beer for just 5.50 was a steal. Into a goblet.

A - Good no sediment and a 1/2 inch of opaque head it held up quite well. Color is a very deep cherry brown clear and bubbly.
S - Earthy grassy hops meets Vienna malt with a good bit of fruity sweetness in the mix. Not skunked smelling in the slightest.
T - Very herbal and grassy with a stingy cracker lager malt. Very acidic and skunky taste with herbal hop twang in the finish. I do not like this.
M - ABV is hidden beneath a herbal hop bitterness and a crackery acidic sting.

It's pretty much the malt liquor of Oktoberfest Beers. Take it however you want even for 5 bucks the beer was slightly less than OK.

Photo of Zorro
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear reddish brown colored ale with a small tight light brown colored head.

Smells sweet and malty. Scents of caramel and nuts. Bread with a little flower and grass hop aromas.

Starts out sweet and malty with lots of caramel flavor. Mild bitterness. Bread and a slight tea flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy.

Overall this is a tasty imperial Oktoberfest.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured onto a balloon glass.

The beer is a crystal clear dark ruby copper. A cream colored froth sits on top until receding to a film with modest lines of lacing.

The aroma is immediately very fiery and spicy. Roasted malts are underneath the cinnamon fire spices.

The taste is aroma-like, but there is a woody, aged note to it. And again, very hot and spicy. The finish is candy-like. Almost sweet and sticky.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy, with some candy stickiness.

Overall, really good, if not a bit too boozy. Love the cinnamon spiciness in this.

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a clear dark amber amber color with a short 1/2" head. Very malty arome. Big malt flavor, with some dark fruit sweetness, some grassy and earthy hop presence, and a bit of warming alcohol. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish.

Overall this is a big malty oktoberfest styled beer that hits the spot.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fiery red with white head. The aroma has toffee and caramel with a bit of woodsy hops. In the taste, big time malt notes with a solid balancing bitterness. Caramel, brown sugar, faint wood and citrus. Full bodied, well carbonated beer. Overall, this is a pretty damn good brew.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, if the Germans do it at six-percent then Americans can do it at nine!? If that's the mentality, the lets see how well that taste goes with all that added potential sugar left up for grabs either by the yeast attenutation or on the palate as residual sweetness. There's no doubt- something's gotta give...

As the beer pours, it comes to life with a bright orange, copper-amber pour that's mostly clear to highlight the streaming bubbles that patiently fuel its head. As the beer settles, Its body glows with the most modest of diffused glow, and is sternly capped with a thick blanket of off-white foam. Though its structure struggles to retain the session, it holds on for the majority while a slim trailing of lace insures.

Starting off an expected caramel-sweet scent, the nose leads with high-powered malts for a big bready, butterscotch and crusted savory note. Any hop introduction takes a back seat and only offsets some of the sweetness but never rivals for command. Heading into the first sip, it's grain character invites a slight rummy spice.

Its elegant sweetness kicks off in taste- high caramel, sultry toasted grains and a pep of molasses makes me think of "Cracker Jacks" candy corn. Equipped with a crusty graham cracker-type of dry and spicy breadiness, its savory sweetness wraps the grain in a cocoon of starchiness. But then there's the slight minty-warmth of hops to offer a light grassy taste and a mild peppery bite to act as a juxtaposition to malt.

Loving how the strong sweet and savory malt taste plays on the taste buds, its weight does something different. Its sugary weight and strong rummy warmth turns this otherwise drinkable Oktoberfest into a nealry Barleywine-sipping type of session. As it slows things down, its moderate viscosity is mildly of butterscotch and maple.

Boulder Beer really does something with this beer. Its understands the crusty and savory taste of Lager but with assertive alcohols and high rate of drinkability in mind. It condenses all those flavors into something that's much more akin to an after dinner digestive rather than a common complement to sausages and potatoes.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/14/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of big dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness, complexity, and balance of big dark/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast esters noticeable. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial oktoberfest style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very interesting Oktoberfest style. Pours a hazy orange, almost amber color with an off white head that did not leave trails on the glass. The smell had a bit of alcohol on it, but it was mostly the malt and almost a sweet cream scent. The taste was very good in my opinion with some sweetness from the malt and alcohol but still had a very clean finish which I like with my Marzens. Would definitely try again.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by 5/4/15.

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, nut, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, earth, dirt, burnt caramel, metallic, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with nice toast and nut aromas, but the taste has an odd metallic taste that is not too pleasant.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of JMBSH
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

On cask.

Photo of delta490
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, ruddy amber, almost in to brown. There a nice creamy off-white head that settles down but hangs around and leaves nice small sticky lacing. The aroma is big malts, smelling just a like a Marzen, but amplified. The taste does the same, with nice biscuit and noble hops flavors. The body is surprisingly light for the flavor and alcohol. This is a very good Imperial Marzen, taking the style and exaggerating its qualities.

Photo of Scrapss
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Poured from the bomber into a Nonic Pint, this brew gives a crystal clear, deep orange ruddy hue with a tan two finger head that compacts to a few millimeter solid disk with ample lacing left behind.

S: Huge caramel malts with booziness obvious, then a light yeasty note. The hops are noble, refreshing and light on the nose.

T: Again, huge caramel notes and a big wallop of booziness smacks the palate around and then a little floral bittering comes in to settle the initial huge hit of caramel and booze. Some lemongrass as finish approaches.

M: Thinner than it seems like it would be due to ABV levels. Lightly lemony and biscuity on vapors post-quaff. Spritely on finish with slightly creamy tongue feel. Slickness at ultimate finish.

O: No. This is not your standard O'fest. This is it's big, brutish brother that slaps you in the mouth and says "Mongo SMASH!". I like it, but it is definitely pumped up to out of style. Just a bit too much booze and heat for my liking.

Photo of beergoot
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper body with a thick, rocky, white head; plenty of rings and sheets of foam (4.25). Rich malt aroma; some dark fruit notes; brown sugar (3.75). Warm, bread-like flavors; toasted dark bread; rye-like spiciness; excellent, low-key hop bitterness bringing up the rear (4.0). Medium-heavy body; dry sweetness (4.0).

A malt-forward showcase featuring rich, warm, roasted grain flavors with a touch of earthy nuttiness and spiciness. The alcohol presence is pretty subdued with all these deep and enticing malt flavors. Warm, inviting, satisfying...

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance- The beer is served a copper color with a one finger of off white head. The foamy looking head maintains it strength for quite some time, slowly fading to leave an amazing level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet caramel and toffee smell mixed with some lighter aromas of a toasted malt and a bready smell. Rounding out the smells is a little bit of an herbal and earthy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a huge malty and sweet flavor. The malt is mainly of a doughy and toasted bready nature with the sweet starting as a caramel flavor. As the taste moves on it gains a toffee flavor as well as some brown sugar notes toward the middle to the end. The malty flavors take on a bit more of a toasted flavor more toward the middle with some spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg coming to the tongue as well. As the taste moves to the end, even more caramel comes to the tongue as well as a lighter earthy hop flavor. The total of flavors at the finish is quite malty and sweet but rather pleasant, leaving a nice toasted malt, sugary sweet and lightly earthy flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The slightly thicker body really accentuates all the sweeter and malty flavors of the brew really accentuating them and bathing the tongue in all the big flavors.

Overall – A quite tasty brew I must say. Its big, malty and sweet. At 9% abv., the alcohol is very well hidden making this brew a rather easy drinking and pleasant sipper.

Photo of kkleu357
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium amber color with a white slow dissipating head. Grain aroma. Slightly sweet tasting. It’s ok.

Photo of barczar
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant deep brown with garnet highlights and a lingering khaki head.

Sweet caramel malt, burnt sugar, deep kettle caramelization, and lightly toasted breadcrust are evident in the aroma. Hop character is minimal.

Toasted, nutty malt, less sweet than indicated by the aroma, forms the backbone of the flavor profile. The finish is bready and lightly estery.

Body is full, with moderate carbonation helping to counter noticeable alcohol warmth.

A very malt-centric beer, for sure, with nice toasted and nutty notes. It's a great fall warmer.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.07/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

22oz bottle, enjoy by March 24, 2014.

Lovely looking brew, deep gold with 2 finger head of foam and leaves some lacing.

Nice smell of sweet malt, a bit of lemon citrus, I think. Some bread.

Starts off on the sweet side in the taste, pretty big bready notes, a peculiar bitterness moves in along with the alcohol. More sips in and I am NOT liking what I'm drinking. The flavours, which don't start off that good, don't produce any harmony on my palate. It's a good thing the bottle was on the cheap side.

Nothing wrong with the mouthfeel but I don't drink beers for that attribute alone. I *think* this will end up being a drain pour. /a couple of minutes go by..please don't hate me, kitchen sink.

Photo of irongator
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good $hit! Nice hop kick with a little skunk. Booze presence to be sure. Not your standard octoberfest. Kind of spicy like hop rod rye. Git Sum!

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