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Beer Thousand - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 87
Hads: 576
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 148 | FT: 4
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jhartley on 07-24-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as a present from a friend, who had it in the fridge since a year. poured with a nice golden rich color. amazingly complex taste. I wish this beer would not be retired. I would buy this regularly

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Photo of Seejae
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An appropriate beer to celebrate an iconic album from an iconic band. The hop profile is profound for a lager, but the alcohol sweetness is the dominant trait of this beer ......long live Rockathon

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, golden, amber color, speckled with orange highlights, and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into almost no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Not much in the way of aroma, and what aroma there is, is very subtle. Some very subtle aromas of clove, orange and orange zest, a touch of pith and banana, and a touch of honey too, but almost nothing in the way of toasted moat or hops. Interesting and surprising, as this beer is purported to be brewed with ten varieties of malt and ten varieties of hops. To have no overt aromas of either hops or malt is strange indeed.

Taste: What this beer lacks in aroma, it much more than makes up for in flavor, which is really, really, fucking great! Lots of toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel-like sweetness, tons of lemon and orange-like citrus, as well as lemon and orange zest, some spices of black pepper, coriander, saffron and a touch of ginger. Due to all of the citrus and spice, this beer drinks more like a saison than it does a lager, but according to Dogfish, this is a lager. Actually what’s more amazing is that even this is purportedly brewed with ten varieties of hops, like the aroma, there is no hop whatsoever in the flavor! The hops are completely masked.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth as there is very little in the way of carbonation. With an ABV of 10.0%, this is an extremely dangerous beer in that there is no alcohol on the palate. The alcohol is utterly and completely masked, which means one could easily drink several of these and not feel anything…that is until they stand up, and then hit the floor.

Overall: Wow! What a beer! Drinks more like a saison than a lager, as there is so much spice and citrus. Delicious and highly recommended!

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Photo of orangebison
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tracked down a four-pack in December and stretched it all the way to mid-June. This one was worth both seeking out and savoring. This review is based on the last bottle, polished off 6/13/15. Deep golden color. Lightly sweet and grainy smell, almost no hop aroma. Remarkably complex in flavor: sweetness akin to white grape or honey, adjunct-y graininess (from the corn and rice among the 10 grains, I'd guess), medium floral hop character. Not much apparent bitterness. Smooth finish, doesn't linger long, with a final impression of sweetness and with less alcohol heat than I'd remembered from the rest of the four-pack. Doesn't seem to have suffered from being stashed at the back of the fridge waiting for a worthy occasion. Hope to see this one revived.

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Photo of MarcGetty
4.67/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had a 12oz bottle of what is purported to be "10 grains and 10 hop varieties and clocks in at 10% ABV" and is pretty near to a "10" rating in my humble opinion.

Beer Thousand is to lager as Heady Topper is to IPAs - Mega-multi-faceted and complex. This is the best lager I've had in ages!

Definitely worth trying if you can get some. Definitely.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quick review. Big, bold, unique take on a pils. The exceptionally mellow but well-defined hop character puts this a cut above for me. I like the fact that on paper this is a big beer, but once it hits your lips it still reads like a pils.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Imperializing pilsners kinda seems to defeat the purpose of a pilsner, but at least this could be fun. Bottled 10/31/14.

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly almost 1 finger head that fades semi quickly, light messy lacing, crystal clear tan slight orange colored beer.

Nose is about what I expected, big lager pilsner notes but lots of minerals and hardness, big grainy and even a little sulfury like, lager yeast is not meant to ferment this heavy and strong. Crackers, doughy a raw sourdough like aroma, touch of fruitiness and some herbal spices like, grape skin, etc, weird but interesting hops.

Taste brings more of the same, starting with sweetness, doughy cracker malts, pilsner malts and toasty bread, and some lemony cereal notes, etc. With more of the pilsner lagering, minerals, hardness, faint sulfury note, again that lager yeast that was stressed out a bit too much. Then into hops, fair bitterness, weird hops, a little fruity, some grapeskin and musty note, a light herbal spice note etc. Lots of minerals though, chalk and talc powder. Finish is dry, very very dry, and a little bitterness, more chalk and minerals, a little booze warmth, more of the strange hop characters also lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, just a little booze warmth.

Overall OK, but not really meant to exist. I do love DFH experimenting, and Sam is such an awesome guy, but this one wasn't quite there. The lager yeast was just not meant to make a beer this big.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A bready and earthy balanced aroma of malts and hops. Bready malt hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, wheat, caramel, and lager yeast. Floral and earthy Noble hops with some hints of grass and spice. Subtle fruit hints of apple, lemon, white grape, and banana. Also some sweet hints of honey. An interesting and solid smell.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready, earthy, and fruity balanced taste of hops and malt. Big malt notes of biscuit, grains, wheat, caramel, cracker, and lager yeast. Floral and spicy Noble hops along with some earthy notes of grass. Subtle fruit notes of green apple, white grapes, lemon, and slight banana. Sweet notes of honey and sugar. A pretty decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, juicy, and fairly drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A pretty interesting and solid twist on a Pilsner. It comes across like a Barleywine with its big balanced blend of malt and hops.

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Photo of arizcards
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Whole Foods Camelback in late November for $12.99. Bottled on 10/30/14.

Beer poured golden with a nice white head upon my initial pour.

Nose is noble hops and a boatload of malts.

The taste is pretty well blended considering the number of ingredients going on. Peppery, grainy, malty with a nice lemon pepper zing to finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but pretty light and crisp considering the 10% abv.

Overall this is a pretty good brew although I believe I overpaid given the price point. Nonetheless I a m glad I gave it a shot.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

i love the idea, i dont like the beer. 10 grains, 10 hops, 10 percent, beer thousand, and it comes with music, all good things. the beer though, is pretty bad, it smells like a can of high gravity homeless beer, steel reserve or something, sweet and corny and adjuncty and boozy in all the wrong ways. pilsener types that get this strong are always a little disagreeable to me, so maybe that is part of it, but this is easily the worst dogfish beer i can remember, its bright in color, crystal clear, and with a little orange to its color, well carbonated and relatively heady, but the attraction stops at the appearance. it smells so sugary and tinny, and the taste is the same, with the booze so exposed it almost hurts. it was hard not to dump this, and i may have if it wasnt for thebrewo pushing me though it, refusing to drainpour anything. very little redeemable about this one, unless you are looking for a quick and easy buzz, less calories, and a nasty hangover. no thanks.

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Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bier Stein the other day.

The best thing about this beer (or maybe the worst thing, depending on your point of view), is how well the alcohol is integrated into the flavor profile. While it certainly tastes a bit stronger than your typical Czech or German pils, I never would have guessed the abv was at 10%. Otherwise, this beer has your typical cookie dough and light bread aroma and flavor, but with a bit more honeyed sweetness than I normally enounter.

A decent enough beer, but when I want to drink a pils, a beer with a 10% abv. is just not what I'm looking for. Will likely not be visiting this one again.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed: 2/21/15

Beer Thousand by Dogfish Head

poured from a 12oz. bottle into my beer fav mug

P- some mirrored print on a very plain Dogfish label 3.5

A- fuzzy gold with very little head or lacing 3.25

S- faint yeast and pear 3.25

T- bitter apple, yeast, touch of butterscotch and alcohol 3.75

M- nice. A little thin but still substantial 3.75

D- this light and smooth with a ABV of 10% is just scary 3.25

O- Dogfish continues to expand our vocabulary 3.75

bought based purely on brewery's reputation. very interesting style.
---- J

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a signature DFH (rounded) pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy gold color with heavy bubbles to the body. Head is thin(coming off a white color), maybe 1/4" at best with a vigorous pour.

Smell: Has a heavy hop scent. Raw even, like that wet hop scent when beer is fused.

Taste: Rich creamy feel, very tasty but doesnt deliver anything really new. Very easy to like because DFH re-introduces ourselves to the type of beer we all first started drinking.

Mouth: Chewy, and malty finish that comes off a bit dry. not as sticky as I would like it to be.
Overall: As good as it tastes it is simply not enough. to make you want to think this is the best lager you ever had. Very good, but there are some European counterparts that give you a lot more for half the money.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a few weeks back up in Totowa, having never had this before. Thought the idea was cool but given that Dogfish Head hasn't brewed many beers along these lines, I was wondering how good this would be. As others have alluded to on here, there is so much going on that the hops and malts seem to cancel each other out, resulting in a brew that's part Pils, part Kolsch, part Mead, and totally discombobulated. While not a drain pour, I felt that there was so much more that this could have been, instead of something that I couldn't quite figure out.

This had a good pour to it as the golden hue, frothy head, and soapy lacing all were in harmony with each other. Lots of carbonation and bubbles coming up in streams from the get-go as this remained light in taste because of them. Grape and grain were in the nose as the various malts and sour grass came through in the taste. There was a bit of honey here as well which gave a stickiness, sweetness, and body to this beer that it needed from becoming just another Pilsner. Slightly grainy, this was manageable without the having the fruit flavors take over too much. The apple really kicked in in the aftertaste, which was a bit of a deterrent.

The booze was strong but not terribly noticeable, thankfully. This was an Imperial Pilsner stylistically but when it came to the taste and body, there was just too much going on here for this to fall nearly into that category. It's been a while since I had a beer that tailed off from the initial sip to the aftertaste that lingered but that was the case here. Props to Dogfish Head for going outside of the norm with this but I wasn't quite feeling it and can only hope that Beer Two Thousand stands a bit more above the crowd when it comes out.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

bottled 10-30-14. big bottle.

A: was hoping this lager would be a bit brighter, but there is definitely some chill haze in there. if they in fact used 10 different malts in here, they were all very light in color. and probably light in use.

S: smells malty, like a mega bock bier. a little bit of DMS? yeah I think there is definitely some DMS in there.

T: a mild fruitiness I would imagine comes for the large variety of hops used in this brew. vegetables. malty sweetness. not getting any heat which is nice. not hoppy at all.

M: big bodied brew, moderate amount of carb.

D: not bad, but needs some fine tuning. turned off by the DMS and seems like it could have been a little more fine tuned before publishing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottled on 10/31/14.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and candied citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, honey, candied fruit, pear juice, and garbage flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with an odd and fairly jarring garbage can flavor that only gets worse as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Golden. Good head retention and some lacing. Smelled of apples and pears to me. Tasted a little of the same. Enjoyed the abv. It added to the flavors.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was interesting. Strong citrus on the aroma, with hints of malt shining through. Taste is that of citrus and sweet fruit. Pine and grains, along with moderate alcohol presence. Moderate body and smooth carbonation lend to a pleasant drinking experience.

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Photo of AshburnWineShop
2.61/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Great head retention, nice lacing on the side of the glass. Smelled very subtle, tasted like apple, pear but hit a note of wax on the end. Finished okay but won't be drinking this again.

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Photo of njtmayhem
4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this for from a 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Good beer, great color and head. I expected more aroma and flavor. After the hype it was a bit of a let down. I have a 750ml cellared, hopefully it will age well and bring out something it was missing the first time around.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. (Note: I was lucky enough to get the 4 pack with the bomber and vinyl package. Very cool idea from Dogfish Head!)

Appearance: This beer pours a medium to light gold in color. Nice looking head quickly rises up the glass and dissipates most likely from the alcohol. Leaves behind some nice, sticky lacing. Nice carbonation profile as the bubbles stream up the glass.

Smell: I get a lot of tart apple and citrus notes up front. Almost a honey like aroma as well. It smells well balanced and unlike any lager or pilsner I've witnessed. Has a bit of a Belgian yeast like aroma to it as well, almost a bubble gum or banana tinge but it's not overpowering. Very pleasant to say the least.

Taste: Same as the aroma, that crisp apple and honey tones really hit the palate hard! Again, not overpowering at all.. they mesh together well. A pleasant alcohol burn comes into play as well, similar to the profile of a Barley Wine. The malt and hop profile is very well in check, they actually cancel each other out. This could be from the huge grain bill that accompanies this beer, which might be the only flaw. But yet again, this is a lager, so having either one component really shine would basically take away from it's style orientation. Either way, DFH pulled off a very nice flavor profile here with neither the grains, malt or hops taking over one another.

Mouth feel: Medium carbonation, it's got a nice rolling mouth feel. Not too heavy, especially for a lager. It's crisp yet still let's you know that this is a 10% ABV beer so it's also a bit subdued as far as a overall thirst quencher as most lagers are profiled as.

Drinkability: Overall I was really impressed with this one. First off, I love the packaging. I paid $22.99 for the box set and felt it was well worth the money, especially with the vinyl and I wasn't even expecting another 22oz bomber of the beer in this box set, which really made happy when I opened it up. I love the idea of DFH going "against the grain" to use 10 different hops and 10 different grains to make a lager that has some actual character. The crispness of it's mouth feel paired with the nice apple and honey elements with a healthy kick of booze on the end makes this beer a stand out. An excellent effort from Sam and the boys down in coastal Delaware!

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Photo of chinchill
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottles poured into a pilsner glass I Jan. 2015 and repeated in July 2015.

A - clear gold color with a lot of bubbles rising to a modearte size white head that faded slowly. Ample foam left on the glass as it went down.

Aroma - more citrus than expected, with hints of lemon zest and orange juice; fresh green apples, cut grass, green banana and white grape juice. The high ABV cuts through the malt and hop elements but is partially hidden and doesn't leave an overwhelming booziness.

Taste - The ABV comes out more here than in the aroma, leaving it more boozy than ideal. There's a light sweetness as well as a touch of ripe soft fruits and citrus; faint white pepper, honey and cut grass also appear within the hop dominated flavor. Some light grain base is evident.

Feel: near medium body with medium-high carbonation. Warmth and mild harshness from the alcohol.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear honey-gold. Nice swath of fluffy white head. Some lacing.
smell: Nice honey, floral and bready nose.
taste: Drier than the nose implies. Clean, and floral with a touch of honey and bread.
overall: Another fine DFH. They seem to be out of favor a bit for some reason but continue to deliver.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Tart apple nose and flavor is grainy sweetness, some tartness and spice. The high ABV is hidden. Interesting imp pilsner. $2.90 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Plumsbunny
1.45/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

10 malt varieties x 10 hop varieties, all cancelled each other out to create an underwhelming beer that resembles Steel Reserve. Beer Thousand yields a fluffy white head and a golden Pilsner color. Nose of a bud diesel. Tastes like a boozy lager with a metallic aftertaste.

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Beer Thousand from Dogfish Head Brewery
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