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Bisonfest - Flying Bison Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Bison Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wailingwench on 10-01-2004)
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Reviews by riversider76:
Photo of riversider76
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper gold with a thin white head. Decent retention and a very nice lace. Nose is of caramel, and bready malts. Body is on the light side of medium, with some carbonation. Taste is rich, with caramel, and grain up front. Spicy, fruity finish. Try this one if you can.

riversider76, Sep 16, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got my growler at Preimere Gourmet,pours a brilliant deep gold with a creamy head tha leaves a generous amount of lace,aromas of sweet caramel almost a butterscotch aroma along with a peppery note.Taste is quite sweet for the style lots of caramel along with some toasted grain and some late spiciness but it gets almost cloying sweet after a glass.A nice beer but a little to much caramel but it has some nice qualities to it.

oberon, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was served on tap at the Buffalo Central Terminal Oktoberfest.

Appearance: It had a dark brunt amber color with good clarity and a small creamy off white colored head. The head slowly faded leaving just a small ring of bubbles on top with some slick lacing that slid down the glass as I drank.

Smell: The aroma was sweet and malty with hints of caramel and a good dose of spicy/herbal hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a solid malty body with pleasant roasted and caramel notes. The hop presence is solid as well and brings nice spicy and herbal notes with mellow bitterness. It has a medium to full body with a well balanced smooth finish. The texture is smooth and slightly slick with good carbonation.

Notes: This Octoberfest was very enjoyable and highly drinkable.

generallee, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of munro78
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this seasonal straight from the dragon's lair, right out of flying bison brewery in keg form. I served this up at an octoberfest party i had. I was very, very pleased with this beer.

Appearance, copper/amber, rich off white head that was eventually reduced to a small ring around the glass. Smell was of medium hops, noble german that is. not over powering, but fitting. taste was was a very, very good combination of hops and malt. Slightly nutty, sweet, obvious lagering and the subtle traces of alcohol (i believe 6%). Great combination of german malts and noble hops to make a wonderful seasonal beer! This was a hit at the party.

munro78, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer last night right at the Flying Bison Brewery. I am not normally much on seasonals, particularly Octoberfest beers, but the Bisonfest had me pleasantly surprised. It poured very smoothly, very little carbonation. The aroma was just beautiful, although it could have something to do with the fact that they were bottling Imperial Red right behind me and the eyast was very prevalent in the area. There is very little after taste at all. It goes down very smoothly. A great session drinking beer.
I ended up bringing back a growler for further sampling.

RocPorterFanatic, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of hmansfie
4/5  rDev +3.4%

hmansfie, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of spark3148857
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

spark3148857, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of djgustafson
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

djgustafson, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of johnso98
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

johnso98, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of BarleyBoz
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bisonfest is excellent all around. This beer is very comprable to anything that is out there on the market. With what is arguably the most seasonal time of year for beer makers, this one is in my top three. From its perfect Marzen deep gold color to its excellent smooth finish, this beer really says bring on Oktoberfest!

BarleyBoz, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of gabedivision
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Pilsner glass.

A- pours a nice light copper color with a 1 finger head that fades quickly.

S- has spice malt scent with lemon citrus follow up, smells dangerously close to their Lager...

T- a nice subtle smokey malt with hints of caramel and touch of spice on the end.

M- Light on the feel, crisp, refreshing, very mellow and creamy.

O- This is a good lager, typical with most Marzen's is that their easy to forget about but i can dig this one. The taste alone is worth it, beats out some of the other more advertised Oktoberfests.

gabedivision, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of iceball585
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber/copper color, clear, one finger thick head that lowered to a thin lacy cover

S- Toasted malts, hops, hint of caramel

T- Toasted malts, toasted grains, caramel, nuts, sweet, hint of hops

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, very smooth, slight dry finish

D- Great session beer

This is always one of my favorite oktoberfest beers. Good flavors to the last drop. This is how an oktoberfest beer should look and taste.

iceball585, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of wailingwench
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Eye Candy: Poured a beautiful dark amber, more on the brown side than copper. Pillowy 2 finger head that quickly gave way to excellent lacing that lasted throughout. Looks like an Oktoberfest should.

The Nose Knows: Rich malts give it a deep and intense sweetness.

Tongueland: Yummy. Flying Bison's signature rich malt character is finished by toasted malts to dry it out and cut down the malt richness. Beautiful from start to finish. A tad sweet.

Bender Factor: I could drink the Baron all night. 3 of us polished off 3 growlers in 4 hours. This is the best Oktoberfest that I have had the honor of drinking.

wailingwench, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of dante23x
4/5  rDev +3.4%

dante23x, Nov 21, 2012
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4.12/5  rDev +6.5%

pspagna623, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and Munich malts along with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is good also. It has a smooth pale and Munich malt flavor that's easily drinkable and clean in the finish. It's got just enough crystal malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking Oktoberfest. It's not overly malty, but it has enough character to satisfy.

WesWes, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

bluntedboywonder, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of gbgreg1
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

gbgreg1, May 01, 2014
Photo of shirfan
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold with orange highlights, creamy layer of foam remains after a few minutes.

Lightly malty aroma could be a bit better.

Taste takes it up a notch from where the smell left off...caramel, oktoberfest malts prevail, very mild leafy hops in the finish. Has a distinctive "Flying Bison" flavor to it much like Aviator Red, perhaps from the yeast they use? It's a slightly nutty, slightly metallic flavor with a hint of caramel. Pronounced enough that I could blindly ID this as Flying Bison out of a lineup of Oktoberfests.

Not an amazing example but certainly far from the worst.

shirfan, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of tsp247
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

tsp247, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

BCarder, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of jpd7374
3/5  rDev -22.5%

jpd7374, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of daburtman
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer in growler form back in fall of 2006 but thought it deserved more then 2 reviews. the smell was the first thing i noticed when i first started drinking it, the taste was very good, had alike a nut-type finish to it. very easy to drink and low amount of hops. one of the best surprises ive had in growler form, if you live in buffalo and lookin for a good beer on a fall day watching the bills loose, try this guy out.

daburtman, May 09, 2007
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear medium copper color with a tiny fizzy pure white head. The head fades almost instantly leaving only a tiny level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of toasted malts and a little bit of a spice smell. Along with these aromas is some nice caramel and toffee sweetness as well as a little bit of a hop smell of a more earthy and grassy nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather malty and caramel sweet flavor with a little bit of an apple taste. As the flavor advances some lighter spice flavors as well as a bit of a toasted brown bread flavor come to the tongue. Toward the end, some hoppy flavors of a grassy nature as well as some more toffee flavors come to the tongue, mixing with the lightly toasted and roasted, sweet flavors to leave a rather sweet and lightly toasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer rather average with a carbonation level that is slightly lower than average. Both are rather good for the malty and sweet flavors of the brew, all while keeping it still heavy enough feeling to keep it a nice fall/winter style sipper.

Overall – A good brew for the fall weather. It has a nice malty and sweet taste with an easy drinking, but still satisfyingly feel.

Darkmagus82, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Ctruskey
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%

Ctruskey, Nov 10, 2014
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Bisonfest from Flying Bison Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.