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Barktoberfest | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Bierguy5 on 09-26-2004

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Ratings: 324 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of vrbulldog22
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heddar33
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveCash
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mnine
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a dark amber/red color with a very small white head. Smells of toasted malts and sweet caramel. Taste follows the smell. An easy drinking lager with a small malty backbone and a touch of sweetness to finish.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark copper color with a thin white head that disapated quickly.

The aroma was sweet and bready with a hint of toasted malt and a bit of nuttiness.

The initial taste is the toasted malt that picks up some happiness in the middle. It finishes with a smooth nutty aftertaste. The beer is so well balanced that the beginning and middle are not all that discernible from one another. The finish is what stands out the most though. The nuttiness blends exceptionally well with the toasted malt notes. There is a slight hint of alcohol at the end that has some nice sweetness as well.

The mouth feel is well-balanced and quite smooth.

Overall, this is a really good example of an Oktoberfest with some subtle deviations that really make this beer standout from others within the style while still maintaining its most important characteristics.

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Photo of Hyhat
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zylod
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alphakitty
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of glass_house
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davisrin
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice pour, a little head that lasts, pretty amber color. Fizzy on the tongue, with a balanced taste. I like the little bit of a bite in the aftertaste. Lighter and milder than I usually like in a beer, but overall a winner. I'll be drinking the rest of it with a meal, instead of after. And it does not seem like it has 6%ABV, so it might sneak up on you if you aren't drinking it with food.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of utopiajane
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours true amber, 9,10 on the srmn chart. Tan head of creamy foam that fell well. Clear and bright. 6% abv. Hops are sweet floral and spice. A bouquet on the nose. A little alcohol on the nose too. It smells sweet but tastes sharp. Malt is rich and has an earthy hearty scent. Rich and smooth. Drinks mellow and smooth with plenty of peppery spice to tickle from hops. Soft middle and richly malty. Hops stay herbal and grassy and in the background except for a nice brisk bitterness to finish it. A little warming from alcohol much like the vienna style lager. Crisp bubbles show you the browned crust on some bread at the end and a lasting hop bitter.

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Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Caveworm
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Barktoberfest | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick, with lateral lacing, and an amber-fading-into-gold body.

Smells like plentiful malts and hearty grains.

I'm tasting those malts and grains, along with a nice mild sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll choose to give Barktoberfest | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company a 4.5. This is different(in a good way) from most Märzens out there.

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Photo of dlin0sbb
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Barktoberfest brewed by Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, with an ABV of 6.00% This brew pours out a nice deep brunt amber color with a small white head. I really like the copper color of this brew. The smell of Barktoberfest is rich with roasted grians and malts. There is also a real nice inviting sweetness to the smell of this brew. You also pick up some minor hops in the smell. Now for the taste, it is rich and bold with flavors. You first pick up on the sweetness of roasted grians and malts. There is also a nice caramel sweetness in the taste of this brew. The end is a slight bitterness from the hops. There is a lot going on in Barktoberfest, not saying that is a bad thing. Now Barktoberfest has a super nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. This is a real fine drinking brew. For me this is the type of brew that goes well with the season. The mouth feel of Barktoberfest, is rich, bold, clean , sweet, roasted, and refreshing.
This brew has a lot more going for it than others Oktoberfest brews on the market. This one is just so smooth and rich. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.00% ABV in this brew. Overall I'm giving Barktoberfest a 4.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, did a real nice job with this Oktoberfest brew.

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3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of damndirtyape
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

20oz on tap at Ray's Place, Kent OH. Served in a large shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber. Only a thin white head with no lacing noted.

Smell: At first, no aroma at all. As it warmed up, finally some toasted malt sweetness with a bit of a cake-like aroma to it.

Taste: Nice dose of noble hops which dominated at first. The malt isn't very notable until the beer fully warms up to room temperature. This is a beer that appears to have been designed for German-style serving temperatures. Once warmed up, it's on the sweet side for a Marzen, but it's more to style. When cold, it's more noble hops + a bit of toasted malt as an accent. Not a beer that hold up well over a wide temperature range.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, sticky, but good thickness.

Overall / Drinkability: This beer by itself misses the mark a bit for the style. While much better fully warmed up, it's on the sweet side and it's best feature is that it pairs quite well with food. By itself, it is just okay. With food (in this case a Meatloaf Sandwich) then it becomes much better and compliments the food like you would expect a Marzen to do at a festival. So on the one hand I think this beer was crafted closer to the German spirit of a Marzen (serve warm with food for maximum effect), but, I've had better Marzens / Oktoberfest brews which stand all on their own at any temperature and with or without food. This one doesn't and one is enough. But with food, I'd gladly have it again.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hilarytheguy
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vczk2t15
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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