Barktoberfest | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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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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2.25/5  rDev -41.1%

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2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. Label depicts an array of dogs, howling in a pumpkin patch with silhouettes of scary towers in the background. No clear freshness date.

Appearance: First off, there is a TON of visible sediment swirling around the bottom as I look at the label; that doesn't bode well for a supposedly aged lager. Pours with half a finger of light tan head that has the big bubble look of force carbonation. This falls away quickly, leaving just a few swirling islands of foam and no lacing. The beer itself is medium orange and clear (mainly because I left an ounce or so in the bottle).

Smell: A tart mix of sweet malt, herbaceous off aroma and a distinct metallic twang.

Taste: Strong, sweet caramel malt with hints of toffee. And that's about it. Just sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation. Body is good.

Drinkability: I love malt bombs and am a sucker for bocks, porters, stouts and usually Oktoberfests; but this one is just a sweet mess. Pass.

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2.75/5  rDev -28%

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2.75/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

A - 1-finger off-white/ecru foamy head that becomes a thin film of lace across the surface rather quickly. Sunset orange and clear.

S - Lightly toasted malt with hints of caramel, lemon/lime citrus, and sour apple.

T - Malt, biscuit, honey and brown sugar, a little spiciness like a touch of cinnamon, bittering hops on the finish that linger and dominate the impression. I'd like to see more of the flavors and less of the bittering.

M - Smooth but fizzy. Reasonable carbonation. Decent body to start, but it gives up rather quickly. Consistently gets thinner from start to finish, ending with the hops cleaning off the palate.

D - Drier than expected for a Marzen style, and a bit hoppier on the finish, too. Wish it had more body. While there are better examples of this style, I could see enjoying a few pints of this if it were found on tap and not up against other craft Oktoberfests.

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2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber/copper clear liquid with a white foamy head. The head disappeared rather quickly leaving some lace on the glass. Immediately I noticed a fruity smell. Should this be possible in an Oktoberfest lager? Taste is rather carmely followed by a fruitiness. Very little hop flavor or bitterness. Medium body and low carbonation. Overall, I am not sure about the fruitiness in this beer. It is not bad, but does not seem to fit the style. It also seems to cut back on the drinkability. Overall, not bad, but does not seem to fit. There are several others rthat are better.

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2.92/5  rDev -23.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a glass stein

A- Poured a clear amber color with a two finger soapy head

S- Big grassy and earthy notes, medicinal aroma, and a biscuit like quality.

T- Big earthy, grassy notes, finishes with a medicinal taste reminiscent of some dopplebocks I have had, and a little bit of nuttiness in the middle of the tongue. For a 6% ABV the alcohol comes through pretty strong in the aftertaste.

M- Pretty smooth up front with good carbonation, but finishes a little boozy especially for the style, a little bit of a burn

O- As far as Oktoberfest beers there are much better options. A little boozy for the style and the flavor is a little too earthy and medicinal. I wish more biscuit or nutty qualities were present in this beer.

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3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a copper-pumpkin color, with a one-finger white head that reduces to a thin skim of foam.

Plenty of malt to start, hints of alcohol, and hints of grapes greet the nose. The fruitiness puzzles me; I've not smelled that in a Märzen before, but there it is. Perhaps it has to do with the yeast used?

Taste is malty and sweet, with the fruity aroma translating into a mild fructose-style taste in the brew. Grapes and pears, with a bit of sharp carbonation, finish this out.

Medium bodied with a mildly dry finish and a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Hmmm. I've had this on tap before and thought it better than this. Too sweet for my tastes; I'd prefer the more tried-and-true Brooklyn I just finished reviewing (and dissing for its ordinariness) as a more classic example of the style.

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3.16/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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