Barktoberfest | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
315 Ratings
BarktoberfestBarktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
thirstydog.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierguy5 on 09-26-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
315
Reviews:
88
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
71
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 315 |  Reviews: 88
Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drinking12many
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cimperman17
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of caahare
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gregf51
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaswilson2
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Good lager, I could drink a lot of these!

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Photo of EXScotT
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WCKDVBZ
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of user785335
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bwbetts
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear deep copper in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film surrounded by a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and bready malts with a light to moderate amount of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted and bready malts with minimal amounts of toffee sweetness. That is followed by a moderate flavor of earthy hops which imparts minimal amounts of bitterness which fades away almost instantly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink as this one is very well balanced with malt and hops flavors/aromas without either really dominating the overall sweetness/bitterness. Enjoyable.

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Photo of KeyWestGator
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaltofOH
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, no date. Threshold beer glass. Please Thirsty Dog, date your bottles.

S: smells generally lager-y; not really as much of the heavy Munich/pils malt that I would expect; not much noble hop either. Munich malt and noble hops come out a bit more as it warms, but never quite as pronounced as say, Paulaner or Great Lakes.

A: pours a bold, slightly hazy amber-orange, with 1 finger off-white head; retains a moderate skim; lacing is fair. Very actively carbonated. This is the second Thirsty Dog lager I've had lately that's hazy. They've both been great, but it's a little weird, frankly.

T: Drier arrival than I'd expect from an American-style Oktoberfest; turns to a more traditional caramel maltiness across the middle, then sets into full-on malt assault, but it's not nearly as malty as Great Lakes or Sam Adams Oktoberfests. The bare caramel malt swiftly transitions to that sweet Munich malt flavor with a hint of sourness right before turning in to a dry, clean bitterness with lingering caramel and noble hop notes. Finish is fairly short, and leaves the palate clean and refreshed.

M: For as carbonated as it appears, it does not show on the palate. Really perfect carbonation for the heavier style keeps it feeling light and refreshing on the palate. I'd say solidly mid-weight, with a touch of slickness that the hops rein in right at the end.

O: This is really interesting; it has the caramel color and flavor that you'd expect from American-style Oktoberfest beers, but manages to not get sweet or cloying in the least. In fact, dare I say this is as refreshing as the Sierra Nevada 2015 Oktoberfest, but with more toasty caramel and slightly less sweetness. Definitely six-pack worthy.

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Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of earthiness.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of toasted malts and some slight hints of toffee. No bitterness is perceptible, but there are enough underlying hops to mask malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good American representation of a German Oktoberfest style. While rather malty, it's still quite drinkable because the body isn't that heavy.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Lelampp
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of baklo
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of samibr
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hollyshubby
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jp32
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours transparent amber in color.

The nose is sweet, malty, and to put it simply- delicious.

Flavor definitely has a caramel malt backbone, followed by something hoppy and then buscuity. Very clean, crisp finish for this style. Absolutely perfectly carbonated (at least my bottle was).

Great octoberfest, try it while you can.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Look: Rich amber to copperish appearance. Nice head that disapates to lacing on top and on the side of the glass.
Smell: Bready, biscuity, dark fruit inviting.
Taste: Strong malty backbone with sweetness. A kiss of hops.
Feel: Light carbonation with substatial body.
Overall: Easily the best oktoberfest/marzen brew I've had yet.

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Photo of StretchZep
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is an "okay" example of an Oktoberfest. Not my favorite by any means.

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Photo of freshwater_drum
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Barktoberfest from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 315 ratings.
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