Dog Bite High Gravity Lager | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

Dog Bite High Gravity LagerDog Bite High Gravity Lager
BA SCORE
5.9%
Liked This Beer
2.21 w/ 135 ratings
Dog Bite High Gravity LagerDog Bite High Gravity Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
geneseebeer.com

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A lager with a hard bite shouldn't be hard to drink. That's why dog bite is brewed with select hops and malted barley for a well-balanced, mellow taste that'll have high-gravity drinkers coming back again and again.

Added by mactrail on 11-18-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,718
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
135
Liked:
8
Avg:
2.21/5
pDev:
40.27%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of aaroncom2005
5/5  rDev +126.2%

Photo of Ablake59
5/5  rDev +126.2%

Photo of aaronbraun
5/5  rDev +126.2%

Photo of Ethandomaingue
5/5  rDev +126.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nasty yellow color, but it does product a full inch of head, even if it quickly vanishes with no lace, no trace. Aroma was metallic alcohol.

Fuck, the body is thin on this, lots of corn syrup, aluminum and rubbing alcohol. Eventually it starts to numb your senses with the alcohol burn and thin body. Man, I can appreciate some malt liquor, but this is asking too much of me.

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Photo of dubmax
5/5  rDev +126.2%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.08/5  rDev +84.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

24oz can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - White seafoam head that disappears moderately quickly and violently. Clear, pale straw body with a bit of bubbling.

Smell - Malty sweet. Almost smells like dark, overripe fruit. Not bad for a cheap malt liquor. Has abbey ale qualities.

Taste - Strong. Sweet, alcoholic body. Astringent finish. Again, reminds me a lot of an abbey ale, is really surprising.

Mouthfeel - Astringent. Otherwise smooth and medium bodied.

Overall Drinkability - For it's style, really good. Doesn't even taste like a malt liquor. More an Abbey Lager, if there was a term for that. This review is probably my biggest rating deviation of any review I've made.

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Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +81%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is a nasty lookin' MoFo...
Halloween coloered can with some graphics that look like what you'd see on a Heavy Metal album cover.
Just the name and the advertised ABV made this baby a "must have".
IIRC, it was $1.09 for the 24 oz can.
Pours out a typical gorgeous and glorious yellow.
Aroma...you can smell it from a good distance. I would describe it as a "floral tincture".
It tastes as it should, like a high ABV beverage made from barley malt and corn syrup.
I think it's quite good. This beer is one that would be worth packing back into the woods on a deer hunting expedition
I rate it as being "good" in all respects.

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Photo of Dave7500kl
3.75/5  rDev +69.7%

Photo of keeganfrank
3.7/5  rDev +67.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't have that look of brown, soapy water that most malt liquor seems to have. Other than that, it's unremarkable in appearance. Smells extremely sweet and fruity, with some tart graininess also. Also very sweet and fruity upon tasting. Tastes a little like apple cider. A hint of the tart, earthy flavor associated with malt liquor is there. The slogan for this beer is something about it being a strong beer without a strong bite, and they nailed that. If I'm ever in a situation where I'm forced to drink malt liquor (or just want to get drunk really quick) I'll probably grab a few cans of this stuff.

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Photo of mainer88
3.7/5  rDev +67.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me preface this review by saying that I am sure all the previous reviewers know more about beer than I do. I just wanted to make a few comments anyway.

Dog Bite isn't some prissy, craft-brewed confection, it's B-E-E-R. And, it's way strong, which I like. So, it gets good marks. It's not going to excite connoisseurs, though.

Not that this is germane to the beer itself, but the can graphics are really cool.

This beer is an average American product, except for the higher alcohol content, hence the name "high gravity", presumably referring to high specific gravity in the finished product compared to other beers. As such, it does not deserve to be panned (nor lauded particularly).

The reason I reviewed this beer is to disagree with the "Avoid" rating. There is no reason to avoid it unless you are expecting more than you should from this beer. Come on, it's Genesee. Get real.

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Photo of chrispoint
3.5/5  rDev +58.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.42/5  rDev +54.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rock Wall Brewing Co. "Dog Bite High Gravity Lager"
24 oz. can, no freshness dating
$1.79 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Dog Bite is a surprisingly fruity malt liquor, delivering notes of apple and grape. It was so fruity in fact that I had to check the label to make sure it wasn't flavored. As to its being a "lager", yes it's lager yeast, but it's clearly fermented warm.

It appears in the glass like any other malt liquor with a deep golden body beneath a short head of white foam. The head retention is fairly good, and it actually leaves some really nice, although thin, lacing about the glass. It's somewhere between medium and medium-full in body, and just below standard carbonation at maybe 2.4 volumes CO2/liter which leaves it smooth across the palate.

The aroma is malty with the suggestion of fruit and a touch of alcohol.

Beyond the fruitiness there is alcohol, but it's not "hot", and there's also a note of sugary, almost mint (which may or may not be coming from hops) as well as a pleasant note of cereal and some floral character. It's not overly sweet though, especially for a malt liquor, and despite its limited bitterness it's still able to dry in the finish; and that's great because unlike many others in the category it doesn't build upon the palate.

Although I was initially surprised by the fruity component, it's not something negative within the style, and is actually pleasant. It gives it some character and charm. For fans of the style I'd say you have to check it out.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale lemon pour with a easy clarity revealing a heavy rapid effervesce of medium-dense macro-bubbles. A weakly holding bubbly, foamy head does little to impress and hold, leaving little in the way of window dressing (lace).

S: Fairly true to style, nose holds a light mixture of dried orange aroma and pale grains. Would of liked a bit more grainy flavor, yet was fairly clean with no off aromas, but still comes off average per style.

T: For flavor there was some graininess, a bit surprised with a touch of sweet cara-pils, orange honey and even a little bit of hops show up of herbal mentions. There is some alcohol but is well maintained for its 10%abv providing a gentle complimentary warming, Sweet gain base, some light corn-syrup, and a bit of herbal hops gives this something to think about.

M: High level of carbonation and bubbly activity. Fairly crisp with a medium resistance on the tongue. A bit maltier then your typical per style.

D: Served from a 24oz tall boy can. Amazing this is fairly easy to handle for a 10%abv drink, little if any heat, only a gentle warming in passing makes it feel several points lower.

Endnote: this is a American malt liquor and I judged it as so per style. Considering the competition and others per style this was fair to manage and not as bad as its overall rating may make it appear. Overall I feel this is worthy by style.

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Photo of MaddDogg84
3.24/5  rDev +46.6%

Photo of shinerod
3.23/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first time that I've drunk Dog Bite since the alcohol content dropped from 10% to 8%. Quite frankly, I can't see why Genesee would do that. The taste is somewhat different now. Whereas the former (and in my opinion, better) version of Dog Bite was very sweet tasting, the new formula is more run-of-the-mill as far as an HG beer goes. I also don't get the grape-ish smell of old. It's still good, and well worth whatever small amount you'll pay, but it isn't the AxeHead type of skullcrusher it once was. R.I.P. to a great beer, and hello to a decent one.

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Photo of Spikester
3.14/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear gold with a big white head. Lasts quite a while. Good amount of lacings.
Smell not much smell good or bad.
Taste is like regular Genny with a bit more body and sweetness. Hard to tell this is 8% abv.
Mouthfeel is average and carbonation is alright.
Overall if you like Genny lager you should give this a try. If only for a rating.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.14/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

24 oz. can
Served in a Firestone Walker pils glass

A - It pours a crisp golden color that is devoid of any floating imperfections. The effervescent body continuously feeds a brilliant white cloud of foam that leaves traces of its presence down the side of the glass.

S - It has an initial sweet candy aroma. Upon further investigation I discover the scent of candied apple and some floral notes.

T - The taste begins sweet with some grain flavors. Then a floral taste crosses my palate. Then I get smacked with the alcohol. Then, as quickly as it came, the alcohol taste subsides leaving a clean, crisp finish.

M - Thin with biting carbonation.

O - This beer starts out a little harsh. Once the 8% numbs my tongue it becomes rather easy to drink. It is an exemplary example of an underappreciated style.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.13/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 24 fl oz can. Sampled on July 1, 2015.

Yellow pour. White head that fades.

Toasted biscuit, corn, and grassy hops on the nose.

Smoother than some malt liquors. Not cloying. A thin body.

The flavor has this strange vegetable oil character with the toasted biscuit and grassy hops. Not a headache-inducing malt liquor like so many of them can be for me. So that puts it in a slightly higher class IMO.

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Photo of beergoot
3.03/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow body starting with a thick, white head that soon fades to a thin coating. Light grain aroma with a touch very light touch of hops. Taste follows the smell for the most part with a light touch of alcohol presence. Smooth and light feel, dry finish.

I saw this one next to the other regular low-cost, cheaply made beers near the checkout line. For a $1.59, I thought I'd give it a whirl. It didn't turn out as bad as I thought. Not great by any means, but sure as hell beats the crap out of something like Olde English 800.

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Photo of blackened1339
3/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of CaverDave
3/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of jimmah120
3/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

24oz can bought on a whim. sometimes i like to take a chance on hobo beer.

for what this is, it's not bad at all (just drink it cold). crisp malt liquor malts (read: bready and sweet) with a bitter kiss of *gasp* hops! it's has a little citrus before you get the semi-sickly sweet aftertaste, but not as bad as some others.

like i said, good for what it is. outclasses most others on the same shelf.

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Photo of fx20736
2.99/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 24 oz can several months ago from Wegman's.

poured from can into large pint glass, served at fridge temp.

appearance: yellow gold with a white head, good lacing.

aroma: plenty of malt, some corn syrup sweetness, a touch of hops,

mouthfeel: listless,

taste: corn syrup, malt, slight mustiness.

notes: not much to say

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Photo of physicslover
2.94/5  rDev +33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very smooth for 8% beer. Tastes kinda like Coors original but nearly twice as strong.

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Photo of BrewMaven
2.93/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this while checking out a bev place I should go to more often..but that's another story.

A slightly reserved pour still kicks up a healthy head of white soapy bubbles..They didn't hang for long. The thin remaining cover did deposit some splotchy lace though.

Smells a bit sweet, a little solvent like with a touch of yeastiness..interesting.

Dare I sip a malt liquor? Nah, I think a manly mouthful is called for here..It brings initial sweetness along with a fairly biting carbonation and a definite alcoholic finish. Mouthfeel is on the thick and slick side..seems to be the norm with these HG malt liquors.

This is one of the better of this genre based on it's drink-ability and, at a buck fifty for a 24oz can, even if it sucked it wouldn't hurt my conscience too much.

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Dog Bite High Gravity Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 5.9% out of 100 with 135 ratings
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