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

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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
Ratings:
135
Reviews:
68
Avg:
2.27
pDev:
39.21%
 
 
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of GRG1313
1.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of spycow
1.75/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of metter98
2.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are preset in the nose—corn seems to stand out in particular along with faint hints of alcohol.
T: The taste follows the smell, but flavors of alcohol start to creep in. There is a lingering aftertaste of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't nearly as offensive compared to some of the other malt liquors that I've had.

Serving type: can

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Photo of emerge077
1.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Puured a bit of the can into a mug, fast moving carbonation perpetually rising. Bright gold, utterly clear though on closer inspection there's tiny bits of suspended sediment, like when dust hits a sunbeam. White sudsy head, lasting retention and even some drippy lacing around the edges. Looks like your average industrial lager.

Smells very sweet like apple juice, slightly floral, with some light artificial plastic phenols behind it. Ham-fisted fusel alcohol, reeks of sweet cloying fumes.

Taste is also very sweet, some apple and pear notes, envelope glue, isopropryl sharpness. Messy and slick on the tongue. Astringency in this beer is awful. Gag inducing and foul, can't help but pull a face when drinking it. Trying to drink more that a third of the can is proving to be a real chore. A novelty beer for the can, the beer inside is cheap swill (not that it's advertised as anything but). $1.09 can.

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1.75/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.42/5  rDev +50.7%
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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1.26/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 24oz can into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains alcohol, light malts, grain, adjuncts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a boozy sting of alcohol. Then some light malt sweetness comes in followed by mildly bready flavors of adjuncts and grain, but there isn’t much to temper the alcohol. The hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is likewise boozy.

M: Crisp but not smooth at all, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Not very flavorful, does not go down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, I understand that this is a beer designed to pack a big punch, but even for the style this beer overdoes it since there doesn’t seem to be anything at all to balance out the alcohol.

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Photo of mactrail
2.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Label says it's "brewed and canned by Rock Wall Brewing Company, Rochester, NY." Which is Genesee Brewing, now known as North American Breweries. An intergalactic favorite.

Poured in a cheap wine glass, the color is a nice washed-out yellow with a fine head and enough carbonation to give a beery effect. Hot, thin, and dangerous. Makes your lips burn. Supply your own analogies with the female sex. Pretty clean flavor, just not much of it. For the purist: none of this tutti frutti flavoring nonsense. Though it might not be bad on Sunday morning 50/50 cut with fresh orange juice. Does make you think of it as a mixer. Dog Bite and Tonic.

Seems to be all about the money shot: plenty of alcohol. Makes you appreciate a good barley wine for all the malt, happy hops and complexity. Who knew? Thanks to Riverside Beverages in Chattanooga for bringing in this fine selection.

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Photo of smithj4
1.93/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

Photo of woodychandler
2.8/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yay, another AML as part of The CANQuest (TM)! My local trade partner alerted me to its existence and I made it a point to seek it out. As you CAN tell from the picture, Cerberus guards this beer and if I am going to be dog bitten, it may as well be by one of the most famous dogs in mythology/literature. I recently had a bad fall on my steps and maybe this will dull some of the pain.

Houston, we had a problem from Jump Street - these oversize CANs tend to have their opening further back from the lip and it CAN and did lead to minor spillage. I had a MacBeth head, a brief finger of bone white head that strutted briefly upon the stage before it was Out, out brief head time. The color was a stunning sunshine yellow with NE-quality clarity. Color is usually a strong suit among these types of beers, IMHO. Nose was strong, but not a strong suit. It smelled like bubble gum being chewed at the dry cleaning plant inside the local plastics factory. The dog was already beginning to bite and I had not even gotten in my first sip! Geronimo! Here we go! Look out below! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a good deal of carbonation scrubbing away at my palate so that I would better appreciate the subtle nuances of such a beer. It is too bad that subtlety was not a strong suit, either. This was like a 10-lb. sledgehammer coming full force at my Brain Housing Group. It had a taste like apple cider gone slightly wrong, not quite apple jack, but no longer cider, either. I popped an Aleve and awaited the fireworks before I take my post-school day lay down before Wednesday night trivia. Ah, the dog is nippin' at me all over now! My flesh was being rent from my extremities as the dog decided to play with me before finishing me off. Speaking of finish, it was not too terribly bad. It had a lot of sweetness, which is unusual for the style, so maybe they have not worked the yeast to death yet. It also had a lot of odd flavors, like green apple and fusel alcohol.

I have drank enough of this style to know an "F" and this was not it, boys and girls. This was not totally unpleasant, Minhas-style, nor was it at the upper-end, like Double Colt 45, which I actually like and have shared in the alley behind my house with some of the night crawling denizens. This was somewhere in the middle, the Twilight Zone of AMLs, where dogs bark in the night but leave you semi-conscious to come back for another go-'round. Go ahead, bite me again, you beast! I dare you.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.92/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can courtesy of Brad. Thanks!

A: The beer pours a clear orange yellow with a short lived white head.

S: Metal and corn with a big time vegetal aroma. Cooked grains and miscellaneous citrus peel with some strangely acidic apple juice notes to it. A touch of garbage, and maybe some food left in the garbage disposal without being flushed down the sink for a few days.

T: The flavor is pretty typical for a malt liquor. Really quite sweet with a big emphasis on corn and corn syrup. A touch of apple juice and interestingly enough, some banana.

M: Medium in body with a medium to lively carbonation.

O: The nose was just atrocious, but the flavor was actually pretty decent. If you're just looking for a buzz, this could work.

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Photo of tone77
2.13/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hints of corn. Taste is not very good, alcohol, plastic, a bit sweet, in a word, yuck. Feels light in the mouth with a slight alcohol burn and is not very drinkable. Overall this is a beer to be avoided.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Huge thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this gem. Comes in a large, bright orange can.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. So far so good. Then as soon as you smell the beer you realize things are taking a turn for the worse. I get a lot of grain and grass notes with a little bit of orange mixed in. The flavor is more of the same with some grain and orange. Actually not bad for a malt liquor, but certainly not a good beer. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.6/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a perfectly crystal clear light yellow. A white fizzy head dies quickly.

Aroma of corn, spent grain, spent hops, and fusel alcohol.

Flavor has a neutral note almost, then the corn and rice sweetness sets in. Small, stale hop does a little to balance, then a soft alcohol note. For 8% it could be more ghastly than it is.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.13/5  rDev +37.9%
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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1.74/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

24-ounce orange colored can with a black depiction of Cerberus on it for less than $2? Yeah I just got to try it.

Clear gold colored beer with a small white colored head. It does look like beer.

Smells sweet and of corn with a strong apple scent and some eye stinging fusel alcohol. Strong solvent alcohol scent.

Dare I actually put this in my mouth? It does smell bad but simply isn't in the same class as Super Brew 15.

http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/2888/67926

Starts out sweet with a strong apple taste. Tastes somewhat of rubbing alcohol. Strong metallic aftertaste. There is a melon taste here to go with the apple. Not totally undrinkable, but it isn't good.

Mouthfeel is present.

Overall it isn't good. I was able to get down 1/4 of a glass of this stuff. It is only recommended as an exploration of bad beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

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 beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev +43.2%
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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1.88/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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1.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.13/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a golden color with a lighter pure white head. The head fades fast giving way to some lacing.

Smell – Corn with the slightest bit of booze.

Taste – Sweet corn mixed with some breadiness up front. These tastes last through the middle and to the end, but lighten as the taste advances. Toward the end an alcohol flavor really becomes potent and lingers in the aftertaste. Along with the lingering of the alcohol there are flavors of metal and aldehydes. It starts out alright, but leaves one unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied with normal carbonation. Not much else to say.

Overall – Nothing I would do again. If you feel like a malt (which sometimes I do) I would not take this one. Go with something else.

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1.58/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Really weak yellow color, good 1" head that quickly vanishes leaving no lace. Aroma was of aluminum and alcohol. Do they even line these cans? Tastes au natural, this is the can to drink if you're one of those BPA causeheads! Further searching yields a sweet creamed corn malt base underneath the aluminum and alcohol aroma.

Taste, eeegad, I'm glad I was able to pawn most of this off on others. Alcohol, thin body, corn, corn syrup and metal. Pretty gross, tastes just like the label looks (terrible). I think as you drink more of it, you become a little accustomed to its shittiness, and you start to hallucinate and think you can taste green apple, that the fusel alcohol like flavors burning your ear, nose and throat pavillion aren't really as harsh as they were at first. Desensitizing I guess, which oddly, is a good thing when the beer starts out this bad.

Even judging to style, this is on the low end of things. If you really want to punish your taste buds, let it warm up on a sunny day. Starts to drink like its 80 proof stuff.

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1.77/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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2.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Dog Bite High Gravity Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
2.27 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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