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

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Dog Bite High Gravity LagerDog Bite High Gravity Lager

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

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

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Photo of Unicycling4Beer
1.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of SirPlunkett
1/5  rDev -55%

Photo of Lawl3ss
1.59/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bright orange tall boy poured into a pint glass and finished from the can after reconsidering. Recommended by a friend... heh. I'll try to be unbiased with the review.

Look- Crystal clear pale yellow with a reasonable head.

Smell- I get corn, sweet malt, something fruity, and a whiff of nail polish remover. Could double as sniffing salts. This is actually why I switched back to the can.

Taste- Corn syrup with a hint of hop bitters. Surprisingly non-bad, it doesn't have much going on, but the alcohol is more subdued than expected and it's not as terrible as the smell indicated. I didn't get the chemical taste others have commented on, just the metalic aftertaste you'd expect from most macrolagers.

Mouthfeel- Something like light syrup with more bite. Carbonation is nearly gone after the pour, but moderate out of the can. Once again, alcohol isn't as overt as expected.

Overall- Keep it in the can, if you must drink it. All I can really say is that it's incredibly cheap and will probably get you fairly intoxicated for less than the cost of lunch. Other than that, it's not a particularly pleasurable experience. +.5 to the brewers for hiding the alcohol.

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Photo of ale207
2.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Zorro
1.74/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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 emerge077
1.96/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Photo of blackened1339
3/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +80.2%
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. 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 thekevlarkid
2.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked a bright orange can of this garbage up while cruising back from NY. It poured a clear yellow color with one finger of white head that left scant lacing. The aroma was super boozy with adjuncts and pale malt behind that. The flavors were similar. I started it near ice cold and despite getting intoxicated it got worse as I drank it and it warmed up. Boozy, cheap and dangerous. Feels like a fistfight in a can. The body was medium, carbonation high and mouthfeel prickly.

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Photo of BeerHERE2010
1.4/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

1.5, overall, and i'm being 'generous' - as generous i can be considering that i got 'suckered' by the artsy graphics by the corporate brewer 'cloaked' by Rock Wall Brewing attribution v Genesee / North American Brewing actual'. 'Gravity' overcame my 50's era 'big family imprinting (finish everything you take) and this High Gravity 'craft cloaked' factory trash went in the toilet and DOWN the drain. Suckered by factory trash that SUCKS. Won't happen again, and, trust me on this, and don't let it happen to you. Na zdravi!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.85/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dog Bite has a very thick, white head and a clear, golden appearance, with some bubbles streaming up and a surprisingly good amount of ragged lacing. The aroma is of dense corn husks and maybe other grains. Taste is a mixture of corn, corn husks, malted barley, and even a touch of hops. Sweetness and alcohol are strongly present across the sip. Dog Bite has a medium mouthfeel, and it finishes shockingly crisp and refreshing, but not clean, however. While I do not really like this barley-wine type beer, I thought it was sort of good and tasty, not awful and disgusting as I expected. However, it did go straight to my head and my 15-minute nap on the couch turned into an hour and a half knock out. I awoke feeling disoriented, somewhat queasy, and off kilter. Overall, this should be approached with trepidation. I think it does have some redeeming qualities, but I can’t, in good consciousness, recommend this.


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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.09/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not that bad looking. Clear and yellow, lots of bubbles, decent head and some lace.

Smell is very sweet and corny. Did I mention sweet?

Taste is alcoholic and heavily adjuncty, mostly alcohol and grainy.

Feel is mostly sweet corn syrup and alcohol, with some fizzy carbonation.

Overall it's a high gravity lager, which isn't saying much. For the style it's average but still not very good.

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Photo of baconsausage
2.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"This has been sitting in my fridge for weeks. I have some time to kill today, so why not get it over with?"

+1 to this. And it is gotten over with quick. Nice yellow color, nice white head that leaves nice lacing down the sides of my nice glass. This is where the nice ends. Smells like an adjunct lager, tastes like an adjunct lager mixed with grain alcohol and sterno. Overly boozy and sweet. I drank more of the Jeremiah Weed Tea than I could of this three headed bitch. I spent more time reviewing it than drinking it. Good bye cruel world...

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Photo of lwillitz
2.29/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24-oz can poured into a large mug

This has been sitting in my fridge for weeks. I have some time to kill today, so why not get it over with?

A - agressive pour yielded a big white foamy head; body is completely transparent straw yellow; loads of carbonation bubbles

S - typical corny adjunct smell; pungent fruit; strong alcohol presence

T - corn, same pungent fruits, alcohol; actually better than expected

M - syrupy; medium body with high carbonation

O - Not bad for a high gravity lager, but still tastes like it could take the paint off your car.

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Photo of zdk9
1.42/5  rDev -36%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours yellow with a full head that dissapears in pockets pretty quickly.

S- Smells sweet, slightly malty, corny- actually really corny as my nose gets into it.

T- Tastes slightly malty, but mostly just corny and sugary. It actually has some characteristics of a belgian strong ale with the sugary sweetness- pretty gross though in this form- almost sweeter than a soda.

M- Alcohol isn't too prevelant for 10%. Very syrupy.

O- Is this 24oz can worth the $1.20 I paid for it? I'm going to have to go with no.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.26/5  rDev -43.2%
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 ElCommodoro
2.63/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours a perfectly clear dark yellow colour with a small white head that disappears very quickly, leaving little behind despite the violent bubbling going on from what is probably artificial carbonation.
The smell is somehow simultaneously grainy, and intensely of apples. It smells tart and sweet. Very bizarre for a beer.
The taste is not as bad as I expected from the smell. It was certainly odd for a beer. It was tart and sweet. Not something I expect in a beer. It also tasted like it had some really cheap vodka poured right into it. Despite this, it was not bad. It didn't have any beeriness that I usually want in a beer. I'd rather have my beer taste like corn than fruit because at least corn is a grain. But this has an interestingly satisfying balance between the sweetness, tartness, and alcoholiness, despite the fact that tartness generally has no place in a beer. This makes it tough to rate, since it wasn't bad, just not what I'm usually looking for in a beer. We REALLY need a distinction between malt liquor and high gravity lager on Beer Advocate. The difference between the two is ever-growing. High gravity lagers are known for their odd tartness and fruitiness. Malt liquors are not. Any connoisseur of either style will know that.
More importantly, this thing got me totally fucked That's what these brews are meant for and it was effective and very pleasant. Some of the even cheaper and even more alcoholic beverages are far less pleasant. They get me drunk, but not at all happy.
That strong alcohol, flavour: that I like. That bite is something I enjoy that reminds me I'm drinking a very alcoholic beverage. I'm not normally into macho shit, but that high alcohol bite is right up my ally. Some pussies taste it and say it tastes or smells like nail polish remover. But if you want to taste or smell nail polish remover in your booze, try out Flor de Cana rum from Nicaragua. It's not even bottom shelf, but it smells and tastes like it got a decent amount of acetone poured in for no good reason.
So, this one gets my approval. It's decent, which is above the curve on these "high gravity lagers."

Note: 24 hour terrible hangover the next day is not worth it. I have never had a worse hangover than after this beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
1.77/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

24 oz orange can with a three-headed black dog silhouette...packaging is just screaming with class. $1.19 at some shithole gas station in Livingston, TX. Pours a clear, dark yellow color with a small cap of white head.

Nose is green apple, nail polish remover and alcohol. Not even some grainy malt or corn can rise above the various unpleasantries in the nose here. Ugh.

I am a believer in the mantra 'You have to experience the bad to appreciate the good'. This is a perfect example of it...stale grains soaked in watered down vodka with a few sour apple Jolly Ranchers thrown in for good measure. The taste is actually not quite as bad as the nose, which is horrendous, but half this 2x4 will probably go down the drain anyway. The alcohol is too big for its britches and the apple and acetone notes are very distracting. I will admit that it is decently drinkable for a 10% malt liquor...there are worse variants out there. Id still much prefer a 40 of OE to this, if I was fiendin for some malt licka.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.08/5  rDev +83.8%
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 Pegasus
2.32/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear, medium golden in color, with a massive, dense white head, over two inches in depth, with superb retention. Storms of small bubbles race to the surface, renewing the head. Thick tidemarks ring the glass walls.

Aroma: A strong punch of sweet and hot alcohols, vegetable notes, mustiness, and some slight metallic hops.

Taste: Cloyingly sweet alcohol at the opening of the taste. Alas, it does not improve from here. Interestingly enough, the alcohol is only slightly warming. Mixed with the alcohol is some cooked corn, and some late, faint hops to cut the sweetness. Finishes a little dry with some mild metallic bitterness at the back of the mouth.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, quite soft, despite the strong carbonation, there is no harshness.

Drinkability/notes: Well, it is malt liquor, it is cheap, and it is potent. At less than two dollars for a twenty-four ounce can, it is a decent value in its particular niche.

Presentation: Packaged in a bright orange twenty-four ounce aluminum can, graced by artwork depicting Cerberus, the three-headed guardian of the Underworld of Greek mythology. Served in a Pilsener glass.

This being my millennial review on BeerAdvocate, Dog Bite High Gravity Lager somehow seems appropriate.

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Photo of cpolking
1.94/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours golden in color, well-carbonated, and with a half to three-quarter inches of light, fluffy, and rapidly dissipating white head that actually leaves a medium lacing down the glass. Any beer of this type that is as high as 10% is generally scary, so let's see how this one goes.

The aroma is a bit fruity, sweet, candy-like, cotton candy and a bit of circus peanuts candy. There is a slight bit of green apple. Now that is not a great aroma, but it is actually better than I expected. The taste is sweet and sour at the same time, reminiscent of the aroma, but does not cause one to gag. Seriously, for a cheap 10% beer, this is about as good as you can hope. Its praise is that it is not nauseating and remains barely drinkable.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.7/5  rDev +66.7%
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 womencantsail
2.92/5  rDev +31.5%
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 Mora2000
2.43/5  rDev +9.5%
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 beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev +46.4%
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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Dog Bite High Gravity Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.22 out of 5 with 137 ratings