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

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American Malt Liquor
Ranked #80
Ranked #47,680
2.12 | pDev: 41.51%
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States
Dog Bite High Gravity LagerDog Bite High Gravity Lager
Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 140
Photo of twiggamortis420
1.77/5  rDev -16.5%
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 +92.5%
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 +9.4%
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 -8.5%
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 +74.5%
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 +37.7%
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 +14.6%
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 +53.3%
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 mainer88
3.7/5  rDev +74.5%
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 pezfiend
1.88/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving, 24 oz can to pilsner... lemme try it straight from the can too. Nope, still bad. Gonna hafta wash this glass really well.

A - At first decent, poured clear yellow, almost like a nice lager, decent 1.5 finger head that went away almost instantly, still effervescent but that's about it.

S - Sweet corn, lots of alcohol

T - Booze and corn, kinda like drinking a handful of corn nuts soaked in rubbing alcohol. Corn nuts by the way are amazing! Not something i should be tasting in my beer though. I also agree with woodychandler, i do taste the green apple.

M - Thin, very bubbly, like spraying scrubbing bubbles in your mouth.

O - If i was still in college I'd go for this but it's been about 4 years... r. For $1.49 it's a cheap drunk, come to think about it... nope, still tastes like crap! If only the beer tasted as good as the can looks cool.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.06/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Imagine a bowl of frosted flakes with nail polish remover poured over them. That's this beer.
Seriously, that would be my whole review if I didn't have to come up with 250 characters.
Looks like any typical adjunct pilsner-style lager. Leaves a little stringy lacing (and that's the best thing about it).
Tastes sickeningly sweet and corny with a pronounced acetone quality. I don't even think they bothered adding hops to this; what would be the point?
Pretty much good for nothing but a cheap buzz, which is exactly what it's produced for, so I guess "mission accomplished!"
Kind of embarrassed that this comes from my home town brewery.

Even after everything above has been stated... I've had worse.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
1.6/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Almost a finger of head, and no lace to speak good things about. The color is a 4 on the SRM beer color chart. Smells like boiled corn and some roasted malt, sweet malt. Taste is just this side of purgatory. Flavors of boiled sweet corn and malt. Mouthfeel is just this side of water, but leaves a parched feeling on my tongue and the back of my throat. One is more than enough for me. I would give it to a person who thinks he knows about good beer and watch his lip curl up.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.8/5  rDev +32.1%
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 JMad
1.31/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I poured a 24 oz can of this into my big glass mug...

The liquid was piss-yellow, there was no head whatsoever.

I could only smell alcohol and sweet corn.

It's tastes sweet, malty, almost creamy, with more corn and alcohol.

This beer is thick, there is not much carbonation, and it's kind of warming due to the high abv.

I would not recommend this to my worst enemy.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Dark golden, thin white head. Actually a web of lacing stick to the glass.
S- Smell is quite sweet with a big alcohol kick.
T- Taste is a bit too much alcohol for anything else to shine.
M- Sonewhat cloying, until the alcohol makes your mouth forget anything else.
D- As a malt liquor it's not that bad, but there's just not enough to merit multiple purchases of this. Definitely does not hide the alcohol well.

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Photo of tone77
2.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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 yesyouam
1.38/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Dog Bite High Gravity Lager is a bright yellow beer that's very clear and very sparkling. The thin white head fades to a blotch. It has a grain alcohol aroma, slightly sweet and corny. It smells like a drunk guy. It has a prickly medium body with a pretty dry finish. It leaves the tongue a touch syrupy. It tastes quite sweet and very corny. It tastes like corn on the cob dipped in paint thinner. It tastes much stronger than 10% ABV. There is a fusel aftertaste. Yow. This is like brawling fuel. I feel like I'm being hazed by drinking this. This could use some powdered koolaid and crushed caffeine pills to really show of the class of this fine beverage.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
1/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I really can't say much about this beer. It would be a waste of my time. The only reason I'm reviewing it is to warn people that this beer is so awful. I tried to be open minded about it as I am with all beers but this one was just nasty. I reviewed it on video over at my blog.

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Photo of generalnotsew
2.2/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The body is thicker and not as light as I expected. Could be due to the high abv but it certainly isn't as light as most macros. Actually got a really nice head to boot. Still your expected light watery yellow. Smell is extremely sweet. I actually kind of like it. Very sweet candied pineapple. Think DIPA that has lost it's hops. Eh. A bit too sweet for my tastes. A tad cloying. Reminds me a bit of Fruity Pebbles. Seems the best description. But hey at least it has flavor. Can't say the same for the aftertaste. It fades fast as hell. Mouthfeel is pretty week. Some hard carbonation up front then turns to water. Also it is hot as hell. For what it is it isn't terrible. Just a good cheap drunk. And it will surely do it more than any of malt liquor.

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Photo of mactrail
2.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Dog Bite High Gravity Lager from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 55 out of 100 with 140 ratings