Garde Dog | Flying Dog Brewery

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Garde DogGarde Dog

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by letsgopens on 03-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 497 |  Reviews: 352
Photo of biggmike
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear dark yellow color with nice white head that stayed a little while. Had a bit of a grassy aroma to it. Flavor was rich maltiness that also has some fruity sweetness. Not much hop presence. Mouthfeel was good a bit on the thin side. Beer was okay but nothing special.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick eggshell colored head into a snifter. left a thin ring that was gone halway through. the body was bright orange.
s - sweet and grainy, hints of apples and honey.
t - fruity with a nice hop spiciness.
m - slick and clean. a little too thin.
d - goes down smoothly, nice beer to have a few of during the summer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a pretty, clear golden with a substantial, fine-bubbled head. Aroma is richly fruity and malty, demanding a taste. The well-rounded malty flavor has a little bitterness and a lagerish feel with a hint of fruit. Garde Dog is rough and edgy going down the pipes.

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Photo of smcolw
3.19/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear and straw in color; nice fluffy head and decent spotty lace on the glass side.

Very mild lighter malt aroma. Close to a lawn mower offering in terms of smell.

The flavor is a marked improvement to the smell. Much more body than the pour would indicate; above average level of carbonation. The taste is dominated with grain and a touch of soured milk in the swallow. No notable hop presence to provide balance.

This is an uncomplicated beer. What you see is pretty much what you get--a mild, high-carbonated, lightly hopped ale. I feel that it is closer to an American pilsner than a Biere de Garde.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear golden straw color with a small white head that fades. Decent lacing on the glass.

Malty and yeasty earthy aroma. Light fruity and spicy tones. Mild herbal hops in the background.

Rather clean and crisp maltiness upfront leading into a medium bitterness and herbal hop flavor. Very little of the yeasty/fruity/spicy tones detected in the smell actually come through in the taste.

Medium-light carbonation, light body.

Quite drinkable and refreshing, although not as complex as I had hoped. Rather tame example of the style, albeit enjoyable.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very light golden color with a fluffy white head. Its super clear and clean with not a whole lot of carbonation present.

The smell is yeasty, very subtle and a bit earthy. Not a lot of distinct smells with this beer.

Taste is slightly spicy, a little malt sweetness and dry in the finish. There is a bit of yeastiness as well but nothing too overpowering.

If I had to describe this beer I would say its very subtle in both smell and taste. Its easy drinking like a summer beer without a whole lot of body or character to it.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale clear gold with a thin white head. light retention and no lace.

Aroma is mild and fruity.

Flavor is nowhere near the intended style. This tastes like a well made American Macro lager, only drier with a slight hint of lemon.

Body very light and spritzy feeling. I usually dig the FD brews, but this one just misses the mark entirely.

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Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent golden/bronze with 1 finger of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Fruittyness, apple peels & honey

T: Honey, apple peels, & some lemony hops up front. A lot of honey, some apple juice & a touch of lemony hops as this warms. Finishes with apple peel, & a slight crispness

MF: Light bodied, with vigirous carbonation, balances alright

Drinks alright, not really my cup of tea style-wise & a rather weak representation of the style

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Photo of blakesell
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a yeallow golden with a slight creamy cap of foam that does not linger. It does cling slightly to the sides of the glass.

Smell- Light malts and corn with little to no traces of hop present. A light creaminess with a bigger cream on the finish. Yeasty esters are there but not too powerful.

Taste- Yeasts, slight fruitiness, light hops, creaminess, two row base malt, Flying Dog signature yeast, slight dustiness, buttery, not overpowering, very smooth, slight spice. Corny lager flavor is powerful and not welcome.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, light bodied, highly carbonated, not astringent, smooth.

Drinkability- Bland, not much to the beer, this is the last time I waste time on this beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a transparent, light gold with a small white head that quickly fizzles out.
Smell is malty, candy like, doughy, with notes of bananas, dark fruit, and caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with some roasted nuts, bananas, sugar, and grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, mildly tart, smooth in the finish, with sweetness up front...I can't say this one is on par with being a BDG but I rate a beer as it stands, not really punishing it for not fitting style guidelines, which has happened to me countless times in homebrew competition (mainly b/c I don't normally brew to style on purpose).
It's about what ai expected.

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Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow with fluffy white bubbly head. Neutral smell. High carbonation. Some creaminess on tonge, lace, above average mouthfeel. A tad of grassy hop. But fairly weak taste for the style, something like a malt liquor. sweetish aftertaste. Nothing special at all.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear, light gold with about a quarter inch of head that is gone before you can blink.

S- Mostly light pilsner malt, maybe a touch of Belgian yeast spiciness, but not much. Really just a typical "beer" smell.

T- Very light in flavor. Just a touch of grainy malt, and maybe a little sweetness. The hops add a little spiciness and a light bitterness to the finish, but that's it.

M- Light and fizzy. The carbonation is nice.

D- Not bad, considering how light this is. It's pretty low in alcohol, so a couple of these on a hot day wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

Average in almost every way, and below average in a couple. It's not terrible, but it's so light as to almost not be worth drinking. The only use I could see for this would be on the aforementioned hot day. Even then, there are better and cheaper options. Not recommended.

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Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but I was disappointed by how little funk there was here, I only got the slightest farmhouse character. For the most part I pulled out a strong toasted malt and bread aroma and flavor that was quite nice and true to style, but was underwhelming without the usual trademark Belgian character. There was a slight note of hops and I always like a little hops in my Belgians, but this was like buying a 6-pack with only 4 beers in it.

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Photo of ChrisBakken
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I liked this beer, but it was nothing special.
Poured a light strawish color, taste was matly and a too sweet for me. If you like spring/summer styles this would be a good start. I perfer stronger IPA's so on this one i tried something new. Hope someone finds this helpful.

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Photo of mntlover
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with a decent creamy white head that leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is lightly malty some straw, light grass mildly spicy hops. Not quit to style maybe but decent enough.

Taste is light malt little strawy in flavor more then toasted malt. Some light lemony flavors little tart. Hops are spicy lightly zesty also. Taste not really to style either, or atleast not how i remember the style.

Mouthfeel is light little peppy in carbonation department but feel works well with the brew.

Drinkability is ok nice light crisp little brew nice to throw down in warmer weather just not as malt as I was expecting or remember the style too be.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear dark straw color with a smallish white head.

S - A bit funky, grassy hops, sweet maltiness. Not a lot of fruit in here.

T - Definitely on the sweet side. There's a hint of lemon and a very mild hop bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable and tasty.

M - Somewhat astringent, light bodied.

D - Not bad. Not terribly exciting I guess, but serviceable and refreshing.

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Photo of joekfsu
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear gold with 1 cm of off white bubbly head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma is sweet and floral, light. Initial flavor of fruit and bread. Flavor ends the same but with a hint spice and tart. Light flavored. Thin body, moderate carbonation, nearly no lacing, and no real alcohol presence noted. Light, drinkable beer for people who are fans of lighter beers, but a let down for me as I hold Flying Dog to a higher standard than this.

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Photo of rowew
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, typical Steadman label. "Brewed by Flying Dog Brewery, Denver CO and under special agreement, Frederick, MD." Denver CO my ass - this is no longer a Colorado beer, and I'd prefer they didn't try and pretend otherwise. Date code is cryptic.

Appearance: Clear golden color, average head fades quickly, no lacing.

Smell: Malty, a bit of peppery spice and some citrus.

Taste: A bit cloying, the sweetness seems to hide the other flavors. There is a bit of the pepper and citrus here too, but its hard to get past the sweetness.

Overall impression: A bit too sweet for my taste, its an average offering.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce, single bottle just purchased from Whole Foods in Madison for $2.25...
Very cool front logo sticker, by the way...
Pours a clear, lucid, applejuice-colored hue with a minimal head that left a miniscule amount of lacing...
Aroma was laden with yeast, straw, wheat, citrus, lemon, and florals...
Taste strongly resembled the smell, with a nice hint of florals, citrus, and yeast...
Definitely a good summer-time brew - very crisp, clean, cold, and refreshing without any cloying flavors detectable... The only downside to this brew is the lack of complexity on the tongue - slightly boring and unexciting taste with not much flavor thrown around...
Slick, watered-down mouthfeel with not much going on here...
Drinkability was about average at best... no alcohol detectable, but a distinct lack of character and complexity was the iron curtain on this one...

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a Murphy's pint glass.

A: Poured a great looking golden amber with terrific clarity, light ribbons of carbonation and a tight one-finger head of white foam.

S: Smells a little sweet and bready with some light citric notes in the aroma.

T: Taste is an uplifting blend of semisweet toasted malt, giving way to the grainy taste of fruits such as lemon and mellow buttery flavors. The slight citric hop finish is delicate and great for building character in this brew.

M: Mouthfeel is light to medium with a satisfying clarity.

D: This Biere de Garde is a nice American adaption of the style and its drinkability is one of the finest of Flying Dog's to date. Nice, simple flavor with sessionable ABV.

I think Garde Dog needs to be available year-round, and possible make way into the litter of the mixed pack. I'd definitely get it again.

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Photo of Slynger
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garde Dog pours a clear, bright, golden color, with a nicely sized fuzzy-creamy lid.

Smells very lightly sweet, of crystal malts with a touch of honey. Grainy with toasted bread and a grassy-earthy spiciness to it.

A nice medium body with pleasant carbonation and an oily smoothness to it. The flavor is very lightly crystal malt sweet with a strong toasted and grainy saltine character. Grassy, earthy, and musty hops finish it crisp, clean, and dry with a bit of a sharp bite, and hints of lemon are noticeable as it warms.

A very pleasant and drinkable BdG that could use a bit more complexity, but is on the right track.

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Photo of SuperWhite92
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. standard brown glass bottle. 5.5% ABV, 27 IBU.

Pours a color and head so similar to any american light beer that you couldn't tell a difference. The head dies off rather quickly.

The similarities end there.

The smell is strong with spices and with a slight hint of fruit.

Tastewise, it's strong with spices, although not overpowering. Accompanied by some fruity sweetness, it's neither boring nor powerful. This is the perfect beer for a nice warm spring day.

Mouthfeel is very light, somewhat bubbely, and actually very acidic. It's great for the taste, style, and appearance of the beer, otherwise it would actually be rather strange.

This beer is very drinkable. It could be easily sessioned while sitting on the porch watching an april rainshower.

Overall, it's a great beer that I'll look forward too every spring. It's just too bad that Flying dog decided to relocate their brewery to Maryland, I always have wanted to visit their brewery, but never had a chance to until it was too late.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a . The aroma is slightly toasted malts, with some spices, caramel and herbal hops. The taste is malt that is slightly bready with some spices and herbal hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Not bad, but far from spectacular. Overall, this is a decent offering from Flying Dog that is worth a try, but I probably wouldn't purchase it again.

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Photo of cokes
1.98/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Golden honey hued with a quickly vanishing white head. Carbonation streams at first, then tapers off to leave a virtually still liquid.
Honey appears on the nose too, along with a quick burst of toast and peppercorns, and then a more enduring whiff of rubber bands.
It begins through the mouth with a syruped pear notion that is suggestive of a maibock, but far weaker. There's a small toasty counterpart. And that's honestly about it, as it slowly fades revealing tiny glints of creamed corn and wet sandstone.
The initial carbonation fluffs it up and gives it levity for the first 45 seconds, after that it literally dies, becomes heavy (though the body is never more than medium), cloddish, and cloying.
This is borderline offensive in its blandness and flaws. Why label it a style that it doesn't even begin to resemble?
This is much, much closer to PBR (and actually not as good due to its stickiness) than 3 Monts or La Bavaisienne, or even simpler versions like Two Bros Domaine DuPage.

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Photo of rajendra82
2.71/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Garde Dog arrived in a litter of six pack and when poured looked ultra clear pale orange. The color was not bad, but the heavy filtration, the fizzy, and clearly artificial, carbonation, and a complete lack of any head made this look nothing like a Bière de Garde. The smell was sweet and spoiled by a whiff of cooked corn. The taste was sweet as well with some orange sour like flavor mixed in. Some hop bitterness was poking through in the finish. This was a lot closer in taste to a European Strong Lager cut with a Cream Ale than a Bière de Garde. The body was medium thick and mouthfeel was quite creamy. Average beer that underwhelmed.

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Garde Dog from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.43 out of 5 with 497 ratings
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