Bisonfest | Flying Bison Brewing Company

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Flying Bison Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by wailingwench on 10-01-2004

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by riversider76:
Photo of riversider76
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper gold with a thin white head. Decent retention and a very nice lace. Nose is of caramel, and bready malts. Body is on the light side of medium, with some carbonation. Taste is rich, with caramel, and grain up front. Spicy, fruity finish. Try this one if you can.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got my growler at Preimere Gourmet,pours a brilliant deep gold with a creamy head tha leaves a generous amount of lace,aromas of sweet caramel almost a butterscotch aroma along with a peppery note.Taste is quite sweet for the style lots of caramel along with some toasted grain and some late spiciness but it gets almost cloying sweet after a glass.A nice beer but a little to much caramel but it has some nice qualities to it.

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Photo of generallee
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was served on tap at the Buffalo Central Terminal Oktoberfest.

Appearance: It had a dark brunt amber color with good clarity and a small creamy off white colored head. The head slowly faded leaving just a small ring of bubbles on top with some slick lacing that slid down the glass as I drank.

Smell: The aroma was sweet and malty with hints of caramel and a good dose of spicy/herbal hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a solid malty body with pleasant roasted and caramel notes. The hop presence is solid as well and brings nice spicy and herbal notes with mellow bitterness. It has a medium to full body with a well balanced smooth finish. The texture is smooth and slightly slick with good carbonation.

Notes: This Octoberfest was very enjoyable and highly drinkable.

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Photo of munro78
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this seasonal straight from the dragon's lair, right out of flying bison brewery in keg form. I served this up at an octoberfest party i had. I was very, very pleased with this beer.

Appearance, copper/amber, rich off white head that was eventually reduced to a small ring around the glass. Smell was of medium hops, noble german that is. not over powering, but fitting. taste was was a very, very good combination of hops and malt. Slightly nutty, sweet, obvious lagering and the subtle traces of alcohol (i believe 6%). Great combination of german malts and noble hops to make a wonderful seasonal beer! This was a hit at the party.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer last night right at the Flying Bison Brewery. I am not normally much on seasonals, particularly Octoberfest beers, but the Bisonfest had me pleasantly surprised. It poured very smoothly, very little carbonation. The aroma was just beautiful, although it could have something to do with the fact that they were bottling Imperial Red right behind me and the eyast was very prevalent in the area. There is very little after taste at all. It goes down very smoothly. A great session drinking beer.
I ended up bringing back a growler for further sampling.

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Photo of mlockman
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Much better than Rusty Chain, in my humble opinion.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hmansfie
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of spark3148857
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of djgustafson
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of johnso98
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of BarleyBoz
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bisonfest is excellent all around. This beer is very comprable to anything that is out there on the market. With what is arguably the most seasonal time of year for beer makers, this one is in my top three. From its perfect Marzen deep gold color to its excellent smooth finish, this beer really says bring on Oktoberfest!

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Photo of RonM5xho
2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Good color, weak head and lacing, IMO, too sweet up front and a flat backside. I kind of thought it was a watered down Octoberfest compared to others.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Pilsner glass.

A- pours a nice light copper color with a 1 finger head that fades quickly.

S- has spice malt scent with lemon citrus follow up, smells dangerously close to their Lager...

T- a nice subtle smokey malt with hints of caramel and touch of spice on the end.

M- Light on the feel, crisp, refreshing, very mellow and creamy.

O- This is a good lager, typical with most Marzen's is that their easy to forget about but i can dig this one. The taste alone is worth it, beats out some of the other more advertised Oktoberfests.

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Photo of iceball585
4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber/copper color, clear, one finger thick head that lowered to a thin lacy cover

S- Toasted malts, hops, hint of caramel

T- Toasted malts, toasted grains, caramel, nuts, sweet, hint of hops

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, very smooth, slight dry finish

D- Great session beer

This is always one of my favorite oktoberfest beers. Good flavors to the last drop. This is how an oktoberfest beer should look and taste.

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Photo of wailingwench
4.8/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Eye Candy: Poured a beautiful dark amber, more on the brown side than copper. Pillowy 2 finger head that quickly gave way to excellent lacing that lasted throughout. Looks like an Oktoberfest should.

The Nose Knows: Rich malts give it a deep and intense sweetness.

Tongueland: Yummy. Flying Bison's signature rich malt character is finished by toasted malts to dry it out and cut down the malt richness. Beautiful from start to finish. A tad sweet.

Bender Factor: I could drink the Baron all night. 3 of us polished off 3 growlers in 4 hours. This is the best Oktoberfest that I have had the honor of drinking.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.15/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly aged copper color, with the suggestion of gold in the carbonation. The head is nice, and is really the only redeeming quality. Taste and body are far too weak to be considered a decent oktoberfest in my opinion. If you told me this was another oktoberfest watered down, I'd believe you.

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Photo of dante23x
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of pspagna623
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BRob1023
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fscottkey
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.50] The beer is a nice leather brown. It is quite transparent. It forms a 1/2 finger of head but the head is not long lived. The bottle has a julian code for (08/10/15). Annoyingly the bottle does not list the ABV.

S: [3.75] Brown bread, toffee, caramel, slight corn.

T: [4.00] The beer has a inviting spice mix up front. I can't give specific flavors - nice warming flavors similar to nutmeg, caramel, toffee.

M: [3.75] The body is decent. The beer has a reasonable carbonation and a longer finish as the flavors linger.

O: [3.75] This is my favorite offering from Flying Bison. It is local and I like to support good local beer. This one stands up on its own without me being a homer. It has a good mix of flavors and spices. The body and the aroma are quite nice too. My biggest complaint is the lack of an ABV (6.3% for those willing to look it up).

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and Munich malts along with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is good also. It has a smooth pale and Munich malt flavor that's easily drinkable and clean in the finish. It's got just enough crystal malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking Oktoberfest. It's not overly malty, but it has enough character to satisfy.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Bisonfest from Flying Bison Brewing Company
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