Bisonfest | Flying Bison Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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: 41 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.15/5  rDev -44%
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 gbgreg1
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of jpd7374
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Ctruskey
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of sharp315
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of doughanson78
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Received this from trxxpaxxs in the Locals Only BIF.

A: Medium copper color with good clarity. Half finger white head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Sweet caramel, grains, and bready aromas upfront. A fruity apple behind all the malts and grains. A bit sweeter than typical Oktoberfest beers.

T: Big caramel and grain upfront. A very light touch of spice in the middle. Biscuity and grassy finish. A off fuel taste when you burp.

M: Light body and crisp. High carbonation. Smooth.

O: It's an alright beer except the high carbonation makes you burp a lot and I get a touch of fuel or chemicals with it.

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Photo of shirfan
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold with orange highlights, creamy layer of foam remains after a few minutes.

Lightly malty aroma could be a bit better.

Taste takes it up a notch from where the smell left off...caramel, oktoberfest malts prevail, very mild leafy hops in the finish. Has a distinctive "Flying Bison" flavor to it much like Aviator Red, perhaps from the yeast they use? It's a slightly nutty, slightly metallic flavor with a hint of caramel. Pronounced enough that I could blindly ID this as Flying Bison out of a lineup of Oktoberfests.

Not an amazing example but certainly far from the worst.

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Photo of spark3148857
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of djgustafson
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of tsp247
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of matt21
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of nater919
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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 BRob1023
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BCarder
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of riversider76
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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 daburtman
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I got this beer in growler form back in fall of 2006 but thought it deserved more then 2 reviews. the smell was the first thing i noticed when i first started drinking it, the taste was very good, had alike a nut-type finish to it. very easy to drink and low amount of hops. one of the best surprises ive had in growler form, if you live in buffalo and lookin for a good beer on a fall day watching the bills loose, try this guy out.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear medium copper color with a tiny fizzy pure white head. The head fades almost instantly leaving only a tiny level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of toasted malts and a little bit of a spice smell. Along with these aromas is some nice caramel and toffee sweetness as well as a little bit of a hop smell of a more earthy and grassy nature.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather malty and caramel sweet flavor with a little bit of an apple taste. As the flavor advances some lighter spice flavors as well as a bit of a toasted brown bread flavor come to the tongue. Toward the end, some hoppy flavors of a grassy nature as well as some more toffee flavors come to the tongue, mixing with the lightly toasted and roasted, sweet flavors to leave a rather sweet and lightly toasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer rather average with a carbonation level that is slightly lower than average. Both are rather good for the malty and sweet flavors of the brew, all while keeping it still heavy enough feeling to keep it a nice fall/winter style sipper.

Overall – A good brew for the fall weather. It has a nice malty and sweet taste with an easy drinking, but still satisfyingly feel.

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Photo of mlockman
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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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