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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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 BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 TheBeerdedCharmer
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 trxxpaxxs
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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 jpd7374
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of spark3148857
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of generallee
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 bluntedboywonder
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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 djgustafson
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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 fscottkey
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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 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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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 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 gabedivision
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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 ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of iceball585
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
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 TheBeerMaster1
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ctruskey
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of tsp247
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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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