Friday, November 28, 2014

Thirsty Dog Barktoberfest

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1228) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2014
When it comes to an Oktoberfest beer I pretty much expect mediocrity, since so few brewers do anything exciting or original with the style. Thirsty Dog Barktoberfest is a good example of what I mean. Sure, it’s a by-the-book Marzen, but it’s not particularly memorable. You want an Oktoberfest, you get one here.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.49 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Pretty shade of copper; crystal clear though not much carbonation is visible. Pours to a one-finger, white, soapy head which mostly dissipates and leaves minor amount of lacing.

Smell: Virtually non-aromatic. A faint trace of amber malt, but otherwise has a standard lager smell.

Taste: The palette here has all the standard makings of an amber European lager. A light sweetness of dark malt with a mild caramel and toffee flavor on the finish and light, dry spiciness through the middle (probably due to Noble hop varieties). I also detect a slight peanut brittle-like astringency in the aftertaste as well as a slight tanginess. It’s not bad, it’s not off-putting, but does it serve any purpose? Overall, this is a fine-tasting beer, but nothing more.

Drinkability: I was surprised to see that Thirsty Dog Barktoberfest weighs in at 6% ABV, since it drinks like something much lighter and sessionable. The mouthfeel is rather light and short-lived. Crisp with a dry finish and some tang on the aftertaste. It goes down smooth and it’s refreshing while in the mouth, but it’s quite inefficient for its weight. One bottle is all you need. 
Grade: 6/10

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