Do Dragons wear pants? I never thought so. Colorado’s Boulder Brewing, however, seems to think they do. Why else would they name their imperial Oktoberfest beer Dragonhosen (dragon pants)? I can’t see any other reason. Regardless of the name, however, I can tell you that Dragonhosen are darned tasty beer that really takes the Oktoberfest style and kicks it up a few notches.
I have a bomber bottle of Dragonhosen somewhere in one of my beer fridges, and one of these days I’ll break it out and drink it. When I do, I’ll update you on how it handles age. For now, I’m here to describe an 11-ounce glass that I enjoyed on tap at my local Taco Mac.
From the website:
Late at night in the dark cellar or among the rows of towering vessels at Boulder Beer, if you listen carefully you can hear the eerie sound of the Dragonhosen. Brewed with generous amounts of Vienna and Munich malts for a rich, full-bodied malty flavor, Dragonhosen begins as a traditional Oktoberfest lager, then stealthily breathes fire with 9% alcohol by volume. Hallertau and Czech Saaz hops add balance with a mild earthy aroma and flavor with moderate bitterness. And if you find yourself at Boulder Beer, listen closely and beware...if you hear a scratching and scraping coming your way, the bite of the Dragonhosen is sure to follow.
Look out for that Dragonhosen, but he should be easy to spot. He’ll be the dragon wearing pants.
Ingredients from the website:
Malts Vienna Malt, Munich Malts, 40L, Carapils
Hops Hallertau, Czech Saaz
Boulder Dragonhosen is a seasonal beer available August through October, though I enjoyed an 11-ounce glass on Januray 30th. Taco Mac tapped the keg that same month. The beer has 9% by volume with 34 IBUs. I paid $6.25 for an 11-ounce glass. Currently Total Wine only sells Dragonhosen in 4-packs for $13.99. Which is a little ridiculous.My glass of Boulder Dragonhosen arrived a deep russet color with a thin creamy head and an intense nutty malty nose. Taking a sip, I got a smooth sweet fresh hulled malty palate with deep-seated toasty nutty notes, a hint of molasses and a warming alcohol finish.
I do really enjoy the delightful malt flavors in this beer, but would I buy it again? The draft price is actually not so bad, but the bottled price (the form I would be most likely to pick it up in) is so outrageous that I would say most likely not.
And remember, try a new beer today, and drink outside the box.
*Pricing data accurate at time of review or latest update. For reference only, based on actual price paid by reviewer.