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The Best Beers in Dallas

A roundup of the finest (and not so fine) brews in town.


6. (tie) Buffalo Butt
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

Amber lager
5 percent ABV • On tap and in bottles


This was the first beer that caused a real disagreement between tasters: the highest score was 40, while the lowest was 19. But the judges found the beer’s slogan—“Everything It’s Cracked Up to Be” (get it?)—to be fairly accurate overall.

Aroma: “Candied raisins and cherries … Rich caramel malt … Canned vegetables, hops, maltiness.”

Appearance: “Clear, brown-tinged orange … Rich, dark honey.”

Flavor: “Maraschino cherries, sweet, dark fruit, really pleasant … Confused but clean, some mix of caramel and vegetal tinge … Straightforward; winey flavor; very strange … Pungent at first, but settles in.”

Mouthfeel: “Light-bodied, lower ABV … Non-invasive … Nicely carbonated, nice hops bitterness.”

Overall Impression: “Almost like an approachable barley wine. Very light-bodied, but great flavors … Mediocre balance, not distinguished to any specificity … Strange style of lots of malty character with a firm hop finish. I don’t mind it. Slight flaws.”

What We Said: “Nice complex malt profile with enough hops to add zest.”

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