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Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery

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Reviews: 516
Hads: 971
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 29
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-02-2004

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, best before 12/11/2015. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Oktoberfest style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flyijg Dog Dogroberfest Märzen.

Quick apology to those who read my reviews ( all zero of you ) on my last one and well...lack OF a review. New phone and the original notepad was an absolute nightmare so I installed old reliable. Anyway, haven't had many beers outta these guys and I found a single for $2.49 and decided to pull the trigger. Let's go.

Look - Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a snifter. Hard pours yields an amberish copper mixture with a quickly disentegrating(sp?) Slightly off white head that is gone in a flash. Looks more like it was poured out of a bottle of red wine than it does a beer. Carbonation appears to be fairly light and clarity is near crystal. Lacing isn't even a factor. 3.5.

Smell - One whiff is enough to tell you that this is more like a traditional German oktoberfest than the American counterparts. Bready as can be and very sweet smelling without much of a hop presence. Always got a grapeness out of traditional oktoberfests and this is no exception to that. 3.5.

Taste - Yep, these guys followed an old German recipe to the tee. Sweet, almost dessert like sugared bread truly dominates the entirety of the palate. Hop presence is once again not very..present ( ha, I'll be here all week ). White grape is still there in a noticable dose though it doesn't take over. 3.5.

Feel - Body is light and thin without being watery and the carbonation is exceptionally high and stinginly so. No new flavors develop upon a sit and inhale. Fits the rest of the beer pretty well. 3.5.

Overall - I've always had an affinity to the American counterparts over the traditional ones. Honestly, if blindly given this in a glass and not told what it was I would assume it were from Germany. SO, if you like authentic German Oktoberfests but don't want to worry about the ocean crossing and green bottle effects, this is your beer. If you like the more experimental American counterparts, this isn't it. I'd have again. Better than most authentic German Oktoberfests ( Lookin' at you Hofbräu )..

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Photo of Kubishark
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a deeper, darker amber/copper color than some other Oktoberfest style beers I've had. The smell is also more complicated than others I've tried. It tastes significantly less sweet than others like Shiner and Sierra Nevada; it's a bit more bitter. In addition, it feels slightly heavy too. Sessionable, but not too sessionable. Overall I think this is a quality beer, but I probably wouldn't chose it over some other examples of the style.

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Photo of 303beer
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful clear bubbly deep red copper color with a dense white head about half inch tall. Leaves some lacing as is recedes. The nose is light. Has a pretty bold flavor. Little sweet. Lots of malt character. Never bitters just lightens in intensity.

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Photo of jmasher85
2.43/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Too much. Too much of everything. I like spiced beers, but this had too much spice - cardamom and nutmeg up the wazoo. Probably some cinnamon in there too, but that cardamom that just sits and curdles and burns and puckers the back of your mouth drowns out everything else.
And it's a little too sweet and rich. Not like some of those pumpkin pie beers out there, but too sweet to go well with the spices. And an odd, pumpkiny, squashy flavor that is normally nice in better Oktoberfest/Marzen seasonal beers, is just too intense here, like a rotted pumpkin that has worn out its welcome on your front step weeks after Halloween.
It's drinkable, which is nice, because otherwise I'd be pissed about the money I would have wasted giving it back to the bartender to dump it. It's not as bad as Southern Tier Warlock, but it's got similar flaws. It grew on me a bit by the end, but it was also my 3rd beer of the night, so no points for that.
Do not recommend.

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Photo of Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear caramel amber colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells sweet and of caramel, toasted grain and grassy hops. Slightly floral.

Starts out malty and slightly sweet with a big caramel backbone to it. Floral hop in the mouth that is a little grassy. Mild but noticeable bitterness. Not hyper complex but highly likable.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very pleasant beer that is easy on the mouth. Something perfect for drinking a liter at a time out of a giant mug.

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well this was from a sixer mixer . 12 ounce bottle. The true highlight in this beer for me is the color of it and the clairity. A darker marzen so far for me. Almost would think it's a pumpkin ale .
The flavor has more of a bitter marzen style which is not bad . The middle flavor is bread type and it's almost like I detect some spice like cinnamon? Octoberfest type beers for me are a beer style you should be able to drink vigorously and want more. Dogtoberfest does not fall short here.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ The Office in Bridgewater, NJ.

Deep amber, almost ruby in color. Creamy, off-white head. Good clarity. Aroma has some light toasted malt but is pretty muted overall. The malt really comes through in the flavor though. Sweet and toasty with plenty of caramel. Very heavy, especially given the style. Medium to full bodied. On the heavier side of the Oktoberfest spectrum for sure. Nothing off-putting about this brew, but I wasn't dying for another one.

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle. Amber color with a thin white head. Herbal hop and spice notes on the nose with a bubblegum aroma that won’t fade. Malty, toasted overtones, with hints of corn and herbs. Finishes bright and dry.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(bottle code 012A15 - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: near crystal-clear, tawny-colored liquid with a modest, khaki-hued foam that collapses into a thin cap in about a minute

S: malt-forward, with some notes of wet earth and ripe, perhaps oxidizing apple skin... definite overtone of caramel(ization) in the malt - maybe Munich and a cara-Munich used here?

T: smooth, bold maltiness, with a subtle toasty/roasty edge... grassy-bitter finish that I would expect more from an industrial (Euro) pale lager... clean and somewhat stiff, lacking depth

F: soft and smooth with a tiny bitter bite in the aftertaste... quite easy to knock back, with only a small hint of heavy-ness

O: not all that bad for an American version of this... I could drink a few of them... but, for being one of the better domestic takes, what are they missing? the water? the process (decoction)? proprietary yeast? freshness of ingredients?

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Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark copper colour. Wheaty, cereal malts, earthy slightly skunky smell to it. Tastes like it smells: slightly sweet cereal malts, slightly wheaty. Clean, not much to it. Light-bodied, no aftertastes.

Would I buy it again? No.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD 1/12/15. Clear amber pour with a very nice dark ruby cast. Slightly above normal head volume, average retention and superior lacing. Light nose of biscuit with caramel notes over a light herbal/floral hop aroma. Medium bodied with a nice slick texture. Above normal carbonation with a good bit of effervescence in the middle and on the finish. The flavor profile is reasonably intense, somewhat complex and well balanced. It begins with toasty biscuit malt then flows into a mild caramel sweetness. The middle is slightly bitter with a nutty/spicy note. The finish is a bit crisp and leaves you with a lingering toasted grainy note. A good Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

P- Thanks to Keith for the beer

A- deep copper color with a nice frothy one finger head. Patterned lacing on the pint.

S- honey and breaded caramel malts.

F- honey vinegar malted base with hints of grain/wheat/barley.

M- malts and malts with hints of earthy/barley hops

O- ok but not one of my favs. worth a try but not worth a purchase of a sixer.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: Great looking clear copperish Amber. Nice frothy head leaves a minimal lace.
Smell: Sweet malt, honey, and caramel.
Taste: Same as smell.

I liked this a lot. It didn't blow me away, but it was very good. I could drink this any time.

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Photo of delta490
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a deep aged copper with a short-lasting hear. Ever so slight lacing. The aroma is mild but moderately complex, with nice caramel malt, a little fruit, and a bit of earth. Unfortunately once the head burns away, so does the aroma, leaving almost nothing. The taste is adequate, but not terribly interesting. It lacks both the robust malt or the counter-balancing hops. There's a decent weight to the body but a bit too much carbonation. Somewhere between OK and good.

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Photo of Lucular
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Why does it taste fruity????? This is even less Oktoberfest-like than the Helles-lager-like Weihenstephaner I drank before this beer. Not sure what's going on with this one.

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Photo of hophugger
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Ok brew. Definitely my least favorite of all of the Flying Dog brews. Maybe I am not the biggest Marzen fan, but here goes....Pours dark gold, beautifully clear. Head is good and lacing is nice. Aroma is malty and so is the taste, malt sweetness and slightly crisp with only a slight aftertaste

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: Pours a one finger head that goes away pretty rapidly. It is a muddled and hazy burnished copper.

S: Great light smell of ripening bananas with some nice esters and earthiness.

T: Nice even flavor, with a bit of sweetness. Tastes like it smells with some good ester and banana flavors in there.

M: Just a bit of carbonation.

O: Lots of Belgian flavors here, from the esters to the ripe bananas, but on all on a nice light even scale.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

On tap
Pours a light brown, clear, with a fair amount of head that dies sustain well at the sides. Carbonation is visible and active. Smell is of light brown sugar sweetness, with a brown bread maltiness. Some fruit can also be discerned, raisin being one, as well as a bit of pepper-like spice

The taste does follow the nose, specifically on the brown-sugar/bread/raisin front. There is a hint of a taste I get in classic brown ales, as well as a bit of something like orange marmalade. The end taste does have a bit of spice, pepper, maybe something like cardamom, just to end the taste. The feel is well carbonated, medium tending toward light body.

Actually better than I expected in a style I can take or leave.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours copper red with a nice head. Smells of dark roasted malt with some fruitiness. Tastes of dark roasted malt but with a watery aftertaste. Beer is very carbonated, light bodied, drinkable. Overall a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of dwren89
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: caramelly brown/amber with tan head and great clarity

Aroma: clean lagery character, with toasty and slight caramelly character and a little floral noble hop notes

Taste: well balanced with a nice noble hop flavor, toasted bread, and a great bready finish

Mouthfeel: crisp and medium bodied, medium carbonation

Overall: A good option for an oktoberfest choice, very medium bodied, drinkable, and with a pleasant bready kick on the finish.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, golden-copper, amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, like freshly baked sourdough bread or soft pretzels. There are also notes of lemon peel, clover, caramel, coriander, black pepper.

Taste: Very similar to the beer’s aroma. Very malty and bready, with some lemony citrus notes and spices of black pepper, coriander and honey, all beautifully balanced with some hoppy bitterness at the finish. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.6%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another excellent, excellent American version of an Oktoberfest-style beer! Beautifully crafted, beautifully balanced, beautifully flavored. This is one of my favorite American Oktoberfest beers! Simply delicious!!

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Photo of Kanger
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Clear amber leaning towards a light copper. Head consists of various bubble sizes and disappeared quickly.

Smell - Sweet, Malty, Slight floral notes (small hint of a soapy smell)

Taste - Sweet bready flavor, malt forwardness, very mild bitterness

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, lingers on the palate for a while. A bit crisp.

Overall - An excellent Marzan. This is the type of beer I think of when I think of Oktoberfest.

Serving Type - 12 oz bottle

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of March 2014. ABV is stated as 5.6%. Acquired recently from Trembling Madness in York - they always stock a range of Oktoberfest biers at this time of year. There is sauerkraut in my lederhosen? Love the artwork....

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with hints of barley sugar, mildly fruity yeast and faint stewed hops. Malt-driven, with a whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of grainy caramel malt with a mild finish. Notes of biscuity malt, grain, subtle stewed hops, faint yeast esters and a twinge of sweetness. A hint of butteryness in the background and a slight bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with light carbonation and decent body. - vaguely reminiscent of sparkling mineral water. Aftertaste of caramel malt and mild yeast.

A reasonable stab at a märzen, though it doesn't hold a candle to an authentic German brew. Looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are pleasant in a fairly non-descript sort of way. Mostly malt and little else. Body is alright. I reckon bottle conditioning would have added depth. Drinkable enough but hardly outstanding. Worth sampling, though no need to go out of your way to find it.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Dogtoberfest marzen opens in a massive froth that takes time to settle; it has a deep copper color and emits a sbtle sourdough nose. There is some caramel apple in the initial taste and a quick hit of malty cider on the fade.

The light and toasty body makes for a pleasant Oktoberfest quaff - even though "There is saurkraut in my lederhosen."

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