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Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

829 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 829
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 29
Gots: 24 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-02-2004)
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

11-17-2012 17:50:09 | More by ThinkAgain
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oberon

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a deep copper with a nice fluffy headthat took quite awhile to come down,big caramel notes in the aroma with some pizza dough scent so far so good on this one.Well the flavor of this doesnt quite match the aromas somewhat dull in comparison some lightly sweet caramel and and some lingering spice but pretty bland.Well like alot of Flying Dog brews this one left me wanting a little more,nice appearance and aroma but flat on flavor and drinkability.

11-21-2004 23:51:28 | More by oberon
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +25%

This oktoberfest is definately on the dark side, but no less festive with a deep glowing amber-ruby hue. Clear as glass. Very respectable off-white head is perfumed with ale fruit, caramel, and toasted nuttiness.

This is one O/M with some oomph, or maybe oom-pa is more like it. Very light sweetness slides into nutty tastes and quickly darkens to deep malt/ caramel sweetness. There is an undersatated fruitiness in the forefront of this beer. Malt flavor continues to fill out as hop bitterness comes on strong in the finish. This can definately stand up to heavy food, which is important to me in this style. However, slight heaviness of this beer hurts drinkability, which is also important for this style. I wish the overall taste was brighter, but this is a special O-fest.

10-11-2006 01:58:47 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

There is more than one German in this wild pack of dogs. While the O-fest beer at the actual Oktoberfest is getting lighter, American brewers are still keeping their renditions dark and beefy.

Bright orangey brass-colored brew, clarity is perfect and the lace is not too shabby either. Toasty malt aroma with more bready notes than caramel in the nose, clean, fresh and inviting with a touch of herbal hop. Fresh toasty malt flavor grabs hold of the palate and does not let go; a quick flash of caramel--however toasted--seems to have everything everywhere covered. Hint of cooked corn though the beer is quite clean. Nice spicy herbal mix of hop bitterness and flavor to nearly match the malt. Finishes a bit on the dry side with lingering toasted memories.

"Ein Bier, das genug für Hunde gut ist, mögen uns." Meaning, a beer good enough for dogs like us. Certainly one of the more tame brews from Flying Dog--sometimes staying true to style goes a long way.

07-07-2010 00:28:13 | More by BeerAdvocate
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%

The Flying Dog Dogtoberfest..complete with wacky Ralph Steadman artwork pours from the bottle a deep ruby red/auburn with a small off white head that moves outward to form a ring around the top of the brew. Aromas of sweet biscuity caramel malts with some dark fruits and a touch of nuttiness. There's a nice herbal, spicy hop aroma lingering about as well.

First sip brings an upfront bready caramel covered maltiness with a backing of dark fruity notes. The mild spicy hoppiness comes in mid palate and rolls down the back of the throat with some nutty flavors. A well meaning U.S. brewed oktoberfest...but it just leaves me a little bored in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice chewy creaminess on the way down. Asserts itself quite nicely. A fairly easily drinkable beer, however it just doesn't grab me to make me want to come back for more.

Tunes: Monolake - Zero Gravity

11-02-2005 04:04:29 | More by orbitalr0x
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Imaster

Sweden

4/5  rDev +12.4%

10-28-2012 19:35:09 | More by Imaster
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.63/5  rDev +2%

An OK beer. Copper color with a modest white head. Decent aroma of caramel and flowers. The taste was a little disappointing. Some caramel and a little bit of hops at the end. I thought it was thin in the mouth. Drink this on a hot day, after you've mowed the lawn.

09-13-2008 13:32:31 | More by lordofthewiens
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.33/5  rDev -34.6%

12 oz bottle. Pours a copper orange with a small white head that quickly recedes to a thin collar.

The aroma is biscuity malts and a little fruit and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel and biscuity malts with a harsh medicinal bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full.

Overall, oktoberfests are not one of my favorite styles and this is a pretty subpar version. The flavors are a mish-mash and not appealing to me.

09-26-2007 03:48:58 | More by Beaver13
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generallee

New York

4.43/5  rDev +24.4%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a small mug. The label has a brief description, ABV (5.6%) and IBUs (30). There is no freshness date but it is a fall seasonal so I know it's still fresh.

Appearance: The beer has a very deep red amber color with a tall creamy beige head. The head slowly settles down to a thin cap that makes some silk lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is kind of light I do pick up nice roasted caramel maltiness with a touch of nuttiness and herbal leafy hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is right there after the aroma. It has a good deep roasted malt character with caramel and bready sweetness. The hops show up with some herbal and leafy bitterness to add some balance. It finishes fairly quickly with a mix of hop bitterness and caramel malt sweetness. The palate has a decent medium body with an average mouth feel.

Notes: This is one of the better dark Oktoberfest beers I have had this year. I can see this pairing very well with traditional Oktoberfest food. I know I am craving a big pretzel with mustard right now.

10-01-2010 16:04:46 | More by generallee
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

07-30-2014 21:21:20 | More by Doomcifer
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RPMazzi

Maryland

4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-23-2011 23:36:46 | More by RPMazzi
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

12oz brown bottle with a freshness code that you can't make out.

Uniform two fingers of off white head stay around long enough to count. Bright copper color. Hints of toasted malt and a kiss of caramel and grape skin with a light herbal tone form the hops make up the clean aroma. Smooth and crisp with a medium body, a little thin on the malt but the toasted character does come around hard enough to keep things going. Slight grape skin and herbal hop with a quick sting of bitterness middle to end. Finishes semi-dry with a mellow toasted grain flavor.

Compared to where some of the mass produce o-fest beers from Germany are going this one held its own. Not a bad pick for the style.

10-18-2008 01:33:02 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev +2%

Pours a clear copper body with a frothy, one finger tan head. Good retention and lots of patchy lacing.
Caramel malt dominates the aroma, with a hint of earthiness and a nice whiff of German hops.
Mouthfeel has ideal carbonation which supports a medium body.
Bavarian style malts have a caramel sweetness that is well balanced by the German hops. This is a smooth drinking festbier, but it seems to thin out toward the finish.
One of the better efforts I've had recently from Flying Dog, and a very respectable festbier.

10-24-2004 10:49:33 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

3.63/5  rDev +2%

12 ounce bottle. Initially Looked pretty typical for an O'Fest brew, except the head is on the larger bubble side, quickly departing and not all that impressive. Seriously bready nose, smell like the inside of a plastic bag thats recently been the home of a nice rich whole wheat loaf. Fairly respectable tasting for the style, malt carries the freight. Not overly sweet, with some balancing/drying going on late. Always has been a yawner of a style, IMHO. This one seems about as good as the next middle of the road Octoberfest/Marzen

I do like to have some sweeter beer like this one on hand, cuz its a natural in my typical spicy/sweet chicken thigh marinade concoction

10-08-2009 01:20:26 | More by Billolick
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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

11-05-2013 18:45:15 | More by KolbMarley
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.7%

The beer pours a dark amber color with a white head. The beer gushed out to the top of the bottle when it was opened and took a few minutes to settle down.

The aroma is very malty. I get a lot of toffee and iced tea notes, as well as a little bit of grassyness. The flavor is more of the same with lots of toffee, caramel and grass. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

12-23-2010 05:43:31 | More by Mora2000
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Apotheosis

Delaware

4/5  rDev +12.4%

10-20-2013 02:42:33 | More by Apotheosis
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jakester

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. On the label is stamped 336A05. I think it's a date of some kind, but I don't know what it means. How fucking hard is this to do?

Pours a bright copper color, with a one finger head of cream colored foam. Carbonation looks medium. The head falls to islands and a ring, with intermittent drips of lacing.

Aroma is light toasted malts, clean, with a slight spicy hop note.

Flavor is like the smell; clean toasted malt, light brown sugar, a good amount of bittering hops, and a faint but there spicy hop taste. Not so sure the brown sugar is supposed to be there for the style, but it's a tasty beer nonetheless. Aftertaste is sweet toasted malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a nice tingle on the tongue from carbonation. Finish is smooth and semi-sweet.

Might be a little sweet for the style, but it's a damn tasty beer. This brewery has a tendency to go overboard from time to time, but this is a good beer. I'd do this anytime. Recommended.

09-23-2005 17:11:36 | More by jakester
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Copper-amber with bubbly head that recedes without hardly any lacing.

Smell: Dark fruit, metal, slight caramel, and only a touch of toast or biscuit. Somewhat different smell for a Marzen.

Taste: Caramel and dark fruit malts, with just a little toast in the background. Slight spicy hop counterbalance at the end. Little bit of a funny aftertaste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, just barely dry (I prefer drier for the style).

Drinkability: Nice, flavorful, and easy to drink. It is certainly a German lager, but I am not sure it is a Marzen, almost more like a lower bitterness Vienna or a lower abv Bock. I am not too much of a stickler for style, so I like it.

09-10-2009 21:15:30 | More by bsp77
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%

12oz bottle,served into a nonic glass.
Hazy,brilliant amber color with a deep red hue. 2' creamy off-white with fair retention,fair carbination,leaving some spotty lacing.

Light sweet malt aromas,slightly burnt,slightly fruity,doughy with a metallic note.

Malty taste upfront,sweet with toffee and carmell candy.Fruity with an apricot taste. Good balance with a smooth bittering finish with a tart fruit fade.

Meduim bodied with a good smoothness. Decent O-fest,a kind of middle of the road beer.

11-01-2007 02:09:49 | More by jcdiflorio
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.7%

09-12-2012 13:48:20 | More by wattoclone
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Osiris9588

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

Pour a deep bronze with a orangish, golden hue. The white head is somewhat thin, and disspates quickly, possibly a glassware issue.

The nose offers honey, mlat, and spicy floral notes. The taste offers dry malt, pepper and other spices, slight caramel, and a presence of hops.

The mouth is medium bodied, on the drier side of the style, and finishes with a subtle hop characteristic. Could easy donwn a couple steins of this at a festival. It didn't rock my socks, but it's certaintly a solid Octoberfest offering.

10-22-2006 16:39:40 | More by Osiris9588
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +18.5%

On tap at the Happy Gnome in St.Paul, MN. Served in a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Decent two fingers of off white head with good retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Rich aroma of bready caramel malts with some toffee. Strong presence of wheat grains. Some spicy earthy hops linger around in the background.

Taste: Bready and sweet flavor of caramel malts, toffee, and wheat grains. Some hints of nuts and orange. Solid presence of mildly spicy earthy hops add some bitterness. Malt forward but well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good version of a Marzen from Flying Dog. Full flavored and well balanced.

09-30-2011 01:02:57 | More by MattyG85
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-13-2013 02:07:35 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.51/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

10-11-2013 23:40:06 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewery
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