Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 30
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-02-2004

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Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.36/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of generallee
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jakester
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of bsp77
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Soonami
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Dogtoberfest is a nice little surprise. For a brewery better known for their ales, this is a very solid Octoberfest beer. It's a clear polish bronze with eggshell foam. The smell and taste is rich, bready malty and herbal hops that complement each other well. Unlike other Marzens that can be either too thin or overly malty, this is a very nice balance and just sweet enough. Carbonation is good and the beer has a nice aftertaste.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amber colored beer, minimal head, no lace. Bready and otherwise mild sweet and otherwise neutral aroma.

Taste, sweet caramel, offputting bitter and brackish aftertaste. Raisins? Oxidized lemons. Should be a little more carbonation. Malt body doesn't really have the toasty aspect you'd hope for.

Kind of a lackluster beer for me, not my favorite style, but even with that said, still just not anything to write home about.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours transparent amber with a two finger off white head with great retention. Good Lacing. Smell is faint, but has slight hop scent. The taste is well balanced, but just not very strong. I guess that's pretty much the style, as I've never really found an extreme flavored octoberfest. This example is nicely drinkable, just not a wow'er.

Photo of dwren89
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled served in a Sam Adams glass

A - clear copper amber with 1 finger khaki head with moderate retention and minimal streaky lacing

S - toasted burnt caramel with biscuit, savory jerky funky yeast

T - initial sweet malt is quickly overwhelmed by strong caramel flavor which dominate with a touch of bread and no booze and a slightly bitter finish

M - light body moderate carbonation, crisp

O - caramel heavy, not a bad beer for the style, I wouldn't seek this out lest I'm truly in the mood for a marzen

Photo of ivanwatling
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Red/orange hue, clear. Little head, quickly disappears to nothing.

Smell: Thick, sweet, treacly, appetizing

Taste: Smooth, bitter, slightly sweet. Not as sweet and deep as the smell hinted at.

Mouthfeel: Restrained carbonation, typical of a bitter. Bitter aftertaste on pallete roof, sweetness on tounge.

Drinkability: Enough interest to keep sipping, not enough to seek it out again.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a caramel amber body with a large off white head, very nice look to it leaves behind fine lacing all the way through. Aroma contains some copper penny metallic tones with a nice caramel malt sweetness balanced with some herbal hop presence, nice smell. Taste slight bitterness apparent from the noble gassy hop tones leaves light caramel malt sweetness in there as well nice oktoberfest definitely has a good bit of flavor. Mouthfeel medium to light bodied goes down smooth with even smooth carbonation. Drinkability a decent offering from Flying Dog never wowed by their beers but this one is solid, and I'll probably have this one again in the future.

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