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Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery

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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 30
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 925 | Reviews: 511
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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of all the seasonals that I have tasted this season this is far and beyond the best one. Poured into a pint glass it had a great color and a nice head. Excellent beer for watching football and just relaxing with friends. Flying Dog has really outdone itself with this beer. Not too expensive either I paid 7.99 for a six pack

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4.52/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice deep amber color, slighlty cloudy. Little head to start. This is one of the best Oktoberfest's I've had yet. Very well balanced and extremely drinkable. Was developing the opinion I just didn't find this style appealing as a whole, this is a very solid brew. Please sir, may I have another one.

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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 Musky
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has one of the most artistic bottle labels, funny and yest true to the style. This beer poutred with a thick white head that had a mixture of small and large bubbles. It's reddish brown color invites you to the glass, average hop aroma much like a Spaten. Taste clean and crisp with a hoppy finish, light on the tongue and mouthfeel. Very true to the Ocktoberfest style.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a beautiful reddish amber color with minimal head that leaves quickly. The nose is sweet and a bit caramely. I'm not usually a big fan of O-fest beers, but this one is rather nice. The flavor is not big and offensive, but well balanced. The beer is just nicely thick, but this sticks with the rest of the beer. The drinkability is wonderful. Overall a very nice offering.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A – Poured a very dark amber, dark then most Marzen I have seen. Great reddish hue to the color was fantastic looking. Amble carbonation streaming up from the bottom led to a nice one inch head on initial pour that settled down to about a half inch within a few minutes. Not much in the way of side glass lace, however, there was tons of bubbles streaming up from the glass throughout. Great look as far as I am concerened.

S – Aroma was very pleasing. Lots of malty smells came off of it quickly. Good hint of sugar, caramel in the back and a nice spicey, almost a hop twang to it in the finish. Great sugary notes on here. I was very impressed with the fullness of the aroma. Lots of touches of fruit in it as well, could definitely pick up some apples and grapes in there, maybe a touch of peach. Very nice.

T – Wonderful, this was by far my favorite Oktoberfest to date this year. Such a full flavored punch right out of the gate. This left no room for wanting of something extra in it. Had a ton of flavors, nicely hopped in the back in a mellow sort of way, good fruity profile, and nice amount of roasted malts. Just very full flavored.

M – Great. Perfect balance here. A lot of times you will see some of these come off a tad bit thin, but this was not the case here as there was just a wonderful full bodied flavor to it and this was accentuated perfectly with a robust feel, that was not too thick either. Great carbonation really let it ripple and fizz and you could really feel this one great. A very nice one.

D – Simply outstanding. I could have finished them all. By definition the style will be very drinkable, however this was a whole nother level/ The taste just blew me away, but still remaining light enough that I could continue with it unabated. Just really not enough good things I could say about this one here.

Overall all I can really say is wow. I was looking forward to this years release and I am glad that I did. Now I do figure there will be at least several if not dozens more in the style I will try over the next month of two, however this bar has been set pretty high. This was really at the top of everything I was looking for at the time. Just really great and you must get your hands on it. Now to relax with another as that was damn good.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Oktoberfest is a brilliantly clear, golden copper color, very striking. The head is thin, white and quickly diminished. The aroma is moderately malty, that of toasted grains, with a low caramel sweetness, little if any hop aroma. The flavor is intensely malty, that of toasted grains, some bready character and a low residual sweetness. The bitterness is medium-low and there is just a hint of hop flavor on a slightly dry finish. The body is medium, maybe medium-full and carbonation moderate. Overall a very, very good Oktoberfest, I appreciate the intense malt flavor and striking appearance the most, but can’t find a fault with this brew! Highly recommend.

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

Pours mahogany read leaving a bit of a head - nice and clear with a rich color. Little head remains, the ring does not stick much.

Smells cinnamoney and spicey and malty and sweet and rich.

Taste to match.

Mouthfeel is nice and rich too.

Finish is rich.

Is it rich? I love this brew!

This has been my favorite oktoberfest to date! I recommend it highly!

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Deep copper color. very clear. Slightly off white head which dissipates quickly. Little lacing.

Smell: Smells like 2-row. Very nice and sweet.

Taste: Sweet caramel. A little bit of cloying.

Mouthfeel: Very nice and crisp.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking.

Photo of tjwarren
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. I am a lover of Marzens and was delighted with this beer for the price point.

Appearance - dark enough to be interesting, a sort of brownish hue, since this was my first beer in 10 days I did not notice the color too much.

Smell - Malty with a nice amount of hops coming through. Great balance.

Taste - Toasty with malt and hops at the finish. So good I was shocked. Would put it alongside Paulaner.

Mouthfeel - again, just right, not too heavy but not thin or watery.

Drinkability - I only bought one (in a selection of Flying Dog) and wished I had bought more. I crave it.

Was always a little turned off of Flying Dog because of artwork and labels and ideas but they can really brew.

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