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Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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809 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 809
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 26
Gots: 13 | 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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Ratings: 809 | Reviews: 498 | Display Reviews Only:
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Brickwall316

Maryland

5/5  rDev +40.4%

01-15-2012 23:37:27 | More by Brickwall316
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jrutigs

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +40.4%

11-16-2011 04:28:06 | More by jrutigs
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JakeRyan

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +40.4%

08-22-2012 17:05:04 | More by JakeRyan
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Barrchon

Maryland

5/5  rDev +40.4%

11-25-2011 02:15:15 | More by Barrchon
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Innocentexile

Ohio

5/5  rDev +40.4%

11-28-2011 04:35:36 | More by Innocentexile
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BeerLover48Fan

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +37.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 22:15:22 | More by BeerLover48Fan
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BRIANAJOHNSON


4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

12-03-2012 21:42:26 | More by BRIANAJOHNSON
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 20:02:03 | More by techdiver
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pinkysup

New York

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

11-29-2013 16:44:53 | More by pinkysup
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Peg2009

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

12-30-2012 21:00:22 | More by Peg2009
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jlenik

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

10-13-2012 21:59:51 | More by jlenik
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dcollinsOX

New York

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

09-07-2012 02:38:51 | More by dcollinsOX
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smithmd4

New York

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

02-02-2012 06:24:22 | More by smithmd4
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 01:22:05 | More by uwmgdman
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 01:22:54 | More by kmpitz2
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 01:45:23 | More by mikesgroove
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Musky

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 00:07:11 | More by Musky
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generallee

New York

4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2005 02:16:19 | More by karengarys
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tjwarren

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 20:59:00 | More by tjwarren
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BlackJeremiah

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an English pint glass.

A: Like dark apple juice, a deep reddish-crystal-brown. 1/2" head sticks around, leaving a bit of lacing as I sip.

S: Lots of citrus (orange and lemon), fresh baked bread, and a hint of pine tar. Really well-balanced and appetizing.

T: Tart pine and multi-citrus start gives way to hints of malt sweetness poking through. Finishes dry and sweeter, with some mysterious berry-like character I couldn't define. Great flavors, great progression; really well-crafted.

M: Light, effervescent without being overly carbonated. It was very refreshing and tickled rather than manhandled the palate.

D: I could session this one, easy. Like many good Marzens, it's easy to drink quickly and plentifully. One of the most easy-drinking, enjoyable beers I've tried. Even my generally anti-beer fiancee loved it for its great fruit notes and mild, but present, hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 01:49:49 | More by BlackJeremiah
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MirImage

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 23:38:33 | More by MirImage
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle from Ron's in Farmington. Pours translucent red-amber body with a good inch of off-white head. Smells malty sweet with some roastiness, though the aroma is somewhat muted. Tastes sweet and roasty, with caramel and biscuit malts playing a big role. Very tasty, and one sip definitely invites another. Medium to full bodied with a fair bit of carbonation. I'm really impressed with this one - a new favorite for the style!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 01:54:26 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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sfsean28

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogtoberfest was no dog and I was suprised after hearing from another BA'er that it wasn't up to par. This is a bit early in the season for me to drink an Octoberfest beer but I saw, I bought and I drank.

A- Dark copper color, good foamy head
S- great
T- malty, sweet
M- light, good carbonation
D- give me another. Drinkability was nice and smooth not heavy and good in hot weather as long as it was cold.

I had a fresh batch of this brew and I liked it very much. This was also at a 5.6% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 00:56:39 | More by sfsean28
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