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Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery

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916 Ratings

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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 508
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 32
Gots: 51 | 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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1.16/5  rDev -67.4%

Flash0013, Sep 05, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

Louski, Mar 02, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

Heathbrook, Oct 07, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

mwar, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of 24Beer92
1.8/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No head on this beer, Has a rusty color with slight lacing. Even with the low ABV on this beer it still somehow leaves a strong alcohol taste on your tongue. The one thing i did like about this beer was how easy it goes down the ole hatch. Overall it is not my favorite beer by any means and i probably wont get it again. Just based on personal prefferance.

24Beer92, Aug 12, 2011
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

TheBigBoy, Sep 24, 2013
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

sixerofelixir, Feb 28, 2013
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

newbeeraday, Nov 15, 2014
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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2/5  rDev -43.8%

thearsenal, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of bark
2.23/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is pale brown (25 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is warm beige and compact, it sinks slowly leaving almost no lacing.

The smell is malty and semi-sweet. Notes of rye bread, apricots, flowers and some raisins. Mild clean bitter flavours. It is a bit frowsy.

The taste is sweet and malty, as a märzen is supposed to be. There are some disturbing sweet oxidized notes of raisins in the background. Some vegetables and metallic bitter notes, too. The aftertaste got growing alcoholic flavours, some raw bitter notes and once again hints of raisins. The finish is a bit dense with semi-roasted malts and alcohol.

The carbonation is mild, the bubbles small and weak. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A tired (Best before 04.07.12) and somewhat oxidized beer. I’m not impressed.

bark, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of SilentSabre
2.23/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This began quite promising, but went to crap quickly when it plagued my lips with its presence. It poured quite nicely, a crystal clear bronze amber colour with a fluffy white head like 100's of other oktoberfests. The nose was sweet malts with a little bit of a maple syrup / brown sugar thing going on deep down. I was very excited, indeed. The taste had what I perceive to be bitter hops with sweet malts, a terrible combination for this style. I'll try to word it so all can more easily understand what I'm talking about. Take a Paulaner Oktoberfest and a regular Beck's, and pour half of each into a pint glass. Give it a gentle stir and Bob's your uncle, you have your own home-made Flying Dog "Dogtoberfest".
Terribly unfulfilling.

SilentSabre, Sep 04, 2006
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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

RBorsato, Nov 13, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

jk3, Oct 18, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

2neardead, Oct 10, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

defect_, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Extremely clear, dark copper body, topped by a solid, level, two inch plug of off-white head.

Very slight biscuity aroma, but I really had to work at it to get anything.

Malty start is very sweet and not deep - a pixie stick versus a chocolate bar. Earthy hop arise to provide a attempt a slight bit of balance, but the sweetness is never really blunted, and it's still cloying on through the finish.

Ok medium mouthfeel. Over sweetness really kills the drinkability.

While not bad to throw back with pizza, by itself, there are too many better Octoberfest examples out there. I recommend passing on this one. From Flying Dog, stick with Doggie Style Pale Ale.

RonfromJersey, Nov 13, 2005
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2.32/5  rDev -34.8%

Furtaw, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Beaver13, Sep 26, 2007
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2.42/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This dogtoberfest is kinda like Georgia bullDOGS it starts off alright then ends with a disapointing finish. The color is a little off and the head disapates very quickly. The mid palate was to sweet for this style. The finish ends like you had the beer in a cardboard
cup. Not a bad beer for the first few sips. Very hard to finish the whole beer.

athensbeermaster, Oct 16, 2006
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2.45/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright copper color, great clarity. Creamy light beige head with good retention. A pretty beer.

Notes of caramel, hay, mild hops and toast. Not much going on in the smell department, and what is there is not overly pleasant and a very un-oktoberfest nose.

This one continues to do downhill. Taste also seems to be off for the style. More hoppy than a Marzen should be and doesn't have a lot of malts in it to be balanced. Has a biting coppery tang to it that really detracts from the flavor.

I usually like FDs offerings, but this one does not do it for me at all. Too watery, not enough sweet maltyness and the metallic hoppy flavors make this one barely drinkable. I will not buy this beer again.

twiggamortis420, Sep 27, 2008
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2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy copper color. Weak head with decent lacing.

S: Not much going on here. Some faint grain and caramel but that's about it.

T: Soapy grain. A bit fruity in the finish and aftertaste. I was hoping things might pick up in the flavor department but it borders on offputting.

M: Too fizzy though it has some nice texture to it otherwise.

D: Quite drinkable in that there's nothing really offensive about it and it goes down easy, but I'm reaching for something better after one of these.

BeefyMee, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Dating code on back label that shows good till late November. Was a rich clear copper color. Some carb streams. No lacing. It had an average sized beige head that quickly settled into some wisps and a collar.

The aroma was very weak. What came thru was mainly caramel malts. The taste followed the aroma. Caramel base and sweet malt but sorta weak even as it warmed up. Was more lacking in flavor than having a bad flavor. Just didn't excite me.

Overall, not very good. Was weak and bland in aroma and taste. What really pissed me off is that I bought a 12pk sampler mainly to get the porter that I've never had and wanted to try. The box had a sticker mentioning that one of the regulars had been replaced with the seasonal but didn't say which one. Guess which one got replaced. So I miss out on the one I want for this disappointment. Don't recommend.

Rotation: one and done as better ones out there. Not even sure if this would make the cut if down to this or usual swill at store or on-tap.

TexIndy, Sep 08, 2009
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Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 916 ratings.