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Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery


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793 Ratings

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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%

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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Photo of EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark amber, small head, good laces
S - Malty, almost chocolate
T - sweet malt, thin, toasty, slight bitterness
M - light to medium body, mild finish
O - a variation on the style, but not as full or as malty as typical

Served in a 16 oz pint glass at the Pourhouse, Westmont, NJ

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2013 03:21:26 | More by EBeckett3
Photo of 57md


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper with a very thin head. It has a bready nose with distinct hints of caramel. The taste is malty, but it lacks the hearty malt flavor of the style. This offering had a crisp and clean finish, but it was a bit thin and left me wanting for something with a bigger punch.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 04:26:18 | More by 57md
Photo of MattyG85


4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 01:02:57 | More by MattyG85
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper brown color with a finger of head.

Smell is sweet, with some spices and nutty/piney hints. The taste is where it went south for me. For an Octoberfest, it was rather tame and boring. Absent of spices and any hops which a Marzen should have at least some of, this brew is just flat. Too thin.

It is easy drinking, but not something I'll run back for.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 21:00:33 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of jsanford


3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA

A - Dark orange copper with a minimal off-white head. Left no lacing.
S - Smells of very sweet caramel malts, molasses, and some spice, perhaps ginger or allspice?
T - Malty, sweet bready malt dominates with a spicy, earthy hop finish. I found this to be very sweet, almost cloyingly so.
M - Slick-feeling with a medium body and low carbonation.
D - Not bad, but certainly not the best Oktoberfest I've had. Glad to try it but I won't seek it out again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 02:53:23 | More by jsanford
Photo of nickd717


3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Flying Dog Brats and Gonzo prior to GABF 2009. RBed and BAed this beer and was surprised by the mediocre ratings. Thought this was great for the style, and hey, it won gold at GABF. I'm getting the feeling that it must be a lot better on tap. Reviewing within the style, this gets very high marks.

A - Appearance is phenomenal - slightly cloudy amber color with a creamy white head and great retention and lacing.

S - Sweet caramel malt, roast, earth, grain, and grassy hops.

T - Earthy, sweet caramel and Munich malt, along with some roast, spice, and grassy hops. Really comes together well and is tasty. A little sweet for the style, but I like that.

M - Palate is rather syrupy for the style, but that's really the only downside to this beer.

D - Good. This is tasty and it goes down quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2009 20:37:39 | More by nickd717
Photo of quinnsi


3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Sheffield's

A: Clear copper with a slight head of foam

S: Nice smell of grain husk with a hint of malt sweetness

T: Pleasant, mild malty flavors with a just enough hops to create balance

M: Quite light in the mouth

D: Very Drinkable. Perfect to session with.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2009 03:19:45 | More by quinnsi
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured copper/brown into an American pint glass. The head was white and full at first, but deflated immediately. The smell was caramel, toffee, biscuit, and honey, with a slight hop-bitter presence. The taste was not as pronounced as the nose, and the mouth was dare I say too light for a maerzen. That being said, you could probably slam down a handful of these.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 23:16:15 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, MD.

The marzen was full and quite refreshing. Not as good as the Gordon Biersch marzen a few towns over, but worth picking up.

Dark yellow, light amber color with a medium body head into a 4 oz tasting glass. A nice, spring water and floral scent with a touch of citrus. Taste is medium bodied for a marzen, but crisp on the back end with good carbonation and a mild ABV. Smooth and drinkable. A bit light, but otherwise drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 15:39:48 | More by TLove
Photo of glid02


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the Thinking Man Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a nice brown color with ruby highlights and a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles and a thin ring around the glass. There's some lacing, but it doesn't manage to stick around too long.

Smells good. Lots of caramel malt aroma with milder noble hop and toasted malt smells.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of caramel malt right away, with a solid noble hop undertone. The toasted malts peek through a bit more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a nice thickness that's backed up by subtle carbonation that's not too intense. It goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. There's not an overload of flavors and it goes down pretty easily.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. I'm a fan of the sweeter Oktoberfests that aren't as heavy on hoppy and toasty flavors, so this one was right up my alley. Worth a shot for this time of year.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2008 15:12:27 | More by glid02
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice Marzen color. A half finger of white head. Fairly deep copper color.

S: Tons of malt with some spice thrown in. One of the spicier marzens I have had this year.

T: Taste follows the nose closely with a bit of caramel thrown in from the sheer amount of malt used. The spiciness is a bit much at times and tended to drown everything else out.

M: Slightly syrupy. Felt heavier than it was.

D: Had a 12oz draft pour and that was enough. The spiciness cuts it down quite a bit. It wasn't bad but I will not be seeking this out again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2008 16:38:04 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not an Oktoberfest expert by any means, so I wasn't expecting a lot out of this pint, poured at the Lighthorse Tavern in Jersey City. They had quite a few Oktoberfests on tap, so I just chose one, and wasn't disappointed. Attractive clear, orange colouring with a solid head. Hard to discern the aroma outside at a pub/restaurant, but what I got was light malts and some mild, European hops. Smooth on the palate, nice restrained malty flavours -- that is, not overly sweet. Went surprisingly well with seafood and bread, even though it wouldn't be a typical pairing.

Left me hoping to find a few more like it before the season ends!

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2007 20:50:00 | More by crwills
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Got it on tap at BEFF's locally. Body is a clear, crimsony amber color with a cream-colored foamy 1-finger head. Some rings of lacing on the way down.

S: Faint, especially at first. What's there is all malt -- grain and cereal and some sweetness that's more apparent as it warms a bit.

T: Malts again dominate the first impression -- toasty grain and some nuttiness up front, something fruity in the middle, but then there's a nice, spicy hop bite towards the end of the sip at the back of the mouth, which gives this a little more balance than your average malt-bomb of an Octoberfest.

M: Light-to-medium in body, good crisp carbonation.

D: Very good. Went down pretty easily but was by no means flavorless.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2007 14:12:50 | More by Kendo
Photo of Osiris9588


3.93/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2006 16:39:40 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of Applesauce1


2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap at O'Hooley's in Athens, OH.

Appearance: pours an amber-dark red color with about a quarter inch head off the tap
Smell: ok, malty, maybe some cinnamon?
Taste: not too impressed; this beer is kinda spicy; i'm a big fan of pumpkin beers and winter ales, but this spice just didnt do it for me; maybe a cinnamon flavor with something else; i know it may sound weird, but i felt a hint of steak seasoning on some sips of this beer
Mouthfeel: a little strong on the carbonation; medium to light bodied
Drinkability: ehhh, i had one and didn't want one afterward

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2006 05:21:13 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of jmatthew


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper-amber with a wispy tan head that dissipates after the first sip. Smells of malts, caramel and biscuits. Lots of sweet malt in the taste with a grain-like flavor and a hint of citrus fruit somewhere in the middle. Somewhat dry and hoppy into the finish. Thin mouthfeel but well balanced and easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2006 16:49:30 | More by jmatthew
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog- Dogtoberfest

Appearance- Dark ruby reddish brown with a small weak head.
Smell- Strong earthy hops with a heavy dose of caramel malt.
Taste- Strong caramel malt with an even balance of oak/ earthy leaf hops.
Mouthfeel- Very flavorful with a smooth creamy taste. Goes down easy.

Overall- A nice tasty Oktoberfest. A big surprise!!!

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2006 21:55:47 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of mcallister


4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mohagonny in color. Deep and gorgeous. Off white head that leaves some lace, very sticky, and thick.

Sweet thick malty aromas with some fruity esters lingering in the back. Delectable aroams yet hard to place.

"MALT MONSTER COMETH" Big layered malts. A nice toasty buscuit quality, hints of toffee and caramel.

A thick rich mouthfeel leaves a long satisfying finish. Very good oktoberfest.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2006 13:06:54 | More by mcallister
Photo of Dogbrick


3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Lazy Chameleon. Dark copper color with a thin white head. Decent lacing too. Mildly malty aroma and a bit of roastiness. The body is kind of weak, with sweet malt and a little nuttiness and hops on the back end. The finish is mostly sweet with a light hops bitterness here and there. As with most of Flying Dog’s beers, the elements are all there but the execution falls short.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2004 17:05:10 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of carln26


3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was another beer I had a chance to sample at Falling Rock recently. It poured a deep amber to copper, with a great off-white head and light lace. Light candy nose, not as much malt up front as I expected. Malty/ candy taste in the front, mild hops in the middle with a light mouth feel and medium drinkability. Not a bad beer, but a little light on the malt for this style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2004 20:32:30 | More by carln26
Photo of cyclonece09


3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours copper red with a nice head. Smells of dark roasted malt with some fruitiness. Tastes of dark roasted malt but with a watery aftertaste. Beer is very carbonated, light bodied, drinkable. Overall a slightly above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 22:04:02 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of dwren89


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 21:18:37 | More by dwren89
Photo of Jeffreysan


3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, golden-copper, amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, like freshly baked sourdough bread or soft pretzels. There are also notes of lemon peel, clover, caramel, coriander, black pepper.

Taste: Very similar to the beer’s aroma. Very malty and bready, with some lemony citrus notes and spices of black pepper, coriander and honey, all beautifully balanced with some hoppy bitterness at the finish. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.6%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another excellent, excellent American version of an Oktoberfest-style beer! Beautifully crafted, beautifully balanced, beautifully flavored. This is one of my favorite American Oktoberfest beers! Simply delicious!!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 23:35:08 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of Kanger

New York

4.26/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Clear amber leaning towards a light copper. Head consists of various bubble sizes and disappeared quickly.

Smell - Sweet, Malty, Slight floral notes (small hint of a soapy smell)

Taste - Sweet bready flavor, malt forwardness, very mild bitterness

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, lingers on the palate for a while. A bit crisp.

Overall - An excellent Marzan. This is the type of beer I think of when I think of Oktoberfest.

Serving Type - 12 oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 02:08:35 | More by Kanger
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 23:40:06 | More by jazzyjeff13
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