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

Simple marzen, drinkable. Medium mouthfeel, lighter yellow with small amount of foam. A slight amount of toasted bread. Decent malt and the bit of toasting. Good with pizza. Suitable carbonation. Decent sweetness, not too sweet. A bit drying.About what I expected from this brewery.

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, toast, and caramel. Taste is much the same with a slight fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good peer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Color is a rusty amber with a good head and nice ringy lacing on the way down. Nose is caramel, toast, and some floral hops. Taste is mostly malt without too much depth. Good medium body. A nice Fall beer.

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color. It poured with a thin beige head and has a light amount of carbonation.
S: The nose has aromas of toasted caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, there are flavors of toasted malts and caramel in the taste, which has a slight amount of sweetness. Some bitterness from the hops is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head that doesnt stick around long on a very clear amber body. If only the head was better this would be a great looking beer.

S: honey, toffee, caramel malts, hint of candied oranges.

T: caramel and toffee malts, fruity with breads and light earthy hop notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: pretty different from a standard marzen. The sourness that I seem to get from this genre is more of a tart or sweetness in this one. Not a very exciting or repeatable beer.

Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of brentk56
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves the ocasional shard of lace

Smell: Smells like barley malt stacked in the corner of the brewery

Taste: Taste just like barley malt smells - sweet, caramel tones; after the swallow, the sweetness lingers and becomes cloying

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Way to sweet for my tastebuds; a drain pour

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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

A pretty good beer. The malt profile is quite true to style. the toasty, bready, light yeast anc caramel tones are modestly present in the nose and more so in the flavor. The hops throws it out of style. Overly agressive in the bittering and grassy flavors. Although I like it, it's just too much. However, it's what I expect from Flying Dog. A bit too dry and rusty in the finish. A nice beer for the season, but don't look at it as a traditional Oktoberfest

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking light brown color with a fizzy tan color heads on top. The head doesn't give off much lacing here but the aroma had plenty of autumn spice to it. The taste of the beer is a malty and slightly sweet upfront then it fades into a warming spice aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium I think, it's carbonated well. Overall it's a pretty decent Oktoberfest in my opinion.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Well it's a dog eat dog
Eat cat too
The French eat frog
And I eat you"


Burnt apricot with brilliant orange lasers indicating the fiery morning sun on the opposite side of the glass. The toasted cream colored cap is a looker. It's creamy and firm at once with a finely pocked surface and the potential for lace that is already beginning to manifest itself on the upper few inches of glass.

The nose, however, can't come close to those heights. It's low on power for starters and is more grainy than appealingly malty for finishers. Since various varieties of Munich malt make up four of the five malts in use, the aroma is about as earthily Munich-like as it gets.

This is a pretty decent representation of the style even if it isn't much better than average beer in general. Of course, the same could be said for most of the Flying Dog line. The biggest negative is that there isn't a whole lot of depth in the flavor profile. Heavily toasted malt with a lightly fruit accent is all that's on offer. Some amount of spicy hop bitterness appears on the finish (Perle, Hersbrucker), but there isn't a great deal of hop flavor to be had.

There's nothing at all amiss in the body/mouthfeel department. I have no idea if this is a lager or an ale, but given the impressive smoothness, I'd have to say the former. Actually, the mouthfeel is the highlight of this pooch and proves that he passed obedience school with flying (dog) colors.

I'm not an Oktoberfest aficionado by any means, but even I can recognize that there are much better versions of the style than this one. Still though, it's an okay little seasonal that isn't too challenging and could be consumed by the liter mugful while munching on some bratwurst and sauerkraut.

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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium copper body with a creamy white head.

Smell: Light toasted malt aroma with a great deal of sweet-smelling grape juice in there.

Taste: Flavor of toasted, almost cracker-like malts with only a negligible sweetness. Again, there's those grapes. Mild bitterness on the quick finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: The runt of the Oktoberfest litter.

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep and hazy copper coloration, it pours with a good level of foam that settles to a ring with spotty lacing. Nice level of clarity as well. Looks like a typical O-fest.

Malty aroma, a touch sweet. Some yeastiness, and slightly grainy.

Apple and caramel malt come through first, with a mildly grassy hop in the finish. Aftertaste is a little dry with lingering toasty malt hanging around. Mouthfeel is dry, it's well carbonated, but the body is a little thin.

It would be easy to finish a pint or a liter of this one. Haven't seen it on tap locally though. Sampled during "Oktoberfest" at Back Door Lounge, Utica, IL.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a fresh bottle from the Frederick brewery.

Dogtoberfest pours a clear, deep amber body with a crimson cast and orange and gold highlights. The creamy yellowed-tan head settles shortly to an average collar, and it leaves minor lacing about the glass.

There's some distinct sulphur in the nose that seems out of place although it's quite obviously there because of the lager yeast. Perhaps some more aging is needed? Beyond that, a delicate, fesh note of toasty and juicy Vienna malt beckons you to partake.

Passing over the lips and onto the tongue, it's initially crisp, and as it warms slightly it becomes more creamy and smooth with a dextrinous medium body and moderate carbonation - perfect for the style!

The flavor is well-rounded with just the right amount of sweetness in it's delicate toasty and "juicy" (no other word to describe it) malt. It's also lightly caramelish and nutty; and some mild floral and leafy hops are noticeable in the background. It's backed by a firm bitterness that's just solid enough to reign in the malt and keep if from becoming sticky in the finish.

Very well done! A very nice, slightly American (the yeasty sulphur) version of the classic Vienna lager style that can hold its own against the beers of Munich - particularly as they seem to be dumbing them down a little bit more each year. Kudos to the dog!

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +12.7%

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

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, dark amber body. The foam settles quickly and leaves almost no lace.

S - A nice, malty aroma of toasted grain, caramel, and toffee with some herbal hops.

T - Sweet, toasted malt up front with some darker notes of caramel and toffee in the middle. Finishes with caramel malt, herbal hops and just enough bitterness to balance.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A nice mal character and enough hops to keep it in style, it may be just a touch too sweet, but it is very drinkable.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright copper color with a short off-white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, tea, a little bit of dark fruits and some faint spice.

T: The bready taste is mostly caramelized malt with some standard O-fest spice and a little bit of hops to it. Very typical of style, but it seemed a little watery. The after-taste is malty but not too sweet.

M: Crisp & smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish, but kind of watery as stated earlier.

D: Decent taste, not very filling, easy to drink, however, if I’m going to pound an O-fest there are several others that I would choose first.

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Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.