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Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery

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508 Reviews

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Reviews: 508
Hads: 939
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 30
Gots: 72 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 09-02-2004

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Photo of rlee1390
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent dark amber, two finer head.

S-Malt, caramel and some spices.

T-Very similar to the nose, malt and caramel. Spices are really present here. Finish is bland.

M-Medium bodied but finish is rather flat.

O-Another run of the mill Oktoberfest. Really nothing that stands out here. (292 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a hazy medium amber brown with a large (2-3 fingers) rocky light tan head that lasted a little while leaving behind some puddled residue floating on top thus producing excellent lacing that really stuck to the glass.

The aroma was strong of a toasted biscuit malt, a nice piney hop and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel and dried dark fruit.

It tasted malty-sweet with a hint of caramel at first and mildly bitter from the hops at the finish with a touch of dried fruit at the end with the flavor lasting a really nice long time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and a little dry in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a very impressive brew for this style, a perfect blending of flavors with a nice mild hop finish. (802 characters)

Photo of bark
2.26/5  rDev -36.5%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of minterro
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A & S: caramel and sweet bready are the main elements of the smell. Clear copper (leaning toward the redder spectrum) colored beer, tan head that pours about a half a fingernail and fades into nothing real quick. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top

T & M: the style is supposed to be rich but the beer is pretty bland as far as taste goes. Kinda tastes like a nut brown except for an addition of a mild ‘hoppyness’. Higher end of a medium body and medium (maybe a bit too much carbonation). Pretty darn drinkable.

O: everything about this beer is fairly forgettable except the label. (599 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer exits the yellow-labeled bottle a stately dark copper color with a bit of foam above it. The foam left a vestige of lacing down the glass. A nice looking brew. The aroma is swimming in deep malt. Some husk mixes with a bit of earthy hops. Richly roasted malt on the palate. The sweet grain sloshes around the palate leaving much to be enjoyed. The dash of bitterness at the end goes a long ways toward balancing the beer. Overall a nicely traditional rendition of the style. (483 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark amber with a centimeter thick, light brown head.

Smell - Kinda earthy with some caramel hints.

Taste - Cracked peppercorns or something spicy. A slight caramel finish. Pretty bitter.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Overall - I'm not really a fan of this beer. (299 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: dark reddish brown; 1-finger head; very good carbonation; decent lacing
S: malty, light
T: hearty, deep, rich, complex flavoring; caramel; malt; butternut squash?; cola flavor

Really hearty beer for the season and style (252 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.57/5  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. (287 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Crisp red body with a quarter inch of tan head that dissipates within a few minutes.

S - Caramel malts with a very slight grapefruit hop accent. This is by far its best characteristic.

T - Pale and caramel malts are the base of an okay tasting barely hopped Marzen Octoberfest.

M - Watery with limited abrasiveness from any carbonation.

~ This isn't my favorite Oktoberfest and it's likely I won't pick it up again. Would I recommend this beer to a friend? Probably not. (479 characters)

Photo of droomyster
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany body a tan head of rich foam that lasts a long time. Smells primarily toasty, with a bit of rotting leaves and cardboard dust thrown in the mix. Vienna malts dominate the flavor profile. Toastiness galore and some toffee or caramel-like sweetness, with a hop profile that is similar to the best German oktoberfests I've tried - earthy and a bit tea-like, even herbaceous as it warms. The body feels a bit lighter than I expected from this style, but overall this is really well-made and an excellent value, especially in comparison to the German O'Fests. (577 characters)

Photo of smadsen8486
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.
A- clear, rich amber color. decent head after the first pour that quickly thinned but never fully dissapated.
S- had a hard time pulling anything more than some sweet malts.
T- very clean and crisp. nice frothy feel on the lips. Carmel notes with slight hints of citrus.
M- medium body slight bite of carbonation. Notes of Carmel, nut, grain, and hops stay for and aftertaste.
O- a great octoberfest Marzen. Nothing that really jumps out in this beer which is unusual for flying dog but hard to get to creative with a Marzen. Style points awarded for over the top bottle art!

* also of note the ABV seems to have been increased since this beer was first listed. It is listed as 5.6% on the bottle this year. (757 characters)

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

12oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass

A: a copper/amber brew, with a light tan head, that dissipates quick, and doesn't leave much lacing. Not totally transparent.

S: Straight forward lagery-malt base. Nothing really extraordinary stands out.

T: Good. Biscuity, caramel malt base, with a slight toasty component. Very straightforward O-fest/Marzen

M: Medium bodied, slightly dry/bitter finish.

O: A very good choice for the style as a baseline of what O-fest should taste like. I'd certainly take this anytime. (523 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber with 1/2" of foamy, bubbly head. Good retention. Caramel malts dominate the nose. The taste is heavy caramel with just enough hops for balance; slight toasty maltiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and mildly carbonated.

Overall, a solid example of the style, but a little sweet. (320 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amber colored beer, minimal head, no lace. Bready and otherwise mild sweet and otherwise neutral aroma.

Taste, sweet caramel, offputting bitter and brackish aftertaste. Raisins? Oxidized lemons. Should be a little more carbonation. Malt body doesn't really have the toasty aspect you'd hope for.

Kind of a lackluster beer for me, not my favorite style, but even with that said, still just not anything to write home about. (425 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly not bad. Compared to other octoberfests I've had this one did actually shine, still not as good as Sam though. Pour a dark amber color with a bit of retaining cream colored head, and a little bit of a breads scent. Medium bodied mouth feel with some nice roasted malt taste and a hint of raisins and grapes. Needs a little bit of a balance to the sweetness but im glad to of found another american octoberfest I liked (430 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a dull, chestnut brown color. head starts promising, but diminishes to a rim of reddish/white foam.

S: a slight woodyness works with a mostly sweet aroma. toffee. maybe a little bit of spice as well.

T: very nutty and sweet. a little bit of tobacco works in with the nut mixture. finish is dry and clean.

M: average carbonation on a light/medium body.

D: good ofest offering from flying dog. decent complexity between sweet malts and very light roasted aspects. (471 characters)

Photo of devinoconnor
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of nickthetick
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear copper into a DFH signature glass with a finger of head that slowly dissipates. There is a solid stream of bubbles from the nucleation point.

S: sweet, yeasty and bread like malt. Some toffee and caramel hints pine sap and needles.

T: light orange peel bitterness and great bready and yeasty sweetness. Great roasted malt, some pine notes intermingle with the sweet malts.

MF: medium body, great effervescence and clean flavor on the tongue.

O: great Marzen with some beautiful flavors that mix well. (525 characters)

Photo of ncketchum
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a SN pint glass

A = Pours a dark brown, medium carbonation, substantial half-finger off white head with good retention

S = smell is bready, yeasty, with a hint of alcohol

T = taste is malty, more bitter than expected. After letting it warm a bit, the bitterness mellowed a bit.

M = mouthfeel is fairly thin, medium carbonation, with an aftertaste that sticks around awhile

D = the drinkablilty is fairly good, probably not an Oktoberfest that I'll seek out, but not bad. (487 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours a deep copper color with a halve finger of foam that fades pretty quickly. No lacing. Aroma is sweet and caramelly.

First sip is quite astringent. Strong lingering bitterness. Not nearly as malty as I'd expected from the smell. Really harsh bitter aftertaste. Finishes very dry.

Very strange. This is not what I expected from this beer. This is just too harsh to be pleasantly drinkable. Needs some more sweetness to balance. (475 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Copper orange in color with yellow hues on the edge of the glass and a bit hazy. Poured with a soapy off white foam that rdeuced to a thick cap. Toasted bready grain aromas with light caramel malt and with a light herbal hop aroma beneath . Smooth, wet, mellow feel. Toasted grain and hint of caramel malt and bread flavors up front with and herbal hop tanginess in the middle to the finish. Finishes a bit dry with a lingering light herbal/pine hoppiness. More hop character than most marzens I've tried. (551 characters)

Photo of curasowa
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper color with 1 finger of head that fades to a ring with a broken curtain of lace.

Aroma: Bready, caramel malt with a hint of piney hops and some cooked cabbage in the background.

Taste: Toasted, slightly nutty caramel malt upfront that is somewhat creamy, then some earthy bitterness starts to work it's way in and builds to the finish along with a kinda sour, over-ripe fruit thing that last through the finish and isn't very pleasant.

The Rest: Meh. An OK marzen with some weirdness on the back end that ruins it for me. (542 characters)

Photo of keanex
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Almost clear copper with a 1.5 finger light tan foam head that dissipates into a nice thick lacing and coating.

S: Slight hops and bread but mostly malts with caramel hints.

T: Strong malt and caramel hints with an underlying hops taste. Slight spices, though I can't put my finger on it.

M: Low-medium carbonation, almost full bodied rather thick.

O: Decent beer, but not very complex a tad too thick for this style for my liking. (479 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew is clear amber, a rather small off-white head, no lacing, little curtains.

Honey, grain, brown bread, fruit, and a smell of peaches.

Sweet start, honey, raisins, brown bread, orange marmalade, a slight taste of lemon zest.

Medium low carbonation, a soft and smooth texture, a dry finish.

A good malty dog, possible a bit sweet. (340 characters)

Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.