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Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery

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856 Ratings

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Ratings: 856
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 31
Gots: 35 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 09-02-2004)
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Photo of nrbw23
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a bright clear copper color with a white head and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S- Bready malts, caramel and a tiny bit of spice.

T- Follows the nose here just a little weak and seems to be off maybe a little to sweet.

M- Medium body, maybe a little watery and dry.

D- A decent brew, not my favorite by any means. Worth a try though.

nrbw23, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of zerofear13
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Oktoberfest of the 2008 season (a bit early, but couldn't really wait). Found these at the New Beer Distributors in New York. Attractive, funky bottle, as you would expect from Flying Dog, and very catchy name.

Pours out dark brown with a very thin head. Smelled of sweet malt, but not a strong hop kick. A little bit of fruit is noticeable, but that might just be the sweetness of the malts again. First impression of the taste is that it's fairly sweet and a bit tangy. Almost reminded me a bit of Circus Boy (that just came to mind right away). The hops don't even enter the picture until the aftertaste, in my opinion. For the most part, well-balanced, but I'd say you get the toasted malts before you get the bitter hops.

I was a bit disappointed by this brew. I haven't had too many Oktoberfests yet, but if you had blindfolded me and told me this was Flying Dog's new version of their pale ale, I would've believed it. Good taste, great mouthfeel, very light and smooth, but not very impressive or memorable.

zerofear13, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of steveh
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 update for this seasonal:

A -- Very nice clear, deep orange-copper color with a thick, off-white head.

S -- Mild bready malts with some peppery alcohol peeking through. Bit thin.

T -- Sweet nuttiness and bready malts up front, finishes dry (nice to style) with a spicy hop character in the finish. Hop bitterness seems more subdued than last year.

M -- Medium body, soft to slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Some alcohol warming.

steveh, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of xare
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice bottle label art as usual from Flying Dog. Pours as a copper color with thin head that dissipates immediately. Leaves a thin soapy film on top.

Smell is of corn, malts, and a touch of caramel.

Taste was a letdown - it tastes like a corny malt if there was such a thing. Corn is the dominant flavor and there's alcohol overtones that threaten to take away the flavor entirely.

Mouthfeel is a bit astringent and thick. Does go down smooth without any burning, over-carbonation, or bitterness so it goes down as average in my book.

Drinkability is low. I was able to finish this but had no desire to go find more of these. I'd much rather drink other Oktoberfest beers or almost any of Flying Dog's other offerings.

xare, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.49...
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark-copper hue with a minimal head that soon receded and deposited a very thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Aroma: Mild, unassertive malt-dominated aroma with hints of vanilla...
Taste: True-to-the-style, robust malty flavor with hints of bread, butter, caramel, vanilla, and maple syrup... Good stuff from Flying Dog... A good American depiction of a classic German style...
Mouthfeel was thick and appropriate along with a good level of drinkability without being too cloying...

dsa7783, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a bright copper-orange with a moderate white head that faded rather quickly.

S: fresh toasted grains, fresh caramel and bread.

T: The flavor was very clean with dry toasted grains with a slight caramel sweetness and light fruitiness. There was a nice dry floral hop bite in the finish.

M: clean with a light body and carbonation.

D: Drinkability was ok, nothing great and was expecting more.

beerthulhu, Jun 01, 2008
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1/2" cream colored head with short retention but good lacing. Crystal clear amber/copper color. Sweet caramel apple, toffee with some floral, grassy hops in the aroma. Sweet, gritty malt with lots of caramel and toffee and some spicy hops in the finish. A little too sweet. Medium body with a round mouthfeel and somewhere between low and mid carbonation. Decent drinkability.

Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately, my current experience of 22 Sep 2011 is far less exciting than my original review.

Somewhat watery, an unpleasant singular bitterness replacing the sweetness in Taste and Mouthfeel. Fortunately, the Scent is still rather nice but more dominated by prune/plum plus some hops florals rather than the former complexity. A foamy out of control head that ran all over the place. Enjoyable but definitely no longer on my "favorite beers" list.

My original review of 1 May 2008:
3.5 / 4 / 4 / 4 / 3.5

I'm sitting with an entire case of this (dated October 2006) that is 1-1/2 years old which I recently found stashed away. It's not lost any of its character, whatsoever. This batch was brewed by nearby Wild Goose in Frederick Maryland which is a regional brewer for Flying Dog.

A= nice candy-amber, modest to little head which laces freely throughout.

S= very nice and inviting, whiffs of candy apple, plum, dusty malts, mild florals.

T= somewhat reminiscent of a brandied apple-plum with light citrus (orange), mild hops bitters. Slightly sweet, maybe very-sweet for some drinkers. There's something special about this beer which I feel I'm not quite describing, ie the beer is much better than the sum of my taste-description.

M= very nice rich slightly syrupy fruity residuals with some hops bitterness. Something to savor for a while.

D= probably very drinkable (which I've proven!) but for some beer-fans it might be too sweet for quantity-consumption.

therica, May 01, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a yellowish orange with some rocky bubbles, but little head. the taste is spicy and malty and lacking in hop character. the taste is a bit like toasted bread and clove. the body is medium, but borders on sticky, which is odd to me. overall a pretty decent beer that i was glad to try, but probably wouldn't seek out.

deepsouth, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Dogtoberfest poured a somewhat clear orangish color with a finger foam head, very little retention but a some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma was citrusy of oranges and spice. I tasted a maltiness and a little bitter. In the mouth it was a little spicy but overall it was just an average for me.

cswhitehorse, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of jackorain
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Entered from notes taken while quaffing on 11/05/08.

A-Darkish Amber, crystal clear. Very tight white head fell slowly and left some lcae and a splotchy coat.

S-Biscuit, clean lager yeast. Not much aroma

T-Caramel and biscuit malt quickly fades to a funky yeasty weirdness.

M-Light to medium body. A little fizzy.


jackorain, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper pour, little head, and a touch of lacing. Smell is honey, malt, graininess, yeast. Taste is a bit of tart maltiness, with a thinnish body to go along. Nothing bad, but not spectacular either. A very average beer and fitting of the oktoberfest style.

JDV, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of dnichols
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog's label artwork is an attraction but its the quality of the brews that keep me trying their offerings. This time I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a bright clear amber-orange blend dody with a half inger off-white head that receded to a spotty cover an dring around the collar. The lacing was full but like the head it didn't linger long enough to fully appreciate.

S: It was ripe with malts, caramel, and spices.

T: The flavor was sweet and lightly toasted malts backed by floral and citrusy hops.

M: Nice and smooth with a clean and dry finish. Modest balanced carbonation with just the right amount of spices.

D: Smooth and well balanced. It has a low ABV that makes it an easy session brew.

dnichols, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of seanyfo
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- 355ml bottle poured into a seidel aggressively, 3 finger rocky head that quickly dissapates to 1 finger. Dark copper amber body, looks delicious.

S- Delicious, toffee apples, vanilla, cinnamon, sweet malty goodness.

T- a little thin in the start, but vanilla and appleyness comes through. Malty finish with a hop/floral bitterness mixed in.

M- Medium bodied but a bit sticky, medium carbonation.

D- Smell is delightful, but a little disappointing in the taste department, takes a bit of time for taste to come through. Not a classic oktoberfest,i dont feel its a straight quaffer, it has too much hoppy floralness in the finish. I almost feel im willing the malt taste to come through after the smell. Nevertheless, still an interesting brew.

seanyfo, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of stephendr
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. glass bottle- color of amber, with a thick off white colored head - nose of medium sweet malts, light hops, bananas, and light floral fruit – taste of candy sweet, light hops, and malty- body is light , smooth, and with medium to low carbonation – aftertaste of light, sweet malts, and gummy

stephendr, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is widely distributed through Holland and seems to have hit every liquor shop. It pours a clear, brown copper color with a thin head.

Smell of light caramel malt on top of a pilsner-like malty backbone. Some light roastiness. It smells like the typical bottom fermented beer, clean and focusing on the malt.

Taste is light caramel and has some nutty flavors. The malt is lightly roasted and gives some malt bitterness. German counterparts usualy have some more maltiness. The yeast is a bottom fermenting strain and leaves no real tastes other than a clean and slightly mineral taste. Body is somewhat sticky.

Absumaster, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased from Walnut Liquorette for two dollars

Poured into my Flying Dog imperial pint glass with a copper amber color with a golden orange tint

Smell was lots of toffee, sweet malt, some cream, and citrus aromas, this one smelled like candy

Taste was sweet as well, had faint orange and lemon at first, then sweetness immediately took over the semi-dry finish, sweet creamy malt came to the surface pretty quickly and got more intense at the beer got warm, lots of caramel in this one, great for its beer style because it is usually not one of my favorites, not much hoppiness in this, mostly sweet and a deep malt flavor overall

Body was pretty full and there was lots of carbonation, nice mouthfeel and a taste that lasted a long time

Could drink another few bottles but this stuff is a little sweet to be a session beer, gets heavy on the stomach after a while even though the alcohol percentage is pretty low

My last Octoberfest beer of the year and probably one of the better ones, I am holding on to my Avery Kaiser for a while, highly recommended marzen from one of my favorite breweries, Flying Dog

Floydster, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of benito
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My final Marzen of the year; I had saved one bottle of Dogtoberfest to celebrate the advent of winter (or the end of fall) up here in the high country. It came a little later than usual this year, but the snow is coming down now. So, here's one final Oktoberfest before moving on to the winter warmers of December.

A: Beautiful copper with an off-white sudsy head and good carbonation.

S: Juicy malts and doughiness; a little hint of sweet cream.

T: Initial metallic taste gives way to a doughy center with a hint of nuttiness. Good showcase of the malts in the finish, but I don't like that initial taste--too biting, too bitter, too metallic. There's a good bit of honey in the finish--a welcome addition.

M: Good, creamy feel overall. The carbonation keeps this spritzy and mostly light; the honey flavor leaves this with a nice lingering aftertaste. There's not much here in the way of flavor development.

D: A quaffable brew all around.

Overall, this is a decent Marzen with one major shortcoming in the flavor. With a little more malty sweetness up front this has the potential to be an excellent brew. I hope they'll fiddle with the recipe for next fall.

benito, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal-clear rusty bronze hue. Frothy two finger head; very pale biege color with terrific retention that leaves heavy patterns of lacing. Toasted malt aroma with faint minty hops in the background and a curious dark fruit note. Sweet crystal malt upfront makes up the basis of the flavor profile. It has a sweet light caramel taste, with mild toasted tones like Vienna and perhaps some faint buscuity Victory malt. The hop flavor and bitterness in the aftertaste are just barely perceivable, but achive an acceptable balance. An odd fig/date taste appears with the slightly residual sweetness, but dissapears quickly enough to not become distracting. A light-ish body and medium carbonation present a true to style mouthfeel that is creamy and crisp, and lends to a tremendous drinkability. The finish is soft and malty but dries thoroughly. One of the best american adaptations of Marzen-bier I have tried.

PBRstreetgang, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of turbine2475
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- 2 finger head that slowly disipates with a light lacing...nice amber apperance

S- Sweet caramel, almost citrus aroma

T- too much citrus and sweet for an octoberfest

M- A little heavy on the either the carbonation or the citrus bite

D- Ok if you like domestic mass brews, but those looking for a true octoberfest look elsewhere

I love flying dog brews, but this one seems to be intentionaly aimed at the masses. Would do better as a summer brew,

turbine2475, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of ohoove
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing too special about this beer. Clean copper in color with little to no head and ditto the lacing. Sweet malts and yeast are prevalent with no hop presence either in the smell or on the palate. This isn't a bad beer by any means and worth a try ,but like most american efforts on the style , it comes up short. Forgettable but not regrettable.

ohoove, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog's Dogtoberfest pours two fingers of beige foam over
an apricot colored brew. Carbonation is steady, and the nose is
slightly toasty malts and lager yeast. The flavor is sweetish malt
up front with fruity notes and an easy herbal hop finish. Mouthfeel
is round for a lager, and a tiny bit dry. There is a bit of grain in the
aftertaste. Hardly an extreme beer as you might expect with all that
attitude Flying Dog projects, this is, rather, just what an Oktoberfest
beer should be, friendly, malty, and easy drinking.

shadow1961, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of Pauly2X
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- One finger head, nice orange amber color.

S- Very sweet caramel malty smell.

T- Quite sweet even for an Oktoberfest. Although underhoped in my opinion still enjoyable.

M- A little roughly carbonated otherwise pretty solid.

D- Ok I guess.

Worth a shot if for nothing else than to experience the wonderfully sweet aroma.

Pauly2X, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of wingman14
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange with an off white head that fades quickly. The smell is sweet and malty, nice and inviting, no hops that I can detect. The taste follows right along with a strong malt character, starts sweet and ends with somewhat of a bite. The aftertaste is subtle, a little doughy. The mouthfeel is good, nice flavors, decent balance. This is an easy drinker, a great beer for all fall occasions. Worth checking out.

wingman14, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of mountdew1
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. A nice reddish brown color with a thin foamy head. Head didn't last long, but left a thin ring around the top with occasional clings to the side of the glass. Smell was slightly sour grain. Taste was bitter at first, but as it warmed up it reminded me of almost stale wheat bread. It was slightly sweet, which went well with the grain. Felt ok in the mouth. A little dry, didn't coat as well as I like. Easy to drink, slightly sharp in the mouth which detracted.

mountdew1, Nov 10, 2007
Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewery
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