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Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery

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919 Ratings

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 31
Gots: 52 | 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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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, bright orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger beige head that dissipated to an even skim. Little lacing. Decanted continualy.

S: Big sweet bready malts with light honey notes. Citrus tickle at teh end.

T: Very consistent with the smell but witha slightly toasted flavor to the malt. A light lingering malty sweetness finishes with enough hop bitter to finish clean

M: Medium body. Ample (but not overdone) carbonation. Smooth, crisp and refreshing.

D: A tasty blend of malts that are very well balanced. The hopping and carbonation provide further balance to make this a very drinkable and sessionable beer.

Photo of fosterific
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well the bottle was at an almost gushing level, the carbonation filled the bottle and came just out the top. But man is this beer pretty in a glass, and off white head, slightly creamy with a distinct amber color beneath.
Had a slight citrus hop smell
Was a tad nutty, with a full helping of alcohol at the end.
Extremely smooth mouthfeel.
I would drink a few of these, I might even pour one just to look at; gorgeous!

Photo of albern
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a respectable Octoberfest, but not stellar. The beer pours a nice clear amber color with a very caramelly and metallic nose. There wasn't much lacing to the beer and the carbonation is quite low. The taste was fairly uniform, nothing sophisticated. It was very caramelly but not loaded with malts either. It was rather thin, but the caramel is the most pronounced part. Behind that is a touch of a metallic tinge, some grape skin, some roasted notes, and a herbal hop bite in the finish. This is a nice beer, but nothing that will challenge the palate. There is a bit too much aftertaste, while the mouthfeel has a lingering herbal hop bite.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 1 Nov 2008.

Used a 0.4 L glass stein for this one. Pours a small light brown head, well carbonated. Clear deep copper red color. Aroma is quite malty, caramel, almondy, slightly metallic. Sweet and light, offers some toasted almonds to start. Middle is maltier, finishes with some tartness that is not particularly pleasing. Some astringency and nuttiness in the aftertaste. Alcohol slightly warming. Medium light body.

Prefer a bit more maltiness in octoberfests.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber/orange with a small 1 finger mostly white head. Smells of adjuncts with a slight alcohol note bleeding thru. First sip is tangy with toasted caramel malts leading the way. Not much hop presence here but the malts seem just strong enough for my enjoyment. Very clean tasting and quite enjoyable.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: Amber body with a white head.

s: Caramel malt and grassy hops.

t: Sweet caramel malt, mildly bitter spicy grassy hops.

m: Smooth, clean and light.

d: I could drink a gallon. Not a great beer, but very quaffable and that is really the name of the game.

Photo of farrago
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark copper to red color, head very thick at first, dissipates swiftly, soft cloudiness to it, dark even to the rims. Orange peel, toasted biscuits, light apricot and peach fruit, suggestion of ginger root, not the most expressive beer you'll sniff on. Light to medium-bodied, picks up weight as it moves forward through the palate. There's a sort of dulling bitterness to it, not crisp, which flattens the orange citrus, baking spice and herbal aspects. Breadiness fares a little better. Good plus level of carbonation. Caramelized sweet onions. Malts lead the hops until the finish. Not all that.

Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger head that recedes slowly. The light lace forms thin crooked lines. Clear orange amber color

Mellow malt aroma with some earth tones. A touch of cream in the background. No discernible hops.

Dry and crisp, there is a little hop bitterness in the swallow. The malt is light and the body is thin (with a correspondingly high amount of CO2). Short aftertaste.

Photo of Vendetta
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
September 4, 2008

First sniff is a woody, spicey, mahogany malt. Pours a deep orange- gotta love marzen- slash bronze hue with a fluffy white head. Very impressive marzen here, a slightly different take. A ton of woody, bready malt. Some haylike malt there, super malty. Not too much sweetness but there is some caramel sweetness there. As the beer starts to really warm and I get down past half-glass, the sweetness comes out. Lots of honey and caramel. Pretty complex for an American brew. Very smooth, just the right thickness, carbonation tickles my gums, really satisfying mouthfeel. This is a really, really good marzen- I'm surprised that it has as low of a rating as it does. Check it out this fall if you're looking for a good American take on marzen. Just fabulous.

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

Coppery brown color sassed up with glints of red and orange from the nearby light. Head is small and a tan-orange tinted white color. Lace is hard to come by and the retention is not more than a ring. A somewhat pleasing appearance. Aroma is sweet with german malts and refreshing with spicy floral hop. Certainly solid. Taste matches rather well and also fits the style. Not a bad example of an oktoberfest style brew. It might be one of the better ones I've had. Body is good. Medium, on the verge of light. I might like it thicker but its fine this way. Carbonation is just right, and there's a decent but light amount of bitterness. Drinkable indeed.

I'd have no problem getting this occasionally when in the mood for this style.

Photo of BierFan
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Nice sized off-white head with a dark copper/orange color. It looks to be more of an American style marzen, instead of a more pale German style. It left only specks of lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of caramel malts.

Taste: Caramel malts with a light hoppiness. I agree with Jason Alstrom, it does have a kind of grape skin flavor going on as well.

Photo of erosier
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice orange-amber color witha short and medium bodied white colored head that fades to a slight film over the beer.
S: Sweet malts mixed together, a bit bready, some honey perhaps in the end as well.
T: Nice mix of roasted and toasted malts, a hint of bitter burnt malt at the end, but comes back with a nice sweet malty aftertaste.
M: Crisp, smooth, refreshing, right amount of carbonation.
D: Very nice mixture of the malts, really sweet, but not too sweet. A nice marzen that is pretty drinkable.

Photo of wedge
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear reddened copper under a thick, creamy looking head. Toasted malt aroma with fruity yeast and faint sweet dough. Toasted grains, light sweetness, caramel, and bread. Enough noble hops to balance. Properly clean though not as complex as it could be. Feels medium and smooth. Perfectly good drinking here.

Photo of briman
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear with a medium orange red color. Moderate off-white with good retention.

Aroma has sweet malt, with some light toastiness. No hop aroma to speak of.

Flavor is sweet malt, lightly toasted, with a hint of caramel. Balance leans towards malt, and finishes slightly sweet. A light hop bitterness comes out in the finish.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer, though I generally prefer a more prominent toasted element in an Oktoberfest. Worth having again, but might not be at the top of my list.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A brilliant blood-orange color with a stiff, creamy head that retains fairly well and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. A solid appearance.

S: Decent aroma. Grainy and earthy with a hint of caramel malt, but I wouldn't call it toasted. It's quite weak and understated, but not offensive or anything.

T&M: Grainy, toasted malt flavor, some yeasty fruitiness, and barely any hoppiness. It lacks the kind of malty depth that I like in marzens and because of this lacks any boldness or complexity. The body is medium with ample carbonation--I've got no complaints.

D: More flavor would make me want to gulp it down quicker, but it's fairly drinkable as is. A decent beer, but I think there are probably some other marzens available in my market that don't cost as much as this one and taste even better.

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 thekevlarkid
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle this beer looked fantastic, just like an Oktoberfest should, bright orange/copper with great clarity. The head was a toasted cream color and three fingers thick and it displayed pretty good retention and some like cling-to-the-glass lacing. The aroma was also nice, caramel malt and doughy malt with some spiciness and floral hops. The flavors were drier than the aroma, assorted grains and some bitterness mixed with a slightly herbal character. Not quite as rich or sweet as I was expecting but the finish was crisp. Medium body, good carbonation for the style and likely sessionable.

Photo of MacDomer
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Rusty amber color, clear. Foamy off-white two finger head which lasts a few minutes. Moderate lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and toasted malts. Some spice and fresh baked bread.

T - Light malts on the open. Becomes sweeter with the spices halfway through. Like the smell, there's bread and caramel.

M - A bit thin. Moderate carbonation.

D - Just average. Wouldn't need to buy this one again.

Photo of Onenote81
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a very small head and no retention or lacing. Weak appearance.

Smells sour like wine. A little alcohol scent. Smells a little off for a marzen.

Taste is a little similar to the smell. A little tart. Some roasted characteristics.

Not too bad, but not that great. I've had better marzens and was a little disappointed with this offering.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a nice Marzen. The color is a bit darker than most -- a dark amber. The head is slight and tan, and leaves little lacing. A pleasant but mild nose leads into a very nice sweet malt on the palate. The finish is rather neutral. This beer is very drinkable, and would make a superb autumn session beer. Nice mouthfeel with texture but not too thick. I think I'll suck down another one.

Photo of tronester
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thin tan head. Smell is of slightly oxidized malt with a hint of sulfur. Taste is better, malt dominated with a hint of sourness. A small amount of bitterness in the finish rounds things out. Mouthfeel is smooth, good carbonation. Quite drinkable, I could go for this again, though there are better Oktoberfests out there.

Photo of Pencible
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured a clear, dark copper with tan head. It smelled like sweet yeast and light nutty malt, with a bit of copper hops. It tasted like a blend of watery nutty malt and sweet barley and copper hops. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had pretty good flavor, but it wasn't very clean. The body was OK, but the beer in general was just not very impressive. This would only be really drinkable after you've already had a better beer or two.

Photo of becktone
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 9-29-08

Done back to back with Barrelhouse Octoberfest

Eye: Nice autumnul color in this brew. Could be described by crayola crayons as sunset orange, however its more complex than that. The beer's body has red, copper, yellow and light brown hues in addition to the orange. Head is creamy in texture and leaves some nice lacing, its not at the level where I'd like it to be though in terms of retention/formantion-just a thick blanket over the top of the beer.

Nose: Nice strong, potent aroma on this one, don't really have to search for any aroma here, its right there waiting to be discovered. Strong caramel and bready notes. Great malt backbone, very malt driven the way an Oktoberfest should be. Overall sweet notes can be found in this beer, not all that complex, just the breadiness and caramely notes. Smooth mellow and nicely rounded.

Tongue: Nutty, light roasty notes (some graininess in connection with the roatsy notes), some caramel and noble hop bitterness. Hop flavor is elusive, had for me to find or get here. Sweetness gives some depth and balance to the dry flavor and light roasty notes here. I would like to see more caramel notes in here. Yeast is clean.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Lightly carbonated beer with a medium-light body. The beer is smooth, however I'd really like to see a creamy body on an Oktoberfest...it'd be a nice bonus, a full bodied, rich, creamy feel to a nice big malty beer. This is a beer I'd drink again, however its not my first chioce for an Oktoberfest, but behind Avery Kaiser, GLBC, Moerlein, and possibly Hacker-Pschorr this is my next pick. So many of the Oktoberfests out there are really shit, this one is not...its just that there are a few I'd rather drink over this one. On the other hand, there are many more that I'd rather not drink and would choose this one out of just about all imported Oktoberfests and many of the micro brewed ones. This one, for me, with the O-fests I've sampled thus far is in my top ten.

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

For whatever reason this year (2008) I've become addicted to Sam Adams Octoberfest. I know. I know. I don't know why... when the local shops ran out of Sam Adams Octoberfest because I drank the city dry, I got the only remaining Octoberfest style beer I could find, the Dogtoberfest.

It's a little thin / watery, but overall, I really liked it.

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber color with a decent white head that fades fast. Smells of a sweet, almost sour malts. At first taste its good, a solid lager that is crisp and goes down well. Not too much in the flavor category... no hop taste and some barely spiced malts. The aftertaste is a little off, A little bitter. Goes down decent though.. I wouldn't consider it an octoberfest beer.

Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.