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Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery

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808 Ratings

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Ratings: 808
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 26
Gots: 13 | 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 mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a nice rich amber colour. Light tan head poured fairly loose and fizzy then faded quickly to almost nothing... barely any carbonation and no real lacing...

Aroma - Quite strong caramel malty sweetness, light toasted bread, quite grainy, spicy fruits (oranges, pears), biscuity, some buttery notes, cut wet grass, some soapiness, toasted nuts, quite peppery, some salty notes...

Taste - Loads of sweet caramel malts balanced with a nice grassy and peppery hop bitterness, light toasted bread notes, grainy and nutty sweetness, spicy fruits (bitter oranges, apples, some lemons), toffee and treacle hints...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with a little sharpness underneath... light / medium bodied... Very drinkable and sessionable...

Overall - A very good example of an Oktoberfest beer... well worth a try..

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 15:39:15 | More by mdagnew
Photo of Tballz420


3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Orangish copper colored brew, tiny white head that disappears quickly. Somewhat of a caramel malt scent. Taste is mainly comprised of the malty oktober taste, backed by some bit of hops. Fairly thinly bodied. Overall, not the worst beer, but as far as fest beer goes, there are many beers that should be tried before this one. It's "all fur coat and no trousers, it is..."

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 04:50:02 | More by Tballz420
Photo of number1bum


3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #8.

Pours a nice amber color with good clarity and about an inch and a half of creamy cream colored head. Head recedes slowly leaving a nice lace and some stick on the sides.

Smell is grain, a little toasted malt, some subtly sweet caramel malt and a hint of spice. At first whiff it's grainy like a macro lager. Not a good thing.

Taste is also heavily grainy, with a dull bitterness that isn't offset by enough caramel malt sweetness. The caramel malt actually starts to come out more as this beer warms, and it becomes quite a bit more enjoyable. There are some flashes of toasted malt and subtle fruit flavors, as well. Finishes on the dry side with some lasting hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and it's pretty creamy, actually.

Eh...another mediocre oktoberfest from a brewery that does mostly ales. It's too bad that this style is so often used as a seasonal marketing gimmick from brewers that don't really know what they're doing with lager styles. Better as it warms, a decent beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 16:57:22 | More by number1bum
Photo of 0tt0


3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a DFH pint.

Pours a tawny amber in color, like a darkened glass of iced tea. A nice collar of 1/8 inch head that disappears as fast as it arose. Faint caramel in the nose, some bready malt, and little else. Caramel takes on a bit more of a toffee note on the tongue and is fairly mild. The highlight is the quick tingle of carbonation and hops that dominate the middle through the end, with a nice residual aftertaste. The malt profile is a bit bland compared to most, but I do enjoy the crispness of it. Drinkability is excellent, being a session beer, but purists might want to avoid it. I've never been a fan of this brewery and this marzen indicates why. I'd rather see five failures somehow redeemed but a couple of great brews, but Flying Dog is consistently mediocre in every regard. This is one of the better ones, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 23:06:14 | More by 0tt0
Photo of weasbri


3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice copper color and foamy head to this one, but the rest of it was fairly average. The aroma is mostly malty, grains, sweet caramel. But taste seemed off-balance to me. I expected more maltiness, and while it's there, it fades quickly to leave a bitter hoppiness. Not bad, just probably not one I'd pick out for an Oktoberfest example.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 23:04:27 | More by weasbri
Photo of Ricochet


3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

October. The season for malt.This style has never been my favorite as most of them taste just like most of the others that I've tasted. Smells of malt, slight raisin and light alcohol, about right. Brown color with good head that went away fast and left a trace of lace. Mouth swallowed with a fruitiness that kept up and left a slightly sour note. Very good, and sticks out from the pack for that. Taste is malt. There is a stronger alcoholic note, but with the malt makes a decent blend with just enough hop to sour this and make it decent.

Okay, so this is above the pack, but not enough to make it far enough above the pack. I'd probably get this if served at an Octoberfest, but usually , this year, it's SA or Becks, not much else.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 07:27:53 | More by Ricochet
Photo of brantadid

New Jersey

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

What is this beer trying to be?

Poured amber in color, maybe more red. Little to no head to speak of and obviously no lacing.

Smell is sweet and malty. Not much else to speak of.

Very little carbonation, which I like very much, but taste is average. It isn't hoppy or malty, but it isn't bad. It is average.

If I were looking to get drunk, I could drink a lot these. Mouthfeel is very nice. (see low carbonation).

Overall, this is a drinkable beer. It isn't the best Octoberfest I have had but it is far from the worst. I kinda enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 04:42:22 | More by brantadid
Photo of DrJay


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin yellowish cap tops this clear, reddish beer. Malty aroma, quite toasty, with mild floral hopping. Malty, toasty flavour as well, and the bitterness cut through the middle of the sweetness. Light hop notes throughout. Medium/light body with average carbonation, decent mouthfeel. A hint of warmth? A little better than average, nice toastiness, but it didn't come together for me the way the best marzens do.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 02:50:33 | More by DrJay
Photo of ttu94


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

Nice Marzen!! reminds me of SAs version looks the same. Clear amber with a good head. Nice white head. Malty nose. Sweet with a touch of hops at the end very good. I could drink this all night and listen to ummpaaa music. Ugly ass flying dog art on the bottle needs to be changed.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 04:03:03 | More by ttu94
Photo of bigelo1016


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured a clear copper with a half inch white head that dissappeared quickly

S- not a lot, but hints of sweet biscuits and a little tartness

T- sweet and malty with a little carmel, grainy and hint of hops at the end

M- balanced medium body with light carbonation

D- Easy on the mouth, very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 01:08:55 | More by bigelo1016
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle from Ron's in Farmington. Pours translucent red-amber body with a good inch of off-white head. Smells malty sweet with some roastiness, though the aroma is somewhat muted. Tastes sweet and roasty, with caramel and biscuit malts playing a big role. Very tasty, and one sip definitely invites another. Medium to full bodied with a fair bit of carbonation. I'm really impressed with this one - a new favorite for the style!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 01:54:26 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of Beaver13


2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a copper orange with a small white head that quickly recedes to a thin collar.

The aroma is biscuity malts and a little fruit and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel and biscuity malts with a harsh medicinal bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full.

Overall, oktoberfests are not one of my favorite styles and this is a pretty subpar version. The flavors are a mish-mash and not appealing to me.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 03:48:58 | More by Beaver13
Photo of russpowell


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

Pours orangey/amber with 2+ fingers of eggshell-white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cornyness, caramel, & some biscuitty notes

T: Caramel, grainyness & herbal hops up front. Dry with some metallic notes as this warms. Finishes dry with some caramel, a little nuttyness & herbal hops. Doesn't really quite pull together

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively carbonation & decent balance

Drinks pretty easy, but off style & not as good as last years offering by a mile IMO

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 03:05:38 | More by russpowell
Photo of bahumutx


3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours dark copper with a small head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Malt with a slightly sweet aroma.

Taste: Starts and ends sweet. There is a malt flavor throughout. Slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I can see this being very drinkable. I marked it down a little because of the slight metallic flavor.

This is my second beer from Flying dog and I am looking forward to their other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 22:23:09 | More by bahumutx
Photo of Chsyhkr

North Carolina

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

People think they would love Octoberfest until they try it. What they think is Fest beer is really more like a Helles, much blonder.

Real Fest beer has that Munich Malt bready fullness and this beer brings it on.

Not a session beer but a great food beer. Brats with kraut and spicy mustard cut by the malty sweetness of Octoberfest.

Nose is all bready and somewhat complex. Not the best example, storage?

Flavor is the same with a cleansing bitterness, not like a pils, because the malt is so predominate.

Beatiful copper color with lacy off white head.

Very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 21:18:33 | More by Chsyhkr
Photo of biggmike


3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive copper color and a nice slightly off-white head. Aroma is of a sweet maltiness. Taste is also very malty, but not overly done. Balanced with a faint nuttiness. Lacing is good. Mouthfeel is pretty good; not too thick or thin and level of carbonation is excellent. Drinkability is pretty high. Actually, I could drink the hell out of this. Another style that I have really grown to appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 00:25:20 | More by biggmike
Photo of riversider76

New York

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

Pours a rich golden amber,with a fluffy white head. Very good retention,and lacing. Smell is of sweet dark fruit,carmels,and malts. This is medium bodied beer,that is lightly carbionated. Taste is of fruit,and honey. This beer is light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 23:15:31 | More by riversider76
Photo of Rootdog316


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

Poured clear amber with a short cap of whitish head. The aroma picked up sweet toasted caramel, but focused more on the sweetness than the malty backing. There were some herbal notes, some bread, and a grass accent. The flavor also had a sweet, toasty caramel backbone with bready malts in there too. The herbal and leafy hop accents worked well. Some peppery spices appear right at the very end, and serve to make this even more refreshing. Light-medium bodied with a bitter bite on the edges and a medium-length refreshing finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 02:19:56 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of Blupoet03


4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Dogtoberfest poured brilliant orange-amber with a thing white head.

Nose: spice hops balanced with malt aromas.

Taste: It started out smooth, with the hops chillin' out in the background but lending a nice sharp tang on the sides of my tongue. It came across as a classic Oktoberfest, and then finished with a bit of a burn that knocked down the drinkability a bit.

I find that Flying Dog's beer always have a bit of their own taste and this is no exception. Good - not my favorite, but good/great as part of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 01:25:20 | More by Blupoet03
Photo of BeerLover48Fan

New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of all the seasonals that I have tasted this season this is far and beyond the best one. Poured into a pint glass it had a great color and a nice head. Excellent beer for watching football and just relaxing with friends. Flying Dog has really outdone itself with this beer. Not too expensive either I paid 7.99 for a six pack

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 22:15:22 | More by BeerLover48Fan
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep amber, downright dark garnet, with a solid-enough head that barely laces the top of the brew. Aroma is malty, some caramel and biscuity goodness. Taste is very solid, clean and malty, not overly sweet, but not much from the hops, though there is a slight dry finish that helps to balance slightly. Overall I was impressed, I wasn’t expecting much but this proved to be a solid and very drinkable attempt at the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 07:32:16 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of HardTarget


3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Brown 12 oz. bottle lists 5.3% abv., 30 IBUs, and lederhosen when saucy. Great Steadman art on the label, as always.

Aroma: Nice caramel malt nose with a bit of earthy hops.

Appearance: Pale amber glass with excellent clarity and a rough bubbled off white head that gives up bits of lace.

Flavor: First hit is a mineral water base that goes cotton candy sweet before the earthy bittering hops take over. Malt is a bit toffee flavored and there is a mild yeast character throughout the glass.

Mouthfeel: Touch over-carbonated for my tastes, medium body is a bit oily in the finish which leans toward lip smacking.

Overall Impression: Solid beer. Total package is balance, flavorful, but moderate. Nice malty beer that has me looking forward to Fall weather.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 06:58:38 | More by HardTarget
Photo of goochpunch


2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a light orange tinted amber with abundant excited bubbles and a sturdy head that leaves tons of lace on the glass. There's a good maltiness in the nose, but it is awfully faint. It's hard to get much out of this, but there is an underlying grainy character that I'm just not that fond of. Taste is a bit light as well, and takes on a somewhat watery thinness towards the finish (I found this also to be the case with their wheat beer). There's some nice caramelized malt flavors, but the maltiness doesn't come out as much as I'd like. This sort of reminds me of a maibock more than anything else. Hops are rather punchy, but kind of muddy things up with a dull and lingering bitterness. A bit of graininess is found in the flavor as well. Mouthfeel is a Tad thin yet still sticky. Carbonation is solid. Decent beer overall. I'd take it over some Oktoberfests I've had in the past, but I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 03:10:07 | More by goochpunch
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 mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 01:45:23 | More by mikesgroove
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