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Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery

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924 Ratings

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Ratings: 924
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 31
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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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 tronester
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of Rennpferd
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a clear copper hue with a three finger head. There was no carbonation.

A great balance of malt and hops. It made my mouth water.

It had a nice malt and hops taste. There was a sneaky bitter finish. It had a medium body up front that finished lite.

It's pretty good. I could drink a couple of these at a sitting.

Photo of n00tz
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bronze body, light blonde head, steady carbonation.

S - Smooth malts, sweetness, and the scent of crumbled dry leaves.

T - Fresh spring water, pumpkin and cream.

M - Smooth, medium bodied octoberfest that would go great with thanksgiving leftovers.

D - Everyone I have shared this with have said this is the better octoberfest... I disagree. It is, however, a good beer.

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

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

An aggressive pour yields two fingers of khaki head atop a clear brassy orange.

Scent is caramel and toasty notes primarily.

Taste follows the nose. Caramel malt, a nice toasty note, and fruit. Toffee. Very mild hop bitterness hangs on at the finish.

Mouth is lightly carbonated and creamy.

Excellent drinkability; a session beer.

Not the best Oktoberfest I've enjoyed this season but certainly an enjoyable one.

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

a: This was a clear coppery amber color. It poured with a medium sized, sticky head that held up fairly well.

s: Sweet, maybe a little too sweet, aromas of slightly smoky toffee and vanilla. Pretty much all malt smells.

t: Mirrors the smell. Maybe a little sweeter than a like, but nothing artificial or cloying.

m: Not thin and well carbonated.

d: Thanks to joepais for throwing this in with my growling at the moon box. Pretty solid effort.

Photo of eljefe21
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: An orange/red copper color. Poured to a small head that quickly dissipated.

S: Some malty sweetness.

T: A nice malty German style flavor. Nothing spectacular, but exactly what I'd expect in an Oktoberfest beer.

M: Decent carbonation followed by a slightly dry finish. Medium body.

D: Definitely something I could put a few down in a sitting. Especially in the fall. Especially at an Oktoberfest celebration.

Served: in a standard pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of jeffmonarch
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice copper orange color with a thin off white head.

S - Good spicy malt smell.

T - Good spice with a strong malt flavor. Not as much bite as I would have liked.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - OK. I had expected more from Flying Dog. It is alright and I was expecting great.

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

12oz brown bottle with a freshness code that you can't make out.

Uniform two fingers of off white head stay around long enough to count. Bright copper color. Hints of toasted malt and a kiss of caramel and grape skin with a light herbal tone form the hops make up the clean aroma. Smooth and crisp with a medium body, a little thin on the malt but the toasted character does come around hard enough to keep things going. Slight grape skin and herbal hop with a quick sting of bitterness middle to end. Finishes semi-dry with a mellow toasted grain flavor.

Compared to where some of the mass produce o-fest beers from Germany are going this one held its own. Not a bad pick for the style.

Photo of Goregazm
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3


Appearance: Pours a reddish-orange color, clean and smooth looking. Has a foamy, tan, two finger head which takes a minute or so to dissipate and leaves some nice lacing in its wake.

Smell: Sweet, with caramel abundant. Has the scents of some spices and a slight bread undertone. Definately strong on the nose, and the hops hit you as soon as you pop off the cap.

Taste: Starts off with a bittersweet malt kick, then gets smooter and sweeter. Spices are definately there, along with a very slight trace of pumpkin. Has more of an alcohol taste then a lot of the Marzens I've had.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, not quite watery but not far from it. It's a little too fizzy on the tongue, and the aftertaste is more bitter then the taste itself. Nothing too great here.

Drinkability: Overall, this was an ok Octoberfest beer. Has a different taste then the average Marzen, but it's not as good as some of them either. This isn't bad, but there is definately better out there.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber/organgish color, with a small off-white head. Patchy lacing.

S: Lots of malt aromas. Sugar is the most prominant, but there are some hints of caramel and bread as well. Also some hoppy undertones detected as well.

T: Very sweet beer, the sugar and caramel are the most abundant flavors.

M: Seemed a tad watery/thin to me. The flavors did not really balance well.

D: Not my top choice of Marzen, but worth a try. A little too sweet for me to have more then 1 or 2 in a sitting.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Color is a deep, copperish red that is moderately hazy. Starts off with about an inch of frothy, off-white head which doesn't last very long, though leaves a decent amount of lace.

Smells sweet and malty, with hops on the back end. Earthy and enticing.

Tastes all right, with the same malty sweetness suggested by the smell. The hops, though, are a little off, and leave a bitter aftertaste that is a bit odd.

Mouthfeel is good in most respects, but there's a syrupy character which could benefit from some more carbonation.

Pretty drinkable marzen, overall. Better than some of the more commercial o-fests I've had, though not up to par with some of the more respectable brews of the style.

Photo of joepais
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that goes to a thin lace the color of the brew was a reddish brown

Aromas of sweet caramel malts filled my nose. The taste was sweet and malty not much bitter in it at all. There was some nuttiness in the flavor as well. The medium body and light carbonation on this brew are typical for the style

The brew went down well. I had it for a fall picnic with the family, It defiantly got me in the mood for fall

Photo of jmz62565
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head that leaves good lacing. The smell isn't too strong ,but there is bread yeast,roasted malt,and some hop scents. The taste has more hops than other Oktoberfests along with roasted malt,dark fruit,and bread yeast. The m/f is light and somewhat thin. Not bad,but you can find better.

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

Appearance: Reddish golden, with a touch of haze, a small, dense white head, thick, sticky, glass-ringing lace, and no apparent carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malts dominate, with a faint herbal hop presence as well, and a slight earthy quality.

Taste: Opens with abundant sweet and nutty caramel malts. As the taste progresses, mild, spicy hop notes appear, counterbalancing the malty sweetness. At the close, the hop bitterness rises moderately, somewhat displacing the caramel malt notes, although the toasted, nutty character remains.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, full, soft on the palate.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and well-crafted example, very drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of JamesS
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper color, kind of light, with a bit of initial head, but no lacing at all. Nice scent, almost all malty, not as strong as it could be. Good taste, a very nice malty flavor with a very nice bit of hoppiness at the end, a nice full bodied beer. Goes down fine, just a bit too much carbonation perhaps. A good oktoberfest, but not the best, nor the best Flying Dog beer.

Photo of auxiliary
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - Nice copper color with a nice head, but then settled almost to a ring. No lace here.

smell -Caramel and malt smells here.

taste - Nice malt taste here, with some spices that come out in the taste. Then topped out with some bitterness at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body and with some carbonation.

drinkability - A lot of flavor in this one. Did enjoy this one, not sure where to rate this one compared to the last one I had, but it is just as good, but more flavor.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a dimpled 0.5 L handled mug.

A: Poured a rich, dark amber with ruby and orange highlights, yet a disappointing, short lived head of foam which dissipated quite rapidly, leaving a thin film.

S: Smells a little sweet, with a nose of caramel malt, and a hint of lightly toasted hop leaves.

T: Taste is light and a bit sweet, with slightly fruity yet roasted bittersweet malt, and a thin, slightly drying hop finish. Aftertaste is minimal and malt character not leaning towards robust at all.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and a tad on the sticky side, but still maintaining a thin, drinkable mouthfeel.

D: With a modest ABV, light flavors, none of which are neither off nor particularly tasty, this is a marzen with average drinkability. It will do, but you could probably find a better version for the price.

Truth be told, I had higher expectations for this marzen, being a fan of Flying Dog beers, and maybe that wasn't fair. I can't help but feel a little let down, still. It's worth a shot for the time of year we're in, but I likely wouldn't get it again.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the Thinking Man Tavern in Atlanta.

Pours a nice brown color with ruby highlights and a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles and a thin ring around the glass. There's some lacing, but it doesn't manage to stick around too long.

Smells good. Lots of caramel malt aroma with milder noble hop and toasted malt smells.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of caramel malt right away, with a solid noble hop undertone. The toasted malts peek through a bit more as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a nice thickness that's backed up by subtle carbonation that's not too intense. It goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability is good. There's not an overload of flavors and it goes down pretty easily.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. I'm a fan of the sweeter Oktoberfests that aren't as heavy on hoppy and toasty flavors, so this one was right up my alley. Worth a shot for this time of year.

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

This fall seasonal pours a clear amber hue, with a small and shrinking head. Little lacing going on here. Smell is weak, what is there is sweet toasty malts. Taste is a bit more present. The sweet malt aspect here has more of a buttery biscuit aspect. The hops aren't very notable until the very end. Mouthfeel is fairly clean and refreshing despite the heavy malt aspects. All in all a decent Marzen, and quite drinkable.

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

good people drink good beer. - hunter thompson

this is on the label. i think this is a good beer. nice pour with three quarter inch of head. nice medium orange color. aroma of fruits and malts. the taste is much the same and quite pleasant. the only problem i have is that i dont think it matches the Marzen label and style very well. no big deal to me cuz it is good but wonder where they were going.

suckem up and movem out.


Photo of mynie
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big foamy head rests atop a standard, translucent amber marzen. Pretty.

Smells very faint. A little weedy and a little fruity. Crisp and nice, but there are none of the bready, nutty, bocky, or chocolately nodes I like in a good marzen.

Tastes crisp, much maltier and breadier than the smell had lead me to anticipate. Starts out lightly fruity with some floral hints, then moves into a more traditional middle of bock malt, autumn spice and sugar bread linger in the aftertaste.

Solid and complex, but hardly an exemplary oktoberfest.

Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 924 ratings.