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Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery

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812 Ratings

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Ratings: 812
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 26
Gots: 15 | 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 WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a caramel amber body with a large off white head, very nice look to it leaves behind fine lacing all the way through. Aroma contains some copper penny metallic tones with a nice caramel malt sweetness balanced with some herbal hop presence, nice smell. Taste slight bitterness apparent from the noble gassy hop tones leaves light caramel malt sweetness in there as well nice oktoberfest definitely has a good bit of flavor. Mouthfeel medium to light bodied goes down smooth with even smooth carbonation. Drinkability a decent offering from Flying Dog never wowed by their beers but this one is solid, and I'll probably have this one again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 14:50:23 | More by WVbeergeek
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Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright copper color with a short off-white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, tea, a little bit of dark fruits and some faint spice.

T: The bready taste is mostly caramelized malt with some standard O-fest spice and a little bit of hops to it. Very typical of style, but it seemed a little watery. The after-taste is malty but not too sweet.

M: Crisp & smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish, but kind of watery as stated earlier.

D: Decent taste, not very filling, easy to drink, however, if I’m going to pound an O-fest there are several others that I would choose first.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 02:59:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copperish amber with very little head that diminshed quickly. Left no lacing rather just a fog of condensation on the glass. Aroma is well balanced, with both caramel malt and piney hop character. Flavor is strong of caraemel malt, with an aftertaste that leaves a slight hop bitterness. Overall, a fine version of an octoberfest lager, but far from the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 02:34:12 | More by atsprings
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nicely clear and carbonated reddish amber. A finger of off-white head dips to basins of fine froth. Curls of lacing flip about inside the glass.

The aroma brings a rather soft caramel malt sweetness, and slightly fruity. A somewhat odd metallic and floral pairing comes about as well.

Upon tasting, there's a credible strain of caramel malt, earthy and only mildly sweet, and possessed of berry and vanilla. A very gentle pop of spicy hop pepper peeks out, softly crisp and dry. Crusty baked grain revisits toward the close, and the finish lingers with a general muted bitterness. It's not impressive, it's not bothersome...it just lacks any verifiable identity.

Light bodied, the thin texture belies the malt and hop presence that is actually there.

It's better than average by a step, worse than great by a few steps, and good, or not. I hate to be so ambivalent, but this beer inspires that reaction in me. Sure it, drinks well enough, which is good, or not. So I'll have another, or not.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 16:29:14 | More by Foxman
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Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean orange/copper beer. Has a small creamy off white head. Has a sweet malty aroma with hints of caramel and apples. The flavor starts with that sweet malt note and slides into a dry snappy finish. With a little tabacco bitterness on the roof of you mouth that gives this beer a robust finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 01:37:35 | More by ybnorml
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours tea-like amber with an immediately disappearing head.

The smell is of bread and hints of caramel. A bit weak, but nothing smells bad about it at all.

The taste is of earthy grains and sweet caramelish malt. A fruity, bitter hoppiness soon emerges to reign in the malt. It's a pretty basic, but tasty, flavor for the style. The hops are noticeable, though the malt is in control.

It has a bit too much watery thinness, but the flavors hold up pretty well. It is smooth and light side of medium bodied.

Not an outstanding beer, but not bad at all (except for disappointing head). Easily quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 22:59:10 | More by jwc215
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Bottle Code 351A06
Pours with a brilliantly clear, dark reddish-amber color. It is crowned by a full, frothy, initially two-finger thick, amber tinged, full tan colored head. The aroma is richly malty with chewy caramelized grain notes that provide a rich meaty sweetness to the aroma. Notes of toasted malt, brown sugar glazed biscuits, freshly baked crusty bread and a touch of raisin-like character intermingle in the nose. This beer's aroma is all about the malt; amped up meaty malt aromas are an enticing preamble before one takes a sip.

The beer starts out quite dry, and while it never becomes sticky sweet, it picks up a chewy, deeply caramelized, complex malt sweetness as the beer moves across my palate. This beer lingers on in the palate after a sip; that same chewy malt character sticks around and coats my mouth. Quite rich and flavorful for an Oktoberfest beer, it may not be quite light enough for quaffing liters of this at a time, but I certainly appreciate the malt focused flavors of this beer. Chunky, caramelized bread crust, notes of brown sugar and even some notes of toffee just add to the interplay of malt flavors that one experiences in this beer. There is just a touch of hop bitterness to this brew, in fact it is quite noticeable if you focus on it, but definitely plays a supporting role as a foil so that the malt character does not become unbalanced.

I am quite pleased by this beer, this is a pleasant beer from a brewery whose regular products often fall short. I definitely recommend this Oktoberfest brew; this beer pushes the boundaries of the malt profile for this style and for that I am definitely grateful.

Purchased: 58 Degrees, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 20:03:35 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, Woodman's

appearance: pours a clean and clear amber colour into a new glarus pint glass...light beige head with minimal lace

smell: sweet red fruit, apple, caramel, nice nutty nature, stong malt backbone...a little sweeter than the norm

taste: hmm, metallic finish. big toasted malt flavour with a strong apple/fruit sweetness, roasted peanut, earthy hop presence...nothing to write home about. metallic aftertaste kills what was only average to begin with

mouthfeel: metal finish, moderate-high carbonation, doesnt sit too well for the style

drinkability: meh

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 22:47:36 | More by dirtylou
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3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle with a typical shroomed out Steadman illustration of two German gentlemen celebrating Oktoberfest with a turd dog. 36106FY printed on the label, whatever the hell that means.

Anyways, this beer pours a crystal clear copper with a thin white layer of foam resting on top. Pleasant aromas of caramel, Munich and Pilsner malts, a hint of toasted malts and an herbal/floral hop character way in back.

Medium to full bodied lager with slow carbonation making for a smooth texture. Caramel sweetness up front with some light toasted earthy hints mingling throughout.

The finish is balanced perfectly a bit spicy and herbal and dries the palate.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, and would put it up against other American Oktoberfests out there.


Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 22:38:55 | More by SteveO1231
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3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper-amber with a wispy tan head that dissipates after the first sip. Smells of malts, caramel and biscuits. Lots of sweet malt in the taste with a grain-like flavor and a hint of citrus fruit somewhere in the middle. Somewhat dry and hoppy into the finish. Thin mouthfeel but well balanced and easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2006 16:49:30 | More by jmatthew
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New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin off white head with minimal lacing on top of a murky copper bronze body. The nose is bready, with some slight spice, not a lot here. The taste delivers tangerine, aluminum, hops, spice, and slight citrus. Has a nice clean finish, with a crisp mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 15:27:10 | More by dherling
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New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog- Dogtoberfest

Appearance- Dark ruby reddish brown with a small weak head.
Smell- Strong earthy hops with a heavy dose of caramel malt.
Taste- Strong caramel malt with an even balance of oak/ earthy leaf hops.
Mouthfeel- Very flavorful with a smooth creamy taste. Goes down easy.

Overall- A nice tasty Oktoberfest. A big surprise!!!

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2006 21:55:47 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of techdiver


4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice deep amber color, slighlty cloudy. Little head to start. This is one of the best Oktoberfest's I've had yet. Very well balanced and extremely drinkable. Was developing the opinion I just didn't find this style appealing as a whole, this is a very solid brew. Please sir, may I have another one.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 20:02:03 | More by techdiver
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North Carolina

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

My first Oktoberest of the season, I guess I'm falling down on the job. Big fluffy head is a plus and color is an attractive dark copper. Nose is yeasty and bursting with sweet malt, maybe a little too sweet but it does have flavor.

Flavor is nice and round up front but descends into an oversweet aftertaste that isn't helped by a watery texture with grittiness in the mouth once the sip is finished. If it fulfilled its promise it would be an excellent fest bier but instead falls into a sea of mediocre Marzen.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 04:51:37 | More by daliandragon
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3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle with another spectacular Ralph Steadman drawn label, always entertaining. Typical Marzen coppery colored amber, crystal clear with a frothy white finger of foamy head that slowly fades away to a whitish light ring of lace. Aroma is malty, sweet dark dried fruit, roasty grain and caramel. Taste is lighter than the smells lets on, a little watery in comparison to other O'fests I've sampled. Mainly characterized by a giant malty backbone with undertones of sweet toffee/caramel and the roasty malt aftertaste. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with moderate carbonation, leads the light, smooth characteristics of this beer. Smooth and silky, goes down with the faintest drying roasty malt aftertaste. Drinkability is great, just a hair over 5% abv, and an appreciative yet not overbearing complexity make this a superb session brew. Overall, another great beer from the folks at Flying Dog, but not the best Oktoberfest there is. Would purchase again, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 01:39:40 | More by danielocean03
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with a thin tan head.

S - Sweet caramel and biscuit with some nuttiness and a touch of spicy hops.

T - Sweet caramel and bready biscuit flavors up front followed by a nutty and spicy hop finish. A slight hint of dark fruits mixed in.

M - Medium bodied and slightly creamy.

D - A nice Oktoberfest, a little on the sweet side for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 16:34:23 | More by brewcrew76
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2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

October doggy bag. Pours a clear light amber with hints of orange in the right light. Foam poured with large bubbles and quickly fades. Very limited lacing overall.

The smell is very light. Some lighter grainy aromas but not much else. Nothing really to distinct with the munich/vienna notes. More of a Pale Ale than lager.

The taste is also very grainy. Very noticeable two row tastes. At the end there is perceptible Munich flavor with some chalky aftertaste. Some lighter earthy flavor with hops but they are subtle.

The body is light and somewhat wispy. Really not much going on but very easy to drink and a light finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 03:44:36 | More by Oxymoron
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4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an English pint glass.

A: Like dark apple juice, a deep reddish-crystal-brown. 1/2" head sticks around, leaving a bit of lacing as I sip.

S: Lots of citrus (orange and lemon), fresh baked bread, and a hint of pine tar. Really well-balanced and appetizing.

T: Tart pine and multi-citrus start gives way to hints of malt sweetness poking through. Finishes dry and sweeter, with some mysterious berry-like character I couldn't define. Great flavors, great progression; really well-crafted.

M: Light, effervescent without being overly carbonated. It was very refreshing and tickled rather than manhandled the palate.

D: I could session this one, easy. Like many good Marzens, it's easy to drink quickly and plentifully. One of the most easy-drinking, enjoyable beers I've tried. Even my generally anti-beer fiancee loved it for its great fruit notes and mild, but present, hop bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 01:49:49 | More by BlackJeremiah
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an alright Oktoberfest, but it is lacking the bold, assertive malt profile of the real thing (unlike the Millstream Okto I just enjoyed). This one is much more light and sweet.

This beer pours to a golden amber color with a very thin white head that almost instantly forms a ring around the glass. No lacing, but a decent carbonation.

The smell is assertive with the caramel malt. Only a little bit of munich malt, it seems. Could use a little more punch in the specialty grain department. Smells very sweet and caramel-ish, with just a hint of a flowery hop. Some toasted malts would really hops balance this beer.

Same story in the flavor department. Almost cloying sweetness. Too much caramel malt and not enough munich. Slight floral hop in the finish makes an attempt to balance, but in vain.

The body is thin, but it has a nice crisp carbonation and a clean finish with a lingering caramel sweetness. Drinkability is good, but this is definitely not one of the better Oktoberfests I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 09:22:17 | More by neonbrown82
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4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Märzens seem to share a similar appearance, many of them have that Märzen red glow and beautiful clarity in a crimson body. This one does. It also showcases active carbonation fueling a lasting frothy cap after the head fades.

Smell: The aroma is malt and loaded with grain, a hint of dark fruits and something hard to pinpoint ... may be sulfur aroma from the yeast leaking through.

Taste: The flavor in this beer is exceptional and stands out from the crowd of many of the others because it is notably spicier than some. Not cloyingly so but enough to notice. -- getting ahead of myself. It starts off sweet for a second and then there is a pleasant pringly pepper attack on the taste buds of my tongue. The smooth sweet caramel malt base is present through the center but it is an acidity that counter-plays with a fruit flavor that makes this beer exciting to taste.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium body with nice carbonation and a terrific prickly spice attribute.

Drinkability: I love it. I am so disappointed I only have one.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 07:25:05 | More by Phatz
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2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dogtoberfest pours a medium amber color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Not much aroma, what aroma there is I'd call malty. Flavor starts off with some citrusy hop flavor with a backbone of wet cardboard malt. I don't think there really is a better way to describe it. Unfortunate, as I think Flying Dog makes some really good beers. This isn't one of them, it's not a drain pour, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 23:49:33 | More by Drew966
Photo of zjungleist


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

Dark amber color with an average off-white head. Smells like toasy malts. The taste is malty for sure, caramel and roasted flavors, and a slightly herbal hop finish. The mouthfeel is great, a nice heavy medium with the right amout of carbonation. Overall, I'd say this is above average, but everyone and thier brother makes oktoberfest, so I'll probably have to wait for next year to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 00:07:34 | More by zjungleist
Photo of CWiggins

North Carolina

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

Picked this beer up, along with several other Oktoberfest/Autumn seasonals at Total Wine in Raleigh. (They have a long wall filled with singles for the person who desires to try many beers without fear of commitment to a six-pack!)

When I first began drinking beer I found Flying Dog's brews to be very nice. Since then, I've certainly been exposed to a vast number of beers and beer styles, and FD's offerings haven't felt as appealing. This one, however, wasn't around then, and so I feel the need to revisit an old friend. And how can one resist that label?!?

I poured the libation into a Duvel glass. A brief head appeared over nearly three-fourths of the surface, but it didn't last long. The color is very nice; it's a dark copper with a red tint. I didn't sense much of an aroma, but my experience with Oktoberfests leads me to believe this is typical. Malt is certainly present in the nose.

The taste is quite nice. There are prominent flavors of toasted grains, as other reviewers have mentioned, along with slight citrus notes and a medium bitterness at the finish. Speaking of the finish, I enjoyed the dry feeling afterwards!

A slightly above average brew that I could definitely enjoy again, but there are so many more to try!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 01:45:03 | More by CWiggins
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4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clearish bronze tone. Medium frothy foam hued of ivory. Keeps a constant collar and the lcaing is lightly placed in cob webbed patterns.

Aroma is quite solid of toasted sweet breads. The Vienna malts do their thing well here.

Taste is also fairly solid, nice bready tones with a good amount of toasted parts to it. Again, the Vienna malts add up to their normal toasted sweet grain taste. Lightly drying finish with a scad of hops and some malty sweetness returning late underneath.

Mediumish body, perhaps not as malty rich as other O-fests in the thickness dept, but it has a nice smoothness and a lightlty toasted texture palying around the edges making for a nice drinking session for an O-fest. I can see drinkin' quite a few of these without a problem. This beer hounds' tail is a waggin' for some more.

By far one of the better, more well crafted brews by Flying Dog.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 01:34:38 | More by tavernjef
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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice clear red amber, looks nice and rich with a small slightly tan head.

Smell. a light malty aroma. I say light because it is not as heavy in the malts compared to germans' oktoberfests, though it does have the nice malt aroma. There is even a small hop aroma i am getting. sweet.

Taste. I say it is average. It tastes good, but compared to others... A bit crisper, still get a decent amount of hops in this oktoberfest. Sweet malts, but drys up a little in hte middle. aftertaste is dry and slightly oaty.

Mouthfeel is good. Body is fuller than i thought with just the 5.1% alc. Nice crispness in this one.

Overall, a very sessionable oktoberfest, nothing great, but not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 23:06:19 | More by acrawf6
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