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Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery

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925 Ratings

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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 30
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-02-2004

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Ratings: 925 | Reviews: 511
Photo of ttu94
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of bigelo1016
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
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!

Photo of Beaver13
2.36/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Photo of bahumutx
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Chsyhkr
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Photo of biggmike
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.97/5  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.

Photo of Blupoet03
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.88/5  rDev +37.5%
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

Photo of saintwarrick
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.16/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
2.97/5  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.

Photo of Kendo
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

Photo of brentk56
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves the ocasional shard of lace

Smell: Smells like barley malt stacked in the corner of the brewery

Taste: Taste just like barley malt smells - sweet, caramel tones; after the swallow, the sweetness lingers and becomes cloying

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Way to sweet for my tastebuds; a drain pour

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, orange/amber color with a light tan head that thinned to a ring, leaving no lace.

S - spiced beer aroma.

T - taste is pretty good, sweet roasted malt flavor with some gentle spice notes.

M - light/medium bodied, good carbonation.

D - drinkability is good because it's a decent tasting brew with low abv

Final Note: this is a good beer at a reasonable price, go out and get some if it's available in your neck of the woods. Recommended.

Photo of allengarvin
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very pretty copper color, with fine bubbles, though little head. Aroma is somewhat faint. caramel with only a delicate touch of toasted malt. Flavor is better. The caramel notes are lighter, and there's some bready, lightly sweet, and pleasantly toasty malt character. Bitterness is on the low side and there's not much hop flavor--emphasis is definitely on the malt. Good mouthfeel--feels substantial like a good oktoberfest should.

Solid interpretation of the style.

Photo of numenor1
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a slight red tint. Off white head and minimal lacing. Floral hops come through on the nose backed by toffee malt. Starts off toasty across the palate, melding into broad toffee in the middle. Bitterness balances through Finishes dry with a touch of green nuttyness with a bit more hop presence bleeding through. Mouthfeel for the style, at least as far as what I like, is spot on. Possesses solid body and medium carbonation without going over the edge and becoming too heavy. Good marks for drinkability.

This said, not the most exciting oktoberfest, but a good one.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium copper body with a creamy white head.

Smell: Light toasted malt aroma with a great deal of sweet-smelling grape juice in there.

Taste: Flavor of toasted, almost cracker-like malts with only a negligible sweetness. Again, there's those grapes. Mild bitterness on the quick finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: The runt of the Oktoberfest litter.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty good looking amber colour with a minimally sized head that hasn't much of a retention time nor much stickiness to it. Fairly typical for the style.

The aroma is faintly sweet and faintly malty. There's a touch of fruit here and there but there's nothing outstanding overall here. Simple but average.

The flavour is malty for sure. This one is a touch earthy and even somewhat rubbery at times. There's a hint of toasted malt and bread here and there but overall there's a harshness here that just doesn't seem to fit in. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a bit of chewy slickness to it.

I just couldn't get into this one. There's nothing really wrong with it and it just ends up being your run of the mill Oktoberfest brew. Not bad, but simply not memorable.

Photo of Atron67
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- poured a coppery amber clear color with a bit of slightly tan head

S- vienna and munich malts provide the bulk of the scent, a little malty maybe aromatic malt present. some hop backbone keeps it from being too sweet.

T- as you woul expect from the smell, a nicely balance, smooth malty flavored lager with cara/vienne malts and munich malts providing the majority of the flavor. solid, good example, however nothing outstanding

M- a medium/full bodied thickness with a medium carbonation.

D- a solid unflawed marzan, however nothing particuarly exciting

Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Oktoberfest of the season. This Marzen poured a dark amber with a two finger thick head of dense tan bubbles which pulled back fast. Very scant if any lace left after each sip. A nice steady stream of tiny bubbles billowed forth from the etching in the bottom of my glass for the duration of this brew.

The smell was thick with the various German malts used. Very grainy, slightly smoky. A faint fruit note could be detected in the background. I noticed that a few others wondered if this was an ale due to the fruitiness on the nose and in the flavor.

The flavor was heavy on the malt. Flavors of Vienna and Munich malts with a toasty edge. A respectable hop twang in the finish balances out the fruity notes that are present in the flavor as well.

The mouthfeel may be the saving grace of this brew. Nice and crisp, medium bodied.

All things considered this is a very drinkable brew. Not very complex, but for the style not bad at all. This is a good choice as a session beer this fall. Just enough flavor to keep you interested without it being too overbearing. Decent example of a domestic Oktoberfest.

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