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Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery

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819 Ratings

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Ratings: 819
Reviews: 498
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 28
Gots: 19 | 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 NEhophead


3.28/5  rDev -7.9%

Foamy 1/2" white head that dissipates quite quickly. A trail or two of lace but not much strength. Thin and rather watery, light copper in color.

Moderately sweet caramel and molasses aroma. Raw wheat, grain, and other adjunctory smelling ingredients that give a slight metallic and almost rotten vegetable aroma.

Candied-sugary sweetness: toffee, light chocolate, and caramel flavors up front. The follow through is watered down which retracts from the initial maltiness. There's a bit of earthiness and coarse wheat followed by a mild bitterness and vegetable-filled aftertaste.

The lighter side of medium bodied. Weak on the palate, and a bit slick. Not truly representative of the style.

Watery, lacking in flavor, and not deserving of a try. Not a 'terrible' Marzen, but one to pass on.

10-29-2005 14:24:09 | More by NEhophead
Photo of tgbljb


3.63/5  rDev +2%

Poured a medium copper color with moderate tannish head that quickly fell to a thin ring. Smell is sweet of malt . Caramel also noted. Taste is initially very dry, but then the malty sweetness kicks in, the the dryness seems to again take over. Not quite what I was expecting. A bit too dry for my liking. At the finish, the dryness takes over from the malt for a hoppy ending. This is a drinkable beer, but I've enjoyed better Oktoberfests.

10-24-2005 00:00:49 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Hagbard


3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a medium amber color with a thin white head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is not strong. What's there is very malty with a bread-like quality to it. The taste is not challenging to the palate. Malty and bready and slightly nutty. Very smooth. Decent mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable because there are no off tastes...there just aren't very many "on" tastes either. This is a crossover Oktoberfest that won't challenge your palate, though there is nothing wrong with it. I don't think I'd buy it for myself, but I'd drink a boatload of it if brought to a party.

10-23-2005 16:04:33 | More by Hagbard
Photo of rhoadsrage


4/5  rDev +12.4%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a nice golden brown crystal clear body with a nice creamy off white head. A nice gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- Nice aroma of light toasted malt and some slight sweetness to the malt. A nice hint of German hops in the background.

T- Nice smooth taste of lightly toasted malt with a hint of some biscuit malt. A well balanced hop bitterness at the finish with a hint of pepper. The finish is dry and crisp.

M-Medium-full mouthfeel with no fizz from the carbonation.

D-This beer has a nice smooth light toast in the malt and a good hop balance. Very nice for drinking lots of and not getting palate fatigue.

10-12-2005 23:06:02 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of ikats

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours nice amber color. Average head that dissipates quickly leaving thin cover. The aroma is very pleasant. Hops playing with sweet notes make for a nice seasonal, autumn smell. The taste disappointed me. Not enough flavor. The sweet caramel notes are there, but they are overpowered by bitterness. And it's not a nice hoppy, bitterness I look for in IPAs. It's harsh bitterness that sticks in the back of the mouth. Not my favorite Oktoberfest beer, but still quite decent.

10-12-2005 03:49:50 | More by ikats
Photo of Naes

New York

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%

This one is brown / amber colored with a small tan head.
Aroma is of toasty malts, but is not very present.
The flavor is just as it smells, toasty malt, slightly sweet and has a bit of hop character near the finish.
Mouth feel is light, nicely carbonated and goes down smooth.

09-29-2005 01:36:38 | More by Naes
Photo of mentor


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

Oh...I love Oktoberfest! Yummy seasonal beers makes for a happy happy Paul. Bottle obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) and consumed a couple evenings later. The stamp on the bottle was 336a05.

Pours a one finger light tan head over a crystal clear orange red-rust liquid. Smells malty sweet. Toasted grains and munich malt. Tastes sweet with chalky malt (maybe vienna) a little bit of dirty hop floral and a mild alcohol sting. The ending is wet sweet. It has a nice toasted grain character throughout. Pleasant, well balanced tasty. A little bit of sour becomes more prevalent near the bottom of the glass perhaps some phrnols from the toasted grain or maybe tannins. Md body and moderate carbonation.

09-26-2005 07:34:48 | More by mentor
Photo of jakester


4/5  rDev +12.4%

I bought this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. On the label is stamped 336A05. I think it's a date of some kind, but I don't know what it means. How fucking hard is this to do?

Pours a bright copper color, with a one finger head of cream colored foam. Carbonation looks medium. The head falls to islands and a ring, with intermittent drips of lacing.

Aroma is light toasted malts, clean, with a slight spicy hop note.

Flavor is like the smell; clean toasted malt, light brown sugar, a good amount of bittering hops, and a faint but there spicy hop taste. Not so sure the brown sugar is supposed to be there for the style, but it's a tasty beer nonetheless. Aftertaste is sweet toasted malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a nice tingle on the tongue from carbonation. Finish is smooth and semi-sweet.

Might be a little sweet for the style, but it's a damn tasty beer. This brewery has a tendency to go overboard from time to time, but this is a good beer. I'd do this anytime. Recommended.

09-23-2005 17:11:36 | More by jakester
Photo of BEERchitect


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

A pretty good beer. The malt profile is quite true to style. the toasty, bready, light yeast anc caramel tones are modestly present in the nose and more so in the flavor. The hops throws it out of style. Overly agressive in the bittering and grassy flavors. Although I like it, it's just too much. However, it's what I expect from Flying Dog. A bit too dry and rusty in the finish. A nice beer for the season, but don't look at it as a traditional Oktoberfest

09-20-2005 15:01:36 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -17.1%

Clear bronze/brown with a fluffy beige head that retains OK, and leaves a fine layer of lace as it goes.

Aroma is more lagerish than the Brooklyn Oktoberfest, malty, earthy, and slightly metallic.

Flavor is a medly of caramel malts, dry bread, pretzles, yeast, and that annoying metallic twinge. Decent hop flavor in the rear somehow fails to mesh. Not unbalanced, just not well put-together.

Body is medium, kinda chewy, and prickly with carbonation. A modest effort, not my favorite.

09-17-2005 13:50:23 | More by AlexJ
Photo of NClifestyle

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -10.1%

I love the flying dog bottle art. always great stuff. this one is the oktoberfest guys, yelling at each other.
pours up a clear orange/amber color with a medium white head of foam. dissaptates quickly.
smell of something earthy, dirt and grass, but also a touch of hop and a bit of malt, but not overly sweet.
taste of . there is a very lager taste to this beer, and not what i've been finding from other oktoberfest brews (brooklyn, sam adams, etc.). this one seems to be a bit more prickly, bubbly, spicy. more hop in the back, but not very strong. there seems to be some hint of bread, nuts, earth in the taste that dominates, and i don't hate it, but it's not what i really look for in a marzen. i get the impression that flying dog likes to get wheat in their beers, and there might be some hidden in here.
this beer has a great mouthfeel. quick burn of bubbles, but they're gone before the cause problems, or become too macro. a nice aftertaste is around, but that doesn't make it a winner.
drinkability is so-so, nothing super special. i wouldn't turn one down, but i would probably go on to something else if there were options. not a bad beer, just not my favorite, especially from this brewery.


09-15-2005 04:06:33 | More by NClifestyle
Photo of Brewfan


2.78/5  rDev -21.9%

Poured beer into chalace and watched the off-tan head reach for the rim of the glass. Lots of small bubbles that stayed thick for a while. After it was gone, off-tan lace lightly coated the glass for the duration of the beer.
Lightly malty nose, with some caramel thrown in for good measure.
As for the taste, rather weak for what I was expecting of the style. Not much happening here. Little bit of malt, not much sweetness. Medium heavy mouthfeel. Kinda sticks to the roof of your mouth for a while. If the flavor was there, that would be one thing, but it's actually annoying to have a bold mouthfeel, with such little taste to back it up.
Really wanted to like this more, but it's rather one dimentional.

09-06-2005 19:35:35 | More by Brewfan
Photo of Skidz


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours out bright amber and sits a deep ruby amber in the glass with a large creamy, light tan head. Absolutely pristine and radiant, marvelous gradient from golds on up. Head fades to a light skim, nice lacings around the glass.

Smells lightly toasty with a firm grassy hop presence, pushing out some spiciness. Malts come across crackery and blend quite well. Not an delightful aroma, but not bad either.

Tastes malty up front with mild sweetness. Bold, firm malt strength pushes out a well-rounded array of toasty, caramel dunked flavors. Hops approach in from the sides tinging flavors with grassy qualities, rather sharp on the tongue. Finish is mildly bitter, clean and expected.

Smooth and creamy all over, crisp and fine carbonation is well-matched. Medium body to cover all courses.

It's not a bad O-fest, just not great. Hops character seems a bit off to me, and the nose leaves much to be desired. Body is best, enjoy it as much as you can.

09-01-2005 23:58:24 | More by Skidz
Photo of amstelcat


3.83/5  rDev +7.6%

First Marzen style of the season for me on a cool late August evening. Beer poured leaving a finger of foam that dissipated fairly quickly. Dark amber-orange color, so far so good for the style. A bit worty on the nose with a faint whiff of one of those mild German bittering hops. Now put to the lips and quaff, aaahhh....firm malt taste followed by a suprising amount of bitterness not found by the nose (those stealthy German hops!!). A bit of a metallic aftertaste.

Overall a very well balanced and drinkable brew. Maybe a little hoppier than is normal for an Oktoberfest but that seems standard for the American micro versions of this style.

08-26-2005 19:04:58 | More by amstelcat
Photo of karengarys


4.43/5  rDev +24.4%

Pours mahogany read leaving a bit of a head - nice and clear with a rich color. Little head remains, the ring does not stick much.

Smells cinnamoney and spicey and malty and sweet and rich.

Taste to match.

Mouthfeel is nice and rich too.

Finish is rich.

Is it rich? I love this brew!

This has been my favorite oktoberfest to date! I recommend it highly!

07-30-2005 02:16:19 | More by karengarys
Photo of ngandhi


4.05/5  rDev +13.8%

This is Flying Dog's best beer. Smooth, consistent mouthfeel with ample caramel/butterscotch malt and crisp, lightly floral hops. No noticeable alcohol, no sticky sugars, and no imposing bitterness. Everything's in great proportion here.

Relax relax,

04-19-2005 18:04:09 | More by ngandhi
Photo of sweethome


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a dark amber - a nice burnt orange. Small head is white. Leaves little lace.

Great nose - big, malty, sweet. Smells like barley malt fresh out of the bag.

Quite a large sweetness on the tip. A rather abrasive malt profile - I hate to use that word, but it best describes it for me. It tastes good, but the malts are slightly harsh. Nice flavors all the way through, but fails to deliver a big full mouthfeel as promised by the nose and malty attack on the tip.

The finish cleans out fairly well. A beer with planty of flavor, just shy of stepping up to the top tier of marzen beers.

02-19-2005 03:18:17 | More by sweethome
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a medium amber, slightly cloudy with almost no head. Quite pretty even so; solid looking (odd look for a wet beer, I know). Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. Some weak spice aroma. Flavor is generally nice, off-sweet, malty, and minimal hops (just a slight overbite at the end).

Overall a tasty brew.

01-14-2005 02:28:52 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of Suds


3.45/5  rDev -3.1%

I’ve been generally satisfied with this company’s brews, but this one seems just a bit off the mark. Dogtoberfest pours as an amber-copper color with a clear, slight white head. It’s certainly got a malty nose, but it doesn’t have the bready-deepness that a good Oktoberfest provides. Taste is caramel and toast, with a touch of graininess. Moderate sweetness. There’s a bit more hops that I would expect, and they tip the balance (but not too much). Mouthfeel is soft and a little thin. I’d call this a mid-tier Oktoberfest.

01-03-2005 19:20:57 | More by Suds
Photo of wailingwench

New Mexico

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%

Eye Candy: Transparent deep amber, slow carbonation bubbles. Fizzy off-white 2 finger head. Good retention, thick edges.

The Nose Knows: Full roasted sweet malt. Slight caramel nose. Smell is better than taste.

Tongueland: Initial medium roasted malt, medium m/f, brown sugar sweet. Lacks a finishing punch. Finishes dry. Some lingering malts.

Bender: A session brew, one of the better FD products. A decent enough Ofest.

12-31-2004 22:29:24 | More by wailingwench
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%

Pours a deep copper with a nice fluffy headthat took quite awhile to come down,big caramel notes in the aroma with some pizza dough scent so far so good on this one.Well the flavor of this doesnt quite match the aromas somewhat dull in comparison some lightly sweet caramel and and some lingering spice but pretty bland.Well like alot of Flying Dog brews this one left me wanting a little more,nice appearance and aroma but flat on flavor and drinkability.

11-21-2004 23:51:28 | More by oberon
Photo of necoadam


3.03/5  rDev -14.9%

Their first stab at an octoberfest eh?

Pours out a dark crimson/copper color with a light amount of carbonation visible.

Smell consisted of lots of caramel, brown sugar, some malts and some light toasted aromas linger around in the background. Not bad, but a little too much caramel I thought.

Taste was ok. Malts ride the whole way through, but the caramel shows up again with some slight bitterness that mixed in as well. I didn't think that it blended all too well. Some adjustments need to be made here.

Not a bad brew by any means, they've got a good foundation of how to get a octoberfest out in the market, they just gotta fix some blending issues.

11-11-2004 21:10:44 | More by necoadam
Photo of BrewMaster


2.65/5  rDev -25.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a reddish/amber color. The aroma is a malty caramel with some scent of burnt sugar. The flavor on this beer took me by surprise in a bad way. The first thing that came to mind to describe the flavor is rotting fruit. Perhaps an apricot flavor, but that is a stretch. It really does have a pungent and sweet taste of spoiled or over-ripened fruits. The beer has pretty much no hop flavor whatsoever. Overall it is not a great beer and I will not be drinking it ever again.

11-08-2004 17:29:05 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of mntlover


3.3/5  rDev -7.3%

Nice copper brew with a nice off white head that stays around for a while lots of bubbles rising too leaves a nice coating of lace, good looking beer. Aroma sweet malt heavy caramel coming thru light hops and spiceness if you search. Taste big on caramel not much on bready flavors, carbonation aids mouthfeel nice burst of sweet caramel malt followed by a let down finish lightly watery with a very light hop spice finish. First half taste is nice but finish just dies out for some reason. Mouthfeel good but finish is light. Drinkability is ok easy drinking but not the best oktoberfest around worth trying but don't think I would try again unless recipe changes. Flying Dog has a couple of really good beers the rest just seem mediocre, I had been wanted to try this finally found some.

11-07-2004 19:54:54 | More by mntlover
Photo of Gusler


3.13/5  rDev -12.1%

The beer dispenses from the 12-ounce brown bottle a luminous deep copper color with a monumental semi-creamy light tan head, that erodes ever so slowly leaving a fine velum like sheet of lace upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt, crisp and clean to the senses with the start sweet and nicely malt laden, the top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is stern in its acidity and the hops personable in their spiciness, the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a drinkable beer.

10-30-2004 16:07:08 | More by Gusler
Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewery
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