1. Rating beers by attributes (look, smell, taste, feel, overall) is back! Read the latest update ...
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery

Not Rated.
DogtoberfestDogtoberfest

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

847 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 847
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 31
Gots: 30 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dogtoberfest Alström Bros
Ratings: 847 | Reviews: 504 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brewcrew76
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.

brewcrew76, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
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.

Oxymoron, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of BlackJeremiah
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.

BlackJeremiah, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
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.

neonbrown82, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of Phatz
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.
Cheers!

Phatz, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of Drew966
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.

Drew966, Sep 20, 2006
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.

zjungleist, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of CWiggins
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!

CWiggins, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
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.

tavernjef, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
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.

acrawf6, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no apparant freshness date but a code of 34606FX on the lable. Pours a medium amber with a 1 1/2 finger head, OK longevity and good lace. Good caramel malt aromas mixed with a hint of smoke and some mild dried fruit smells. Good malt flvors up front followed by a fair amount of hop flavor and bitterness - which quickly fades. Seems a bit watery in the finish. Crisp and refreshing. A decent Ofest but nothing to write home about.

sabrills70, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is not a bad one. You can find many more worse beers. Maybe not the top of the line Octoberfest, but a decent one. Not much head and not much smell are the downfalls but, has a light body, somewhat crisp and clear, with some caramel notes. Easy to drink, as it has a fairly low ABV. Not a bad brew and I will drink it again.

bigdeuce, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
2.23/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This began quite promising, but went to crap quickly when it plagued my lips with its presence. It poured quite nicely, a crystal clear bronze amber colour with a fluffy white head like 100's of other oktoberfests. The nose was sweet malts with a little bit of a maple syrup / brown sugar thing going on deep down. I was very excited, indeed. The taste had what I perceive to be bitter hops with sweet malts, a terrible combination for this style. I'll try to word it so all can more easily understand what I'm talking about. Take a Paulaner Oktoberfest and a regular Beck's, and pour half of each into a pint glass. Give it a gentle stir and Bob's your uncle, you have your own home-made Flying Dog "Dogtoberfest".
Terribly unfulfilling.

SilentSabre, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a fresh bottle from the Frederick brewery.

Dogtoberfest pours a clear, deep amber body with a crimson cast and orange and gold highlights. The creamy yellowed-tan head settles shortly to an average collar, and it leaves minor lacing about the glass.

There's some distinct sulphur in the nose that seems out of place although it's quite obviously there because of the lager yeast. Perhaps some more aging is needed? Beyond that, a delicate, fesh note of toasty and juicy Vienna malt beckons you to partake.

Passing over the lips and onto the tongue, it's initially crisp, and as it warms slightly it becomes more creamy and smooth with a dextrinous medium body and moderate carbonation - perfect for the style!

The flavor is well-rounded with just the right amount of sweetness in it's delicate toasty and "juicy" (no other word to describe it) malt. It's also lightly caramelish and nutty; and some mild floral and leafy hops are noticeable in the background. It's backed by a firm bitterness that's just solid enough to reign in the malt and keep if from becoming sticky in the finish.

Very well done! A very nice, slightly American (the yeasty sulphur) version of the classic Vienna lager style that can hold its own against the beers of Munich - particularly as they seem to be dumbing them down a little bit more each year. Kudos to the dog!

NeroFiddled, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mohagonny in color. Deep and gorgeous. Off white head that leaves some lace, very sticky, and thick.

Sweet thick malty aromas with some fruity esters lingering in the back. Delectable aroams yet hard to place.

"MALT MONSTER COMETH" Big layered malts. A nice toasty buscuit quality, hints of toffee and caramel.

A thick rich mouthfeel leaves a long satisfying finish. Very good oktoberfest.

mcallister, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of sacfly
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

No date. “Seasonal” on the label.

Pours a bright orange color with a thin head of small tan bubbles. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Plum and apricot. Taste follows the aroma with a bit of a grainy flavor in the background. A bit watery. Mouthfeel is lacking.

Overall, not a very good octoberfest. There are much better choices out there.

sacfly, Apr 09, 2006
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, no dating of any kind noticed, poured into an Oktoberfest-style mug.

Appearance: Poured an almost clear copper hue with a creamy light-tan color head that poured nicely and faded slowly.

Aroma: Rich toasted malts, pleasant.

Taste/mouthfeel: Rich caramel malts up front, transitions nicely to a bittering hop flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel was almost watery, nothing special. The carbonation contributed nicely to the finish, though.

Overall: I was expecting better, but even still this is worth a try.

FenwaySquid, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Still, glimmering copper. Maintains a dull, lifeless appearance with an off-white head that disappears at a rapid rate. Roasted malts, and chestnuts graze the nose; more roasty/nutty aromas appear towards the middle. Medium bodied. A bit dry upfront, grainy and some dark roasted malts. Toasted wheat bread, burnt biscuits and some mild notes of chocolate in the body. Lacks the full and rich flavorings that most O-fests offer, this is passable, barely.

GeoffRizzo, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Classic and readily identifiable Flying Dog has a main and neck label exactly like the one shown in the Database. Sealed with a logo’d blue crown cap it is listed as a Seasonal brew, with no strength but a bottled code of ‘336A05’.

Appearance: Lovely looking copper body with a few streamers. Soft head is off-white with a creamy nature. Fine conditioning, a nice looking body with a decent overall appearance.

Nose: Caramel, toasted malts, damp Hessian sack, grain and a rotting dark sweet fruits. How can I put this, this has some “interesting” angles, rather than attractive ones.

Taste: Dry oatmeal and grainy astringency linger until the finish wraps the whole short lived affair up with a wet cardboard taste, you know the kind of taste, its exactly what you would taste if you could transform the smell of a beer soaked cardboard box. Malty feel as you expect from an Oktoberfest, but not in a good way.

Mouthfeel: Felt a little dry with a powdery crushed grain feel at the back of the throat. Limp feel throughout which could be classed as medium if you ignore all the negative bits. Good supporting carbonation, but not much else to add. More minus than plus.

Drinkability: The annoying cardboard taste and dry powdery feel lend this a very distinct “below average” Drinkability. I wrestled with a full 12 ounces with not that much of an effort thinking it may improve – it didn’t - but thankfully the end of the bottle came before my patience ran out.

Overall: Let down by the Mouthfeel, more than the staid taste profile. This has an unrefined feel to it, something is not quite right with this, whilst the annoying aspects are large in nature it feels like only a minor tweak would rescue this one and improve it no end. Rather disappointing, far from a Dog of brew, but not one that I would get again. Shame I was hoping for more.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange colored....bready/doughy qualities on the nose...body is about medium....taste is sweet...a little sticky caramel note...bready flavors too...some munich malt it seems...finishes slightly dry..

Overall this is a nice tasting octoberfest that lacks special qualities but is a very enjoyable tasty o-fest...leans sweeter than most but not incredible full bodied or full-tasting like Summitt...

Enjoyable brew..

ZAP, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of redwolf1
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 ounce bottle last night. Light khaki color head (good amount too) that stuck around awhile. Pretty good lacing. A light copper color with reddish tones. The smell is not that great, reminds me of Dawn dishwashing detergent unfortunately. Mild hoppiness suggests some bitterness but there is a bland aftertaste. A little more sweet (from the malts) than I expected for an Octoberfest. With time, the beer becomes smoother, losing its crispness though, and gets more mellow. Slightly average beer for the style but drinkable nonetheless.

redwolf1, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, clear copper color with a decent light tan head.

Rich malty aroma with a touch of spicy, grassy hops.

Taste is also seriously malty, rich toasted malt, toffee, caramel but not overly sweet. Spicy, citric hops kick in toward the finish to balance out nicely, with just a hint of alcohol warmth.

This is a really nice fall refresher. Should go well with most "tailgate" foods.

whynot44, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Extremely clear, dark copper body, topped by a solid, level, two inch plug of off-white head.

Very slight biscuity aroma, but I really had to work at it to get anything.

Malty start is very sweet and not deep - a pixie stick versus a chocolate bar. Earthy hop arise to provide a attempt a slight bit of balance, but the sweetness is never really blunted, and it's still cloying on through the finish.

Ok medium mouthfeel. Over sweetness really kills the drinkability.

While not bad to throw back with pizza, by itself, there are too many better Octoberfest examples out there. I recommend passing on this one. From Flying Dog, stick with Doggie Style Pale Ale.

RonfromJersey, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of garymuchow
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazingly light aroma without heavy malt character. Shows slightly in time and as warms.
Dark, water clear amber of orange/brown. Smallish creamy head. Bubbles rising.
Dry malt character. Again not as robust as would expect (like). Dryness isn't long or lingering.
Not bad for fullness. Meduim light, heaviness in part from a lot of carbonation, which is pretty soft.
Quite drinkable. Wouldn't pass it up if offered.
Good label.

garymuchow, Nov 05, 2005
Photo of John1985
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium amber with a half inch white head which quickly disappears. Aroma is bready and sweet malt. Balanced Malt/hop flavor. Bitterness pleasantly tickle the tongue on the finish. Not as malty as most Octoberfests but I find this very refreshing. Not too heavy but body is adequate. Drinkablity is good. This is the best Flying Dog I've had in a long time. Good effort.

John1985, Nov 05, 2005
Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.