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Dogtoberfest - Flying Dog Brewery

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887 Ratings

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 31
Gots: 45 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 09-02-2004)
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Photo of Musky
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has one of the most artistic bottle labels, funny and yest true to the style. This beer poutred with a thick white head that had a mixture of small and large bubbles. It's reddish brown color invites you to the glass, average hop aroma much like a Spaten. Taste clean and crisp with a hoppy finish, light on the tongue and mouthfeel. Very true to the Ocktoberfest style.

Musky, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of RedChrome
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Body was a crystal clear copper color. A half inch light cream colored head shrank slowly to coat the top. Slightly above average carbonation bubbling to top. Lacing in a thin complete ring.

Off balance malt aroma alternates betweek strength and weakness. A light plastic aroma taints the bread crust aroma. Finish has a slight hops quality, but again alternates with plastic.

Malt sweetness on the tongue. A bitter effect takes taste over as the flavor shifts on the tongue. Flavors are a nice balance, but have a subdued not quite watered down strength.

Watery body. A very strong burst of carbonation moves the flavors around on the tongue.

Definitly not the best in style. Obviously goes well with a german meal. Lack of strength is the biggest drawback in flavor. Average offering that you would do better to pass up in favor of others on the shelf.

RedChrome, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of Procrastinator
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

Appearance: clear copper color with reddish hue. Two fingered head quickly recedes lacing lingers down sides of glass.

Smell: slightly sweet, malty aroma. Raisins or plums or similar sweet overripe fruit. Caramel and toffee notes.

Taste: fruit and caramel sweetness turns to slight bitterness on
the tongue.Well balanced malt to hop ratio. Slight alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with soft carbonation. Slight bit chewy.

Drinkability: Could drink several of these. Makes me look forward to October.

Procrastinator, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice big off-white head on the pour, about 2" with an extremely slow fade.

Smell: Lightly sugary, somewhat grassy malt. Caramel in there, too.

Taste: Very malty and smooth, the sweetness is done with care to avoid going overboard. I think this is a solid Oktoberfest, and one of the best from the brewery.

Drinkability: A fine Oktoberfest offering, avoids the let down of many of the other Flying Dog beers for me.

TastyTaste, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this at a Flying Dog beer tasting at the local package store. Poured to a bright copper color, with medium off-white head and okay lacing. Malty-sweet aroma, with not much else in the nose. Taste was very mild; drinkable, but not real flavorful. Finish was nice and smooth. Not great, but a decent Autumn Fest beer.

kimcgolf, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a nice caramel color with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers of white and leaves a nice lace.

The smell is a light caramel malt with a very slight hopy sting.

The taste follows nice, a solid Marzen. Nice caramel malt flavor, with interesting floral notes.

The mouthfeel is better then medium body, a bit chewy and good carbonation cleans things up.

The drinkability is quite good, one of then better O'fests I had this year. I will try it again next year for sure. Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Nice deep amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Starts smooth and balanced, some sweetness, slight hoppy finish. $1.25 for a 12oz bottle from Smiley's Beverage Dover, NH.

jdhilt, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very thin head that all but disappears quickly. Body is a burnt ruby/caramel red/brown thing, a bit glassy looking.

Aroma is mostly caramel malts, with a definite hops bitterness glowing in the background. Too timid overall though, would be nice if the smell was bolder.

Shoulda known it, the flavor is quite a bit like the aroma, only more assertive. A nice caramel maltiness reigns, but there's a roasted slant to it and a good balance of hoppy goodness, and even something I can only describe as a candied grassiness. More hoppy than many a malty U.S. Marzen/Oktoberfest. Good balance, but maybe a little on the wispy side in terms of mouthfeel.

A good call? Definitely. Essential? Hardly.

Metalmonk, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of veech
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this an enjoyable if not remarkable Marzen. It was tasty and refreshing with mild sweetness and med body. It was a little light for my taste for an Octoberfest, but good none the less. I find the flying dog styles a little hit and miss sometimes, but this was more of the hit variety. Nice amber color, enduring head retention and appropriate mouthfeel rounded out a good Marzen.

veech, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at around 55 degrees...a little warm, but it was cold outside so it balances ;-)

A - Clear, amber color with a light head...no real retention.

S - Burnt malt is my first impression of the aroma. A little grass comes through in larger sniffs.

T - A grainy caramel flavor that finishes on a mild grassy note. A pleasant spicy-malt comes back on the aftertaste. Good flavor combination.

M - Finishes smooth for a medium-bodied brew; slight carbonation.

D - One of the more unique Octoberfest selections I've tried this year. I'd definitely pick up a sixer next year and enjoy them over the fall season...I'm curious how this one will change over a few weeks.

JohnnyM2002, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grainy caramel malt aroma with a smattering of noble hop.

The taste consisted of a caramel sweet biscuity grain with a clean hop spiciness.

The mouthfeel was full.

Overall a very drinkable Oktoberfest. The taste was seemingly authentic and a very solid session beer. One of the best domestic versions I have had.

plaid75, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of bruachan
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

there was never a hope of a head. dissappointing on that front. the deep amber color is okay, though. the aroma is almost entirely of malt: clean, grainy german malts (though not sweet). there might be a soft flowery hop aroma in there

the hops are much more prevelent in the flavor, actually competing with, as opposed to merely balancing, the malts. little bit of a tang, actually. slightly metallic finish, however. it's got some nearly fruity flavors, but stays within the realm of malt character

bruachan, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of Gavage
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear copper in color with a 1" thin head. Some spotty lacing develops.

Smell: caramel candy and mild fruitiness are detectable.

Taste: caramel, soft plum, light bitterness, and a bit of pepper spiciness.

Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied, in no way a full bodied oktoberfest. Crisp from start to finish. Short caramel aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy drinking. Not a bad brew but this needs a bit more heft.

Gavage, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour a deep bronze with a orangish, golden hue. The white head is somewhat thin, and disspates quickly, possibly a glassware issue.

The nose offers honey, mlat, and spicy floral notes. The taste offers dry malt, pepper and other spices, slight caramel, and a presence of hops.

The mouth is medium bodied, on the drier side of the style, and finishes with a subtle hop characteristic. Could easy donwn a couple steins of this at a festival. It didn't rock my socks, but it's certaintly a solid Octoberfest offering.

Osiris9588, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of Applesauce1
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on-tap at O'Hooley's in Athens, OH.

Appearance: pours an amber-dark red color with about a quarter inch head off the tap
Smell: ok, malty, maybe some cinnamon?
Taste: not too impressed; this beer is kinda spicy; i'm a big fan of pumpkin beers and winter ales, but this spice just didnt do it for me; maybe a cinnamon flavor with something else; i know it may sound weird, but i felt a hint of steak seasoning on some sips of this beer
Mouthfeel: a little strong on the carbonation; medium to light bodied
Drinkability: ehhh, i had one and didn't want one afterward

Applesauce1, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of wcudwight
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to enola for the bottle.
Nice orangish amber with some cherry coloring mixed in. 1 finger creamy orange-white head that recedes to a crown of lace on the top. Attractive beer.
Smell is mild, but I get some spices and a heavy malt oder.
Taste is not as malty as the aroma, but still a very balanced beer. Mixed with the solid malt background is some pumpkin flavor and a mild spiciness. The spiciness is not overdone which I like.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.
Overall this is the best Octoberfest I've had this year and a very sessionable beer.

wcudwight, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of athensbeermaster
2.42/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This dogtoberfest is kinda like Georgia bullDOGS it starts off alright then ends with a disapointing finish. The color is a little off and the head disapates very quickly. The mid palate was to sweet for this style. The finish ends like you had the beer in a cardboard
cup. Not a bad beer for the first few sips. Very hard to finish the whole beer.

athensbeermaster, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of bigone4
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clean amber orange hue. Tanish off white head. It sticks around for a while. Good lacing of the pint glass. Sweet raisin fruit like malt smell. Tangy malt wafting to my nose. Faint citrus hop scent. Smells like a true Mezen Oktoberfest. Smooth malt with a sweet caramel flavor. Nice medium body mild hop after taste very malted flavor. Nice sweet presentation of this beer. Strong caramel malt tones with the faint hop finish make this a true to style brew. Nice Oktoberfest offering Very tasty beer. Smooth and drinkable. Good mouth feel not to thick with a nice medium body and perfect carbonation. This was my first brew from Flying Dog and is scores well with me. Great seasonal offering. They hit this style right on the nose. Great beer. I look forward to trying another one of there offerings.

bigone4, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of Enola
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a darker shade of orange with a quickly dissaparing head. The semll is somewhat sweet with a underlying spice scent. The taste is actually fairly bitter for the style. There is some hints of pumkin. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth. I could drink this beer again. Overall, a average beer of the style.

Enola, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of jhammerly
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet maltiness comes to the nose after pouring this mahogany hued brew. A head about an inch quickly settles to a thin sheet floating atop of the body. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for this style, but actually makes this very drinkable. Not too sweet and it has a nice balance of malt that compliments the light hop appearance.

jhammerly, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pretty dark for an octoberfest. Copper brown color with a very high yellowish foam head.

Smells like octoberfest: toasted nuts, caramel, and spice.

Taste starts out strong, slight sweet caramel, earthy grains, lightly spiced. However it ends pretty weak without much complexity. It makes it seem thin or watery. A bit disappointing. I try to recapture that first initial burst of flavor, but it's too short lived.

It takes a lot for me to enjoy Octoberfest beers, but this still came below average for the style.

terrabyte, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This oktoberfest is definately on the dark side, but no less festive with a deep glowing amber-ruby hue. Clear as glass. Very respectable off-white head is perfumed with ale fruit, caramel, and toasted nuttiness.

This is one O/M with some oomph, or maybe oom-pa is more like it. Very light sweetness slides into nutty tastes and quickly darkens to deep malt/ caramel sweetness. There is an undersatated fruitiness in the forefront of this beer. Malt flavor continues to fill out as hop bitterness comes on strong in the finish. This can definately stand up to heavy food, which is important to me in this style. However, slight heaviness of this beer hurts drinkability, which is also important for this style. I wish the overall taste was brighter, but this is a special O-fest.

JudgeRoughneck, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of coasterfreak75
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was a dark red/crimson with a two finger head that quickly dissapated and left nothing on the glass.

The smell was heavy in malt and apricot scents with just a hint of hop spice mixed in.

The drink started kind of weak, meaning it took a while for the flavor to hit. Really almost nothing in the front, the middle was when the fruits and malt seemed to hit. With just the right amount of hop bite in the end and a clean crisp finish.

A very good Marzen, well worth a try. It was quite refreshing and I must say it went well as a stand alone, or with spicy food.

coasterfreak75, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Well it's a dog eat dog
Eat cat too
The French eat frog
And I eat you"


Burnt apricot with brilliant orange lasers indicating the fiery morning sun on the opposite side of the glass. The toasted cream colored cap is a looker. It's creamy and firm at once with a finely pocked surface and the potential for lace that is already beginning to manifest itself on the upper few inches of glass.

The nose, however, can't come close to those heights. It's low on power for starters and is more grainy than appealingly malty for finishers. Since various varieties of Munich malt make up four of the five malts in use, the aroma is about as earthily Munich-like as it gets.

This is a pretty decent representation of the style even if it isn't much better than average beer in general. Of course, the same could be said for most of the Flying Dog line. The biggest negative is that there isn't a whole lot of depth in the flavor profile. Heavily toasted malt with a lightly fruit accent is all that's on offer. Some amount of spicy hop bitterness appears on the finish (Perle, Hersbrucker), but there isn't a great deal of hop flavor to be had.

There's nothing at all amiss in the body/mouthfeel department. I have no idea if this is a lager or an ale, but given the impressive smoothness, I'd have to say the former. Actually, the mouthfeel is the highlight of this pooch and proves that he passed obedience school with flying (dog) colors.

I'm not an Oktoberfest aficionado by any means, but even I can recognize that there are much better versions of the style than this one. Still though, it's an okay little seasonal that isn't too challenging and could be consumed by the liter mugful while munching on some bratwurst and sauerkraut.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours an amber color with 1/2 finger of white head. Head lasts about ten seconds before becoming very spotty lacing. No sticky trails.

S: Whoa. Sweet and malty, and I'm getting this during the pour, holding the glass at arm's length. There's a fruitiness here, too, with some strawberry notes and some apricot as well.

T/M: Malty up front with some nice fruitiness. Malt is sustained throughout with some notes of dried fruit: apricot, fig, apple. Caramel is along for the ride here too. Finish has some more fruit and a lightly bitter tail. Long tail, too. Mouthfeel is really thin and watery, like REALLY thin and watery.

D: I could drink a lot of these, but it doesn't taste like an Oktoberfest to me. It's far fruitier and is more like a summer refresher with a stronger backbone. That's no reason to hate or dismiss the beer, of course, but it's not a "taste of fall" at all.

rarevos, Oct 08, 2006
Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.