Dogtoberfest | Flying Dog Brewery

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
There is sauerkraut in my lederhosen. I repeat: There is sauerkraut in my lederhosen!

Malts: Vienna, Munich
Hops: Perle, Hallertau
Yeast: Lager
30 IBU
Brewed with 100% imported German ingredients.

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Reviews: 553 | Ratings: 1,073
Photo of EMV
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Beautiful clear mahogany brown pour. 2 fingers of fluffy white head leave a thick rim of lacing.

S: Caramel and toasted grains. Malty... earthy.

T/F: Sweet toasted malts dominate... caramel and toffee. Grass and earth. Modest hopping for some balance, but still tends to the sweet. Bready. Light bodied and well carbonated.

O: A pretty standard Oktoberfest. A little on the sweet side but easy drinking.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glas. Enjoy by 12/2/18, so about a month beyond here.

Nice crystal clear dark amber body, small off white head dissipating to a ring and faint covering, leaving little in the way of lacing

Standard sweet malty aroma. However, there is a very faint whiff of vinegar.

The vinegar doesn't come through on the taste though. Good, solid, malty drink. There is a hint of sour bitterness toward the end, but this beer is all about sweet bready malts.

mouth closer to full than medium. Finish initially sweet, then a little bitter sourness . Also on the dry side.

Overall, solid marzen/octoberfest from a solid brewery

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Photo of BB1313
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 12/3/18. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a deep glowing auburn/amber with some clarity; light khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Caramel, toffee and cherries are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. More caramel. I'm picking up a nice amount of cherries. It's slightly sweet, and even has a subtle and mild tart/sour vibe going on which is odd, but it's nothing crazy or anything to worry about. Low bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side of light-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid Oktoberfest. It's not the best one I've ever had, but it's not bad. It might be slightly rough around the edges for the style, but it's still ultimately enjoyable.

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Photo of drtth
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The clear dark amber, almost copper colored, beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” light tan head that recedes slowly while leaving scattered legs and patches of lacing.  Sipping creates a few scattered patches of lacing before the foam on the surface reduces from a small cap of foam to becomes a thin irregular island on the surface and a tiny ring around the glass.

The aromas are quite light and mostly about the toasted bready malts but with some even lighter grassy, herbal, slightly spicy and almost nutty character way in the background.

As expected from the nose the flavors have some bready toasted malts with some nutty character and some caramel like sweetness.  In the background are the light grassy, herbal, spicy and slightly bitter hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth with the finely bubbled moderate, persistent carbonation.   The medium length finish begins as the sweetness and bready toasted malt begin to fade allowing the grassy, herbal, slightly spicy hops to show a bit as they also slowly fade to a fairly dry bitter ending.

Overall I found this a reasonably drinkable beer that I’d be willing to repeat if offered. There’s a reasonable balance of the toasted bready malt and it’s sweetness with the light earthy grassy herbal bitterness of the hops but the grassiness of the bitterness does becomes just a bit much.

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Photo of thebeers
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with two fingers of dark tan head. Thick webbed lacing. (Fun bottle art, too.)

Big malty aroma with burnt caramel, a touch of bread and hints of cherry.

The burnt caramel is up front again, balanced somewhat by bread and a little happiness. There’s also a medicinal cherry-like element in the finish.

Full bodied with a touch too much carbonation, to my taste.

Not awful, but there are much better examples of the Marzen style in the mid-Atlantic, let alone from Germany.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly on the sweeter side, lots of caramel malt, finishes a little drier with a maze note, not much “breadiness” on it, good but doesn’t stand out in the crowd

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very dark amber color. Just above average body with close to medium carbonation .
Aroma is roasted malt , caramel, brown sugar , molasses, and a slight big floral .
Taste is very similar with roasted malt , caramel , and mildly sweet malt being forward. A bit of hop flavor comes through but overall caramel and roasted malt dominates the flavor.
Despite the malt it doesn't come off like a super sweet malt bomb.
Overall it's a very decent take on the style and a beer I would look for again

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big Flying Dog brewery fan but I love Oktoberfest beers and the Dogtoberfest name reeled me in for a single.
Pours a clear dark amber with a thick light tan head that recedes slowly and leaves good lacing. Aroma is roasted caramel malt. Flavor is sweet caramel with minimal hop bitterness. Feel is medium to thick and adequately carbonated. Overall a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of hman43
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look: It pours amber and is fairly clear. It has an off white head with low head retention.

Smell: The aromas are malty sweet with a bit of bread. There is a low fruity aroma as well.

Taste: The initial flavor starts off sweet. There is a bready aspect to it with low herbal flavors. There is a low apple note as well.

Feel: It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, it is malt forward with low hops. The finish is moderately dry to a slight fruity element to it.

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Photo of Buck89
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a pint glass. A clear copper orange color with minimal head and wispy lacing. Faint bready aromas with some floral notes. Mainly bready malt up front with Some cracker and biscuit. A fairly large hop presence with moderate bitterness and floral notes. Medium bodied and clean on the finish.

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Photo of teromous
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the far right side of the label: "FOR OPTIMAL FRESHNESS ENJOY BY: 01:17:" then there is something that looks like either "18S" or "13S"

Appearance: The body is a dark amber-brown color that is transparent enough to see through. The head is medium sized, off white, and creamy textured. It has good head retention with spotty lacing.

Aroma: There is a light floral and herbal hop aroma with a touch of a hallmark lager scent. It has a light aroma of caramel.

Taste: It has a big caramel flavor up front which isn't characteristic of most Märzen. There is some herbal, noble hop flavor and a light touch of alcohol. There is a light nutty flavor to the beer.

Mouthfeel: It is medium-full bodied with a smooth texture and a wet finish. It's a satisfying beer to drink.

Overall: The flavor profile is more caramel and less toasty than other Oktoberfestbiers, so that is one thing to consider before buying the beer. The beer is well made and it is likely to appease any malty Oktoberfest lover. With the numerous options on the marked it is unlikely I would pick it up again but it was enjoyable.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint glass.

Rich amber color. Short head dissipates quickly. Good clarity. Moderate carbonation.

Caramel, nougat, butterscotch, and caramelized brown sugar.

Caramel, nougat, caramelized brown sugar, toffee, and butterscotch. No distinguishable hoppiness, just enough to keep the malts from being cloying.

Medium-plus bodied, smooth, silky, and sweet.

Very malt forward. There's no apparent hop flavor. A slight boost in hops could help with the overall crispness.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light brown color with a tight, quickly fading beige head that leaves little to no lacing.

Smells of toasted malt mostly.

Tastes of the toasted malt layered with a touch of hops. Malts lead off with notes of caramel, toffee, and toasted bread. This gives way to a bit of dark fruits and sugar. Hops add towards the end with some earthiness. Finishes fairly clean.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty good oktoberfest, but doesn't do anything to stand out.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a half pint glass: color is clear amber, head is off white to light tan and presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring, no lacing.

Smell is toast, very feint munich malt, touch of caramel, earthy bitterness.

Taste is light toast, some munich, hints of caramel, stronger bitter note.

Mouthfeel is crisp, a little strong feel, lingering bitterness.

Overall a good oktoberfest, fairly clean, a little bitter/over crisp finish.

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Photo of ScaryEd
2.31/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint.

Pours a nice, clear deep mahogany color with a finger of off-white head. Solid retention and lacing on this one.

The aroma is very faint, but about right for the style. Lots of bread, some caramel, with a faintly spicy back end.

The flavor is...not right. At all. There's some faint hints of caramel malt and sweet bread, but it gets obliterated by a strong metallic flavor that feels like I'm drinking a robot's semen. Finishes spicy with a strong vegetal note. Not pleasant in the slightest.

The feel is medium-light bodied with moderately high carbonation. About right for the style but that metallic flavor just sits on the tongue and won't go away.

Overall, a very poor marzen lager that had potential, but is ruined by off-flavors and a weak aroma. Not worth your time.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has caramel, burnt sugar and some dried dates. Taste starts slightly sweet with caramelized sugar and some generic dried fruits. Finish is balanced out by some earthy bitterness. Light body, medium carbonation. Overall it's a nice beer, not a classic marzen, and I like that.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Electronic Super Joy. Full of biscuit notes. Not as refreshing as typical german marzens but thicker and very pleasant too.

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Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, mahogany color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, caramel malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, caramel malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of safaricook
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: beautiful amber, just off-white stable mainly fine head
Aroma: nutty, caramel, fresh baked bread crust
Taste: follows nose with some bitterness, nice maltiness but not so refined as in the aroma, a bit coarse
Feel: appropriate body, a bit fizzy but fine carbonation
A very nice Oktoberfest that would be great if carbonation and taste would be a tad gentler.

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Photo of KevCan
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got a single 12 oz. bottle as part of a Trader Joe's mystery 6-pack. Poured into a shaker pint.

Look: Typical Oktoberfest: copper, clear, decent head.

Smell: Bready lager smell like a typical Oktoberfest.

Taste: A bit too metallic, not enough malt/yeast flavor. Weird aftertaste.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Okay Oktoberfest, not my favorite.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A group of local imbibers held the #PumpkinChallenge2016 recently, wrapping up on M, 03 Oktober 2016. I then proposed the #OktoberfestChallenge2016 & while I do not know how many participants there are, I am hitting it full bore. Today will be my New OktoBierFest Sunday (Week TBD) with an opportunity to do a horizontal tasting. My last two were semi-local, so I am staying with that trend. Flying Dog in Frederick, MD is ~ 107 miles southwest of me or ~ 46 miles southeast of Roy Pitz, which my previous beer.

From the bottle: "'There is sauerkraut in my lederhosen.' I repeat: 'There is sauerkraut in my lederhosen!'"

Nothing like a Pop!pable cap coupled with some Ralph Steadman art to inspire a heavy-handed pour. This misguided madness led to a little bit of foaming over the lip of glass, but it quickly settled into three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was again quite sweet, like a nutty maple syrup. Woof! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was quite sweet, but not as syrupy as the nose had led me to expect. It did have a maple syrup flavor infused with a light nuttiness, like walnuts, but without the intense sugariness of actual syrup. I guess that I should be thankful that the mouthfeel was not fuller as it might have led to an increased sweetness. Finish was sweet, but not so sweet or viscous that I would suggest that you begin putting it on your morning pancakes, but the possibility exists. More Momma Bear Marzen as I continue to seek out Baby Bear's Oktoberfest, which will be just right (for me). You are welcome to disregard my leanings.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a tiny shade darker than average for the style.
Smell is caramel and candy apple, taste is similar and almost reminiscent of cider. Feel is crisp, light and drinkable.
overall: Pleasantly surprised and would get it again.

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Photo of Beerdanza
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been enjoying many of the lighter Marzen lagers lately, and they're wonderful and light and easy drinking. Tonight I found Dogtoberfest, and was surprised at the deep copper color when I poured it. The smell is wonderfully fruity and complex. The taste is amazing! Toasty grains, caramel, a nice bitterness, and an exceptionally clean finish. This could be the perfect beer in my opinion. It's like the best of lager and the best of ale got together and had a beautiful love child.

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Photo of gregangley
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great deep reddish brown color, clear and no hint of cloudiness. Smell is not very impressive or overwhelming. The flavor has a bit of a watery aftertaste and is not as robust as I had hoped. Good, not great.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a haze copper with a khaki foamy head. Aromas are subtle but they seem to be malt and indistinct spice. Taste is a sweet malt-forward with a spicy caramel. Mouth feel is solid with lasting flavors, light carbonation. Drinkable.

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