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Dogtoberfest | Flying Dog Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,762
Reviews:
553
Ratings:
1,072
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
133
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,072 |  Reviews: 553
Photo of Ryeff
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Too sweet. Trying to figure out which breed of dog was squeezed into it.

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Photo of dafla67
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Djon1rpt
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 dmw1980
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Ceddd99
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit too sweet, that's what ruins it for me. Otherwise it's a good Oktoberfest.

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Photo of mrcraft
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 bankboy66
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This looks great but just tastes weird. Not your typical marten. Not offensive but don't think I would try again

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Photo of jmarko579
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Djoneil
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught pint at The City Cafe in Baltimore

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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 cp45
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chiefz1
3.94/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 mpenske
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheHopsman
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrFuster
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 blissfulNemo
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 1,072 ratings