Flying Dog Brewery

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #483
Ranked #44,862
3.59 | pDev: 12.81%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 564 | Ratings: 1,088 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Dec 17, 2005
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Oct 08, 2006
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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

Sep 16, 2018
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BeefyMee from Connecticut

2.51/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy copper color. Weak head with decent lacing.

S: Not much going on here. Some faint grain and caramel but that's about it.

T: Soapy grain. A bit fruity in the finish and aftertaste. I was hoping things might pick up in the flavor department but it borders on offputting.

M: Too fizzy though it has some nice texture to it otherwise.

D: Quite drinkable in that there's nothing really offensive about it and it goes down easy, but I'm reaching for something better after one of these.

Nov 11, 2010
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BeerLover48Fan from New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Of all the seasonals that I have tasted this season this is far and beyond the best one. Poured into a pint glass it had a great color and a nice head. Excellent beer for watching football and just relaxing with friends. Flying Dog has really outdone itself with this beer. Not too expensive either I paid 7.99 for a six pack

Sep 18, 2007
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keanex from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Almost clear copper with a 1.5 finger light tan foam head that dissipates into a nice thick lacing and coating.

S: Slight hops and bread but mostly malts with caramel hints.

T: Strong malt and caramel hints with an underlying hops taste. Slight spices, though I can't put my finger on it.

M: Low-medium carbonation, almost full bodied rather thick.

O: Decent beer, but not very complex a tad too thick for this style for my liking.

Sep 13, 2011
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ColdWaffles from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Oct 17, 2013
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale amber. The head was off-white and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was extremely corny with DMS all around. Behind the corn was a maltiness with caramel.

The flavor was more corn and DMS with caramel and a decent bittering.

The finish was dry wand bitter and even a bit harsh. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle.

Sep 24, 2004
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ksbrainard from Connecticut

3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear reddish brown. Decent uniform, but not tall head, which moves away from the center of the glass as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Toasty malt is the first thing that you smell. There may be some mild hop presence there, if any. There are caramel notes, and when slightly warmer, a bit of graininess in there too.

Taste: Has that same medium dark caramel and toasted malt flavor that the smell and appearance have been leading up to. There is a bit of hop presence somewhere between the middle and the end of the sip, accentuated by carbonation bubbles. But the end of the sip is clean and smooth, leaving just a hint of tanginess with you.

Mouthfeel: Medium... not too sweet sticky full, and yet not really dry. Maybe a little more towards the dry side.

Drinkability: Great. This beer is a wonderful way to celebrate the arrival of autumn.

Nov 09, 2007
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nickthetick from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear copper into a DFH signature glass with a finger of head that slowly dissipates. There is a solid stream of bubbles from the nucleation point.

S: sweet, yeasty and bread like malt. Some toffee and caramel hints pine sap and needles.

T: light orange peel bitterness and great bready and yeasty sweetness. Great roasted malt, some pine notes intermingle with the sweet malts.

MF: medium body, great effervescence and clean flavor on the tongue.

O: great Marzen with some beautiful flavors that mix well.

Sep 19, 2011
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6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Oct 25, 2014
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merlin48 from Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper body with a frothy, one finger tan head. Good retention and lots of patchy lacing.
Caramel malt dominates the aroma, with a hint of earthiness and a nice whiff of German hops.
Mouthfeel has ideal carbonation which supports a medium body.
Bavarian style malts have a caramel sweetness that is well balanced by the German hops. This is a smooth drinking festbier, but it seems to thin out toward the finish.
One of the better efforts I've had recently from Flying Dog, and a very respectable festbier.

Oct 24, 2004
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giblet from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good people drink good beer. - hunter thompson

this is on the label. i think this is a good beer. nice pour with three quarter inch of head. nice medium orange color. aroma of fruits and malts. the taste is much the same and quite pleasant. the only problem i have is that i dont think it matches the Marzen label and style very well. no big deal to me cuz it is good but wonder where they were going.

suckem up and movem out.


Sep 30, 2008
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jsanford from Georgia

3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA

A - Dark orange copper with a minimal off-white head. Left no lacing.
S - Smells of very sweet caramel malts, molasses, and some spice, perhaps ginger or allspice?
T - Malty, sweet bready malt dominates with a spicy, earthy hop finish. I found this to be very sweet, almost cloyingly so.
M - Slick-feeling with a medium body and low carbonation.
D - Not bad, but certainly not the best Oktoberfest I've had. Glad to try it but I won't seek it out again.

Nov 13, 2010
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pquijal from West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Feb 19, 2013
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kobeer from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Jul 27, 2012
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Blupoet03 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Dogtoberfest poured brilliant orange-amber with a thing white head.

Nose: spice hops balanced with malt aromas.

Taste: It started out smooth, with the hops chillin' out in the background but lending a nice sharp tang on the sides of my tongue. It came across as a classic Oktoberfest, and then finished with a bit of a burn that knocked down the drinkability a bit.

I find that Flying Dog's beer always have a bit of their own taste and this is no exception. Good - not my favorite, but good/great as part of the style.

Sep 19, 2007
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IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Sep 07, 2013

4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Dec 03, 2012
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frazbri from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very autumn like amber-gold. Modest head cream in color. Bread aroma with hops in the background. Balanced between malt and hops. Fairly light in body with moderate carbonation.

This is a sweet, malty beer with a pronounced hop presence for an octoberfest. I think it is a good choice for a sunny autumn day.

Sep 16, 2004
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brantadid from New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What is this beer trying to be?

Poured amber in color, maybe more red. Little to no head to speak of and obviously no lacing.

Smell is sweet and malty. Not much else to speak of.

Very little carbonation, which I like very much, but taste is average. It isn't hoppy or malty, but it isn't bad. It is average.

If I were looking to get drunk, I could drink a lot these. Mouthfeel is very nice. (see low carbonation).

Overall, this is a drinkable beer. It isn't the best Octoberfest I have had but it is far from the worst. I kinda enjoyed it.

Sep 29, 2007
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent dark amber, two finer head.

S-Malt, caramel and some spices.

T-Very similar to the nose, malt and caramel. Spices are really present here. Finish is bland.

M-Medium bodied but finish is rather flat.

O-Another run of the mill Oktoberfest. Really nothing that stands out here.

Oct 25, 2011
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Damian74 from South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Dec 08, 2012
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deejaydan from Michigan

2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a nice enough amber color into my trusty pint glass. Aroma is that of slightly nutty and roasted malts. The taste kinda gets to me. It starts out slightly catty and hoppy, but as it warms, it gets slightly sour. I don't like sour Octoberfests. Mouthfeel and drinkablity are average, except that drinkablity suffers due to the sour taste.

Nov 02, 2005
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wac9 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

frist slip was a no but the second was great great dark tan color with a good oktoberfest taste pick this beer up and enjoy good taste good beer

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