Dogtoberfest | Flying Dog Brewery

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Todd on 09-02-2004

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Photo of BeerLover48Fan
4.88/5  rDev +37.1%
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

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Photo of techdiver
4.52/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice deep amber color, slighlty cloudy. Little head to start. This is one of the best Oktoberfest's I've had yet. Very well balanced and extremely drinkable. Was developing the opinion I just didn't find this style appealing as a whole, this is a very solid brew. Please sir, may I have another one.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
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.

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Photo of Musky
4.45/5  rDev +25%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a beautiful reddish amber color with minimal head that leaves quickly. The nose is sweet and a bit caramely. I'm not usually a big fan of O-fest beers, but this one is rather nice. The flavor is not big and offensive, but well balanced. The beer is just nicely thick, but this sticks with the rest of the beer. The drinkability is wonderful. Overall a very nice offering.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A – Poured a very dark amber, dark then most Marzen I have seen. Great reddish hue to the color was fantastic looking. Amble carbonation streaming up from the bottom led to a nice one inch head on initial pour that settled down to about a half inch within a few minutes. Not much in the way of side glass lace, however, there was tons of bubbles streaming up from the glass throughout. Great look as far as I am concerened.

S – Aroma was very pleasing. Lots of malty smells came off of it quickly. Good hint of sugar, caramel in the back and a nice spicey, almost a hop twang to it in the finish. Great sugary notes on here. I was very impressed with the fullness of the aroma. Lots of touches of fruit in it as well, could definitely pick up some apples and grapes in there, maybe a touch of peach. Very nice.

T – Wonderful, this was by far my favorite Oktoberfest to date this year. Such a full flavored punch right out of the gate. This left no room for wanting of something extra in it. Had a ton of flavors, nicely hopped in the back in a mellow sort of way, good fruity profile, and nice amount of roasted malts. Just very full flavored.

M – Great. Perfect balance here. A lot of times you will see some of these come off a tad bit thin, but this was not the case here as there was just a wonderful full bodied flavor to it and this was accentuated perfectly with a robust feel, that was not too thick either. Great carbonation really let it ripple and fizz and you could really feel this one great. A very nice one.

D – Simply outstanding. I could have finished them all. By definition the style will be very drinkable, however this was a whole nother level/ The taste just blew me away, but still remaining light enough that I could continue with it unabated. Just really not enough good things I could say about this one here.

Overall all I can really say is wow. I was looking forward to this years release and I am glad that I did. Now I do figure there will be at least several if not dozens more in the style I will try over the next month of two, however this bar has been set pretty high. This was really at the top of everything I was looking for at the time. Just really great and you must get your hands on it. Now to relax with another as that was damn good.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Oktoberfest is a brilliantly clear, golden copper color, very striking. The head is thin, white and quickly diminished. The aroma is moderately malty, that of toasted grains, with a low caramel sweetness, little if any hop aroma. The flavor is intensely malty, that of toasted grains, some bready character and a low residual sweetness. The bitterness is medium-low and there is just a hint of hop flavor on a slightly dry finish. The body is medium, maybe medium-full and carbonation moderate. Overall a very, very good Oktoberfest, I appreciate the intense malt flavor and striking appearance the most, but can’t find a fault with this brew! Highly recommend.

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Photo of generallee
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a small mug. The label has a brief description, ABV (5.6%) and IBUs (30). There is no freshness date but it is a fall seasonal so I know it's still fresh.

Appearance: The beer has a very deep red amber color with a tall creamy beige head. The head slowly settles down to a thin cap that makes some silk lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is kind of light I do pick up nice roasted caramel maltiness with a touch of nuttiness and herbal leafy hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is right there after the aroma. It has a good deep roasted malt character with caramel and bready sweetness. The hops show up with some herbal and leafy bitterness to add some balance. It finishes fairly quickly with a mix of hop bitterness and caramel malt sweetness. The palate has a decent medium body with an average mouth feel.

Notes: This is one of the better dark Oktoberfest beers I have had this year. I can see this pairing very well with traditional Oktoberfest food. I know I am craving a big pretzel with mustard right now.

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Photo of karengarys
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours mahogany read leaving a bit of a head - nice and clear with a rich color. Little head remains, the ring does not stick much.

Smells cinnamoney and spicey and malty and sweet and rich.

Taste to match.

Mouthfeel is nice and rich too.

Finish is rich.

Is it rich? I love this brew!

This has been my favorite oktoberfest to date! I recommend it highly!

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Photo of MirImage
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Deep copper color. very clear. Slightly off white head which dissipates quickly. Little lacing.

Smell: Smells like 2-row. Very nice and sweet.

Taste: Sweet caramel. A little bit of cloying.

Mouthfeel: Very nice and crisp.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. I am a lover of Marzens and was delighted with this beer for the price point.

Appearance - dark enough to be interesting, a sort of brownish hue, since this was my first beer in 10 days I did not notice the color too much.

Smell - Malty with a nice amount of hops coming through. Great balance.

Taste - Toasty with malt and hops at the finish. So good I was shocked. Would put it alongside Paulaner.

Mouthfeel - again, just right, not too heavy but not thin or watery.

Drinkability - I only bought one (in a selection of Flying Dog) and wished I had bought more. I crave it.

Was always a little turned off of Flying Dog because of artwork and labels and ideas but they can really brew.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle from Ron's in Farmington. Pours translucent red-amber body with a good inch of off-white head. Smells malty sweet with some roastiness, though the aroma is somewhat muted. Tastes sweet and roasty, with caramel and biscuit malts playing a big role. Very tasty, and one sip definitely invites another. Medium to full bodied with a fair bit of carbonation. I'm really impressed with this one - a new favorite for the style!

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.37/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of sfsean28
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogtoberfest was no dog and I was suprised after hearing from another BA'er that it wasn't up to par. This is a bit early in the season for me to drink an Octoberfest beer but I saw, I bought and I drank.

A- Dark copper color, good foamy head
S- great
T- malty, sweet
M- light, good carbonation
D- give me another. Drinkability was nice and smooth not heavy and good in hot weather as long as it was cold.

I had a fresh batch of this brew and I liked it very much. This was also at a 5.6% ABV.

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Photo of Beerdanza
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
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 Brandt
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out a clean and crisp caramel brown color with a nice frothy white head. the aroma had the distinct lager smell mixed in with hints of caramel and sweet syrup. the taste came in with a nice toasty malt profile and a bit of sulfury/lagery taste followed up by a pleasent caramely sweetnes. the beer finished a little warm with delicate toasty/biscut malts haning on the tongue. it is no wonder this beer has won itself a gold for the last two years at GABF, great example of the style!

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Photo of SickGnar
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rather reddish amber / deep ruddy copper. Bright and crystal clear with some lazy bubbles. Golden, off-white head settles rapidly to a skim and keeps a ring all the way down while leaving some decent spotty lacing.

S: Very rich toasty, munichy malt with some cookie dough sweetness and some hints of darker roast stuff. No hops detected, just deeply robust malts. Even down to the empty glass I could just bury my nose in it.

T: Wonderfully rich malt profile. Lots of munich, nicely noticeable melanoidans, toasty, some nuttiness, a background doughy & grainy sweetness that ranges more cookie than bready, and even some hints of toffee & darker roasted stuff. Minty, leafy, herbal hops stay a step behind in the flavor profile, both in intensity and in order or appearance. A deeply robust beer all the way around with just enough complexity to keep you looking without being distrating.

M: Just a hair or two over medium body with average, finely textured , carbonation that doesn't quite get creamy - but is rather nice. Chewy dextrins, some residual sugars, and a semi-sweet finish. Gives an impression of being even more rich and full than it is.

D: Party in a glass. A damn fine version. Not overly complex, but very robust with a great depth to its malty richness. Great balance in a rich and hefty way. A rather beefy but very drinkable Oktoberfest.

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Photo of davednyc
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK, I'll skip most of the particulars, and just give you my overall opinion on this. I usually find season Octoberfest beers anywhere from adequate to disappointing (even from some of my normally go-to brewers). However there was something just a little bit special about this one that did bring me back for more.

Perhaps the seasonal spice of these beers tend to get lost in a sort of 'mud' on the toungue, but in this case, whatever distinctive taste Flying Dog may have been looking for did come through in this brew.

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Photo of bum732
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Quite malty, strong melanoidins, some floral notes, semi-sweet.

L: Amber red, off-white head that dissipates

T: Malty bready semi-sweetness, medium earthy bitterness. Touch of dark fruits leads to an earthy dryness. Nice melanoidins and toasty malt.

M: Medium light body, moderate carbonation.

A solid Octoberfest and very underated. I found this beer to be more in line with traditional Marzens than an American interpretation. Wish i could find more of it.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean orange/copper beer. Has a small creamy off white head. Has a sweet malty aroma with hints of caramel and apples. The flavor starts with that sweet malt note and slides into a dry snappy finish. With a little tabacco bitterness on the roof of you mouth that gives this beer a robust finish.

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Photo of Kanger
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Clear amber leaning towards a light copper. Head consists of various bubble sizes and disappeared quickly.

Smell - Sweet, Malty, Slight floral notes (small hint of a soapy smell)

Taste - Sweet bready flavor, malt forwardness, very mild bitterness

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, lingers on the palate for a while. A bit crisp.

Overall - An excellent Marzan. This is the type of beer I think of when I think of Oktoberfest.

Serving Type - 12 oz bottle

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a beautiful full amber, orange, but the head is a little lacking, still nice in the beginning, full white.

S: Very malty, caramel, toffee, typical Oktoberfest, but quite robust.

T: Very malty and tasty, just full of caramelized sugar and candy, a delicious malt flavour that caught me off-guard, but was really impressed with.

M: Smooth, quite dry for an Oktoberfest, creamy, good carbonation.

D: Probably the best American Oktoberfest I have ever had, a very good beer.

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Photo of clvand0
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a medium head that dies off quickly. Strong aroma of sweetness, caramel malts. Reminds me of cooking sweet malts. Malty flavor with a strong caramel character. Sweet and somewhat grainy flavor. Hints of a taste similar to a nut brown. This is a very good beer and quite a good representation of the Oktoberfest style. Highly recommended if you like a strong caramel and malt character. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice amber, a bit hazy and dark with an inch of fluffy foam.

S - You get malts with toasty and with a slight caramel

T - On the sweet side its a bit Carmel then a slight malty and finishes slight bready.

M - Medium and full. Loved it.

D - Flying dog continues to impress me and this is a great rep of the style. Will have it again.

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Photo of Phatz
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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