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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1.16/5  rDev -67.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -50.8%

Photo of 24Beer92
1.85/5  rDev -48%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

No head on this beer, Has a rusty color with slight lacing. Even with the low ABV on this beer it still somehow leaves a strong alcohol taste on your tongue. The one thing i did like about this beer was how easy it goes down the ole hatch. Overall it is not my favorite beer by any means and i probably wont get it again. Just based on personal prefferance.

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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2/5  rDev -43.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.8%

Photo of bark
2.26/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is pale brown (25 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is warm beige and compact, it sinks slowly leaving almost no lacing.

The smell is malty and semi-sweet. Notes of rye bread, apricots, flowers and some raisins. Mild clean bitter flavours. It is a bit frowsy.

The taste is sweet and malty, as a märzen is supposed to be. There are some disturbing sweet oxidized notes of raisins in the background. Some vegetables and metallic bitter notes, too. The aftertaste got growing alcoholic flavours, some raw bitter notes and once again hints of raisins. The finish is a bit dense with semi-roasted malts and alcohol.

The carbonation is mild, the bubbles small and weak. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A tired (Best before 04.07.12) and somewhat oxidized beer. I’m not impressed.

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2.31/5  rDev -35.1%
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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2.32/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This began quite promising, but went to crap quickly when it plagued my lips with its presence. It poured quite nicely, a crystal clear bronze amber colour with a fluffy white head like 100's of other oktoberfests. The nose was sweet malts with a little bit of a maple syrup / brown sugar thing going on deep down. I was very excited, indeed. The taste had what I perceive to be bitter hops with sweet malts, a terrible combination for this style. I'll try to word it so all can more easily understand what I'm talking about. Take a Paulaner Oktoberfest and a regular Beck's, and pour half of each into a pint glass. Give it a gentle stir and Bob's your uncle, you have your own home-made Flying Dog "Dogtoberfest".
Terribly unfulfilling.

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2.32/5  rDev -34.8%

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2.34/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Extremely clear, dark copper body, topped by a solid, level, two inch plug of off-white head.

Very slight biscuity aroma, but I really had to work at it to get anything.

Malty start is very sweet and not deep - a pixie stick versus a chocolate bar. Earthy hop arise to provide a attempt a slight bit of balance, but the sweetness is never really blunted, and it's still cloying on through the finish.

Ok medium mouthfeel. Over sweetness really kills the drinkability.

While not bad to throw back with pizza, by itself, there are too many better Octoberfest examples out there. I recommend passing on this one. From Flying Dog, stick with Doggie Style Pale Ale.

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2.35/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Too much. Too much of everything. I like spiced beers, but this had too much spice - cardamom and nutmeg up the wazoo. Probably some cinnamon in there too, but that cardamom that just sits and curdles and burns and puckers the back of your mouth drowns out everything else.
And it's a little too sweet and rich. Not like some of those pumpkin pie beers out there, but too sweet to go well with the spices. And an odd, pumpkiny, squashy flavor that is normally nice in better Oktoberfest/Marzen seasonal beers, is just too intense here, like a rotted pumpkin that has worn out its welcome on your front step weeks after Halloween.
It's drinkable, which is nice, because otherwise I'd be pissed about the money I would have wasted giving it back to the bartender to dump it. It's not as bad as Southern Tier Warlock, but it's got similar flaws. It grew on me a bit by the end, but it was also my 3rd beer of the night, so no points for that.
Do not recommend.

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2.36/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a copper orange with a small white head that quickly recedes to a thin collar.

The aroma is biscuity malts and a little fruit and alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel and biscuity malts with a harsh medicinal bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full.

Overall, oktoberfests are not one of my favorite styles and this is a pretty subpar version. The flavors are a mish-mash and not appealing to me.

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2.42/5  rDev -32%
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.

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2.49/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Dating code on back label that shows good till late November. Was a rich clear copper color. Some carb streams. No lacing. It had an average sized beige head that quickly settled into some wisps and a collar.

The aroma was very weak. What came thru was mainly caramel malts. The taste followed the aroma. Caramel base and sweet malt but sorta weak even as it warmed up. Was more lacking in flavor than having a bad flavor. Just didn't excite me.

Overall, not very good. Was weak and bland in aroma and taste. What really pissed me off is that I bought a 12pk sampler mainly to get the porter that I've never had and wanted to try. The box had a sticker mentioning that one of the regulars had been replaced with the seasonal but didn't say which one. Guess which one got replaced. So I miss out on the one I want for this disappointment. Don't recommend.

Rotation: one and done as better ones out there. Not even sure if this would make the cut if down to this or usual swill at store or on-tap.

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