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 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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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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Photo of SilentSabre
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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Photo of RonfromJersey
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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Photo of jmasher85
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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Photo of Beaver13
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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Photo of athensbeermaster
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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Photo of TexIndy
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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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.51/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright copper color, great clarity. Creamy light beige head with good retention. A pretty beer.

Notes of caramel, hay, mild hops and toast. Not much going on in the smell department, and what is there is not overly pleasant and a very un-oktoberfest nose.

This one continues to do downhill. Taste also seems to be off for the style. More hoppy than a Marzen should be and doesn't have a lot of malts in it to be balanced. Has a biting coppery tang to it that really detracts from the flavor.

I usually like FDs offerings, but this one does not do it for me at all. Too watery, not enough sweet maltyness and the metallic hoppy flavors make this one barely drinkable. I will not buy this beer again.

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Photo of xare
2.51/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice bottle label art as usual from Flying Dog. Pours as a copper color with thin head that dissipates immediately. Leaves a thin soapy film on top.

Smell is of corn, malts, and a touch of caramel.

Taste was a letdown - it tastes like a corny malt if there was such a thing. Corn is the dominant flavor and there's alcohol overtones that threaten to take away the flavor entirely.

Mouthfeel is a bit astringent and thick. Does go down smooth without any burning, over-carbonation, or bitterness so it goes down as average in my book.

Drinkability is low. I was able to finish this but had no desire to go find more of these. I'd much rather drink other Oktoberfest beers or almost any of Flying Dog's other offerings.

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Photo of BeefyMee
2.51/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice, nearly crimson color, mostly clear, with a good stock of beige foam up on top, stays a spell.
Aroma, mild and muted, minor notes of caramel malt are in the lead, some dark fruit, an herbal touch, as well.
Taste: sad, soggy cardboard. Meets the tongue meekly, shows some flavor, but it's not what we want in a marzen, there is malt, yes, but the body is too dull, insipid, even, leaving the flavor a very flat thing, just a dull thud in the mouth. Lordy, not even 1/3 through, and I wonder what I'm going to do with the rest of this 6-pack...there's a lot missing here, a richer feel should really be taking place on the palate, but this one is a dullard, folks. I'm hatin' it, but I so didn't want to...Unpleasant, and utterly disappointing...sorry, this is a big, fat loser!

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Photo of jnezda
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Since the time is coming near for my favorite holiday of the year it is time to review Oktoberfest beers. This is my first Flying Dog beer and have to say I was not impressed. This Oktoberfest was recommended by my favorite local package store, but only as a new beer, not necessarily the one they recommended for flavor or style.

Appearance: Copper color I expected from a Marzen style with a thin, tight head and no lacing.

Smell: Little to no smell so that was the first note that I might not completely enjoy the beer.

Taste: The taste is pleasant but nothing to write home about. Light malt slightly hoppy and perhaps a bit metallic like it came from a can or the tanks were a little oxidized.

Mouthfeel: Again little to no character.

In a nutshell I would refer to this beer as a poor American substitute for real Marzen Oktoberfest.

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Photo of turbine2475
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- 2 finger head that slowly disipates with a light lacing...nice amber apperance

S- Sweet caramel, almost citrus aroma

T- too much citrus and sweet for an octoberfest

M- A little heavy on the either the carbonation or the citrus bite

D- Ok if you like domestic mass brews, but those looking for a true octoberfest look elsewhere

I love flying dog brews, but this one seems to be intentionaly aimed at the masses. Would do better as a summer brew,

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Photo of crenegar
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First of all this beer is an Ale so it is not only not really an Oktoberfest but it is not really a Maerzan either. Personally I stronly dislike breweries calling their beers something they are not. Call it a Fest Beer, Autumn Fest, Harvest Ale whatever the hell you want to but don't use the word Maerzen on the label - it is not.

This beer has a fairly strong caramely finish, certainly too sweet for the style. This is probably because they are using ale yeasts and lower attenuation fermentations. Poured with very little head even though I got a little aggressive at the end as I saw weak head formation. Since this style doesn't mormally pour with a big head I wasn't too concerned. First couple sips were pretty good but the overly sweet malt characteristic started to poke through as the temp warmed up. We drank this beer with a few other domestic O'fests and we rated it last...Lakefront, Brooklyn and Schlafly's were all significantly better - and all of those are lagers. I usually like FlyingDog's beers (except for the IPA's) but this is one I can't recommend.

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Photo of getch
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a-light golden brown, not dark, little head when pouring which eliminates soon.

s-i do not get anything special when i smell the beer, not even a regular beer smell, if there is one, i do not have a cold so not sure what is going on

t- i get some malts and a crisp after taste, little bitter

m- semi-smooth, that after taste

d-a beer that i prob. will not have again, not impressed

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Photo of curasowa
2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper color with 1 finger of head that fades to a ring with a broken curtain of lace.

Aroma: Bready, caramel malt with a hint of piney hops and some cooked cabbage in the background.

Taste: Toasted, slightly nutty caramel malt upfront that is somewhat creamy, then some earthy bitterness starts to work it's way in and builds to the finish along with a kinda sour, over-ripe fruit thing that last through the finish and isn't very pleasant.

The Rest: Meh. An OK marzen with some weirdness on the back end that ruins it for me.

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Photo of BrewMaster
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a reddish/amber color. The aroma is a malty caramel with some scent of burnt sugar. The flavor on this beer took me by surprise in a bad way. The first thing that came to mind to describe the flavor is rotting fruit. Perhaps an apricot flavor, but that is a stretch. It really does have a pungent and sweet taste of spoiled or over-ripened fruits. The beer has pretty much no hop flavor whatsoever. Overall it is not a great beer and I will not be drinking it ever again.

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Photo of JamisonM
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Copper color no head

S: not much smell here but its got a oktoberfest smell a bit

T: it tastes like a normal oktoberfest but finish is really bad finish tastes like bitter veggies not good all! was it the hops? or something else no idea....

M: light mouth med carbonation

D: its not very drinkable due to that finish

overall: I really like Flying Dog beers but this one I cant stand! my first disappointing Flying Dog Beer is this!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amber colored beer, minimal head, no lace. Bready and otherwise mild sweet and otherwise neutral aroma.

Taste, sweet caramel, offputting bitter and brackish aftertaste. Raisins? Oxidized lemons. Should be a little more carbonation. Malt body doesn't really have the toasty aspect you'd hope for.

Kind of a lackluster beer for me, not my favorite style, but even with that said, still just not anything to write home about.

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Photo of hophugger
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Ok brew. Definitely my least favorite of all of the Flying Dog brews. Maybe I am not the biggest Marzen fan, but here goes....Pours dark gold, beautifully clear. Head is good and lacing is nice. Aroma is malty and so is the taste, malt sweetness and slightly crisp with only a slight aftertaste

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Photo of AdamBear
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-dark amber with almost no head

S-faint scent of adjunct dark grains. Very light

T-comes in with a taste of carmel flavored tonic and and a touch of biscuit. Not much going on here. After-taste is slightly more potent.

M-dry medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-this isn't a good Oktoberfest. It doesn't have much flavor. It might be easy to drink, but it's not something I want to be drinking all night.

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Photo of Brent
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

According to the brewery's website this is brewed with 5 premium malts to be "rich and malty with sweet aroma and deep mohogany color." Of course, the website also goes on to give a fictional account of the origins of Oktoberfest with King Ludwig having people run around naked carrying an egg between their buttocks and "wieiner dogs howling at oompah bands," so you can't believe everything you read.

Poured an attractive, glowing copper/amber color, but much lighter in color than customary for the style. Aroma was distinctively sweet in a candy-shop sort of way. While the flavor was pleasant, with sweetish caramel malt, it was too one-dimensional to be of much interest. The mouthfeel was also rather thin. Verdict: Oktoberfest Lite.

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Photo of terrabyte
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pretty dark for an octoberfest. Copper brown color with a very high yellowish foam head.

Smells like octoberfest: toasted nuts, caramel, and spice.

Taste starts out strong, slight sweet caramel, earthy grains, lightly spiced. However it ends pretty weak without much complexity. It makes it seem thin or watery. A bit disappointing. I try to recapture that first initial burst of flavor, but it's too short lived.

It takes a lot for me to enjoy Octoberfest beers, but this still came below average for the style.

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