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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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Reviews: 531 | Ratings: 1,020
Photo of UPMD_Bill
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a tiny shade darker than average for the style.
Smell is caramel and candy apple, taste is similar and almost reminiscent of cider. Feel is crisp, light and drinkable.
overall: Pleasantly surprised and would get it again.

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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 gregangley
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great deep reddish brown color, clear and no hint of cloudiness. Smell is not very impressive or overwhelming. The flavor has a bit of a watery aftertaste and is not as robust as I had hoped. Good, not great.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a haze copper with a khaki foamy head. Aromas are subtle but they seem to be malt and indistinct spice. Taste is a sweet malt-forward with a spicy caramel. Mouth feel is solid with lasting flavors, light carbonation. Drinkable.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark coppery orange, khaki head that lasts well. nose is toasty with a little bit of biscuit and earthy hops. malty sweetness to tempt shows off just a peek at the hop floral. Herbal; behind that.Tatse is hearty and malty with a bubbly finish that lingers toasty not sweet. Dry excellent! Clean finish no off flavors no off scent.s A little bite and spirtied hop bitterness. Just a bit too much carbonation.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Red colored beer, auburn, almost no head. Some malt sweetness in the aroma.

Taste gave more caramel, smooth mouthfeel wasn't there, too much bitterness. Undercarbonated to try and hide the bitterness. Could use more toasting/roasting of the malt too.

Slightly below average.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] Pours out a cloudy dark honey color. Looks like appe cider in the glass. Has a 1/2 a finger of offwhite head that settles quickly in the middle leaving a ring around the edges. The bottle lists the ABV at (5.6%) and there is a best by date of (01/06/16). So this beer has passed prime.

S: [3.50] Apple, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, breadiness.

T: [3.75] Similar profie to the nose. Caramel with some toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, apples, and sweet breadiness.

M: [3.25] On the low side of medium body. Has decent carbonation and nothing linger on the tongue.

O: [3.50] This is a decent example of a Marzen. It has all of the nice fall flavors with hints of caramel, cinnamon that accentuate the beer.I am not sure it distinguishes itself from the pack in any way. It is worth drinking again if offered.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A tea-like, orange-tinged copper color. Lingering head. Initial smell of yeast and toasty malts with some tang. Taste follows with lots of toastiness, mild sweetness, and a corn-like grain flavor. A borderline sour tang pops up at the swallow, but then disappears. A medium/light body that is drinkable and carbonation that tingles.

Overall: Drinkable and decent style rep. Enjoyable, but not as robust or deep a flavor profile as some others I've had.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint copper + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall sudsy foamy dark beige head that reduces to a large patch of mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with light aromas of floral + grassy hops and just a hint of fruity yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted + caramel malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of fruity yeast and just a hint of floral + grassy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink and just about sessionable but just not that interesting (other beers in the style have a little more pop to the flavor/aroma). Don't know if I would grab this one again but it is serviceable.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an American pint glass. Dark amber color with white head, nice carbonation. Smooth, easy drinking Octoberfest style beer. Another solid beer from Flying Dog, never disappoint.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Dogtoberfest isn't bad....but its not the leg every dog humps either. It pours a clear rich amber with very little head an no lace. The scent has biscuit and some brown sugar. The taste is sweeter malt with a biscuit base. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with so so carbonation. Overall its ok.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle marked 005A15 at 42 degrees into SA “Perfect Pint”
Aroma weak, malty
Head average (Four cm, aggressive pour), light tan, frothy, diminishing to three mm frothy ring and layer
Lacing - none
Body medium amber, clear, effervescent
Flavor starts malty and sweet, ends slightly bitter; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of Marraybay
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: amber red ale, with a respectable white head.

Smell: Fruity yeast: Spice

Taste: Somewhat like the nose: Has a nice mazen sweetness that rounds into a touch of medicinal bitterness.

Feel: Relatively full. Good carbonation; A little bite in the finish.

Overall: Interesting beer: Served a sixtel of this at a recent function, so I've experienced as both a draft and a bottle pour. I found the slight concluding bitterness to be more subdued when drinking from the tap, which I myself preferred. Would rate the draft version to be very close to Paulaner's Fest--my fav this year-- but found myself being a little less enthused overall by the bottled versions hop-presence.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a clear deep copper, bit of lacing for a head.

Smells of coppery barley malts, biscuit, brown sugar, and the faintest hint of a dry hop.

Tastes of biscuit malt, caramel, brown sugar, and a light woody hop finish.

Medium to light body with a stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty decent marzen, good flavor and body. Not spectacular but hits the spot. Worth trying but probably won't dethrone your favorite in the style.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This drinks with all the properties that are typical in style in a very light package. Malty grains, light nut, pecan, caramel, toasted barley and a bit of hop bitterness.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, best before 12/11/2015. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Oktoberfest style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flyijg Dog Dogroberfest Märzen.

Quick apology to those who read my reviews ( all zero of you ) on my last one and well...lack OF a review. New phone and the original notepad was an absolute nightmare so I installed old reliable. Anyway, haven't had many beers outta these guys and I found a single for $2.49 and decided to pull the trigger. Let's go.

Look - Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a snifter. Hard pours yields an amberish copper mixture with a quickly disentegrating(sp?) Slightly off white head that is gone in a flash. Looks more like it was poured out of a bottle of red wine than it does a beer. Carbonation appears to be fairly light and clarity is near crystal. Lacing isn't even a factor. 3.5.

Smell - One whiff is enough to tell you that this is more like a traditional German oktoberfest than the American counterparts. Bready as can be and very sweet smelling without much of a hop presence. Always got a grapeness out of traditional oktoberfests and this is no exception to that. 3.5.

Taste - Yep, these guys followed an old German recipe to the tee. Sweet, almost dessert like sugared bread truly dominates the entirety of the palate. Hop presence is once again not very..present ( ha, I'll be here all week ). White grape is still there in a noticable dose though it doesn't take over. 3.5.

Feel - Body is light and thin without being watery and the carbonation is exceptionally high and stinginly so. No new flavors develop upon a sit and inhale. Fits the rest of the beer pretty well. 3.5.

Overall - I've always had an affinity to the American counterparts over the traditional ones. Honestly, if blindly given this in a glass and not told what it was I would assume it were from Germany. SO, if you like authentic German Oktoberfests but don't want to worry about the ocean crossing and green bottle effects, this is your beer. If you like the more experimental American counterparts, this isn't it. I'd have again. Better than most authentic German Oktoberfests ( Lookin' at you Hofbräu )..

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Photo of Kubishark
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a deeper, darker amber/copper color than some other Oktoberfest style beers I've had. The smell is also more complicated than others I've tried. It tastes significantly less sweet than others like Shiner and Sierra Nevada; it's a bit more bitter. In addition, it feels slightly heavy too. Sessionable, but not too sessionable. Overall I think this is a quality beer, but I probably wouldn't chose it over some other examples of the style.

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Photo of 303beer
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful clear bubbly deep red copper color with a dense white head about half inch tall. Leaves some lacing as is recedes. The nose is light. Has a pretty bold flavor. Little sweet. Lots of malt character. Never bitters just lightens in intensity.

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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 Zorro
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear caramel amber colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smells sweet and of caramel, toasted grain and grassy hops. Slightly floral.

Starts out malty and slightly sweet with a big caramel backbone to it. Floral hop in the mouth that is a little grassy. Mild but noticeable bitterness. Not hyper complex but highly likable.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very pleasant beer that is easy on the mouth. Something perfect for drinking a liter at a time out of a giant mug.

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Well this was from a sixer mixer . 12 ounce bottle. The true highlight in this beer for me is the color of it and the clairity. A darker marzen so far for me. Almost would think it's a pumpkin ale .
The flavor has more of a bitter marzen style which is not bad . The middle flavor is bread type and it's almost like I detect some spice like cinnamon? Octoberfest type beers for me are a beer style you should be able to drink vigorously and want more. Dogtoberfest does not fall short here.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ The Office in Bridgewater, NJ.

Deep amber, almost ruby in color. Creamy, off-white head. Good clarity. Aroma has some light toasted malt but is pretty muted overall. The malt really comes through in the flavor though. Sweet and toasty with plenty of caramel. Very heavy, especially given the style. Medium to full bodied. On the heavier side of the Oktoberfest spectrum for sure. Nothing off-putting about this brew, but I wasn't dying for another one.

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle. Amber color with a thin white head. Herbal hop and spice notes on the nose with a bubblegum aroma that won’t fade. Malty, toasted overtones, with hints of corn and herbs. Finishes bright and dry.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(bottle code 012A15 - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: near crystal-clear, tawny-colored liquid with a modest, khaki-hued foam that collapses into a thin cap in about a minute

S: malt-forward, with some notes of wet earth and ripe, perhaps oxidizing apple skin... definite overtone of caramel(ization) in the malt - maybe Munich and a cara-Munich used here?

T: smooth, bold maltiness, with a subtle toasty/roasty edge... grassy-bitter finish that I would expect more from an industrial (Euro) pale lager... clean and somewhat stiff, lacking depth

F: soft and smooth with a tiny bitter bite in the aftertaste... quite easy to knock back, with only a small hint of heavy-ness

O: not all that bad for an American version of this... I could drink a few of them... but, for being one of the better domestic takes, what are they missing? the water? the process (decoction)? proprietary yeast? freshness of ingredients?

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