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 Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Simple marzen, drinkable. Medium mouthfeel, lighter yellow with small amount of foam. A slight amount of toasted bread. Decent malt and the bit of toasting. Good with pizza. Suitable carbonation. Decent sweetness, not too sweet. A bit drying.About what I expected from this brewery.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head that doesnt stick around long on a very clear amber body. If only the head was better this would be a great looking beer.

S: honey, toffee, caramel malts, hint of candied oranges.

T: caramel and toffee malts, fruity with breads and light earthy hop notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: pretty different from a standard marzen. The sourness that I seem to get from this genre is more of a tart or sweetness in this one. Not a very exciting or repeatable beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, toast, and caramel. Taste is much the same with a slight fruity flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good peer that is pretty tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking light brown color with a fizzy tan color heads on top. The head doesn't give off much lacing here but the aroma had plenty of autumn spice to it. The taste of the beer is a malty and slightly sweet upfront then it fades into a warming spice aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium I think, it's carbonated well. Overall it's a pretty decent Oktoberfest in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color. It poured with a thin beige head and has a light amount of carbonation.
S: The nose has aromas of toasted caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, there are flavors of toasted malts and caramel in the taste, which has a slight amount of sweetness. Some bitterness from the hops is noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good beer. The malt profile is quite true to style. the toasty, bready, light yeast anc caramel tones are modestly present in the nose and more so in the flavor. The hops throws it out of style. Overly agressive in the bittering and grassy flavors. Although I like it, it's just too much. However, it's what I expect from Flying Dog. A bit too dry and rusty in the finish. A nice beer for the season, but don't look at it as a traditional Oktoberfest

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Photo of brentk56
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a modest head that leaves the ocasional shard of lace

Smell: Smells like barley malt stacked in the corner of the brewery

Taste: Taste just like barley malt smells - sweet, caramel tones; after the swallow, the sweetness lingers and becomes cloying

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Way to sweet for my tastebuds; a drain pour

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep and hazy copper coloration, it pours with a good level of foam that settles to a ring with spotty lacing. Nice level of clarity as well. Looks like a typical O-fest.

Malty aroma, a touch sweet. Some yeastiness, and slightly grainy.

Apple and caramel malt come through first, with a mildly grassy hop in the finish. Aftertaste is a little dry with lingering toasty malt hanging around. Mouthfeel is dry, it's well carbonated, but the body is a little thin.

It would be easy to finish a pint or a liter of this one. Haven't seen it on tap locally though. Sampled during "Oktoberfest" at Back Door Lounge, Utica, IL.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Color is a rusty amber with a good head and nice ringy lacing on the way down. Nose is caramel, toast, and some floral hops. Taste is mostly malt without too much depth. Good medium body. A nice Fall beer.

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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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, dark amber body. The foam settles quickly and leaves almost no lace.

S - A nice, malty aroma of toasted grain, caramel, and toffee with some herbal hops.

T - Sweet, toasted malt up front with some darker notes of caramel and toffee in the middle. Finishes with caramel malt, herbal hops and just enough bitterness to balance.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A nice mal character and enough hops to keep it in style, it may be just a touch too sweet, but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper with a nice fluffy headthat took quite awhile to come down,big caramel notes in the aroma with some pizza dough scent so far so good on this one.Well the flavor of this doesnt quite match the aromas somewhat dull in comparison some lightly sweet caramel and and some lingering spice but pretty bland.Well like alot of Flying Dog brews this one left me wanting a little more,nice appearance and aroma but flat on flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer down at the brewery in MD about a couple months ago just after they started brewing it, first batch FTW! I had a few at the time and saved one until I could compare it to many of the other Oktoberfests, and seems like the season now since they're fresh (not really October). Poured into Sierra Nevada Summerfest Pint glass, somewhat ironic for season shifting, I guess. Hey I can call whatever I want ironic.

A: Brilliantly crystal clear brownish maple leave colored beautifully carbonated glass of excitement with a good 1 finger head that decays slowly leaving potmarks that would rival my street in spring. I stared through the clear glass for a minute watching the Red Sox in an interesting brown tinge. Just looking at this gives me the Autumn feel with the dark brown maple leaf color, clear cold chill, ceamy head, and windy bubbles (ok that might be stretching it, but you get the point).

N: Very much like Oktoberfest Marzen with lots of dark caramel and Munich malts, some toastiness, and some lager like crisp aromas with touch of yeast. This nose also brings me back to October, even though its mid September.

T: When I finally taste it, more of the same, very much Oktoberfest Marzen style. Lots of malts, earthy, toasty, Munich, some Crystal. Some spiciness from earthy malts, no added spices and not spicey from hops, its a special spiciness that comes from a huge slightly toasted malt bill only really found in these style beers. Seems to singe the edges of the tongue. A slightly sweet syrupy flavor somewhat takes away from the pure malt enjoyment, almost as if they added something.

M: Lots of carbonation and slightly caramel syrupy.

F: Finishes somewhat sweet with a strange syrupy almost extract off flavor. That may be because it's a couple months old now. More earthiness and toasted malts dazzle the tongue almost disguising the weird syrupy flavor, but I did say ALmost! It's also got a sticky burnt syrup flavor that builds on the back of the tongue making it somewhat bleh.

Final thoughts: Another interesting Oktoberfest Marzen, nice toasted malts, slight malt spice flavor, crisp lager taste. The only real bad taste is that syrupy extract flavor. I seem to find that flavor in most American Marzen/Oktoberfest/Autumnfest type beers. Perhaps it's a product of the yeast, or perhaps we just don't get the best malts here as they do in Germany. This really makes me crave an Ayinger Oktoberfest. I can't wait until that hits the shelves.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a fresh bottle from the Frederick brewery.

Dogtoberfest pours a clear, deep amber body with a crimson cast and orange and gold highlights. The creamy yellowed-tan head settles shortly to an average collar, and it leaves minor lacing about the glass.

There's some distinct sulphur in the nose that seems out of place although it's quite obviously there because of the lager yeast. Perhaps some more aging is needed? Beyond that, a delicate, fesh note of toasty and juicy Vienna malt beckons you to partake.

Passing over the lips and onto the tongue, it's initially crisp, and as it warms slightly it becomes more creamy and smooth with a dextrinous medium body and moderate carbonation - perfect for the style!

The flavor is well-rounded with just the right amount of sweetness in it's delicate toasty and "juicy" (no other word to describe it) malt. It's also lightly caramelish and nutty; and some mild floral and leafy hops are noticeable in the background. It's backed by a firm bitterness that's just solid enough to reign in the malt and keep if from becoming sticky in the finish.

Very well done! A very nice, slightly American (the yeasty sulphur) version of the classic Vienna lager style that can hold its own against the beers of Munich - particularly as they seem to be dumbing them down a little bit more each year. Kudos to the dog!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a brilliant clear amber, with 2 1/2 stiff fingers of white head that has just the slightest bit of an off look to it. This readily shrinks down into about 1/4 finger of frothy retention, leaving some good looking patchy lacing back. The aroma is sticky in the nose with toffee and bread. Some lighter grassy and spicy hops mingle in, along with some notes of lager yest, but the nose here is fairly sweet overall.

The taste is fairly strong with sweet notes of toast and caramel. A firm dose of spice and earthy hops helps balance this out, keeping the sweetness from running wild. This still has a bit too much of a syrupy feel to the malts at times. Pretty clean finish on this, with just a gentle dryness remaining on the palate after each sip. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a moderate crispness to it, but that aforementioned syrupy feel comes out just a little too much. This probably makes helps make the taste profile a touch more sweeter than it probably is.

A decent little O-Fest here, if not a bit too sticky sweet in the taste and feel at times. I didn't have much of a problem finishing the bottle off but I'm not so sure if I would want to go to this again and again though.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright copper color with a short off-white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, tea, a little bit of dark fruits and some faint spice.

T: The bready taste is mostly caramelized malt with some standard O-fest spice and a little bit of hops to it. Very typical of style, but it seemed a little watery. The after-taste is malty but not too sweet.

M: Crisp & smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish, but kind of watery as stated earlier.

D: Decent taste, not very filling, easy to drink, however, if I’m going to pound an O-fest there are several others that I would choose first.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium copper body with a creamy white head.

Smell: Light toasted malt aroma with a great deal of sweet-smelling grape juice in there.

Taste: Flavor of toasted, almost cracker-like malts with only a negligible sweetness. Again, there's those grapes. Mild bitterness on the quick finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: The runt of the Oktoberfest litter.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orangey/amber with 2+ fingers of eggshell-white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cornyness, caramel, & some biscuitty notes

T: Caramel, grainyness & herbal hops up front. Dry with some metallic notes as this warms. Finishes dry with some caramel, a little nuttyness & herbal hops. Doesn't really quite pull together

MF: Light/medium bodied with lively carbonation & decent balance

Drinks pretty easy, but off style & not as good as last years offering by a mile IMO

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Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger head that recedes slowly. The light lace forms thin crooked lines. Clear orange amber color

Mellow malt aroma with some earth tones. A touch of cream in the background. No discernible hops.

Dry and crisp, there is a little hop bitterness in the swallow. The malt is light and the body is thin (with a correspondingly high amount of CO2). Short aftertaste.

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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 Jason
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness code that you can't make out.

Uniform two fingers of off white head stay around long enough to count. Bright copper color. Hints of toasted malt and a kiss of caramel and grape skin with a light herbal tone form the hops make up the clean aroma. Smooth and crisp with a medium body, a little thin on the malt but the toasted character does come around hard enough to keep things going. Slight grape skin and herbal hop with a quick sting of bitterness middle to end. Finishes semi-dry with a mellow toasted grain flavor.

Compared to where some of the mass produce o-fest beers from Germany are going this one held its own. Not a bad pick for the style.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has caramel, burnt sugar and some dried dates. Taste starts slightly sweet with caramelized sugar and some generic dried fruits. Finish is balanced out by some earthy bitterness. Light body, medium carbonation. Overall it's a nice beer, not a classic marzen, and I like that.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A group of local imbibers held the #PumpkinChallenge2016 recently, wrapping up on M, 03 Oktober 2016. I then proposed the #OktoberfestChallenge2016 & while I do not know how many participants there are, I am hitting it full bore. Today will be my New OktoBierFest Sunday (Week TBD) with an opportunity to do a horizontal tasting. My last two were semi-local, so I am staying with that trend. Flying Dog in Frederick, MD is ~ 107 miles southwest of me or ~ 46 miles southeast of Roy Pitz, which my previous beer.

From the bottle: "'There is sauerkraut in my lederhosen.' I repeat: 'There is sauerkraut in my lederhosen!'"

Nothing like a Pop!pable cap coupled with some Ralph Steadman art to inspire a heavy-handed pour. This misguided madness led to a little bit of foaming over the lip of glass, but it quickly settled into three fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with decent retention. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was again quite sweet, like a nutty maple syrup. Woof! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was quite sweet, but not as syrupy as the nose had led me to expect. It did have a maple syrup flavor infused with a light nuttiness, like walnuts, but without the intense sugariness of actual syrup. I guess that I should be thankful that the mouthfeel was not fuller as it might have led to an increased sweetness. Finish was sweet, but not so sweet or viscous that I would suggest that you begin putting it on your morning pancakes, but the possibility exists. More Momma Bear Marzen as I continue to seek out Baby Bear's Oktoberfest, which will be just right (for me). You are welcome to disregard my leanings.

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