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 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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Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark copper colour. Wheaty, cereal malts, earthy slightly skunky smell to it. Tastes like it smells: slightly sweet cereal malts, slightly wheaty. Clean, not much to it. Light-bodied, no aftertastes.

Would I buy it again? No.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

BBD 1/12/15. Clear amber pour with a very nice dark ruby cast. Slightly above normal head volume, average retention and superior lacing. Light nose of biscuit with caramel notes over a light herbal/floral hop aroma. Medium bodied with a nice slick texture. Above normal carbonation with a good bit of effervescence in the middle and on the finish. The flavor profile is reasonably intense, somewhat complex and well balanced. It begins with toasty biscuit malt then flows into a mild caramel sweetness. The middle is slightly bitter with a nutty/spicy note. The finish is a bit crisp and leaves you with a lingering toasted grainy note. A good Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

P- Thanks to Keith for the beer

A- deep copper color with a nice frothy one finger head. Patterned lacing on the pint.

S- honey and breaded caramel malts.

F- honey vinegar malted base with hints of grain/wheat/barley.

M- malts and malts with hints of earthy/barley hops

O- ok but not one of my favs. worth a try but not worth a purchase of a sixer.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: Great looking clear copperish Amber. Nice frothy head leaves a minimal lace.
Smell: Sweet malt, honey, and caramel.
Taste: Same as smell.

I liked this a lot. It didn't blow me away, but it was very good. I could drink this any time.

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Photo of delta490
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a deep aged copper with a short-lasting hear. Ever so slight lacing. The aroma is mild but moderately complex, with nice caramel malt, a little fruit, and a bit of earth. Unfortunately once the head burns away, so does the aroma, leaving almost nothing. The taste is adequate, but not terribly interesting. It lacks both the robust malt or the counter-balancing hops. There's a decent weight to the body but a bit too much carbonation. Somewhere between OK and good.

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Photo of Lucular
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Why does it taste fruity????? This is even less Oktoberfest-like than the Helles-lager-like Weihenstephaner I drank before this beer. Not sure what's going on with this one.

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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 gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: Pours a one finger head that goes away pretty rapidly. It is a muddled and hazy burnished copper.

S: Great light smell of ripening bananas with some nice esters and earthiness.

T: Nice even flavor, with a bit of sweetness. Tastes like it smells with some good ester and banana flavors in there.

M: Just a bit of carbonation.

O: Lots of Belgian flavors here, from the esters to the ripe bananas, but on all on a nice light even scale.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

On tap
Pours a light brown, clear, with a fair amount of head that dies sustain well at the sides. Carbonation is visible and active. Smell is of light brown sugar sweetness, with a brown bread maltiness. Some fruit can also be discerned, raisin being one, as well as a bit of pepper-like spice

The taste does follow the nose, specifically on the brown-sugar/bread/raisin front. There is a hint of a taste I get in classic brown ales, as well as a bit of something like orange marmalade. The end taste does have a bit of spice, pepper, maybe something like cardamom, just to end the taste. The feel is well carbonated, medium tending toward light body.

Actually better than I expected in a style I can take or leave.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours copper red with a nice head. Smells of dark roasted malt with some fruitiness. Tastes of dark roasted malt but with a watery aftertaste. Beer is very carbonated, light bodied, drinkable. Overall a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of dwren89
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: caramelly brown/amber with tan head and great clarity

Aroma: clean lagery character, with toasty and slight caramelly character and a little floral noble hop notes

Taste: well balanced with a nice noble hop flavor, toasted bread, and a great bready finish

Mouthfeel: crisp and medium bodied, medium carbonation

Overall: A good option for an oktoberfest choice, very medium bodied, drinkable, and with a pleasant bready kick on the finish.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, golden-copper, amber color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, like freshly baked sourdough bread or soft pretzels. There are also notes of lemon peel, clover, caramel, coriander, black pepper.

Taste: Very similar to the beer’s aroma. Very malty and bready, with some lemony citrus notes and spices of black pepper, coriander and honey, all beautifully balanced with some hoppy bitterness at the finish. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.6%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another excellent, excellent American version of an Oktoberfest-style beer! Beautifully crafted, beautifully balanced, beautifully flavored. This is one of my favorite American Oktoberfest beers! Simply delicious!!

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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 jazzyjeff13
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of March 2014. ABV is stated as 5.6%. Acquired recently from Trembling Madness in York - they always stock a range of Oktoberfest biers at this time of year. There is sauerkraut in my lederhosen? Love the artwork....

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear coppery-amber hue with medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a couple of minutes before subsiding. Aroma of grainy caramel malt with hints of barley sugar, mildly fruity yeast and faint stewed hops. Malt-driven, with a whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of grainy caramel malt with a mild finish. Notes of biscuity malt, grain, subtle stewed hops, faint yeast esters and a twinge of sweetness. A hint of butteryness in the background and a slight bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with light carbonation and decent body. - vaguely reminiscent of sparkling mineral water. Aftertaste of caramel malt and mild yeast.

A reasonable stab at a märzen, though it doesn't hold a candle to an authentic German brew. Looks OK, while the aroma and flavour are pleasant in a fairly non-descript sort of way. Mostly malt and little else. Body is alright. I reckon bottle conditioning would have added depth. Drinkable enough but hardly outstanding. Worth sampling, though no need to go out of your way to find it.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Dogtoberfest marzen opens in a massive froth that takes time to settle; it has a deep copper color and emits a sbtle sourdough nose. There is some caramel apple in the initial taste and a quick hit of malty cider on the fade.

The light and toasty body makes for a pleasant Oktoberfest quaff - even though "There is saurkraut in my lederhosen."

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flute.

Appearance: Amber the light bubbles on the body, head is white maybe rose to 1/8" off the body.

Smell: honey wood scent, light malts is actually pretty sticking to the nostrils.

Taste: much sweeter than most marzen, taste is well above average with

Mouth: worst quality of the brew, comes flat but still sticky that why I'm not going to bash on it. Smooth but you are supposed to expect that.

Overall: not a bad marzen, could maybe do it again but there so much better out there. Doesn't hurt to try it at least once. Salud!

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts are present. Taste is malty, biscuits, some sweetness,a touch of caramel at the finish, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark amber, small head, good laces
S - Malty, almost chocolate
T - sweet malt, thin, toasty, slight bitterness
M - light to medium body, mild finish
O - a variation on the style, but not as full or as malty as typical

Served in a 16 oz pint glass at the Pourhouse, Westmont, NJ

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Photo of taylor714914
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange with a thin cap of head.

Smells of sweet malt and a bit of hops.

Taste is smooth and sweet, with biscuit, caramel, a bit of noble hops, and some house yeast phenols.

Mouthfeel is quite nice. Smooth and slick, every so slightly viscous.

Overall, a decent example of the style.

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