Dogtoberfest | Flying Dog Brewery

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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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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
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | 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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Photo of Givemebeer
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured out of the bottle into a pint glass. Always love Ralph Steadman's art on Flying Dog beer bottles.

A: Holy moly cow. This is a beautiful looking beer. Ruby-copper hue with pretty nice lacing.

S: Some bready and sweet caramel malts

T: Follows the nose at first, but compared to other oktoberfest beers, there is a pretty distinctive hop presence in the middle that fades towards the end. Gives it a tiny bite. A little bit of spiciness in there as well. Not too shabby.

M: Off-dry finish but still some sweetness. The bready caramel taste comes back at the end and is nice.

O: Yes it's pretty good, but this is not true to the style. The bottle clearly says "ale" Oktoberfests are lagers. Points taken away for that. Aside from me being so picky, this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of JGam115
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

From my Untappd history. Cask poured at The Ginger Man NYC.

A: Really liked the copper color with a slight haze, but not terrible.

S: Straight-up anise hits you first which I definitely wasn't expecting. There were some lingering malt aromas, but not like your typical Marzens.

T: I'd put this in the category of a thirst quencher. Not big and not small. It's right to be called an Oktoberfest beer, but one unlike any others I've had.

M: Cask so the flavors were lingering.

O: So different, yet so good. This one was a hard one to peg because it has some aspects of the beer style and others that I feel are out of place. Try for yourself and see

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Photo of axeman9182
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into my Bruery tulip.

Flying Dog Dogtoberfest pours a polished amber, lightening a bit around the edges. I feel as though clarity could be just a little bit better though for a German style lager. Maybe two fingers of cream colored head crowns the beer and manages to stick around for a minute or two. Lacing is a bit spotty though. The nose has some nice malt aromas, though I think it could stand to have a bit less caramel and more bread/biscuit character. The flavor profile delivers on that, it's much more biscuity, with just a little bit of caramel. Unfortunately the malt aspect passes altogether too quickly, making room for a soft bitterness and an earthy, lightly spicy hoppy finish. The body does a marvelous job of staying light and crisp despite the malt presence in the beer, and the carbonation adds just a bit of life to the beer. Great mouthfeel all around. It's not quite perfect, But Flying Dog's rendition of a marzen is one of the better beers from them that I've had.

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Photo of jak3676
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flying Dog - Dogtoberfest

Bottled in Frederick, MD. Overall, I was slightly disappointed.

Coming in at 5.6% ABV this is right on track for the style. Its just a shade off from perfectly clear, with a nice deep amber toward red color. It was OK, but it just seemed slightly off a bit for the märzen flavor, not so bad as to call it watered down, but definately off somehow.

Almost a bit sour; I have to wonder if it sat in my fridge (or more likely - on the store shelves ) to long. I'm reviewing it in mid-November, but more a style that was designed to lagered over the summer I expected better. For a pour that was slighly more aggressive than intented it produced suprisingly litttle head and what there was dissapaited quickly.

Only indication of bottling date is a stamp of 362A12 on the bottom of the label.

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

Bottled served in a Sam Adams glass

A - clear copper amber with 1 finger khaki head with moderate retention and minimal streaky lacing

S - toasted burnt caramel with biscuit, savory jerky funky yeast

T - initial sweet malt is quickly overwhelmed by strong caramel flavor which dominate with a touch of bread and no booze and a slightly bitter finish

M - light body moderate carbonation, crisp

O - caramel heavy, not a bad beer for the style, I wouldn't seek this out lest I'm truly in the mood for a marzen

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

A- Transparent amber body with a very thin layer of off white bubbles on top.

S- Caramel malt with a hint of fresh barley.

T- Nice and fresh tasting malty marzen. Caramel malts steal the show.

M- Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

O- Nice marzen, not bad.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear red amber color with an off-white, finger width head. Average retention. Very little in the way of lacing.

Smell - Notes of buttery toffee, bread and oddly, but in a good way, candied peach.

Taste - Not as good as the smell. Flavors are a bit muddled. Sweet and bready. Fruity. Mild, sour peach. Bitter grassy hop twang. It's all in there, but everything hits at the same time; just a big mess in the middle of the room. No real sense of layer with this one. Finishes with a fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Somewhat silky, goes down nice and easy.

Overall - Good beer, though not sure it necessarily fits in well as an Okto/Marzen brew; it's certainly not your standard fare for the style. In the very least, it's an enjoyable beer.

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

A- pours a bright copper color with a small light tan fizzy head that dissipates after the pour

S- sweet and buttery toasted malt, caramel, and a bit of dark grape

T- sweet and malty with some toasted notes, finishes with a slight bitter bite and somewhat dry.

M- medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy finish. Well balanced.

O- a solid example of the style that's worth trying but nothing really sets it apart from its other American counterparts.

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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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