Dogtoberfest | Flying Dog Brewery

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81
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 09-02-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,037
Reviews:
537
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
13.2%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
120
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Chewlord
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Foley67
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 frothy_80
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AFDerek
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of probert
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Noooddle
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TGS
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.31/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tmcfad
4.19/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbyrd4088
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jeffyboy65
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dur921
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yancey82
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of butters_mcgee
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Bob_Rhoades
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhillyNole
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mississippi
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raime
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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Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 1,037 ratings.
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