Dogtoberfest | Flying Dog Brewery

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Brewed by:
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 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 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 SolipsismalCat
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear red-brown with a one-and-a-half finger off-white, fizzy head that lasted a minute or two. Not much lacing.

S: Caramel malt and subtle tropical fruit.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Bread, a hint of caramel, and some spice.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp but slightly smooth too.

O: This beer wasn't much to look at, but it had a great aroma and taste. Solid mouthfeel too.

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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 BrownAleMale
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass.

Appearance- A reddish orange color with creme color head that dissipates away. Small carbonation bubbles stream to the top.

Smell- Smells of carmel, bread, malt and a tart hop.

Taste- Lots of bready malt with a toffee sweetness. On the back end you get some nuttyness and a tinge of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Solid medium mouthfeel.

Overall- Very solid Marzen.

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

I am reviewing this beer as a Maerzen beer!
Poured into my crystal mug, the beer poured a nice clear medium brown with hints of amber. The head is a fizzy tan head, about one finger high. It dissipates fast, leaving no lacing.
The smell tells of roasted malts, caramel and faint hops.
Tasting the beer, the beer reminds me more of an ale, rather than a Festbier. Yet the roasted malt which is pretty much the front, is kept in check by some earthy hop. The middle is of a strong caramel, tofee character and makes this beer a sweet one. The finish is a combination of the above and makes this beer a very drinkable, medium bodied brew. I am just not so sure of the style, but I guess it not that important as long we can enjoy it.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear ruby brown with a 1 finger off white head. Not much visible carbonation but the head fizzles to a thin film. No lacing.

S: Some dark fruitiness from the malt. A bready or yeasty smell. Kind of a staleness.

T: An interesting take on the style, much lighter with less malt backing. Doesnt have as much of the flavor you would expect. Has light roasty and fermented malt notes and a decent dose of hop. Balanced and enjoyable, but not the style.

M: Real light body with low carbonation. Sort of a slick feel. Doesnt leave your mouth sticky. Easy drinking.

Overall its light tasty and easy drinking. Good for an Oktoberfestival but not so much the Oktobefest beer connoisseur. Not as true to the style as it could be.

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Photo of crenegar
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First of all this beer is an Ale so it is not only not really an Oktoberfest but it is not really a Maerzan either. Personally I stronly dislike breweries calling their beers something they are not. Call it a Fest Beer, Autumn Fest, Harvest Ale whatever the hell you want to but don't use the word Maerzen on the label - it is not.

This beer has a fairly strong caramely finish, certainly too sweet for the style. This is probably because they are using ale yeasts and lower attenuation fermentations. Poured with very little head even though I got a little aggressive at the end as I saw weak head formation. Since this style doesn't mormally pour with a big head I wasn't too concerned. First couple sips were pretty good but the overly sweet malt characteristic started to poke through as the temp warmed up. We drank this beer with a few other domestic O'fests and we rated it last...Lakefront, Brooklyn and Schlafly's were all significantly better - and all of those are lagers. I usually like FlyingDog's beers (except for the IPA's) but this is one I can't recommend.

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

When i poured thsi beer into a pint glass, it has nice rich amber colored body to it with no head. The smell is nice and malty. The taste has a nice rich malt flavor and as it warms up i get a hint of roastyness to it, and on the back of the tongue a little bit of hops but not much though. The mouthfeel is really good and overall a good o-fest/marzen beer.

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Photo of ShiftBeer
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very American octoberfest, and by that I mean pretty malty. Its a little outside what I think the style should entail, if you want me to get nerdy about it.

The maltiness turns almost roasty, and maybe faintly smoky, which is a little jarring. Medium/full bodied and fairly rich. Sort of a Celebrator wannabe.

Long finish.

Not bad, but too heavy for what it is.

EDIT: I'm liking this more as it warms up. The malt flavors and pretty layered and complex actually. Still not what I want in an Octofest though.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-dark amber with almost no head

S-faint scent of adjunct dark grains. Very light

T-comes in with a taste of carmel flavored tonic and and a touch of biscuit. Not much going on here. After-taste is slightly more potent.

M-dry medium carbonation with a dry finish

O-this isn't a good Oktoberfest. It doesn't have much flavor. It might be easy to drink, but it's not something I want to be drinking all night.

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

The color is a bit past copper, or copper with a deep red tint to it. It develops a nice eggshell-white head about a finger tall that, while not big or making a statement, actually lasts longer than many starting off huge. Moderate patches of lacing are left on the glass, and the head seems to be kept up by very consistent activity rising from the bottom.
Crackery and bready at the same time, it's a semi-dry beer. Maltier than it is hoppy, naturally, there is a very herbal note to the bitterness that suggest a German hop varietal. A bit in the nose but more in the flavor, a green apple or white grape skin note is also present. There's a touch of toast as well, though it doesn't set the tone as it does in some. While Marzens shouldn't be massive beers, it could use a little strength overall.
The feel is good, as this beer is appropriately light, perhaps medium edging that way, which a uniform smoothness throughout riding off a steady crispness.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"There is sauerkraut in my lederhosen." So is quoted on the label of my bottle.

12-ouncer poured into a pint glass.

Pours with a hefty two fingers of head or maybe more. It's boiling away along the edges, but it's holding like a champ. Looks a purdy beige color, too. The beer is copper red in color with just the slightest notice of haze. Great Oktoberfest look.

Now, the aroma is super light. Malt-forward for what's here. Smells a little sweet and somewhat nutty. Hard to pick up much in the way of hopping.

There's a barky wood flavor that carries with it the implication of cinnamon sticks. A wet tanginess from the malts coupling with an oily hop note that's earthy and almost slightly citrusy. There's a distinctive roast to the grain that's close to harsh, but it works with all of the offsetting hop tingles. Funny how the hops were hard to discern in the nose. Finishes a little minty with some taffy flavors. I really dig how unique this is while still tasting like a true Oktoberfest beer. Although this may not pass the German standards.

The body has some medium girth. Nice element of stinging carbonation deep in the middle of the palate. It finishes easy.

Great character, but it's nothing outstanding in overall quality. Just a fun craft take. I'll remember to turn to this when the faithfuls aren't cutting it or are boring me. I'd have to recommend this one.

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

Poured a dark amber reddish color small tan colored head. Smells of toasted and roasted malts. Taste slightly sweet caramel, lots of malt flavors, slight bitterness, medium body. Overall tasty Oktoberfest beer, very easy to drink, good buy if fresh and local.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Augustfest continues, this time with an American offering. USA! USA! USA! 12 oz bottle poured into a stein.

A: Pours a dark rusty copper color with great clarity. The head is a one finger light cream color with low retention.

S: Caramel and toasted malts dominate (get used to that phrase, I've got a few more marzens to go...), but what really intrigues me is the subtle spicing that's found as well.

T: The light touches of cinnamon help set this one away from other marzens, and play well with the caramel maltiness. The flavor is enjoyable, but it's not quite as drinkable as it could/should be. Still a good beer, though.

M: Finishes a bit chalky, this should be cleaned up to help inspire drinkability better. Otherwise, it has decent texture, crispness, and carbonation.

O: This one's pretty good. I feel it's not the easiest chugger, which is vital in a beer like this, but it features enough of a different character to be worthwhile.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out a clear standard amber with a flash head that doesn't leave any lacing behind. Smells of floral hopping over toasted white bread and caramel. Tastes more of very light herbal and grassy hopping under a standard and simple caramel and vienna malt. Medium body and carbonation levels. This one is decidedly an average marzen at best.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange color, minimal head, retention and lacing. Scent is sweet caramel and bready up front, a splash of herbs and spice. Taste begins with a sharp astringent note, mellows into a bready and quite sweet beer, light herbal and spice on the end. Medium bodied, lightly oily in texture. Overall, a little sweet and "off" when compared to others in the style that I enjoy.

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Photo of dtivp
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep clear amber with a half finger ldull white head that faded quickly into a thin ring with light lacing.

Aroma of of light malt, bread and hints of sweet dark fruit.

Taste followed the nose initially with bready malt, sweet dark fruits ending with some spiciness and a slight hop bitterness.

Mouth Feel was medium leaning light body with mild carbonation and a slight bitter after taste.

Overall not a beer to get excited about, a good Oktoberfest beer with great bottle art.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: shiny amber body, trace head, very little lacing

S: nuts, caramel, toffee, malt

T: sweet malt, toffee, light nuts, semi-spicy finish

M: med/light body, little bubbly

O: Flying Dog is a solid brewery and this
is a standard Oktoberfest. Not bad, nor good.
Fine session seasonal brew, dig the label art.
Good gateway brew.


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

A: Deep clear copper. A large off-white foamy, kine off creamy head. Sinks into decent lacings.

S: Kind of tart; sweet malt, roasted. Some dark dried fruits, some bitterness.

T: Dark dried fruits, sweet roasted malts. Some bitter hops, some fruits, citric notes. Also a bit burnt.

M: Aftertaste is rather long, and bitter, burnt. Body is medium ans carbonation light.

O: This is a Märzen, a bit edgier than others. The label states a quote from Hunter S. Thopmson; "Good people drink good beer".

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

A vigorous pour into a proper mug produces a prodigious head of off white slightly soapy suds with good retention and clumps of lace on the sides. A deep, rich amber and visible carbonation trails stir the imagination of crisp malty refreshment. The nose has lots of malt and mild caramel sweetness. A healthy dose of roasted grains and toasted whole grain goodness implies more than a few malts in the mix. Some hop aromatics give an herbal sharpness. A faint note of butterscotch. Taste is solid. Quite malty with facets of butterscotch and caramelish toffee. Some toasted bread and a firm hops give a decidedly American finish that is crisp, dry, and clean. Toast and breadcrusty malt lingering lightly with a mildly peppery hops signature. Feel is crisp and refreshing with a spot on carbonation for the style making this highly drinkable. Overall a solid take on a popular style. Worth your money and time.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent dark amber, two finer head.

S-Malt, caramel and some spices.

T-Very similar to the nose, malt and caramel. Spices are really present here. Finish is bland.

M-Medium bodied but finish is rather flat.

O-Another run of the mill Oktoberfest. Really nothing that stands out here.

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

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a hazy medium amber brown with a large (2-3 fingers) rocky light tan head that lasted a little while leaving behind some puddled residue floating on top thus producing excellent lacing that really stuck to the glass.

The aroma was strong of a toasted biscuit malt, a nice piney hop and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel and dried dark fruit.

It tasted malty-sweet with a hint of caramel at first and mildly bitter from the hops at the finish with a touch of dried fruit at the end with the flavor lasting a really nice long time after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and a little dry in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall a very impressive brew for this style, a perfect blending of flavors with a nice mild hop finish.

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Photo of bark
2.26/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The colour is pale brown (25 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is warm beige and compact, it sinks slowly leaving almost no lacing.

The smell is malty and semi-sweet. Notes of rye bread, apricots, flowers and some raisins. Mild clean bitter flavours. It is a bit frowsy.

The taste is sweet and malty, as a märzen is supposed to be. There are some disturbing sweet oxidized notes of raisins in the background. Some vegetables and metallic bitter notes, too. The aftertaste got growing alcoholic flavours, some raw bitter notes and once again hints of raisins. The finish is a bit dense with semi-roasted malts and alcohol.

The carbonation is mild, the bubbles small and weak. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A tired (Best before 04.07.12) and somewhat oxidized beer. I’m not impressed.

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Photo of minterro
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A & S: caramel and sweet bready are the main elements of the smell. Clear copper (leaning toward the redder spectrum) colored beer, tan head that pours about a half a fingernail and fades into nothing real quick. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising to the top

T & M: the style is supposed to be rich but the beer is pretty bland as far as taste goes. Kinda tastes like a nut brown except for an addition of a mild ‘hoppyness’. Higher end of a medium body and medium (maybe a bit too much carbonation). Pretty darn drinkable.

O: everything about this beer is fairly forgettable except the label.

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