Dogtoberfest | Flying Dog Brewery

1,048 Ratings

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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Ratings: 1,048 |  Reviews: 543
Photo of DrDemento456
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice amber, a bit hazy and dark with an inch of fluffy foam.

S - You get malts with toasty and with a slight caramel

T - On the sweet side its a bit Carmel then a slight malty and finishes slight bready.

M - Medium and full. Loved it.

D - Flying dog continues to impress me and this is a great rep of the style. Will have it again.

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Photo of ebby82
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber into a pint glass with a minimal head. There is a powerful aroma of malts, caramel and just sweetness in general. The taste is intensely malty, and caramel like. The taste is also sweet, but not cloyingly so. The mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, and there is very little lacing.

Overall, the darkest, strongest tasting oktoberfest I have had yet, and also one of the most alcoholic. It's not a drink all night sort of beer, but it's quite enjoyable nonetheless.

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

Look - dark copper in color. Two fingers of head, with good carbonation.

Smell - very hoppy. Sweetness to the smell, probably the caramel noted on the label. Hops might be of the noble variety.

Taste - As hoppy as the smell. Fairly bitter. Fairly full-bodied. Not picking up as much of the caramel in the taste, but it may be helping to balance out the bitterness. Aftertaste is somewhat lingering on the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel - Slightly creamy in texture.

Drinkability - Nice complexity and good taste, albeit slightly more bitter than I'd normally like. Nice brew.

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Photo of stoutman
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean and clear aroma with hints of nuts, floral and somewhat buttery. Appearance is a nice clear amber with minimal head. A slightly bitter taste with medium sweet undertones and a slightly bitter after taste. Body is medium and an average amount of carbonation. Atypical Marzen done well.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve-ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Deep, amber/copper in color, with a moderate head of off-white foam
Aroma-Toasted malt and caramel notes
Taste-Big dose of sweet-toasted malt, caramel, and a subtle, herbal hop bite that keeps things from getting to cloying.

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Photo of Soonami
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Dogtoberfest is a nice little surprise. For a brewery better known for their ales, this is a very solid Octoberfest beer. It's a clear polish bronze with eggshell foam. The smell and taste is rich, bready malty and herbal hops that complement each other well. Unlike other Marzens that can be either too thin or overly malty, this is a very nice balance and just sweet enough. Carbonation is good and the beer has a nice aftertaste.

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Photo of cetherid
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass.


pours a reddish orange color. kinda like ice tea. hardly any head however on it. looks almost flat.


smell is very light. i get the sweet malts. maybe some slight spice smell but not much else. decent smelling but nothing really powerful.


same as nose. light caramel malt taste. really nothing much else. some slight bitterness in there but that's about it.


disappointing. taste is almost flat. not sure why. i thought the pour was perfect. too thin for my taste. very light bodied.


a beer I could have a few of, but after this one, not really sure I would. Might have to try again to see if I can get a bottle with better carbonation. taste is ok, and it being light bodied, I could easily have 3-4. I have had much better Oktoberfest beers however.

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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 generallee
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a small mug. The label has a brief description, ABV (5.6%) and IBUs (30). There is no freshness date but it is a fall seasonal so I know it's still fresh.

Appearance: The beer has a very deep red amber color with a tall creamy beige head. The head slowly settles down to a thin cap that makes some silk lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is kind of light I do pick up nice roasted caramel maltiness with a touch of nuttiness and herbal leafy hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is right there after the aroma. It has a good deep roasted malt character with caramel and bready sweetness. The hops show up with some herbal and leafy bitterness to add some balance. It finishes fairly quickly with a mix of hop bitterness and caramel malt sweetness. The palate has a decent medium body with an average mouth feel.

Notes: This is one of the better dark Oktoberfest beers I have had this year. I can see this pairing very well with traditional Oktoberfest food. I know I am craving a big pretzel with mustard right now.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Sam Adams Octoberfest mug...

Beautifully dark brown and deep with color... Nice head sits atop making this one a beauty...

Caramel malts mingle with an earthy hoppiness and a strange buttery aroma... Not bad, just different...

Rather sweet for the style... The malts are more sweet than toasted although it isn't unpleasant at all.... Earthy hops on the finish...

Fairly decent for the style... Not bad at all... I would probably grab another if offered...

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 400mL Radeburger Seidel.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, deep amber color with a medium orange-tinted head that dissipates slowly, leaving little lace but lots of floating foam.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts and some butteriness, with some grassy hints.

Taste: Begins with buttery flavors and a mild spiciness, finishing with rounded bitterness and a molasses flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation and a syrupy finish.

Drinkability: A farily average O-fest, but still good overall and worth a drink.

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Photo of JMD
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper color with small off-white head that fades slowly.

S: Rich toasted malt aroma. Sweet carmel, some light toffee and bread. Faint hops as well.

T: Malty flavor, with carmel and bready notes. Light fruitness and hints of raisin. Citrusy hops on the backend balance the beer nicely.

M: Medium bodied and amply carbonated.

D: This is a good interpretation of an American style Marzen. Nice flavor and very drinkable.

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

Pours a dark copper color with excellent clarity. Thin head with no retention. Aromas of toasted malt and caramel.

Opens clean, crisp and fresh with flavors of toasted malt and biscuit. Suggestions of caramel follow. Mild hop profile surfaces. Finishes grainy and somewhat dry.

Smooth, refreshing and uncommonly drinkable. Spot on for a Marzen: full bodied, rich and toasty. Prost!

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Photo of Emerging1
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the few beers I like to try out of the bottle this time of year. Immediately poured with a nice head but it unfortunately dissipated quickly leaving little lace. Pretty light with the mouth feel. Biggest disappointment was an average finish. Not a good this year as in past -- but better than most.

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Photo of dhannes
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Due to being at a guest's house, I drank this from the bottle; not as hearty as other Marzen's I've tried, but very drinkable; not harsh...I was expecting a bit more zing (read: flavor). Good for drinking with food, but a bit lacking in flavor for my tastebuds.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on September 25, 2010. The pour is a nice amber color with decent clarity and in the tall glass, a good four inch head that slowly diminishes. Malts greet the nose on the first whiff with both bitter and sweet sensations. The taste tended to be on the yeasty side with a pleasing bitter maltiness thrown in for good measure. This was very drinkable and had some nice character.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a very very very deep red color. Possibly the reddest oktoberfest I ever did see. The head on it is very nice and big three fingers high and thick foam on it. The typical off white color to it. Great lacing.

S= A little more spice and yeast character than most oktoberfests. There is also a bit of hop character in the nose. The typical toffee and sweetness are there too of course.

T= A nice hoppy oktoberfest I would say. The hops are not the dominate character at all but it is for sure much more hoppy than most oktoberfests. The malt character is there as well but not as dominate as it should be in an oktoberfest. I also notice how clean the flavor is on it.

M= Perfect for an Oktoberfest. Great amount of carbonation as well as some nice medium body.

D= I like this one a lot. While it might not be to a tee the style guidelines it is very very tasty. Worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber/ruby brown hue with a moderate head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Nutty and slightly malty. Hint of caramel.

T: Bready, toasty and malty with little hops. Finishes relatively clean with only a subtle caramel finish. Pretty balanced.

M: Smooth, somewhat rich, but not chewy. Seems just slightly watered down, but I might be pit nicking.

D: Good stuff. Easy to drink. A flavorful, moderate session brew for the fall months. I'll most likely have this again.

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Photo of LairdChisholm
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark copper color. There is a one finger, beige head that has decent retention. I don't see much carbonation but I do see some average lacing.

S - Hardly any nose but what little I do smell isn't bad. Some roasted malts with a hint of caramel.

T - Roasted malts up front followed by some burnt toffee. The taste varies from the smell. There is a bitter after taste that is reminiscent of dark chocolate.

M - Medium body and very smooth. This ale goes down with ease.

D - Nothing special here. It's not hard to drink though and it tastes fine.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a copper brown with a good amount of head with lasting retention. Spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell is somewhat bland. Detecting a faint hint of malts.

Taste isn't very balanced at all, but it's not bad. Malts don't seem to make much of an appearance as they seem overpowered by some very astringent flavors. There is a hint of the hops at the end, slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry, but smooth. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability is up only due to the low abv.

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Photo of Landfill21
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I love octoberfest beers and I love Flying Dog, I think they are one of the best Micro's around. Their version of the octoberfest is not anything impressive but it is pretty tasty. You may drink one and not like it, but give it a second try. It has a great taste and has great drinkability for those fall football days.

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Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle for $3.50 at Liberty St Tavern. I've been meaning to try this for a while, but wasn't terribly impressed. While most O-fest are wonderfully balanced, I found the sweetness to border on cloying. I wouldn't order another, this beer needs to be dried out. There was a fruity caramel taste that was just over the top in what would have otherwise been a decent beer.

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Photo of argock
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Burnished amber with healthy 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Good leafy hops and caramel hops aroma to hit the usual style standards.

T: Unfortunately the flavor doesn't quite measure up as the maltiness is lacking volume and the astringent characteristics start to break through. Hops are there but also fall short with only a token herbal turn.

M: Body is too light to be remarkable.

D: Hits mid-range for the style -- not really one to go looking for.

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

pours a dark amber color with very little head that leaves a beige ring,, smell is kinda stale with malts and biscuits,,taste is better is lots of malts some sweet caramel mixed with spices like nutmeg cinnamon..vienna malts..mouth feel is medium with low carbonation and an earthy taste. not my favorite 4 the style and will be a one and done 4 me..its just average drinkable with an average taste ..i will say to try however

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Photo of wcintula
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beuatiful amber with a big foamy/fluffy head which slowly recedes to what looks like congealed butter... quite a different look. Smells strongly of brown sugar/caramel, pumpkin spice and yeast with matching taste profile. I find it quite tasty. The mouthfeel, is a light carbonation on a medium bodied beer. This beer gets tastier as its temperature climbs.

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Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewery
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