Dogtoberfest | Flying Dog Brewery

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3.56 w/ 1,039 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: 1,039 |  Reviews: 539
Photo of ozzyCobblepot
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle, pours an orange copper, clear brew with a good foamy head. Toasted malt abound, caramel for sure, and a touch of grape--or something reminiscent of white wine. Feels smooth with a medium, well-balanced body, crisp and well carbonated. The toasted character of the malt is most distinctive, but it leaves room for the sweetness of the caramel, a touch of bitter wheat. A little simplistic, but a well-crafted beer with enough body to stay interesting and very drinkable.

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Photo of AEK
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

335ml brown bottle poureed into a Young's branded pint pot.

A. A copper coloured beer with a soft looking off-white head.

S. Fruity, resiny, a touch medicinal and slightly spicy, dried fruit stones.

T. Peppery, wheaty, some chewy malt, a tiny amount of alcohol burn on the finish.

M. Thin, almost medium, slightly carbonated.

D. A relatively good beer from Flying Dog and one that I would be happy to drink a few of.

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Photo of pants678
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy with a white two finger head, does not retain.

Honey is potent in the nose, bread and caramel.

Taste is sweeter than I expected, very malty with notes of fruit, not finding the caramel that I smelled. Too floral for my liking. I feel like it needs a good hop kick. The bread comes out in the middle, that's a positive.

Small carbonation, very soda-esque. Not digging it. I could drink a few of these, but I particularly want to.

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Photo of sfsean28
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogtoberfest was no dog and I was suprised after hearing from another BA'er that it wasn't up to par. This is a bit early in the season for me to drink an Octoberfest beer but I saw, I bought and I drank.

A- Dark copper color, good foamy head
S- great
T- malty, sweet
M- light, good carbonation
D- give me another. Drinkability was nice and smooth not heavy and good in hot weather as long as it was cold.

I had a fresh batch of this brew and I liked it very much. This was also at a 5.6% ABV.

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Photo of weller1js
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a clear brown amber with light carbonation, white foam and carbonation dissipates quickly leaving very little (almost no) lacing.

smell: the malts give off a pleasant earthy aroma, which has a pleasant sweet undertone; the essence of the Märzen is there without being too overpowering.

taste: begins with the malts standing out with their earthy characteristics, but mellow as the flavor of the hops become apparent for a pleasant finish.

drinkability: has the style of the Märzen down right, without trying to imitate to the point of over-embellishing the harvest characteristics; very enjoyable.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

copper color with a very nice head
maltly sweetness in the nose. some fruitiness as well noticed
taste was very malty with little hop presence. hints of alchohol seem to be evident but just briefly.
mouthfeel was very solid as well
nice for the style. would have again

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

It poured a copper color with a nice white head. It has a very strong malt smell and flavor. It was a lot sweeter than I was expecting. There was a little bit of the alcohol coming through at the end. It had a nice creamy mouthfeel. One I would drink again if they were to make it again.

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

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

There is more than one German in this wild pack of dogs. While the O-fest beer at the actual Oktoberfest is getting lighter, American brewers are still keeping their renditions dark and beefy.

Bright orangey brass-colored brew, clarity is perfect and the lace is not too shabby either. Toasty malt aroma with more bready notes than caramel in the nose, clean, fresh and inviting with a touch of herbal hop. Fresh toasty malt flavor grabs hold of the palate and does not let go; a quick flash of caramel--however toasted--seems to have everything everywhere covered. Hint of cooked corn though the beer is quite clean. Nice spicy herbal mix of hop bitterness and flavor to nearly match the malt. Finishes a bit on the dry side with lingering toasted memories.

"Ein Bier, das genug für Hunde gut ist, mögen uns." Meaning, a beer good enough for dogs like us. Certainly one of the more tame brews from Flying Dog--sometimes staying true to style goes a long way.

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

12oz poured into pint glass

A: Pours a full amber hue, highly active carbonation, topped with a creamy off white head

S: Smells sweet, sweeter than caramel notes in Oktoberfest beers, hint of spice and molasses

T: Molasses, mild hops, sweet medium roasted malt, to sum it up - Candy Corn

M: Coats the tongue, very bubbly

D: Filling and a long lingering taste

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Photo of tjwarren
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. I am a lover of Marzens and was delighted with this beer for the price point.

Appearance - dark enough to be interesting, a sort of brownish hue, since this was my first beer in 10 days I did not notice the color too much.

Smell - Malty with a nice amount of hops coming through. Great balance.

Taste - Toasty with malt and hops at the finish. So good I was shocked. Would put it alongside Paulaner.

Mouthfeel - again, just right, not too heavy but not thin or watery.

Drinkability - I only bought one (in a selection of Flying Dog) and wished I had bought more. I crave it.

Was always a little turned off of Flying Dog because of artwork and labels and ideas but they can really brew.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 2-2-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Golden brown/caramel colored 2 fingers of foam with pretty decent carbonation. Good ring of lacing that was present during the entire tasting

S - Sweet caramel malts, spices with no real hop aroma

T - Smooth malt flavor, very easy going down with a hint of pine/hop aftertaste

M/D - Very drinkable Oktoberfest from Flying Dog. Medium bodied but very smooth on the tongue with no real aftertaste, I can taste some pine but it goes away rather quick. Sweet caramel malt taste mixed with spices. A brew that I can enjoy again. Really surprised that it was still in the cooler at my local MGM. It was only a single but I'm glad I grabbed it anyway. Will look for it next fall! A great brew to try and share!

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.5
Pours a finger of cream coloured head that quickly reduced to a thin layer over a clear, reddish copper body.

Smell - 4.0
Very powerful and pleasant aroma, although bigger than it should be for the style. Slightly medicinal, rich, cake-like malt, sweet fruit and herbal hops.

Taste - 4.0
Wow, this is one seriously rich and malty lager. Big flavours of toast, fresh malt loaf, caramel and a little dried fruit. Alcohol is noticeable, possibly too much resiny and herbal hop character for the style.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Medium to full bodied, a little syrupy in the mouth and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability - 3.0
NOT a sessionable beer, but pleasant and not hard to drink.

OVERALL - 3.75
Too big and rich for an Oktoberfest/Marzen, which is supposed to be a very sessionable style. However, I haven't marked it down too much, as it is still a very tasty, drinkable beer. I'd take this over the 6% helles lagers that call themselves Oktoberfests.

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Photo of danielharper
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Orange-amber body, almost brown, mostly clear with only a touch of haziness, with a thick khaki-colored head that sticks around. Very nice.

S: Sweet, nutty. Hints of... citrus? Maybe even oranges? Strange for a Marzen.

T: Flavor is very bright, lots of citrus flavors, some lemon on the finish. Significant yeastiness. Only minor hints of the expected dry roasted malts.

M: Moderate thickness, with yeast coating the palate. Low carbonation, low hops.

D: This is more of a summer beer than an Oktoberfest. Doesn't really hold up to many of the expectations of the style. Is this a Marzen for those who don't like Marzens?

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Photo of cameraman
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A medium amber color poured in the glass, with a light tan head a quarter inch high. The head dissolves away slowly, leaving a thin layer on top. A bread and biscuit fragrance comes out at the front, with touches of pine, grass, and earth, that stays with the nose for awhile. The malt comes out at the front of each taste with the bread flavor, a touch caramel as well. Then a mild bitterness comes in halfway with grass and grapefruit, that lingers on the back of the palate. A strong Octoberfest, bringing that beautiful color, the bemalty, but biting aroma, then add the classic flavor and feel, you have an excellent fall beer.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.31/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Mars red beer with a fat spongy lace white in color. The head fades to a strong collar of suds and stays with the beer as you drink. Crystal clear with delicate bubbles streaming their way up.

The smell is malty but it's a sweet musty malt smell. It almost smells rough and gritty with no sign of hops or any other character. Kind of boring like reading instructions to an ikea cabinet.

Taste is a redemption for this beer. Nicely toasted malt flavor with hints of caramel and some fruitiness. Not outstanding but at least it doesn't have the blah of the nose. I do like the subtle peppery spice flavors from the mild hops.

The body is medium and has some nice sizzle from the carbonation. Not stellar but a very drinkable brew. The finish is sweet has a nice caramel note to it but I find myself yawning after 1/4 of it. I say pass, there are better versions of this style.

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Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, amber-red. Fluffy pale tan head with good retention.

Lots of malt aroma with toasty elements playing a role. I get a slightly earthy note which might be from hops.

Lots of malt up front with a good toasted character. Plenty of bitterness with it probably being just a bit too bitter for what it is meant to be. No real hop flavour is present. Slight mineral quality on the end with a dry finish.

Creamy mouthfeel. Medium-full body with moderately high carbonation. Not cloying but a bit too "full" for an Oktoberfest.

A smooth, full beer with lots of malt character. Plenty of bitterness playing in here. I couldn't drink a lot of this simply due to the way it all fits together. Not bad.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark amber with active bubbles, creamy light tan head that leaves some sparce lacing down the side

S: More sweet malt and less caramel than some other oktoberfests, slight almost molassesy notes to it

T: Big hit of molasses up front, strange sweetness with malt, then some good countering hops show up, however nothing real big in the flavor department

M: Smooth, like most oktoberfests, definitely not heavy, but has body to it, sweetness kind of coats the mouth

D: Good, has hop flavor to balance, but doesn't linger with bitterness, could definitely drink a few of these

Notes: Not one of my favorite Oktoberfests, but nothing really wrong with it. It is just a little different in ways that I would rather it stay similar to other O-fests.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice amber color pour with a small sized off white head that had a good hangtime then faded to leave a slight lace behind.The aroma was malty with a slight hint of caramel and possibly some faint hops in there as well.The flavor was much better then i thought it might be.Nice malty side that comes off as being mildly sweet at times with a shade of caramel and a decent hop presence coming on towards the end. Medium body with a crisp clean mouthfeel . Quite sessionable and a pretty good offering .

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Photo of PartyBear
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light red/amber colour, with a medium fluffy off-white head, and moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Slightly sweet grain on the nose, with a spiciness, of cinnamon and kola nut. There is also sweet flapjack and butter fudge.

Taste: Initially very sweet, with lots of caramel, more flapjack, and candy sugar. There is a hint of grains, and hops but the taste are primarily sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a slightly oily texture, and a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: Not my sort of Oktoberfest beer, a bit too sweet. The sweetness is slightly sickly and hinders the drinkability a bit.

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

Pours a dark clear reddish amber with a fairly thick and persistent off-white head. Aroma is malty and has an undertone of caramel and a hint of yeast. Flavor is richly malty, a little hoppy, slightly yeasty, slightly bitter with a touch of caramel and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is fairly smooth and a little fizzy.

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Photo of avalon07
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear consistency. There was a huge amount of foamy, fairly long-lasting head and decent lacing.

S: Smelled of malt and especially caramel. More aromatic than I would've thought.

T: Like the smell, tasted of caramel and malt, but little else. Not awful, just a kind of thin and unimpressive.

M: A good amount of carbonation, but a syrupy, cloying finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not a horrible beer, not undrinkable, just a bit average.

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Photo of Brandt
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out a clean and crisp caramel brown color with a nice frothy white head. the aroma had the distinct lager smell mixed in with hints of caramel and sweet syrup. the taste came in with a nice toasty malt profile and a bit of sulfury/lagery taste followed up by a pleasent caramely sweetnes. the beer finished a little warm with delicate toasty/biscut malts haning on the tongue. it is no wonder this beer has won itself a gold for the last two years at GABF, great example of the style!

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is crystal clear red-orange. About one inch of tan head rises to the top and almost escapes. No lacing is left behind after settling.

The aroma is spicy with loads of malt and touch of hops. The nose is spot on with what I think a marzen should smell like.

The flavor is quite spicy. Maybe too much spice. Very bready. Sweet and malty with just touch of hops on the finish.

Medium to light body with mild carbonation.

Overall a decent marzen. A bit too spicy for my tastes. I'm glad we are almost through with the fall seasonals. I think I'm about done with this style for a bit.

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Photo of tdawgydog
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An interesting take on a fall classic. The Dogtoberfest Marzen is pretty good.

A- Pours a nice coppor color with a good two finger head.
S - A little biscuit and caramel in the nose
T - Appealing taste, a little sweet with a little bit of bite in the back of the tounge.
D - Pretty good for a seasonal brew. I wouldn't find myself drinking this stuff all year long, but an occasional one here or there isn't bad.
M - A little flat, but it doesn't ruin my overall enjoyment of the beer.

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Photo of Amalak
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- Brown, orange color to it. Small bubbles with a good tan, foamy head. It's clear and leaves a slight lace.
S- Very nice spicy hop scent.
T- Nice European-style Oktoberfest. It has a nice spiciness to it and a beautiful crispness as well. Excellent Oktoberfest.

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Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewery
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