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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Photo of PerroGrande
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a slightly cloudy, amber gold appearance. Foam forms and fades quickly, leaving some lacing on the glass.

Aroma includes hints of citrus and a slight green apple overtone. I might have expected to pick up more malt in the aroma, but I couldn't find it.

Taste is very light, almost on the crisp side. Some citrus hints, and subtle malt flavors. I can pick up very slight bitterness in the aftertaste, but I would hardly call this beer bitter overall.

Mouthfeel is light, but not watery. Some carbonation bite prevents a higher score from me, but certainly not a bad drinking experience.

Drinkability is very good. Easily sessionable, or good solo -- but I would recommend against following a complex beer with this one. Still, it is refreshing and tasty.

A nice, light Octoberfest/Marzen beer. Might get swamped by highly spiced foods, but would compliment more mellow dishes quite nicely. All in all, not the best domestic Octoberfest I've tasted, but quite enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of budgood1
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a perfect amber colour with a quarter inch off white head. nice lacing supported by some active carbonation. lightly toasted munich malt aroma with some fruity overtones mixing in nicely with the burnt sugar maltiness. sweet and sugary malt flavour matching the nose. bread and toast covered by some homemade preserves accentuate the bright fruitiness. some earthy smoky hints wave in and out, followed by some meek hop bitterness. light, smooth mouthfeel and medium body make it easy drinking and refreshing. nice drinkability...easy quaffing and high sessionability.

simple and straightforward o-fest here. a bit too sweet and fruity for me, but tasty enough.

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

Great session fall seasonal beer.

A - Off-white 1 finger head sit on top of a copper colored body. Lacing clings to the side of the glass, but head fades quick.

S - Not much going on, sweet caramel malts, but that's about it.

T/M - Sweet caramel malt with a hint of sour. Watery finish with a bit of husk earthiness.

D - Goes down nice and smooth.

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

12oz bottle with no date poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear light copper body holds up the good finger thick off white head.

S - Sweet grapes and caramel up front with a light honey biscuit finish.

T - Caramel sweetness shines through the brown malt backbone. Honey tones are picked up with faint grassy hops and some lemon.

M - Medium body and good carbonation goes down with a slick finish.

D - High. This brew could convert some macro drinkers IMO.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper body with an off white head that sticks around a good bit and looks pretty sturdy.

Aromas are bready malt, caramel, and earthy hops.
The flavor is sweet caramel coated bread with a cleansing spice hop character int he finish. Slightly herbal in the hop bittering.

The mouthfeel is medium and quite creamy with decent carbonation.

Dogtoberfest is a decent take on the style.

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

I'm not very familiar with the Marzen style of beers, so don't have much to compare it to. This was also my first brew from Flying Dog.

A) Like liquid caramel with thin fizzy brown head that did not last long

S) Apples, caramel-malts

T) Sour caramel apples, wheat/rye bread, sweet malts, but a slight bitter hop finish.

MF) Very smooth and slightly heavy. Felt like it coated my tongue

D) High. On the sweet side but overall balanced. A pleasant drink with 5.3% ABV.

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Photo of zplug123
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass:

A: Deep amber color with a medium head, moderate lacing

S: Subdued malt, hint of alcohol

T: Sweet and malty with slight bitterness in the middle, slight caramel

M: Medium bodied, enough carbonation for a slight bite. Goes down smooth and dry

D: Definitely an American version of Marzen, could have a few more of these in an evening

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Photo of babaracas
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with a touch of red, two finger white head fades to a thin cap, lacing for the first inch or so. Smell: Crisp with munich malts and maybe some toffee, toasted, light spicy noble hops. Taste: Caramel, rye (but light on the rye) bread, munich malt flavors, toasty, spicy hop, (semi) sweet iced tea, as it warms I get a sweet pale malt backdrop which strays into corny territory (weird). Soft but active carbonation, light-to-medium bodied. This was a nice surprise, matches up pretty well against top German ofests. Drank alongside a Hacker Pschorr, close but not quite there.

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Photo of jt31914
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle:

A: Darker amber color; a little darker than most Marzen's I've had. Decent amount of head, looks quite carbonated.

S: Very mild smell; hints of caramel in the smell. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

T: Stronger taste than the smell; I typically find Marzen's to be too tame, so this is a pleasant surprise. My favorite Marzen to date, this brew has a very smooth aftertaste with a slight taste of caramel. This beer matches the description on the bottle very well in my opinion.

M: Similar to taste, nothing special in the mouthfeel; just surprisingly smooth.

D: Very drinkable; only slight amounts of bitterness that are offset in a pleasant way by the caramel in the beer.

My favorite Flying Dog beer to date. Typically I feel like Flying Dog attempts to go for over the top bold tastes and fails, but in this case the strong and solid flavor of the Dogtoberfest was pretty good.

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

This is an excellent oktoberfest/marzen. The appearance is a nice golden color(on the darker side). The aroma is very dry and cereally malt nose. Toasty cheerios malt is the predominant aroma. The taste is crisp but sweet. Wonderful malt flavor. Not too heavy despite all the malt. A good marzen and an enjoyable drinking beer.

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

This beer poured very clear (almost bright) deep amber (SRM13) with a thick, persistent medium bubbled head buoyed by moderate carbonation. Low hop aroma. Dominant caramel/toffee aroma. Flavor is all malty caramel/toffee with a very full silky smooth mouthfeel. Deep, long lasting malt flavor finishes very clean.

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Photo of eagles22
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: nice deep copper color body with a foamy white head

Smell: complex for a marzen style brew..hints of toffee and caramel also a deep fruit like apricots

Taste: very enjoyable o-fest beer..caramel with nice malty toffee taste

Mouthfeel: medium body that didnt leave you disappointed..very smooth finish

Drinkability: not so high but i can enjoy 3 or 4 of these

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Photo of Rayek
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Bright amber with light carbonation. A soapy eggshell head sticks around for a bit and then retreats to a ring at the edge of the glass. Leaves spots of lace.

S: Lots of lemon, a bit of toffee and even a touch of grapefruit.

T: Nice, but seems wrong for the style. Starts out with a bittersweet combination of toffee and toasted grain. Bitterness comes on with a lemon and grapefruit flavor. The lemon is cool, but the grapefruit seems totally out of place. Finishes with a lingering citrus tartness.

M: The carbonation on this feels way too high. Letting the beer breath for a bit helped matters somewhat.

D: This is a hard beer to judge. On its own, this is a nice beer. But to me, it missed the mark in the style department by a mile. So what we have is a nice tasting beer that doesn't taste like a Märzen should to me. I guess I'll have to split the difference on this one.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep, clear chestnut red color. The tall head has a beige tint and a frothy texture. Retention is good, with very nice lacing.

S: Sweet and grainy, but low on the textbook marzen malt aroma. It actually has a table sugar character in my opinion. A faint floral/earthy hop aroma is also available.

T: A bit maltier than the nose suggested. Quite toasty and again, sweet in a sugary sense. Some mild caramel notes. Hop bitterness has a brief flash, but is accompanied by a mild floral/earthy flavor.

M: Moderate-firm body. Carbonation is crisp. Somewhat sticky at first, but rather dry into the finish.

D: This is decent, but the malt and hops are both a little too one-dimensional. The malt is somewhat flat and sweet, while the hops add a blunt bitterness given the malt profile without much of a defining flavor. A solid beer, but it doesn't quite measure up to many other American marzens.

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Photo of Bessie113Life
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just bought this beer today figuring its almost fall(well not really down here in FL, but a girl can dream can't she).

The color is an alomost amber but leaning towards caramel, very beautiful fall color. Very little head that dissipates to few spotted lacing.

Smell was very malty, slight syrup and even fewer toffee notes. A few spices notes. Not very strong, but definitely noticeable.

Taste was, again, very malty. Surprisingly after smell the syrup wasn't overpowering, and enhanced the maltiness. Slight fruit notes, slight metallic taste. Carbonation was very limited. A hint of hoppiness towards the end.

Drinkable, went down very smooth.
Also: After tasting a glass, I then drank it with roasted chicken (their website suggested roasted poultry), baby portabella mushrooms and tomatos. It was a great pairing and highly recommended. It brought out the maltiness and more of the spice of the beer.

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

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a color somewhere between brown and amber. Head formation is eggshell white, quickly dissipates to a film. Light carbonation apparent. No hazing whatsoever.

S - A subdued nose - what is there is a light malt of caramel and some toffee notes. Malt forward. Some yeast scents are just barley there.

T - Starts off sweet, malty as can be. Mid-stream starts to build more speciality malts with a caramel and some almost roasted flavors. A very light hint of hopping and bitterness. Finishes with the only other assertive flavor - a flair of yeasty bready hints.

M - Moderate to strong mouthfeel - thick and creamy. Carbonation is on the relative light side. Leaves behind a clinging sugar sweetness.

D - A fairly good session beer - provided it is consumed in colder months. Just doesn't quite have the lightness of a summer beer - but it is a marzen. ABV is manageable.

More malty than some of the other Okts I've had, but I'm not complaining - I like it this way.

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Photo of bsp77
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Copper-amber with bubbly head that recedes without hardly any lacing.

Smell: Dark fruit, metal, slight caramel, and only a touch of toast or biscuit. Somewhat different smell for a Marzen.

Taste: Caramel and dark fruit malts, with just a little toast in the background. Slight spicy hop counterbalance at the end. Little bit of a funny aftertaste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, just barely dry (I prefer drier for the style).

Drinkability: Nice, flavorful, and easy to drink. It is certainly a German lager, but I am not sure it is a Marzen, almost more like a lower bitterness Vienna or a lower abv Bock. I am not too much of a stickler for style, so I like it.

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Photo of jlindros
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer down at the brewery in MD about a couple months ago just after they started brewing it, first batch FTW! I had a few at the time and saved one until I could compare it to many of the other Oktoberfests, and seems like the season now since they're fresh (not really October). Poured into Sierra Nevada Summerfest Pint glass, somewhat ironic for season shifting, I guess. Hey I can call whatever I want ironic.

A: Brilliantly crystal clear brownish maple leave colored beautifully carbonated glass of excitement with a good 1 finger head that decays slowly leaving potmarks that would rival my street in spring. I stared through the clear glass for a minute watching the Red Sox in an interesting brown tinge. Just looking at this gives me the Autumn feel with the dark brown maple leaf color, clear cold chill, ceamy head, and windy bubbles (ok that might be stretching it, but you get the point).

N: Very much like Oktoberfest Marzen with lots of dark caramel and Munich malts, some toastiness, and some lager like crisp aromas with touch of yeast. This nose also brings me back to October, even though its mid September.

T: When I finally taste it, more of the same, very much Oktoberfest Marzen style. Lots of malts, earthy, toasty, Munich, some Crystal. Some spiciness from earthy malts, no added spices and not spicey from hops, its a special spiciness that comes from a huge slightly toasted malt bill only really found in these style beers. Seems to singe the edges of the tongue. A slightly sweet syrupy flavor somewhat takes away from the pure malt enjoyment, almost as if they added something.

M: Lots of carbonation and slightly caramel syrupy.

F: Finishes somewhat sweet with a strange syrupy almost extract off flavor. That may be because it's a couple months old now. More earthiness and toasted malts dazzle the tongue almost disguising the weird syrupy flavor, but I did say ALmost! It's also got a sticky burnt syrup flavor that builds on the back of the tongue making it somewhat bleh.

Final thoughts: Another interesting Oktoberfest Marzen, nice toasted malts, slight malt spice flavor, crisp lager taste. The only real bad taste is that syrupy extract flavor. I seem to find that flavor in most American Marzen/Oktoberfest/Autumnfest type beers. Perhaps it's a product of the yeast, or perhaps we just don't get the best malts here as they do in Germany. This really makes me crave an Ayinger Oktoberfest. I can't wait until that hits the shelves.

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

Had this from a 12 oz bottle. First time having this bier.
A: pours a nice amber color, reminds me of cherry wood. Decent 2 finder head that dissipates in 2 min. Average lacing. S: a nice sweet fest aroma. Reminds me of bread with a little fruit added in. An inviting aroma.
T: sweet malts, mild fruitiness. Nothinbg bitter about this taste. Not as full bodied as others, but very enjoyable. M: no problems here. D: could easily have a few of these without a problem.

Overall, this is a good american-made fest bier that does the style proud. I recommend this bier, pick up a few of these for you and the boys. Prosit!

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker pint. It pours a clear orange with a 2 finger white head. The aroma is sweet and malty. The flavors are sweet, and full with a dry finish. The beer is medium to full bodied, a bit light on carbonation and easily drinkable. A solid Marzen that went well with my Brats tonight.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours amber, with a 1-1/2 finger head that fell to a thin layer very minimal lacing
S: sweet honey, slight hop and malt
T: malty, slight hop bitterness, also slight honey and nuttiness
M: good carbonation.
D: could drink a few, a good complement to psychology reading

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Photo of preshamilton
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice mid range amber color with a small cream color head. Looks pleasing and clear.

S: The smell has some character but not much, very crisp smell.

T: Great taste, clean and refreshing. Hints of sweetness, yet very well balanced. Light fruit taste if any.

M: Crisp on the tongue, not overpowering, after feeling is a bit slimy.

D: Very drinkable, I could drink 4 easily.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.49/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Dating code on back label that shows good till late November. Was a rich clear copper color. Some carb streams. No lacing. It had an average sized beige head that quickly settled into some wisps and a collar.

The aroma was very weak. What came thru was mainly caramel malts. The taste followed the aroma. Caramel base and sweet malt but sorta weak even as it warmed up. Was more lacking in flavor than having a bad flavor. Just didn't excite me.

Overall, not very good. Was weak and bland in aroma and taste. What really pissed me off is that I bought a 12pk sampler mainly to get the porter that I've never had and wanted to try. The box had a sticker mentioning that one of the regulars had been replaced with the seasonal but didn't say which one. Guess which one got replaced. So I miss out on the one I want for this disappointment. Don't recommend.

Rotation: one and done as better ones out there. Not even sure if this would make the cut if down to this or usual swill at store or on-tap.

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Photo of bump8628
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber into a pilsener glass with 1/4 inch of off-white head.

Smell is predominately malty with a strong caramel note. A bready and toasty character and spicy hops also come through.

Taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma but still shows nice malt complexity. Mostly caramel and melanoidins with some toasty accents as well. A very light noble hop spiciness also comes into play. Finishes with a little lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

All in all the mouthfeel and medium body is appropriate for the style.

Definitely a smooth and drinkable beer. This style is obviously meant to be drunk in liters and this beer is right in line with that.

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Photo of claminat420
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured into a pint glass and noticed a nice transparent copper color. also a two finger head that hung just for the right time.

S- just senced a nice malt presence

T- strong malt kick blended with a light hop backup. also the slight caramel taste is delightful.

M- light to medium body. light carbonation. just right!

D- definitely could drink a 6 of this no problem.

Overall- i had to try this one out of a mixed 6 pack i got the other day of all oktoberfest brews. the lady at the store who's michigan's first woman cicerone knows her stuff and said this one isn't to shabby and she's right. the only thing i'm curious is she said the great lakes one isn't to impressive and i'm a fan of the lakes. i shall find out tomorrow. MUST NOTE!! this is prolly the best brew i've had from flying dog. their gonzo porter isn't to shabby also.

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Dogtoberfest from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 37.7% out of 100 with 1,039 ratings
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