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

Pours with a two-finger head that recedes slowly. The light lace forms thin crooked lines. Clear orange amber color

Mellow malt aroma with some earth tones. A touch of cream in the background. No discernible hops.

Dry and crisp, there is a little hop bitterness in the swallow. The malt is light and the body is thin (with a correspondingly high amount of CO2). Short aftertaste.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
September 4, 2008

First sniff is a woody, spicey, mahogany malt. Pours a deep orange- gotta love marzen- slash bronze hue with a fluffy white head. Very impressive marzen here, a slightly different take. A ton of woody, bready malt. Some haylike malt there, super malty. Not too much sweetness but there is some caramel sweetness there. As the beer starts to really warm and I get down past half-glass, the sweetness comes out. Lots of honey and caramel. Pretty complex for an American brew. Very smooth, just the right thickness, carbonation tickles my gums, really satisfying mouthfeel. This is a really, really good marzen- I'm surprised that it has as low of a rating as it does. Check it out this fall if you're looking for a good American take on marzen. Just fabulous.

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

Coppery brown color sassed up with glints of red and orange from the nearby light. Head is small and a tan-orange tinted white color. Lace is hard to come by and the retention is not more than a ring. A somewhat pleasing appearance. Aroma is sweet with german malts and refreshing with spicy floral hop. Certainly solid. Taste matches rather well and also fits the style. Not a bad example of an oktoberfest style brew. It might be one of the better ones I've had. Body is good. Medium, on the verge of light. I might like it thicker but its fine this way. Carbonation is just right, and there's a decent but light amount of bitterness. Drinkable indeed.

I'd have no problem getting this occasionally when in the mood for this style.

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Photo of BierFan
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Nice sized off-white head with a dark copper/orange color. It looks to be more of an American style marzen, instead of a more pale German style. It left only specks of lacing.

Smell: Big aroma of caramel malts.

Taste: Caramel malts with a light hoppiness. I agree with Jason Alstrom, it does have a kind of grape skin flavor going on as well.

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

L: Pours a nice orange-amber color witha short and medium bodied white colored head that fades to a slight film over the beer.
S: Sweet malts mixed together, a bit bready, some honey perhaps in the end as well.
T: Nice mix of roasted and toasted malts, a hint of bitter burnt malt at the end, but comes back with a nice sweet malty aftertaste.
M: Crisp, smooth, refreshing, right amount of carbonation.
D: Very nice mixture of the malts, really sweet, but not too sweet. A nice marzen that is pretty drinkable.

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

Clear reddened copper under a thick, creamy looking head. Toasted malt aroma with fruity yeast and faint sweet dough. Toasted grains, light sweetness, caramel, and bread. Enough noble hops to balance. Properly clean though not as complex as it could be. Feels medium and smooth. Perfectly good drinking here.

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

Pours clear with a medium orange red color. Moderate off-white with good retention.

Aroma has sweet malt, with some light toastiness. No hop aroma to speak of.

Flavor is sweet malt, lightly toasted, with a hint of caramel. Balance leans towards malt, and finishes slightly sweet. A light hop bitterness comes out in the finish.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer, though I generally prefer a more prominent toasted element in an Oktoberfest. Worth having again, but might not be at the top of my list.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A brilliant blood-orange color with a stiff, creamy head that retains fairly well and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. A solid appearance.

S: Decent aroma. Grainy and earthy with a hint of caramel malt, but I wouldn't call it toasted. It's quite weak and understated, but not offensive or anything.

T&M: Grainy, toasted malt flavor, some yeasty fruitiness, and barely any hoppiness. It lacks the kind of malty depth that I like in marzens and because of this lacks any boldness or complexity. The body is medium with ample carbonation--I've got no complaints.

D: More flavor would make me want to gulp it down quicker, but it's fairly drinkable as is. A decent beer, but I think there are probably some other marzens available in my market that don't cost as much as this one and taste even better.

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

Simple marzen, drinkable. Medium mouthfeel, lighter yellow with small amount of foam. A slight amount of toasted bread. Decent malt and the bit of toasting. Good with pizza. Suitable carbonation. Decent sweetness, not too sweet. A bit drying.About what I expected from this brewery.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle this beer looked fantastic, just like an Oktoberfest should, bright orange/copper with great clarity. The head was a toasted cream color and three fingers thick and it displayed pretty good retention and some like cling-to-the-glass lacing. The aroma was also nice, caramel malt and doughy malt with some spiciness and floral hops. The flavors were drier than the aroma, assorted grains and some bitterness mixed with a slightly herbal character. Not quite as rich or sweet as I was expecting but the finish was crisp. Medium body, good carbonation for the style and likely sessionable.

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

A - Rusty amber color, clear. Foamy off-white two finger head which lasts a few minutes. Moderate lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and toasted malts. Some spice and fresh baked bread.

T - Light malts on the open. Becomes sweeter with the spices halfway through. Like the smell, there's bread and caramel.

M - A bit thin. Moderate carbonation.

D - Just average. Wouldn't need to buy this one again.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a very small head and no retention or lacing. Weak appearance.

Smells sour like wine. A little alcohol scent. Smells a little off for a marzen.

Taste is a little similar to the smell. A little tart. Some roasted characteristics.

Not too bad, but not that great. I've had better marzens and was a little disappointed with this offering.

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Photo of jushoppy2beer
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a nice Marzen. The color is a bit darker than most -- a dark amber. The head is slight and tan, and leaves little lacing. A pleasant but mild nose leads into a very nice sweet malt on the palate. The finish is rather neutral. This beer is very drinkable, and would make a superb autumn session beer. Nice mouthfeel with texture but not too thick. I think I'll suck down another one.

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Photo of tronester
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thin tan head. Smell is of slightly oxidized malt with a hint of sulfur. Taste is better, malt dominated with a hint of sourness. A small amount of bitterness in the finish rounds things out. Mouthfeel is smooth, good carbonation. Quite drinkable, I could go for this again, though there are better Oktoberfests out there.

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

This poured a clear, dark copper with tan head. It smelled like sweet yeast and light nutty malt, with a bit of copper hops. It tasted like a blend of watery nutty malt and sweet barley and copper hops. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this had pretty good flavor, but it wasn't very clean. The body was OK, but the beer in general was just not very impressive. This would only be really drinkable after you've already had a better beer or two.

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

From notes 9-29-08

Done back to back with Barrelhouse Octoberfest

Eye: Nice autumnul color in this brew. Could be described by crayola crayons as sunset orange, however its more complex than that. The beer's body has red, copper, yellow and light brown hues in addition to the orange. Head is creamy in texture and leaves some nice lacing, its not at the level where I'd like it to be though in terms of retention/formantion-just a thick blanket over the top of the beer.

Nose: Nice strong, potent aroma on this one, don't really have to search for any aroma here, its right there waiting to be discovered. Strong caramel and bready notes. Great malt backbone, very malt driven the way an Oktoberfest should be. Overall sweet notes can be found in this beer, not all that complex, just the breadiness and caramely notes. Smooth mellow and nicely rounded.

Tongue: Nutty, light roasty notes (some graininess in connection with the roatsy notes), some caramel and noble hop bitterness. Hop flavor is elusive, had for me to find or get here. Sweetness gives some depth and balance to the dry flavor and light roasty notes here. I would like to see more caramel notes in here. Yeast is clean.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Lightly carbonated beer with a medium-light body. The beer is smooth, however I'd really like to see a creamy body on an'd be a nice bonus, a full bodied, rich, creamy feel to a nice big malty beer. This is a beer I'd drink again, however its not my first chioce for an Oktoberfest, but behind Avery Kaiser, GLBC, Moerlein, and possibly Hacker-Pschorr this is my next pick. So many of the Oktoberfests out there are really shit, this one is not...its just that there are a few I'd rather drink over this one. On the other hand, there are many more that I'd rather not drink and would choose this one out of just about all imported Oktoberfests and many of the micro brewed ones. This one, for me, with the O-fests I've sampled thus far is in my top ten.

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

For whatever reason this year (2008) I've become addicted to Sam Adams Octoberfest. I know. I know. I don't know why... when the local shops ran out of Sam Adams Octoberfest because I drank the city dry, I got the only remaining Octoberfest style beer I could find, the Dogtoberfest.

It's a little thin / watery, but overall, I really liked it.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber color with a decent white head that fades fast. Smells of a sweet, almost sour malts. At first taste its good, a solid lager that is crisp and goes down well. Not too much in the flavor category... no hop taste and some barely spiced malts. The aftertaste is a little off, A little bitter. Goes down decent though.. I wouldn't consider it an octoberfest beer.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a clear copper hue with a three finger head. There was no carbonation.

A great balance of malt and hops. It made my mouth water.

It had a nice malt and hops taste. There was a sneaky bitter finish. It had a medium body up front that finished lite.

It's pretty good. I could drink a couple of these at a sitting.

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Photo of n00tz
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Bronze body, light blonde head, steady carbonation.

S - Smooth malts, sweetness, and the scent of crumbled dry leaves.

T - Fresh spring water, pumpkin and cream.

M - Smooth, medium bodied octoberfest that would go great with thanksgiving leftovers.

D - Everyone I have shared this with have said this is the better octoberfest... I disagree. It is, however, a good beer.

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

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

An aggressive pour yields two fingers of khaki head atop a clear brassy orange.

Scent is caramel and toasty notes primarily.

Taste follows the nose. Caramel malt, a nice toasty note, and fruit. Toffee. Very mild hop bitterness hangs on at the finish.

Mouth is lightly carbonated and creamy.

Excellent drinkability; a session beer.

Not the best Oktoberfest I've enjoyed this season but certainly an enjoyable one.

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

a: This was a clear coppery amber color. It poured with a medium sized, sticky head that held up fairly well.

s: Sweet, maybe a little too sweet, aromas of slightly smoky toffee and vanilla. Pretty much all malt smells.

t: Mirrors the smell. Maybe a little sweeter than a like, but nothing artificial or cloying.

m: Not thin and well carbonated.

d: Thanks to joepais for throwing this in with my growling at the moon box. Pretty solid effort.

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Photo of eljefe21
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: An orange/red copper color. Poured to a small head that quickly dissipated.

S: Some malty sweetness.

T: A nice malty German style flavor. Nothing spectacular, but exactly what I'd expect in an Oktoberfest beer.

M: Decent carbonation followed by a slightly dry finish. Medium body.

D: Definitely something I could put a few down in a sitting. Especially in the fall. Especially at an Oktoberfest celebration.

Served: in a standard pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice copper orange color with a thin off white head.

S - Good spicy malt smell.

T - Good spice with a strong malt flavor. Not as much bite as I would have liked.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - OK. I had expected more from Flying Dog. It is alright and I was expecting great.

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness code that you can't make out.

Uniform two fingers of off white head stay around long enough to count. Bright copper color. Hints of toasted malt and a kiss of caramel and grape skin with a light herbal tone form the hops make up the clean aroma. Smooth and crisp with a medium body, a little thin on the malt but the toasted character does come around hard enough to keep things going. Slight grape skin and herbal hop with a quick sting of bitterness middle to end. Finishes semi-dry with a mellow toasted grain flavor.

Compared to where some of the mass produce o-fest beers from Germany are going this one held its own. Not a bad pick for the style.

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