Dogtoberfest | Flying Dog Brewery

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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 ClockworkOrange
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a dimpled mug. Appears a clear amber color with about an inch of off white foam. Aroma and flavor are of sweet malt, apples, slightly metallic, grassy bitter hops, fruity ans somewhat sweet, caramel, some bread. This marzen is medium in body and adequately carbonated for the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of RickS95
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much head, and it's gone in 60 seconds. Bronze color, filtered. Not much in the nose, but it might have been too cold for me to tell.

Relatively refreshing in the mouth, crisp for a seasonal Oktoberfest.

I didn't notice much spice in the taste, but it was well-hopped.

The finish was pretty smooth. It's pretty hoppy for an Oktoberfest...the finish starts off like a pale ale, but there is a sweetness that balances the hoppy finish.

I'm not fond of Flying Dog other than the names and logos, but this was pretty good.

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Photo of BrandonB
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a clear amber color and a reasonable slightly off white head. There are hints of metal along with caramel in the aroma that translate well into the taste. Taste is more roasted, caramel with hints of metal and some faint hints of malt. Finishes well and clean.

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Photo of brendan13
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a mug a clear copper with an inch of beige head that slowly falls away.
S - Caramel maltiness with some dark fruit touches & some herbal hop notes.
T - Caramel sweetness in the taste which is balanced with some toasted malt character & a bit of bitter, herbal hoppiness.
M - Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight caramel & herbal hop flavours linger.
D - A tasty enough beer that I could drink more of. Not my first pick but one that would go through regular rotation.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear reddish-amber w/slight bit of beige head.

S-Pale malt, caramel, grape, faint herb, slightly nutty, and multitude of esters (Ida red, fig, etc.).

T-Light grape and caramel, light hazelnut, red apple and some other darker fruits

M-Body is moderate, and would benefit from carbonation just a tinge stronger.

D-Enjoyable, but not my first choice for this style. The complex esters are nice, but the body and drink experience would benefit from a little more fizz.

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

Dogtoberfest is transparent rust in color and is topped with a vanilla colored head that's roughly an inch deep. It doesn't appear to completely dissipate and may outlast the beer lying underneath. Despite its impressive retention, lacing was fairly light.

The nose suggests there's not much fight in this dog. It's very weak and one dimensional. Toasted malts are the strongest feature in a not so strong crowd. There's some grainy and earthy notes. Yeasty and biscuit-like notes wrap it up. For the most part, it's consistent with the style, but lacks strength.

Toasted malts are apparent and are also the strongest flavor in Dogtoberfest, but they somehow manage to come across as lacking. It's not a bad flavor, but it is very average. Grainy flavors give it a somewhat earthy vibe. A faint bitter surge of hops drives it above average. But, the hop flavor really illustrates it needs more. Actually, it needs more of everything...hops, malt, spices...whatever it takes to get more flavor out of it.

Its body is light and nearly smooth. Carbonation is a little too buzzy to allow that, but it's not all bad. Drinkability is okay. I'd be much more inclined to drink more if it had more flavor, but it's a little too bland. That being said, it goes down easy and is relatively light in all respects.

Dogtoberfest is a somewhat disappointing Oktoberfest. It has no standout appeal and is easily lost in the crowd of nice Oktoberfest seasonals. Beefing it up all around would dramatically improve it. As it is, it's just above average. Not a bad beer by any means though.

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Photo of wl0307
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says this is a "Märzen Ale", so NOT one's typical German Oktoberfest Lagerbier but a tongue-in-cheek variation? 5.2%abv. for this bottle, BB 08/07/09, served lightly-chilled in a straight pint glass.

A: pours a clear, bright copper hue, topped with a thick beige froth that slowly settles to a thin blanket to last throughout the drink.
S: caramelised apple-slices, mildly salty and sour prune-ish fruits, a "pure-malt" aroma with hints of nut-sweetness, accompanied by a mildly sour tinge true to a well-lagered beer (so this smells more like a lager than an ale to me) and a metallic edge. Enjoyable, especially in the fruit-malty apartment, very well-made on the nose.
T: exactly like the nose, the soft swallow of sour-sweet prune-ish fruis is backed by a lovely lovely "pure", medium-toasted amber/brown-malt and nutty flavour, while the lightly earthy+sprig-like hop bitterness expands slowly in the aftertaste, rendering a somewhat chewy/powdery palate in the very end, where, occasionally, an aromatic bitter edge of burned sugar also lingers.
M&D: softly-carbonated, med-bodied, rather fruity like an ale or an amber Vienna Lager and unlike any Oktoberfest Lagerbier I've tried, but all in all a very decent offering. Can't make up my judgement as to its true identity (an ale or a lager?) but this is quite irrelevant while happily sipping this fruity-malt liquor.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a 2 finger off white head that fades somewhat quickly. Body is clear, golden orange in color. Retention is average and lacing is below average

Smell is of sweet caramel malt. Some grapefruit hop and a bit of metal.

Taste is of fruity malt, a bit of apricot. Subtle hops are also present. After taste is slightly skunky

Beer is way over carbonated. Light and smooth going down but carbonation messes everything up in the mouth.

Overall decent brew but carbonation kills the drink ability for me. Not in a hurry to buy this beer again.

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

A: Clear, bright orange/amber color. Poured a 2 finger beige head that dissipated to an even skim. Little lacing. Decanted continualy.

S: Big sweet bready malts with light honey notes. Citrus tickle at teh end.

T: Very consistent with the smell but witha slightly toasted flavor to the malt. A light lingering malty sweetness finishes with enough hop bitter to finish clean

M: Medium body. Ample (but not overdone) carbonation. Smooth, crisp and refreshing.

D: A tasty blend of malts that are very well balanced. The hopping and carbonation provide further balance to make this a very drinkable and sessionable beer.

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Photo of fosterific
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well the bottle was at an almost gushing level, the carbonation filled the bottle and came just out the top. But man is this beer pretty in a glass, and off white head, slightly creamy with a distinct amber color beneath.
Had a slight citrus hop smell
Was a tad nutty, with a full helping of alcohol at the end.
Extremely smooth mouthfeel.
I would drink a few of these, I might even pour one just to look at; gorgeous!

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Photo of albern
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a respectable Octoberfest, but not stellar. The beer pours a nice clear amber color with a very caramelly and metallic nose. There wasn't much lacing to the beer and the carbonation is quite low. The taste was fairly uniform, nothing sophisticated. It was very caramelly but not loaded with malts either. It was rather thin, but the caramel is the most pronounced part. Behind that is a touch of a metallic tinge, some grape skin, some roasted notes, and a herbal hop bite in the finish. This is a nice beer, but nothing that will challenge the palate. There is a bit too much aftertaste, while the mouthfeel has a lingering herbal hop bite.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 1 Nov 2008.

Used a 0.4 L glass stein for this one. Pours a small light brown head, well carbonated. Clear deep copper red color. Aroma is quite malty, caramel, almondy, slightly metallic. Sweet and light, offers some toasted almonds to start. Middle is maltier, finishes with some tartness that is not particularly pleasing. Some astringency and nuttiness in the aftertaste. Alcohol slightly warming. Medium light body.

Prefer a bit more maltiness in octoberfests.

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

Pours a beautiful amber/orange with a small 1 finger mostly white head. Smells of adjuncts with a slight alcohol note bleeding thru. First sip is tangy with toasted caramel malts leading the way. Not much hop presence here but the malts seem just strong enough for my enjoyment. Very clean tasting and quite enjoyable.

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

a: Amber body with a white head.

s: Caramel malt and grassy hops.

t: Sweet caramel malt, mildly bitter spicy grassy hops.

m: Smooth, clean and light.

d: I could drink a gallon. Not a great beer, but very quaffable and that is really the name of the game.

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Photo of farrago
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark copper to red color, head very thick at first, dissipates swiftly, soft cloudiness to it, dark even to the rims. Orange peel, toasted biscuits, light apricot and peach fruit, suggestion of ginger root, not the most expressive beer you'll sniff on. Light to medium-bodied, picks up weight as it moves forward through the palate. There's a sort of dulling bitterness to it, not crisp, which flattens the orange citrus, baking spice and herbal aspects. Breadiness fares a little better. Good plus level of carbonation. Caramelized sweet onions. Malts lead the hops until the finish. Not all that.

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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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