It’s utterly apropos that I drank and am now reviewing the Flying Dog Dogtoberfest that I received the first part of the month: the beer won the Gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in the “German-Style Märzen” category. Congrats guys!
This year’s version is slightly less in alcohol than last year’s (my review here) by half a percentage point to 5.3%. Flying Dog strove to use authentic German ingredients in the beer and they brewed a solid Oktoberfest.
Appearance: Pretty clear, reddish-brown with a light tan head, which fell quickly.
Smell: Malty, with rich caramel notes and a hint of roasted malts; some nuttiness in there too.
Taste: Very tasty—malty-sweet, caramel and a touch buttery, very rich. It’s full of the malty tasty character that I really enjoy and look for in Oktoberfest/amber beers.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a sweet presence, very pleasant.
Overall: I really like it.