Dogtoberfest was a beer that I had tried previously to last weekend, but it really “spoke” to be at the Good Beer Festival. This fall offering is brewed by Flying Dog Brewery of Fredrick, Maryland. I’ve had a number of their beers and I have always been happy with my purchases. In fact, I have a few of their beers sitting in my fridge right now.
Flying Dog’s beer pours a nice amber color with a slightly off-white head. It is perfectly clear as well. The nose is very malty, with tones of caramel and some toasty notes. This is more of what I think of when I hear “Oktoberfest.” The taste is full of rick caramel. The sweetness sits on your tongue for awhile and then the hops kick in right at the end to cut the sweetness. A nice bready flavor presents itself after the hops and malt are washed away.
I think this is a pretty solid Oktoberfest. This beer would be the perfect compliment to a nice cold fall night. If the Phillies were still playing (I’m still not over it) I would be drinking this while watching the playoffs with my windows open. It is only 5.6% so you could have a few and still be alright. On a side note, I love the art on the label of this beer. Flying Dog usually has some weird stuff on their labels and this one is no exception, but it fits in with the Oktoberfest feel. (more…)