Brew Review-Flying Dog Dogtoberfest
The Flying Dog Dogtoberfest is a marzen. Marzens are considered the classic Oktoberfest beer. They’re a nice transition beer from summer to winter. They’re very malty. Kind of a stepping stone from those light and fruity summer beers to the strong and spicy winter beers.
Generally speaking, I find the marzen style to be a bit too malty. I like the chocolaty and coffee tastes you would get from a stout, but the caramel, molasses I get from most marzens can be a bit disappointing.
The Dogtoberfest is a very impressive marzen. I expected extreme caramel, but what I got was a very smooth, well-balanced beer that even had some citrusy notes tossed in there.
It’s a nice deep bronze color with a sweet aroma, but there’s a hint of citrus hops in there that I didn’t expect. It has the standard malty front you would expect, but it holds a mild bitterness that finishes clean and crisp (I’m going to point to the citrus hops).
Overall, it’s an extremely enjoyable beer. I’m looking forward to having a few more. Thanks Flying Dog!