“If you put back as many steins as the Germans do in October, lederhosen and polka dancing would seem like a good idea to you, too. Our Dogtoberfest Märzen has a caramel finish and was crafted by a guy who studied brewing in Deutschland. And yes, he does like to strap on some lederhosen when he’s feeling saucy.”
The beer has an amazing color to it, a nice copper hue with a bit of a red tint. There is a light scent to it, I don’t really get much off the nose although to be honest it’s been a rainy sinus rocking kind of day. So I wouldn’t put it past my snoz to miss some subtleties but my wife wasn’t recognizing much of anything either. Maybe it takes a k-9 kind of nose?
The taste is malty with a hint of bitterness to it mixed in with the light carbonation. My first thought was, sweet but then there is a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Light flavoring, not overdone but a good combination of flavors. It has drinkability and I could see pounding these down in a beer stein although overall it seems like it is missing something or could be a little bit strong in its flavoring but I’m not sure what aspect. A hint more of something should be brought out to leave a lasting impression that makes you say, “I vant Dogtoberfest because it kanoodles my stroodle.”
I like this beer and give it a solid 4 out of 5 banana rating. I like it but as I said it just tastes like it is lacking something, just the smallest hint of whatever that missing component is would pump this up, but it has enough character so that it isn’t a watered down light beer. Overall I’ve had mostly positive experiences with Flying Dog Brewery. What are your thoughts?
“If only we could take our dogs skiing they could chase off snowplowing tourists, stick their heads out the gondola window, and use the snow as their own artistic canvas. But on those days when your pooch can’t be there, enjoy one of these dark, sweet, malty ales in his honor.”
This beer has a nice amber color, and is my second time going up against these winter warmer ales. Last week’s Hoppin Frog had too much of a spiced kick to it, and oddly enough this one didn’t have much.