Review - Flying Dog Brewery's Dogtoberfest
"The origins of Dogtoberfest are shrouded in mystery, but scholars think it has everything to do with an insane German king and an Oompah band. Dogtoberfest is deep mahogany in color with an intriguing caramel finish and brewed with 100% imported German ingredients for a true German flavor. " -- Flying Dog Brewery
A big thanks to Stephanie at Flying Dog for sending this brew out our way. It pours a medium weight amber hue with fairly small, off-white to light brown head with a decent frothiness. The aroma immediately reminds us of St. Pauli Girl and Grolsch, but we're not sure exactly what that specific aroma is. But, for sure, it smells like a European lager. Perhaps its the yeast that we're getting, but as the beer sits in our glass, a sweet malt aroma rises and greets us. The comparison to light European lagers ends with the aroma though, as the first taste is wonderfully chewy and malty giving a faint sweetness up front that slowly moves to a light bitter finish with a lingering taste. Burnt caramel notes perhaps. A hearty beer considering the aroma, it has a thin mouthfeel with a creamy finish.
Reviewed on September 6th, 2007.