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Monday, September 14, 2009

Flying Dog - Dogtoberfest Märzen

Dead Soldier
Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Dogtoberfest Märzen - Seasonal
Flying Dog Brewery
Frederick, MD USA
Est. 1983 

Brain Damage Quotient = 5.3 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 

Postmortem Brew Review
Rich, amber orange color.
Roasted malt and hops smell, some fruity sweetness detected.
Caramel malt taste with tangy hops finish.
Off white, one finger head with good lacing.
Medium bodied flavor and light and refreshing mouth feel.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
My favorite time of year is right now. "Harvest time" for the Reaper and the goodness of Märzen/Oktoberfest brews. It's easily my favorite style of beer, and I make no bones about it! These are perfectly placed between hoppy IPA's and your standard ale. But so much more flavor with sweet caramel maltiness and hops in balance.

The brew masters at Flying Dog have crafted up a beauty here; a bit more hoppy (30 IBU's) than I am used to in a Märzen , but who's complaining? They have achieved a wonderful balance in this ale. Good dog!

The beauty of Märzen ales is they are as flavorful as any IPA, but make such a great session beer cause they are easy to drink. Especially now in September for the Fall festivals. So since it 'tis the season, stay tuned. There are more Märzen Octoberfest's in the lager dungeon to haul out for inspection in upcoming posts.

Stone Cold Fact: Märzen means 'the month of March' which is the time of year they are brewed. Lesser known, but equally important is they are cellared through the summer months then traditionally brought out in September, (not October), to celebrate the year's harvest. Of course, there is always enough made to keep drinking right through October, if you like. Me like!

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