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Oktoberfest Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006)
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Reviews by Nikxed58:
Photo of Nikxed58
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought this from a Wegman's in Pennsylvania. I was in the state and figured why not try something from the area ("Craft brewed in Pennsylvania"). Poured from a can.

A - pours a really nice light copper color similar to a witbier. There was a huge head that looked oh so beautiful.

S - it was kinda hard to differentiate the scents present. I smelled a bit of wheat but that's about it.

T - has a light bitterness from some hops but the flavors don't really pop out or are not present at all. That's not to say that it doesn't taste good, because this Oktoberfest tastes pretty good, but there's nothing crazy special about it, which is absolutely fine.

M - very nice moderate mouth feel. After each sip, some beer still lingers in the mouth leaving a nice feeling that isn't dry at all. I think that this is one of the aspects of this beer and differentiates it from some of its peers.

O - pretty good Oktoberfest that is good to share with a few friends. Their canned package is great for on-the-go convenience. You won't find anything out of the ordinary here, but it stays true to style. Enjoyable beer to celebrate the Fall season.

Nikxed58, Oct 01, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a clear spritzy light bronze with a large blooming white head that stuck well to the glass leaving some broken lace in its wake.Pretty clean lager aromas light notes of brown sugar and caramel to go along with a fading toastiness and iron,I think on the sweeter side of the style although not nearly cloying just the brown sugar and caramel flavors dominate with some doughy-like flavors underneath a decent punch of spicey hop shows thru as I drink more in the finish.It goes down very easily and Iam sure is food friendly,not bad.

oberon, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 12 can into a small mug.

Appearance: The body has a beautiful orange amber colored body with just the slightest haze. From the aggressive pour I got a small creamy off white head. The head fades to thin covering that just hangs on to the end. On the glass it makes lots of slick spotty lace.

Smell: Its aroma is very malty in a nutty sweet, bready way. There are also notes of sweet floral/spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: I get a lot of bready and nutty maltiness throughout with mellow candy like sweetness. Hops add some floral spicy flavor, a little bitterness and a very slight sour note to the finish. It's a good solid medium body with a smooth lightly carbonated mouth feel.

Notes: I am digging the big nutty bready malt on this one. It is quite drinkable and enjoyable. Prosit!!!

generallee, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of bierdabbler
2.17/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up some cans and poured into a pint glass.

A- Decent orange color with a little head that was sweet tasting but dissipated rather quick with no lacing.

S- Faint smells of festbier, not a lot going on here.

T/M- Light and basic lager taste, hard to discern any attributes qualifying this as an Oktoberfest.

Was disappointed in the lack of smell or taste, not much different here than your local canned lager costing half the price. Below average for lagers overall.

bierdabbler, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest beer in a can...gotta love it....pours medium amber, clear, lighter tan head, stays for a bit, then falls to the proverbial tiny bubble film, thin collar, a quite fine and nice looking lacing element....just getting the thinnest whiff of maltyness..super easy drinking O'fest offering. Has the expected smooth maltyness, with just a hint of nuts and maple. Nothing special, but decent enough to enjoy on a chilly fall evening.

Billolick, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a nice rocky head ,head dissapated fairly quickly.a light coppery,slightly reddish-orange hue.A fruitty.green apple a bit grassy aroma.
Tastes fruity,a soury tart taste,a hint of yeast.Not a traditional Octoberfest taste.
A carbinated cider like mouthfeel,very dry wine-like.The aftertaste is kind of sour like an green apple.
A light to medium mouthfeel,an interesting beer very hard to describe.

jcdiflorio, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

ImFlyerThanYou, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

can out of the fridge poured into a mug. best before 12-20-10.

pours a clear light brown color. 2 fingers of off white head that settled to a thin layer then eventually a small ring. a decent lace.

not too big of an aroma. grainy, ever so slightly roasted malts. herbal tea. ever so slight bit of alcohol.

pilsner, bready grains, slightly roasty, lots of herbal tea, earthy hops at the finish with a little bit of hop bitterness. a little bit of that lager goodness. a good balance.

medium to light bodied. slightly watery at times. sparkly carbonation.

an easy session beer, i could drink this anytime of year, but exspecially great in the fall. one of the better octoberfests out there, and one of the very few in a can. that wins points with me. also has a little more hops than your usual oktoberfest which i like. seek this out if you CAN. haha get it?

dogfishandi, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Devil's Alley, Philadelphia.

Light honey colored with no head to speak of, but this is unfortunately due the barkeep's attempt to fill the liquid completely to the brim with as little head as possible. It was actually filled so high that I had to be careful not to spill while lifting it to my lips.

Low aroma of bready malt. Flavor is initially biscuity malt, but hints of toffee and cinnamon work their way in and out. Moderately carbed, full mouthfeel with a tingly finish. Good representation of the style, very drinkable.

far333, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of ryser2k
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

ryser2k, May 28, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Forms a really nice shaped off white head which rises slowly above the rim of the glass, yet never drips down the sides of my pint. Dwindles relatively quick but leaves scattered strips of lacing as it does, the body is a pale copper orange tone, a bit lighter than the typical American brewed O-fest, and I also noticed tiny yeast particles suspended in there. Aroma is hard to describe it has a good bit of tart green apple, mild citrus and tropical passion fruits with bread malt layer becoming a bit sugary finishes with light grassy and leafy hops in the nose. Taste, comes off a touch acidic develops a creamy sweet fruity character with mild rassy hops and finishes tart like a dry cider, very interesting overall with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel has a light to medium body, carbonation a bit heavy with some prickly presence on the palate a bit of residual sugars noted as well and it definitely fnishes dry. Drinkability: Challenging to the senses and it fails to come off as the typical American brewed oktoberfest, the label boldly states: "Our version of this seasonal lager. No limits, no restrictions." Thank God something different from a somewhat monotonous style, I'll be having another I enjoyed it.

WVbeergeek, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of Melchizedek
2/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 22 oz. bomber into a nice mug, good color for the style, a clear goldish amber with bits of floaty yeast in the final pour. Enthusiastic bubbly head builds up quickly and dissipates just as fast.

Not much aroma to speak of - just some vaguely detergent-y character, malt sweetness, a whiff of alcohol, but overall just too clean. The carbonation in the mouth is just way too much. The beer fizzes up immediately upon sipping, making it hard to discern flavors or swallow without instant burping. It's not like you're missing much in the flavor, though - there's mostly a kind of woody malt taste with a bit of chemical bitterness. Rather thin once the carbonation has run its course, too.

The carbonation really ruins the enjoyability of this even as a quaff-worthy selection. It doesn't taste good enough to endure the onslaught of fizz, either - don't bother. There are plenty of better O'fests readily available.

Melchizedek, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of rickmick
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a lightish yellow with a hint of brown. Not much in the aroma department. Highly carbonated, with little lacing.

The taste is... eh. I was expecting more malty flavors, but what dominates is a lemony sourness. The high carbonation makes this very refreshing however. Just not what I expected.

rickmick, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox- Oktoberfest

22ozer brewed and bottled Royersford, PA.

Appearance- Beautiful golden brown with a huge frothy head. Moderate lacing down the glass.
Smell- Sweet buttery vanilla caramel malt.
Taste- Malt dominated. Like the smell, sweet vanilla caramel with a buttery hint. Sorta like a Werthers candy. Although some slight corn adjunct like flavor pokes its head through making it very sweet.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and buttery throughout with a bit of a cloying feeling.

Overall- Not too shabby. By the end of the bomber this started to become to sweet and cloying for me. Definitely worthy of a pint or 2.

NJpadreFan, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

whatname, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Royersford brewery. The beer appeared a clear golden orange in my pint glass with two fingers of head. The aroma was rich with caramel, bread crust, and a mild fruity lager tang. The flavor followed up on the same notes, but was a touch subtle for the style. Still, the overall character was very true to the style and I enjoyed catching this beer on the tail end of the Oktoberfest season. Worth trying for anyone that loves traditional German O-fest beer.

tempest, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of scar
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am always searching for a well executed Marzen. Recently, this style has really diminished in character and some of the German imports are to blame. Many of these famous Munich breweries have changed these beers to accommodate the masses. With that being said, this canned version is the best Marzen I have had in years.
This beer has the appropriate color however lacks in head and lacing, which is normal for the style.

The smell is almost perfect with the hops just used to balance this malty brew. The barley sugar sweet character from Vienna and Munich Malts, or historically some decoction shows well here, however I could do with a little more of this aroma. To add, sometimes the German imports have a very slight almost sweet yeast character, this beer however does not have this quality.

Taste, very drinkable and moreish, certainly a dangerous brew if ever served in a 1 liter mass like in Munich. 5 mass Munich!

Overall, an almost perfect brew because it sticks to tradition and reminds me of a good old friend I haven't seen in a long time.

10/9/12Just bought the beer again, quite different, still in a can, however can't taste the malt as much. As a result I am down grading my original review

scar, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of DerekP
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with some digits and a date (presumably the "best before") printed near the bottom of the can: 1/9/12.

Dark-orange-amber looking beer that's highly carbonated and fairly translucent. Head disappeared quick.

Floral in the nose. Peppery yeast. Bread, butter, stale apple juice & dry caramel.

Tastes yeasty with light malts and caramel malts for sweetness. Bittering hops right in the middle. Finishes with a fruity and bitter astringency that hangs on and lingers.

Notable spicy hop flavor shows itself as well as the brew warms up. A touch boozy. A decent oktoberfest.

DerekP, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can acquired in recent trade (Cheers!)
No canned-on date, but I'm assuming this fall seasonal is from a recent month of 2011.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malt, freshly-cut red delicious apple, herbal hop, and cereal grain. Not a bad aroma...

Appearance: Golden-copper, crystal-clear body, two finger off-white head falls slowly, and catches to form decent lacing inside the glass.

Flavor: A sweet cherry-like note up front, accompanied by carmelized sugar. An underlying hoppy bitterness, as well as a floral noble hop. Finish is clean and dry. The flavor profile is not bad, but is a little bit more reserved than I would have liked to see. (Would have preferred malt and hops be bumped up a notch or two.)

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation and medium body. Pretty simple in this category.

Overall: I enjoyed this, my first taste of a Sly Fox offering. Drinkability is great--especially in a style in which some examples are on the cloying side. At the same time, the flavor could have used a tad bit more caramel, and a stronger Noble Hop contribution. However, it definitely wasn't bad, and I'd definitely like to drink it again.

mdvatab, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of tight off-white head. This retains with a thin layer of creamy foam, which leaves back a nice looking cascade of spotty froth. Really solid look here that just makes you want to get into the glass ASAP. The aroma is fresh and floral smelling, with a leafy spiciness to it, as well as some bright citric tones. There is a touch of backing sugars and biscuit notes present as well but those Noble hops are just really popping nicely here.

The taste is lively with the hops up front, bitter with earthy citrus rind that then trails into lingering grit and spice. The spiciness of this really makes this too, working nicely with that malt backbone of sugary caramel and toasted bread to impart an almost gingersnap flavor to this. The mouthfeel has lighter medium body on it, with a bubbly crispness to the carbonation which fills the mouth up with flavors but also stays VERY easy feeling and accessible. This was one of those ones where I almost ran out of liquid before I was done reviewing this.

Nice! Well balanced and tasty, the hops and malt just worked well here together and this drinks much easier than an almost 6% beer should. An Oktoberfest in a can? Why not! It's nice to see Sly Fox staying ahead of the curve here, as I believe this is the first time I've seen this style in a can before.

Kegatron, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of EBeckett3
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - golden hue, thick white head, excellent laces
S - not much there, yeast?
T - malty, not much hop, mild smoke, soft bitter
M - quaffable, medium body, it is a lager not a true marzen
O -Great for a seissun, ABV just under 6, not a marzen Oktoberfest but closer to hofbrau than you might think

Served in a 16 oz pint glass at my kitchen table

EBeckett3, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Bieniek30
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Bieniek30, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy toasted grain color with an airy off-white head that dissipated into a light cap. The aroma is faint, some toasted grains. The taste is of doughy munich malt, some honey and toasted grain, and a barely there hop presence to balance out the brew. The flavors are pretty good perhaps a touch thin but resembles the festbier. The feel is moderate, slighty chewy, well carbonated finishes with a nice balance. A respectable Oktoberfest, has some nice German qualities to it. Pretty refreshing too.

Gmann, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dull amber hue with good clarity. Almost no head. Nose is almost nothing.

Roasted grainy malt, taste like whole grain bread a bit, semi big body with little carbonation. Subtle dark fruit with balancing euro hop bitterness. Flavors are barely perceptible though. The flavors can't balance the body and it feels dead. Not so good.

jtierney89, Sep 07, 2012
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Oktoberfest Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.