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Oktoberfest Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 6
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006)
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Photo of Lordquackingstic
1.6/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Crystal clear copper with a big white head and lots of noticeable carbonation. Very nice looking, but this is where the beauty ends.

S: Piss. This seriously smells like urine. It's so unappealing that every sip I take I try not to smell my glass.

T: Tastes like I just drank from a cup that I asked a nurse from an old folks home to go around and fill up with all the discharge from everybody's catheters. All flavors are muted by this piss taste.

M: Feels like I just tasted a golden shower. Leaves an acidic burn in the back of my throat. So unappealing.

O: Bought this on a whim, and I want my damn money back. Stay away from this. This is hands down the worst Oktoberfest I've ever had in my life, and probably one of the worst craft beers I've ever had period. Downright nasty.

Lordquackingstic, Sep 18, 2012
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
Photo of Bouleboubier
1.83/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

Wow! What's going with this? I'd like to chat with someone who "gets" this beer in order to find out if I'm totally missing something here. I'll try to be brief and to the point. While this pours quite lovely - on the light end with its hazy coppery amber color, ample cottony/sparkly head and matching sticky lace - and sports a quaff-ably sparkling-yet-smooth, clean, medium body, the other (more and most important) elements to the experience, namely smell and taste, are not swooning me.

Simply put, the most dominant aroma and flavor: mint mouthwash. What?! No! I'm guessing the hops could be mostly to blame, although it may surely be, in large part, a combo of that and the yeast strain used. I came up with some rough estimate that the flavor is comprised of 50% Scope, 35% Helles Bock, and 15% malty Marzen grain recipe. About halfway through, I began to notice some similarities to Sly Fox's Pikeland Pils in the spice and sweetness. Regardless, all in all, what I got was a jolt of medicinal-minty phenol blah. Never again, mein Freund.

Bouleboubier, Nov 27, 2010
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 brutalist
2/5  rDev -44.8%

brutalist, Sep 28, 2012
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 Tilley4
2.3/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Perfect Pint...

Light golden with a pretty nice thick head... Fairly light for an Oktoberfest...

Hmm.. Lots of creamed corn aromas here... Not dark roasted maltiness... No honey like aromas... Just corn...

Fairly average straightforward brew here.... Lots of corn or non descript sweet malts with a weird buttery finish... I struggled with this one...

I wound up pouring this one a little over halfway thru. it just wasn't what I was expecting and I was fairly disappointed..

Tilley4, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of beerkingnyc
2.35/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz can into Mug.

Has a rich golden yellow color, and had a nice thick head.

The smell was malty, and a bit biscuity.

Beer has a very hoppy, bitter, may i say cheap taste. Not your typical oktoberfest to me.

After buying a six pack, ill drink all six, but ill never buy it again.

beerkingnyc, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of cbl2
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

8/26/2007 $3.99 22 oz. 5.80% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a clear amber/brown with a thin film of white head that quickly settles.

Aroma:

Very crisp, with mild malty notes. Clean and fresh.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Loads of corn adjunct dominate the palate, and make for a off-sweet flavor that is less than desirable. Finish is somewhat bitter, and subtly chalky.

cbl2, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of fo5s
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can served in my trusty Sam Adams glass. Best by of 1/16/11 so this should be appropriately fresh.

Pours a cloudy light-amber. Beautiful half-inch creamy head.

Smell is sweet malt, slightly muddled. In short, I'm unimpressed.

Taste starts sweet before the toasted malts come through. I can't put a finger on it, but something is off with the malt - just doesn't taste like an Oktoberfest should. Taste is fairly thin, but would be better served with a bit more body to it.

Mouthfeel is fine - carbonation is on par for the style. Smooth but just a bit crisp.

Drinkability isn't great, especially for the style. Certainly not difficult to put back one of these, but I don't see myself rushing through these 12oz.

Overall I'm not impressed. This certainly isn't up to par with some of Sly Fox's other offerings. It's not a terrible rendition of the style, nor a bad beer, just unimpressive and not something I plan to revisit. It scores an intangible point for being an oktoberfest in a can.

fo5s, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Jmamay22
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light amber with a foamy head that settles to a thin ecru colored collar. The scent is muted with slight bready caramel hints. Nothing much really in the scent to enjoy or find off putting.

Taste is similarly weak. A touch of toasted malt sweet flavor followed by a nondescript bitter finish. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Overall it is not a very exciting brew that lacks any depth or complexity. That said, it is a good start to the fall for some tailgating.

Jmamay22, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Bieniek30
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Bieniek30, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Samp01
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour a clear copper / bronze with an off-white head. Aroma and Taste of light toasted malt, some light fruity and grass notes and some hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation. Finish is lightly toasted malt, some yeast with a slightly fruity and hoppy ending, could use a bit more malt. Overall not the best but an ok drinkable brew.

Samp01, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -17.1%

mpalestino, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Ieatlambfries
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Ieatlambfries, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of iwillhaveanother
3/5  rDev -17.1%

iwillhaveanother, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.1%

ejimhof, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of MouldyCrow
3/5  rDev -17.1%

MouldyCrow, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of tbeer40
3/5  rDev -17.1%

tbeer40, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of MsRif
3/5  rDev -17.1%

MsRif, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.1%

djrn2, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of dragonWhale
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was kind've excited to try this since I do enjoy most of what Sly Fox has to offer, but it ended up being the biggest letdown of the octoberfests we tried. Maybe not the worst, but the biggest letdown.
Slightly sweet and sticky, coppery with minimal head that fades away, bready nose, didn't get much toasted malt there. Some of it comes through on the drink. I've had sweeter marzens with a more complex malt bill and drier ones that finished clean. This one feels stuck betwixt the two paths of delicious.

dragonWhale, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of quadhog
3/5  rDev -17.1%

quadhog, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of goblue3509
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish color with a one finger tight head. The head gives way to almost no lace. The aroma was sweet and malty not overly strong and not overly complex. The taste has a sweet and caramel malt backbone. That was about all I got. It was a good flavor but it was very complex. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated. Overall it was a decent beer it had a decent flaovr and a decent aroma but it left me wanting more out of it.

goblue3509, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a nice looking crisp copper colour with a big foamy and sticky head atop the liquid. Nice stuff.

The aroma has a faint, dirty malt tone to it, with hints of sweetness here and there. Nothing that memorable and fairly average overall.

The flavour continues with the aroma but tweaks it a bit for an ever so slight improvement from the aroma. Sweetness is a bit more pronounced here and the earthy malt flavour is still here but is mixed with notes of grassiness as well. Still, this one is fairly average overall. Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp and light to medium bodied.

I've found most, if not all, of the Sly Fox bottled/canned products that I've sampled thusfar to be at least solidly tasty to very good. This one just didn't do it for me. It's bland and there's just not much there. Not a bad brew overall, just kind of blah overall...

SixpointJMH, Sep 18, 2006
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Oktoberfest Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.