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Oktoberfest Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Oktoberfest LagerOktoberfest Lager

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | 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

New York

1.6/5  rDev -56%

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.

09-18-2012 01:37:14 | More by Lordquackingstic
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

1.65/5  rDev -54.7%

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.

09-07-2012 02:59:06 | More by jtierney89
Photo of Bouleboubier


1.83/5  rDev -49.7%

(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.

11-27-2010 21:39:14 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of Melchizedek


2/5  rDev -45.1%

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.

10-05-2006 05:23:37 | More by Melchizedek
Photo of brutalist


2/5  rDev -45.1%

09-28-2012 03:21:34 | More by brutalist
Photo of bierdabbler


2.17/5  rDev -40.4%

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.

10-02-2011 02:25:20 | More by bierdabbler
Photo of Tilley4


2.3/5  rDev -36.8%

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..

10-21-2010 22:09:51 | More by Tilley4
Photo of beerkingnyc

New York

2.35/5  rDev -35.4%

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.

10-04-2010 23:13:53 | More by beerkingnyc
Photo of cbl2

New York

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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


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


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


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.

08-26-2007 23:53:28 | More by cbl2
Photo of fo5s

District of Columbia

2.83/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

10-18-2010 03:28:13 | More by fo5s
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

2.98/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

11-05-2011 20:14:15 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

10-15-2011 19:01:28 | More by Samp01
Photo of mpalestino


3/5  rDev -17.6%

09-16-2013 21:27:46 | More by mpalestino
Photo of iwillhaveanother


3/5  rDev -17.6%

09-20-2013 19:14:47 | More by iwillhaveanother
Photo of ejimhof


3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-30-2012 13:56:37 | More by ejimhof
Photo of MouldyCrow


3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-27-2011 20:02:33 | More by MouldyCrow
Photo of tbeer40

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.6%

10-01-2012 03:28:10 | More by tbeer40
Photo of MsRif


3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-24-2011 05:54:57 | More by MsRif
Photo of djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.6%

08-08-2013 18:32:29 | More by djrn2
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

3/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

09-15-2011 12:11:29 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of goblue3509


3.03/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

09-11-2011 16:46:05 | More by goblue3509
Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%

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...

09-18-2006 03:19:30 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of jwc215


3.08/5  rDev -15.4%

This one pours a gush of foam. After letting the foam settle, a bright gold body appears. Lighter in color than the traditional O-fests (though not unique anymore).

The smell is of sweet caramel, grass/hay - malty but with an unusual citric hop presence for style.

The taste is of sweet caramel, grass/hay and citrus emerging. Not a "bad" taste, but pretty much misses the mark on style. It claims to be in the "Bavarian tradition", but American hops too noticeable. Now, I'm not one to complain about that, and styles are open to interpretation...but, if you want a certain style, other influences, even good ones in other cases, can bring down the particular enjoyment of it. A touch of sour apple goes into the aftertaste. Finishes very dry.

Over-carbonated, but with an "ok" body.

Well, this one turned out to be too bitter for the style. Not a bad taste, but nothing great. They just about missed the mark here, and the over-carbonation doesn't help it. I'll probably give it another shot in the fall and adjust if need be, though I see from reviews that were given in the fall that the problems aren't because of age.

06-04-2007 23:08:40 | More by jwc215
Photo of EgadBananas


3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

Thanks to woodychandler for the CAN.

Pours a nice hazy amber color, nice and bubbly, with light white finger and a half of head that leaves splotchy lacing. Smellsslightly malty, nutty, and crisp. Which is more or less the taste as well, albeit a bit more sweet. The body is light, it has a nice crispness to it, and its a bit creamy. Overall, an easy to drink oktoberfest. Nothing special, but good in its own right. Went well with pasta for dinner!

01-28-2011 00:53:27 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of mentor


3.1/5  rDev -14.8%

1.5 finger lightly yellowed head over a crystal clear gold-straw liquid. Smells oranges, phenols, light caramel. Sweet with some hop mustiness. Iron and a touch of dried fruit. Some wheat.

Tastes sweet and grain phenolic. Touch of buttery. Wet sweet with astringent zing. Thick mouthfeel and a bit sweeter than I expect for the style. Drinkable, but hangs on the tongue a bit more than I’d like. A bit to thick on the tongue. Appropriate carbonation for the style, but not enough to clean the malt off the palette.

10-26-2007 00:56:33 | More by mentor
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Oktoberfest Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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