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Oktoberfest Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 227
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006

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Reviews: 125 | Hads: 227
Photo of Lordquackingstic
1.62/5  rDev -55.1%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -54.3%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
1.87/5  rDev -48.2%
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. (1,235 characters)

Photo of Melchizedek
2.01/5  rDev -44.3%
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. (937 characters)

Photo of bierdabbler
2.18/5  rDev -39.6%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
2.32/5  rDev -35.7%
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.. (495 characters)

Photo of beerkingnyc
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of cbl2
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of fo5s
2.84/5  rDev -21.3%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
2.96/5  rDev -18%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of dragonWhale
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
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... (855 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,135 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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! (451 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap...
Appears a dark, orange gold with a small off-white head that quickly fades out. Tiny bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet, malty, toffee, caramel, doughy, and grassy.
Taste is of the same aromas with a touch of the true German Oktoberfest coming through but a tad unrefined to my liking.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, grassy, sweet, slightly unbalanced, mildly thin.
I chose not to review this last year, as it was not to my liking. Seems like it's pretty much how I remembered it. It's not bad but it's not making me want to order any more. I'll try it in the bottle soon enough as a comparison. (632 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy pale golden amber with an off-white head which was tall, huge even, and moussy and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity through the head and more nutty as the head began to fall back. Some spicy hops were notable as the head fell and some toasty malt characteristics.

The flavor was malty and somewhat bitter. The malt was lightly nutty and just a bit fruity. The bittering and flavor were slightly citrusy and piney and definitely a bit on the spicy side.

The finish was dry with lasting citrus and piney hop flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation was extremely high. This one may be heading toward or already into some sort of infection. The citrus and the fruit coupled with a very high carbonation lead one to think it is on it's last legs. If taken as a pale ale the citrus and resin seem to work pretty well. If this was supposed to be a Märzen as the label suggests, it really misses the mark.

22 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing! (1,036 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (516 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can, stamped 1/4/12 at the bottom edge,must be a "best buy" date.

appears clear amber copper color, fine white head that fades. mild malty aroma, very minimal hops. taste is mostly caramel sweetness. a bit of a lingering negative aftertaste. average mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation.

overall, a decent local Octoberfest beer (340 characters)

Photo of deaconoflove
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ap. Slightly hazy with a really nice head. Lots of lacing. Great golden color.
Sm. Good, citrisy with some malt in the back.
Ta. Some orangey hops with a tart crisp finish.
Mf. Good carbonation, tart pucker factor.
Dr. V. good, several could go down easily. (257 characters)

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pint glass from a can. Slightly hazy golden amber body topped by a respectable head. The head drops down to a few bubbles on the surface, leaving a very moderate lacing on the glass. Seems to have some decent carbonation.

The smell is mild, hinting at the caramel malts and a clean lager taste. Very mild aroma of hops come out as the beer comes to cellar temp. Has a lightly sweet smell to it.

This is a light-bodied Oktoberfest, with a decent amount of carbonation. The flavor is also very light, with just a small flavor of toasted malt. Really not much in the way of bitterness here. Subtle bitterness in the finish, but just barely there, only in a balancing role. It lacks a more impactful flavor. Notes of wet hay, biscuit malt, butterscotch, and a grassy hop presence.

I would not venture to get this one again. It's not poorly made, but it strikes me as one of many decent, but not great, Oktoberfests. Ultimately it's a forgettable beer. Easy to drink? Yes. But I've had far better. Lagers don't have to be boring. (1,044 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

A light amber beer with a moderate white head, fizzy with carbonation. Grains and caramel malts in the nose. Light on the tongue, with lightly toasted grains, caramel malts, and a mild grassy hop-ness for a sense of balance; slightly metallic finish. Light body, not too flavorful and a little watery, but pretty easy to throw back. (374 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%

Can purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly hazy brown color, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells a little bit malty, toasted bread, and strong lager yeast.

The lager yeast in this one is strong, and a little bit skunky, honestly. When it's colder, the skunkiness is less apparent. A bit of toasty and bready malt flavor as well. This one is fairly sweet, too.

This one is light bodied, and a little bit watery, with low carbonation, keeping it a little flat.

This one fell a little bit short, honestly. (557 characters)

Photo of SteveS1
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Light amber/yellow with a one-finger white head. A little retention. No real lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts and spices (clove). Faint hops.

Taste: Light sweet cereal malts on the tongue, a touch of spice on the palate, quickly unleashes mild bitter hops going down. Aftertaste is bitter spicy hops.

Feel: Medium bodied, not particularly heavy, nice carbonation.

Drink: Goes down very easy, but doesn't lack in flavour. Great session beer. Bitterness doesn't accumulate as the malts keep the hops well in check. (516 characters)

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Oktoberfest Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.