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Oktoberfest Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Oktoberfest LagerOktoberfest Lager

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%

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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Photo of doughanson78


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a pint glass. Received in the Locals Only BIF from trxxpaxxs.

A: Clear copper color. Half finger off white head that fades quickly and leaves a very slight lacing.

S: Caramel malts and very grainy. A sweet fruity aroma. A apple wine like quality.

T: Caramel and sweet malts upfront. Grainy and grassy from middle to finish. A fruity flavor, maybe apples. Bready finish.

M: Light body. High carbonation. Crisp. Refreshing.

O: A good Lager. Definitely not my favorite style, neither is Oktoberfest. This is good for the style and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 19:51:56 | More by doughanson78
Photo of metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a tad bit hazy and light orange in color with a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is malty and similar to the smell; there is a slight amount of malty sweetness in the initial taste and a light amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has some smoothness and a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Nothing really stood out about this beer that would make me want to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 23:46:06 | More by metter98
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice Helles, reminds me of the Grand River Hannenberg Pils.

A: Bronze with an off-white head, thin ring of retention, slight lace.

S: Big floral aroma, grassy, sulfury-mineral, slightly metallic & peppery, light biscuit & bread.

T: Floral, metallic & sulfur minerals, grassy, bready, toffee, pepper, good bitterness.

M: Moderate body is fairly bready with an off-dry finish. Very continental (not just American crystal).

D: A great drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 00:52:24 | More by Derek
Photo of animal69


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a med. copper-gold color, a bit paler than most w/ a thin eggshell head which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lacing in my pilsn glass
S- a bready faintly nutty smell with significant hop presence, hints of raison and that "cured concrete" oktoberfest aroma noted as it warmed
T- taste is quite similar to smell with tons of bready pils malt, nuts blend well with a pleasing hop bitterness, a fruity/floral type hop note is detected, crisp finish, a very "german" o'fest from Am.
M- a dry slightly creamy light-mediun mouthfeel, nominal co2 lvl.
D- a fantastic brew, very drinkable, one of the best o's this season, i'll be sure to grab a few of these every fall

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 23:42:45 | More by animal69
Photo of rayjay


4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Very good Octoberfest! Traditionally based and American in flair.

Ruby carmel colored, very brite and carbonated. Small cap of foam that lingers for the duration.

Much like an imperial pilsner with some dark malts thrown in for good measure. Very grainy and hoppy. Sulfur from the lager yeast. Well lagered. Just a touch of sweetness so I don't think there is carmel malt, more like dark Munich and malted rye.

I loved this beer. Restrained boldness (maltiness and bitterness) is my favorite combo. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 20:56:28 | More by rayjay
Photo of PatronWizard


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Proud bomber received in the Under 100 BIF from mikereaser. Part of an awesome package.

Lagers and I have been having a serious disagreement after nearly two decades of harmony before I discovered how much more was out there (every one say DIPA!!!!). Even so, this is a nice looking bottle and I'ma gonna drink it.

Pours caramel color with a big frothy white head. Impressive lager for sure.

Smell is hard to pin down. Light. Maybe slightly spiced, maybe not.

Fuller flavored that the pathetic lagers I'm used to. So yes, I'm enjoying this one as I bar-be-que some ribeyes. Lots of carbonation.

End notes.

Overall: was an enjoyable beer

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 03:03:30 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy gold/copper. Thin white head that did not disappear and nice laceing. Aroma is of honey and carmel malts. Body is medium and carbonated. Taste is of bread and honey with a maltyu sweetness through out. Not my favorite Oktoberfest,but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 01:36:46 | More by riversider76
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

got this one from DrJay as part of the Trance/Dance/EDM BIF. thanks jay!

22oz bottle. sampled nov 16/08.

pours crystal clear copper colour with a small cream coloured head. the head drops quickly and leaves a few spots of lace.

aroma is nice. light caramel and honey character. pleasant lager character. biscuit and white bread. touch of alcohol. light fruity component too. hint of smoke.

taste is nice. hint of caramel sweetness. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. touch of smoke. nice fruity character.

mouthfeel is nice. medium-high carbonation level that carries a bit of sting with it. medium-light body.

drinkability is good. nice balance. unremarkable overall, but quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 01:05:51 | More by grub
Photo of ckeegan04


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear light orange color with a foamy off-white head. Decent retention but very little lacing.

S - Light bready malt aroma. Very little else going on with the smell. Faint spicy hoppiness to it.

T - A light sweetness initially mixed with a breadiness. Earthy hoppiness comes through but is in no way overwhelming. Finished with a nice mix of sweet and bitter...guess you could call it bittersweet. Very mild flavor compared to many o-fests I have had.

M/D - Medium bodied and very well carboanted. Easy drinking to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 04:34:12 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 00:59:14 | More by Gmann
Photo of beernut

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a orange/amber color with a nice 2inch frothy white head that doesn't last too long with some stickiness around the edges. Aroma is sweet malt, can't really grasp the hops. Taste is malty, not too heavy, toasted caramel. Very good carbonation, mouthfeel is crisp, no bitter aftertaste. A Pretty decent beer from SlyFox, this is my 1st beer from them and it is pretty good. Wish I could find this beer on tap, can definitely drink this all nite.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 23:49:29 | More by beernut
Photo of phantomwyse


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The start of the new wave of seasonals for me...

A: Unfiltered honey color, semi-transparent. Swift carbonation. Fast fading fluffy 2-finger head, average white tone, leaving a scattering of large bubbles.

S: Pilsner-like, lightly sweet malts, dull hops.

T: Soft bready malts, light toffee -- slight orange fruit flavor, grapefruit.

M: Well balanced, smooth, and just a touch creamy with a pallatable dry finish.

D: At first taste, a let down. This beer has slow onset appreciation. The more you drink it, the more the beer comes alive. Good all around. Just needs a little something extra to differentiate it from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 13:55:29 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a tight bubbled head that retains nicely and leaves a few dots and shards behind

Smell: Bitter grainy elements dominate the malt

Taste: Caramel Munich malt up front with a growing harsh grainy bitterness developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the grainy bitterness dominates the malt and growns increasingly grassy through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The grainy bitter flavors are just too powerful and detract from the more enjoyable malt backbone

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 00:11:16 | More by brentk56
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium copper/amber with a light white head.

S: soft with light toasted malt, noble flowering, and a very slight touch of malt sweetness.

T: The flavor was light with toasted caramel with some fruitiness. There was some floral hopping as well. Overall was much lighter then expecting and lacked the general malty sweetness typical per style.

M: light and clean and not overly sweet.

D: good beer to drink in mulitples but light on the malt sweetness. very clean german style palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 00:59:23 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 22:22:01 | More by oberon
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this in Buffalo.

Pours a clear amber, thin white head forms, some sticky lace, clings to the glass, thin ring, looks like marzen! Smell is light malts, caramel, bread, toast, touch of orange/citrus, very clean, nice. Taste is similar, sweet caramel and bready malt, yeast, toast, citrus, touch of spice in the finish, nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, easy to drink and very smooth. Not super complex but a solid and drinkable marzen.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 02:28:19 | More by Viggo
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear copper color with a nice 2" head that lasts a while. No lacing develops.

Smell: caramel, earthiness, and malt sweetness.

Taste: nice bready malt profile. Caramel, hints of unripe fruit, mild bitterness, and a hint of alcohol. Slightly dry. This is more German like than other American versions.

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry throughout. Medium bodied. Long aftertaste as the malt klings to your tongue.

Drinkability: extremely easy to consume this one. A great version of the oktoberfest style.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 01:06:41 | More by Gavage
Photo of Domingo


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for BankerJoe for this one as I'm sure I'll never see this out in Colorado.
Pours a golden color...which is a little odd. I guess the real Oktoberfest beers in Munich are getting lighter and lighter, so perhaps this is following that trend? There's a decent 1/4" head at first, but by the time you're halfway done with the beer, the head's gone.
Smell is of sweet gingerbread, caramel, and nutmeg. Not much hops in the smell, but that's not necessarily unusual.
The flavor starts of dry, but then sweetens up. Hops add some spice, and the finish stays sweet. It's not as sweet as some of the bigger examples from the US, but also not as dry as most of the German varieties. It's right in the middle. Reminds me a little of a fresh Spaten.
It's a little thin because the head doesn't hold up, BUT in the long run I think that'll make it more drinkable. I only had a single bomber, but had no problem finishing it myself, and I could've certainly had at least half of another one.
Not the best Oktoberfest, but a solid one nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 14:30:07 | More by Domingo
Photo of mentor


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 00:56:33 | More by mentor
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 20:03:55 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Pours a clear light-copper color with a small white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is caramel malty, albeit a bit on the light side.

Caramel malty upfront leading into a medium bitterness and light herbal hop flavor. Finishes rather dry with a light lingering hop taste.

Medium-light body, mild carbonation.

Overall, a respectable O'fest. Not quite a top tier offering, but much more interesting and drinkable than the all-too-common bland interpretation of the style. One of my favorite styles, when done properly...

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 04:24:16 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of cbl2

New York

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
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.


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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 23:53:28 | More by cbl2
Photo of jwc215


3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an almost clear, perfectly amber hued color as it sits in my glass. The head starts out at almost a four-finger thickness and is composed of fairly large bubbles that make up its light tan color. The aroma seems to be a mix of light fruit, herbaceous hops and malt notes. The aroma is somewhat muted, even in an Oktoberfest type of beer, and it has a certain thin graininess to it.

Wow this is really carbonate, it foams up quite a bit as it first hits my tongue. It is also quite bitter up front as well, and that bitterness continues on through the flavor profile to a lingering note in the finish. Quite dry as well, this dryness accentuates a grassy, slightly herbal hop character as well as a dry biscuit like malt character in the finish. There are some nice light caramelized malt sweet notes here as well, but they are light and fleeting at times.

I am not sure what it is, but of the Sly Fox brews that I have had, they all seem a bit off. This one is only subtly so, but I get the feeling they did not mean for such an effervescent brew, as it mucks with the overall balance. I certainly can't say there is anything wrong with this beer, in fact it is even tasty enough to be enjoyed. I just get the feeling that this would be a much better beer if the quality control was minded a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 01:12:55 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 23:43:09 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Oktoberfest Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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