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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%

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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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Photo of thecheapies


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold in color with just a thin layer of head. Overpour victim. 3.0

Thin and musty aroma. Toasted grains, piquant hop, and the strange element of bouillon cube. Muted nose. 3.0

Enjoyably dry with some light husks and kilned grain flavor. Smooth and somewhat fruity with the notes of quince and white grape. Interplay of fruity esters and a quiet floral hop. Finishes clean and minty with some sweetness and booze breath. Killer flavor after that failure of a nose. 4.0

Medium body and light carbonation. Not a really fast drinker. 3.5

Great taste saved this. Preserved still as one of the better craft Oktoberfests I've had this year. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 01:37:52 | More by thecheapies
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

1.65/5  rDev -54.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sly Fox Oktoberfest

Pours a dark copper color. Aroma of munich malts, euro hops and brown sugar. In the taste, nutty malts, lightly toasted and caramelized. Grassy hops, tea like, with the flavorful rich malt profile and an even balance. Medium bodied feel and all too easy to drink. Pretty standard Octoberfest, solid flavors and well brewed all around.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 04:14:09 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of goblue3509


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 21:06:03 | More by Rifugium
Photo of dennarb


4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We had this on tap at Theresa's Next Door an excellent brew pub in Wayne. The pour is an orangish amber with a small head. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty. The taste has a reassuring roundness with carmel and lemon coming through the rich maltiness. It goes down smooth and delicious. Sly Fox's Oktoberfest is not available for very long but if you find it on tap I'd highly recommend that you give it a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 01:21:37 | More by dennarb
Photo of BARFLYB


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

After searching the city for a six pack and finding zilch (this stuff gets snatched up quick) I grabbed a pint at the Grey Lodge before it dissapeared.

Sly Fox Octo pours a very clear amber color, it's somewhat light brown and bronze, problem is there is no head whatsoever off the tap!! I'll find a can to see if this is a freak happening. No stick. Smell is real fruity for an o fest, the traditional somewhat grain scent with a nice fruity backing, no hopping. Taste is, well, it is great. Refreshing. Nothing extreme, mellow yellow here, but a fruity octoberfest. I was surprised by the apple and plums and such over a nice Munich malt and light hops, no alcohol, this is just fine by me. The feel is light bodied but felt a bit dead off the tap, needs some more ummmpphhh. I will drink more if I find some cans. Brian, brew more of this next year and can alot more next fall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 04:51:24 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of OWSLEY069


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

Pours a orange-ish to copper color with a small white head. In the aroma, sweet biscuit malt and a small earthiness. In the taste, earthiness and a dry maltiness. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, and a small dry earthy fruitiness. Nice representation of style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2010 01:45:29 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this off the tap at d.b.a. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
A- It has a medium orange color with a slight head and some lacing. No bubbles.
S- Slight hoppy scent.
T- It's more of a bitter, German style Oktoberfest, which I prefer. It's a very calm fall beer, with a bit of spice, but very easy on the mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2009 16:07:37 | More by Amalak
Photo of tempest


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2009 15:08:25 | More by tempest
Photo of rickmick


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 03:50:21 | More by rickmick
Photo of far333


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2007 18:03:53 | More by far333
Photo of Stimack

New York

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

Had this one on tap while at the Phoenixville brewpub. This brew had a nice color to it, clear amber brown and a nice sized light tan head that had pretty good retention and left most if it’s lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma was nice; sweet caramel malt stood out for me while also having a somewhat butter like scent. The taste was very refreshing, nice malt backbone of caramel flavors that gave it a slight nutty taste while still seeming to have a butter like presence. It finishes with a slight hop bitterness that seemed to tie it together quite well. Slight dry feel to it as it finishes. Overall I felt that this was a good offering, one I would get again!

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2007 12:23:35 | More by Stimack
Photo of weeare138


3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2006 01:55:17 | More by weeare138
Photo of goindownsouth


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed vom Fass at Sly Fox Royersford on Saturday, 08.12.06. Nice, tawny amber appearance of the brew itself. A respectable yet pillowy head sat firmly atop this offering, and left a solidly sticky lace along the side of the glass throughout. The nose offered hints of earthy maltiness, almost biscuit like. Sweet, toasted malt flavor on the palate. The hops balanced it out well. Some kind of bitter kick at the end, but that may have been me.

A very decent offering and, in fact, one I will seek out again. Oktoberfest Biers, for the record, are hard to get true to style, but this one is a mighty fine rendition.


Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2006 11:13:33 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of MusicaleMike


3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: can

11-19-2013 16:12:30 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazed and very light amber with an orange hue . Lager bubbles coming up from the bottom. It had a finger and a half of loose off white foam that fell quickly to a thin ring and soapy wet lace as you drink.

Nose is simple and yeasty lager smell. Bready with a touch of malt sweetness. There is some hop pungency on the nose and I thought I smelled a bit of onion. I will call it hop herbal instead. As it warmed the malt became a tad sweeter on the nose.

Taste is terrific and light. It has a light bread with only a touch of malt sweetness that intensifies slightly as you drink. There is a hop presence on the palate and a gentle bitter on the tongue right before the finish. It finishes crisp and dry with silky bread to flow but no real caramel taste. It's not that the malt is not sweet and only by the end of the glass are you noticing a bit of nutty or any toasted quality. The malt in this one is slow to be realized but it is there and by the end of the drink it has a bit more body. Carbonation in ample and mouthfeel is clean.

I think sly fox has a great way of making very smooth lagers that drink very easily and flow across the palate like water. This one is certainly tasty and while you might start out thinking it's too light by mid glass you are tasting hearty bread (with the crusts even) and a smooth malt. it may not have the dark color of other octoberfests but it drinks well .

Serving type: can

10-04-2013 14:27:11 | More by utopiajane
Photo of Nikxed58

New York

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: can

10-01-2013 19:09:47 | More by Nikxed58
Photo of EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -5%
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

Serving type: can

09-28-2013 03:54:31 | More by EBeckett3
Photo of CHADMC3


3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter orange to golden, lighter than I would expect for the style. Te head is foamy and somewhat thin and leaves nearly no lacing behind.

Aromas are fairly traditional and feature Munich and Carmel malt, with notes of bread and only the faintest hop presence.

The flavor is similar with Carmel and Munich malts with biscuit and faint hints of toffee. Although it may be what one would expect for the style in terms of character it is not as pronounced versus the staples of the style.

Thinner than I would like in body yet very clean and crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a decent fest bier just leaving a bit of character on the table.

Serving type: can

09-15-2013 22:07:00 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of mvanaskie13


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a harpoon tasting glass, color is copper/gold, head is light, thin, presenting only about 1/4 inch then dissipating, color is off white with larger buble size.

Smell is bread, toast, biscuit, touch of vienna/munich style malts, fresh hoppiness noted, grass and fruity but light.

Taste is clean, vienna/munich malts showing through, somewhat drying, crisp flavors, bread, toast and biscuit are all present, touch of caramel like sweetness; hop flavor is fresh, crisp, floral. Malt flavor is on the subdued side for a oktoberfest, with the hops showing through

Mouthfeel is very crisp, sharp on the tongue, expected with this level of hoppiness and the carbonation for this style.

Overall, a less sweet, more hoppy oktoberfestbier, i like it. great for the warmer september afternoons.

Serving type: can

09-15-2013 21:03:34 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of smakawhat


3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tall pilsner style glass.

Real nice orange to peach bronze amber body color. Quite light and bright actually with some small rising carbonation. Soapy even three finger head that settles to a small collar with some good lacing. Very attractive looking beer.

Nose is crispy smelling malts. Slight caramel, and very clean smelling. A bit of tonic water and quinine like whiffs as well. Malt action seems to be taking a back seat.

Palate is quite full and very light and extremely flavorful. Crispy action with crackling malt and good mix of caramel. Brown sugar and clove like spices, with a very light palate. Clean finish with a minor sticky quality. Good depth with a very light body.

Overall just a very solid enjoyable Marzen, really like the German styles from this brewery.

Serving type: can

08-26-2013 22:21:19 | More by smakawhat
Photo of justintcoons


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.
Oktoberfest in January, why not?

Very cloudy amber with 1 finger of white head. Decent retention.

Bread, toast, caramel and brown sugar.

Very mellow flavor profile. Toasted white bread and caramel, perhaps some rye bread. Notes of brown sugar and earth. Just a touch of honeydew. Some residual bitterness.

Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

This is a really nice Marzen even if it is a little out of date. I'll be sure to grab some fresh ones this year.

Serving type: can

01-12-2013 18:08:24 | More by justintcoons
Photo of SolipsismalCat


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy orange with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted several minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Lots of caramel malt.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Toasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: Slightly above average Oktoberfest.

Serving type: can

10-20-2012 23:01:31 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of Lordquackingstic

New York

1.6/5  rDev -55.9%
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.

Serving type: can

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