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Oktoberfest Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Oktoberfest LagerOktoberfest Lager

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BA SCORE
82
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177 Ratings
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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Ridiculously carbonated carrot juice orange. The beer itself was only one finger in height immediately after the pour due to an explosion of pale ecru foam. Even now, two minutes later, there's still more head than liquid in the glass. The few watery splotches of lace that managed to stick will now be obliterated as I attempt to add more beer so that I can get it within sniffing distance.

Oktoberfest Lager doesn't smell much like an Oktoberfest to me due to a (probable) absence of Munich malt. It don't appreciate the toasted earthiness of that particular variety, which is more than fine by me. Orange fruity hops make the biggest splash, so that even though the beer isn't style accurate in one sense, it still has a semi-enjoyable nose.

Upon tasting... again, style purists will probably have a conniption fit since this Sly Fox seasonal is anything but a classic representative of the style, but I think it' still pretty good beer in a balanced APA sort of way. The Vienna malt backbone is sturdy enough to offset the fruity, lightly spicy German hops and to keep the sweet-bitter balance in... er... balance.

As I get deeper into the bomber, I'm beginning to appreciate the hop flavor and hop bitterness a little more. So much for malt-dominant Oktoberfests. Ignore the 'brewed in the traditional Bavarian style' on the label. This is simple, clean, enjoyable beer that boasts drinkability as its primary attribute.

Given the relative lack of malt (again, for the style), it's no surprise that the body/mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. It's also much less carbonated than expected. Those bubbles that were so hellbent early on are still lively, but very little of their energy is transmitted to the mouth.

It's unlikely that I'll run across another Oktoberfest this autumn that drinks quite like Sly Fox Oktoberfest Lager. Even though I probably wouldn't look forward to its release like I would some of this brewery's other offerings, I'm enjoying it quite a bit since I don't always care for the more traditional versions. Thanks to BitterBrian for the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 14:25:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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
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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
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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
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Sly Fox Oktoberfest Lager.
"Oktoberfest beers celebrate the looniest wedding reception and beer party ever. It started in 1810 and it;s still going strong! All that history, all that fun in this one little can. How can you resist? OG 13.8 Plato, 25 IBU, Abv 5.8%"

Clear, amber hue, prodigious foamulation (my new word, trademark and copyright reserved.)

Aroma: slightly sweet and grainy, floral and malt, too. Nice.

Taste: Clean, smooth, nicely malty. Fairly innocuous. Drinkable for sure. Perfectly passable in every way, except in reaching or exceeding expectations. Tasty, but lacking. Light bodied, with a swiftly disappearing finish. Flavor quits with a quickness.

I'm liking this a bit better as it gets closer to the end, but no drastic improvement in the overall impression.

Serving type: can

01-23-2011 06:50:41 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12oz can into a half-pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, honey, some fruit and some spice.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of lager yeast, and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, honey and a little bit of fruit come in. The hops presence is decent and complementary creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, although there are better beers in the style this is a solid O-fest that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: can

09-28-2010 16:11:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Forms a really nice shaped off white head which rises slowly above the rim of the glass, yet never drips down the sides of my pint. Dwindles relatively quick but leaves scattered strips of lacing as it does, the body is a pale copper orange tone, a bit lighter than the typical American brewed O-fest, and I also noticed tiny yeast particles suspended in there. Aroma is hard to describe it has a good bit of tart green apple, mild citrus and tropical passion fruits with bread malt layer becoming a bit sugary finishes with light grassy and leafy hops in the nose. Taste, comes off a touch acidic develops a creamy sweet fruity character with mild rassy hops and finishes tart like a dry cider, very interesting overall with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel has a light to medium body, carbonation a bit heavy with some prickly presence on the palate a bit of residual sugars noted as well and it definitely fnishes dry. Drinkability: Challenging to the senses and it fails to come off as the typical American brewed oktoberfest, the label boldly states: "Our version of this seasonal lager. No limits, no restrictions." Thank God something different from a somewhat monotonous style, I'll be having another I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 13:47:17 | More by WVbeergeek
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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
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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
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Billolick

New York

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

Oktoberfest beer in a can...gotta love it....pours medium amber, clear, lighter tan head, stays for a bit, then falls to the proverbial tiny bubble film, thin collar, a quite fine and nice looking lacing element....just getting the thinnest whiff of maltyness..super easy drinking O'fest offering. Has the expected smooth maltyness, with just a hint of nuts and maple. Nothing special, but decent enough to enjoy on a chilly fall evening.

Serving type: can

09-19-2010 22:44:48 | More by Billolick
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoo-hah! I love Sly Fox and the way they keep The CANQuest (TM) cracking and glugging along. Props to Brian, Pete and Mary, Suzie, Big John, and Corey! Yinz're the best! Love yunz guys.

From the CAN: "Oktoberfest beers celebrate the longest wedding reception and beer party ever. It started in 1810 and it's still going strong! All that history, all that fun in this one little [CAN]. How [CAN] you resist? OG 13.8 Plato, 25 IBUs, 5.8% by Vol."

Following the Crack & Glug, I got a finger of eggnog-colored head with decent retention. Color was an orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was initially malty, but some hops were also discernible. Mouthfeel was medium with a biscuity flavor on the tongue. Nice. I really dislike the overhopped Oktoberfests as well as the overly sweet ones. This managed to strike a really nice balance. Finish was really dry, as a lager should be once the yeast has been allowed to do its thing completely. I was not there in 1810, but as a previous reviewer postulated, this is probably pretty close to authentic. Prosit!

Serving type: can

08-29-2010 18:23:24 | More by woodychandler
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a SA sensory glass. Thanks for this one Heath!

Pours a perfectly polished, clear light orange color with a finger of yellowish stained head. The head receeds fairly quickly but a film of bubbles remains atop this brew from the consant stream of bubbles rising off the etching on the bottom of the glass.

The aroma of this brew is fresh grainy malt straight out the gate with some biscuit like character about it. A minor touch of buttery diacetyl is present blending with the malty sweetness that is highlighted by the hops which are also sweet smelling and somewhat floral and herbal.

The taste of this brew has more of a hop presence than the nose would have led you to believe. It isn't necessarily huge in the hop department but it is very enjoyable. The flavor of herbal hops meshes quite nice with the malty biscuit flavor and some of that alcohol pokes through more evident than you would think for 5.8%.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It finishes quite crisp and overall is just a well rounded and balanced example of the style.

Serving type: can

10-15-2010 00:48:58 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of tight off-white head. This retains with a thin layer of creamy foam, which leaves back a nice looking cascade of spotty froth. Really solid look here that just makes you want to get into the glass ASAP. The aroma is fresh and floral smelling, with a leafy spiciness to it, as well as some bright citric tones. There is a touch of backing sugars and biscuit notes present as well but those Noble hops are just really popping nicely here.

The taste is lively with the hops up front, bitter with earthy citrus rind that then trails into lingering grit and spice. The spiciness of this really makes this too, working nicely with that malt backbone of sugary caramel and toasted bread to impart an almost gingersnap flavor to this. The mouthfeel has lighter medium body on it, with a bubbly crispness to the carbonation which fills the mouth up with flavors but also stays VERY easy feeling and accessible. This was one of those ones where I almost ran out of liquid before I was done reviewing this.

Nice! Well balanced and tasty, the hops and malt just worked well here together and this drinks much easier than an almost 6% beer should. An Oktoberfest in a can? Why not! It's nice to see Sly Fox staying ahead of the curve here, as I believe this is the first time I've seen this style in a can before.

Serving type: can

10-06-2010 16:57:55 | More by Kegatron
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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
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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
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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
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

Light amber colour and very clear with a slight reddish hue. The bright white head poured a little short and was composed of uniform, small bubbles. Good head retention with some short lived lacing. Toasty malt with some lager yeast aroma and a hint of hops. Malt sweetness up front with a nice toasty middle. Moderate bitterness with a little noble hop flavour that blends into the dry finish. Medium to light bodied with average carbonation and a texture that's approaching creamy. I enjoyed this beer. The malt is nicely showcased with just enough bitterness to balance things appropriately.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 00:31:10 | More by DrJay
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a fan of Octoberfests, I must admit so I was glad to see this on the shelf at a local shop in a can. I poured this chilled into a mug

A - A light golden amber w/ great clarity and rocky ecru cap. Effervescence is visible in the lager w/ good lace stickage and bead is minute -the head retention is ok

S - The smell is a crisp herbal hop nose w/ a bready lightly caramel malt scent and toasted munich element w/ light spice from the hops

T - The taste is mildly bitter with a mellow malt flavor which is augmented by the yeast w/ a light fruity and sweet flavor. There is pleasant toasted grain w/ a hint of nuts and dry herbal hops carry on in the taste into the finish

M- The feel has moderately full body w/ a light creamy texture and medium bitterness w/ light spice and relatively low carbonation for the style with a semi-clean finish

D - The fest is tasty and pretty true to style, but seems a bit hoppier than most w/ an easy to quaff quality. I enjoyed this compared to traditional German examples -definitely worth a try

Serving type: can

09-09-2010 16:15:52 | More by Slatetank
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smakawhat

Maryland

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
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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
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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
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Oktoberfest Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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