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Oktoberfest Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 226 | Reviews: 126
Photo of doughanson78
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Fish113d
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel color with a finger-thick head that forms on top that is fairly dense, but quickly dissipates to a slight surface layer. Nothing real fancy.

A caramel aroma quickly hits my nose along with a bit of floral hops. To be honest, the nose is not the highlight of this one.

Sipping reveals a nice hit of caramel malts up front with a biscuity bready flavor. The swallow brings on the drying hops that have more of a pine flavor with a hint of citrus. Very nice!

Body is fairly light-to-medium and easy to drink. Enjoyable brew for the money. Nothing real flashy, but a solid brew that makes for an easy session drink. Cheers!

Photo of mdvatab
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can acquired in recent trade (Cheers!)
No canned-on date, but I'm assuming this fall seasonal is from a recent month of 2011.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malt, freshly-cut red delicious apple, herbal hop, and cereal grain. Not a bad aroma...

Appearance: Golden-copper, crystal-clear body, two finger off-white head falls slowly, and catches to form decent lacing inside the glass.

Flavor: A sweet cherry-like note up front, accompanied by carmelized sugar. An underlying hoppy bitterness, as well as a floral noble hop. Finish is clean and dry. The flavor profile is not bad, but is a little bit more reserved than I would have liked to see. (Would have preferred malt and hops be bumped up a notch or two.)

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation and medium body. Pretty simple in this category.

Overall: I enjoyed this, my first taste of a Sly Fox offering. Drinkability is great--especially in a style in which some examples are on the cloying side. At the same time, the flavor could have used a tad bit more caramel, and a stronger Noble Hop contribution. However, it definitely wasn't bad, and I'd definitely like to drink it again.

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.

Photo of n2185
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow-orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with no lacing.

S: Some sweet Munich malt aromas at first followed by some light citrus and caramel aromas. Sweet bready aromas bring up the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, Munich malt and caramel flavors up front followed by sweet breads. Very light hop presence towards the finish with some faint pine notes and a light bitterness.

M: Light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is nice and crisply clean.

O: A good Marzen. While I think it almost borders on a pilsner with its hop presence, it succeeds in being tasty and refreshing.

Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is faint carmel and bready malts.Taste is the same carmel,bread and slightly bitter.Overall a pretty average beer that is going to knock your socks off.I probably would recommend to try at least once.

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.

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

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into mug.

A: Pretty clear amber color with foamy white head, strips of lacing, nothing too sticky though.

S: Musty euro lager smell with some sweet breadiness.

T: Grassy hops balanced out pretty well by a somewhat sweet and bready malt. Nice lingering toasty aftertaste.

M: Bright crisp carbonation, light-medium body, creamy in the middle with a very slight dry finish.

O: Not bad, not my favorite, but I appreciate their go at a more traditional style.

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can to pint glass.
Pours a rusty brown/copper tone. The nose is sweet malts and brown sugar. The palate is predictably sweet with a nice clean lager finish. Layers of sweet malts with a mild toasty character and a touch of grassy hops. Medium to full bodied with crisp carbonation. Summed up, this is a solid version of the style but not a standout. Unfortunetly, that can be applied to most of Sly Fox's lineup.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  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.

Photo of IronLover
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a can - best by December 25, 2011. Golden orange with a strong yellow hue. Poured with an impressive soapy yellowish foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Bready and caramel malt aromas with a musty grassy smell as well. Creamy smooth with assertive carbonation thru the middle and a bit of a resinous feel at the finish. Bready malt flavor and caramel malt from beginning to end with piney, citrussy hop bitterness at the finish. Leaves a slightly bitter and sour dough like aftertaste.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of mingo1968
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can a very clear orange shade with very little carbination. The smell was very malty. At first taste it's smooth with a sweet malty taste that stays with you. I thought it was alittle sticky. I enjoyed it and thought wow this is pretty good coming from a can. This was a beer you could drink a few of.

Photo of dennarb
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber with an off white head.

Smells of caramel, malt, and yeasty bread.

Smooth caramel up front with a slight bitter apple in the back, then it is chewy malty bread - finishes dry.

A very nice marzen. A solid beer in one of my favorite styles.

Photo of ATPete
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can

Pours a light orange brown color with a medium sized peachy white head that sticks around. Toasty, nutty malts in the nose, smells fresh. This marzen is balanced and packs a ton of flavor into its light but creamy body, outstanding drinkability. Fall is my favorite beery season and so far this ones off to a good start.

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!

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of sliverX
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light copper / brown little head even with a decent hard pour.
Smells like sweet malts with a hint of green Apple.
Tastes follows the nose but more pronounced, kind of sour tasying. Pick up a late chocolate note.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well suited
Drinkability this one seems past her prime I remember this being much nicer when fresh, don't let this one sit around.

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Oktoberfest Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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