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Oktoberfest Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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 generallee
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 12 can into a small mug.

Appearance: The body has a beautiful orange amber colored body with just the slightest haze. From the aggressive pour I got a small creamy off white head. The head fades to thin covering that just hangs on to the end. On the glass it makes lots of slick spotty lace.

Smell: Its aroma is very malty in a nutty sweet, bready way. There are also notes of sweet floral/spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: I get a lot of bready and nutty maltiness throughout with mellow candy like sweetness. Hops add some floral spicy flavor, a little bitterness and a very slight sour note to the finish. It's a good solid medium body with a smooth lightly carbonated mouth feel.

Notes: I am digging the big nutty bready malt on this one. It is quite drinkable and enjoyable. Prosit!!!

generallee, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of bonkers
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a can into an SA perfect pint glass. The brew is clear copper with a fizzy white head, no lacing. The aroma has big biscuit and earthy notes along with some spiciness. The flavor is full and spicy. A little hoppier than some other marzens. The finish lingers with moderate bitterness. The beer is a great quaffer that I could enjoy all day.

bonkers, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

BARFLYB, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I think a lot of the older reviews were bad because all of their bottles always seemed to be old. Fresh can.

A: Nice deep copper color with a quarter finger of bone white head. Good head retention and some lacing. A touch of visible carbonation as well.

S: Very malt forward. Little bready. Clean malt and the yeast came across quite clean as well. Just the slightest hint of noble hops.

T: Very nice malt profile. A little bit of sweetness without ever becoming overbearing. Little hint of wet leaves which I enjoy. Touch of hops. Nice example of the style.

M: A little bit too sharp in the carbonation. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy even though it is a touch on the heavy side of medium.

D: I really enjoyed this beer. Their canned beers have been coming fresh and my reviews of them have improved greatly. Worth checking out.

aerozeppl, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Bubba83
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for the canned goodness!

Pours a beautifully clear ruby amber color with about 1cm of pillowy off-white head. The head dissipates rather quick into a thin ring which leaves minimal lacing.

Toasted malt in the forefront, almost like making a lightly browned piece of toast. Has that lager zest character that I always find a bit hard to describe. Smells clean. A bit of earth and mild floral hops wraps things up. Mellow, but really nice.

Plenty of caramel, heavily browned toast, light brown sugar, pancake syrup, earthy hops, and dusty dry cocoa powder. Grassy hops finish, with a good dose of wild spring flowers as well. Very complex for the style.

Full mouthfeel, oily yet creamy still, perfect carbonation and consistency, can hardly ask for more from an oktoberfest lager. The only thing I was hoping for was a little more abrasiveness from the head, and it has dissipated a bit too much. Finishes nice and dry...

Drinks very well, I could session this forever. Fill me up one of those big Oktoberfest mugs and I'm set for a while. Happy as a clam... No heat from alcohol is present, and it's really refreshing for the style. I love that the malt flavor comes through so beautifully without being overly sweet. One of the best examples I've had of the style.

Bubba83, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Philabeerphia
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first canned Marzen! hahaha. okay this far into the canned craft revolution, there's not too much novelty left, but to see a canned Oktoberfest, I get a twinge of the beernerd shakes as I picked this at the beer store. And after sipping on a few of these earlier today, I'm definitely in the Marzen zone and ready for a wrap up. Poured into a shaker pint. Honey colored, even-toned. Only a touch of wispy head capping the total clarity that this beer possesses.

A bit of sweet rasberry (delightful!) pricks the nose up front, swarming with some caramel malt and a close of dry biscuits. A unique nose for the style.

On the tongue this beer is a departure from some of the classic representations. Boldly sweet lavender and honey on the front of the tongue. Bright and for the most part right up my alley. Arcs right in that gardenia floral sweetspot. wow. Definitely a unique spin, but not the sort of drastic change that would take away from the beer and the tradition. Nailed it. Things tighten up a bit, going biscuity dry with a zip of carbonated noble hop bitterness.

Even with that ending bubbly bite, the buttery mouthfeel wins out and sticks around. Silken

Overall a solid take with a successful twist of the recipe.

Philabeerphia, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Billolick, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

OWSLEY069, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

can out of the fridge poured into a mug. best before 12-20-10.

pours a clear light brown color. 2 fingers of off white head that settled to a thin layer then eventually a small ring. a decent lace.

not too big of an aroma. grainy, ever so slightly roasted malts. herbal tea. ever so slight bit of alcohol.

pilsner, bready grains, slightly roasty, lots of herbal tea, earthy hops at the finish with a little bit of hop bitterness. a little bit of that lager goodness. a good balance.

medium to light bodied. slightly watery at times. sparkly carbonation.

an easy session beer, i could drink this anytime of year, but exspecially great in the fall. one of the better octoberfests out there, and one of the very few in a can. that wins points with me. also has a little more hops than your usual oktoberfest which i like. seek this out if you CAN. haha get it?

dogfishandi, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
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

Slatetank, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of sfsean28
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large 20 oz. mug Nice copper color, lacey foamy head which disappeared to thin lace. Nice carbonation and a bit on the light side which is fine for me. Smell of sweet malts. First Sly Fox offering for me and i'm impressed.

its a good drinking light beer although its packed with malty sweetness and a little sign of hops at the end. 5.8% abv is hard to believe. They went down nice and easy.

Cool cans too.
P.S. I like it better than SA.

sfsean28, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of speter
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The color is a clear deep copper with a two-finger creamy off-white head that slowly faded to a collar, leaving a nice pattern of lacing.

S: The nose is heavy on biscuity Munich malt, although the noble hops are clearly present. For a lager, it's got an impressive scent.

T: Nicely balanced. The Munich malt is the star here, with its toasty sweetness present from front to finish, but the hops are out in just enough force near the center through the aftertaste.

M: Quite creamy, and the hops leave a slight coating on the tongue.

D: This is about as drinkable as it gets. Well-balanced, perfect on a nice fall day (even if it is 93º here today).

speter, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
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!

woodychandler, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a .5l stein.

This pours a very dark, yet clarified and focused red brown color with little color differentiation at the rims. Pretty 1 finger head dwindles down to a mere film which is not unlike many oktoberfests, but the retention was not up to par. Smell is fresh and bready with a spicy yam like sweetness that rounds out the lager yeasty flavors and finishes clean with a crisp bite. Really inviting flavors and close to its german counterparts. The americanized oktoberfests have become too big on body and really are streching the style too far recently. This one is very good and i love that it comes in a can. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, light to medium bodied with a refreshing finish. Really its an all year round beer. Drinkability is very good for me especially since its in a can and easily transported. Love the style and this is a great example of an american oktoberfest that resembles its german counterpart.

Augustiner719, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12oz. can (new packaging for this beer?) this Märzen pours a gorgeous and transparent deep burnt orange hue with a modest head that does not last very long.

The aroma is of sweet, bready malts and, surprisingly, some fruity citrus a la orange.

The flavor is exceptionally smooth, but very simple. Tons of doughy grain blend with a touch of tangy hops to make a sweet, but not cloying lager. Little bit of toasted, crusty bread. There is really no bitterness to this brew, and it goes down incredibly easily. The carbonation is low, which I love, and the mouthfeel is light, but slippery and substantial. Drinkability is very high.

Another spot-on German adaptation from Sly Fox. Some may desire more hoppiness here, but I'm telling you, it is authentic the way it is.

dasenebler, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Derek, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Amalak, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of animal69
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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

animal69, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

tempest, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of rickmick
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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.

rickmick, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of rayjay
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
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!

rayjay, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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

PatronWizard, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of riversider76
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

riversider76, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

grub, Nov 17, 2008
Oktoberfest Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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