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Oktoberfest Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Ratings: 214
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 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
Photo of Biscuit033
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very light copper almost gold, with a two finger white head that leaves very nice lace.

S: Very strong malty, grainy, and husky notes all in a good way with a bit of alcohol at the end.

T: This is as malty as a lager can be with out being even close to being too sweet. Very nice alcohol drying finish balances everything out without hitting you over the head with alcohol.

M: Good bright carbonation with a nice almost crisp yet dry finish.

D: This is one of my favorites of the year. Very nice balance and very easy to drink.

Biscuit033, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

ckeegan04, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Gmann, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of beernut
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

beernut, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

phantomwyse, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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

brentk56, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

beerthulhu, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

oberon, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Viggo, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Gavage, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Domingo
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Domingo, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of mentor
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

mentor, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

far333, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Stimack
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Stimack, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

NJpadreFan, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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...

MaltyGoodness, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of cbl2
2.75/5  rDev -24%
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.

cbl2, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

jwc215, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Gueuzedude, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
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!

GCBrewingCo, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of mcallister
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A somewhat hazed coppered orange liquid with an enormous frothy white head that leaves a thick lace behind and has good retention.

A different smelling O-fest. Has hints of clove, and is very Hefe-esque in aroma. Wheaty yeasty aromas as well. Nice and pleasant.

Again very different style of O-fest. Nice fruity flavors of apricot, and hints of clove in the taste as well. Good creamy mouthfeel and easy too quaff. This has to be made with a wheat base or they mislabled my brew. One of the two.

mcallister, Nov 28, 2006
Oktoberfest Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.