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Oktoberfest Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.13%
Wants: 7
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 speter
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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).

Photo of woodychandler
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
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!

Photo of Augustiner719
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of dasenebler
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of animal69
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of rickmick
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of rayjay
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
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!

Photo of PatronWizard
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Photo of riversider76
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -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.

Photo of beernut
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of phantomwyse
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Photo of beerthulhu
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Domingo
3.9/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of mentor
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Oktoberfest Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.