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Oktoberfest Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Oktoberfest LagerOktoberfest Lager

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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

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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006)
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Photo of matty


3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-08-2011 21:24:02 | More by matty
Photo of bierdabbler

New York

2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-02-2011 02:25:20 | More by bierdabbler
Photo of jmdrpi


3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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

Serving type: can

09-29-2011 04:57:23 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of 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
Photo of ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: can

09-26-2011 03:36:09 | More by ReelBigwigFish
Photo of JunkYardJake


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: can

09-23-2011 12:47:20 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of Stinkypuss


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
Photo of IronLover


3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-16-2011 02:54:19 | More by IronLover
Photo of dragonWhale

New York

3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: can

09-15-2011 12:11:29 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of goblue3509


3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 16:46:05 | More by goblue3509
Photo of Rifugium


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
Photo of mingo1968


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: can

08-29-2011 13:01:36 | More by mingo1968
Photo of dennarb


4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 01:21:37 | More by dennarb
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-21-2011 22:13:03 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-14-2011 00:03:50 | More by ATPete
Photo of EgadBananas


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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!

Serving type: can

01-28-2011 00:53:27 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of feloniousmonk


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
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: can

12-28-2010 02:06:11 | More by sliverX
Photo of deaconoflove


3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ap. Slightly hazy with a really nice head. Lots of lacing. Great golden color.
Sm. Good, citrisy with some malt in the back.
Ta. Some orangey hops with a tart crisp finish.
Mf. Good carbonation, tart pucker factor.
Dr. V. good, several could go down easily.

Serving type: can

12-11-2010 17:46:24 | More by deaconoflove
Photo of Bouleboubier


1.83/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

Wow! What's going with this? I'd like to chat with someone who "gets" this beer in order to find out if I'm totally missing something here. I'll try to be brief and to the point. While this pours quite lovely - on the light end with its hazy coppery amber color, ample cottony/sparkly head and matching sticky lace - and sports a quaff-ably sparkling-yet-smooth, clean, medium body, the other (more and most important) elements to the experience, namely smell and taste, are not swooning me.

Simply put, the most dominant aroma and flavor: mint mouthwash. What?! No! I'm guessing the hops could be mostly to blame, although it may surely be, in large part, a combo of that and the yeast strain used. I came up with some rough estimate that the flavor is comprised of 50% Scope, 35% Helles Bock, and 15% malty Marzen grain recipe. About halfway through, I began to notice some similarities to Sly Fox's Pikeland Pils in the spice and sweetness. Regardless, all in all, what I got was a jolt of medicinal-minty phenol blah. Never again, mein Freund.

Serving type: can

11-27-2010 21:39:14 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of Chaz


3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden-copper in color topped with a pale tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

Nose is lightly sweet and flowery/perfume-y, with notes of bread and biscuit-like malt. Lager-y : ) Also a bit mineral-metallic, which I quite like.

Tangy-sweet on the first sip, with lightly vinuous aromatic notes interjecting on the first sip -- wheat malt? Vienna, caramel and pilsener malts bring up the rear, rendering the flavor profile stylistically congruent.

Biscuit malt notes are definitely there, alongside a hint of alcohol, but for 5.8% this is quite drinkable and perhaps even too easy-drinking... Notes of red apple and light citrus(!), and the bitterness is rather minimal. Not at all a bad rendition considering the style, in fact it's actually quite drinkable. And . . . in a can? Yes please, I would love to take this one backpacking! Does it come in a 12 pack?

Served chilled, in a vintage (defunct) Sahm mug.

Thanks to Woody Chandler for the CAN!

Serving type: can

11-27-2010 19:19:57 | More by Chaz
Photo of Phelps


3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks: like honey. Thick and golden-orange it glugs from the can, perfectly clear and capped by a creamy pale beige head about a finger in thickness that fizzles out quickly, becoming a sticky ring.

Smells: yeasty. Lots of red apples, earthy hops, sourdough, some biscuity qualities.

Tastes: nicely balanced. Far less sweet than the nose, the apple-like character is toned down and set opposite a more pronounced cracker flavor. Crisp and lightly sweet at the finish, not overly grainy at all.

Feels: both velvety and crisp. The smooth body is just a shade under medium, while some moderate prickly carbonation keeps things interesting.

Drinks: easily. An enjoyable lager, this one went down smooth and went down fast. Perfect for a cool autumn evening.

Serving type: can

11-23-2010 07:18:31 | More by Phelps
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to dashirey for this wonderful can of malted excellence! 12 oz can with a best by date of Jan 30 11. Pours a dark gold color with a fluffed white foam. Fades fast and leaves some spotty lacing.

Nose is toasty, nutty and little bit of caramel. Lagery sulfur and a touch of dry hops.

Grainy, like a fresh Hofbrau O-fest...nice, crisp hop balance and a deft touch of toasted caramel. Sweetness is there, but just in the right amount. Drinkability is through the roof ridiculous. Most likely my favorite Oktoberfest brewed in America, and competes well even with it's German brethren. An amazing beer...well done Sly Fox...well done indeed.

Serving type: can

11-14-2010 17:05:49 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of DrDemento456


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

I got this in my mystery sixer. Just talking about having more canned beer.

A - A nice golden copper of an amber in color! A half inch of head which looks pretty

S - A nice grain and caramel malt with a touch of hops on the nose. Awesome

T - Not as sweet as expected but maybe that's a good thing since it wouldn't be cloying. You get a great bit of sweetness with a bit of grain and malt. Noting special but still very smooth.

M - Medium to light. Could drink it all day.

D - Yes I did like it but it still could be a bit sweeter. Still for a 4 month old Oktoberfest in a can its the best it can be. Awesome!

Serving type: can

11-11-2010 08:30:57 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a crisp gold with a bit of bubbly white head. Lacing is minimal, retention is weak.

Smells of crackery malts and fresh water.

Taste is smooth, salty cirtus notes in the hops while the cracker malt dominates.

Mouthfeel is smooth and warm, carbonation is solid and body is light.

Drinkability is good. This is a fairly unique and pairs well with salad and sausage.

Serving type: can

10-26-2010 20:57:03 | More by LumpyGuitar
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