Oktoberfest Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 233
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 18.46%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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 EgadBananas
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
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!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of sliverX
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Photo of deaconoflove
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
1.87/5  rDev -48.5%
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.

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Photo of Chaz
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
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!

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Photo of Phelps
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.54/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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!

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darker copper in color. Forms a weak little head that has little retention and reduces down to a very rocky surface coating.

S: Caramel malt, roasted malts, toast, and a slight yeasty sourness.

T: A malty sourness that lingers on the tongue. Mildly bitter. Sourdough bread, some light caramel malt, and a bit of toast. Thin in flavor.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation.

D: Decent. Drinkable.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.32/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Perfect Pint...

Light golden with a pretty nice thick head... Fairly light for an Oktoberfest...

Hmm.. Lots of creamed corn aromas here... Not dark roasted maltiness... No honey like aromas... Just corn...

Fairly average straightforward brew here.... Lots of corn or non descript sweet malts with a weird buttery finish... I struggled with this one...

I wound up pouring this one a little over halfway thru. it just wasn't what I was expecting and I was fairly disappointed..

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Photo of fo5s
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can served in my trusty Sam Adams glass. Best by of 1/16/11 so this should be appropriately fresh.

Pours a cloudy light-amber. Beautiful half-inch creamy head.

Smell is sweet malt, slightly muddled. In short, I'm unimpressed.

Taste starts sweet before the toasted malts come through. I can't put a finger on it, but something is off with the malt - just doesn't taste like an Oktoberfest should. Taste is fairly thin, but would be better served with a bit more body to it.

Mouthfeel is fine - carbonation is on par for the style. Smooth but just a bit crisp.

Drinkability isn't great, especially for the style. Certainly not difficult to put back one of these, but I don't see myself rushing through these 12oz.

Overall I'm not impressed. This certainly isn't up to par with some of Sly Fox's other offerings. It's not a terrible rendition of the style, nor a bad beer, just unimpressive and not something I plan to revisit. It scores an intangible point for being an oktoberfest in a can.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into a Black Star Co-op pint glass. Props to xnicknj for the hook-up via the "Nice Cans II" BIF!

Sly Fox's Oktoberfest pours nicely with a glowing, thin copper color that fades to golden at the edges. A wispy, ephemeral head subsides to a thin veil and ring of foam, while the few trails of carbonation from below try their best to build a bubbly cap. The aroma brings forward some nice lager notes. A bit vegetative, but toffee malts and brown sugar-coated squash do well to make this beer smell like Autumn.

Nice Oktoberfest flavor, with toasted caramel malts and grassy hops leading the way alongside some vegetal notes of corn and cereal grain (a bit macro-esque, but it works in Sly Fox's favor with this beer). Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly, with a medium-light body that goes down like a good Oktoberfest should. This is an impressive lager considering its seasonal status & canned vessel. Definitely worth picking up and giving a try.

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Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a SA sensory glass. Thanks for this one Heath!

Pours a perfectly polished, clear light orange color with a finger of yellowish stained head. The head receeds fairly quickly but a film of bubbles remains atop this brew from the consant stream of bubbles rising off the etching on the bottom of the glass.

The aroma of this brew is fresh grainy malt straight out the gate with some biscuit like character about it. A minor touch of buttery diacetyl is present blending with the malty sweetness that is highlighted by the hops which are also sweet smelling and somewhat floral and herbal.

The taste of this brew has more of a hop presence than the nose would have led you to believe. It isn't necessarily huge in the hop department but it is very enjoyable. The flavor of herbal hops meshes quite nice with the malty biscuit flavor and some of that alcohol pokes through more evident than you would think for 5.8%.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It finishes quite crisp and overall is just a well rounded and balanced example of the style.

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Photo of beerphan
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can -> Sam Adams Taster

Pours a clear coppered orange with a nice thick quickly disappearing head. A thin solid coat of white foam sticks on top throughout. Soft lines of lace line the glass. Carbonation is persistent and steady.

Nose: Caramel malt, biscuit/bread

Good thick body. Lots of sweet malts, caramel and sugar aplenty. Biscuit and slighty nutty on the back end. Some nice balancing bitterness falls a bit short and adds an almost medicinal element on the drying finish.

A decent offering, but not something I'll be reaching for every year.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 1 ½ fingers of tight off-white head. This retains with a thin layer of creamy foam, which leaves back a nice looking cascade of spotty froth. Really solid look here that just makes you want to get into the glass ASAP. The aroma is fresh and floral smelling, with a leafy spiciness to it, as well as some bright citric tones. There is a touch of backing sugars and biscuit notes present as well but those Noble hops are just really popping nicely here.

The taste is lively with the hops up front, bitter with earthy citrus rind that then trails into lingering grit and spice. The spiciness of this really makes this too, working nicely with that malt backbone of sugary caramel and toasted bread to impart an almost gingersnap flavor to this. The mouthfeel has lighter medium body on it, with a bubbly crispness to the carbonation which fills the mouth up with flavors but also stays VERY easy feeling and accessible. This was one of those ones where I almost ran out of liquid before I was done reviewing this.

Nice! Well balanced and tasty, the hops and malt just worked well here together and this drinks much easier than an almost 6% beer should. An Oktoberfest in a can? Why not! It's nice to see Sly Fox staying ahead of the curve here, as I believe this is the first time I've seen this style in a can before.

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Photo of beerkingnyc
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz can into Mug.

Has a rich golden yellow color, and had a nice thick head.

The smell was malty, and a bit biscuity.

Beer has a very hoppy, bitter, may i say cheap taste. Not your typical oktoberfest to me.

After buying a six pack, ill drink all six, but ill never buy it again.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An attention-grabbing golden 12 oz. can, with script-font 'Oktoberfest' emblazoned across a radiant sunburst - ouch, my retinas! Picked this one up in mixed sixer at Brew in So. Philly a couple weeks ago. To a pint. Drink "by 12/22/10", so I will.

A: Lovely butterscotch-orange crowned by a stupefying tower of whitish cream, well over 3-fingers tall, the result of an average-speed pour. Scheiße! Sadly, the head doesn't live long and carbonation is understated to the point of near non-existence within a slight haze...weird. First glance, this was a '5' but then it got lazy...

S: Sweet caramel-coated maltiness, honey and dry grass.

T: Dry and herbal/spicy, lots of bread/(graham) cracker. Mineral/tinny twang and tangy yeastiness, mimics saltiness. Crusty sourdough with a 'apple skin' earthy moments, crushed nuts and a twist of lemon.

M: Understated carbonation gives a creamy texture, notable malt stickiness lingers. What a nice, mellow feel! A strange tingling on my gums, never had that before...mouthwatering throughout.

D: Pretty good taste and feel, but not as impressive as I'd hoped for (given several other fine Sly Foxes I've enjoyed)... sure, I'd have it again, but it's much more a 'like' than a 'love'.

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Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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!!!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of bonkers
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Oktoberfest Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.