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Oktoberfest Lager - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Oktoberfest LagerOktoberfest Lager

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177 Ratings
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 05-13-2006)
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Photo of Florida9


3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: can

10-26-2010 01:35:26 | More by Florida9
Photo of Tilley4


2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
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..

Serving type: can

10-21-2010 22:09:51 | More by Tilley4
Photo of fo5s

District of Columbia

2.83/5  rDev -22%
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.

Serving type: can

10-18-2010 03:28:13 | More by fo5s
Photo of wagenvolks


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-16-2010 04:29:38 | More by wagenvolks
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.

Serving type: can

10-15-2010 00:48:58 | More by stakem
Photo of beerphan


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: can

10-09-2010 02:23:10 | More by beerphan
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.

Serving type: can

10-06-2010 16:57:55 | More by Kegatron
Photo of beerkingnyc

New York

2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-04-2010 23:13:53 | More by beerkingnyc
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'.

Serving type: can

09-29-2010 22:55:41 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of generallee

New York

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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!!!

Serving type: can

09-29-2010 13:21:55 | More by generallee
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-28-2010 16:11:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of bonkers

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: can

09-26-2010 17:57:20 | More by bonkers
Photo of BARFLYB


3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 04:51:24 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

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.

Serving type: can

09-22-2010 22:38:01 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of Bubba83


4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-20-2010 06:42:54 | More by Bubba83
Photo of Philabeerphia


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-20-2010 02:01:46 | More by Philabeerphia
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: can

09-19-2010 22:44:48 | More by Billolick
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2010 01:45:29 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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?

Serving type: can

09-13-2010 01:42:37 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of Slatetank


4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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

Serving type: can

09-09-2010 16:15:52 | More by Slatetank
Photo of sfsean28

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-05-2010 21:21:30 | More by sfsean28
Photo of speter

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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).

Serving type: can

08-31-2010 01:14:25 | More by speter
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4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
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!

Serving type: can

08-29-2010 18:23:24 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: can

08-28-2010 21:29:20 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of dasenebler


4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: can

08-12-2010 06:48:49 | More by dasenebler
Oktoberfest Lager from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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