SurlyFest - Surly Brewing Company
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Reviews by AmberMan22:
4.15/5 rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I was lucky enough to have this out of a can, and to find it on tap. Märzens happen to be one of my favorite styles, so I'll say I was surprised when I read the can and tasted the beer.
It certainly looks as good as any oktoberfest I've seen, but not necessarily some of the rye beers I've come across. It does look gorgeous though.
Smell is of rye (go figure) up front, laced with hoppy bitterness. Thankfully no citrus scents glare through, and some bready caramel malt can be detected as well.
The taste is an interesting fusion of a rye and a marzen, with surly's usual signature of a hopped up beer. I'm not calling this a hop bomb by any means, but it is far hoppier than any other Oktoberfest I have tasted.
And it's good. Great, in fact. The flavors blend together smoothly, and the rye has a great fresh taste to it.
As for drinkability, it's a tough call. Is it a great beer? Yes. Is it a beer you can have 6 liters of at Oktoberfest? No.
True to form, this Surly is meant to be savored.
Serving type: on-tap
10-15-2010 01:35:57 | More by AmberMan22
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4.23/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to Cyclone8 for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 16 oz. can into an Upland pint glass.
A: Pours incredibly clear - nice light bronze with some faint reddish highlights. Forms a half-finger of off-white head with lots of small bubble visible carbonation.
S: Bready malts and clean lager yeast with no discernible sulfuric qualities – a very restrained aroma but nice. Perhaps a touch of oily hops lurking in the background.
T: Bready malts with some rye spiciness and just a bit of husk, extremely clean lager yeast character – no fruity esters that I can find. Mild resinous and earthy hops with maybe a touch of citrus bitterness near the end. The hang is mostly residual malt sweetness but with a bit of hop bitterness.
M: Medium body for style, good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is essentially nonexistent.
O: Really digging this beer – it's not always my favorite style, but this example is well-lagered and enjoyable. I do wonder what yeast strain they used because it comes across very well in this beer, and the rye addition with restrained American hops (don't know which one, also curious about this) create a very drinkable and tasty beer. I feel like this is a beer that needs to be in my fridge every fall.
Serving type: can
04-22-2014 04:41:55 | More by macrosmatic
SurlyFest from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.