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SurlyFest - Surly Brewing Company

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648 Ratings
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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 222
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 09-03-2006)
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

riverrunt421, Jan 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

PhineasGage, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

TheBishopco, Dec 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

deapokid, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

zulufactor, Dec 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

acurtis, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen for sending this one my way so I could tick it and caSSino for handing it off to me in-person! Thanks guys! Served from can into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a deep red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spices, bread, fruit, and subtle bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, spices, bread, subtle fruit, and bitter hops. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall was a pretty good brew. All of the components you would expect from this style were there with the spiciness, but it also threw in a Marzen twist to keep you guessing on top of that. A really well done brew that I can't believe I had never tried before. I suggest you try it as well!

thagr81us, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

DoctorB2B, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

brewnic, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

bigben94, Dec 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

vobr0002, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

langfot99, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

shutupandcook, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

beereality, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Heatwave33
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Amber with a beige head.

Smell: Hops, bread, fruit.

Taste: Hops, malts, yeast and fruit.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation and dry.

Overall: This is my favorite Oktoberfest to date. It has a very clean taste which was outstanding. Definitely going to grab some more nect year. Cheers!

Heatwave33, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

ucis, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of PerHops
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A copper hue that gets darker moving up the pint glass and reaches a deep amber color that gives way to a quarter inch white head.

S-Hops, subtle apple, minerals, rye

T- Starts slightly sweet with apples, cherries and immediately gets really bitter. Finishes a little sweet with great malt flavor, but a lingering bitterness. A super intense Octoberfest, but what do you expect from surly?

M- Fantastic. Probably my favorite aspect of this beer. Very high carbonation in the beginning, but softening up in the finish as the bitterness slowly finishes.

O- Another beer to make me proud to say I'm from Minnesota.

PerHops, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: A darker amber color with awesome clarity. One finger dingy white head with good retention

S: Not a big aroma. Bready. Some rye. Some light floral notes. Not as grainy as most lagers I've smelled.

T: Some sweet caramel upfront. Light floral hops with a touch of spiciness. Rye and bready malts through to the finish. A touch of grassy notes in the finish.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Not super crisp.

O: Pretty decent beer. Again Lagers aren't my style but this one has nothing wrong with it.

doughanson78, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of TroopScoop
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: beautiful deep dark orange. The head was a nice offwhite, but not quite what I expected. Easily the only bad part of this beer, and I'm being very picky.

S: oh boy - great sweet malty & bready tones. The combination also brings a breath of citrus fruits. Its pretty damn good.

T: perfect translation of the smell. The malts, the hops, the fruity/citrus notes. Awesome

M: carbonation- great. Body, just below medium, but not skinny. The aftertaste is a glorius burst of hoppy goodness that seems to come with every Surly offering. Well done

O: unlike any other oktoberfest I've had. Honestly, its so fresh & clean, if u didn't tell me it was an Oktoberfest style, I wouldn't believe it. Really well done. Ill drink it again & again

TroopScoop, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of CaptCleveland
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 09/26/11 poured into Surly pint glass.
Clear amber elixir, thick, light tan head, plenty of lace.
Caramel, malt and subtle hops in the nose.
Well balanced between the rye and hops. Smooth, medium body, flavorful, with the rye up front and a nice semi-sweet aftertaste.
Another fine brew by Surly.

CaptCleveland, Dec 03, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

smogfood, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

melikesbeer, Nov 28, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

TicoCali, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of bertram
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice, rich copper with a tremendous amount of white head that is slow to drop.

the smell is sweet - sweeter than I expected.

the taste was a great mixture of sweet and bitter with a crisp finish.

overall a solid Oktoberfest beer that I'm glad I grabbed a 4-pk of and look forward to enjoying again!

bertram, Nov 26, 2011
SurlyFest from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.