SurlyFest - Surly Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev -14.5%
Canned 14SEP11 A: Rusty orange with a transient sheet of off-white foam which quickly founders to a broken surface of the same with strengthened rim bubbles. Excellent clarity. No lace. (3) S: Hops up front, nice earthy and herbal hops. Then some sweetness from the munich style malt additions. To be honest the hops dominate and while I like the nose, it’s far from an appropriate marzen. (3.5) T: Sweet bready and slightly oxidized malts come together in a true oktoberfest profile. Again, the hops are strong and belie the tradition of marzens. Nice beer, not a good marzen (3.5) M: Thin with hi carb, semi dry finish and some nice lasting aromatics. (3.5) O: Drinkable beer, if I’m in the mood for a marzen, I will not reach for this one, but if I wanted a unique amber lager with hops, here is where I would go to. (3.5)
11-12-2011 07:02:57 | More by harrymel
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
Poured from a 16oz can into, of course, a large 24oz Oktoberfest glass. Canned on date 9-8-11
A- Pours a relatively murky orange- brown. A creamy off-white head about a half inch tall sits atop the beer. rings of lacing all down the glass.
S- A solid piney hop profile jumps out at first, upon further sniffing, clean lager yeast, bread, fresh biscuits, oats, rye, more hop aromas. Smells great.
T- Mildly sweet on the tongue, bready lager yeast, plenty of hops. Very good malt profile. No real bitter aftertaste, but there is one there.
M- Thin, good carbonation, almost a little creamy. Awesome for the style, could drink this all day long.
O- A great representation of the style. Wish i had more of this beer. Not a big style of lagers, but this is delicious.
11-11-2011 00:10:17 | More by kmatlack
3.38/5 rDev -17%
Pours a pretty clear red hue with a 3 finger sticky tan head. Lots of lacing down the glass.
Some sweet caramel malt in the aroma with a subtle hint of rye spiciness. Not a ton of hops.
Starts off with a touch of spiciness. A touch of biscuit in the middle. Finishes again spicy and somewhat dry.
Mouthfeel is a touch thin for me. Carbonation levels are good.
I appreciate a different take on the Oktoberfest style and there's nothing off about this one, but the flavors really aren't complimentary. Doesn't have enough of the good meladoinin malt for an Oktoberfest or to support the rye spiciness.
11-09-2011 22:25:44 | More by jmarsh123
3.63/5 rDev -10.8%
A: Pours a really red orange color. Two finger off white head. Carbonation bubbles trickling off the bottom of the glass.
S: Smells really malty as to be expected. Maybe some pine hints from the hops. Smells like it should. Burnt carmel malt? Home brewers would know the smell off fresh grains on the boil. Definitely get the rye.
T: You do get a little hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. I was surprised. But really this is an Octoberfest beer. A malty bomb. Spicy really. All the malt comes in during the mid mouth sip. The finish is nice and clean. Rye finish.
O: B in this one. I like more hops and I have never loved the seasonal lags but this is much better than most.
11-09-2011 15:11:28 | More by inlimbo77
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance: Mostly clear, amber/brownish orange color, nice beige head, keeps a nice ring, above-average lacing
Smell: Nicely malty - bready, cooked biscuits, a touch of herbal rye aroma - vaguely sweet, doesn't smell like a lager - some citrus, floral hops
Taste: Such a nice combination - interesting malt profile, complex - bready, biscuity, grainy, toasty, with a touch of the characteristic rye twang - not fair to call this a rye beer though, it's really not the main focus - it's a balanced combination of malts - and there are some interesting hops, too - citrus, kind of oily - kind of sweet, but not really, some hints of lager yeast
Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, nicely dry, ridiculously drinkable
Overall: Well, it's not really a märzen, but it doesn't try to be
This beer throws style out the window and the result is pure win. It's a lager that tastes like some kind of hoppy rye ale? It's extremely drinkable, and I could drink this year round. I'll have to remember to get more next fall.
11-08-2011 05:51:18 | More by angrybabboon
3.78/5 rDev -7.1%
Canned date 9/14/11. Thanks to Dan for this can. 50 degrees into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
A: Smooth pour down the side of the glass produces about a finger and a half of off white head. The head stays around a while but ultimately dissipates to a thing ring. Beer is a ruby orange color. 4.0
S: Smells a bit like a lager and a bit like a pale ale with hop sweetness. Pretty good smelling beer. 4.0
T: Nice smooth beer. Tastes lagerish, but with a nice sweet hop flavor. As in the smell this is almost a cross between a lager and a pale ale. This is definitely not brewed in the normal oktoberfest style but I still like it. Like I said it drinks more like a pale ale than oktoberfest beer. 3.5
M: Not really much to say here except that mouthfeel is appropriate with nice carbonation. 4.0
O: Overall I really like this beer however it doesn't hold true to style. Either way its a good beer and I am glad I got to try it. 4.0
11-06-2011 19:07:17 | More by slentz
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Amber body with a thick, light tan head. Consists of big bubbles that fall very slowly. leaving a sea foam like structure. Nice lacing.
Tons of caramel malts with some tropical fruit to add to the sweetness. Floral hops and rye. Some orange zest as well.
Good dose of malts, bready and toasty, with some caramel sweetness. Citrus and floral hops, with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Rye bread with all the spices. Finish has some hop bitterness, with a tart citrus flavor.
A Fest beer I can get behind. Rye and malts mix well with the single hop profile. Tasty.
11-04-2011 03:56:52 | More by litheum94
SurlyFest from Surly Brewing Company
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