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SurlyFest - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

609 Ratings
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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 218
Gots: 29 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 09-03-2006)
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skynyrdbyrd

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-19-2013 04:00:17 | More by skynyrdbyrd
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phishbfm

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-17-2013 23:38:08 | More by phishbfm
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Rasmon

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-17-2013 13:23:25 | More by Rasmon
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Ish1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-15-2013 23:38:40 | More by Ish1
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halfbarrelbrew

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-13-2013 14:42:37 | More by halfbarrelbrew
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OUJayhawk1799

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-13-2013 00:26:55 | More by OUJayhawk1799
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MITCHELLMPLS

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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drinkinmiles

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-10-2013 22:20:54 | More by drinkinmiles
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CTJman

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-10-2013 22:11:47 | More by CTJman
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-09-2013 02:47:19 | More by kjyost
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deereless

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-09-2013 00:41:58 | More by deereless
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tjb27

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-08-2013 16:44:31 | More by tjb27
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cyde

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-06-2013 03:13:52 | More by cyde
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nogophers

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-05-2013 02:18:24 | More by nogophers
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DB31

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-05-2013 02:18:00 | More by DB31
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st9647v3

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-04-2013 02:23:55 | More by st9647v3
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jegross2

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -2%

Reviewing the SurlyFest from Surly Brewing Company, out of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. This beer, one of the few Surly beers that I have not previously gotten around too, is a dry hopped rye lager; Surly's take on the Oktoberfest style.

Score: 89

September 2013 release. 16 oz can served in a Goose Island Chicago flag snifter and enjoyed on 10/03/13. Thank you for the can Brandon!

Appearance: Pours a caramel bourbon color that is clean in appearance, but not quite transparent, with a thin layer of head that quickly settles to a pencil thin ring around the glass. Good lacing, average retention. 3.75/5

Smell: Hops, spice (presumably the rye), caramel malt, grains and distinctive Oktoberfest-like lager yeast. Faint alcohol esters too. 4/5

Taste: For a Surly beer with a hoppy nose, the taste is pretty hop-devoid. Malt sweetness upfront, followed by whole/creamy grain flavor and a light spice character. Clean finish with a little residual malt flavor. There is only a minimal amount of that distinctive "yeah, you're drinking a lager, wanna fight about it?" yeast flavor that you get in other Oktoberfest brews, and it does not layer or linger which I really enjoy about this brew. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, but not watery. Good carbonation level. Very oily. Starts out with a light spice kick, but as the beer layers the rye/spice gains a more life on the front-sides of the tongue. 4/5

Overall: A very solid beer, and nice twist on the Oktoberfest style. I like the rye character here, and although I would have enjoyed more hops in the taste, I do like that the lager flavors I am not personally partial to are dialed down here. Definitely a beer I would drink again, but this is not one I would seek out specially.

Cost: $8.99 for a 4 pack of 16 oz cans.

10-04-2013 01:55:31 | More by jegross2
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-03-2013 01:47:52 | More by smartassboiler
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arc3636

Kansas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

A - golden red color, fair amount of head. Beer is extremely clear

S - faint spicy aroma

T - rye is featured, but there is also a nice spice flavor I can't place

M - full bodied

O - solid and very drinkable, I had 2 pints and could have easily had 2 more. Only complaint is it was tough to find!

10-02-2013 02:17:54 | More by arc3636
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North Dakota

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South Carolina

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New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Minnesota

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

09-28-2013 20:47:37 | More by DrGonzoDDS
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BeersAndBears

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -1.7%

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SurlyFest from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.