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SurlyFest - Surly Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

605 Ratings
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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 214
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hop-hazed sienna brown/gold, with a modest head that thins to about 1/8 inch and stays there. Not much lace. 3.5 + .5 for that nice haze.

The aroma is a singularly amazing experience. I have never smelled anything quite like it. The closest is Three Floyds' Gumballhead. It's a breeze of clean fresh pine, closer to scented dryer sheets than hops, but that gives an incredibly negative impression, doesn't it? Whatever it is, however they did it, it's wonderful.

This was sent to me by mnwags, who raved and raved about it. And I have to agree. This is one tasty beer. Clearly made with rye, it exhibits the pleasing sharpness of a great rye beer and is balanced delicately with a very strong, spicy hop presence. They boast of using a single hop variety on the can, and damned if I can tell which variety--but that simplicity comes through in the flavor. Equal rye, equal hops, both huge, both delicious. Citrus rind in the finish makes me want to reach for another sip before I've even put the glass down from the previous.

Texture-wise it's fine, a bit spiky but hardly harsh. It allows the big rye/hop flavor to ride through in a loud rush rather than a creamy wave.

When it comes to brewing low-ish alcohol beers that have huge flavor, Surly cannot be topped. Best lager ever? It's pretty damn close. Stupidly drinkable.

Serving type: can

11-08-2008 00:12:59 | More by Metalmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Buebie for this one, thanks Brian!

Pours an effervescent amber with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Much lacing clings to the top of my crystal mug & above average head retention

S: A bit of biscuitty malt & a touch lemon & wet grains & a touch of coffee??? Did they mix a little bender in?

T: Big time rye peppery notes, dryness & coarse grainyness up front. Juicy grains & cereal notes as this warms, along with some astringency & a hint of smokeyness & leafy hops. Finishes with leafy hops, husky grainyness & a bit of grassyness, plus peppery rye. Almost gave this a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied & fairly smooth

Great drinkability, this works far better as a rye beer than an Oktoberfest to be sure

Serving type: can

11-07-2008 03:50:30 | More by russpowell
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured the entirety of the can into an imperial pint glass.

A-Pristine amber/orange beer topped by a just-off-white head, moderate retention. Minimal lacing.

S-Right away, a strong hppiness, flowery and spicy. A clean aroma. Little malt character.

T-Initial strong citrus and flower hoppiness, with a pleasant spiciness (chalk one up to dry hopping). Hop flavors fade into a smooth maltiness with spicy undertones. Strong bitterness over the whole taste, more so than was anticipated; a beer balanced toward bitterness. Ended clean, crisp.

M-Medium-ligh carbonation with medium body, lending to a smooth feel. Countering the smoothness was an almost graininess, another aspect due to the dry hopping. Yum.

D-Drinkability is good. It 's unusual to drink an Oktoberfest-seasonal beer that is so hop-centric, but refreshingly so. Will certainly wait for this again next year.

Serving type: can

11-07-2008 02:57:12 | More by CHSLBrew
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roadhouse

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Bavarian Lodge 11/05/08 into a pint glass.

Appeared a cloudy orange copper color with a thin head that sank to a skim and left minimal lacing.

Aroma was sweet with a bit of the spicy rye coming through as well. However, this one didn't smell much like a lager to me. There was a lot of fruitiness coming through which made me think it was an ale at first.

The taste had some sweetness up front with a spicy rye character in the middle but the fruitiness comes into take over and finishes with some light citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel was medium-light, crisp and quite drinkable.

Certainly different and pretty good for an Oktoberfest type beer, but I didn't really enjoy it as much as the traditional type. Worth a try for it's uniqueness, but not my first choice.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2008 22:24:56 | More by roadhouse
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spointon

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap on 11/5/2008 at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL.

A= This festbier poured a light, bright gold/orange color with a serious 1" dense, creamy white head. The head dropped to a skim and left a lot of lacing down my glass.

S= This beer smells 90% like an ale and 10% like a lager. Initial aromas were of mild pale malt sweetness, soon followed by a spicy combo of the rye note and some pleasant citrusy hops. I later read that this beer was dry-hopped!

T= The flavors in this beer were a delicious blend of pale bakery malt sweetness with a hint of spicy rye, followed by an aggressive but not unbalanced citrus hop bitterness. Infusing that moderate hoppiness into a festbier is genius.

MF= Medium bodied, with a crisp palate cleansing feel. The carbonation was moderate.

D= Though this was certainly a non-traditional festbier, it had a lot going for it. I really appreciated the hop flavors and the addition of the rye. Sort of combined the clean flavors of a lager with some of the best attributes of an ale. Delicious!

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2008 15:45:14 | More by spointon
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into my Sam Adams glass.

A: A reddish amber color with a nice two finger off white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Sweet malt with nice floral hops.

T: The sweet bready malt flavors jump out of the gate but then the bitter rye and earthy floral hops kick in. Not what I expected for a rye lager but a great combination of flavors.

M: Medium with a creamy feel and a lingering bitterness from the hops.

D: High, very good and sessionable.

Overall a great interpretation of the Ofest style. Surly comes through again.

Serving type: can

11-03-2008 14:29:27 | More by Kadonny
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright coppery orange with sunflower trim and a blazing tangerine sphere indicating the rising sun on the opposite side of the pint glass. The lovely lid looks like a melted orange creamsicle and is starting to lay down a ridiculous amount of lace. This may be the best looking Oktoberfest ever.

The aroma would indicate that SurlyFest isn't an Oktoberfest at all. It smells like an APA with a hint of rye earthy spiciness. Dry-hopping a beer of this sort was a stroke of true genius.

This '08 version (Summit hops) doesn't taste like my memory of the '07 version (Sterling hops). Granted, it was only a short pour last fall and flavor specifics tend to blur over time. This beer tastes like it smells. That is... like a pale malt-dominant, rye-accented American pale ale.

There might be a little caramel/crystal malt in there... and a faint echo of toasted nuts that doesn't need to be any more prominent. The Summit hops taste especially orange-like and keeps things in near perfect balance. It's doubtful that the word 'balance' is uttered very often up in Brooklyn Center.

SurlyFest didn't knock my socks off on initial contact, but its sneaky complexity is... uh... sneaking up on me as the ounces fly by. Part of the reason is the perfect amount of rye malt. Sweet, bitter and spicy is hard to beat.

Drinkability is up there as well. Why does it always seem that 16 ounces of Surly beer lasts as long as 12 ounces of non-Surly beer? The mouthfeel is solidly medium, maybe even a bit bigger, and hangs on nicely. As is usually the case with these guys, the carbonation is perfectly calibrated.

Even though this beer isn't really in the same league as most of their other outstanding offerings, it's still light years better than similar lagers. Actually, there aren't any similar lagers. SurlyFest is both unique *and* delicious. Talk about a killer combination.

Serving type: can

11-03-2008 13:54:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
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trbergman

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16oz can into a shaker pint.

Appearance - Pours an amber-orange color with one finger of sticky, light tan head.

Smell - Bready malts and earthy.

Taste - The taste is an interesting combination. In addition to the traditional bready malt of an Oktoberfest, there's a nice spicy character from the rye. In the middle there's a hint of sourness, and the malt is balanced with the grapefruit flavor of American hops. A tad bitter for a self-described "fest" beer with a Bavarian design motif, but then style guidelines aren't exactly Surly's MO. The medium-length finish is dry and refreshing.

Mouthfeel - The mouth is balanced and light- to medium-bodied. Carbonation seems restrained, allowing the bready character to come through.

Drinkability - I wish I lived in Minnesota.

Serving type: can

11-03-2008 03:26:46 | More by trbergman
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srandycarter

California

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pretty murky but bright amber, cascading bubbles abound. Good head reduces to wring. Lots of sticky lace.

S - Subdued. Light sweet malt, possibly rye there.

T - Nice balanced act of sweet malt, slightly spicey rye and hops.

M - Party in the mouth. Good coating, good carb, nice balance and clean 'I want more' finish.

D - Totally.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 04:11:26 | More by srandycarter
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gford217

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

16oz can courtesy of Buebie poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a dark, clear amber with tons of bubbles rising to the top feeding a cream-colored head that lingers for a long time leaving generous lacing.

The aroma is much hoppier than I expected with both citrus hops and some more earthy grassy hops as well. There is a bready malt aroma and a hint of rye, but just a hint.

The taste leans more on the earthy hops with a bitter kick up front before giving way to the bready malts. The rye actually comes out more as it warms and is most evident in the finish.

The mouthfeel is super creamy but with lots of carbonation. Fairly heavy for the style, but very much to my liking!

This is definitely not what I expected from a rye beer (or a fest beer for that matter). Nonetheless, it's a great beer and one that I highly recommend. Thanks again for the cans Brian!

Serving type: can

11-01-2008 20:17:36 | More by gford217
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to brother BA mikesgroove for this one, consumed on 10/30/08...

I love the can, first off. "Bier for a stein, from a can" - Sounds good to me! So I poured this one aggressively into a 0.5L mug from Bavaria. Pristine and copper in color. Effervescent, with about an 1 1/2" head sitting firmly on top. Nose thick and clean of malty goodness followed succinctly by the dry, spicy crystal rye. I was floored by the resemblence to a traditional Bier of this style so far. Great malt on the palate. Surprisingly clean on the tounge, very bright. Do not be mistaken though, there are extra hops here, for sure. The malt combined with the rye and American Summit hops make this one very unique, but I liked it more than I even thought I would. The hops with the rye and malt make for an interestingly flavorful yet still balanced combination. Highly quaffable and not overly high in the ABV, this is one I will need to re-visit.

Special Bier. Well done.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: can

10-31-2008 12:33:04 | More by goindownsouth
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shroompod

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a clear orange glow. Smallish head , some lacing.

Aroma of citrus rind a mild honey sweetness.

Decent hops upfront that linger with a mild grapefruit bite. Some peppery notes I suspect from the rye.

Mouthfeel is medium , decent carbonation.

Overall a pretty wild Oktoberfest , I only wish Surly was in Ohio.

Serving type: can

10-30-2008 23:31:39 | More by shroompod
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hero27

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can

a dry-hopped Oktoberfest?!?...say it's true! well shit, when Surly is running the show, it should be no surprise..

Pours a light orange/copper with a tight head of off-white foam..streams of carbonation sluggishly rise from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma of toffee malt & burnt crystal rye.
Malt flavor that you'd swear was straight from the German hinterland..definitely a hoppy O-fest, but it amazingly works with flying colors. The biscuity malt & rye go together flawlessly, and the big grassy hops add another level of complexity..
The innovation I continue to see coming out of this small Minneapolis brewery never ceases to amaze me..these Surly folks are incredible...keep 'em coming!

Serving type: can

10-27-2008 02:59:32 | More by hero27
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PEBKAC

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Forgot about a can of this in the back of the fridge that I received from Pitmonkey in a trade last year. Only remembered it once I got my hands on this year's batch. Short arms & the fact that I haven't changed the bulb in there in a long time means there are always surprises. :)

Pours out ugly from both cans. Sediment-y, hazy, & greasy-looking, it saves itself a bad score with a strong cascading effect that builds into a nice bit of fluff topping off the glass. A little stiffer in the vintage stuff, which looks a touch more grainer & dirty after it settles.

More caramel in the nose of the older one, but both are dominated by dry-hopping. A little more resiny in the elder, where the newer stuff is more sharp with citrus.

Touch more rye twang in the fresh stuff, maybe some honey-ish notions, but both have a considerable talcum drying effect leading the way to zesty juiciness. A feels more grainier then B, but both powder on the hops. Not an intense bitterness, but very constant after the brief unfamiliarity in the beginning. All left turns once you get past the intersection of rye & malt. My tongue is a bit numb to boot.

Serving type: can

10-26-2008 08:06:04 | More by PEBKAC
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this off my want list from Mikesgroove in our recent trade, so a big thanks goes out to Mike.

Copper body with a little off white head. Leaves barely visible traces of lacing.

The rye is really noticeable in the aroma, with some hop odor in the background.

Well, this is not an O-fest, that's for sure. But it is a pretty damn good rye beer. Rye comes in up front, followed by bitter, citrusy hop flavors. Rounds out nicely with a sweet malt profile.

Thin bodied, dry mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable, another nice Surly brew.

Serving type: can

10-24-2008 18:32:46 | More by Hojaminbag
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Jettanbass9

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to packforever1976 for the hook up on my first trade.

A - copper and orange highlights, frothy white head that refuses to budge. Crystal clear with a white lace sticks to the sides of the glass. This surely can be mistaken for an oktoberfest.

S - Toasted malts, caramel and a slight spiciness from the rye. I picked up on a few highlights of citrus and candied fruit, possibly from the dry hop?? As the beer warms a slight sulfur note emerges common to the style.

T - toasted malts, spicy rye, caramel and a nutty finish. a floral, earthy and slightly citrusy hop emerges in the background. The flavors all meld together to create a wonderful tasting brew. I doubt this would ever be turned away in Munchen.

M - medium to medium low body. The sweetness isn't cloying, the carbonation is restrained.

D - Near excellence in this beer... certainly is not a traditional oktoberfest but we certainly are not in germany. An excellent americanized take on the style. The flavors are restrained however are well crafted, this beer truely embodies balance.

Serving type: can

10-22-2008 22:21:53 | More by Jettanbass9
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: BIER FOR A STEIN, FROM A CAN. Presented in a 16 oz., pale blue and white checkerboard can depicting a Bavarian-capped brewer getting surly over his empty Imperial pint glass. (What, no stein?) FRESH BIER, KEEP IT KALT!

Thanks, as always, to Masala Mama for introducing me to yet another great beer from Brooklyn Center, MN.

A: Pours a light copper color with a generous, two-finger head that remains on permanent exhibit. Impressive lacing.

S: Floral citrus hops, ginger, toffee and malt. Herbal vegetal matter as it warms.

T: Toasted malt with hints of maple, caramel and white pepper. Hops surface before getting blasted by robust notes of rye. As SurlyFest warms, its flavor profile turns sweet with the tang of vegetal matter. Finishes dry and grainy.

M: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Its grainy nature allows it to run roughshod on the palate.

D: A single hop, dry hopped, rye lager that seems to work. Pretty well.

Not familiar with the style, but I'm sure Surly thoroughly disregarded it. Which is exactly why I enjoy drinking their beer.

Serving type: can

10-19-2008 20:56:36 | More by CaptainIPA
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mikesgroove for this beer as an extra. Cheers. I took my first sip without reading the can and thought that this was a weird beer for a fest. Then, I saw it was brewed with rye and dry hopped which explained it. Pours with a thin head and amber. Smells of the mix of rye and hops. Tastes like a hoppy marzen with rye whatever that means. A very unique beer which is tasty & I am generally not a rye fan.

Cheers.

Serving type: can

10-15-2008 23:38:51 | More by SkinnyElvis
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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, light orange color with a fizzy, small, white head. Minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of malt, and cirusy hops. Some rye notes, too.

T - It tasted like an oktoberfest mixed with a rye beer and an IPA. O-fest maltiness with a citrusy hop kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an excellent brew. Typical of Surly, it is completely unique.

Serving type: can

10-14-2008 01:21:10 | More by zeff80
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Murchmac

California

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Happygnome for this brew in the LNBA BIF

Pours a cloudy honey orange with minimal head. Like an old newscaster with a fake tan.

This beer smells like toucan sam doing lines of pure columbian honey hops.

Tastes excellent. Balanced attack of malt, followed by the second wave of hops and then the rye commandos. By the way at the end of Commando the movie, Ahnuld killed 96 people.

This is a unique beer. Worth a try. The little angry german guy on the can is the best anyway.

Serving type: can

10-11-2008 03:48:39 | More by Murchmac
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John_M

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Dyan for sharing a can of this delicious stuff.

The beer pours the expected marzen amber color with fairly good head retention and lacing. While the beer doesn't look like anything extra special, the aroma is quite impressive. Not sure how Surly managed to do this, but I get some nice underlying marzen aromas (sweet malt), superimposed on to quite a bit of hoppy citrus. The beer smells and tastes as if they blended a marzen with their furious. There is also a subtle rye element to this beer, which make the beer even better on the nose and palate. While this beer is quite flavorful, nothing is overdone or out of preportion. To no great surprise, drinkability is excellent in this beer.

Another outstanding beer from Surly. Not sure this beer qualifies as a marzen, but if so, it is the best American made version I've had this season. Another very good beer from Surly.

Serving type: can

10-10-2008 14:41:46 | More by John_M
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LittleBreeze

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell has a wonderful hoppy, malt, sweetness. The taste is even better. Rye flavor comes through well. Outstanding flavors and balance. Creamy mouthfeel. A hint of bitterness in the finish but not the dryness I expected/feared. It is a filling beer so I couldn't have had more than one in a sitting even if I wanted too.

Serving type: can

10-07-2008 02:47:46 | More by LittleBreeze
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beerkittycat

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surlyfest 2008 vintage. Appearance is mostly clear amber-orange with a frothy off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma has some citrus hops and bready malt, neither too strong, with the hops dominating. Initially, the flavors had me scratching my head for sometime because I thought I was drinking an Americanized Oktoberfest so I was relieved to see the heading here as a rye beer. I tasted restrained citrus hop flavor with the bready malt but the malt flavors danced on my tounge for only a moment and was whisked away in a fairly dry finish, which is explained by the rye malt and normally tends to be a palate cleanser when added to beer leaving a pretty dry finish. Mouthfeel was right in the middle making this beer very drinkable. This is unlike any beer I've tried before because it does remind you of Oktoberfest but you've got interesting twists with the American hops and rye malt. Oh, and of course it's absolutely delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2008 11:28:28 | More by beerkittycat
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 release received from beerbeagle. Thanks man! Into my Guinness imperial pint glass

A: Clear amber with a bubbly off-white head that more than fills the glass. Plenty of carbonation. Head's a lot less dense than most i've seen - very bubbly. Retention is OK, there have been beers a lot better than this, head-wise

S: Loaded with hops on the nose, very aromatic with mango and peach dominating. There's also an earthy, green hop aroma present, not unlike freshly cut leaves. A solid, spicy rye backbone is present with some caramel malt sweetness present.

T: Starts off with a blast of piney hops with some fruit character before a rye spiciness kicks in. The rye character is solid and works quite well with the light body that this beer has. There's some mild caramel sweetness present before a dry, spicy and hoppy finish takes over. Solid stuff.

M: Maybe a little more carbonated than I'd like but the light body and the finish make for a pleasing beer.

D: At 5.5%ABV, this is very easy to drink, glad I have more

Notes: If I were to review it as a marzen, it'd do very poorly. It has none of the characteristics I expect from one. Yes, you gotta drink outside the box but there's a reason I like my marzens and this beer does not deliver on that front. Also, criticizing this beer for being hoppier than most rye beers is pointless, 'cos it delivers what's advertised on the can and that _is_ this beer's USP

Serving type: can

10-03-2008 22:57:40 | More by DefenCorps
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glid02

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this gem from an LIF hosted by maximum12. I am deeply obliged good sir.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a one-finger white head into my UGA mug. The head sticks around for a bit before receding into a thin ring around the glass. The lacing is very good for a lager.

Smells good. Really big on the noble hop aroma with a mild sweet malt smell.

Tastes a little better than it smells. The sweet malt and noble hop flavors are superbly balanced, and there's also somewhat of a floral taste that pokes it head out every now and then. There's a very mild bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a good creamy thickness there with subtle carbonation that's not too much nor too little. Very nice.

Drinkability is good. I'm not the biggest fan of the smell, but once I take a sip it doesn't really matter. This goes down very easily.

Overall I'm very impressed with my foray into Surly Brewing thanks to maximum12. I look forward to snagging any more of their brews any chance I get.

Serving type: can

10-02-2008 23:28:39 | More by glid02
SurlyFest from Surly Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.