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Oktoberfest - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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187 Reviews
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Reviews: 187
Hads: 358
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 17.17%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Gavage on 10-26-2004

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Reviews: 187 | Hads: 358
Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with one inch head, clear,and high carbonation. Taste is toasted malt, honey, and tree bark. Clean and crisp. Solid example of the style and a go to when I want a marzen. Love the way Sly Fox does lagers.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Rather light for a märzen, clear and really light brown with a substantial white head.
S: Not much of a nose. First thought that came to mind was ketchup.
T: A little light but nice and malty. Could be more complex but not bad.
F: As expected for a märzen

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Photo of KTCamm
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/17...pours clear, a very light amber with heavy thick white foam. Hearty malt nose, really bready. Caramel too. Soft malty flavor, very clean, smooth and then a very tight bitter at the close. Chewy. Quite good, exactly what an Oktoberfest should deliver. Worked through this sixer very quickly.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 16-oz. draft
Glass: Mason jar glass
From: Clem’s Roadside Bar & Grill in State College, Pa.
Price: $4.00 (guess)
Purchased: Sept. 25, 2015
Consumed: Sept. 25, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured an orange, pale, clear color with two fingers of white, frothy head. Decent amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Above average, sporadic, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Average-to-above average retention. (Sight - 4.00)

Smelled buttery malts, toffee, toasty malts, dark fruits and honey. (Smell - 3.50)

Tasted similar to the nose, slightly boozier. Got buttery malts, slight butterscotch, toffee, honey, wheat and sourdough bread. (Taste - 3.50)

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. (Feel - 3.50)

A decent Octoberfest, but not great. I probably overrated it a tad, especially with the taste. (Overall - 3.50)

3.53 | 80 | B

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sly Fox "Oktoberfest Lager"
12 oz. can, no freshness dating

One of, if not the very best, American-made "Oktoberfest" beers I've tasted. The secret is in the malt and the way it's mashed, which leaves it quite authentic. The use of German hops is important as well, and they absolutely shine here, but without the German malts to give it that rich graininess upfront the hops become kind of a moot point. Equally important is the balance because the hops need to counter the malt and keep it from becoming sweet and cloying while not becoming too bitter, or too hoppy - just enough is what's needed, and just enough is what you get. Spectacular! Now if only some of the bigger Munich breweries can return to making a beer as good as this (rather than dumbing it down) we'll be set.

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Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear amber-gold color with thick off-white head. Bready malts and some zesty hops in the nose. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a slight creaminess. Well-balanced taste, with a very strong, almost fruity sweetness up front that does not linger in the aftertaste. No bitterness to speak of. Very good.

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Photo of Buck89
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Clear light amber with a generous white head.Sweet malty aroma with some frutiness. Taste is bold s malt up front, with caramel toffee and fruit. Slightly sticky finish but not cloying.

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Photo of Premo88
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NBS BIF beer courtesy of @TongoRad
12 oz. can poured into pint glass
(Jan. 7, 2015)

L: gold peach ... more gold but just a hint of red in it; clear but not crystal ... slight haziness with lots of debris in it on close inspection; minimal head that strangely (and very cooly) appears at first to be the same color as the brew then settles into an off-white; no sticking or lacing

S: fruity ... peach, apricot ... very English pale-ale-like; dust, mustiness; some earthiness in there; the sweet fruit note is impressive; maybe a pinch of yeast; slight grain/sour grain

T: fruity, very much so ... like an American-made English pale ale (Goose Island Honker's Ale); apricot or peach ... some slight earthy bitterness lingers, and there's a bit of the musty flavor

F: solid all around, decent carbonation ... light and drinkable

O: proof that the "best by" date is only a guide, not law -- this beer is a fantastic spin on the marzen, very sweet and fruity but with a slight bitter aftertaste that evens things out. in that regard, it's proof that lagers can pack in the flavor, too.

i definitely could see knocking back a six-pack or two of this each year when it comes out.

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Photo of Act25
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like Sly Fox.

I am not a fan of Octoberfests, for how much can you do with them? But this one is both different and enjoyable for the most part.

A - A hazed golden amber w/ initial rocky cap. Big carbonation, but not that lasting or lacing.

S - The smell offers bready caramel malt with toasted elements. A bit of butter and cream, and bit of light spice from the hops.

T - The taste follows the smell, and it's mildly bitter with a buttery sweet malt flavor which is augmented by yeast and more sweet fruit in the finish. Nutty, buttery like a pretzel. (as it should be) A toasted grain with a little melted butter and dry herbal hops in the finish.

M- Surprisingly good, creamy feel, with a nice clean finish. Good food beer. Very German, yet more buttery and hoppy.

O - Hoppier than most. As good as a Marzen gets?

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Photo of beertunes
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to @TongoRad for this one. Poured into shaker pint glass. Poured a nice caramel-y yellow color, with an inch of white head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was on the sweet side of the malt scale, with some earthy hops in the background. On the tongue, the beer was pretty similar, lightly sweet malts dominated, with a bit of an earthy hop tang towards the back of the palate.

The body was smooth, even and full, but with no heaviness. Drinkability was good, as is typical for the style.Overall, a very nice take on the style, one worth tryingshould you get the chance.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored with minimal head with poor retention. Faint aroma of bready malts and a caramel sweetness that comes through more in the flavor than the aroma. Easy to drink several in one sitting. Not a bad Oktoberfest by any means but it was a little too light bodied for me.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Reminds me a lot of their Pikeland Pils which is another beer I enjoy. Predominant lager yeast flavors, leafy/earthy bitter up front followed by a toasted biscuit-like malt with some caramel sweetness. Slick, crisp, refreshing. Nice stuff.

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Photo of nmann08
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft, pours a very clear light orange copper. Fizzy head coats the top and lingers.

Nose is a lot of wheat, earthy, malt and grain with a caramel backbone. The flavor is mild hops, grains, straw, bread dough. Moderately sweet with a clean dry finish. This is balanced and refreshing.

Pretty good interpretation. I like it.

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Photo of beerdedking
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Had semi high hopes for this baby, but was much thinner than I'd hoped, especially for 5.8 ABV.
Fill in all the blanks, it tasted and looked like an Oktoberfest, but there are better options out there.
I've been enjoying RT 113 IPA and Hop Odyssey DIPA, but this is just average in a very clustered Marzen field...

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%

Can purchased at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly hazy brown color, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells a little bit malty, toasted bread, and strong lager yeast.

The lager yeast in this one is strong, and a little bit skunky, honestly. When it's colder, the skunkiness is less apparent. A bit of toasty and bready malt flavor as well. This one is fairly sweet, too.

This one is light bodied, and a little bit watery, with low carbonation, keeping it a little flat.

This one fell a little bit short, honestly.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pint glass from a can. Slightly hazy golden amber body topped by a respectable head. The head drops down to a few bubbles on the surface, leaving a very moderate lacing on the glass. Seems to have some decent carbonation.

The smell is mild, hinting at the caramel malts and a clean lager taste. Very mild aroma of hops come out as the beer comes to cellar temp. Has a lightly sweet smell to it.

This is a light-bodied Oktoberfest, with a decent amount of carbonation. The flavor is also very light, with just a small flavor of toasted malt. Really not much in the way of bitterness here. Subtle bitterness in the finish, but just barely there, only in a balancing role. It lacks a more impactful flavor. Notes of wet hay, biscuit malt, butterscotch, and a grassy hop presence.

I would not venture to get this one again. It's not poorly made, but it strikes me as one of many decent, but not great, Oktoberfests. Ultimately it's a forgettable beer. Easy to drink? Yes. But I've had far better. Lagers don't have to be boring.

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Photo of dgherm
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into my mug. Medium gold, slightly hazy, lots of bubbles, half inch thick, a bit a lace on the glass. Has the odor of a pilsner to me. Now I'm getting some of that sweet malt smell. Hop forward, some mild alcohol, in the taste. That malt sweetness finally peeks through as you let the beer linger in your mouth. Seems overly carbonated for the style, but don't mind, overall good mouthfeel, doesn't come off as too thick or thin. Overall a decent beer, not as true to style as other octoberfests, but a good drink.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazed and very light amber with an orange hue . Lager bubbles coming up from the bottom. It had a finger and a half of loose off white foam that fell quickly to a thin ring and soapy wet lace as you drink.

Nose is simple and yeasty lager smell. Bready with a touch of malt sweetness. There is some hop pungency on the nose and I thought I smelled a bit of onion. I will call it hop herbal instead. As it warmed the malt became a tad sweeter on the nose.

Taste is terrific and light. It has a light bread with only a touch of malt sweetness that intensifies slightly as you drink. There is a hop presence on the palate and a gentle bitter on the tongue right before the finish. It finishes crisp and dry with silky bread to flow but no real caramel taste. It's not that the malt is not sweet and only by the end of the glass are you noticing a bit of nutty or any toasted quality. The malt in this one is slow to be realized but it is there and by the end of the drink it has a bit more body. Carbonation in ample and mouthfeel is clean.

I think sly fox has a great way of making very smooth lagers that drink very easily and flow across the palate like water. This one is certainly tasty and while you might start out thinking it's too light by mid glass you are tasting hearty bread (with the crusts even) and a smooth malt. it may not have the dark color of other octoberfests but it drinks well .

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Photo of Nikxed58
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bought this from a Wegman's in Pennsylvania. I was in the state and figured why not try something from the area ("Craft brewed in Pennsylvania"). Poured from a can.

A - pours a really nice light copper color similar to a witbier. There was a huge head that looked oh so beautiful.

S - it was kinda hard to differentiate the scents present. I smelled a bit of wheat but that's about it.

T - has a light bitterness from some hops but the flavors don't really pop out or are not present at all. That's not to say that it doesn't taste good, because this Oktoberfest tastes pretty good, but there's nothing crazy special about it, which is absolutely fine.

M - very nice moderate mouth feel. After each sip, some beer still lingers in the mouth leaving a nice feeling that isn't dry at all. I think that this is one of the aspects of this beer and differentiates it from some of its peers.

O - pretty good Oktoberfest that is good to share with a few friends. Their canned package is great for on-the-go convenience. You won't find anything out of the ordinary here, but it stays true to style. Enjoyable beer to celebrate the Fall season.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - golden hue, thick white head, excellent laces
S - not much there, yeast?
T - malty, not much hop, mild smoke, soft bitter
M - quaffable, medium body, it is a lager not a true marzen
O -Great for a seissun, ABV just under 6, not a marzen Oktoberfest but closer to hofbrau than you might think

Served in a 16 oz pint glass at my kitchen table

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an orange amber color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades rather quickly leaving just a tiny level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall consisting of a bit of a ready and lightly roasted smell. Along with these aromas are some light notes of light fruit and some herbal hop and spice.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and bready malt flavor with a hint of roast and a moderately strong caramel sweetness. The caramel takes on more notes of a brown sugar sweetness as the favor advances with the roast getting slightly stronger as well. In the end a little bit of a spice flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg as well as a bit of a citrus hop come to the tongue in the end leaving a lightly roasted and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. Both are nice for the easy drinking and lightly roasted tastes of the brew.

Overall – A nice Oktoberfest that is on the slightly drier and lightly roasted side. While not spectacular it is a rather nice drink.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter orange to golden, lighter than I would expect for the style. Te head is foamy and somewhat thin and leaves nearly no lacing behind.

Aromas are fairly traditional and feature Munich and Carmel malt, with notes of bread and only the faintest hop presence.

The flavor is similar with Carmel and Munich malts with biscuit and faint hints of toffee. Although it may be what one would expect for the style in terms of character it is not as pronounced versus the staples of the style.

Thinner than I would like in body yet very clean and crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a decent fest bier just leaving a bit of character on the table.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a harpoon tasting glass, color is copper/gold, head is light, thin, presenting only about 1/4 inch then dissipating, color is off white with larger buble size.

Smell is bread, toast, biscuit, touch of vienna/munich style malts, fresh hoppiness noted, grass and fruity but light.

Taste is clean, vienna/munich malts showing through, somewhat drying, crisp flavors, bread, toast and biscuit are all present, touch of caramel like sweetness; hop flavor is fresh, crisp, floral. Malt flavor is on the subdued side for a oktoberfest, with the hops showing through

Mouthfeel is very crisp, sharp on the tongue, expected with this level of hoppiness and the carbonation for this style.

Overall, a less sweet, more hoppy oktoberfestbier, i like it. great for the warmer september afternoons.

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Photo of drtth
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear amber-orange with a 3/4" white head that recedes to a ring round the glass and a thin layer of foam leaving some legs of lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is filled with bready malts and some grassy hops.

The flavors include the sweetness of the bready malt and the grassy, somewhat spicy hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a light crispness from the low but persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the malt begins to fade to a grassy, slightly bitter end that eventually becomes dry.

Overall this is a well made O-fest beer that is easy to drink and I'll be happy to have more in the future. I also think this would be a great pairing with pizza.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tall pilsner style glass.

Real nice orange to peach bronze amber body color. Quite light and bright actually with some small rising carbonation. Soapy even three finger head that settles to a small collar with some good lacing. Very attractive looking beer.

Nose is crispy smelling malts. Slight caramel, and very clean smelling. A bit of tonic water and quinine like whiffs as well. Malt action seems to be taking a back seat.

Palate is quite full and very light and extremely flavorful. Crispy action with crackling malt and good mix of caramel. Brown sugar and clove like spices, with a very light palate. Clean finish with a minor sticky quality. Good depth with a very light body.

Overall just a very solid enjoyable Marzen, really like the German styles from this brewery.

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Oktoberfest from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.