Oktoberfest - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of BeerIsland
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is a great local 'fest; I wish I had run into it sooner. The 22 oz bomber is a very attractive way to drink this one. It looks fine in the glass although I wish the head would've stuck around a little longer. It smells wonderful lagery with clean fresh notes. First taste is of great balance with a bit of bitter in the finish. Very refreshing and etremely drinkable. Excellent job!

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest beer in a can...gotta love it....pours medium amber, clear, lighter tan head, stays for a bit, then falls to the proverbial tiny bubble film, thin collar, a quite fine and nice looking lacing element....just getting the thinnest whiff of maltyness..super easy drinking O'fest offering. Has the expected smooth maltyness, with just a hint of nuts and maple. Nothing special, but decent enough to enjoy on a chilly fall evening.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just purchased from the Beer Yard. Amber in color. Nor much smell to it. Tastes like a classic Octoberfest with crisp malt flavor. Very drinkable with a smooth mouthfeel. Maybe be my favorite of the style & we have some solid fest beers in PA.

Cheers.

Photo of dacrza1
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean, crisp, almost light brown-orange body with a thick, bubbly bright white head--looks like October! Picture perfect spider web lacing is is excellent in a Schneider Edel-Weisse glass... a soft bouquet of fruity esthers subdue the other prominent lager malts... little hint of hops at all... lively, buzzing texture--no alcohol presence--almost cleansing in its visceral presence... nice bread-like lager and yeasts to the back of the throat... swishing the swallow allows a hint of hops to settle in the teeth... almost presents itself as a high-class fest, not carrying the weight of the season...this is a slow-sipping drink that I'd rather not sip slowly...I think of snobbish bergemeisters, and although this is pleasant and drinkable, late yeast in the taste makes for an interesting--and not totally "Octoberfest"--experience.. not bad, but surprisingly light and difficult to classify on taste.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This rising star brewery does many styles, and by experience and bottle label, it's own take on the style. Medium orange body with maltiness in the nose and a small white head and some lacing. Smooth medium plus drinkability. There could be a bit of yeast interacting with the malt, and a touch of toastiness. Understated hops. Very pleasant and the bomber..well it just went. Good lager.

Photo of kenito799
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn

Nice clear amber color. 1/2 inch head stays and leaves good lacing. Malty aromas.

Soft creamy mothfeel, nice bubbles. Flavors are mild and malty, intergrated hops with very good balance. NOT a hophead style beer, this is an excellent session beer that you won't get tired of, grab it by the pitcher and grill some brats.

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Sly Fox Brewing Company (Phoenixville, PA) on 10/9/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a ½ finger of frothy bright-white head. This retains with a light, foamy creaminess that leaves back a decent amount of spotty lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh, leafy, and spicy, which is layered on top of an underlying tangy mix of citrus flavors, bread, and sweet caramel. This is nice.

The taste has a crisp flavorful snap to across the tongue, with leafy bitter citrus and hop spice being backed by a backbone of toasted biscuit character and a touch of sweet caramel malt. I’m really enjoying the hop presence here, as this finishes with a satisfying amount of dry, spicy, and leafy bitterness that sticks to the tongue a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp crisp feel in the mouth but this does ease up a bit towards the back of the swallow with more of a smooth slickness that really helps keep this easy feeling.

This was a very solid take on an O-Fest, with just the right amount of assertive Noble hops and sweeter malt flavors that kept this very balanced and easy moving on the palate. I think that I have had this in both the can and bottle before this and here on draft was definitely my favorite so far, as that freshness really popped the flavorful crispness of those profiles. I could have put several pints of this down. This is some drinkable stuff!

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy light brown color with a small head. Smell is sweet, a bit of malts. Taste is good, malts,apples, a bit of sweetness, a rather different flavor for this style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality brew.

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

A: The Oktoberfestbier is a bright amber orange color. The brightness of the beer accentuates its translucence. Little head arose on pour.

S: The nose is malty with a full sweet grain presence. Dry fruits are present in a limited manner.

T: Each sip is a malty wonderland, with grainy and cereal popping up in each swallow. The grains are sweet with a juicy green apple finish. Their depth is chewy and sweet enough to make a lasting impression. Hops are bittering and well-hidden in the background.

M: The mouthfeel is malty, bready with a sweet undertone. At times it comes across thin but for the most part it is a good sipper.

D: A decent O-festbier. Not my first choice but if presented with it I'd be happy.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hopdog: Poured a light amber color lager with a super huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt is enjoyable and refreshing. Taste of caramel malt is dominating with some light hops closing the show. Body is a bit thin but carbonation is very lively. Good example of the style but nothing to write home about.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice pumpkin orange amber with a decent one inch or so of a head on top. Decent retention as it hung around for a good couple of minutes before finally resting and falling down to just a thin layer across the top.

very spiced, lots of pumpkin like smells mixed in with a good amount of roasted malts. It had a touch of nutmeg and a definite grassy or earthy mix in it. There was definitely some depth to the aroma, good amount of malt made up the backbone of it as you would expect. Once you got past that a nice bready sort of grain started to come over you, mixed in was a nice herbal, grassy sort of punch that really started to break though. It was definitely a fresh taste as it had some teeth to it. A decent hoppy expression then followed and even had a bit of a floral note to it. The finish was very long, and quite dry.

Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Waterfront, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a dark copper hue with some chill haze and a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured an earthy malt and musty hop.

The taste was malt forward with a spicy noble hop highlight. Very nice really.

The mouthfeel was in line with the style.

Overall a superior American Octoberfest.

Photo of claspada
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange in color with a medium size head that quickly receded to some surface foam with little to no lacing.

Aromas begin with a mild maltiness; mostly pilsner and Munich malt aromas. Some light dry fruitiness most likely from some hops emerge a little as it warms.

The tastes begin with toasted bready malt, toasted nuts, caramel and a faint hop bitterness. The grains are sweet with a juicy green apple finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is smooth at the start with a dry finish.

Overall this is a nice drinkable version of this style, but don't expect to be blown away by it. Would be better served in a 6 pack as the value is lacking for this 22oz serving.

Photo of Phatz
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a rusty orange color.

Smell: The aroma is not big (may have been too cold) but very pleasant. Malty fruit nose that is lightly spiced.

Taste: Significant amounts of grain in the flavor with hints of caramel and suggestions of peach and orange rind. There is just enough spice to consider it flavorful and yet simple enough to remain exceptionally quaffable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Super smooth. A bit dry on the edges, nice!

Drinkability: I think Oktoberfest beers could be renamed fall sessioners, because they tend to be so easy to drink. This is no exception. I found this to do down so easy I almost forgot to finish making notes. Tremendous really!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of dsa7783
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle copped for $4.99 from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield... bright copper, apple-juice colored appearance with minimal frothy head that also left a negligent amount of lacing... smell was average to say the least - not very strong or noticeable, but more watered down and bland... taste was very crisp, clean, and clear... orange logo sticker states "Aged To Perfection At Our Brewery"... vanilla and caramel flavor is nicely present and makes for a nice depiction of the style... light, slightly water-like mouthfeel with a good drinkability due to the obviously low ABV and subtle presentation of flavors... a nice representation of the style by Sly Fox... good stuff... Worth a try...

Photo of maddogruss
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a draft of this from the brewpub in Phoenixville.

A: Pours an orange-amber body with a minimal, white head with some head retention and some lacing through the finish.

S: A slightly sweet, malty smell with a hint of sweet apple juice.

T: A very sweet, malty taste with a sweet apple juice aftertaste with some vanilla notes as well.

M: A medium bodied beer that was pretty crisp.

D: A pretty good mouthfeel and taste combination that yielded a pretty good Oktoberfest overall.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange-ish to copper color with a small white head. In the aroma, sweet biscuit malt and a small earthiness. In the taste, earthiness and a dry maltiness. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, and a small dry earthy fruitiness. Nice representation of style.

Photo of Gavage
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep orange in color with a 1/2" head that quickly receded to some surface foam. No lacing develops through the drink.

Smell: the nose only picked up some mild maltiness.

Taste: malt, toasted nuts, caramel, and a faint bitterness made up the flavor components. Not an over the top malty oktoberfest, but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start with a smooth dry finish. Nice carbonation levels gave this a slight tingle on the tongue going down.

Drinkability: a nicely drinkable version of this style, but don't expect to be blown away by it.

Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-copper color with a head that went from one finger to almost nothing in no time flat. Good clarity with a moderate amount of carbonation bubbles floating northward.

Mild aroma of toasted malts and grain.

Taste is malty up front accompanied by a hint of apple cider. Thins out towards the middle and the finish features a bit of a metallic flavor.

A bit on the thin side for the style and far as mouthfeel goes. Carbonation is about middle of the road, which is good.

Not bad....certainly drinkable, but I'll stick with Great Lakes version.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not my top choice within the style, but I'd happily have another if someone offered one up.

Photo of HotHands
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a transparent amber color with a white head. Some lacing present.

S - apple and toffee aromas are present.

T - great malt flavors. Good amount of caramel, toffee, nuttiness, and a bit of spice with some hops at the end to give it a clean finish.

M - good carbonation and a lighter body for added drinkability.

D - a great "sessionable" beer that will get you in the mood for fall. Ideal with football games.

This is one of the better O-fests out there, so try to pick it up. I also put a bit of it on my sausage, peppers, and onions while they were sauteeing and it came out great.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks to riggsy for this one

another awesome label from sly fox.

pours lighter than expected into a brooklyn octoberfest mug (er, oKtoberfest). candy corn-orange, murky with a large and light whipped egg foam. mango syrup and hi-c?

they've achieved a real spicy nose here, but its not consistent with a marzen/octoberfest profile. it's yeasty in a apricot fruity way with some black pepper, reminiscent of chouffe. chouffe with hints of black licorice and strawberries. no doubt intriguing and delicious to my nose but not sure if this is what i want from this beer.

yeah, that's kinda how it tastes too. this is way too dry and the malt profile and discreet sweetness is nowhere to be found. grassy and a bit 'wild'.. is this a bad bottle? finish comes closer to orval than chouffe.. champagne mouthfeel and finish without excessive bitterness. i mean, this beer is interesting- had it been labeled differently i might be satisfied with my experience.

yeah, well i'm not. this beer is the weirdest octoberfest i've ever sampled. not terrible, but i was psyched for something traditional.

Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 bomber purchased fresh from the Phoenixville location.

A-Light golden tinged copper with a long lasting thin white head. Light webbing left behind.

S-Bready malt with a smack of spicy hops.

T-Oh...more in this than I expected. A most surprising simultaneous kick of spicy hops and rich sweet bready malt. Hints of orange zest bitterness in the aftertaste.

M-Medium-light body and a lasting spicy bitterness.

D-Enjoyable to me for a fest beer. A bit lacking on body, wouldn't mind a bit more caramel sweetness, but the spicy hop kick is very pleasant and well received.

Photo of irish
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jeez, this one surprised me, pleasantly. First off, I liked the fact that it came in a can. Then the pour and color was a little darker than expected.

Taste is outstanding--I don't know whether I've had a better Oktoberfest. It surges malt at first, pleasantly and substantially. Hops seem subtle--maybe masked by the malt? Then the start to assert themselves, down the tongue and along the sides. Wow-what balance!

I really did not expect this good of a beer--see what the bottle (vs. can) habit does to expectations?

I like Sly Fox. I've had a few types so far and they have all been good.

Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark golden color with a two finger foamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. There are loads of carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma is decent. It has a very dry lager feel with mostly pilsner and Munich malt aromas. The taste is average. It's quite dry with just a hint of malt character. It goes down with a struggle and finishes with a bitter hop taste. I think I might have a skunked bottle, although I've taken all the precautions to avoid that. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This isn't a favorite of mine. There are plenty of better examples of this style on the market.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber orange. Very clear. Pours with a thick white head but short lived it is.
Medium carbonation.
The smell of malts and bread are noted.
Tastes of course malty slightly sweet with yeasty, bread. Smooth, dry, clean finsh.
A smooth creamy light body.
Very drinkabable.

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Oktoberfest from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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