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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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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 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 oberon
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a clear spritzy light bronze with a large blooming white head that stuck well to the glass leaving some broken lace in its wake.Pretty clean lager aromas light notes of brown sugar and caramel to go along with a fading toastiness and iron,I think on the sweeter side of the style although not nearly cloying just the brown sugar and caramel flavors dominate with some doughy-like flavors underneath a decent punch of spicey hop shows thru as I drink more in the finish.It goes down very easily and Iam sure is food friendly,not bad.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 12 can into a small mug.

Appearance: The body has a beautiful orange amber colored body with just the slightest haze. From the aggressive pour I got a small creamy off white head. The head fades to thin covering that just hangs on to the end. On the glass it makes lots of slick spotty lace.

Smell: Its aroma is very malty in a nutty sweet, bready way. There are also notes of sweet floral/spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: I get a lot of bready and nutty maltiness throughout with mellow candy like sweetness. Hops add some floral spicy flavor, a little bitterness and a very slight sour note to the finish. It's a good solid medium body with a smooth lightly carbonated mouth feel.

Notes: I am digging the big nutty bready malt on this one. It is quite drinkable and enjoyable. Prosit!!!

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Photo of bierdabbler
2.18/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up some cans and poured into a pint glass.

A- Decent orange color with a little head that was sweet tasting but dissipated rather quick with no lacing.

S- Faint smells of festbier, not a lot going on here.

T/M- Light and basic lager taste, hard to discern any attributes qualifying this as an Oktoberfest.

Was disappointed in the lack of smell or taste, not much different here than your local canned lager costing half the price. Below average for lagers overall.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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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 SkinnyElvis
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.


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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured with a nice rocky head ,head dissapated fairly quickly.a light coppery,slightly reddish-orange hue.A fruitty.green apple a bit grassy aroma.
Tastes fruity,a soury tart taste,a hint of yeast.Not a traditional Octoberfest taste.
A carbinated cider like mouthfeel,very dry wine-like.The aftertaste is kind of sour like an green apple.
A light to medium mouthfeel,an interesting beer very hard to describe.

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Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

can out of the fridge poured into a mug. best before 12-20-10.

pours a clear light brown color. 2 fingers of off white head that settled to a thin layer then eventually a small ring. a decent lace.

not too big of an aroma. grainy, ever so slightly roasted malts. herbal tea. ever so slight bit of alcohol.

pilsner, bready grains, slightly roasty, lots of herbal tea, earthy hops at the finish with a little bit of hop bitterness. a little bit of that lager goodness. a good balance.

medium to light bodied. slightly watery at times. sparkly carbonation.

an easy session beer, i could drink this anytime of year, but exspecially great in the fall. one of the better octoberfests out there, and one of the very few in a can. that wins points with me. also has a little more hops than your usual oktoberfest which i like. seek this out if you CAN. haha get it?

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Photo of butters_mcgee
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of far333
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Devil's Alley, Philadelphia.

Light honey colored with no head to speak of, but this is unfortunately due the barkeep's attempt to fill the liquid completely to the brim with as little head as possible. It was actually filled so high that I had to be careful not to spill while lifting it to my lips.

Low aroma of bready malt. Flavor is initially biscuity malt, but hints of toffee and cinnamon work their way in and out. Moderately carbed, full mouthfeel with a tingly finish. Good representation of the style, very drinkable.

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Photo of ryser2k
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Forms a really nice shaped off white head which rises slowly above the rim of the glass, yet never drips down the sides of my pint. Dwindles relatively quick but leaves scattered strips of lacing as it does, the body is a pale copper orange tone, a bit lighter than the typical American brewed O-fest, and I also noticed tiny yeast particles suspended in there. Aroma is hard to describe it has a good bit of tart green apple, mild citrus and tropical passion fruits with bread malt layer becoming a bit sugary finishes with light grassy and leafy hops in the nose. Taste, comes off a touch acidic develops a creamy sweet fruity character with mild rassy hops and finishes tart like a dry cider, very interesting overall with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel has a light to medium body, carbonation a bit heavy with some prickly presence on the palate a bit of residual sugars noted as well and it definitely fnishes dry. Drinkability: Challenging to the senses and it fails to come off as the typical American brewed oktoberfest, the label boldly states: "Our version of this seasonal lager. No limits, no restrictions." Thank God something different from a somewhat monotonous style, I'll be having another I enjoyed it.

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Photo of aengleman
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of Melchizedek
2.01/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 22 oz. bomber into a nice mug, good color for the style, a clear goldish amber with bits of floaty yeast in the final pour. Enthusiastic bubbly head builds up quickly and dissipates just as fast.

Not much aroma to speak of - just some vaguely detergent-y character, malt sweetness, a whiff of alcohol, but overall just too clean. The carbonation in the mouth is just way too much. The beer fizzes up immediately upon sipping, making it hard to discern flavors or swallow without instant burping. It's not like you're missing much in the flavor, though - there's mostly a kind of woody malt taste with a bit of chemical bitterness. Rather thin once the carbonation has run its course, too.

The carbonation really ruins the enjoyability of this even as a quaff-worthy selection. It doesn't taste good enough to endure the onslaught of fizz, either - don't bother. There are plenty of better O'fests readily available.

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Photo of rickmick
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a lightish yellow with a hint of brown. Not much in the aroma department. Highly carbonated, with little lacing.

The taste is... eh. I was expecting more malty flavors, but what dominates is a lemony sourness. The high carbonation makes this very refreshing however. Just not what I expected.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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

Sly Fox- Oktoberfest

22ozer brewed and bottled Royersford, PA.

Appearance- Beautiful golden brown with a huge frothy head. Moderate lacing down the glass.
Smell- Sweet buttery vanilla caramel malt.
Taste- Malt dominated. Like the smell, sweet vanilla caramel with a buttery hint. Sorta like a Werthers candy. Although some slight corn adjunct like flavor pokes its head through making it very sweet.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and buttery throughout with a bit of a cloying feeling.

Overall- Not too shabby. By the end of the bomber this started to become to sweet and cloying for me. Definitely worthy of a pint or 2.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +9%

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