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Oktoberfest - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 135
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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 micromaniac129
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
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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Photo of Risser09
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a transparent orange with a 1/2" off-white head that shows good retention. Lots of bubbles flow to the surface of the beer. Minimal lacing initially, but swirling creates a tiny amount.

Smell: Lager yeast, cereal, German hops. Almond oil aroma is pretty strong. I would say this beer is pretty authentic so far.

Taste: Fresh lagered flavor of cereal grains and toasty malts. The hop additions were generous to this beer, although they aren't overwhelming they shine through. Lager yeastiness finishes.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with balanced sweetness and bitterness. Lingering bitterness is pleasant. Carbonation is very lively. Alcohol is present.

Drinkability: This beer screams drinkability. It is a finely crafted lager with flavor, vigor, and a quenching deliciousness. I will revisit and recommend!

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Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | 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" 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 irish
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber color with an inch of stately foam. The aroma is slightly sweet but husky malt. Maltiness all the way in the flavor but not overwhelming. The beer ends with some mixed-in bitterness for an appropriate balance. Medium bodied and slightly prickly on the palate. This is a good oktoberfest. I thoroughly enjoyed this drinkable beer and would recommend it.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Finn
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Fest beer is an incredibly clear, deep gold color. The aroma is biscuits, light fruit, munich malt, and a mild metallic zing in the nose. the head has a little staying power, and a thin but fine film clings to the surface. Flavor is excellent, and a bit more unique than other US oktoberfests I've tried: A tad more hoppy than your average, which works well in this beer. There is a fair amount of malt sweetness, with a tad of astringency to it. Also not a bad thing so far. Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation. this is a tasty and unique oktoberfest, I'd say half between the american oktoberfest and german oktoberfest in flavor, and refinement. Not your everyday oktoberfest, a little more bold with the hops. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper orange color poured into my pint glass. Nice Oktoberfest brew with just a hint of spices and very drinkable and smooth mouthfeel. I really enjoy this one and have found several bottles and growlers to keep me satisfied. Good job Sly Fox on this one.

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Photo of Phatz
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of eagles22
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden light orange body with a 2 finger head that dimishes quickly

Smell: munich malts, hops and also some caramel
I'm really disappoint in the nose of this beer

Taste: wow this is a wonderful brew
perfect balance of hops and malts

Mouthfeel: this is a beer that you just want more of..very smooth on the palate

Drinkability: VERY HIGH

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 dacrza1
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of kenito799
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my Sly Fox pint glass a clear rusty orange with a finger of cream colored head. Smells of toasted malted grains. Tastes of sweet caramel and malt. Finishes with a subtle spiciness. Medium body and very refreshing. A solid offering from Sly Fox. I was upset when the bottle was empty.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Lighter malts. Caramel, munich, maybe a small dose of pilsner malts.

Appearance: Medium amber, very clear. Pours a tall white head, sticks around for quite a while. Nice lacing.

Flavor: Sweet malts, quickly turning bitter. Pilsner and munich malts, lots of caramel, just a bit roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Nice and thick. Very oily, barely a hint of dryness.

Overall: Impressed. Sweet and slightly bitter malts, no harshness. Lots of caramel.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint

A dull copper/amber body with a ton of bubbles and a foamy white head that rises a full two fingers. Sweet and grainy malts dominate the nose. Clean. A huge malt bill here. Sweet biscuit malt, earthy with a touch of green apple sweetness. Light to medium body with heavy carbonation. Crisp and clean. This is a pretty solid interpretation.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice solid beer. Had on tap at SF in Phoenixville. Smells malty, mostly bready. What you would expect in this style of beer. Tastes like caramel malts with a nice bread-like character. Even tasting, little on the fuller bodied mouthfeel side of things. No noticeable hop presence. Could knock back quite a few of these.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized Becker.

This brew is a pale orange in color with a white head that leaves a thin, wispy lace that settles down pretty quickly.

Smells of fresh baked bread, sweet malts and grain.

Nice biscuty malt taste with a big malty backbone and bready yeasts.

Smooth and crisp. Descent carbonation.

Another good brew from Sly Fox. Very drinkable as it should be and would be a no brainer at parties. Good stuff.

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Photo of Foxman
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear and nicely carbonated coppery amber. Two fingers of beige head deconstruct quite slowly. Puffy pads of lacing pillow the inside of the glass.

The aroma swirls sweet toasted malt, with caramel and crisp berry. A tart strain of yeast pairs with a flinty edge of peppery hops.

Upon tasting, the malt passes through first, but it does so in a flash and before much more than basic toasted grain can register with a modicum of caramel and biscuit. Pepper spice of noble-esque hops dry any attempt of malt recurrence. Lightly doughy yeast cedes to a notable lingering bitterness. You know the malt is there, but it lays quite deep under the surprising but tasty hop presence.

Medium bodied, the malt asserts more here to coat nicely, along with a tingly hop bite.

It's not as malty as I expected, but it has a lot of life in its step, and the departure is pleasing. The fethcing hop and yeast duo are surprisingly adept at center stage. The sometimes vestigial grain traces tweak things just enough to round out the drinkability. It's a bit off the beaten path, but I think it's well worth the side trip.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear ambe color with an off-white head that left some spotty lacing.

S - noble hop aroma with some grainy malt.

T - nice balance of malts and grassy hop flavors, sweet and then dry on the finish.

F - medium bodied with a crisp feel.

D - easy drinking O-fest brew.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a home tap into a standard pint glass.

A: A nice medium copper orange color with a one finger off white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Sweet bready malty smell with a hint of hops, but honestly not a whole lot going on smeall wise.

T: Bready malt with sweetness tastes of caramel and some dark sweet fruit. Very nice hops come through the middle and lead into the finish with some of the maltiness coming back in. A nice lingering bitterness on the finish leaves you wanting more.

M: Medium, it leaves some traces in the mouth, but they don't last overly long. A nice mouthfeel for an ofest. No traces of alcohol and carbonation is perfect.

D: High, drink these all night if you wish, very drinkable and enjoyable.

Overall a great Ofest that carries nice hops (which I love). I compared it to some german Ofest beers and this one was far and away better. Another nice beer from Sly Fox.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sly Fox Octoberfest has a dull copper body that has a good amount of bubbles and is fairly translucent. The white head rises quickly and disappears without leaving any lace.

There is a hint of fruit in the nose, but mostly it is packed with malts. Sweet and grainy flavors combine to give the impression of a very impressive malt bill.

The nose doesn't lie on this one, but it does miss out on the hops. Fruit lingers in the background (perhaps apple?). Hints of bittering hops are underneath and in the finish also. The main attraction however is still the malt. Once again the malt profile is a pleasant mix of sweet and grainy flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium to light with fairly lively carbonation; about what I would expect from an O-fest.

This is a pretty good festbier by Sly Fox, and like any good O-fest, it is very drinkable.

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Oktoberfest from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.