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Oktoberfest - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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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 mjc410
4.76/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first bomber from my case...

The pour into my Mahr's Der Weisse Bock (can't quite hold 22 oz!) raises a lasting one inch off-white head that falls to half a finger and eventually a nice surface ring, with large bubbles. The lacing on the sides of the glass clings well.

The nose is earthy, with a little hop funk, and a lot of biscuity, tangy malt. Quite distinctive.

Taste is tangy, with a perfect malt-hop balance. Much less bready than other O-fests I've had, although this increases over time. Finishes grainy, with caramel, toffee. Unique malt character, and a fantastic bitter, dry ending.

Mouth is pretty thick, and aided by a moderate carbonation.

This is fiendish in its enjoyability. My only gripe: it comes in bombers! This reduces the number of drinks per case, but with how drinkable it is, I'd probably have more than one a sitting. My new favorite O-Fest!

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
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 twiggamortis420
4.54/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to dashirey for this wonderful can of malted excellence! 12 oz can with a best by date of Jan 30 11. Pours a dark gold color with a fluffed white foam. Fades fast and leaves some spotty lacing.

Nose is toasty, nutty and little bit of caramel. Lagery sulfur and a touch of dry hops.

Grainy, like a fresh Hofbrau O-fest...nice, crisp hop balance and a deft touch of toasted caramel. Sweetness is there, but just in the right amount. Drinkability is through the roof ridiculous. Most likely my favorite Oktoberfest brewed in America, and competes well even with it's German brethren. An amazing beer...well done Sly Fox...well done indeed.

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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 rayjay
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Very good Octoberfest! Traditionally based and American in flair.

Ruby carmel colored, very brite and carbonated. Small cap of foam that lingers for the duration.

Much like an imperial pilsner with some dark malts thrown in for good measure. Very grainy and hoppy. Sulfur from the lager yeast. Well lagered. Just a touch of sweetness so I don't think there is carmel malt, more like dark Munich and malted rye.

I loved this beer. Restrained boldness (maltiness and bitterness) is my favorite combo. Cheers!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber body, excellent clarity, still - no visible carbonation. Loose white three finger head. Attractive clumps and streaks of lace.

Enticing deep bready aroma, some hay/grass notes in the background.

Taste has a sweet caramel beginning, a sweetness with the depth of dark chocolate, the depth I seek in better octoberfests. Taste continues with toasty bread. Unobtrusive balancing noble hops lead to a fairly clean finish.

Smooth medium mouthfeel. Creamy. walks the tightrope - not too slick or syrupy, but with enough body to have a bit to chew on.

Drinkability good enough to ask: why bomber bottles instead of six packs?

Always glad t find a local octoberfest whose flavor can stack up with the imported competion.

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Photo of Risser09
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
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 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 woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoo-hah! I love Sly Fox and the way they keep The CANQuest (TM) cracking and glugging along. Props to Brian, Pete and Mary, Suzie, Big John, and Corey! Yinz're the best! Love yunz guys.

From the CAN: "Oktoberfest beers celebrate the longest wedding reception and beer party ever. It started in 1810 and it's still going strong! All that history, all that fun in this one little [CAN]. How [CAN] you resist? OG 13.8 Plato, 25 IBUs, 5.8% by Vol."

Following the Crack & Glug, I got a finger of eggnog-colored head with decent retention. Color was an orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was initially malty, but some hops were also discernible. Mouthfeel was medium with a biscuity flavor on the tongue. Nice. I really dislike the overhopped Oktoberfests as well as the overly sweet ones. This managed to strike a really nice balance. Finish was really dry, as a lager should be once the yeast has been allowed to do its thing completely. I was not there in 1810, but as a previous reviewer postulated, this is probably pretty close to authentic. Prosit!

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Photo of Bubba83
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for the canned goodness!

Pours a beautifully clear ruby amber color with about 1cm of pillowy off-white head. The head dissipates rather quick into a thin ring which leaves minimal lacing.

Toasted malt in the forefront, almost like making a lightly browned piece of toast. Has that lager zest character that I always find a bit hard to describe. Smells clean. A bit of earth and mild floral hops wraps things up. Mellow, but really nice.

Plenty of caramel, heavily browned toast, light brown sugar, pancake syrup, earthy hops, and dusty dry cocoa powder. Grassy hops finish, with a good dose of wild spring flowers as well. Very complex for the style.

Full mouthfeel, oily yet creamy still, perfect carbonation and consistency, can hardly ask for more from an oktoberfest lager. The only thing I was hoping for was a little more abrasiveness from the head, and it has dissipated a bit too much. Finishes nice and dry...

Drinks very well, I could session this forever. Fill me up one of those big Oktoberfest mugs and I'm set for a while. Happy as a clam... No heat from alcohol is present, and it's really refreshing for the style. I love that the malt flavor comes through so beautifully without being overly sweet. One of the best examples I've had of the style.

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

We had this on tap at Theresa's Next Door an excellent brew pub in Wayne. The pour is an orangish amber with a small head. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty. The taste has a reassuring roundness with carmel and lemon coming through the rich maltiness. It goes down smooth and delicious. Sly Fox's Oktoberfest is not available for very long but if you find it on tap I'd highly recommend that you give it a try.

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Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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 DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in my mystery sixer. Just talking about having more canned beer.

A - A nice golden copper of an amber in color! A half inch of head which looks pretty

S - A nice grain and caramel malt with a touch of hops on the nose. Awesome

T - Not as sweet as expected but maybe that's a good thing since it wouldn't be cloying. You get a great bit of sweetness with a bit of grain and malt. Noting special but still very smooth.

M - Medium to light. Could drink it all day.

D - Yes I did like it but it still could be a bit sweeter. Still for a 4 month old Oktoberfest in a can its the best it can be. Awesome!

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Photo of ATPete
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can

Pours a light orange brown color with a medium sized peachy white head that sticks around. Toasty, nutty malts in the nose, smells fresh. This marzen is balanced and packs a ton of flavor into its light but creamy body, outstanding drinkability. Fall is my favorite beery season and so far this ones off to a good start.

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Photo of irish
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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 +14.4%
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 Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a fan of Octoberfests, I must admit so I was glad to see this on the shelf at a local shop in a can. I poured this chilled into a mug

A - A light golden amber w/ great clarity and rocky ecru cap. Effervescence is visible in the lager w/ good lace stickage and bead is minute -the head retention is ok

S - The smell is a crisp herbal hop nose w/ a bready lightly caramel malt scent and toasted munich element w/ light spice from the hops

T - The taste is mildly bitter with a mellow malt flavor which is augmented by the yeast w/ a light fruity and sweet flavor. There is pleasant toasted grain w/ a hint of nuts and dry herbal hops carry on in the taste into the finish

M- The feel has moderately full body w/ a light creamy texture and medium bitterness w/ light spice and relatively low carbonation for the style with a semi-clean finish

D - The fest is tasty and pretty true to style, but seems a bit hoppier than most w/ an easy to quaff quality. I enjoyed this compared to traditional German examples -definitely worth a try

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Photo of dherling
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden brown with a tremendously huge head. I had an accident opening this thing, beer everywhere, or would have been had my mouth not been in the way. Took me a long time to pour this out, as each pour was about 85% head. The nose was nice, almost Belgium like, spicy, marzen malt, tiny bit of fruit. The taste started mild, went full bodied, and finished dry and clean. Tasted more like an Oktoberfest than the nose portends, not as spicy, but more hoppy. My favorite offering so far from Sly Fox.

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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 stakem
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into a SA sensory glass. Thanks for this one Heath!

Pours a perfectly polished, clear light orange color with a finger of yellowish stained head. The head receeds fairly quickly but a film of bubbles remains atop this brew from the consant stream of bubbles rising off the etching on the bottom of the glass.

The aroma of this brew is fresh grainy malt straight out the gate with some biscuit like character about it. A minor touch of buttery diacetyl is present blending with the malty sweetness that is highlighted by the hops which are also sweet smelling and somewhat floral and herbal.

The taste of this brew has more of a hop presence than the nose would have led you to believe. It isn't necessarily huge in the hop department but it is very enjoyable. The flavor of herbal hops meshes quite nice with the malty biscuit flavor and some of that alcohol pokes through more evident than you would think for 5.8%.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It finishes quite crisp and overall is just a well rounded and balanced example of the style.

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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 animal69
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a med. copper-gold color, a bit paler than most w/ a thin eggshell head which dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lacing in my pilsn glass
S- a bready faintly nutty smell with significant hop presence, hints of raison and that "cured concrete" oktoberfest aroma noted as it warmed
T- taste is quite similar to smell with tons of bready pils malt, nuts blend well with a pleasing hop bitterness, a fruity/floral type hop note is detected, crisp finish, a very "german" o'fest from Am.
M- a dry slightly creamy light-mediun mouthfeel, nominal co2 lvl.
D- a fantastic brew, very drinkable, one of the best o's this season, i'll be sure to grab a few of these every fall

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Photo of mingo1968
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can a very clear orange shade with very little carbination. The smell was very malty. At first taste it's smooth with a sweet malty taste that stays with you. I thought it was alittle sticky. I enjoyed it and thought wow this is pretty good coming from a can. This was a beer you could drink a few of.

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Photo of sfsean28
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a large 20 oz. mug Nice copper color, lacey foamy head which disappeared to thin lace. Nice carbonation and a bit on the light side which is fine for me. Smell of sweet malts. First Sly Fox offering for me and i'm impressed.

its a good drinking light beer although its packed with malty sweetness and a little sign of hops at the end. 5.8% abv is hard to believe. They went down nice and easy.

Cool cans too.
P.S. I like it better than SA.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very light copper almost gold, with a two finger white head that leaves very nice lace.

S: Very strong malty, grainy, and husky notes all in a good way with a bit of alcohol at the end.

T: This is as malty as a lager can be with out being even close to being too sweet. Very nice alcohol drying finish balances everything out without hitting you over the head with alcohol.

M: Good bright carbonation with a nice almost crisp yet dry finish.

D: This is one of my favorites of the year. Very nice balance and very easy to drink.

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