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Oktoberfest - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gavage on 10-26-2004)
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

OneEyedJack, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

micromaniac129, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of aengleman
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

aengleman, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Risser09
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
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!

Risser09, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of plaid75
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

plaid75, Sep 21, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

logicalparadox, Sep 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

NonicPanic, Dec 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

jp312, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

FatBoyGotSwagger, Sep 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

BodiesLexus, Oct 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

jborck, Nov 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

comfortablynirm, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of irish
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

irish, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

BeardedBoffin, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of BeerIsland
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

BeerIsland, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of eagles22
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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

eagles22, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of Phatz
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

Phatz, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of Finn
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Finn, Oct 07, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

mikereaser, Oct 17, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

SkinnyElvis, Aug 16, 2008
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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.

dacrza1, Oct 25, 2008
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4/5  rDev +7%

whatname, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of kenito799
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

kenito799, Oct 04, 2006
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4/5  rDev +7%

PaBeerLover, Sep 06, 2012
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 02, 2011
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Oktoberfest from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.