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Oktoberfest - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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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:
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(Beer added by: Gavage on 10-26-2004)
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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

worldecay, Nov 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

TheBigBoy, Sep 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

GeorgeCarroll, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Jimmys
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can into hardywood park tulip.

A: very clear body. a bright orange color, not as dark as most oktoberfests. head starts slightly off-white and is bubbly, but doesnt stick around for long.

S: a little diacytal on the nose. a little vinous. pear and apple juice. a mild earthy character is present too.

T: toffee. mild butterscotch. the bitterness battles with the sweetness of the crystal grains, but i think the grain still wins. similar to the nose there is a fruity apple-ish flavor as well.

M: moderate carbonation on a light body.

D: pretty unimpressive ofest example from sly fox. they make some good lagers, but this is a big pass.

Jimmys, Aug 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

ejimhof, May 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

oldsmuggler, Jan 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

BcOneSeven, Sep 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

TheBeerdedCharmer, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.18/5  rDev -15%
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.

goodbyeohio, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of WesWes
3.18/5  rDev -15%
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.

WesWes, Sep 30, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

JohnK17, Sep 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

dcolatriano, Aug 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

geekrobot, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of claspada
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

claspada, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 20, 2006
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3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. pour into a pint glass at Local 44. Reviewed from notes.

I don't care how lame this sounds, I'll come right out and say it: this beer reminds me of foliage. Clear, borderline translucent brown with some orange and red highlights glinting in the sun, this is quite pretty. Unfortunately, there's not too much head to speak of, and only minimal lacing.

The smell is malty and sweet, with a caramel-like aroma. Bready and just a little hoppy, too.

The taste is more like that of a brown ale than an oktoberfest, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. Quite a bit hoppier than I expected, with a perceptible bitterness. A little caramel, and a flavor that reminds me of chocolate as well. The hops/malt balance is nicely done.

The mouthfeel is far too watery for the style, though the carbonation is fine. Too thin to be really enjoyable.

A fine domestic marzen, though nothing particularly noteworthy.

amphion1065, Oct 13, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

maddogruss, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of jaluria
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Orange-rust color with heavy carbonation and a big, bold white head when poured. Aromas of pumpkin seeds, malt, hops, and dried fruit. The taste is hoppy with a nice, gentle finish. Malt and roasted sugar flavors add depth, but seem to be countered by scented herbs; not very appealing. A definite floral element in the aroma as well as in the aftertaste.

jaluria, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an orange amber color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades rather quickly leaving just a tiny level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall consisting of a bit of a ready and lightly roasted smell. Along with these aromas are some light notes of light fruit and some herbal hop and spice.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and bready malt flavor with a hint of roast and a moderately strong caramel sweetness. The caramel takes on more notes of a brown sugar sweetness as the favor advances with the roast getting slightly stronger as well. In the end a little bit of a spice flavor of cinnamon and nutmeg as well as a bit of a citrus hop come to the tongue in the end leaving a lightly roasted and malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is average in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. Both are nice for the easy drinking and lightly roasted tastes of the brew.

Overall – A nice Oktoberfest that is on the slightly drier and lightly roasted side. While not spectacular it is a rather nice drink.

Darkmagus82, Sep 21, 2013
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3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into my mug. Medium gold, slightly hazy, lots of bubbles, half inch thick, a bit a lace on the glass. Has the odor of a pilsner to me. Now I'm getting some of that sweet malt smell. Hop forward, some mild alcohol, in the taste. That malt sweetness finally peeks through as you let the beer linger in your mouth. Seems overly carbonated for the style, but don't mind, overall good mouthfeel, doesn't come off as too thick or thin. Overall a decent beer, not as true to style as other octoberfests, but a good drink.

dgherm, Nov 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

fiedler84, Dec 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

civicm87, Dec 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

cestlavie, Sep 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

NatsnSkinsDC, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of dsa7783
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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...

dsa7783, Feb 13, 2008
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Oktoberfest from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.