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Oktoberfest - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Sammy, Nov 25, 2007
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
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
Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Kegatron, Oct 11, 2011
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
Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep orange in color with a 1/2" head that quickly receded to some surface foam. No lacing develops through the drink.

Smell: the nose only picked up some mild maltiness.

Taste: malt, toasted nuts, caramel, and a faint bitterness made up the flavor components. Not an over the top malty oktoberfest, but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start with a smooth dry finish. Nice carbonation levels gave this a slight tingle on the tongue going down.

Drinkability: a nicely drinkable version of this style, but don't expect to be blown away by it.

Gavage, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

oriolesfan4, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Billolick, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

A: The Oktoberfestbier is a bright amber orange color. The brightness of the beer accentuates its translucence. Little head arose on pour.

S: The nose is malty with a full sweet grain presence. Dry fruits are present in a limited manner.

T: Each sip is a malty wonderland, with grainy and cereal popping up in each swallow. The grains are sweet with a juicy green apple finish. Their depth is chewy and sweet enough to make a lasting impression. Hops are bittering and well-hidden in the background.

M: The mouthfeel is malty, bready with a sweet undertone. At times it comes across thin but for the most part it is a good sipper.

D: A decent O-festbier. Not my first choice but if presented with it I'd be happy.

akorsak, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -19.8%

ejimhof, May 09, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
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
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Latarnik, May 31, 2014
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

rolltide8425, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

THECPJ, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy light brown color with a small head. Smell is sweet, a bit of malts. Taste is good, malts,apples, a bit of sweetness, a rather different flavor for this style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality brew.

tone77, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange-ish to copper color with a small white head. In the aroma, sweet biscuit malt and a small earthiness. In the taste, earthiness and a dry maltiness. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, and a small dry earthy fruitiness. Nice representation of style.

OWSLEY069, Sep 17, 2010
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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Boone757, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

ColForbinBC, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of outoffocus
4/5  rDev +7%

outoffocus, Sep 07, 2014
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
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 bomber purchased fresh from the Phoenixville location.

A-Light golden tinged copper with a long lasting thin white head. Light webbing left behind.

S-Bready malt with a smack of spicy hops.

T-Oh...more in this than I expected. A most surprising simultaneous kick of spicy hops and rich sweet bready malt. Hints of orange zest bitterness in the aftertaste.

M-Medium-light body and a lasting spicy bitterness.

D-Enjoyable to me for a fest beer. A bit lacking on body, wouldn't mind a bit more caramel sweetness, but the spicy hop kick is very pleasant and well received.

Deuane, Sep 13, 2008
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Oktoberfest from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.