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Oktoberfest - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 129
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 5.84%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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: 58 | Hads: 129
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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! (1,442 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (774 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (713 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (1,210 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-copper color with a head that went from one finger to almost nothing in no time flat. Good clarity with a moderate amount of carbonation bubbles floating northward.

Mild aroma of toasted malts and grain.

Taste is malty up front accompanied by a hint of apple cider. Thins out towards the middle and the finish features a bit of a metallic flavor.

A bit on the thin side for the style and far as mouthfeel goes. Carbonation is about middle of the road, which is good.

Not bad....certainly drinkable, but I'll stick with Great Lakes version.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not my top choice within the style, but I'd happily have another if someone offered one up. (673 characters)

Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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... (705 characters)

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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! (720 characters)

Photo of dgherm
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
2.71/5  rDev -28.1%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (256 characters)

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Oktoberfest from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.