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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 Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of nmann08
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft, pours a very clear light orange copper. Fizzy head coats the top and lingers.

Nose is a lot of wheat, earthy, malt and grain with a caramel backbone. The flavor is mild hops, grains, straw, bread dough. Moderately sweet with a clean dry finish. This is balanced and refreshing.

Pretty good interpretation. I like it.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a tad bit hazy and light orange in color with a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a half finger high beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is malty and similar to the smell; there is a slight amount of malty sweetness in the initial taste and a light amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has some smoothness and a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Nothing really stood out about this beer that would make me want to try it again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a tight bubbled head that retains nicely and leaves a few dots and shards behind

Smell: Bitter grainy elements dominate the malt

Taste: Caramel Munich malt up front with a growing harsh grainy bitterness developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the grainy bitterness dominates the malt and growns increasingly grassy through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The grainy bitter flavors are just too powerful and detract from the more enjoyable malt backbone

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ridiculously carbonated carrot juice orange. The beer itself was only one finger in height immediately after the pour due to an explosion of pale ecru foam. Even now, two minutes later, there's still more head than liquid in the glass. The few watery splotches of lace that managed to stick will now be obliterated as I attempt to add more beer so that I can get it within sniffing distance.

Oktoberfest Lager doesn't smell much like an Oktoberfest to me due to a (probable) absence of Munich malt. It don't appreciate the toasted earthiness of that particular variety, which is more than fine by me. Orange fruity hops make the biggest splash, so that even though the beer isn't style accurate in one sense, it still has a semi-enjoyable nose.

Upon tasting... again, style purists will probably have a conniption fit since this Sly Fox seasonal is anything but a classic representative of the style, but I think it' still pretty good beer in a balanced APA sort of way. The Vienna malt backbone is sturdy enough to offset the fruity, lightly spicy German hops and to keep the sweet-bitter balance in... er... balance.

As I get deeper into the bomber, I'm beginning to appreciate the hop flavor and hop bitterness a little more. So much for malt-dominant Oktoberfests. Ignore the 'brewed in the traditional Bavarian style' on the label. This is simple, clean, enjoyable beer that boasts drinkability as its primary attribute.

Given the relative lack of malt (again, for the style), it's no surprise that the body/mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. It's also much less carbonated than expected. Those bubbles that were so hellbent early on are still lively, but very little of their energy is transmitted to the mouth.

It's unlikely that I'll run across another Oktoberfest this autumn that drinks quite like Sly Fox Oktoberfest Lager. Even though I probably wouldn't look forward to its release like I would some of this brewery's other offerings, I'm enjoying it quite a bit since I don't always care for the more traditional versions. Thanks to BitterBrian for the bomber.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a clear spritzy light bronze with a large blooming white head that stuck well to the glass leaving some broken lace in its wake.Pretty clean lager aromas light notes of brown sugar and caramel to go along with a fading toastiness and iron,I think on the sweeter side of the style although not nearly cloying just the brown sugar and caramel flavors dominate with some doughy-like flavors underneath a decent punch of spicey hop shows thru as I drink more in the finish.It goes down very easily and Iam sure is food friendly,not bad.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a half-pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, lager yeast, honey, some fruit and some spice.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of lager yeast, and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, honey and a little bit of fruit come in. The hops presence is decent and complementary creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, although there are better beers in the style this is a solid O-fest that is worth drinking for a long time.

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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 Rifugium
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

A light amber beer with a moderate white head, fizzy with carbonation. Grains and caramel malts in the nose. Light on the tongue, with lightly toasted grains, caramel malts, and a mild grassy hop-ness for a sense of balance; slightly metallic finish. Light body, not too flavorful and a little watery, but pretty easy to throw back.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Forms a really nice shaped off white head which rises slowly above the rim of the glass, yet never drips down the sides of my pint. Dwindles relatively quick but leaves scattered strips of lacing as it does, the body is a pale copper orange tone, a bit lighter than the typical American brewed O-fest, and I also noticed tiny yeast particles suspended in there. Aroma is hard to describe it has a good bit of tart green apple, mild citrus and tropical passion fruits with bread malt layer becoming a bit sugary finishes with light grassy and leafy hops in the nose. Taste, comes off a touch acidic develops a creamy sweet fruity character with mild rassy hops and finishes tart like a dry cider, very interesting overall with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel has a light to medium body, carbonation a bit heavy with some prickly presence on the palate a bit of residual sugars noted as well and it definitely fnishes dry. Drinkability: Challenging to the senses and it fails to come off as the typical American brewed oktoberfest, the label boldly states: "Our version of this seasonal lager. No limits, no restrictions." Thank God something different from a somewhat monotonous style, I'll be having another I enjoyed it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox Oktoberfest Lager.
"Oktoberfest beers celebrate the looniest 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 IBU, Abv 5.8%"

Clear, amber hue, prodigious foamulation (my new word, trademark and copyright reserved.)

Aroma: slightly sweet and grainy, floral and malt, too. Nice.

Taste: Clean, smooth, nicely malty. Fairly innocuous. Drinkable for sure. Perfectly passable in every way, except in reaching or exceeding expectations. Tasty, but lacking. Light bodied, with a swiftly disappearing finish. Flavor quits with a quickness.

I'm liking this a bit better as it gets closer to the end, but no drastic improvement in the overall impression.

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Photo of jwc215
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a gush of foam. After letting the foam settle, a bright gold body appears. Lighter in color than the traditional O-fests (though not unique anymore).

The smell is of sweet caramel, grass/hay - malty but with an unusual citric hop presence for style.

The taste is of sweet caramel, grass/hay and citrus emerging. Not a "bad" taste, but pretty much misses the mark on style. It claims to be in the "Bavarian tradition", but American hops too noticeable. Now, I'm not one to complain about that, and styles are open to interpretation...but, if you want a certain style, other influences, even good ones in other cases, can bring down the particular enjoyment of it. A touch of sour apple goes into the aftertaste. Finishes very dry.

Over-carbonated, but with an "ok" body.

Well, this one turned out to be too bitter for the style. Not a bad taste, but nothing great. They just about missed the mark here, and the over-carbonation doesn't help it. I'll probably give it another shot in the fall and adjust if need be, though I see from reviews that were given in the fall that the problems aren't because of age.

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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 WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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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 smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tall pilsner style glass.

Real nice orange to peach bronze amber body color. Quite light and bright actually with some small rising carbonation. Soapy even three finger head that settles to a small collar with some good lacing. Very attractive looking beer.

Nose is crispy smelling malts. Slight caramel, and very clean smelling. A bit of tonic water and quinine like whiffs as well. Malt action seems to be taking a back seat.

Palate is quite full and very light and extremely flavorful. Crispy action with crackling malt and good mix of caramel. Brown sugar and clove like spices, with a very light palate. Clean finish with a minor sticky quality. Good depth with a very light body.

Overall just a very solid enjoyable Marzen, really like the German styles from this brewery.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After searching the city for a six pack and finding zilch (this stuff gets snatched up quick) I grabbed a pint at the Grey Lodge before it dissapeared.

Sly Fox Octo pours a very clear amber color, it's somewhat light brown and bronze, problem is there is no head whatsoever off the tap!! I'll find a can to see if this is a freak happening. No stick. Smell is real fruity for an o fest, the traditional somewhat grain scent with a nice fruity backing, no hopping. Taste is, well, it is great. Refreshing. Nothing extreme, mellow yellow here, but a fruity octoberfest. I was surprised by the apple and plums and such over a nice Munich malt and light hops, no alcohol, this is just fine by me. The feel is light bodied but felt a bit dead off the tap, needs some more ummmpphhh. I will drink more if I find some cans. Brian, brew more of this next year and can alot more next fall.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an almost clear, perfectly amber hued color as it sits in my glass. The head starts out at almost a four-finger thickness and is composed of fairly large bubbles that make up its light tan color. The aroma seems to be a mix of light fruit, herbaceous hops and malt notes. The aroma is somewhat muted, even in an Oktoberfest type of beer, and it has a certain thin graininess to it.

Wow this is really carbonate, it foams up quite a bit as it first hits my tongue. It is also quite bitter up front as well, and that bitterness continues on through the flavor profile to a lingering note in the finish. Quite dry as well, this dryness accentuates a grassy, slightly herbal hop character as well as a dry biscuit like malt character in the finish. There are some nice light caramelized malt sweet notes here as well, but they are light and fleeting at times.

I am not sure what it is, but of the Sly Fox brews that I have had, they all seem a bit off. This one is only subtly so, but I get the feeling they did not mean for such an effervescent brew, as it mucks with the overall balance. I certainly can't say there is anything wrong with this beer, in fact it is even tasty enough to be enjoyed. I just get the feeling that this would be a much better beer if the quality control was minded a bit more.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Royersford brewery. The beer appeared a clear golden orange in my pint glass with two fingers of head. The aroma was rich with caramel, bread crust, and a mild fruity lager tang. The flavor followed up on the same notes, but was a touch subtle for the style. Still, the overall character was very true to the style and I enjoyed catching this beer on the tail end of the Oktoberfest season. Worth trying for anyone that loves traditional German O-fest beer.

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