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Oktoberfest - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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60 Reviews
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Reviews: 60
Hads: 135
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 15.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of jwhancher
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice solid beer. Had on tap at SF in Phoenixville. Smells malty, mostly bready. What you would expect in this style of beer. Tastes like caramel malts with a nice bread-like character. Even tasting, little on the fuller bodied mouthfeel side of things. No noticeable hop presence. Could knock back quite a few of these.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized Becker.

This brew is a pale orange in color with a white head that leaves a thin, wispy lace that settles down pretty quickly.

Smells of fresh baked bread, sweet malts and grain.

Nice biscuty malt taste with a big malty backbone and bready yeasts.

Smooth and crisp. Descent carbonation.

Another good brew from Sly Fox. Very drinkable as it should be and would be a no brainer at parties. Good stuff.

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Photo of magine
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy light amber/orange color. Has a thin off white head. Minimal lace. Decent appearance.

Brew smells malty; sweet biscuit malts, fruit hops. Has a pleasant smell.

Brew is balanced, not too carbonated and has some nice smoothness to it. Can taste biscuit malts, and fruity hops. Has a slightly bitter aftertaste. Slightly spicy hops. Easy drinking brew. Drinks like a good lager. Brew tatses pretty good.

This along with Pumpkin brews aren't my favorite style; thats not to say I don't like them. I think I am just waiting to be wowed by one. But they are just among the lower styles if I were to rank all the styles. This is a good marzen/oktoberfest brew. Sly Fox is very solid with their offerings. Good sessionable brew.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of irish
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of gator0877
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a can. It had a nice copper color with about a half inch of white head. The head disappeared very quick. Nice amount of carbonation. Got a nice nose of malts, no trace of hops in the nose at all. Very smooth creamy body. I am getting all malt on this but it is not as sweet as some other Octoberfest are. I like this beer, I am glad I got a case because I will enjoy this one through the fall.

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured an orange amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is very reminiscent of a german ocktoberfest. Fairly hoppy. This tastes german too! This is a lot lighter in the malt department than an american octoberfest The feel is slightly dry and tingly from the carbonation. This s a very drinkable brew due to its overall lightness.

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Photo of eagles22
4.06/5  rDev +8%
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

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Photo of Finn
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of BigMike
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"O'zapft is!"

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Best by date of 1/28/10

Pours a golden color with orange and yellow highlights. Clean and clear. Topped with about a finger and a half of puffy head. Bright white in color that disappears quickly with minimal lacing left.
Smell is spicey with a touch of caramel sweetness.
Light malty sweetness in the flavor. A bit of coriander spicyness and a touch of hops balance it out.
Medium mouthfeel. Light,crisp and clean.
Good drinkability. At 5.8% it's very sessionable.
Not a particular favorite style of mine but i found this one very enjoyable.

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Photo of Risser09
4.4/5  rDev +17%
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!

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Photo of Phillyduke
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic pint glass. Beer is a tawny copper color with a slight chill haze and a 1 finger head that recedes to a nice thick cap with lots of nice chunky lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. Noticeably active carbonation.

S: Husky grains, some roasted malt, and a faint whiff of floral hops.

T: Bready malts with a touch of caramel up front, followed by a nice bite from some bittering hops on the finish. A touch of alcohol comes to the forefront as the beer warms.

M: Carbonation is soft and velvety on the palate, while the finish is crisp, dry, and a tad lip-puckering.

D/O: The lack of any cloying sweetness from a build-up of aggressive malts on the palate make this an extremely sessionable Oktoberfest beer, though I would like to experience a little more malt character up front to compliment the nicely (but not overly) hopped finish. Several of these in a sitting would be an easy chore. Overall, another very nice traditional example of the style from a Pennsylvania brewery.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Sly Fox Brewing Company in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.
Appearance: The body was a clear amber color with a small white head, good lacing but not the best retention.
Smell: The aroma was mostly a nice pale malt without much hop spice.
Taste: The taste was a good basic hop with a good piney hop bite.
Mouthfeel: Rigid.
Drinkability: Very good.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.4/5  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.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of mikereaser
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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 Kadonny
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a home tap into a standard pint glass.

A: A nice medium copper orange color with a one finger off white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Sweet bready malty smell with a hint of hops, but honestly not a whole lot going on smeall wise.

T: Bready malt with sweetness tastes of caramel and some dark sweet fruit. Very nice hops come through the middle and lead into the finish with some of the maltiness coming back in. A nice lingering bitterness on the finish leaves you wanting more.

M: Medium, it leaves some traces in the mouth, but they don't last overly long. A nice mouthfeel for an ofest. No traces of alcohol and carbonation is perfect.

D: High, drink these all night if you wish, very drinkable and enjoyable.

Overall a great Ofest that carries nice hops (which I love). I compared it to some german Ofest beers and this one was far and away better. Another nice beer from Sly Fox.

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Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.


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Oktoberfest from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.