Oktoberfest - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 58
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of jaluria
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of kenito799
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn

Nice clear amber color. 1/2 inch head stays and leaves good lacing. Malty aromas.

Soft creamy mothfeel, nice bubbles. Flavors are mild and malty, intergrated hops with very good balance. NOT a hophead style beer, this is an excellent session beer that you won't get tired of, grab it by the pitcher and grill some brats.

Photo of Foxman
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear and nicely carbonated coppery amber. Two fingers of beige head deconstruct quite slowly. Puffy pads of lacing pillow the inside of the glass.

The aroma swirls sweet toasted malt, with caramel and crisp berry. A tart strain of yeast pairs with a flinty edge of peppery hops.

Upon tasting, the malt passes through first, but it does so in a flash and before much more than basic toasted grain can register with a modicum of caramel and biscuit. Pepper spice of noble-esque hops dry any attempt of malt recurrence. Lightly doughy yeast cedes to a notable lingering bitterness. You know the malt is there, but it lays quite deep under the surprising but tasty hop presence.

Medium bodied, the malt asserts more here to coat nicely, along with a tingly hop bite.

It's not as malty as I expected, but it has a lot of life in its step, and the departure is pleasing. The fethcing hop and yeast duo are surprisingly adept at center stage. The sometimes vestigial grain traces tweak things just enough to round out the drinkability. It's a bit off the beaten path, but I think it's well worth the side trip.

Photo of Phatz
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Photo of Gavage
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Oktoberfest from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.