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Oktoberfest - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 3
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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oldsmuggler

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.8%

01-16-2012 00:05:02 | More by oldsmuggler
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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-29-2011 17:30:31 | More by fiedler84
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OneEyedJack

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +33.7%

11-30-2011 20:19:16 | More by OneEyedJack
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

11-14-2011 17:51:36 | More by Jspriest
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 02:41:53 | More by mikesgroove
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DMXLOX22

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this interesting looking beer a few days ago and almost forgot it was sitting around in the fridge. Sucks working 12 hour days...

Appearance: Pours a dark orange with about an inch of foam head. Clear copper brown once it settles. Barely any lacing.

Smell: Has a scent of mild malty and sweet grains. Was expecting more from the scent, but oh well.

Taste: Bitter malts and toasted caramel. Has a somewhat slight scent of possibly vanilla, but its sort of hard to tell. Also noticed a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel: A bit thick and bitter in the beginning with a strong overtone of malts. Finishes sweet and smooth, but not a beer to be drank quickly.

Overall: Was definitely expecting something much more from this beer. It is a decent O-Fest beer, but not a beer I would have again. I would recommend if you want to explore the O-Fest beers and new to the game. Maybe next time Sly Fox

Serving type: can

10-15-2011 01:46:27 | More by DMXLOX22
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. pour into a pint glass at Local 44. Reviewed from notes.

I don't care how lame this sounds, I'll come right out and say it: this beer reminds me of foliage. Clear, borderline translucent brown with some orange and red highlights glinting in the sun, this is quite pretty. Unfortunately, there's not too much head to speak of, and only minimal lacing.

The smell is malty and sweet, with a caramel-like aroma. Bready and just a little hoppy, too.

The taste is more like that of a brown ale than an oktoberfest, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. Quite a bit hoppier than I expected, with a perceptible bitterness. A little caramel, and a flavor that reminds me of chocolate as well. The hops/malt balance is nicely done.

The mouthfeel is far too watery for the style, though the carbonation is fine. Too thin to be really enjoyable.

A fine domestic marzen, though nothing particularly noteworthy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 00:33:27 | More by amphion1065
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 17:00:56 | More by Kegatron
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washburnkid

New York

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Relatively clear orange copper with a cap of white head that retains as a small ring throughout the session. Aromas are biscuity sweet malt. Subtle fresh hay or grass to balance. Spice, bitter herbs, caramel sweetness. Light and just less than crisp mouthfeel...could use a little more carbonation. I love a simple, balanced marzen. Sly Fox did a great job adhering to the style with this one!

Serving type: can

10-01-2011 02:30:36 | More by washburnkid
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soulfly1492

Pennsylvania

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

Aroma: Lighter malts. Caramel, munich, maybe a small dose of pilsner malts.

Appearance: Medium amber, very clear. Pours a tall white head, sticks around for quite a while. Nice lacing.

Flavor: Sweet malts, quickly turning bitter. Pilsner and munich malts, lots of caramel, just a bit roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Nice and thick. Very oily, barely a hint of dryness.

Overall: Impressed. Sweet and slightly bitter malts, no harshness. Lots of caramel.

Serving type: can

09-26-2011 22:37:17 | More by soulfly1492
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: can

09-19-2011 22:56:38 | More by Morey
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice orange hue with a small thin head.

S: Lots of malts hit first then the spicey notes of light cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: Taste is of the same, sweet and indulgent.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Overall a great beer from PA brewers at Sly Fox.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2011 21:48:00 | More by nukem5
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: can

12-11-2010 18:47:23 | More by tone77
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spicey hop nose with a crack of caramel in the slightly sweet aftertaste. Very drinkable, nothing offensive. Pours a nice craggy white head, with moderate lacing down the glass. Very crisp and smooth on the palate. Modestly carbonated for a slightly dry, sweet finish. An excellent Oktoberfest choice for the fall.

Serving type: can

11-08-2010 22:49:01 | More by bigdeuce
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: can

09-27-2010 02:00:52 | More by ColForbinBC
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HotHands

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a transparent amber color with a white head. Some lacing present.

S - apple and toffee aromas are present.

T - great malt flavors. Good amount of caramel, toffee, nuttiness, and a bit of spice with some hops at the end to give it a clean finish.

M - good carbonation and a lighter body for added drinkability.

D - a great "sessionable" beer that will get you in the mood for fall. Ideal with football games.

This is one of the better O-fests out there, so try to pick it up. I also put a bit of it on my sausage, peppers, and onions while they were sauteeing and it came out great.

Serving type: can

09-25-2010 21:59:40 | More by HotHands
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - dark golden in color with some reddish-brown hues. The head is only about a quarter of an inch in thickness and even that fades quickly.

Aroma - malty, biscuity, apple blossoms, grainy and slight hints of lemons and cherries.

Taste - slightly grainy, earthy, hints of Marmite, caramel, brown sugar, bread dough and orange peel. Mostly this is sweet and malty with a nice finish of caramel and brown bread.

Overall - Not a whole lot of body or complexity here but it does make for a very sessionable beer. I could hoist a few liters of this without too much trouble.

Would I buy more of it? - I might if I was bringing something to a fall barbecue or wanted to share the first craft-brewed Oktoberfest with some friends.

Serving type: can

09-19-2010 02:26:52 | More by indiapaleale
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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.

Serving type: can

09-18-2010 23:52:47 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: can

09-18-2010 00:55:48 | More by Billolick
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2010 01:46:53 | More by OWSLEY069
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2010 16:17:51 | More by jwhancher
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: can

09-10-2010 01:28:56 | More by ujsplace
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magine

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: can

09-10-2010 00:58:24 | More by magine
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-03-2010 01:21:54 | More by Hojaminbag
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irish

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-31-2010 23:15:09 | More by irish
Oktoberfest from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.