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Oktoberfest - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gavage on 10-26-2004)
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4/5  rDev +7%

hlatimer266, Oct 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

jp312, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Jimmys, Aug 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

rolltide8425, Aug 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

WDJersey, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

claspada, Aug 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

TrickkyGangsta, Aug 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Powerstroker90, Aug 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

oldsmuggler, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

fiedler84, Dec 29, 2011
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of DMXLOX22
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

DMXLOX22, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of amphion1065
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.

amphion1065, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
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!

Kegatron, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of washburnkid
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!

washburnkid, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of soulfly1492
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.

soulfly1492, Sep 26, 2011
Oktoberfest from Sly Fox Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.