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Oktoberfest - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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187 Reviews
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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 matty
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is faint carmel and bready malts.Taste is the same carmel,bread and slightly bitter.Overall a pretty average beer that is going to knock your socks off.I probably would recommend to try at least once.

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Photo of bierdabbler
2.18/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up some cans and poured into a pint glass.

A- Decent orange color with a little head that was sweet tasting but dissipated rather quick with no lacing.

S- Faint smells of festbier, not a lot going on here.

T/M- Light and basic lager taste, hard to discern any attributes qualifying this as an Oktoberfest.

Was disappointed in the lack of smell or taste, not much different here than your local canned lager costing half the price. Below average for lagers overall.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can, stamped 1/4/12 at the bottom edge,must be a "best buy" date.

appears clear amber copper color, fine white head that fades. mild malty aroma, very minimal hops. taste is mostly caramel sweetness. a bit of a lingering negative aftertaste. average mouthfeel, medium body and carbonation.

overall, a decent local Octoberfest beer

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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 soulfly1492
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into mug.

A: Pretty clear amber color with foamy white head, strips of lacing, nothing too sticky though.

S: Musty euro lager smell with some sweet breadiness.

T: Grassy hops balanced out pretty well by a somewhat sweet and bready malt. Nice lingering toasty aftertaste.

M: Bright crisp carbonation, light-medium body, creamy in the middle with a very slight dry finish.

O: Not bad, not my favorite, but I appreciate their go at a more traditional style.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can to pint glass.
Pours a rusty brown/copper tone. The nose is sweet malts and brown sugar. The palate is predictably sweet with a nice clean lager finish. Layers of sweet malts with a mild toasty character and a touch of grassy hops. Medium to full bodied with crisp carbonation. Summed up, this is a solid version of the style but not a standout. Unfortunetly, that can be applied to most of Sly Fox's lineup.

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Photo of Morey
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sly Fox Oktoberfest

Pours a dark copper color. Aroma of munich malts, euro hops and brown sugar. In the taste, nutty malts, lightly toasted and caramelized. Grassy hops, tea like, with the flavorful rich malt profile and an even balance. Medium bodied feel and all too easy to drink. Pretty standard Octoberfest, solid flavors and well brewed all around.

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Photo of IronLover
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a can - best by December 25, 2011. Golden orange with a strong yellow hue. Poured with an impressive soapy yellowish foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Bready and caramel malt aromas with a musty grassy smell as well. Creamy smooth with assertive carbonation thru the middle and a bit of a resinous feel at the finish. Bready malt flavor and caramel malt from beginning to end with piney, citrussy hop bitterness at the finish. Leaves a slightly bitter and sour dough like aftertaste.

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Photo of dragonWhale
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was kind've excited to try this since I do enjoy most of what Sly Fox has to offer, but it ended up being the biggest letdown of the octoberfests we tried. Maybe not the worst, but the biggest letdown.
Slightly sweet and sticky, coppery with minimal head that fades away, bready nose, didn't get much toasted malt there. Some of it comes through on the drink. I've had sweeter marzens with a more complex malt bill and drier ones that finished clean. This one feels stuck betwixt the two paths of delicious.

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Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish color with a one finger tight head. The head gives way to almost no lace. The aroma was sweet and malty not overly strong and not overly complex. The taste has a sweet and caramel malt backbone. That was about all I got. It was a good flavor but it was very complex. The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated. Overall it was a decent beer it had a decent flaovr and a decent aroma but it left me wanting more out of it.

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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 mingo1968
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can a very clear orange shade with very little carbination. The smell was very malty. At first taste it's smooth with a sweet malty taste that stays with you. I thought it was alittle sticky. I enjoyed it and thought wow this is pretty good coming from a can. This was a beer you could drink a few of.

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Photo of dennarb
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We had this on tap at Theresa's Next Door an excellent brew pub in Wayne. The pour is an orangish amber with a small head. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty. The taste has a reassuring roundness with carmel and lemon coming through the rich maltiness. It goes down smooth and delicious. Sly Fox's Oktoberfest is not available for very long but if you find it on tap I'd highly recommend that you give it a try.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber with an off white head.

Smells of caramel, malt, and yeasty bread.

Smooth caramel up front with a slight bitter apple in the back, then it is chewy malty bread - finishes dry.

A very nice marzen. A solid beer in one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of ATPete
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can

Pours a light orange brown color with a medium sized peachy white head that sticks around. Toasty, nutty malts in the nose, smells fresh. This marzen is balanced and packs a ton of flavor into its light but creamy body, outstanding drinkability. Fall is my favorite beery season and so far this ones off to a good start.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for the CAN.

Pours a nice hazy amber color, nice and bubbly, with light white finger and a half of head that leaves splotchy lacing. Smellsslightly malty, nutty, and crisp. Which is more or less the taste as well, albeit a bit more sweet. The body is light, it has a nice crispness to it, and its a bit creamy. Overall, an easy to drink oktoberfest. Nothing special, but good in its own right. Went well with pasta for dinner!

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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 sliverX
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light copper / brown little head even with a decent hard pour.
Smells like sweet malts with a hint of green Apple.
Tastes follows the nose but more pronounced, kind of sour tasying. Pick up a late chocolate note.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well suited
Drinkability this one seems past her prime I remember this being much nicer when fresh, don't let this one sit around.

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Photo of tone77
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ap. Slightly hazy with a really nice head. Lots of lacing. Great golden color.
Sm. Good, citrisy with some malt in the back.
Ta. Some orangey hops with a tart crisp finish.
Mf. Good carbonation, tart pucker factor.
Dr. V. good, several could go down easily.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
1.87/5  rDev -49%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

Wow! What's going with this? I'd like to chat with someone who "gets" this beer in order to find out if I'm totally missing something here. I'll try to be brief and to the point. While this pours quite lovely - on the light end with its hazy coppery amber color, ample cottony/sparkly head and matching sticky lace - and sports a quaff-ably sparkling-yet-smooth, clean, medium body, the other (more and most important) elements to the experience, namely smell and taste, are not swooning me.

Simply put, the most dominant aroma and flavor: mint mouthwash. What?! No! I'm guessing the hops could be mostly to blame, although it may surely be, in large part, a combo of that and the yeast strain used. I came up with some rough estimate that the flavor is comprised of 50% Scope, 35% Helles Bock, and 15% malty Marzen grain recipe. About halfway through, I began to notice some similarities to Sly Fox's Pikeland Pils in the spice and sweetness. Regardless, all in all, what I got was a jolt of medicinal-minty phenol blah. Never again, mein Freund.

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