SurlyFest
Surly Brewing Company

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From:
Surly Brewing Company
 
Minnesota, United States
Style:
Märzen
ABV:
6%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 10.7%
Reviews:
385
Ratings:
566
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Oct 02, 2021
Added:
Sep 03, 2006
Wants:
  232
Gots:
  89
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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Notes: Brewed exclusively for our Surlyfest Celebration

Brewed with three different types of Rye and a single variety of American Hops. Malted Rye, Flaked Rye, and Crystal Rye impart a distinctive biscuit flavor to the lush Vienna Malt body, and dry-hopping with Sterling Hops adds bright, floral hop aromas.
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Ratings by specialkheese:
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Rated by specialkheese from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Feb 18, 2012
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Reviewed by Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a nice amber with a cream colored head that hangs around.

Nutty, toasted bread, caramel, bitter herb hop.

Taste is nutty toasted bread up front with caramel malt coming throu before finishing dry with bitter herb hops.
Oct 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.84 by Burgy from Minnesota

Jun 27, 2020
 
Rated: 3.99 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

Apr 02, 2020
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear, orange, golden color with a bright white foamy head. SRM of 11. (3.25)

Aroma: Aromas of dark red fruit, caramel, rich bread with a slightly bitter berry rye spice. Hintsof toast and grass. (4.00)

Flavor: Bread spice, red fruit, pine, grains. Finishes bitter and dry. (3.75)

Feel: Medium to heavier bodied. Strong carbonation. Bitterness and carbonation clean the palate well and are drying. (4.00)

Compared with Great Lakes Oktoberfest: This one is lighter in color. Has more red fruit and spicy bread and rye flavors. Dryer and less caramel malts. More bitter overall.

Overall: A good and spicy Oktoberfest beer. Great spices from the German bread and red fruit. Really showcases the vienna and rye malts. Nice, dry, and cleansing on the palate. Drinks slightly closer to an American Amber, but hits all the marks for a great Oktoberfest beer for the north. (Final Rating: 3.81)
Oct 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

Sep 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Jul 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.94 by NodakEric from Minnesota

Feb 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by tvenne from Minnesota

Oct 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.76 by MykeJ from Minnesota

Sep 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.65 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 26, 2018
 
Rated: 3.37 by KevinMc from Illinois

Mar 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Mar 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Feb 22, 2018
 
Rated: 4.05 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Feb 16, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by WillLyon4 from Massachusetts

Dec 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.75 by JoeandRyan from Minnesota

Dec 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.75 by BeerNDoggerel from Illinois

Dec 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.97 by Thomas_Wikman from Texas

Dec 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Philcassella from North Carolina

Nov 13, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by andrew8626 from Minnesota

Oct 31, 2017
 
Rated: 4.43 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Oct 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.84 by LostHighway from Minnesota

Oct 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.86 by lemmy187 from Missouri

Oct 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Lundste from Minnesota

Oct 14, 2017
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Reviewed by mackthknife from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Not a traditional Marzen but coming from Surly I'm not surprised. Less malt, more rye and a clean finish make this closer to a really good rye ale. Recommended.
Oct 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by WadeBridgman from Illinois

Oct 06, 2017
 
Rated: 3.76 by krl2112 from Illinois

Oct 01, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Sep 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.1 by jeff1973 from California

Sep 27, 2017
 
Rated: 3.76 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Sep 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Brent_B from Iowa

Sep 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Sep 21, 2017
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Reviewed by jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
22oz on-tap at fire lake

Dark amver with minimal head. Smells like sweet malt and pine. Taste is much the same: this is a very hoppy oktoberfest. Bitter finish with oak and wood flavors adding to the malt and hop flavors.

Another great extra hopped surly beer
Sep 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.03 by moundbz from North Dakota

Sep 16, 2017
 
Rated: 3.91 by sethcroisant from Nebraska

Sep 11, 2017
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 16-ounce can into a proper seidel. Crystal clear deep copper color, with a one-finger light tan head that settled rather quickly. The rye malts and Sterling dry hopping add an interesting twist. The aromas and flavors of dark bread and caramel are enhanced by subtle spicy and peppery notes, with a touch of citrus and some zesty bitterness. Who cares of it's not traditional? It's delicious!
Sep 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Vidblain from Minnesota

2.13/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
I still don't understand why they dry-hop this. A marzen should be roasty and malty and warm. The hops add a floral element that makes the taste garbled and strange. It's the worst marzen I've had in years. I say this as a Surly fan - stop over-hopping everything. It's gratuitous and unnecessary.
Sep 07, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Sep 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.73 by ipeters1017 from Wisconsin

Sep 07, 2017
SurlyFest from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 951 ratings