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SurlyFest | Surly Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
surlybrewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by feloniousmonk on 09-03-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,426
Reviews:
382
Ratings:
934
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
87
Trade:
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Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeff1973
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brent_B
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jimmah120
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of moundbz
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sethcroisant
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcotom
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!

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Photo of Vidblain
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.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ipeters1017
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DamienArk
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skillz
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Minnesota_beer_guy
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bolio
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blackop555
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber. Off white, thick, medium head lasts a while. Light lacing.

Smells rye, bready, light piney hops.

Tastes piney hops, spicey rye, earthy. Bready and Caramel malts. Fading to a short piney finish that is dry. Light oxidation and hops falling off from age. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

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Photo of basaywhat
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can. Pours dark orange with beige head. Aroma is hints of toasted grain and some floral. Flavor is malty, toasted grain, some earth and pine, dry finish. Medium body with high carbonation.

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Photo of Cpt_splding
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of inbierveritas
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Xamonline
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can; served in german 20oz becker pint glass

L: deep orange with thick, large head that dissipates leaving large gas bubbles;

S: strong hops similar to an ipa; as it warms up its more spice and floral than hops

T: starts with hops then floral followed by a zing of rye which lingers on the finish with hops

M: creamy and medium weight; very nice

O: one of the more interesting oktoberfest beers i've had. couldnt session it but would welcome a pint every once in a while when i'm looking for some hops but wiht more character than an ipa

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Photo of hegg4345
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barnzy78
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz can, shared with my wife, who usually doesn't care too much for beer, but had this in the fall and loved it. Canned on 09/08/16
A - hazed rusty orange hued body with a creamy ivory head
S - fruity, earthy, caramel & grain, a bit spicy and floral
T - fruity and spicy with a nice rye malt backbone of bread crust, grain, and caramel; earthy & grassy hops provide moderate bitterness
M - lighter side of medium for body, ample carbonation, dry rye finish
O - definitely an Americanized Märzen - and barely one. Blindly I would guess rye pale ale, but either way it's pretty delicious.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.41/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Reddish-orange-yellow color with a 2 finger head of froth.

Aroma is much hoppier than expected, it just smells like straight sterling and amarillo. A touch of munich malts.

Yeah, flavor is way hoppier than expected. Some ugly caramel sweetness too. The Munich malt pops out a bit but that's the only thing distinguishing it from being an old IPA.

Feel is crisp and clean, with apt carbonation. Chalky residue on the finish.

This was a drain pour for me. Most of it, too. I was not expecting an IPA and I got one. Way off base.

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SurlyFest from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 934 ratings
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