SurlyFest | Surly Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
907
Reviews:
377
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.67%
 
 
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231
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Ratings: 907 |  Reviews: 377
Photo of pweis909
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Great color, a classic Octoberfest color, amber with clarity, with a white foam that recedes maybe a little sooner than would hope for but leaves such great lacing on the glass. The smell promises some delicious malt, but the taste doesn't quite deliver. In their quest to be different by including rye in this beer, I think the brewers may have muddied the beer up. It may just be me, but I think just about every time I have had rye in a beer, I think it might have been better without. It could also be the dry hops that left me with this impression, as there is a bit of astringency in each sip. However, if I search each sip for that malty goodness, I eventually find it. I think that astringency or muddiness (the more I drink, the more I think astringency related to hops may be the issue) becomes a non issue as I approach the end of my pint. The palate adjusts and finds some interesting spiciness that perhaps is the rye as well as some sweetness.

This of course is my own opinion, but I look for a festbier to be friendly and approachable, which is diametrically opposed to Surly's strategy, it seems, in brewing this festbier, Regardless, this beer is well worth exploring, and I appreciate it. I think if I were to try brew something similar, I would first leave out the dry hops and see what the rye brings to the table on its own.

I picked up a 4 pack (for an amazing price!) and think I will see how it pairs with my Christmas day turkey.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beagleyx2
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 4pck of Surly Fest at Binnys. It poured a clear amber with white head that dissapated and left no lace. The scent had pine like hops. The taste was evenly balanced and finished slightly bitter. There was pine and some citrus presence. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a great Oktoberfest like beer and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of matcris
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque and dark red/amber with a finger + of foamy eggshell head that sticks around. Moderate lacing. Lots of carbonation rising. Prominent peppery rye in the nose, caramel/toffee, citrus, and pine. Smells fantastic. Same for the flavor, nice peppery bite, nice bit of caramel, and lots of citrus and pine. Medium feel, and average carbonation and dry. Not a traditional Oktoberfest, but a really nice flavorful brew.

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a darker amber color. The head was fairly thick 3 finger, and it does last for a while. The nose is very rich smelling, since I'm not the best at figuring out what is on the nose, I can't describe it, beyond delicious. The taste of this beer is at first somewhat bland, but that lasts for a second before the flavor hits. The second sip is the same way. I do get a bit of hops, when it does hit. This is a rich beer, and a good offering from Surly.

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Photo of Futbolmanby
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pdb
3.09/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bbtkd
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surly SurlyFest, 6% ABV, 34 IBU. Pours thick and cloudy orange with three finger foamy off-white head, leaving foamy lacing. Nose is hoppy, malty, and sweet. Taste follows, though some hop bitterness in the middle. Good mouthfeel, and overall excellent.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Danmullens1
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of psoriasaurus
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sappyjoker
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Commandophile
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of krh
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed it. Not the typical Octoberfest, but a modern 'American' take on the style. Just like it says on the can...

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Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duff27
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of corywalston
4.93/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: crisp, rye grain, fresh hop bite. Malt and rye bread with an herbal nose. Dark copper, mostly clear, with a cream colored head, some lace. Medium body. Different than an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of mynie
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some brewers just don't got the right yeast profile to produce certain lagers. Surly is one such brewer: they are ale-makers to their core.

This pours brown and clear, pretty nice for a marzen. Smells malty, with heavy nodes of toffee and caramel but also with an awful lot of zippy, tangy rye and a surprising dose of hops. A nice combination for a malt-forward beer, I guess, but not really what I look for in an Oktoberfest.

Tastes like it smells: toffee and biscuits up front, moving quickly into a rough and tangy middle that is very rye-heavy, ending rough and spicy.

It's a nice beer, overall, but just not indicative of the style.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.67/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from NBS BIF #4 – Thanks to josholson666
Canned 8/23/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – hard to describe – kind of the wet grain smell of a lager with a rye spiciness. Fades away.
Head large (Maximum 6.8 cm, aggressive pour), tan, frothy, diminishing to a frothy irregular three to ten mm ring and a broken frothy layer
Lacing - none
Body – bright copper-orange, clear
Flavor – odd. Starts with some spiciness and a nearly hidden barley malt breadiness. Then the rye hits. It ends almost sweet with a bitter aftertaste. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, watery, lively carbonation

Not bad, just odd. Certainly not a typical Octoberfest bier. I’m a fan of rye beers in general, but I’ll pass on this one in the future.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.75, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

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SurlyFest from Surly Brewing Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 907 ratings.
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