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SurlyFest | Surly Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Surly Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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.

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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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Photo of LXIXME
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of npachl
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pweis909
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beagleyx2
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WoodBrew
4.22/5  rDev +5%
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 +8.2%
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 -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pdb
3.09/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bbtkd
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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 +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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