SurlyFest | Surly Brewing Company

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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.

Added by feloniousmonk on 09-03-2006

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Poured into a half liter dimpled stein

A: Nice copper/light amber beer. Poured with good head. Many reviews said their beer poured clear, but the can I poured had a slight haze to it.

S: Slight spicy hop flavor, grainy malt aroma

T: Clean and crisp malt taste with a pleasant bitter hoppiness that pushed the boundary of the style. Some spiciness from the rye. Clean lager taste

M: Crisp and easy drinking. Medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable

O: Not a typical Oktoberfest, but these guys love pushing the style guidelines so thats no surprise. I really liked this beer and it lived up to my expectations and excitement to try it.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Surly's take on the Octoberfest brew. Sometimes a brewery produces an Octoberfest just because... However, Surly rarely does anything "just because." Surly Fest is made with the same gusto as Abrasive, Furious, Darkness, and pretty much every other brew they make. Fest tastes like no other Octoberfest out there. It is unmistakeably hoppy, yet not too much so it takes away from what it is. I'd hate to call it an IPA-esque Octoberfest, but that's a fairly accurate description. Very attractive red-bronze color and a fairly thick head, agreeable aroma, and a smooth mouthfeel with a pleasant hint of carbonation. Of the dozens of Octoberfests I've had, this one is by far the best. If you have a chance to get it, do so. Your taste buds will appreciate it.

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SurlyFest from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 941 ratings