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:
#3,369
Reviews:
382
Ratings:
939
pDev:
10.67%
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Ratings: 939 |  Reviews: 382
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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Photo of FreshButterbeer
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbcrunch
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Appearance: On draft in pint glass. Copper color with full clarity.
Smell: hoppy aromas - light citrus with biscuity malt
Tastes: immediately hoppy - getting earthy citrus. Malt comes in midway with a buiscuity taste and brown sugar. Both sweet and bitter throughout.
Mouthfeel: light-bodied and smooth
Overall: this is a hoppy interpretation of an Oktoberfest. I wouldn't say it's an authentic one but it's delicious!

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 8/24/16

Pours a slightly opaque dark copper. Decent sized, dark tan, thicker soapy head. It didn't last long, but there it does retain a fine ring.

Smells very malty. A lot of darker bread, earthy yeast, and rye. Almost has some rye whiskey like notes. Some lot of spicy, floral smelling hops.

A good amount of rye kick up front in both flavor and feel. There is a solid malted grains taste throughout. I would call it a dark toast. Very nice amount of grassy/floral hops. It is similar to Noble, but with more kick. Some lingering yeast flavor and maybe a baking spice like cloves.

Went down pretty easy for a 16 oz beer. Body is not too heavy for all the malt is offers.

I have seen some mixed reviews, and I will admit that is is a bit of a different take on a Marzen, but it doesn't come across as overly sweet/caramel like many American styles. I would gladly add this to my short list of non imported Oktoberfests.

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

A respectable Marzen, with a strong hop presence

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Photo of KingBiscuit
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HopliteMpls612
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

SurlyFest from Surly Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 939 ratings