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
Ratings:
907
Reviews:
377
Avg:
4.03
pDev:
10.67%
 
 
Wants:
231
Gots:
80
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Photo of atone315
4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TonyTwins
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bound4er
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ruby amber appearance with a slightly off white head of two fingers. Smells of weedy earth, rye, cracker and faint pitted fruit. Taste really fills the mouth nicely with sweet rye, bread and an earthy floral combination. Feel is medium in body with low to moderate carbonation. Marzen is one of my least favorite styles of beer but this may change my mind. I am working on my second 4-pack and plan on getting a couple more. This is a really easy drinking, tasty lager. Recommended.

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Photo of Koral
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: actually kind of looks quite like a marzen style. copper/dark amber
Smell: like all surly beers, lots of hop aroma on the nose of this one with a hint of sweetness and spice behind it
Taste: nice spice/bready flavors from the rye and floral characteristics from the hops
Feel: smooth, perfect bite for how bready a beer this was, made it very drinkable

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Photo of jakea
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 8/18/16. Thanks Aaron!

Hazy dark amber with a compact layer of khaki foam. Minimal spotty lace.
Light clean lager yeast aroma with a dry grassy element.
Taste is firmly bitter, grassy hoppiness abounds. Rye earthiness and lager yeast.
Dry bitter aftertaste lingers. Light bodied with a substantial feel.
Overall very tasty and sessionable, far from traditional but a great beer.

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Photo of oldvines
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pacioli1445
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kevin67
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Mnmich7662
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of B-Town
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks orange and hazy, with an off white head. smells of citrus and sweet pale malts. at this point I would not argue if I were told this is a IIPA. now for a taste: the flavor is certainly less hoppy than a typical iipa and the beer is not so big, but particularly with the citrus rind finish and cottony mouthfeel I could still see this being passed of as a soft ipa past its optimal freshness period (this was brewed in August 2015 and it's now February 2016). but passing this off as a o'fest? given its overall muddiness, I am surprised it is even a lager of any sort. i am getting a hint of mint now in the aftertaste. a decent beer, but really not sure what the hell I just drank.

glancing at the description afterward, I see this is made with rye, which I guess helps the mint make sense since a number rye whiskeys are mint bombs. also this does remind me a bit of hop rod rye.

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

Photo of Metalsnota
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Robdiesel21
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a tallboy can into a shaker pint, the beer is a caramel-copper coloring, with a tall, foamy, white head. Nose of citrus sweet, nutty and malty notes, with some tangy and floral highlights. Flavors are very sweet forward, with a solid caramel backbone and highlights of brown sugar, subtle spice notes of nutmeg and cinnamon, and a bready character. The body is rich and bold, but light on the feel. The aftertaste is all malt notes, rich and sweet, through the light, smooth finish.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.41/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Farral
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the can a hazy orange-amber with a light tan head that leaves spotty lacing.
The aroma is caramel and biscuit and light spice.
The taste is caramel, biscuit, a bit of sharp rye and hint of citrus. It finishes with a bold and pithy bitter bite.
Mouthfeel is medium and well-carbed.
Overall, not entirely traditional but tasty and refreshing. Very good beer.

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Photo of Averwo
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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