Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #295
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3.69 | pDev: 12.2%
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Notes: Ein prosit! This seasonal gem is best enjoyed under a humongous tent while you and thousands of your closest friends sing enthusiastically. Or anywhere, really. It’s all about the gemütlichkeit, baby!
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear amber-gold color with thick off-white head. Bready malts and some zesty hops in the nose. Medium bodied with good carbonation and a slight creaminess. Well-balanced taste, with a very strong, almost fruity sweetness up front that does not linger in the aftertaste. No bitterness to speak of. Very good.

Sep 07, 2015
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Premo88 from Texas

3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NBS BIF beer courtesy of @TongoRad
12 oz. can poured into pint glass
(Jan. 7, 2015)

L: gold peach ... more gold but just a hint of red in it; clear but not crystal ... slight haziness with lots of debris in it on close inspection; minimal head that strangely (and very cooly) appears at first to be the same color as the brew then settles into an off-white; no sticking or lacing

S: fruity ... peach, apricot ... very English pale-ale-like; dust, mustiness; some earthiness in there; the sweet fruit note is impressive; maybe a pinch of yeast; slight grain/sour grain

T: fruity, very much so ... like an American-made English pale ale (Goose Island Honker's Ale); apricot or peach ... some slight earthy bitterness lingers, and there's a bit of the musty flavor

F: solid all around, decent carbonation ... light and drinkable

O: proof that the "best by" date is only a guide, not law -- this beer is a fantastic spin on the marzen, very sweet and fruity but with a slight bitter aftertaste that evens things out. in that regard, it's proof that lagers can pack in the flavor, too.

i definitely could see knocking back a six-pack or two of this each year when it comes out.

Jan 25, 2015
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wiscokid920 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Reminds me a lot of their Pikeland Pils which is another beer I enjoy. Predominant lager yeast flavors, leafy/earthy bitter up front followed by a toasted biscuit-like malt with some caramel sweetness. Slick, crisp, refreshing. Nice stuff.

Sep 26, 2014
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Gavage from Nevada

3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep orange in color with a 1/2" head that quickly receded to some surface foam. No lacing develops through the drink.

Smell: the nose only picked up some mild maltiness.

Taste: malt, toasted nuts, caramel, and a faint bitterness made up the flavor components. Not an over the top malty oktoberfest, but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start with a smooth dry finish. Nice carbonation levels gave this a slight tingle on the tongue going down.

Drinkability: a nicely drinkable version of this style, but don't expect to be blown away by it.

Oct 26, 2004
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cestlavie from New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Sep 24, 2012
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WesWes from New York

3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark golden color with a two finger foamy white head that slowly fades to lacing. There are loads of carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma is decent. It has a very dry lager feel with mostly pilsner and Munich malt aromas. The taste is average. It's quite dry with just a hint of malt character. It goes down with a struggle and finishes with a bitter hop taste. I think I might have a skunked bottle, although I've taken all the precautions to avoid that. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This isn't a favorite of mine. There are plenty of better examples of this style on the market.

Sep 30, 2008
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mikeburd1128 from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%

Sep 15, 2014
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hopdog: Poured a light amber color lager with a super huge foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt is enjoyable and refreshing. Taste of caramel malt is dominating with some light hops closing the show. Body is a bit thin but carbonation is very lively. Good example of the style but nothing to write home about.

Nov 20, 2006
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anwo56 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oct 24, 2015
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an almost clear, perfectly amber hued color as it sits in my glass. The head starts out at almost a four-finger thickness and is composed of fairly large bubbles that make up its light tan color. The aroma seems to be a mix of light fruit, herbaceous hops and malt notes. The aroma is somewhat muted, even in an Oktoberfest type of beer, and it has a certain thin graininess to it.

Wow this is really carbonate, it foams up quite a bit as it first hits my tongue. It is also quite bitter up front as well, and that bitterness continues on through the flavor profile to a lingering note in the finish. Quite dry as well, this dryness accentuates a grassy, slightly herbal hop character as well as a dry biscuit like malt character in the finish. There are some nice light caramelized malt sweet notes here as well, but they are light and fleeting at times.

I am not sure what it is, but of the Sly Fox brews that I have had, they all seem a bit off. This one is only subtly so, but I get the feeling they did not mean for such an effervescent brew, as it mucks with the overall balance. I certainly can't say there is anything wrong with this beer, in fact it is even tasty enough to be enjoyed. I just get the feeling that this would be a much better beer if the quality control was minded a bit more.

Jan 19, 2007
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iBeer16 from New York

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a light amber with high carbonation. Creates a white head that dissipates quick and leaves little lacing.
S- malty, toffee, caramel, allspice, nutmeg
T- some malt, some hop presence, nothing standing out too much
M- light but full bodied, carbonation refreshes mouth
O- good aroma, light flavor, refreshing

Sep 03, 2012
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mentor from Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1.5 finger lightly yellowed head over a crystal clear gold-straw liquid. Smells oranges, phenols, light caramel. Sweet with some hop mustiness. Iron and a touch of dried fruit. Some wheat.

Tastes sweet and grain phenolic. Touch of buttery. Wet sweet with astringent zing. Thick mouthfeel and a bit sweeter than I expect for the style. Drinkable, but hangs on the tongue a bit more than I’d like. A bit to thick on the tongue. Appropriate carbonation for the style, but not enough to clean the malt off the palette.

Oct 26, 2007
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logicalparadox from New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Sep 13, 2014
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indiapaleale from Maine

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour - dark golden in color with some reddish-brown hues. The head is only about a quarter of an inch in thickness and even that fades quickly.

Aroma - malty, biscuity, apple blossoms, grainy and slight hints of lemons and cherries.

Taste - slightly grainy, earthy, hints of Marmite, caramel, brown sugar, bread dough and orange peel. Mostly this is sweet and malty with a nice finish of caramel and brown bread.

Overall - Not a whole lot of body or complexity here but it does make for a very sessionable beer. I could hoist a few liters of this without too much trouble.

Would I buy more of it? - I might if I was bringing something to a fall barbecue or wanted to share the first craft-brewed Oktoberfest with some friends.

Sep 19, 2010
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 26, 2016
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank you Jeremy for this one! Let's dive right in.

12oz can - BB 12/23/20 - poured into a Märzen mug at 40°F.

Pours a very clear unfiltered light amber colour, topped by a finger of very loose, webby, off-white head with poor retention and no lacing. Plentiful strwaminf effervescence. Maybe a bit light for an Oktoberfest, but still looks nice.

Nose: Toasty amber malts bring some dark bread, light toffee and brown sugar, with some really nice underlying baking spice notes - nutmeg and allspice, with some bright lemon zest, and some herbal, spicy hops.

Palate: The beer greets the palate with striking minerality first and foremost. The malt is toasty, bready, and hearty, yet somehow quite dry, imparting very little sweetness. Notes of dark bread, crust, and nutty, toasty barley malt form the base, before some spicy, herbal hops that really deliver that classic German Nobel flavour, and a bit of resinous bite too. The finish really highlights these earthy, spicy Nobel notes, and it concludes with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is light-bodied, but not thin or watery, with the malt lending a balanced perceived weight. Effervescence is lively with a slow pour, but it settles down after a while. Semi-dry feel, slightly drying finish. Very clean, crisp, and refreshing. 8th

Overall: This is a very fine take on an Oktoberfestbier from an American brewery. I feel like this is a slightly better representation of a German Märzen than some other American offerings. Dry, clean, crisp, with a nice hop profile and fantastic minerality. I'd like,a bit more malt, but I'm nitpicking. It's a great beer.

Oct 08, 2020
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

A: The Oktoberfestbier is a bright amber orange color. The brightness of the beer accentuates its translucence. Little head arose on pour.

S: The nose is malty with a full sweet grain presence. Dry fruits are present in a limited manner.

T: Each sip is a malty wonderland, with grainy and cereal popping up in each swallow. The grains are sweet with a juicy green apple finish. Their depth is chewy and sweet enough to make a lasting impression. Hops are bittering and well-hidden in the background.

M: The mouthfeel is malty, bready with a sweet undertone. At times it comes across thin but for the most part it is a good sipper.

D: A decent O-festbier. Not my first choice but if presented with it I'd be happy.

Sep 11, 2009
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kelvarnsen from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Dec 01, 2013
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DMXLOX22 from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this interesting looking beer a few days ago and almost forgot it was sitting around in the fridge. Sucks working 12 hour days...

Appearance: Pours a dark orange with about an inch of foam head. Clear copper brown once it settles. Barely any lacing.

Smell: Has a scent of mild malty and sweet grains. Was expecting more from the scent, but oh well.

Taste: Bitter malts and toasted caramel. Has a somewhat slight scent of possibly vanilla, but its sort of hard to tell. Also noticed a bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel: A bit thick and bitter in the beginning with a strong overtone of malts. Finishes sweet and smooth, but not a beer to be drank quickly.

Overall: Was definitely expecting something much more from this beer. It is a decent O-Fest beer, but not a beer I would have again. I would recommend if you want to explore the O-Fest beers and new to the game. Maybe next time Sly Fox

Oct 15, 2011
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DaveAndrew from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Jan 07, 2012
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy pale golden amber with an off-white head which was tall, huge even, and moussy and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity through the head and more nutty as the head began to fall back. Some spicy hops were notable as the head fell and some toasty malt characteristics.

The flavor was malty and somewhat bitter. The malt was lightly nutty and just a bit fruity. The bittering and flavor were slightly citrusy and piney and definitely a bit on the spicy side.

The finish was dry with lasting citrus and piney hop flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation was extremely high. This one may be heading toward or already into some sort of infection. The citrus and the fruit coupled with a very high carbonation lead one to think it is on it's last legs. If taken as a pale ale the citrus and resin seem to work pretty well. If this was supposed to be a Märzen as the label suggests, it really misses the mark.

22 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

Jan 02, 2007
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TrickkyGangsta from Florida

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Aug 21, 2012
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NJpadreFan from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sly Fox- Oktoberfest

22ozer brewed and bottled Royersford, PA.

Appearance- Beautiful golden brown with a huge frothy head. Moderate lacing down the glass.
Smell- Sweet buttery vanilla caramel malt.
Taste- Malt dominated. Like the smell, sweet vanilla caramel with a buttery hint. Sorta like a Werthers candy. Although some slight corn adjunct like flavor pokes its head through making it very sweet.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and buttery throughout with a bit of a cloying feeling.

Overall- Not too shabby. By the end of the bomber this started to become to sweet and cloying for me. Definitely worthy of a pint or 2.

Sep 17, 2007
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racingkenny14 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Sep 14, 2014
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dcolatriano from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Aug 06, 2013
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