Oktoberfest | Sly Fox Brewing Company

OktoberfestOktoberfest
BA SCORE
52.3%
Liked This Beer
3.65 w/ 369 ratings
OktoberfestOktoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
slyfoxbeer.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gavage on 10-26-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,843
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
369
Liked:
193
Avg:
3.65/5
pDev:
12.6%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 369 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of tzieser
5/5  rDev +37%

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5/5  rDev +37%

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5/5  rDev +37%

Photo of mjc410
4.76/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first bomber from my case...

The pour into my Mahr's Der Weisse Bock (can't quite hold 22 oz!) raises a lasting one inch off-white head that falls to half a finger and eventually a nice surface ring, with large bubbles. The lacing on the sides of the glass clings well.

The nose is earthy, with a little hop funk, and a lot of biscuity, tangy malt. Quite distinctive.

Taste is tangy, with a perfect malt-hop balance. Much less bready than other O-fests I've had, although this increases over time. Finishes grainy, with caramel, toffee. Unique malt character, and a fantastic bitter, dry ending.

Mouth is pretty thick, and aided by a moderate carbonation.

This is fiendish in its enjoyability. My only gripe: it comes in bombers! This reduces the number of drinks per case, but with how drinkable it is, I'd probably have more than one a sitting. My new favorite O-Fest!

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.63/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber orange. Very clear. Pours with a thick white head but short lived it is.
Medium carbonation.
The smell of malts and bread are noted.
Tastes of course malty slightly sweet with yeasty, bread. Smooth, dry, clean finsh.
A smooth creamy light body.
Very drinkabable.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.54/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to dashirey for this wonderful can of malted excellence! 12 oz can with a best by date of Jan 30 11. Pours a dark gold color with a fluffed white foam. Fades fast and leaves some spotty lacing.

Nose is toasty, nutty and little bit of caramel. Lagery sulfur and a touch of dry hops.

Grainy, like a fresh Hofbrau O-fest...nice, crisp hop balance and a deft touch of toasted caramel. Sweetness is there, but just in the right amount. Drinkability is through the roof ridiculous. Most likely my favorite Oktoberfest brewed in America, and competes well even with it's German brethren. An amazing beer...well done Sly Fox...well done indeed.

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Photo of aengleman
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of KTCamm
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/17...pours clear, a very light amber with heavy thick white foam. Hearty malt nose, really bready. Caramel too. Soft malty flavor, very clean, smooth and then a very tight bitter at the close. Chewy. Quite good, exactly what an Oktoberfest should deliver. Worked through this sixer very quickly.

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Photo of rayjay
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

Very good Octoberfest! Traditionally based and American in flair.

Ruby carmel colored, very brite and carbonated. Small cap of foam that lingers for the duration.

Much like an imperial pilsner with some dark malts thrown in for good measure. Very grainy and hoppy. Sulfur from the lager yeast. Well lagered. Just a touch of sweetness so I don't think there is carmel malt, more like dark Munich and malted rye.

I loved this beer. Restrained boldness (maltiness and bitterness) is my favorite combo. Cheers!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber body, excellent clarity, still - no visible carbonation. Loose white three finger head. Attractive clumps and streaks of lace.

Enticing deep bready aroma, some hay/grass notes in the background.

Taste has a sweet caramel beginning, a sweetness with the depth of dark chocolate, the depth I seek in better octoberfests. Taste continues with toasty bread. Unobtrusive balancing noble hops lead to a fairly clean finish.

Smooth medium mouthfeel. Creamy. walks the tightrope - not too slick or syrupy, but with enough body to have a bit to chew on.

Drinkability good enough to ask: why bomber bottles instead of six packs?

Always glad t find a local octoberfest whose flavor can stack up with the imported competion.

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Photo of ILuvBeer
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Risser09
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a transparent orange with a 1/2" off-white head that shows good retention. Lots of bubbles flow to the surface of the beer. Minimal lacing initially, but swirling creates a tiny amount.

Smell: Lager yeast, cereal, German hops. Almond oil aroma is pretty strong. I would say this beer is pretty authentic so far.

Taste: Fresh lagered flavor of cereal grains and toasty malts. The hop additions were generous to this beer, although they aren't overwhelming they shine through. Lager yeastiness finishes.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with balanced sweetness and bitterness. Lingering bitterness is pleasant. Carbonation is very lively. Alcohol is present.

Drinkability: This beer screams drinkability. It is a finely crafted lager with flavor, vigor, and a quenching deliciousness. I will revisit and recommend!

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Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 12 can into a small mug.

Appearance: The body has a beautiful orange amber colored body with just the slightest haze. From the aggressive pour I got a small creamy off white head. The head fades to thin covering that just hangs on to the end. On the glass it makes lots of slick spotty lace.

Smell: Its aroma is very malty in a nutty sweet, bready way. There are also notes of sweet floral/spicy hops.

Taste/Palate: I get a lot of bready and nutty maltiness throughout with mellow candy like sweetness. Hops add some floral spicy flavor, a little bitterness and a very slight sour note to the finish. It's a good solid medium body with a smooth lightly carbonated mouth feel.

Notes: I am digging the big nutty bready malt on this one. It is quite drinkable and enjoyable. Prosit!!!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoo-hah! I love Sly Fox and the way they keep The CANQuest (TM) cracking and glugging along. Props to Brian, Pete and Mary, Suzie, Big John, and Corey! Yinz're the best! Love yunz guys.

From the CAN: "Oktoberfest beers celebrate the longest wedding reception and beer party ever. It started in 1810 and it's still going strong! All that history, all that fun in this one little [CAN]. How [CAN] you resist? OG 13.8 Plato, 25 IBUs, 5.8% by Vol."

Following the Crack & Glug, I got a finger of eggnog-colored head with decent retention. Color was an orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was initially malty, but some hops were also discernible. Mouthfeel was medium with a biscuity flavor on the tongue. Nice. I really dislike the overhopped Oktoberfests as well as the overly sweet ones. This managed to strike a really nice balance. Finish was really dry, as a lager should be once the yeast has been allowed to do its thing completely. I was not there in 1810, but as a previous reviewer postulated, this is probably pretty close to authentic. Prosit!

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Photo of Bubba83
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kegatron for the canned goodness!

Pours a beautifully clear ruby amber color with about 1cm of pillowy off-white head. The head dissipates rather quick into a thin ring which leaves minimal lacing.

Toasted malt in the forefront, almost like making a lightly browned piece of toast. Has that lager zest character that I always find a bit hard to describe. Smells clean. A bit of earth and mild floral hops wraps things up. Mellow, but really nice.

Plenty of caramel, heavily browned toast, light brown sugar, pancake syrup, earthy hops, and dusty dry cocoa powder. Grassy hops finish, with a good dose of wild spring flowers as well. Very complex for the style.

Full mouthfeel, oily yet creamy still, perfect carbonation and consistency, can hardly ask for more from an oktoberfest lager. The only thing I was hoping for was a little more abrasiveness from the head, and it has dissipated a bit too much. Finishes nice and dry...

Drinks very well, I could session this forever. Fill me up one of those big Oktoberfest mugs and I'm set for a while. Happy as a clam... No heat from alcohol is present, and it's really refreshing for the style. I love that the malt flavor comes through so beautifully without being overly sweet. One of the best examples I've had of the style.

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Photo of dennarb
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We had this on tap at Theresa's Next Door an excellent brew pub in Wayne. The pour is an orangish amber with a small head. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty. The taste has a reassuring roundness with carmel and lemon coming through the rich maltiness. It goes down smooth and delicious. Sly Fox's Oktoberfest is not available for very long but if you find it on tap I'd highly recommend that you give it a try.

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Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Waterfront, Brooklyn, NYC.

Poured a dark copper hue with some chill haze and a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured an earthy malt and musty hop.

The taste was malt forward with a spicy noble hop highlight. Very nice really.

The mouthfeel was in line with the style.

Overall a superior American Octoberfest.

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Photo of Inglum515
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of logicalparadox
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in my mystery sixer. Just talking about having more canned beer.

A - A nice golden copper of an amber in color! A half inch of head which looks pretty

S - A nice grain and caramel malt with a touch of hops on the nose. Awesome

T - Not as sweet as expected but maybe that's a good thing since it wouldn't be cloying. You get a great bit of sweetness with a bit of grain and malt. Noting special but still very smooth.

M - Medium to light. Could drink it all day.

D - Yes I did like it but it still could be a bit sweeter. Still for a 4 month old Oktoberfest in a can its the best it can be. Awesome!

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Photo of shockrocker65
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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Oktoberfest from Sly Fox Brewing Company
Beer rating: 52.3% out of 100 with 369 ratings
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