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:
#32,888
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
369
Liked:
193
Avg:
3.65/5
pDev:
12.6%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 369 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of Lordquackingstic
1.62/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Crystal clear copper with a big white head and lots of noticeable carbonation. Very nice looking, but this is where the beauty ends.

S: Piss. This seriously smells like urine. It's so unappealing that every sip I take I try not to smell my glass.

T: Tastes like I just drank from a cup that I asked a nurse from an old folks home to go around and fill up with all the discharge from everybody's catheters. All flavors are muted by this piss taste.

M: Feels like I just tasted a golden shower. Leaves an acidic burn in the back of my throat. So unappealing.

O: Bought this on a whim, and I want my damn money back. Stay away from this. This is hands down the worst Oktoberfest I've ever had in my life, and probably one of the worst craft beers I've ever had period. Downright nasty.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.65/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dull amber hue with good clarity. Almost no head. Nose is almost nothing.

Roasted grainy malt, taste like whole grain bread a bit, semi big body with little carbonation. Subtle dark fruit with balancing euro hop bitterness. Flavors are barely perceptible though. The flavors can't balance the body and it feels dead. Not so good.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
1.87/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

Wow! What's going with this? I'd like to chat with someone who "gets" this beer in order to find out if I'm totally missing something here. I'll try to be brief and to the point. While this pours quite lovely - on the light end with its hazy coppery amber color, ample cottony/sparkly head and matching sticky lace - and sports a quaff-ably sparkling-yet-smooth, clean, medium body, the other (more and most important) elements to the experience, namely smell and taste, are not swooning me.

Simply put, the most dominant aroma and flavor: mint mouthwash. What?! No! I'm guessing the hops could be mostly to blame, although it may surely be, in large part, a combo of that and the yeast strain used. I came up with some rough estimate that the flavor is comprised of 50% Scope, 35% Helles Bock, and 15% malty Marzen grain recipe. About halfway through, I began to notice some similarities to Sly Fox's Pikeland Pils in the spice and sweetness. Regardless, all in all, what I got was a jolt of medicinal-minty phenol blah. Never again, mein Freund.

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Photo of Melchizedek
2.01/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 22 oz. bomber into a nice mug, good color for the style, a clear goldish amber with bits of floaty yeast in the final pour. Enthusiastic bubbly head builds up quickly and dissipates just as fast.

Not much aroma to speak of - just some vaguely detergent-y character, malt sweetness, a whiff of alcohol, but overall just too clean. The carbonation in the mouth is just way too much. The beer fizzes up immediately upon sipping, making it hard to discern flavors or swallow without instant burping. It's not like you're missing much in the flavor, though - there's mostly a kind of woody malt taste with a bit of chemical bitterness. Rather thin once the carbonation has run its course, too.

The carbonation really ruins the enjoyability of this even as a quaff-worthy selection. It doesn't taste good enough to endure the onslaught of fizz, either - don't bother. There are plenty of better O'fests readily available.

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Photo of bierdabbler
2.18/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up some cans and poured into a pint glass.

A- Decent orange color with a little head that was sweet tasting but dissipated rather quick with no lacing.

S- Faint smells of festbier, not a lot going on here.

T/M- Light and basic lager taste, hard to discern any attributes qualifying this as an Oktoberfest.

Was disappointed in the lack of smell or taste, not much different here than your local canned lager costing half the price. Below average for lagers overall.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.32/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Perfect Pint...

Light golden with a pretty nice thick head... Fairly light for an Oktoberfest...

Hmm.. Lots of creamed corn aromas here... Not dark roasted maltiness... No honey like aromas... Just corn...

Fairly average straightforward brew here.... Lots of corn or non descript sweet malts with a weird buttery finish... I struggled with this one...

I wound up pouring this one a little over halfway thru. it just wasn't what I was expecting and I was fairly disappointed..

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Photo of beerkingnyc
2.38/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz can into Mug.

Has a rich golden yellow color, and had a nice thick head.

The smell was malty, and a bit biscuity.

Beer has a very hoppy, bitter, may i say cheap taste. Not your typical oktoberfest to me.

After buying a six pack, ill drink all six, but ill never buy it again.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of worldecay
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of Wer34truh
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Jimmys
2.71/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can into hardywood park tulip.

A: very clear body. a bright orange color, not as dark as most oktoberfests. head starts slightly off-white and is bubbly, but doesnt stick around for long.

S: a little diacytal on the nose. a little vinous. pear and apple juice. a mild earthy character is present too.

T: toffee. mild butterscotch. the bitterness battles with the sweetness of the crystal grains, but i think the grain still wins. similar to the nose there is a fruity apple-ish flavor as well.

M: moderate carbonation on a light body.

D: pretty unimpressive ofest example from sly fox. they make some good lagers, but this is a big pass.

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Photo of wanderluster11
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of GeorgeCarroll
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Zetcha7x
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of cbl2
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

8/26/2007 $3.99 22 oz. 5.80% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a clear amber/brown with a thin film of white head that quickly settles.

Aroma:

Very crisp, with mild malty notes. Clean and fresh.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Loads of corn adjunct dominate the palate, and make for a off-sweet flavor that is less than desirable. Finish is somewhat bitter, and subtly chalky.

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Photo of fo5s
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can served in my trusty Sam Adams glass. Best by of 1/16/11 so this should be appropriately fresh.

Pours a cloudy light-amber. Beautiful half-inch creamy head.

Smell is sweet malt, slightly muddled. In short, I'm unimpressed.

Taste starts sweet before the toasted malts come through. I can't put a finger on it, but something is off with the malt - just doesn't taste like an Oktoberfest should. Taste is fairly thin, but would be better served with a bit more body to it.

Mouthfeel is fine - carbonation is on par for the style. Smooth but just a bit crisp.

Drinkability isn't great, especially for the style. Certainly not difficult to put back one of these, but I don't see myself rushing through these 12oz.

Overall I'm not impressed. This certainly isn't up to par with some of Sly Fox's other offerings. It's not a terrible rendition of the style, nor a bad beer, just unimpressive and not something I plan to revisit. It scores an intangible point for being an oktoberfest in a can.

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Photo of Jmamay22
2.96/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light amber with a foamy head that settles to a thin ecru colored collar. The scent is muted with slight bready caramel hints. Nothing much really in the scent to enjoy or find off putting.

Taste is similarly weak. A touch of toasted malt sweet flavor followed by a nondescript bitter finish. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Overall it is not a very exciting brew that lacks any depth or complexity. That said, it is a good start to the fall for some tailgating.

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Photo of jodybrutal
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bieniek30
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Samp01
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour a clear copper / bronze with an off-white head. Aroma and Taste of light toasted malt, some light fruity and grass notes and some hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation. Finish is lightly toasted malt, some yeast with a slightly fruity and hoppy ending, could use a bit more malt. Overall not the best but an ok drinkable brew.

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Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Ieatlambfries
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of iwillhaveanother
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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