Oktoberfest | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a tall pilsner style glass.

Real nice orange to peach bronze amber body color. Quite light and bright actually with some small rising carbonation. Soapy even three finger head that settles to a small collar with some good lacing. Very attractive looking beer.

Nose is crispy smelling malts. Slight caramel, and very clean smelling. A bit of tonic water and quinine like whiffs as well. Malt action seems to be taking a back seat.

Palate is quite full and very light and extremely flavorful. Crispy action with crackling malt and good mix of caramel. Brown sugar and clove like spices, with a very light palate. Clean finish with a minor sticky quality. Good depth with a very light body.

Overall just a very solid enjoyable Marzen, really like the German styles from this brewery.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.
Oktoberfest in January, why not?

Very cloudy amber with 1 finger of white head. Decent retention.

Bread, toast, caramel and brown sugar.

Very mellow flavor profile. Toasted white bread and caramel, perhaps some rye bread. Notes of brown sugar and earth. Just a touch of honeydew. Some residual bitterness.

Medium bodied, crisp and clean.

This is a really nice Marzen even if it is a little out of date. I'll be sure to grab some fresh ones this year.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy orange with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted several minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Lots of caramel malt.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Toasted malt.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: Slightly above average Oktoberfest.

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Photo of cpolking
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tone77 for this can. The beer pours copper and amber in color, well-carbonated. There is a half inch of thick, fizzy, foamy off-white head.

The aroma is malty, roasted, toasted, caramel, a tad nutty.

The taste follows the aromas, nice maltiness, perfectly bitter on the finish for the style. The mouthfeel is both carbonated and creamy, with a dry finish. There are Oktoberfests with more flavor, but this has a nice taste and is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gold in color with just a thin layer of head. Overpour victim. 3.0

Thin and musty aroma. Toasted grains, piquant hop, and the strange element of bouillon cube. Muted nose. 3.0

Enjoyably dry with some light husks and kilned grain flavor. Smooth and somewhat fruity with the notes of quince and white grape. Interplay of fruity esters and a quiet floral hop. Finishes clean and minty with some sweetness and booze breath. Killer flavor after that failure of a nose. 4.0

Medium body and light carbonation. Not a really fast drinker. 3.5

Great taste saved this. Preserved still as one of the better craft Oktoberfests I've had this year. 4.0

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
1.62/5  rDev -55.9%
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 -55%
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 iBeer16
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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

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Photo of Jimmys
2.71/5  rDev -26.2%
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 claspada
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange in color with a medium size head that quickly receded to some surface foam with little to no lacing.

Aromas begin with a mild maltiness; mostly pilsner and Munich malt aromas. Some light dry fruitiness most likely from some hops emerge a little as it warms.

The tastes begin with toasted bready malt, toasted nuts, caramel and a faint hop bitterness. The grains are sweet with a juicy green apple finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is smooth at the start with a dry finish.

Overall this is a nice drinkable version of this style, but don't expect to be blown away by it. Would be better served in a 6 pack as the value is lacking for this 22oz serving.

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Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger's worth of crisp fizzy uniform light khaki colored head... Modest retention gives way to a lacing of much the same... The color is a slightly pale amber... A good bit of slightly sluggish to moderate paced carbonation rises throughout...

S - Biscuit... Bread crust... A subtle noble hop presence... A faint whiff of both caramel and toffee...

T - The flavor is a mirror image of the aroma... Lots of bready malts... Bread crust... Slightly more hoppy than expected... The toffee and caramel sweetness is a bit muted... There is also a very faint spice kick on the deep finish...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... Carbonation is lighter than expected... A bit sleek... The finish is a touch grainy yet saliva inducing at the same time...

D - The total sums to be a bit more than the sum of its parts... Overall, this is a text book Marzen that is solidly average to slightly above average in all facets... I can't say a bad thing about it... In summary, it's nothing that I would shy away from in the future, but I will always opt for it's German brewed brethren in the future...

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Photo of scar
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am always searching for a well executed Marzen. Recently, this style has really diminished in character and some of the German imports are to blame. Many of these famous Munich breweries have changed these beers to accommodate the masses. With that being said, this canned version is the best Marzen I have had in years.
This beer has the appropriate color however lacks in head and lacing, which is normal for the style.

The smell is almost perfect with the hops just used to balance this malty brew. The barley sugar sweet character from Vienna and Munich Malts, or historically some decoction shows well here, however I could do with a little more of this aroma. To add, sometimes the German imports have a very slight almost sweet yeast character, this beer however does not have this quality.

Taste, very drinkable and moreish, certainly a dangerous brew if ever served in a 1 liter mass like in Munich. 5 mass Munich!

Overall, an almost perfect brew because it sticks to tradition and reminds me of a good old friend I haven't seen in a long time.

10/9/12Just bought the beer again, quite different, still in a can, however can't taste the malt as much. As a result I am down grading my original review

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Photo of CowsCanBark
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. can into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an orange/amber hue with a two finger head that quickly dissipates, decent lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Smells of sweet malts, a little bit of hops, apricots, light pumpkin smell.

Taste: Tastes of sweet malts, fruits, pumpkin spice, just a hint of yeast and a tad bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and low carbonation, which suits the beer well. Even with it's mouthfeel, it is still a rather easy drinker.

Overall: A nice Halloween/fall beer that's certainly tasty and delicious.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can courtesy of Drazzamatazz. Into a Baxter Brewing can glass.

A: Pours a clear copper color with a white head that foams up to a loose half inch of bubbles that disappears just as fast as it arrives. No spots of lacing left behind. A few bubbles meander lazily throughout the glass.

S: Slightly caramel malts and a bit of a sulfuric yeast profile. Slightly grainy, but really not a whole lot going on.

T: Grainy with a really pronounced hop profile, resiny, earthy, spicy noble hops but not a ton of bitterness. Fairly sweet, but the amount of hop flavors mix together nicely and make a really enjoyable beer.

M: Medium bodied with effervescent carbonation. Finishes fairly dry and really clean.

O: An enjoyable oktoberfest and in general, just a tasty lager. Glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of DerekP
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can with some digits and a date (presumably the "best before") printed near the bottom of the can: 1/9/12.

Dark-orange-amber looking beer that's highly carbonated and fairly translucent. Head disappeared quick.

Floral in the nose. Peppery yeast. Bread, butter, stale apple juice & dry caramel.

Tastes yeasty with light malts and caramel malts for sweetness. Bittering hops right in the middle. Finishes with a fruity and bitter astringency that hangs on and lingers.

Notable spicy hop flavor shows itself as well as the brew warms up. A touch boozy. A decent oktoberfest.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a pint glass. Received in the Locals Only BIF from trxxpaxxs.

A: Clear copper color. Half finger off white head that fades quickly and leaves a very slight lacing.

S: Caramel malts and very grainy. A sweet fruity aroma. A apple wine like quality.

T: Caramel and sweet malts upfront. Grainy and grassy from middle to finish. A fruity flavor, maybe apples. Bready finish.

M: Light body. High carbonation. Crisp. Refreshing.

O: A good Lager. Definitely not my favorite style, neither is Oktoberfest. This is good for the style and highly drinkable.

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Photo of SteveS1
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Light amber/yellow with a one-finger white head. A little retention. No real lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts and spices (clove). Faint hops.

Taste: Light sweet cereal malts on the tongue, a touch of spice on the palate, quickly unleashes mild bitter hops going down. Aftertaste is bitter spicy hops.

Feel: Medium bodied, not particularly heavy, nice carbonation.

Drink: Goes down very easy, but doesn't lack in flavour. Great session beer. Bitterness doesn't accumulate as the malts keep the hops well in check.

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Photo of Jmamay22
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
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 Fish113d
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel color with a finger-thick head that forms on top that is fairly dense, but quickly dissipates to a slight surface layer. Nothing real fancy.

A caramel aroma quickly hits my nose along with a bit of floral hops. To be honest, the nose is not the highlight of this one.

Sipping reveals a nice hit of caramel malts up front with a biscuity bready flavor. The swallow brings on the drying hops that have more of a pine flavor with a hint of citrus. Very nice!

Body is fairly light-to-medium and easy to drink. Enjoyable brew for the money. Nothing real flashy, but a solid brew that makes for an easy session drink. Cheers!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice pumpkin orange amber with a decent one inch or so of a head on top. Decent retention as it hung around for a good couple of minutes before finally resting and falling down to just a thin layer across the top.

very spiced, lots of pumpkin like smells mixed in with a good amount of roasted malts. It had a touch of nutmeg and a definite grassy or earthy mix in it. There was definitely some depth to the aroma, good amount of malt made up the backbone of it as you would expect. Once you got past that a nice bready sort of grain started to come over you, mixed in was a nice herbal, grassy sort of punch that really started to break though. It was definitely a fresh taste as it had some teeth to it. A decent hoppy expression then followed and even had a bit of a floral note to it. The finish was very long, and quite dry.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can acquired in recent trade (Cheers!)
No canned-on date, but I'm assuming this fall seasonal is from a recent month of 2011.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malt, freshly-cut red delicious apple, herbal hop, and cereal grain. Not a bad aroma...

Appearance: Golden-copper, crystal-clear body, two finger off-white head falls slowly, and catches to form decent lacing inside the glass.

Flavor: A sweet cherry-like note up front, accompanied by carmelized sugar. An underlying hoppy bitterness, as well as a floral noble hop. Finish is clean and dry. The flavor profile is not bad, but is a little bit more reserved than I would have liked to see. (Would have preferred malt and hops be bumped up a notch or two.)

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation and medium body. Pretty simple in this category.

Overall: I enjoyed this, my first taste of a Sly Fox offering. Drinkability is great--especially in a style in which some examples are on the cloying side. At the same time, the flavor could have used a tad bit more caramel, and a stronger Noble Hop contribution. However, it definitely wasn't bad, and I'd definitely like to drink it again.

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Photo of Samp01
3/5  rDev -18.3%
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 DMXLOX22
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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

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Photo of n2185
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear yellow-orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin cap with no lacing.

S: Some sweet Munich malt aromas at first followed by some light citrus and caramel aromas. Sweet bready aromas bring up the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, Munich malt and caramel flavors up front followed by sweet breads. Very light hop presence towards the finish with some faint pine notes and a light bitterness.

M: Light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is nice and crisply clean.

O: A good Marzen. While I think it almost borders on a pilsner with its hop presence, it succeeds in being tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of amphion1065
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. pour into a pint glass at Local 44. Reviewed from notes.

I don't care how lame this sounds, I'll come right out and say it: this beer reminds me of foliage. Clear, borderline translucent brown with some orange and red highlights glinting in the sun, this is quite pretty. Unfortunately, there's not too much head to speak of, and only minimal lacing.

The smell is malty and sweet, with a caramel-like aroma. Bready and just a little hoppy, too.

The taste is more like that of a brown ale than an oktoberfest, though that's not necessarily a bad thing. Quite a bit hoppier than I expected, with a perceptible bitterness. A little caramel, and a flavor that reminds me of chocolate as well. The hops/malt balance is nicely done.

The mouthfeel is far too watery for the style, though the carbonation is fine. Too thin to be really enjoyable.

A fine domestic marzen, though nothing particularly noteworthy.

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Oktoberfest from Sly Fox Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 369 ratings.
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