Oktoberfest | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by Gavage on 10-26-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
369
Reviews:
188
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Photo of epyon396
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tgatort
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sly Fox "Oktoberfest Lager"
12 oz. can, no freshness dating

One of, if not the very best, American-made "Oktoberfest" beers I've tasted. The secret is in the malt and the way it's mashed, which leaves it quite authentic. The use of German hops is important as well, and they absolutely shine here, but without the German malts to give it that rich graininess upfront the hops become kind of a moot point. Equally important is the balance because the hops need to counter the malt and keep it from becoming sweet and cloying while not becoming too bitter, or too hoppy - just enough is what's needed, and just enough is what you get. Spectacular! Now if only some of the bigger Munich breweries can return to making a beer as good as this (rather than dumbing it down) we'll be set.

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Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Buck89
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Clear light amber with a generous white head.Sweet malty aroma with some frutiness. Taste is bold s malt up front, with caramel toffee and fruit. Slightly sticky finish but not cloying.

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Photo of justincourts
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Premo88
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of kb2250
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jgiordano88
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Act25
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like Sly Fox.

I am not a fan of Octoberfests, for how much can you do with them? But this one is both different and enjoyable for the most part.

A - A hazed golden amber w/ initial rocky cap. Big carbonation, but not that lasting or lacing.

S - The smell offers bready caramel malt with toasted elements. A bit of butter and cream, and bit of light spice from the hops.

T - The taste follows the smell, and it's mildly bitter with a buttery sweet malt flavor which is augmented by yeast and more sweet fruit in the finish. Nutty, buttery like a pretzel. (as it should be) A toasted grain with a little melted butter and dry herbal hops in the finish.

M- Surprisingly good, creamy feel, with a nice clean finish. Good food beer. Very German, yet more buttery and hoppy.

O - Hoppier than most. As good as a Marzen gets?

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Photo of DCH
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of harryhops
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of beertunes
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to @TongoRad for this one. Poured into shaker pint glass. Poured a nice caramel-y yellow color, with an inch of white head that had good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was on the sweet side of the malt scale, with some earthy hops in the background. On the tongue, the beer was pretty similar, lightly sweet malts dominated, with a bit of an earthy hop tang towards the back of the palate.

The body was smooth, even and full, but with no heaviness. Drinkability was good, as is typical for the style.Overall, a very nice take on the style, one worth tryingshould you get the chance.

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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of BodiesLexus
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of jodybrutal
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of incubusfriday
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

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