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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Traditional Oktoberfest beer is a medium-bodied, smooth and malty brew made with German Vienna malts and German hops. 13.8 OG 25 IBUs

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3410) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2012
12 ounce can
This was a respectable Oktoberfest. It didn’t have any remarkable or memorable aspects but met my expectations. Sly Fox has a safe annual offering on their hands with this one.

Aroma / Appearance - The semi-transparent caramel base bubbles as the head settles from a lush dense ivory crown. Cider, maple syrup, and cherry pie filling were a bit on the sweet side for my preferences.

Flavor / Palate - The fluid mouthfeel rolls on the tongue like the melted interior of a candy bar. Caramel, candy corn, and chocolate frosting stick around briefly. The noble hops play well at the end. Ultimately it is not flawed just safe. For someone a few states away that’s not enough to want more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keanex (1657) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2012
No canning information.
Appearance: The body is a very slightly hazy amber with lazy carbonation, there’s a thin creamy off-white head that has average retention. This is nice looking for the style.
Aroma: The aroma is very light with some light fruit and some sweet malt, nothing stands out it’s not bad though.
Taste: Fruity flavors are the first to hit my tongue, maybe some apples, they blend with light malt flavors, and a very light floral hop finish. The balance is good here and this is easy to drink.
Palate: Medium thickness, but full-bodied, light carbonation.
Overall: This is a solid marzen, but overall forgettable. Since the price increase I find it hard to recommend this. This used to be $7.99 for a 6 pack, but it’s jumped a dollar taking away some value.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (12166) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Can poured a clear orange amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toasted malt, citrus and light carmel. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, toasted malt and light fruittiness with a crisp lingering carmel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2012
12 oz. Can. Not the best Oktoberfest, but by no means horrible. I just don’t think I’d seek it out in the future. Much better brews have come from this brewer. Faint grain scent. Burnt orange pour with a little head. Little more than light body, slightly silky feel. Toasted grain flavor to vinous and an almost pils finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1542) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2012
I don’t usually associate Oktoberfest beers with being sweet, but since I’m not a huge fan of the style to begin with, it’s nice to find something that deviates from the style. Sly Fox Oktoberfest definitely is sweeter than most of the marzen style, but that’s okay because it’s tasty without being cloying and still an easy beer to drink. I wish more were like this.

I poured a 12oz can into a lager glass.

Appearance: Surprisingly bright orange hue, but very cloudy. Micro carbonation bubbles still visible, though. Forms a large, ivory, foamy head at first, but is dissipates somewhat quickly and doesn’t leave much lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet maltiness for sure - caramel mostly and a hint of butterscotch. A hint of earthiness, too.

Taste: Prominent caramel sweetness up front, not unlike a lollipop or some kind of candy flavor. Usually I hate this type of taste in a beer but it works very well in this instance. There’s a subtle hoppy spice through the middle, followed with a mild toffee or butterscotch sweetness on the finish. The dry hoppy bitterness lingers momentarily, but fades away almost completely clean.

This is what I would consider a favorable palate. Rather complex and robust for a lager, but nothing gimmicky or over the top. Sweeter than your average Oktoberfest, which is fine by me, as that makes it quite versatile. A good beer to pair with food or to drink on its own.

Drinkability: Though the can says "lager" in fairly big letters, I’d probably think Sly Fox Oktoberfest was an ale were I drinking it blind. It’s not crisp and clean like your usual brew of the style, but rather richer, smoother, and bigger in body. Soft, comfortable texture and refreshing while it’s in the mouth, so it’s hard not to drink this quickly. I can understand why it’s 5.8% ABV as it has more flavor and energy than your average lager. Too big to session, but back-to-back servings are understandable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dbingham (69) - - SEP 24, 2012
A good amount of bittering hops in the aroma and the palate. Pours a dark golden color. High level of carbonation, even after pouring a two finger head.Malty but not sweet for a marzen. Some cereal notes in the finish as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdelljh (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2012
nice crisp carbonation. yellow color. somewhat sweet in taste. more flavorful than an american lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sherm1016 (1264) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2012
12oz can from Pinocchio’s. Pours a clear, amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is light, malty, bread. Medium on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, caramel, cereal, just a touch of bitter, grassy hops, with a light bready finish. Not bad, but forgettable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2012
12 ounce can from Oak Tree Liquors. Only my 2nd Sly Fox beer and my first in over three years, which is shocking considering I’m not that far away. Pours a clear amber color with a thin frothy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of toasted malts with a bit of grain and faint caramel. The taste is toasted malts and caramel with an herbal hop finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation, well balanced, refreshing. Nice beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NikkTwist (2253) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2013 Draft at Tattooed Mom. Hazy amber orange amber pour. Mild spicy malt flavors. Honey tangerine. Toasted oats. Smooth. Not too sweet. Bit thin and watery. Having again on draft at Good Dog in Oct 2013. Dark wheat beer. Not awful, but not that much above awful.

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