DenverLogan (1100) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a can...poured in a medium Duvel glass.
Pours an orange amber with significant head.
Aroma of straw hops, fresh bread, slight citrus.
Medium carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of straw hops, light malts, light herbs, grass, slight banana and pepper. Overall a tad light compared to many Germans but flavorful and crisp.
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours yellow with amber hues and a fizzy white head. Smells like corn and bread. Big biscuit flavor, lots of bread and cracker, some caramel. Crisp hop finish. Really, a nice little marzen.
jrodooo5 (1508) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Oktoberfest ehh. Plain, drinkable, kinda cool orange color. No complexity. Just ok as almost all of these are.
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
keanex (1789) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
ChadPolenz (1700) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
dbingham (69) - - SEP 24, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
rdelljh (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice crisp carbonation. yellow color. somewhat sweet in taste. more flavorful than an american lager.