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RATINGS: 325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A traditional Oktoberfest bier from Surly? Nein! If you want one of those, grab your passport and head over to Munchen (bring us back some pretzels.) SurlyFest is brewed with three different types of Rye and a single variety of American Hops. Malted Rye, Flaked Rye, and Crystal Rye impart a distinctive biscuit flavor to the lush Vienna Malt body, and dry-hopping with Sterling Hops adds bright, floral hop aromas. A single hop, dry-hopped, rye lager bier? Ja!
Note: 2006 version brewed with Summit hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2014
16 oz. can from TheHOFF43- thanks again, Kyle! Pours a cloudy darkish orange with a centimeter of off-white head that settles into a film and leaves some light lace in the glass. Looks the part. But it’s surprisingly bitter for the style, with a relatively big hop character (earth, pine, grass, light citrus), along with cracker, toast, rye, and bread. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bitter, malty mouthfeel. Heavy and hoppy for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (5823) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Can @ Three Notch’d Tasting. Amber pour with a small white head. Aroma of mellow peppercorn, white toast. Some toffee and hints of chocolate. The taste is almost oaty. Plenty of grain. Mild marshmallow. A touch of pepper and caramel. Medium body, active carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ssoderlund (2) - burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2014 does not count
One of my favorite surly brews. over value is one of the highest I think I look forward every year to this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
michcam8 (390) - Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Can scored through Hoff! Pours a hazy orangish/brownish color, with a thick fluffy head. Sweet light caramel malts on the nose. Some faint fruity hops. Taste is of biscuit, caramel malt, fruits, and grain. Medium mouthful, nice fruity flavor. Good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (1821) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Can pours a clear dark copper/orange with a medium khaki head. Aroma of floral and citrus, spicey, caramel and toffee malts, with biscuit and rye. Big spicey rye and biscuit, with hop spice and caramel and toffee malts. Yum!! My favorite octoberfest by far!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scipio (756) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Pours a clear dark red with an average white head. The aroma has caramel, spices, bread, toasty malts, and citrus hops. These are balanced fairly without any standout impressions. The taste contains very mild bitterness. It is a bit sweet with hints of tartness. There is bread, caramel, nuts, and some spicy undertones. Some rye comes through more at the end, with a light, though fairly long lasting aftertaste. Medium in body, rather neutral in texture, while being about average in carbonation. Without anything distinguished in the palate, for some reason it is pretty easy to drink. This isn’t my favorite style, but I’d say this is one of the better ones that I’ve found.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
asheft (2753) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2014
On tap. Intriguing orange and light caramel aroma. Clear orange amber under a tight white ring. Lime and orange hops flavour complimented by light caramel malt. Balance is toward sweet, but a medium bitterness is not lost. Medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2288) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Rich amber/orange color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted sweet malt, hops, & caramel; Flavor of sweet malt, hops, grain, caramel, and some spice; Nicely balanced; Quite hoppy - good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
teemoney (95) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2014
Poured from can into tall lager glass. Translucent copper/ brown with tall, soapy white head. Smell has some malts and yeast, I guess? The smell is weird to me, I can’t quite place it. Same with the taste... I guess it just tastes like rye? The feel is smooth. I guess I just don’t get this one. It’s definitely not a marzen. The flavors are distinctive, I just don’t know what they are to adaquately explain them.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryecatcher (1032) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Can. Pours an orangey caramel, big white head with ridiculous retention and lacing. Nose is biscuity malt but with a definite pronounced hoppiness not typical of the style (it is a Surly beer after all though). Mouth is medium bodied, some citrus up front (oranges in particular), then some mild caramel, rye spiciness, toasty bread. A silky mouthfeel, and decent, but not really what I’d call a Märzen. I’ll still drink it though and have another too. Pass the schnitzel and read cabbage, please. Prost!

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