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RATINGS: 307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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 15/20
orangesol (853) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Got this in a recent BIF package. 16oz can poured into a standard pint.

A - Pours deep amber with a strong one finger off white head, dissipating to a light film, leaving a web of lacing down the glass.

S - Crisp citric hop aroma with plenty of breadiness from the chewy malt. Some spiciness from the rye is an unexpected twist but goes very well with the other aroma’s. Good balance of spice, hops, and yeast.

T - This one is quite hoppy for being a bavarian type lager. Hops are citrusy and powerful but never really take over the beer. Plenty of breadiness from the cereal malt and some lingering spice from the rye help round this one into one crazy lager. Quite complex yet tasty to say the least.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. An almost creamy feel with a strong bready finish. The huge amounts of chewy malt become overpowering over the period of the can.

D - Decently high. I liked this one but the over the top chewiness got to me over the course of time. It was still very nice. I can’t wait to try some of the other surly beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prufrockstar (957) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Can, thanks to Bacterial. Pours crystal clear orange-amber with nice white creamy head. Aroma of biscuit, toast, bread, and citrus. Taste: a lot drier than expected (which is great!) - moderately sweet with a short, crisp, lightly bitter finish. A stronger hop presence than I expect for this style, but it comes together really nicely. Palate: medium-light body, average carbonation, smooth easy texture. Overall: a really interesting and tasty interpretation of this style - I like!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3455) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2013
16 ounce can. Thanks Jeff. Pours a clear reddish gold with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma of malt, citrus, and florals. Taste is malt, citrus, rye, and florals. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1552) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Pour from a can - might be the last 4 pack of the season of this one. Deep amber in color with a nice white head. Malt and subtle hoppy nose. Nice mouthfeel, some malt and lots of bitterness - hops are here, but third on the list of things. A bit of biscuit in there too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gridfather (30) - - NOV 24, 2013
9/22/12. From a can poured into a pint glass. Sweet and spicy hoppy aroma. Smells heavenly! Beautiful amber red color. Why can't Surly help itself? A hoppy Oktoberfest? Taste comes on smooth and builds through finish and aftertaste. Contrary to the above, this is the best Surly I have ever had. However, I am disappointed by the hoppiness of what is supposed to be more malt, less hop. Aroma and color are better than the taste. ---Rated via the Gridfather

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (6438) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
500mL can, sent from mista (thanks Geoff), pours a hazy amber orange with a medium white bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Nose of toasted nuts, rye malts, and biscuity - quite restrained but very pleasant. Flavour is very similar, with toasted nut upfront and some subtler bready, biscuity malts. Very well-balanced, with no harsh edges. Easy drinking stuff. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (3424) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Can. Orange pour with white head. Nutty and malty aromas. Flavor is more mild, light nutty malts and hints of sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (2089) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2013
16oz can courtesy if JohnGonk! Pours a clear copper color with a thin foamy off white head. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus hops, and light spices. Taste is basically the same. Nice maltiness up front, followed by some citrus notes, grass, earth, and light spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1304) - Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Can. Orange/copper with a light, beige head. Mild hop aroma. Mild, spicy hop flavors. Well blended and smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3241) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
16 oz. can. It pours a clear reddish copper color with an off white head. The aroma has a lot of rye with some piney and citrusy hops. More of the lager comes out in the flavor being very dry with mild citrus fruit from the hops and more spice from the hops and rye. Crisp, prickly mouthfeel typical of lagers but definitely an American hopped ale at heart. Fun beer, but I think I prefer the traditional examples.

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