Gridfather (30) - - NOV 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
vtafro (3795) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Orange pour with white head. Nutty and malty aromas. Flavor is more mild, light nutty malts and hints of sweetness.
Ed5388 (2235) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Mittenator (1389) - Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Orange/copper with a light, beige head. Mild hop aroma. Mild, spicy hop flavors. Well blended and smooth.
joeneugs (3478) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
radagast83 (5043) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16oz can, brought to the area thanks to one of my coworkers. Poured a nice amber color with a large white head. Arama was nice sweet malts, some earthy notes and some floral notes from the hops. Flavor is nice, sweet, almost tropical in nature. Nice and juicy and highly drinkable. This might be blasphemy, but I think this is better than virtually any other Oktoberfest I’ve had before.
davey101 (696) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
09/04/13 can into a tulip glass. Thanks yamar68! Pours a clear dark amber/red body with a finger of tan foam. Aroma is a combination of sweet bubble gum, citrus, caramel malts and spicy rye. Taste is milder with the citrus and fruit working off of the caramel and spiced rye bread perfectly. A little lingering hop bitterness. Mouth feel is full and coating for a lager. This is a really interesting beer. It’s really delicious and kind of perfect for the colder weather.
48FanInCali (747) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tall boy. Maple colored pour with decent head and light on the lacing. Plenty of nice chewy malt throughout with a nice hop bite. Not a crazy offer the top hop bite but one that really balances this out and adds a real American twist to a classic style.
BSchnab (118) - Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good take on Octoberfest, amber fall colors, hop and piney flavors. Very easy drinking from this one. Another good surly beer