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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (1888) - 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 (2761) - 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 (2336) - 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 (1064) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (854) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Pours a nice hazy amber with a look of frosted glass from the micro sediment suspended. Aroma is approachable and slightly sweet with spices and rye, a little yeast. Taste starts out with rye, biscuit, with the carbonation reliably clearing out the palate in the middle, exposing a grassy, slightly piney hop bite that’s welcome for me for this style. Aftertaste is good mix of grassy hops and bready malts. This is pretty solid overall. A great Surly take on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (9759) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Pint can. Orange/amber pour. Suprisingly hoppy nose. Flavor is hoppy, like an apa, even american hops I would say, just a sweeter apa. Not really a maerzen and not what I was looking for but not the worst beer. Would much rather prefer noble hops in this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1890) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2014
16oz can from Sarah’s Mart in Wrigleyville. Pours an orange copper with a white head leaving spots of lace. Aroma completely is spices and rye. Very grainy and tangy spicy. Later down in the glass, some pine kicked in. The taste has an interesting grainy blend, certainly with some rye, light biscuity malts, some tangy pine with a touch of oranges. Bone dry and light to medium bodied. Finishes dry, grainy and lightly sweet with faint bitterness. Far different - to the positive, I’d say - from any other marzen I’ve had. An interesting take on the style. Nicely done - as ever - Surly! 14.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (923) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2014
From a can, poured into a shaker. Fresh biscuit aromas with a light spice and pine greet the nose first, followed by a back note of orange juice, butter, and caramel. It pours a slightly hazy amber color with a sudsy soapy head, off-white in color, that dissolves slowly leaving puffy lines of lace along the way. The head reduces down to a medium thick ring with a rocky, puffy surface. It’s a nicely balanced sweet and bitter at medium levels. The oily texture has a medium toasted malt body and a soft, soapy carbonation. It finishes with citrus and spice as well as some bread crust. It’s crisp, smooth, and nearly clean with a light bread and spice aftertaste.

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