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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
magsinva (878) - Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Can from Conn. Ave Spirits - pours amberish-brown with a white head. Aroma is hop forward with the rye underneath. Taste leans bitter, with a dry finish. It’s certainly not a typical Marzen, if you can call it that. I’m not sure I like it, frankly, but I think others will. Solid effort.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ICEatALAMO (922) - Troy, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Can. The taste is a little off than a traditional oktoberfest. Rather smooth. Lacking a kittle flavor though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barn0216 (397) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Hmmm, just found this haunting the back of my fridge. Here goes... reddish caramel color, zero foam. Slight hoppiness to the nose and some rye spice. Similar flavor profile with grass and some lemon zest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2012
16 oz. can thanks to CLevar- Canned on 9/27/12. Poured the whole thing into a large tulip glass. Aroma is really nice. A nice touch of fruit, floral almost leafy hops. The malt adds a some spiciness and what comes across as vanilla. The taste is similar to the aroma with some fruity flavors. The rye adds more spiciness and almost adds a bitterness of sorts. This is a flavorful easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (2699) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 8, 2012
Can (1 pint). Traded by northropfrye, thanks Andrew! Clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of german hops, spices, bread and herbal notes. Taste is herbal and spicy with malt/caramel notes. Moderately hoppy (but highly for an Oktoberfest). Good beer, but not one I would drink regularly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5806) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2012
mcnutt, mc stalling .. . great can .. pours a deep amber orange .. great foam .. . cool kid, we got a cool kid .. . caramel and what not .. . good and smooth, a very clean okto .. . . why a picture of the bell?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmikolich (1446) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2012
16oz can, pour is a nice deeper color than i expected a cool caramel color, nose is hoppy and crisp, taste is much more of the same, really quite tasty and well hopped for an oktoberfest, my kind of oktoberfest

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3901) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 19, 2012
16 ounce can thanks to khoffman43. Deep amber color. Big malty taste. That hop aroma stands out and is there in the body.Rye stands out. A really aggressive Oktoberfest that puts to shame some lame offerings out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Deep amber with a creamy tan head. Aroma of toffee and caramel with citrus and a touch of rye and grassy hops. Taste is grainy with toffee, grassy hops and light caramel.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Stine (1527) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Tap. Dark copper pour; the initially pleasant graham, cherry and biscuit aroma is totally overridden by fryer grease. Why the fuck does it smell like fryer grease. Hops and alcohol bring a perfumey back end. Oh, and why the fuck does it smell like fryer grease.

Pungent overripe fruit and malt flavor, pleasantly sweet and strong, but the malt never quite builds up enough. Lots of caramel and sugar, but no spiciness. The flavor is simple, and works just fine.

Crisp dry texture with little body. Long finish lingers with a rubbery bitterness. Doubtful that it was a dirty line, but maybe. The outstanding ridiculousness of the aroma ruined what probably was a perfectly fine beer otherwise.

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