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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjaxson (490) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 6, 2015
It’s pretty silly for this website to label Surly Fest as an Oktoberfest style when the label clearly denies any relationship to that style -- and one sip will confirm the company’s perspective. Classify Surly Fest a specialty grain beer and you’ll have a much better deScription of this hop heavy, rye spicy ale. Poured from a can.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (2530) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Pours a clear coppery color with off-white head. Caramel malt, pine, and some biscuit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with malt and pine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (5774) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Aroma is citrus/fruit, very light pine and malts. The flavor is citrus/fruit, mild hops/hop resin, malts, a hint of grapefruit and a slightly odd mix of bitter and smooth in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
574deadzone (1379) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange-stained wood color with a fair khaki head that quickly settles to a ring and leaves some stringy, soapy lace. Nose involves herbal leafy hops (quite English), some spice, some honey, a light caramel note. Pretty sweet, fairly bitter. Medium to light bodied, crisp, somewhat oily, pretty active, with a long herbal honey tea finish. A nice brew, definite interesting twist on an Oktoberfest. A little more of the rye spice would punch it up for me and balance out the sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3566) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 25, 2015
Can-pours dark orange verging on amber hue with a small soapy eggshell head with sparse lacing. Nose is sort of not to the style-big dry hop note, rye malt is big here, dry, slightly woody. Flavors of big sterling hops, mostly grassy yet punchy bitterness, lots of rye malt sweetness. body is lush slick and very nice! My only gripe with this beer is that it is not really a true marzen. I love dry hopped beers but it doesnt work here. The hops cover up the nice malt that im sure this beer really has. I like the hop bitterness however, the Sierra Nevada from this year is considerably better!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2015
16oz can. Pours a clear, deep Amber color with a thin white head and a little lacing. Aroma is malty, bread, cereal, nutty. Medium on the palate with creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, bread, nutty, some pine hop bitterness, with a light bitter finish. Not your typical Marzen beer, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (1663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 22, 2015
16oz can provided by BitterBeerGuy.. Thanks George!! Poured into my trusty slim tulip so I get a 2nd pour... foamy white head.. the brew is clear light amber. Big toasty maltiness with some slight cocoa notes in the nose.. hops are light and floral. Flavor mirrors the nose with a sorta dry maltiness... rye malt is there (I guess) but I would not pick it out in the crowd.. again a little toasty on the finish.. Body is light/medium... carbonation seems light... small bubble... Interesting... Not exactly right, but down the right street..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1846) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Purchased at Bottles and Cans in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home after working out on a gorgeous evening. Appearance is an amber/copper with a thin white head. Aroma is a great mixture of caramel malt and lager yeast, nicely done. Taste is extremely good for the style, very well done, great caramel profile, nice bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremyh70 (1061) - Missouri, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Mostly clear bright copper with two fingers of off white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is floral, somewhat grassy and smells like bread crust. Taste has a clean spicy note along with herbal character. Strong bread crust and grain husk in the aftertaste with mild lingering spiciness from the rye and hops. Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not my idea of a marzen or fest beer. More like a semi hoppy rye beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (6188) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2015
On draft at the brewery. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Grassy nose. Flavor of nuts and toast. Light malty finish.

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