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RATINGS: 323   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.


3.4
   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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (7074) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (3795) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (2235) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mittenator (1389) - Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2013
Can. Orange/copper with a light, beige head. Mild hop aroma. Mild, spicy hop flavors. Well blended and smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3478) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (5043) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2013
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (696) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2013
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
48FanInCali (747) - California, USA - SEP 28, 2013
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BSchnab (118) - Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Very good take on Octoberfest, amber fall colors, hop and piney flavors. Very easy drinking from this one. Another good surly beer


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