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RATINGS: 306   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30909) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2008
47.5 cL can. Pours hazy orange with a diminished white head. Aroma is slight spiced, solid floral hoppy aroma. Flavour is medium sweet and solid fruity towards fresh fruity hoppy. Ends very fresh fruity. Nice ipa by all means, but this ha very little to do with a classic Octoberfestbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29217) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2008
Can. An orange beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with primary notes of grapefruit, while the flavor is sweet with strongest notes of grapefruit, but also notes of malt and caramel. Much more like an IPA, than an Oktoberfest - maybe a Minnesota Oktoberfest ;-) Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2008
(Can 47,5 cl) Courtesy of Skyview. Slightly hazy, amber golden with a creamy, off-white head. Very fresh and piney aroma. Medium body with light caramel accents and otherwise completely dominated by the very dry, piney aroma hoppiness. Distinctly bitter finish. Excellent, but in style very far from an Oktoberfest! If this was served in the beer halls of Munich, the poor local beerdrinkers would never what hit them... 110108

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20649) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2008
Can. Cloudy orange coloured with an off white head. Fruity aroma of hops, grape fruits, pine apples and apricots. Hoppy flavour of pine needles, grape fruits, fruits and grass. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13346) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2008
Can from trade with akevitt. Thanks Jason. It poured an almost clear orange golden body and a white head. That’s quite normal for an oktoberfest. What surprised me was the lovely hop profile in this beer. It was packed full of apricot, flowers and pine, as well as some resin and a maltyness trying to balance it. The flavor isn’t on the same level, but sure something for a hophead. There’s still the lovely apricot, flower and pine, but it’s too high on bitterness. Full body and a long, long hoppy finish. Lager, who should have thought that. (080216)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12352) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
Amber, hazy. Spicy, herbal and big citrusy hop aroma. Very bitter. Lots of rye spiciness. The malts are presentt but subdued. Not very lagerish, but it’s an interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2007
(Draught) Pours a clear golden body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of florals, melon, caramel, apple, and citrus. Flavor of citrusy hops, herbs, and toasted malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2008
16oz can-pours an off white head and hazy amber color. Aroma is medium malt, then lots of sweet lemon/pine hops. Great out of the standard style (continental hops out, northwest in!) American interpretation. Taste is medium malt-caramel, then lots of sweet lemon/pine hops-slightly bitter, more aromatic. OK effervescence/soft carbonation. Nice. Thanks to Wasatch(BA).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (10908) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Can from allen dodd - thanks once more! He thinks this is 2008. Pours clear copper with a frothy beige head. Aromas of mild caramel and noble hops. Near medium body with fairly mild carbonation. Flavor is a bit complex; the rye is definitely noticeable. After the rye gets out of the way, piney hop pops up. Pretty tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Date: 10/11/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, GABF

hazy dark yellow, frothy white head, sweet bready malt aroma with light earthy hops, rich malt flavor, nice bready character, light sweetness is balanced by the earthy hops,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

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