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RATINGS: 348   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.

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   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (6172) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Clear brilliant burnt orange with a thin white ring of foam. Lovely aroma with stern floral hoppy tones, sticky caramel and toffee, and a light touch of sweet pine. Unlike any marzen I’ve ever tried. Amazing flavor with some biscuity toast and sweet caratoffee body with a lovely German hop and American floral hop flavor that’s really hard to describe. Very flavorful and unique, almost like a marzen-pale ale hybrid. Lots of caramel and floral hop tones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2224) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Nearly clear dark orange pour with a three finger, fluffy beige head that as great retention. Aroma Is caramel, toast, cereal, spicy grain, spicy hops and floral hops. Flavor is caramel, spicy and toasted rye, light toffee, herbal, spicy and sort of tangy floral hops. Medium body, creamy to chewy feel, medium carbonation and off dry, still slightly creamy finish. Really solid Oktoberfest, the rye certainly makes an appearance and works well with the style, though I think this is a bi of a stretch on the style. .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (4074) - Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2015
On tap at Black Bottle Brewery. Dark orange appearance with an off-white head. A little fruity, clean and malty with light toffee, rye, biscuit, floral notes, a hint of caramel malt and mild noble hop spiciness. Festival!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1012) - Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Can. Pours clear copper with off white head. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Tastes like a sweet, malty pale ale. I am going to get more. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmongoose (1872) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 21, 2015
16oz can shared that poured a medium orange with eggshell head. The aroma is awesome very nice biscuit and rye spice with medium body. The flavor is a medium body of rye malts, biscuit and subtle rye spice. On the end there is a mild floralness from the hops. Evenly balanced start to finish. Overall excellent drinking and flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkSanta410 (733) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2015
Can at home. Pours a dark copper color with fast dissipating white head. Leaves a thin bubbly film. Aroma is light citrus, caramel, honey, biscuit, toast. Great aroma, a bit more hop presence than others I have tried in this style. Taste is citrus, faint pine, caramel, toast, light honey. Mild bitterness, moderately sweet. Nice and balanced. Medium body, medium carbonation. Probably the best I have had in this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhamp9 (1387) - Corinth, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Clear copper pour with an off white head. Great lacing. Aroma is rye, caramel, nuts and a little earthy. Taste is toffee, rye, toast, and herbal. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (950) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2015
Balanced, creamy body of sweet caramel and toffee, with dark rye notes above the spice. Moderate pine hops linger long. A cut above for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (3160) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2015
Clear orange, thick smooth off-white lasting lacing foam. Hoppy aroma with strong floral, grass notes. Quite nice taste too. Perfect. (Chicago 201510) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjaxson (393) - .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.

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