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RATINGS: 316   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.


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3.4
   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryecatcher (795) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Can. Pours an orangey caramel, big white head with ridiculous retention and lacing. Nose is biscuity malt but with a definite pronounced hoppiness not typical of the style (it is a Surly beer after all though). Mouth is medium bodied, some citrus up front (oranges in particular), then some mild caramel, rye spiciness, toasty bread. A silky mouthfeel, and decent, but not really what I’d call a Märzen. I’ll still drink it though and have another too. Pass the schnitzel and read cabbage, please. Prost!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (621) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Pours a nice hazy amber with a look of frosted glass from the micro sediment suspended. Aroma is approachable and slightly sweet with spices and rye, a little yeast. Taste starts out with rye, biscuit, with the carbonation reliably clearing out the palate in the middle, exposing a grassy, slightly piney hop bite that’s welcome for me for this style. Aftertaste is good mix of grassy hops and bready malts. This is pretty solid overall. A great Surly take on the style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (7438) - Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Pint can. Orange/amber pour. Suprisingly hoppy nose. Flavor is hoppy, like an apa, even american hops I would say, just a sweeter apa. Not really a maerzen and not what I was looking for but not the worst beer. Would much rather prefer noble hops in this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1302) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2014
16oz can from Sarah’s Mart in Wrigleyville. Pours an orange copper with a white head leaving spots of lace. Aroma completely is spices and rye. Very grainy and tangy spicy. Later down in the glass, some pine kicked in. The taste has an interesting grainy blend, certainly with some rye, light biscuity malts, some tangy pine with a touch of oranges. Bone dry and light to medium bodied. Finishes dry, grainy and lightly sweet with faint bitterness. Far different - to the positive, I’d say - from any other marzen I’ve had. An interesting take on the style. Nicely done - as ever - Surly! 14.1

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (431) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2014
From a can, poured into a shaker. Fresh biscuit aromas with a light spice and pine greet the nose first, followed by a back note of orange juice, butter, and caramel. It pours a slightly hazy amber color with a sudsy soapy head, off-white in color, that dissolves slowly leaving puffy lines of lace along the way. The head reduces down to a medium thick ring with a rocky, puffy surface. It’s a nicely balanced sweet and bitter at medium levels. The oily texture has a medium toasted malt body and a soft, soapy carbonation. It finishes with citrus and spice as well as some bread crust. It’s crisp, smooth, and nearly clean with a light bread and spice aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChrisSc (189) - Lille, FRANCE - SEP 21, 2014
Minneapolis, MN. 16 oz can into imperial pint glass Appearance: Mostly clear with an orange/copper color. White head with small lacing. Aroma: Bitter hops upfront. Biscuity undertones. Slightly spicy Taste: Medium bitter then turning into a light sweetness. Well balanced. Palate: Medium body and texture. Long finish with subtle bitterness. Overall: A very drinkable beer. A very refreshing twist on traditional oktoberfest beer.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
commonmac (334) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Pint glass out of the tap at Pig ’n Fiddle. In the amber vein. Little head but that could be a pouring or glassware issue. Minimal aroma as a result. Taste brings more hops to the party than most Oktoberfest varieties. Strong malt and biscuit presence. Better than other Oktoberfests which I didn’t expect from Surly. Pretty good finish. Good work overall.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
commonshawn (384) - - SEP 19, 2014
Tap at pig and fiddle. Light copper with small white head. Subtle aroma. Slightly syrupy . Hoppy for an oktoberfest . Still has good malt. Tasty but not amazing. I like this take on an oktoberfest.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vikingguy (806) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Amber with medium head. Great spicy piney hop aroma; distinctly surly. Taste - love it! Bready, spicy, caramel malt and ample spicy, grassy hops. Nice fresh aroma and taste. Fantastic hopped up Oktoberfest lager. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
orangesol (868) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Got this in a recent BIF package. 16oz can poured into a standard pint.

A - Pours deep amber with a strong one finger off white head, dissipating to a light film, leaving a web of lacing down the glass.

S - Crisp citric hop aroma with plenty of breadiness from the chewy malt. Some spiciness from the rye is an unexpected twist but goes very well with the other aroma’s. Good balance of spice, hops, and yeast.

T - This one is quite hoppy for being a bavarian type lager. Hops are citrusy and powerful but never really take over the beer. Plenty of breadiness from the cereal malt and some lingering spice from the rye help round this one into one crazy lager. Quite complex yet tasty to say the least.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. An almost creamy feel with a strong bready finish. The huge amounts of chewy malt become overpowering over the period of the can.

D - Decently high. I liked this one but the over the top chewiness got to me over the course of time. It was still very nice. I can’t wait to try some of the other surly beers.


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