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RATINGS: 354   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.

esjaygee's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3904) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finhead (1600) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2016
Hazy, copper pour with a white head. The aroma has caramel and bread along with a big dose of floral hops. It has a medium body with soft texture and carbonation. The taste is bittersweet with a quick finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2016
Soft golden orange pour with a slight copper hue and two fingers of sustained sandy white head. Nose shows floral hops out of the gate with some woody notes and toasted/biscuity grain. Hints of sweetness and earthy/rustic malt. A mild citrusy bitterness shows at the front of the mouth with a grainy quality following. Earthy and bready on the back of the mouth with an uncharacteristically bright hop character. Medium light bodied with a moderate bitterness and grainy bite. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (3070) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2016
Can at amazing tasting 30th birthday of Alexander. Many thanks again! APPEARANCE: dark blond beer, nice stable white head. NOSE: fruity, bit hoppy, pleasant. TASTE: bit hoppy, fruity, balanced, nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2016
Pint can courtesy of Todd. Pours a deep cloudy dark rusty orange with a medium sized cream colored head. Aroma of malted rye, tea leaves, hops and floral notes. Taste of rye malt, hops and tea leaves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1506) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Can at the Lincoln Wine Bar. I like this more than most american fest beers. It’s a bit more hoppy than a traditional one, but it’s nicely balanced and has the traditional character without the annoying character of american fest.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AnokaBrewer (169) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2015
16 ounce can but I have had it on tap on the brewery as well. Pours a tan orange in color. Small white head and not a lot of carbonation. Strong aroma of fresh hops. Great mix of hops and malt. It is neither sweet, nor bitter. There is a slight bitter finish that comes on late and does not linger.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (6999) - 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 (2270) - 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 (4984) - Denver, 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 (1263) - 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.

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