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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.5
Carlisle (865) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2016
Draft. Pours copper with orange hue; light tan head. Rye spiciness on the nose with earth hops. Biscuity malt with earthy spiciness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
blueshockey24 (666) - Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2016
Can. Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Taste is sweet malty with a hoppy sweet malt finish. Pretty good and not one of my personal favorite styles.

3.9
drpimento (3815) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2016
It’s good, though I prefer a more traditional style. Some toastiness does come through but is dominated by the hops.

4.5
MetalNHopHead (2277) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - SEP 5, 2016
Surly makes it quite clear that this Oktoberfest is their own interpretation of the style instead of a classic fest bier, and that’s a beautiful thing. The dark orange color is a bit lighter than the copper shade of most fest lagers. Aroma is perfect; maybe not strictly for an Oktoberfest, but for me. Spicy rye, floral and piney hops. Interestingly, flavor does seem more traditional. Grassy rye, biscuit malt, and mildly herbaceous, tea-like hops. Medium-bodied and crisp. Delicious.

3.4
Finhead (1849) - 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.

3.6
emacgee (4712) - 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.

3.6
PriorL (3068) - 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.

3.8
adrian910ss (2606) - Doylestown, PA, 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.

3.5
GJF (1520) - 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.

4
AnokaBrewer (223) - 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.


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