RATINGS: 368   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwmiller16 (112) - Delaware, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Octoberfest is my least favorite style, but this one is decent. Malty aroma and palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
basaywhat (270) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2017
16 oz can. Pours dark orange with beige head. Aroma is hints of toasted grain and some floral. Flavor is malty, toasted grain, some earth and pine, dry finish. Medium body with high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hfmejias (1282) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2016
16 F. Oz. Can. Poured reddish copper in color, thin beige head, some spotty lacing. Aroma is of caramel malts, some citrus hops and some spices. Taste is consistent, strong maltiness up front, then some hoppy notes (grass, citrus, etc.) and some spices. Good beer, enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frank (4171) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2016
They only called this a festbier to be cute but it’s still good, I’m just mad about it. It’s copper colored w/ a foamy head. Aroma is big lemony hops up front but there is just a touch of Grape Nuts malt character underneath it. I like the combo in the nose but it seems to clash a little when you taste it. This is full bodied and a touch sweet but there is a good solid whack of bitterness to balance to everything works out pretty well. This isn’t a perfect beer but I can’t say I mind drinking it much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (10154) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 24, 2016
On tap @ Jake Melnik’s. Tawny amber, off white head. Nice chewy caramel with asseertive hop character. Full bodied, hoppy marzen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozzy70 (1073) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Can sample at Hy-Vee Oktoberfest. Pours copper with a white head. Aroma was nutty, grassy, toast. Taste was mild bitterness, grass, caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HuskerTan (2145) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - OCT 18, 2016
Can. A- Rye, malty, dough, sweet bread. A- Copper color, clear liquid, off white head. T- Caramel, bread, dough, malty, toast. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, malty finish. O- Certainly the best Oktoberfest I’ve had hands down. Even though it’s not super traditional in the sense, it’s quite easy to drink and full of flavor. Paired really well with some spicy fried chicken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (3075) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2016
16 oz. can, sent for review. A nice light amber pour under a sudsy head. There’s a spicy rye smell to the nose, and the hop seems more of an English earthy note with a bit of Noble hop, perhaps because the rye and the color give it a hint of a Newcastle. Taste carries on the rye spiciness, but also seems to carry some smoothness as if there’s oatmeal in the mix, too. Thought htis is only a minor variation on a solid, malty Oktoberfest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jh773 (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Easy-drinking lager with good body. The hop character is fairly pronounced for this style and there’s lots of caramelly, fruity rye taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackBeerPG (574) - Darien, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2016
Taste: crisp, rye grain, fresh hop bite. Malt and rye bread with an herbal nose. Dark copper, mostly clear, with a cream colored head, some lace. Medium body. Different than an Oktoberfest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ibrubeer (381) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 23, 2016
Pint can. malty aroma, with a slight hoppy scent. Copper, orange-ish colored with a white head that fades quickly. I really like the flavor! Good malt, spicy rye is evident, and bitterness is balanced well. Med to full bodied. Overall, while not a traditional Oktoberfest beer, a very delicious version of it!

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