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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (43355) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2008
47.5 cL can. Pours hazy orange with a diminished white head. Aroma is slight spiced, solid floral hoppy aroma. Flavour is medium sweet and solid fruity towards fresh fruity hoppy. Ends very fresh fruity. Nice ipa by all means, but this ha very little to do with a classic Octoberfestbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (36498) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2008
Can. An orange beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with primary notes of grapefruit, while the flavor is sweet with strongest notes of grapefruit, but also notes of malt and caramel. Much more like an IPA, than an Oktoberfest - maybe a Minnesota Oktoberfest ;-) Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (27375) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2008
Can. Cloudy orange coloured with an off white head. Fruity aroma of hops, grape fruits, pine apples and apricots. Hoppy flavour of pine needles, grape fruits, fruits and grass. Dry hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 14, 2008
(Can 47,5 cl) Courtesy of Skyview. Slightly hazy, amber golden with a creamy, off-white head. Very fresh and piney aroma. Medium body with light caramel accents and otherwise completely dominated by the very dry, piney aroma hoppiness. Distinctly bitter finish. Excellent, but in style very far from an Oktoberfest! If this was served in the beer halls of Munich, the poor local beerdrinkers would never what hit them... 110108

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (23624) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Can courtesy of GT2, thanks! Dark chestnut color, medium off white head that settles quickly. Aroma of grapefruit, grass. Taste starts with lots of malt, then has pine, grass, citrus. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (16969) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2009
Amber, hazy. Spicy, herbal and big citrusy hop aroma. Very bitter. Lots of rye spiciness. The malts are presentt but subdued. Not very lagerish, but it’s an interesting brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16884) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2008
Can from trade with akevitt. Thanks Jason. It poured an almost clear orange golden body and a white head. That’s quite normal for an oktoberfest. What surprised me was the lovely hop profile in this beer. It was packed full of apricot, flowers and pine, as well as some resin and a maltyness trying to balance it. The flavor isn’t on the same level, but sure something for a hophead. There’s still the lovely apricot, flower and pine, but it’s too high on bitterness. Full body and a long, long hoppy finish. Lager, who should have thought that. (080216)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (16622) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
500mL can, sent from mista (thanks Geoff), pours a hazy amber orange with a medium white bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Nose of toasted nuts, rye malts, and biscuity - quite restrained but very pleasant. Flavour is very similar, with toasted nut upfront and some subtler bready, biscuity malts. Very well-balanced, with no harsh edges. Easy drinking stuff. Very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (16347) - Dublin, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
A: The pour is a fairly opaque dark amber/light brown color with fairly minimal head formation. S: There’s a really weird aroma to this beer...some nutshells along with peanut butter. A mild breadiness as well as some misplaced acidity. The one redeeming factor is the touch of earthy hops that comes in toward the back end. T: Lightly bready with a fruit character (white grapes?) that doesn’t really seem to belong. Again, mildly acidic with some faint nuttiness. Really all over the place. M: The body is medium with the carbonation fitting the same description. D: A rare miss for Surly and this one is way off the mark. I know they’re trying to put a different spin on the Oktoberfest, but this just didn’t work at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14891) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Can from allen dodd - thanks once more! He thinks this is 2008. Pours clear copper with a frothy beige head. Aromas of mild caramel and noble hops. Near medium body with fairly mild carbonation. Flavor is a bit complex; the rye is definitely noticeable. After the rye gets out of the way, piney hop pops up. Pretty tasty beer.

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