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RATINGS: 368   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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3.4
   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.


1.3
ghostbeer (241) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 23, 2017
Deep amber in color with some nice spice character from the rye bill. I understand they are wanting to do something different, but stylistically, this is terrible. The style should have little to no hop character, but this has hop aroma and taste. Decent for what it actually is, but a poor representation of the indicated style.

3.5
wxman (1840) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2017
Pours a clear orange/amber with a not too impressive off white head. Aroma is piney cones. Taste is sweet caramel malt, buttered crackers, some palate cleansing rye and a medium citrusy hop bitterness.

3.5
csaso (2328) - Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2017
Tap - good size foamy head, nice dark copper/Amber color, fairly balanced with some earthy hops and mildly sweet caramelly malts with a touch of eye spice, very good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
StoutBeerReviews (221) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2017
not quite sweet enough for me. the rye is definitely unique but i tend to look for more traditional when it comes to oktos. its very smooth and well rounded, no off notes whatsoever. but not quite what i was looking for.

3.6
balloonbuffoon (528) - - SEP 9, 2017
16floz can, COD: 08.22.2017, paid $10 for a four-pack, poured this one into a mug glass. Looks good, amber in color with a small head that fizzles a bit. I can smell that this is an American remix of the style - hoppy like a forest of pines. Rye comes through in the palate, along with buttery biscuit, and herb bitterness. Good as American amber ale/lager (whatever yeast was used).

3.7
Brettsky06 (513) - Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 3, 2017
Light amber pour. Some herbal hop aromas. Taste has some caramel and biscuit notes. Nice hop presence. Very enjoyable beer

3.6
basaywhat (306) - 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.

3.2
hfmejias (1283) - 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.

3.5
Frank (4225) - 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.

3.6
DuffMan (10600) - 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.


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