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Review by everetends on 01/05/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 1989
16 oz can served up in a mug. Thanks to Tip Top for making sure these ended up in my fridge.

A: Sits as a nice amber body with nice brown and red hues to it. Held to the light, more caramel brown color pushes through and remains the dominant color. The body is clear with a steady carbonation stream. Pour got me a finger of crisp white head. Spotty lacing streaks randomly down the glass.

S: Smell is a little on the light side. Getting some spicy rye up front. This comes across nice and bready. Touch of sweetness comes out of the malts as well. Touch of floral and lightly fruity hop notes are in there. Just a touch of what I like to call the lager butt smell, but not aggressive. All the aromas are a bit muted but pleasant.

T: Really nice and spicy rye malt up front. Bready and spicy, just enough rye to be awesome and not too much. Caramel malt note brings some sweetness that cuts that spice. Touch of floral and citrus hops, but it isn't enough bitterness to cut the rye bite which I like. Very, very tasty.

M: Light bodied but still has some weight to it for a lager. Medium carbonation. Spice has some bite, little bit of bitterness, and a touch of sweetness. No abv to speak of. Aftertaste is all rye goodness.

OA: Very happy to hear that this wasn't an expected Marzen/Oktoberfest. The rye is a welcomed change from the norm of beers released around this seasonal's time. The beer has great flavor and is light enough and refreshing enough to be very drinkable. really dig this one and sad to see this is my last can.

Served In: Mug

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 11-05-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

A great extra provided from Initiave in a recent trade.

SurlyFest pours a caramel color with a good finger or so of thick foam. Great lacing and retention.

Aroma is of hops, a bit earthy yet with a touch of citrus. Some toasted malts and a bit of caramel, also some fruity yeast aromas. Not your typical Oktoberfest beer but like it says on the can “if you want one of those, grab your passport and head over to München.”

Taste is of hop goodness with some toasted malts and some earthy flavors that I think are from the yeast. After sipping this for a while I can definitely taste and feel the rye in the back of my mouth, strange taste to have in an Oktoberfest but I’ve been craving a beer with some rye lately so it hits the spot nicely.

Good carbonation and very easy to drink.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by feloniousmonk on 08/11/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 9 15 4 8 2008
(notes: September, 2006)
Single-hopped, with Summit, and dry-hopped, using German malt and Crystal Rye. 40 IBUs, between 5 and 6% abv. One single batch brewed, lagered for about 3 months.

Dark orange color, fairly hazed, with a fine slice of bubbly white froth above.

Malty aroma, light fruit, some pumpkin, vegetal, grassy, intriquing blend. Smells like an O-fest, for sure, but doesn't hit me with hops like I anticipated. But definitely hoppier than than the normal Marzen.

Taste: crisp, smooth, slightly sweet, well-balanced, streams through the senses with ease, without being the least bit light bodied or thin. Just delicious. Eternally tasty. Brilliant flavor. Just shines. My vocabulary and sense perception fails me. This is quite a new thing on the tongue and a real, true delight for the tastebuds. Hops really hang in there in the finish, staying on the palate for a spell like a good pale ale or IPA would. A refreshing switch-up for a malty lager!

Served In: Flute Glass

Review by Westside Threat on 12/30/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 9 15 4 7 0
A: Pours a calm cayenne copper color from the can to the glass. Head started out weak, but ultimately formed into a manageable, sudsy oatmeal colored head.

S: Very dry and biscuity. Some eggo waffle’s, hazel nuts, caramel, orangish rye aroma and distant pine.

T: Rye comes crashing into the mouth before any other flavor can be identified. Really brash and spicy with aspects of bittering orange peel, pungent rye, black pepper and fermented apricots. Marmalade preserves, little bit of vanilla and red apple offer a touch of spritzy sweetness but not a lot. The malt backbone consists of some more red apple, watery caramel and toaster crumbs. Finishes with the ever present rye, a substantial amount of bitterness and some rubbery tastes.

M: Medium body, straight forward mouthfeel.

D: This was a bit too much for me. The rye was dialed a bit heavy, really over powering the other flavors in the beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 0
Originally reviewed 09/24/06

On tap at the Happy Gnome last night.

A - Dark orange in color, clear. Nice frothy white head.

S - Smells of the normal Ofest dark malts with a bit of spice. Citrusy hops are poking out. Definitely not your run of the mill Oktoberfest.

T - This is an Oktoberfest? A bit sweet up front. Fruity, citrusy hops come forward and give it a great balance to the malt. This is like a hybrid ofest/IPA. Great taste that makes me want more.

M - Crisp and clean. Encourages you to take larger than normal sips (gulps) of it. Medium bodied.

D - This is a one of a kind beer for the style. Toes the line for the style. Super easy drinker. If I had this on tap at home, I would be in trouble.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 12/23/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 0
I drank a ton of this stuff on tap last year and never got around to reviewing. Now that it's canned, I may consume it within the comforts of home and the computer.
Brilliant orange color, very shiny with a halo of yellow nearer the bottom and edges. Firmly stacked foam of spongy looking consistancy lathers up to a decent height of nearly two inches. Dwindles down slowly to let loose a pattern of thin inky strings across the glass as its consumed.

Aroma is much like other O-fests with a nice firm realm of maltyness creating a sweet soft doughyness and a puff of dark grassyness and whole grains can be easily detected within. Very well-balanced aroma and well placed on the nose with good strength.

Taste is a broadly detailed malt brigade of heavy toasted malty sweetness, doughy, crisp with a spectacular grassy grab at the midway point which then goes all hoppy and drys off the palate with a subtle ease and tone that is incredibly delightful and inviting with grass, toast, and whole grain nuttyness. Quite complexingly subtle and straight up damn yummy.

Feel is about medium with a certain crispness to its malty body. For surely clean and easy. Has a creamy stained under carraige but stays mostly toasted and drys into the finish with a lushfully charming and soothing softness and cleanness with a willingness to venture more.

Drinkable and then some. Enough said. Damn solid O-fest by Surly! Grab your lederhosen, a big Ol' mug, pour a bunch of this in, and sing yourself a song until you fall asleep and do it again.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/20/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
pours a clear medium amber with a nice off whit head that hangs around. Smell is spicy, with light hops. Taste is slid, smooth spices with a crips hop finish. Great for a lager. :thumbup:

Served In: Pint Glass

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