Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 18
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Germany’s Oktoberfest celebrated a royal marriage and the health of the fall harvest—which in Bavaria, means brewers, barley and hops! Today, Oktoberfest is considered one of the world’s greatest parties, and in honor of that rollicking bash we bring you our version of the classic festival beer. Oktoberfest is medium-bodied and rich with bready and toffee-like malt flavor but maintains a crisp finish marked by floral and spicy hops.

Before 2014, known as Octoberfest and ABV 5.80%

2014 - Only available in Fall Variety Pack

(Beer added by: Boilermaker88 on 10-13-2003)
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Photo of jaemeno3
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yancey82
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cvillarrealb
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a dark red body with a small head
Aroma has a malt aroma to it.
taste has the normal malt and carmel flavor
Mouthfeel is ok and overall is a good marzan

Photo of soonerlight
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Johnroby
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of erushing
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jmward21
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of jacothom
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of DCH
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Algar11
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Stagga_Lee
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of ContentmentDIPA
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jiggidy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rangerred
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, deep copper with a very thick two finger tan head. Outstanding head retention and lacing that surprised me.

The aroma is a little bit metallic but other than that, is really full of caramel sweetness, toast, maple syrup, and a whiff of light pine.

The flavor is where this beer really stands out. Light caramel and toast is perfectly balanced with grassy hops with a touch of maple and wood notes. Bitterness is moderate but nicely contrasts with the sweetness from the malt.

Overall, for a first crack at an Oktoberfest by Sierra Nevada this one does not disappoint. Would love to see this in sixers.

Photo of KeyWestGator
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of goochpunch
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a deep orange-amber with a thin head. Smells malty, grainy, and with a hint of noble hop. Taste is huge on caramel, bread, honey, brown sugar, piloncillo, raisin, and Grape Nuts. Grassy and herbal noble hop comes out strong in the finish. A bit sweet for me. Mouthfeel leans towards thick and is sticky. The flavor profile on this is solid, but it's a tad too sweet overall.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear, a deep reddish amber, topped by four fingers of white foam. Stretchy lace.

Strong, inviting aroma of fresh bread with real depth to it.

Semi-sweet malt, again serious depth displayed. Floral noble hop. Good balance. Tasty secondary burst of sweetness in the crisp finish.

Medium, smooth mouthfeel.

What Oktoberfests can and should be.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%

Review taken September 2014. I grabbed a couple Sierra Nevada Fall variety packs the day they arrived.

12 oz brown bottle with traditional short bottle shape SN is known for. Label is more of the classic Sierra Nevada art that I really do love. Fit with good O - fest colors and a fall display. Poured into a standard 12 Oz beer mug.

A - much darker than the typical Oktoberfest. A deep dark copper leaning toward brown with the bright side of copper gleaming through in the light. An almost khaki off white colored head sits very nice upon the pour leaving a sticky ring of lace throughout the experience.

S - slightly sweet and brown malt aroma with buttery, toasted bread undertones. A hint of fruitiness with notes of sweet syrup and caramel toward the back.

T - this much darker than the oktoberfest I've become accustomed to. Rich brown malts, toasted bread, sweet caramel and even a touch of sweet chocolate. Mild hop fruitiness balances the darker malts nicely. Delicious

M - medium bodied and we'll textured with bold flavors. This as Sierra Nevada as it gets.

O - this is like the brown ale of oktoberfest marzens. Stunning, bold and simply delicious. It's malt forward aroma pops and it's luscious flavor delivers a wonderful experience. Unique and one of my new favorite Oktoberfests. But it's not only about it suiting me as the quality is there as well. Let's hope this is a new bottled tradition from the great Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of kevkize
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of RyanK252
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Eureka Burger

A: Pours deep amber with an off white head that laces well.

S: A bit fruity with some roasted malt sweetness and a touch of earthiness.

T: Roasted malt up front, some earthy bready and toffee notes with some fruitiness, backed with light floral hops, and a little coffee like bitterness.

M: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Not my favorite Oktoberfest brew, but not bad by any means.

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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