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Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada OktoberfestSierra Nevada Oktoberfest

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by GCBrewingCo:
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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

The beer arrived on the table crystal clear medium brown with and off-white frothy head which lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma was nutty with a bit of an earthy presence. Also notable was a light malt character with caramel thrown in for good measure.

The flavor was nutty wtih a light earhty presence and a bit of chocolate. The chocolate was accompanied by more caramel and other malts that may have been Munich or Vienna. The flavor was lightly estery and not very clean.

The finish was dry with a lasting bit of nuttiness into the aftertaste. The body was medium. The beer was a bit over bittered for an Oktoberfest and too much chocolate malt (why use any?) was present. A more malty presence and a cleaner flavor would have closer approximated a true Oktoberfest.

Draft at Ruby's BBQ in Asheville.

09-25-2006 21:49:33 | More by GCBrewingCo
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-17-2014 04:06:08 | More by DaftPatrick
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-25-2014 03:30:56 | More by chossboss
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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Clear, somewhat dark copper with thin head.

Smell: Biscuit, cherry and spicy notes.

Taste: Biscuit, toast and bread. Cherry and other dark fruits. Even some light roasted notes. Finish is spicy, floral and citrusy.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry and tingly finish.

Overall: Very complex and balanced Marzen. Extremely good. While I know there are a ton of Oktoberfests out there, I wish this was their standard seasonal, as I like it more than everything else they have released for the "fall": Anniversary IPA, Tumbler, Red IPA.

08-30-2014 20:40:57 | More by bsp77
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4/5  rDev +5%

08-29-2014 01:08:24 | More by briandaube
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West Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

Served on draft at Fathead's.

Appearance: Dark ruby body with a caramel toned creamy tan head leaves specks of lacing behind. Aroma: Mild caramel and nut tones from the toasted malts slight hop profile a bit edgier than the usual O-fest. Taste: A sugary caramelly tone with a nutty edge and herbal hops, not horrible but left much to be desired. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied pretty smooth drinking easy going carbonation. Drinkability: Decent Oktoberfest style that I was excited to see considering not many Sierra Nevada seasonals make it out to the Burgh.

09-15-2004 16:48:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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4/5  rDev +5%

03-04-2012 05:09:15 | More by RDW
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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

This arrived as a very dark brown and amber color, with minimal head. It left some nice lace.

The smell is has solid malt content with a nice touch of spices. The taste turns that around with a serious yet well blended addition of hops. Caramel makes an appearance as well. The mouthfeel is hefty and very pleasing, while the drinkability is certainly good.

10-02-2005 00:27:56 | More by watermelonman
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New Mexico

4/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Seidel.

The body is light brown with golden hues and good clarity. The head is fluffy, pale white and slow to recede, leaving some lace behind.

Sweet caramel and earthy hops are all I find on the nose. It's pretty low-key. 3.35

Fortunately, there's more going on on the palate. The caramel flavor is more pronounced and there's a taste of brown sugar and darker malts. The hops are earthy and have a slight spice. 4.1

I'm with the mouthfeel on this, sweet, creamy, and with a medium-carbonation. There's a bit of hop bitterness and spice before a lightly dry finish. 4

This is a very enjoyable Oktoberfest. I'll have to drink a few more to compare since this is my first of this genre for the year. 4

08-27-2014 03:09:45 | More by ONovoMexicano
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-23-2014 17:23:08 | More by javlin624
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-08-2014 15:48:04 | More by tdm168
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

On-tap at Clark's Ale House.

A new brew to me, not really sure how his made it to Syracuse, but good for us. Basically a classic oktoberfest beer with a bit more hops. Nice creamy body with malty, caramel flavor and a slightly earthy hops flavor and bitterness at the end. Not amazing, but I wouldn' t turn down a litre.

09-15-2006 04:26:33 | More by tempest
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3.31/5  rDev -13.1%

On tap in Sacramento at the Golden Bear. There was no head on the pour. The body is clear, dark amber.
The aroma is grainy, malt and bread. Simple but nice.
The taste is caramel sweetness balanced with moderate bitterness.
The texture is crisp with moderate bitterness.
An okay oktoberfest beer.

10-15-2013 02:06:59 | More by Fatehunter
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with a finger of pearl colored head. Nice lacing & above average head retention (4.0)

S: Pears, white grapes & a little breadyness (3.75)

T: Breadyness, a little caramel & dryness, plus some pear & some leafy hops up front. Toastyness, a little caramel & dryness as this warms, plus a little more leafy hops. Finishes dry, fruity & with faint woody hops (4.0)

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, nice balance (4.0)

Drinks easy, a pretty good take on the style, not quite world class, but I would buy again if sold in sixers ( 4.0)

08-30-2014 03:02:30 | More by russpowell
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

10-02-2012 20:26:44 | More by beerman999999
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4/5  rDev +5%

10-07-2012 22:32:49 | More by Nage37
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a deep copper/amber color with a fluffy off-white head that settles into a light cap with some nice lacing left on the glass. 4

The aroma is of toasted bread, caramel. Strong mineral notes. Some spicy hop aroma. Quite an earthy aroma. 3.5

The taste has deep caramel notes with a toasted malt. The malt is substantial taking on pumpernickel flavors. A bit of a metallic or mineral presence in the finish. The hops are lightly spicy and provide the needed offset to the malt. I feel like I pick up a roasted note here and there. 3.75

Moderate feel with soft-ish carbonation. A bit sweet on the palate but that is balanced by the spicy hop. Drinks very smooth and fairly clean. 3.75

A deep marzen, very earthy and autumn like. The beer is smoother than I originally thought. I prefer the lighter Oktoberfest beers but this drinks well.

08-24-2014 23:29:29 | More by Gmann
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3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

08-28-2014 21:42:33 | More by Acforster2
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3.72/5  rDev -2.4%

08-22-2014 01:11:02 | More by Aves88
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-11-2014 03:42:34 | More by TrojanRB
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

08-18-2014 01:21:34 | More by TheWillMitch
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New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

On tap.

A: Poured a medium marzen-amber with a light fluffy white head. Visible carbonation was moderate.

S: On the nose was some fresh grains and some malt sweetness and fresh flowery hops.

T: For flavor there was a nice light toastedness, fresh flowery hops. The palate was very clean. Overall perhaps a tad to hoppy per style ending with a floral bite. Not nearly as malty or sweet as an Hacker pschorr/Paulaner but overall a good drink.

T: The mouthful was light-medium body making for a good session oktober.

D: a decent session beer, more typical of a summer picnic type of drink then a fall era.

02-10-2008 15:35:32 | More by beerthulhu
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

08-31-2014 02:25:07 | More by SLewis
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

08-24-2014 02:33:40 | More by jsh420
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North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +9.2%

08-28-2014 14:22:03 | More by BeerBuzzGuy
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Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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