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Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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very good

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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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Nage37

California

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-17-2014 04:06:08 | More by DaftPatrick
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chossboss

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-25-2014 03:30:56 | More by chossboss
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Delaware

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-29-2014 01:08:24 | More by briandaube
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -10.8%

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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RDW

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +5.5%

03-04-2012 05:09:15 | More by RDW
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watermelonman

California

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

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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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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.
4

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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javlin624

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-23-2014 17:23:08 | More by javlin624
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

08-08-2014 15:48:04 | More by tdm168
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%

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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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.31/5  rDev -12.7%

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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beerman999999

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

10-02-2012 20:26:44 | More by beerman999999
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Gmann

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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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Acforster2

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -5%

08-28-2014 21:42:33 | More by Acforster2
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Aves88


3.72/5  rDev -1.8%

08-22-2014 01:11:02 | More by Aves88
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TrojanRB

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -9%

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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jsh420

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +9.8%

08-28-2014 14:22:03 | More by BeerBuzzGuy
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Boilermaker88

California

3.45/5  rDev -9%

Served on tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA. Had a dark amber color and a thin skim of an off-white head. Color was quite a bit darker than expected for the style, based on the other O'fests I've had. Left behind good sheet lace.
Smell was typically märzen/O'fest - caramel and grainy malts with a slight hops note.
Taste was full-on malt with a caramel and toffee flavor. A faintly buttery taste was noted before a moderately bitter finish.
Feel was nedium-bodied, smooth and somewhat slick.
I'm not a big fan of the O'fest style but had to give Sierra Nevada's offering a try, given the time of year. It's a decent attempt at the style but I'll stick with their pale ale, porter, and stout.

10-13-2003 18:26:38 | More by Boilermaker88
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

On tap at the Olde Hickory Taproom.
Came in a pint glass a clear brown with a moderate sized head that had decent retention. Smell was nutty and caramel. Not very Octoberfest like but still good. Flavor had a big caramel malt background with some mild spiciness. Also this is the hoppiest Octoberfest I've had. Reminded me somewhat of a brown ale. Medium bodied. Overall it's a good beer but is nothing like a traditional Octoberfest.

10-19-2006 03:26:19 | More by wcudwight
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campfirebrew

New York

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

08-17-2014 20:01:35 | More by campfirebrew
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -5%

Pours a pretty good looking brown/ruby-esque colour with a mid-sized, semi sticky head.

The aroma is earthy but sweet from a good shot of caramel. I picked up a bit of spice here and there as well.

Flavour is much like the aroma, in that it is a bit rugged and earthy but blended well with caramel sweetness throughout. There's a bit of a floral hop flavour here that's no as present in the aroma. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and what you'd expect from the style for the most part.

I liked this one overall. It's simple and well made, like most other Sierra Nevada brews. I enjoy some of their regulars a bit more, but as far as Oktoberfests go, this one, while safe, still has a bit more flavour and body to it that many others.

12-16-2006 22:18:33 | More by SixpointJMH
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Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.