Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada OktoberfestSierra Nevada Oktoberfest

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 572
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 22
Gots: 52 | 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:
Beer added by: Boilermaker88 on 10-13-2003

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
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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest has a very thick, frothy, crackling, beige head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, copper appearance, and moderate-to-heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of semi-sweet, medium-roasted malt, some syrup, and slight caramel. Taste is of those elements, with brown bread crust, and fairly mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest finishes crisp and refreshing.

RJT (437 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%

Packaged 7/7/14.

Pours a clear copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, toast, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, caramel, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of earthy and malty qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle. (554 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Slightly darker than your standard macro, bordering somewhere between copper and straw. Vigorous carbonation forms a finger of off white head.

S: Hay, slightly honeyed malt, crisp almost apple like quality. Green grape, slightly herbal.

T: Good size surge of malt up front. Very bready, like a loaf of something fresh out of the overn. Mid palate takes on a slightly sweeter characteristic of heather honey, where the hops splash a dollop of bitterness on the palate. Bitterness is herbal and slightly woody. FInishes with the slightly sweetened grain, almost like sorghum that fades to milled grain on the finish.

M: Very pleasant. The vigorous carbonation in the glass is more subdued on the tongue. Just a slight pop of sharpness in the mid palate before body reasserts itself. Slightly full bodied than its paler counterparts, it is still in no way heavy or unctuous. Exceptionally balanced.

O: A killer of a marzen, which is a style I'm not overly fond of. This one is exceptionally balanced, with an absolutely amazing finish. Will buy again. (1,109 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One and a half bottles into a stein produce a dark deep bronze color with a fluffy light beige head atop,a decent crown.Sweet caramel in the nose over top of some lightly spicy hops,a little sweet smelling.Buttery caramel flavors along with some sweet pizza dough notes before a smattering of herbal hops come into play.An above average O-fest beer but maybe just a little sweet. (379 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.28/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a lovely, dark copper with a tan head. It looks like autumn in a glass. Leaves behind a nice amount of lacing.
The aroma is malt-dominated, as it should be. Bread and caramel lead the way with a hint of fruit.
This beer tastes wonderful. Dark, rich bread, a hint of sweet caramel and a play of dark fruit across the tongue.
The mouthfeel is medium and a touch creamy.
Overall, a wonderful beer and among My Favorite Marzens. (431 characters)

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug. The label has a brief description of the beer and it lists the abv at 6.2% abv.

Appearance: The body has a nice deep coppery amber color with good clarity and some visible carbonation. From the slow pour I got a tall three finger head. It’s just off white in color slow fading. It also leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: It’s aroma is fairly light but brings all the classic Oktoberfest/Marzen notes to the nose. Sweet malty caramel, medium roasted grain and earthy/leafy hops.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is packed with sweet caramel and whole grain bready maltiness up front. The middle adds a bready nutty character and then this is all backed up with a firm earthy/spicy/leafy hop presence. The hops add a good balance of hop bitterness as well. The palate feels firm and well rounded. It’s carbonation is right on and keeps things lively and very drinkable even at 6.2% abv. (986 characters)

Photo of Torey
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -21.9%

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of chossboss
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

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. (621 characters)

Photo of dankjohn
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (556 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color, very clear, with nice carbonation bubbles continually floating upward. One finger thick beige head. Smell is sweet maltiness, with just a hint of caramel. Taste is bready malt, with some caramel sweetness, and slight peppery notes. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, not all that great feeling on the palate, kind of meh. Overall not a bad beer, but there's a lot of better Oktoberfest Marzens out there. (417 characters)

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Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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