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Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 11
Gots: 41 | 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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Reviews by templar316:
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4.28/5  rDev +12%

templar316, Aug 20, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.


RonaldTheriot, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

oberon, Yesterday at 10:51 PM
Photo of midiguru
4.28/5  rDev +12%

midiguru, Thursday at 03:35 AM
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

woodchipper, Sunday at 09:52 PM
Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

SD-Alefan, Friday at 02:57 PM
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

DaftPatrick, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

generallee, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of chossboss
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

chossboss, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

bsp77, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Mirado
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Mirado, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

WeymouthMike, Sep 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

GOBLIN, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

briandaube, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 15, 2004
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

IchLiebeBierZu, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

pjvie, Sep 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

kneary13, Sep 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

acurtis, Thursday at 01:26 AM
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

PatrickG, Wednesday at 08:29 PM
Photo of Mtooman
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Mtooman, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of watermelonman
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

watermelonman, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

ONovoMexicano, Aug 27, 2014
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Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.