Octoberfest (pre-2015)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Lager - Märzen
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 10.24%
Ratings:
1,042
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 17, 2022
Added:
Oct 13, 2003
Wants:
  41
Gots:
  242
SCORE
86
Very Good
Notes: 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

DO NOT REVIEW THE 2015 VERSION HERE.
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3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 17, 2022
 
3.93 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 26, 2021
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3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by FishyBeer3 from Massachusetts

Strongn flavor and bite but great taste

Oct 31, 2020
 
3.67 by smi69 from New York on Oct 28, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by hopley from Massachusetts

2020 Release - a really nice Octoberfest. Drank out of the bottle.

Sep 15, 2020
 
3.88 by lic217 from Connecticut on Sep 13, 2020
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TerryMills from Tennessee

7/23/20 bottle date..

Not very Carmel or sweet for the style imo.. Very smooth easy drinker either way ...

Sep 06, 2020
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3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Henrythegreat from Texas

Amber color with a quickly dissipating white head. Smells of bread. Crisp with a little too much hops and not enough malt flavor. No toffee flavor (which I like in a marzen) to speak of. Not a bad beer, but tastes more like a pilsner. I guess it's a little disappointing after the awesome 2019 beer.

Sep 04, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Danieljm from Missouri

Poured nice amber color with small pure white head. Smell is of malts with some carmel sweetness Taste matches with aroma. Nice malts with just a hint of sweetness. Well balanced beer a great example of the style. Good benchmark for American style of Octoberfest

Aug 27, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by matcris from Arizona

LOOKS: Bottled on 7/28/20....Straight from the fridge. A clear 24k gold with a small finger of off white foam that settles quickly to a ring. Mild lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Smells balanced between malt and hops. Mild wheat bread vs those German, grainy, grassy hops.
TASTE: Same with the flavor, but, this year, although pretty balanced, the sweetness really stands out and lingers. Not an obnoxious caramel thing, just that it carries the hop flavor throughout the sip.
FEEL: Medium-ish body, strong carbonation, almost slight stickiness, and just perfect on the finish. Just dry enough.
OA: Love it. Will buy again.

Aug 19, 2020
 
4.04 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Jan 16, 2020
 
3.81 by hogrider from Florida on Dec 07, 2019
 
3.75 by MJSFS from Florida on Dec 07, 2019
 
3.04 by andrebotha315 from Texas on Nov 04, 2019
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3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by tracycramer from Texas

Octoberfest 2019. Decent beer. Not sweet or bitter or overly carbonated. Nice reddish color.
Goes down very easily, and yet still has some character and a degree of heft, which is saying something for a corporate beer. Enjoyed 10/27 at home with the family in Austin.

Oct 28, 2019
 
3.61 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Oct 06, 2019
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3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by AvengeTheRavel from Connecticut

Had it in bottle format. Bodywise, it was a little thinner than i would like. Tastewise, it was a little thin and lacking. Would not have it again.

Sep 22, 2019
 
3.73 by DarrellK from Florida on Aug 06, 2019
 
3.63 by Tcsox from Massachusetts on Feb 25, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Hackattack from Indiana

This is really good beer......toasty, caramel, malty, sweet , toffee flavors throughout the whole drinking experience....a hint of hops comes through on the backside. I got a 6-pack of this for 6 bucks.... dated about 4 and 1/2 months old, but it's still fresh-tasting. Sorry to see it's retired.

Dec 17, 2018
 
3.94 by HellsRanger from Pennsylvania on Dec 02, 2018
 
4.15 by ProNR from Florida on Nov 19, 2018
 
3.75 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Nov 12, 2018
 
3.75 by Mcb99d from Massachusetts on Oct 18, 2018
 
3.84 by uncleotis from Illinois on Oct 16, 2018
 
3.75 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Oct 14, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by patre_tim from Thailand

Copper filtered with moderate carbonation and a half finger of white head.

Smells really malt forward, malty maltiness.

Tastes very malty with clean linen, and that typical caramel, aged lager taste of the style.

Medium body, with medium carbonation.

Drinking in Redding, Oct 2nd, 2018. Really good for the style.

Oct 02, 2018
 
3.37 by Jstarr2517 from Connecticut on Sep 28, 2018
 
3.64 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia on Sep 28, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by superwho24 from Arkansas

Smell - Honey
Taste - Sweet toasty malt

Sep 18, 2018
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4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Anayalator from Texas

Solid lacing. Best carbonation I’ve ever seen in a bottled or canned beer. Smells lighter than most Marzen beers. Beautiful balance between malts and hops. Possibly the sweetest and best finish of any October fest style beer out there

Sep 15, 2018
 
3.61 by deansellers from Maryland on Sep 09, 2018
 
3.69 by KevBot89 from Pennsylvania on Aug 30, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Michelleroo from Michigan

Love. I’m an Octoberfest girl!

Aug 23, 2018
 
3.75 by Walnut from Missouri on Apr 25, 2018
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3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by irtnog from Hawaii

I like Marzen beers, so my rating is biased to the high side. I appreciate that Sierra Nevada changes their Oktoberfest each year, but this was not my favorite. The beer is very nice to look at, with a nice malty/syrupy aroma, but the head disappears quickly. The taste is crisp, smooth and refreshing, with the noble hops less prominent than I prefer. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this beer, and a lot right, but I don't think it's as good as an old standby like Samuel Adams Octoberfest.

Jan 21, 2018
 
4.36 by BenHoppy from Michigan on Jan 09, 2018
 
3.75 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Dec 23, 2017
 
4.25 by faatcase from Virginia on Nov 24, 2017
Octoberfest (pre-2015) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1042 ratings