Sierra Nevada Octoberfest | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3.81/5
Very Good
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Sierra Nevada OctoberfestSierra Nevada Octoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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

DO NOT REVIEW THE 2015 VERSION HERE.

Added by Boilermaker88 on 10-13-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
218
Ratings:
1,021
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
243
Trade:
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Photo of HellsRanger
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ProNR
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EatonHops
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mcb99d
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of uncleotis
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenBayBA
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Jstarr2517
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sludgeman
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superwho24
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell - Honey
Taste - Sweet toasty malt

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Photo of Anayalator
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of deansellers
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KevBot89
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Michelleroo
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love. I’m an Octoberfest girl!

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Photo of Walnut
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of irtnog
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of faatcase
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cambabeer
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hdf561
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into English pub glass, looks a crisp gold with minimal head and lacing

Smell is spice but minimal

Taste is minimal spice, and bitter not a bad taste but nothing special

It’s overall not bad but not great have had better in the style

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3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This must be the 2017 version (yes, this beer is in production). Pours a light brown with a reasonable head. Aroma indicates some malt presence yet it is more subtle than it should be for a Marzen. Reasonable feel upon taste with a distinctive bite. Unfortunately, the bite contains a huge hop influence. Why do brewers bastardize traditionally low hop styles with hop heavy influence? Are they trying to hide mistakes in their brewing process? Someday, microbrewers obsessed with hop influence will discover the unsatisfied nation of beer drinkers that aren't fans of their hoppy brews...

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1/5  rDev -73.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Slowjamcdub
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer reminds me of a Boston logger.

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Sierra Nevada Octoberfest from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,021 ratings