Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Brauhaus Riegele Collaboration
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Brauhaus Riegele CollaborationSierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Brauhaus Riegele Collaboration
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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
4.08 | pDev: 9.07%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Brauhaus Riegele CollaborationSierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Brauhaus Riegele Collaboration
Notes: Brewed in collaboration with Brauhaus Riegle of Augsburg, Germany, this Oktoberfest lager is deep golden in color and rich with malt flavor from the use of traditional German Steffi barley.
Reviews: 266 | Ratings: 856
Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

10/29....pours clear copper with very little foam. Light malty nose. Caramel too. Malt bomb taste. Caramels, toffee, breads. A light peppery bitter rounds it out. Very clean and simple.

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Photo of Chadpaq
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasty beer. Dare I say "sessionable"? I'm not fully versed on the style but this is a satisfying beer that embodies many elements I've come to know as German: high carbonation, lighter on the palate, and yes, sessio--I mean, drinkable. Great for a November day in Florida.

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Photo of fisherbray
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a very nice amber with a nice head. The taste did not disappoint either. An overall excellent Märzen and that I'd recommend anyone whether they're a fan of this style or not. This one will change your mind.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2nd try. Had it back in August and did not enjoy - seemed a little skunky. This bottle is quite tasty however. Pours light amber with minimal off-white foam. Doesn't look like much. Smells very subdued malt and toasted bread. Flavor is mostly bready malt with a slight caramel sweetness on the finish that's very, very nice. Fairly clean finish with slight lingering sweet.

Original Review:
Thin, light yellow color - looks unimpressive. Aroma has a dankness from a hop style of which I’m not a huge fan. Same comes through in the flavor, which while uninteresting, is fairly smooth. Pretty disappointing overall.

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Photo of MrWonka
1.57/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I am very confused regarding the reviews on this one bcuz most everyone is making this particular beer out to be something great. Once again, this is another case where I sure hope I bought a skunked 6 pack. The sierra Nevada Oktoberfest that I opened up (all 6 of them actually), smelled and tasted like Coors light or a beer along those lines. Why spend more $ on a company that I just wasted $ on?

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Photo of doktorhops
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From “The Other SN” to “The SN” or TSN, or better yet: SN. Sierra Nevada are of course so well known that next year’s single batch will be brewed with the Sirius star system brewery as a cross galactic collaboration. This time however they’re collaborating with Brauhaus Riegele of Augsburg, a brewer I am unacquainted with. Märzens, a beer style which I imagine would have the catchphrase (if beer styles had catchphrases) “Märzens: Familiar with them?” I am. I relish a decent Märzen come Oktober. Märzen is of course German for ‘March’ the brewing start date. They’re a Lager with hefty malt kick and body. They have upwards of 6% ABV and taste more like your typical Ale than a Lager, which is probably why I like them so much (I’m definitely an Ale person).

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a stein.

A: Clear light golden with a white cappuccino foam 1 cm head that holds well, as far as Märzens go this is on the lighter side (they can range from a Lager gold to an Ale amber/brown IME). 8/10.

S: Sweet with a slight fruity note - honey and overripe nectarines with a touch of cider apples. So far, so excellent. 8/10.

T: As above: Honey, overripe nectarines and cider apples, très tasty! All that delightfulness, that mead-like abandon, has a not so delicate side with a granular cereal centre, however this is a side detour in what is a really, really tasty Märzen. Finish is crisp enough to make any Lederhosen wearing Bavarian a happy man [I’m not being sexist - only men wear Lederhosen]. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, with a light - almost flat (Märzens aren’t renowned for having a great amount of) carbonation. Pretty much spot-on here. 8/10.

D: I wish SN would make this a permanent addition to their line-up [Dammit SN make this a permanent addition to your line-up... evil bastards]. Overall this brew contains the Bavarian spirit of a Märzen with lecker (Google some German ppl) flavour, a crisp Helles finish and that American geist of experimentation to produce a beer that is ‘old world meets new whilst remaining true to the essence of the old’, and if you’re looking for a tagline for the next label on this brew Sierra Nevada you have my permission to use that... evil bastards. 8/10.

Food match: Insert Bavarian barbequed meats here, oder grosse wurst mit senf und brezel.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll go ahead and echo what's being said on here. This is a really good Oktoberfest. In a somewhat hard to explain way, it tastes very "german" and "american." I actually haven't checked the hops and malts in this one, but the hop profile is more complex than I often find in a Marzen and it does so without losing the signature malt backbone. Wet grains in the nose, sweet and dry finish. Enjoyed this six.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is the second best Oktoberfest that I have drank. My personal favorite is New Glarus Staghorn. I guess that I prefer the Americanized version over the traditional german style Oktoberfest beers. Would like to find a 6 pack of this because I enjoyed the draft version quite a bit. Nose and flavor consists of toasty and grainy malt profile with a light sweetness and a hint of fruity yeast that does overpoer the malt. Light earthy hop for balance and what a great Oktoberfest you will have. Easy drinking beer with medium body and moderate carbonation. Well done Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is copper, super clear, off white head that presents 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring with light froth.

Smell is a little light at first, but the components are there: big munich/vienna malt presence, a nice lighter fruity malt note from the german style malts; hops are there to balance but not detracting, light earthiness.

Taste is near perfect for what I seek in an oktoberfest: big munich/vienna malt which is not sweet but greatly flavorful, the fruitiness from the malt is very enjoyable; hops are earthy and bitter but really just to balance the great malt profile

Mouthfeel is crisp, but not overcarbonated; malt flavors are forward and linger well, with the flavors enhancing throughout the tongue and cheeks.

Overall, this is a great beer, one of the best american made oktoberfests, malt forward, nice strength with great presence.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Copper-colored. Great clarity. Fine-bubbled white head retains at a quarter inch and leaves a slip of lacing on the glass.

S: Barley malt, scones, toast, hay. Super clean. Oily grassy and herbal hops with a mild prick of spice.

T: Toasty malt, hay, Pilsner malt. Very clean. Grassy and oily hops balance tit for tat. They go a bit spicy, pithy and floral at times too. Quick and clean finish.

M: Fat medium body. Malty firm, full, and almost chewy. Expressive carbonation scrubs and lifts it away, making for a satisfying yet quaffable brew.

O: Absolutely delicious. Big and full of flavor and body. Quality malt and hops on display and they really pop. Super clean and quaffable. This is a hell of a beer, and the only thing to be disappointed about is that it will not be the same next year. I'm sure Sierra Nevada will produce another solid collaboration, but it's tough to imagine it being better than this.

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Photo of spoony
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle (packaged August 31, 2015) into a nonic. Reviewed from notes dated October 13, 2015.

A-The beer is light-golden amber in color and perfectly clear. The carbonation is active in the brew and supports a tall, off-white head that has good retention. This is pretty much what I would expect a Marzen to look like.

S-The aroma has nice toasted bread and light, spicy rye flavors with just a hint of caramel sweetness. Hops are strong for the style, but this is no IPA. Mostly crisp.

T-The taste is virtually identical to the smell. Nice bready malts with some rye-like spice and toasted bread grain. Moderate hop bitterness (for the style) and a light hit of caramel sweetness.

M-The body is medium in heft with crisp, easy-to-drink levels of carbonation. It is not a chug-beer, but you can drink one or two without feeling gut bombed.

O-This is a really good example of a modern, American-leaning Marzen. There are probably more hops here than in traditional, German examples, but not enough to take it fully outside the style. This is a really good fall beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle, sample purchased at store.

Lively carbonation produces a great looking white head, perfect clarity with a golden amber hue. Bready semi-sweet malty nose with some herbal hop. Very crisp and smooth, full malt jacket with a semi-spicy herbal hop flavor and an ample hop bitterness for balance. Clean finish with some fresh grain and hop flavors lingering. Such an amazing beer, one of the best renditions of the style brewed in the US.

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Photo of Myotus
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hard from a 12oz bottle (bottled 16Jul15) into a beer mug.
LOOK: Pours with two finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a quarter finger's worth after three minutes (it's been a while since I have seen I beautiful dissipation rate). Gold in color. There is a high quantity of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is thick and moderate.
SMELL: Mild aromas of biscuity malts and caramel meet with subtle spicy hops along with hints of floral hops and smoked goodness.
TASTE: Mild flavors biscuity malts and caramel enter initially. Subtle spicy hop flavors follow right after as biscuity malt and caramel flavors grow stronger. An onslaught of subtle flavors of barley (that came from nowhere), bitter hops, floral hops, and, smoked goodness finish off the taste as all previous flavors persist.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth and creamy. Finishes crisp.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a thin layer and laces lightly.

S: Bready malt, slightly toasty, caramel sweetness, kinda fruity, earthy, and a little spice.

T: Sweet caramel, bready malt, a bit toasty, earthy, floral, nice spice, and some light fruity notes.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth.

O: One of the better Oktoberfest beers I've had. Sierra Nevada and Brauhaus Riegle nailed it!

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a smaller handled stein. Nice golden straw to orange color with nice clarity. Pretty thick head that's frothy with small bubbles after a hard pour. Average lacing.

Smell is good, very wheaty though. Sweet bready tones with some toasted toffee and caramel malts. A bit of grassy hops in the background.

Tastes better than it smells. Stronger notes of sweet breadiness, not too hearty and grainy though, like soft/warm/fresh bread if that makes sense. Nice earthy hop finish in the back. Really nice tasting fall beer regardless of style.

Mouthfeel is probably the best part. Heavy medium in body with a perfect carbonation level providing just the right amount of bite. Great initial sweetness with a clean, fresh, dry, bitter finish. Really one of the cleanest feeling beers out there. Great drinkability, I like it a lot. Very curious to see how the rest of these collaborations turn out. In the mean time, strong work Sierra Nevada! I hope they keep this up.

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2015 edition

Pours lighter then medium amber, moderate lite khaki cap. Leaves some respectable fine lacing.

Malted up nose with some caramel and vanilla

Tasty enough Octoberfest, with all the expected malty characteristics, caramel, vanilla and a nice smooth nuttyness. Highly enjoyable and well worth a try.

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Photo of rjd722
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a slight head and no lacing. Aroma is full of caramel and bready malts. Bready malt flavor with some grainy, grassy hop background. Carbonation is just right and overall this is a very enjoyable, drinkable Oktoberfest...well done!

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Photo of LeRose
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

Very clear golden yellow color, and a semi-aggressive pour produced a couple fingers worth of white foam that persisted decently. Some lacing.

The aroma suggested grains. Some herbal/floral notes, but the grain and caramel dominated. For some reason it reminds me of bread baking and I found the aroma wonderful.

The taste was very clean for a malt-forward beer. Not heavy. Plenty of grainy and bread-like notes, caramel/toffee, and just a hint of floral/herbaceous hops. There is a very pleasant (to me) level of sweetness underlying this beer.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied, creamy, and smooth. Carbonation seems appropriate to the style.

Overall, this is a very nice drinking beer and is a representation of the style. Easy drinking and flavorful, so I suspect that 6% ABV would sneak up pretty easily. Good beer for a Fall cookout or afternoon of football.

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Photo of mjurney
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber color, clear. Medium carbonation. Thin head.

Bready malts, toasted, caramel, spicy, floral, crisp.

Bready malts, biscuit, toasted, caramel. Hop bitterness is medium, spicy, floral, a little citrusy. Finish is very crisp, some dryness. Light-medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, well carbonated, highly drinkable.

It's a very good Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is initially caramel, then dry grains and leaves.
The taste is nicely malt sweet, caramel and a little woody.
The texture is chewy.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As far as Oktoberfests are concerned this one of my favorites . . . well done ! Has a very nice crisp yet smooth and buttery feel. Taste is aboit toud expect from a Sierra Nevada take on style.

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Photo of Bluegrass49
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz. altbiers glass. Very clear amber color with 1 1/2 fingers foamy head which dissipated rather quickly. It has a malty taste with just the right amount of hops bitterness. Light and crispy feel making a very enjoyable beer drinking experience.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ultra-clear pale orange (almost all the way down to a gold tone) with very active carbonation that creates a tall, but loose head. The smell is malty with some hints of dirt. The malt is ultra-present in the taste, with even some distinct hop bitterness that I don't love in a marzen. The mouthfeel is probably the best part about this beer. It's full and creamy, with far less apparent carbonation that the visual would lead you to expect.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - A nice golden color, clear, good amount of carbonation
Smell - Bready malts, spice, earthy, some sweetness
Taste - Sweet/bready malts, spice, nutty, earthy, crackery, caramel
Feel - light and crisp, easy drinking

Overall - Not typically a fan of this style but this beer is delicious. My favorite Oktoberfest by far.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a can glass, bottled 7/9/15

A- pours a clear bright golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that retains long after the pour, a bit brighter color than a typical marzen

S- toasted biscuit malt, earthy & woodsy, sweet caramel and noble hops

T- flavors follows the aroma with a nice biscuity malt base, complimented by earthy noble hops and a hint of caramel. More toasted biscuit malt on the finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp dry finish

O- an outstanding Oktoberfest that is a malt showcase and perfect for the early fall season

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Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Brauhaus Riegele Collaboration from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 856 ratings