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

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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.
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Reviews: 266 | Ratings: 856
Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful crystal clear golden color with pillow of white foam on the top. Smell is intriguing nice malt and familiar lager yeast aroma. Taste is slightly spicy and a tongue coating breadeness. Very good.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not an impressive pour out the bottle, probably my fault, def doesn't look like a Marzen. Dark gold
Sweetness on the smell escaping throught the 2.5inch head.
Sharp taste probly from the hops, finishes lightly sweet.
A good amount of carbonation
Pretty nice take on an Oktoberfest, easy drinking.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer is a dark golden color that is a little lighter than most other Octoberfest beers I've tried. The head is big, dense and white and it leaves great lacing in the glass. The smell is straight up toasted malt. Taste is also toasted malt on the front end followed by that crisp clean german lager taste to finish. This beer is medium body and very drinkable. Overall a great take on the style and a great lead in to SN Celebration season.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a medium to deep golden in color that is completely clear in its body. A small, 1.5 finger head forms and retains very well. The head is very frothy and dense, so it leaves a good amount of lacing. Really just looks like a good German lager should in the glass.

S- Light, toasted malt hits the nose first when you take a sniff of this beer. Malty sweetness follows the lightly toasted aroma and morphs into a scent that is almost like brown sugar. The back half of the smell is an ode to the clean German lager scents of the beer's lighter bodied cousins.

T- The toasted malts from the scent hit the tongue first when you take a drink of this beer. After the initial malts, the bright, clean, and crisp lighter side of this beer makes an appearance. The middle of the drink is very similar to a fresh, German pils, minus the hops bite. The brown sugar sweetness kicks in at the end of the drink before a dark and semi-bitter burnt malt ends the drink. There is a very clean finish with just a touch of the bitter, burnt malt flavor.

M- This beer is middle of the road in weight on the palate, but smooth and easy drinking as all get out. There is no noticeable alcohol warmth and a healthy, but appropriate for the style, amount of carbonation. This beer drinks so easy that I can already picture myself drinking this all day in Munich!

Overall, this is quite possibly the best American brewed Oktoberfest style beer that I have had. All of the right aspects are well represented, from the clean characteristics that originate from hard German water, to the balance of sweet and bitter flavors that play in the malts. Really an exceptional brew.

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Kinda stoked about this one, its always exciting to score a limited edition collaboration from a well respected brewery in my small little disto...anyway, on to the beer!

A: Pours a true golden color, a bit lighter then the average marzen. Nice two finger snow white head.
S: Toasted malt dominates the nose with a slight hint off sulfer to let you know this is indeed a Lager. Spot on style wise.
T: Malt, slight caramel, & rich sweetness. The hops are barley noticeable on the end & bring the finish to a semi-dry.
M: Thick & rich mouth feel, just like a marzen should be!
O: An excellent job from both breweries on this one. Slightly more drinkable then the average marzen out there, which is a plus in my book.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty cool idea by SN here, collaborating with a German brewer for this classic German style. As with almost anything SN, this is obviously a well done beer, no flaws whatsoever. Pretty little thing in the glass, not sunshine gold like some of the wies'n style O-fests (Weihenstephaner comes to mind) but certainly not amber either -- more of a dark gold, maybe a touch of bronze. Little head/retention. Nose is in control, offering a touch of fresh lager yeast and the occasional snap of noble hops and/or sweetness. Palate is clean, a little caramel-esque sweetness at times, though it thankfully reigns that in generally (I have a hard time with overly sweet Marzens). Certainly some noble hops in there. Someone below mentioned a sort of mineralic (but not sparkling) water note. I can see that. It's a pleasant note. Finally, there's a nice malt finish, but I can't put my finger on what it tasted like - almost like really lightly toasted, sweetened bread. Overall, a very nicely done beer that I look forward to sampling more throughout this Oktoberfest season.

(Edit: This beer is growing on me even more since my initial review. Nose is on point, feel is right, and palate has a cool spin on the style, less bready but with a unique malt character from the Steffi barley. Real nice stuff.)

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Photo of steveh
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Made my way thru half of a 12 pack of this new offering from SN, time for a focused review.

Packaged on 7.16.15, very nice.

A -- Pours a clear, very deep gold (the color reminds me of Pilsner Urquell) with a firm and dense white head that slowly settles to a good cap.

S -- DMS of the "fresh" sort up front, bready malts follow with some lightly spicy hops in the finish. Not a huge aroma, but a good one.

T -- Crackery to bready malts up front with spicy, lightly bitter hops in the middle, and the bready malts taking an encore bow at the finish. The spicy hops linger through the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a dry finish and medium body.

O -- I mentioned in some posts about this beer that I was initially turned off by the hoppiness; I thought it was a little too much for the style -- and probably is for traditional Festbier. However, the distinctive malt character in this beer is unlike any American-brewed German-style beer I've ever had. Malt choice may be key, certainly freshness, and it marries very well with the German-style hops. And while the hops may be a bit big for a Festbier, they aren't so over-the-top that they make the beer so far from style to be a completely different beer.

I think the SN brewers' collaboration with Riegele is beyond successful and is a shining example of tradition meets innovation. My only regret, this will only be brewed once and the benchmark has been set very high for next year's collaboration. I can't wait!

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

Lighter than most American Oktoberfests as to be expected in a collab beer. Half inch head with very little lacing. Tastes consist of caramel and very slight sweet bread taste. Light feel that leaves you wanting another.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woo Hoo!! First Oktoberfest offering of the year. Purchased a six pack at the LEGOLAND Publix. Good Oktoberfest beer, but no noticeable difference from last year's version. Like the style, definitely will buy more.

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

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of a white color. Goodretention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, sight caramel malt, hint of nut, hint of hop, slight pale malt, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of nut, slight yeast, hint of hop, hint of wheat, and a hint of caramel malt. A traditional Marzen, session-able and refreshing.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the growler via Jungle Jim's in a pint glass. This oktoberfest pours a crystal clear light amber with a moderate white head of quickly dissipating foam that leaves a very thin ring and no lacing. Nose of caramel and light toast, moderate grain aroma, and little else. Flavors follow the nose with caramel malts to the front, light LIGHT hops kick in the back with a light toasted bread crust flavor ending in an effervescent grain aftertaste. Mouth feel is decent for the style with moderate carbonation, lightly slick, and finishing subtly crisp, and clean but a little thin.

Overall I am a huge fan of this brewery, I have high expectations for their craft. This reminds me of a Weidemanns brew. Sessionable but I expected more.

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Photo of teromous
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light copper body with amazing clarity. Short fluffy white head. It looks great.

Aroma: There's an extremely faint caramel aroma and a slightly stronger scent of spicy hops. Despite the clarity a nice but faint yeast aroma comes through.

Taste: Light bread crust flavor with just a bit of a spicy bite at the end. There is a walnut flavor left in the mouth after drinking it.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is amazingly smooth and easy to drink. This is the perfect body for this beer.

Overall: I don't have a whole lot to say about this beer other than that I would love to see it for sale again in the years to come. It is a nice mellow easy to drink Oktoberfest beer. I recommend it.

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

Pours a brilliant gold with a two finger fluffy white head. Aroma is of slightly sweet malt, with floral hop balance. Taste is similar with a nice clean malt background, a touch of sweetness, and a good floral hop balance. Mouthfeel is thin, crisp, and easily drinkabke. Overall a true golden oktoberfest lager, and an excellent collaboration!!

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Photo of whatthehull
4.87/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a wine/snifter/tulip glass from a 12oz bottle

A - a very pretty golden sunset color -- beautiful and vibrant. One finger very light white head and little to no legs/lacing

S - very sweet, homemade baked wheat sweet bread, grass, fall/winter desert spices, musky hops, toasted/roasted malt and grains, lager and Belgian yeast notes, fallen flower petals, fresh soil, crisp mountain spring stream, lots a green/brown earth tones,

T - very crisp, sweet, floral hops, fresh baked buttered bread, has the same roasted/toasted malts/grains, slight caramel, very fresh/crisp water, nice carbonation, soil, earth, not burnt but baked wood, the taste has the lager like yeast but more of a pilsner yeast as well -- less banana for sure.

M - medium plus body, very nice medium plus carbonation, medium plus acidity, very nicely balanced, great complexity and a very nice sweet to malty/hop to sweet finish.

D/O - This may be one of the better Oktoberfest beers I have ever had. Very refreshing wonderful flavors and drinks like a meal without filling you up like one. Perfect for the "dog days of summer" and through winter. Helps you remember why this time of year through winter can be the best of the seasons. Just an all around great beer/ale

Final thoughts - Sierra Nevada proves once again why they are one of the worlds best breweries. At $10 a sixer, 6.0% abv and an incredible overall experience I am saddened that this is a once in a lifetime brew -- at the same time excited to be apart of the few that got to this really nice beer.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Golden, copper hue with a good white head. As far as smell, I pick up bready, crackery and some semi-sweet malts. Don't pick up hardly any hop in the nose, maybe a tiny bit of floral but that could just be in my head. The taste is much like the nose, bready, crackery, semi-sweet malt. Not as caramel sweet as Sam Adams or the few other Oktoberfest, and drinks much more balanced as it is rounded out with some very slight grassy, floral hop bitterness toward the end. Starts balanced and smooth and finishes nice and crisp. Honestly I haven't had a lot in the style to compare it to - but it is one of my favorite lagers I have had so far, so there's that. Man, lagers have soooo much more to offer than I initially gave them credit for. Sierra Nevada could be the most well rounded brewery in existence, right now. Extremely tasty and a perfect late summer/fall beer.

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Photo of spark3148857
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Sierra Nevada tour tasting room:

I've been starved for great Marzens ever since I moved out of Great Lakes territory and no longer had access to GLBC Oktoberfest. Last year my go to was FW Oaktoberfest, but this year Sierra Nevada's one off entry collab with Brauhaus Riegele will be my go to. Perfectly executed Marzen, great caramel and toasty aroma with characteristically clean lager yeast. Balanced flavor with caramel sweetness but a nice dry finish. Well done.

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