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 Kurmaraja
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper / golden with a few fingers of head that fade. Looks quite light. Aroma is popcorn, biscuits, a light citrusy sweetness, golden treacle, Taste is much richer, adding in a modest hop presence in the middle to end with a surprisingly long malt finish. Creamy medium body.

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

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium copper amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of grain and sweet biscuit malt with hints of caramel in the background, light grassy hops. Flavor follows with a rich malt base that has an interesting melding of biscuit malt with mild toastiness and caramel, slightly sweet. Finishes malty with a hint of citrus and light grassy hops. Medium bodied with some creaminess and good carbonation, nice mouth feel. Covers all the bases for an Oktoberfest ale, and perhaps because it's so much fresher than the imports we get, has a really nice, well balanced and somewhat complex malt flavor. A very enjoyable and subtle caramel flavor in the finish that fills out the malt. I liked this a lot. Well done.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rusty golden amber with crystal clearness and a frothy finger of off-white foam.

Biscuits, toasted malt, caramel, and spicy noble hops.

Toasted malts provide a wonderfully simple but pleasant biscuit/toast-like character with subtle citrus and earthy noble hops providing just enough bitterness but still allows the malt bill to shine.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet, soft, balanced.

Overall, while I always expect high quality from SA, this is a truly outstanding example of the style and oh so drinkable.

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

Pours a crystal clear light amber with a crystal clear and creamy, slightly off-white head.
Nice aroma of biscuit and lightly toasted whole grain bread with underlying spice and, maybe, just a hint of citrus?
Very tasty brew full of malty goodness. Bready and biscuity up front followed by a pleasant spiciness and just a bit of fruitiness. Finishes with a pleasant crisp bitter note for a ver happy ending to the sip.
Mouthfeel is medium and just a touch creamy with perfect carbonation.
Interesting, crisp and very refreshing. What more can you ask for?

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Photo of jlindros
3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 7/09/15, couple months old but should still be good.

Pours a nice creamy frothy 1 finger head that fades at a Med pace, nice sticky lacing, crystal clear honey orange color.

Nose is lighter than I expected, light toasty malts, little straw and grainy, little cereal, but very light and no real hop presence.

Taste starts with some sweet malts, almost syrupy candy malt presence, def should have been attenuated more, light toasty amber malt, caramel, touch cereal, into mild grassy slight spicy hop, even a touch earthy. Finish sticky but drier, little sweet candy, touch more grassy hop, light lager softness and fruity lager flavor.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lighter carb and little syrupy.

Overall this was a huge disappointment. I heard great things about this and thought if any American brewery could break the American style fake Oktoberfest style it would be them, but it fell way short. Very little malt character, very little hop presence especially the nose, but the worst is the sweet syrupy thing.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear pale amber producing less than 2 fingers of beige, finely bubbled, foamy, shortlived head that leaves a little splotchy lacing. Aroma is malty toast, pumpernickel, roasted nuts with some caramel & thin brown sugar without a hint of hop essence in the background. The nuts & breadiness really stand out. Taste is malty like the nose: toasted dark bread, roasted nuts & caramel with hint of floral, spice & hop bitterness in the finish which rolls over into the aftertaste becoming a lingering & tongue coating bitterness. The lager yeast stands out. This brew is slightly dry & a little acidic on the tongue & with only a hint of sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, silky, lightly dry & slightly prickly becoming faintly drawing in the aftertaste. This beer pleases me, no it makes me happy! An excellent example of the Marzen style. Great job Sierra Nevada & Brauhaus Riegele!

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean and clear copper gold color with 1 finger white head that dissipates to a ring of head around the edges. smells of sweet malts, grainy, slightly bready. Nice German malt character, little herbal hop flavor, enjoyable sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and smooth. Overall, I'm impressed with this beer and really enjoy. Blew through a 6 pack and looking to pick up more.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold color with about an inch off-white head that stuck around a while. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like grainy/bready malt, toffee and some earthiness. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, with the addition of some herbal hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy, smooth and easy to drink. Overall I liked this, it's a solid brew and worth trying at least once.

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Photo of jhartley
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Stange glass, packaged 09/04/2015.
Crystal clear golden yellow body with 1.5 fingers of head, not much lacing left in the glass.
Smell has plenty of grain malt aroma, a little brown sugar.
Taste has plenty of grain up front and a minimal amount of sweetness tempered with a slight bitterness. German malts.
Nice light mouth feel with a dry finish.
Overall, another tasty beer from Sierra Nevada and a good representation of the style. Easy to drink and goes down smooth. Got to find some bratwurst and sauerkraut to have with this one!

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light gold with a 1 finger head of foam and has good lacing.

Smells slightly sweet, some grain, light bread, a bit earthy. A do get a mild hoppy note or 2.

Nice malt character in the taste. Some sweet notes, some bread, any grain is very much on the light side. Very mild bitterness in the finish.

Easy drinking cuz it has a great mouthfeel.

This is delicious.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest
12oz, bottled 7.9.15

Deep gold, crystal clear. Thin white head, with average retention and lacing. (3.5)

Aroma is of grain, apple, and light DMS, but otherwise very clean. (3)

Lots of malt up-front, with bready, Munich malt type flavors. Slightest tinge of herbal hops, but mainly malt on the palate, though not overly sweet. Biscuit, light caramel, hint of toffee. Finish is clean with a light, lingering sweetness. Very close to some of the authentic Märzen lagers I’ve had in Germany. Mouthfeel has very nice medium carbonation and a full, creamy body. (4, 4.5)

What you’ve got here is a solid, true-to-style Oktoberfest. A lot of US breweries make this style overly malty and darker than the real deal found in Bavaria, but not Sierra Nevada, who partnered with a German brewery to nail this particular offering. A clean, straightforward, and drinkable lager. (4)

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Photo of Budlum
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The body is an extremely clear shade of amber with tons of carbonation and topped with a decent white head. It looks great, but I would expect it to be a bit darker for a Marzen. The nose is very faint with just a touch of malty sweetness and what reminds me of corn tortillas. The German influence of this collaboration really shines in the flavors. Malty sweetness abounds with just the right amount of unmistakeable lager flavors. It is dead on forthe style, but just a touch heavy. The feel is also just right with a nice effervescence and enough body to have substance. It is a shame this will only be a one time collaboration.

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Photo of Sheppard
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It looks amazing. It's a deep, amber gold. It is clear and well carbonated. Off white head that dissipates gradually. Smells of salted caramel and noble hops. Very rich caramel and toffee flavors. Definitely a strong undertone of grassy hops. It's definitely coming through a bit salty and the flavor lingers a bit. It has the heartiness that I like in Märzens, but it's lacking some crispness. This is a definitely a Märzen that I have no problem drinking though.

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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
L: Translucent tan color with lots of small bubbles fizzing up.
S: Pilsner malt and barley. Very clean smelling beer.
T: Right away I get a little hop flavor followed by nice rich malt character mixed in with some bready and yeasty notes. The finish is crisp and clean.
F: Nice medium body with crisp finish.
Overall this is well crafted beer and one of the better Oktoberfests produced by US breweries..

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This collaboration between a Chico, CA based brewer and long storied brewer of Augsburg, Bavarian was bottled on July 16. Ok, here we go again...who is searching out for marzens during a hot 95 F day in July? Brewers, can we get real about seasonal release dates again, please?!? Ok, moving on to the beer:

The release of this beer was far too early, but there's no denying that this is quality beer. The light orange color brightens up the glass with amber hues. An inch and a half of head on top form semi-creamy, retaining well. I smell something soft and fruity, yeasty, toasty, with a note of apricot. It's a smooth marzen, not only in feel but flavor as well. This toasty malty beer has a slight grassiness to it. Dried fruits as well. Not to be too sweet, a trail end of bitterness finishes the beer.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Pours a perfectly clear yellow gold in color with a finger and a half of just off white head, low-moderate retention and little to no lacing. Malty aroma, lots of Munich and Vienna malts, a slight toasted character, clean lager character. Taste is richly malty, lots of toasted malts and a medium-low bitterness, very light noble hops, some initial sweetness with a drier finish and a clean lager character. Medium body and carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Overall a good beer, great malt showcase, very drinkable.

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Photo of arizcards
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer in mid-September from TW Arrowhead for $7.49. Packaged on 7/13/15.

Beer pouted golden with a beautiful white head that has some serious hang time.

Nose is toasted golden malts with a slight hint of sweetness.

Taste is toasted malts that are slightly sweet that are nicely balanced by euro floral hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and thicker than anticipated. Was expecting something a little sharper.

Overall a very solid beer that kind of follows along the style guidelines but i was catching a more Vienna lager style as it lacked that marzen edge that i was expecting.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1 finger ivory head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: Vienna malt - somewhat sweet, a little toffee, a little bread, a little hop spice;

T: toast, Vienna malt, toffee; a touch of spice toward the end; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish; soft;

O: one of the best Oktoberfests I've ever had;

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Photo of mblk6062
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I always try and sample as many of the Oktoberfest offerings from as many brewhouses as I can every Fall. So far (not done yet), this is the cream of the crop! I will keep up my research and get back to you!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden amber color with a very thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Aroma is slightly sweet, malty, biscuity aroma. I agree with another rating that it somewhat Vienna style. The aroma is somewhat weak. The taste is smooth, biscuit malts, slightly sweet. Maybe a hint of caramel but no discernable hop bitterness. Very much a Vienna style lager. Not a bad beer at all, but it doesn't scream Oktoberfest to me. Light bodied with low to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of HBBJ
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden in color, lighter than expected given the neck label said "deep golden". Very clear. Moderate head leading to a long-lasting thin layer of very fine foam.

Smell: Moderate malt aroma, toasty and biscuity, with a bit of caramel. Clean, with no off-smells. Not detecting any Noble hop aroma.

Taste: Slightly sweet malt taste, with a healthy amount of bitterness to keep everything in balance. Nice lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, very smooth, and slightly creamy.

Overall: A very cleanly made brew, as is to be expected from Sierra Nevada. The German malt is noticeable, but I was hoping for more crystal malt to darken the color and add caramel aroma and flavor. Hopping level was higher than I like for an Oktoberfest, but well within style. Overall, a decent beer, but not about to replace my favorite Oktoberfests/Marzens.

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Photo of Dave97
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Poor - excellent poor. Very nice carbonation. Nice frothy 1 finger head that settles down quickly to a top lacy film. Not much lacing to speak of.. but it's there a wee bit.

Look - Nice darker 24k golden /light pumpkin/amber. Very nice carbonation. Very clear.

Nose - Very Vienna-Style, medium nose. Nice light toasted barley and some roasted barely, banana bread, ginger, lemon and grass/hay. Overall again, a nice Vienna-Style lager smell, i.e.; Samuel Adams Boston Lgr, Dos Equis Amber, DB Vienna Lgr, etc.. Nice German/Bavarian Noble hop presence. Tettnanger,Hallertauer, Spalt, Saaz. Similar to Pilsner Urquell, Carlsberg Elephant, Hofbräu Oktoberfest, König and Stella.

Mouth Feel - Nice medium body. A little fizzy, but easy drinking.

Taste - Very much again like a nice Vienna Lager. Or a traditional English Pale or Bitter Ale, i.e.; Bass, Newcastle, etc... Not saying exactly just similar. I do appreciate the flavor profile. Nice traditional Bavarian/German/Austrian hops and malts lending to a nice initial sweet, toasted, roasted malt taste. The tettnanger and spalter is there too though; adding a nice lemon zest zeal to the caramel/bready malt backbone. The IBU's are right up my alley. 30 I believe; lending to a good bitterness, but not over the top.

Finish - Nice lingering finish of lemongrass and malt. Just the right bitterness leading to a nice granny smith apple crisp finish. Sweet/sour on the sides of the tongue. Toasted/roasted malt on the back of the tongue and throat. Overall lemon/banana bready and hay. A little sticky.

Overall - Very nice beer. Exciting collaboration of both breweries. A nice Märzen that would be a great choice for any Münchner Oktoberfest.

Out of the box - Very Sierra Nevada even though it was a collaboration. Reminds me of a Torpedo or the Pale Ale. You always know that your going to get a good beer with SN. I'm not a huge fan of Vienna-Style lagers and or English Pale or Bitter Ales. To malt centric . I like my hops. But a good beer none the less.

Food Pairing - Lo mein, generals chicken, jerk chicken, liver, lamb, spätzle, currywurst, tandoori Chicken, bratwurst, red curry, Lebanese stuffed grape leaves and most especially Schnitzel.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a single into a nonic. (Tasted side-by-side with a Paulaner Wies'n)
Pours a typical-for-the-style bright clear copper with a 2 finger white head that subsides after a minute and leaves spotty lacing. Nose is caramel/toffee and some bread, some sweet and ripe fruit (apples, I think) is also blended in there. Starts in a bit non-descript, but the back half is a real (albeit modest) revelation, with both some clean fruit and breadiness paired with some pleasant bitterness...but the bitterness doesn't automatically identify as noble hops to me, nor is it particularly clean at the end...pretty substantial body. This is good but if I was choosing between the two, I'd go with the Paulaner Wies'n for sure.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pretty clear golden light copper color. Half inch head, good retention and great lacing. Bready and sweet malt aroma, followed by slight grassy and peppery notes. The flavor was malty and sweet, with lots of fruity and bitter hop flavors as well. The mouthfeel was pretty thick for a lager, but in a nice way, with a great carbonation bite. Overall, this may not be exactly true to style, but a great beer nonetheless. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of sjdevel
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a light copper/yellow color, but notice that there wasn't much of a head. The head that was there quickly diminished to a thin foam ring around the outside of the wall. Small amounts of lacing are left and some bubbles rise to the top. This is very clear, but there is just a slight haze throughout.

Slight scent of fruit and a hint of caramel malt. Not very aromatic. A slight bready smell as well.

At first there is a bit of bittering hops apparent, but then it kicks into a yeasty/bready flavor. There is a slight white wine flavor to this also. I am also picking up what tastes like corn in this lager. To me this tastes a lot like commercial/domestic "corn" lagers (Budweiser, Miller, etc.). There are a couple of interesting flavors, but I definitely am getting an overwhelming aftertaste like I have just had a Bud. Now it has been probably close to 10 years since I have had any Bud products, but I just can't get past it.

Light-Medium mouthfeel. It didn't seem very effervescent by looks, but it seems a bit more bubbly on the tongue.

I was quite disappointed with this one as I have been impressed with other Sierra Nevada's beers (IPAs, Hefes, etc.). This is no Hacker-Pschorr, Ayinger, or Paulaner, but it is just drinkable. I do not understand why this one is rated so highly? If this is the "Poster Child" of Oktoberfest beers then I am probably not a fan of the style. I have made O'fests beers that I love and had other authentic ones that were awesome. I would not buy one of these again. It was just too uninteresting and had too much domestic "corniness". It tastes like cheap grains, hops, and yeast was used on this one. I am going to blame Brauhaus Riegele on this one I guess.

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