Oktoberfest (2016)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Oktoberfest (2016)Oktoberfest (2016)
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
3.99 | pDev: 9.77%
Oct 01, 2021
Apr 26, 2016
Very Good
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Notes: We've partnered with Mahrs Bräu, one of Germany's most highly regarded brewers, to create a golden-hued festival beer right here in the USA. Using traditional techniques, heritage German barley, and the Record hop varietal---a nearly forgotten German-grown hop---we've created the most authentic take on the style this side of the Atlantic.
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Writing up yesterday's 2021 review led me back to reviewing this one from a six pack five years ago.

Pours the usual caramel, autumn light brown color with ample clarity, 1/2" off white head, good retention. Top tier appearance stuff. Mixture of fall like leaves, caramel, toffee kind of chill of an early fall.

Taste imparts a light remnant of a breakfast plate left out overnight, some leaf, syrup remainder, toffee and caramel experience with minimal breadiness to give it virtually no heft but plenty of smooth riding equinox time. This collaboration is milder in its hopping rate and bitterness effect in the mouth feel than the solo Oktoberfests Sierra Nevada has done. Very light brown sugar fall like sweetness abutted by some light raisin skin to it. Amber waves of grain are abundant.

I did my '21 consumption last night in the old Tumbler pint glass. I'll pretty much always be down for a 6 pack of this every year because 1) I like it 2) others like it who don't like hoppy, sour or stouty beers.
Oct 01, 2021
Rated: 4.12 by BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

Aug 22, 2021
Rated: 4.01 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Jan 16, 2020
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bottled 7/26/16; drank 9/10/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through pale yellow appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a huge, noisy white head; frothy lace. A

utumn leaves & roasted corn notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Autumn leaves & faint brown sugar flavors up front; roasted corn notes on the finish.

A touch light in the loafers for a marzen, but easy to drink. Mildly enjoyable.
Jun 15, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 25, 2019
Rated: 4 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Feb 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Offa from California

4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Similar to the previous year's collaboration Oktoberfest and almost as good, just a touch sweeter and less complex. I eagerly await these every autumn and buy it up, hoping that ach year will be about as good as before and so far there has been no disappointment, although each year it varies noticeably in minor details (varying sweetness/bitterness, some thicker, some lighter, some leaner. etc) but all have been similarly outstanding, complex, balanced and drinkable.

Dark gold, big white head.

Lots of toasty bread, grain, some raisin, plenty of lemony herb hop.

Tastse is more malty and sweeter than the previosu year, touch more full and oily in the feel. Still, though, plenty of hop bitterness to carry the heavier malty sweetness.
Nov 05, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Sep 24, 2018
Rated: 4 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky

May 23, 2018
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 03, 2018
Rated: 5 by quaffinganale from Maryland

Dec 08, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by PatrickCT from Connecticut

Nov 12, 2017
Rated: 4.56 by adamdanger from Pennsylvania

Sep 13, 2017
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Rated by WoostaBia from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
perfect Marzen beer.
Sep 07, 2017
Rated: 4 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Sep 03, 2017
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Reviewed by WesMantooth from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Apparently forgot to review this one last year, but I had a 6 pack of it. It was a lighter, more blonde version with a lot more floral hops from beginning to end and not nearly as malty as the first version. The head retention wasn't as impressive either. Good beer, but not great.
Aug 20, 2017
Rated: 2.7 by Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

Aug 12, 2017
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Reviewed by bump8628 from Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
The release of Sierra Nevada's 2017 Oktoberfest reminded me to go back and log my review of the 2016 version.

I thought this was a remarkable version of a fest beer. Complex layers of malt flavor yet still fairly crisp and easy. The lighter gold color was deceiving in the level of malt-driven intricacies this beer had. Hops were just a bit stepped up as one might expect from Sierra Nevada. Firmly bitter and herbal but still in balance with the rest of the beer and not overwhelming. Dry yet still full to the palate. The only thing it was missing was that thick, long-lasting head of foam that screams Oktoberfest. This one fizzled out a bit too quickly.

So far this Oktoberfest collaboration has been working out excellently for Sierra Nevada.
Aug 05, 2017
Rated: 3.99 by TrojanRB from Texas

Jul 23, 2017
Rated: 4.79 by lawlmartz from Georgia

May 27, 2017
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Reviewed by MinerBob from Oklahoma

3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head. Smell and taste nothing special good thing it's only brewed once. Nice mouth feel and smooth going down a session beer but just nothing special.
Apr 30, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by kotzbauerm from Kentucky

Apr 18, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by MidwestBA from Illinois

Apr 09, 2017
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
S: Bread crumb, a little crust and spicy floral aromas rise from the glass. Malt aromas are medium and hop aromas are medium low. It is a clean ferment with no off aromas, very low alcohol and no dry biscuit or roast malt aromas.

T: Creamy beer fills the mouth with light bread crumb flavors, a rich malt profile and a fairly assertive bitterness for the style. The hop and malt balance are fairly even with the malt dominating the front end and the hops asserting themselves in the finish. A hint of initial sweetness dries by the finish leading to lingering gentle bitter and rich malt flavors.

F: This version of Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest has a creamy, medium to medium light body and a medium very fine soft carbonation.
Mar 31, 2017
Rated: 4 by Theogre83 from Kansas

Jan 30, 2017
Rated: 4.02 by stanale from Illinois

Jan 27, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by plumcrazyfx from Minnesota

Jan 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Davedrinkinbeer from Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Bought a 6-pack at the store back around November, and kept a couple in my fridge until today 2 months later. Smell is good, not overpowering but a little honey scent is detected. Taste is very well blended after a couple of months, very good mix of hops from start to finish, and the bitterness has decreased over this period too. Finish is a nice aftertaste, and certainly is not dry or overcarbonated.

Definitely a must have again for me-- but the next time I know what to do-- put the beer in the fridge and sit on it for a couple of months before trying.
Jan 16, 2017
Rated: 4.07 by Feel_the_Darkness from Virginia

Jan 11, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

Jan 10, 2017
Rated: 3.61 by Mikey440 from California

Jan 10, 2017
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a crystal clear golden color with a finger of off-white head. The head has good retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma brings notes of cereal grains, honey, sweet dough, and a touch of spicy hops.

The taste follows the nose exactly. Lots of roasted cereal grains, doughy bread and honey, some caramel, finished off by a subtle kiss of spicy hops.

The feel is medium bodied with pretty good carbonation. Exceptionally creamy and smooth.

Overall, a very good marzen that is very flavorful yet easy drinking. I wish I could get this year round.
Jan 04, 2017
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Reviewed by frkonalsh2003 from California

4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
My most consumed beer of 2016. I only wish I had this on tap. I did have a sample as a part of the tour at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico.

Loved the malt character of this beer and the record hops were a perfect balance as they spice it up a bit. Smooth at 6% ABV
Dec 30, 2016
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Reviewed by breadwinner from California

4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Love the brewers involved, love the result, lots of grainy pils malt goodness, ample body, and a spicy kick of hops. I thought the hops a touch too spicy when this was fresh, but after a month or two in the bottle, it really hit its stride. Tasty indeed.
Dec 28, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by archero from Texas

Dec 25, 2016
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Reviewed by edward_boumil from New York

3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
L: Golden, bright, clear beer. Excellent head retention.
S: Honey, cereal grains, light spicy hops
T: Repeat of the nose, with a dry hop finish. Hops are peppery
F: Smooth. Not quite easy drinking some some lagers, a little heavier, but still drinkable.
O: Pretty solid brew. Definitely up there with some of the imports.
Dec 23, 2016
Rated: 4.19 by mmorris15 from Maine

Dec 21, 2016
Rated: 4.19 by BcCraft710 from Canada (BC)

Dec 20, 2016
Rated: 2.99 by Mississippi from Virginia

Dec 19, 2016
Rated: 3.83 by beerjerk666 from Florida

Dec 11, 2016
Oktoberfest (2016) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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