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

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 201 | Ratings: 636
Reviews by Schmeckvergnuegen:
Photo of Schmeckvergnuegen
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Mid to deep golden harvest hues. Drunk cool, pronounced notes of sweet grain or rolled maize, with a caramel finish with hints of late season grass. Finish lingers sweet and fades to possible weaker notes. Bouquet has faint hints of Necco chocolate wafers, but most will sense general grain in an expected lager palette. Easy drinker. Would easily match milder cheeses (goudas, cheddars, and mountain cheeses) and breads (sourdoughs, pizza doughs, possibly light Danish rye). Prost!

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Photo of drtth
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear, bright golden yellow color with a 1 1/2" fluffy white head that slowly recedes. leaving some long thick legs of lacing on the sides. Sipping cleans the glass but also creates some small patches of lacing that slide back down to the liquid. By mid-way through the beer there's mostly just a thin film on the surface.

The aromas include some floral, grassy hops that seem lightly spicy as well. This is supported by the bready malt backbone.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose, with the floral, grassy, spicy hops supported by a strong bready malt character. What bitterness there is remains well in the background as it provides a counterbalance for the sweetness of the malt.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and smooth with some gentle persistent carbonation. The finish begins about midway through as the hop flavors fade a bit with some sweetness emerging before that goes in the background to leave a light, almost herbal bitterness in charge for a awhile. Then some light sweetness re-emerges as everything fades into a long but eventually dry finish.

Overall this seems a very well made beer, as we've come to expect from Sierra Nevada and their collaborators. What I particularly like about it is that neither the hops nor the malt play the leading role, rather they both share the stage and play nicely together sharing center stage. I'll definitely be having more of these in the next few months. I am also hoping that someone else will contribute to the revival of the hop variety featured here as it seems a bit sharper and almost cleaner thatn some of the current noble hops. I'm also hoping that Sierra Nevada will continue this line of collaborative beers with Germany based brewers so that we have more of such enjoyable results in the future.

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Photo of Mashbrew
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In a world where beer has become oversaturated with every flavor masking under the sun (sweet sugary sludge), this beer tastes like beer. A perfect festbier, balanced malt and hops, refreshing, bitter, and a crisp golden color.

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Photo of steveh
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Happened on this locally by pure luck. 12 pack brewed and bottled in N. Carolina -- bottled on 07.07.16.

L -- This year's collab is definitely a Wies'n-style Festbier; clear and golden yellow with a thick and dense white head.

S -- Spicy hops, light DMS and crusty bread.

T -- Very spicy, herbal hops up front with a mild citrus character and light bready, crackery malts in the background to finish, but it's the spicy hop character that dominates and lingers through the finish and aftertaste. There's also a spicy bitterness at the back of the throat in the aftertaste -- not IPA bitter, but lets you know the hops are contributing more than flavor.

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

O -- Overall? I'll be the first to say it -- last year's rendition was better -- more to my liking as an Oktoberfest. This year's is very well-crafted and will make hop-heads take notice -- and maybe even those of us who admire a beer that can be hoppy without being overbearing.

This interpretation is very American in its character, but not quite to a point of becoming a different beer in disguise. I'll be interested to see how much this beer grows on me over the season as the hop character is fatiguing to my palate, but I like the malt flavors fighting for recognition. In the meantime, I'm looking more forward to HB and Weihenstephan's Wies'n Festbiers.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.69/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

REALLY Outstanding, Oktoberfest beer!!! I can't find any serious faults. Very light yellow color, NOT amber--as real German Maerzen's are light colored. Head, is big and bloomy--as few US craftbeers are (but good German beers always are). Aroma is balanced malt and hops, which I can't quite identify (must be the rare "Record" variety, mentioned on the label). Taste is a totally perfect balance of sweet malt, and crisp hops--refreshing and filling all at once. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety--but the hops wash it off, so not cloying. This is probably the very best big-guy-brewery Maerzen I've had. Compares well with Olde Mecklenburg's Mecktoberfest.

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Photo of Gatch
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Unique light golden-yellow color with a bright white, quickly-fading head. Not overly sweet and malty like many tend to be. Super crisp, insanely drinkable, great finish. Honestly, I'm not sure an Oktoberfest can get better. Maybe because this beer is more on the Helles side of the style and I'm biased as Helles is my favorite German style of beer. But this seems to be a fantastic collab, with the Mahrs contribution really standing out. I could literally drink 1L mug after mug of this stuff, especially if I were in Europe in a festive mood. I should have reviewed sooner, as the first bottle I had from the six-pack was way back in September and was noticeably better as the date on the bottle is 07/14/16. Regardless, and three and half months later, it's still delicious.

In summary...this is beer.

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Photo of WayneEsten
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a solid German lager. However, it's not what I consider an Oktoberfest beer. My older brother spent two years in German in the 1960s and I spent a couple of weeks there in the 1990s. We both agreed, this is a heck of good German lager. They should market this on year around and call it Sierra Nevada Deutsche Lager. I would always have some on hand.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 11/6/16

A: Deep gold with some caramel tones - nicely clear - pours with a medium size, white head, fades to a few wisps of a cap, leaves a few streaks of lacing

S: Nicely malty with some nice fruitiness - caramel malt, pale malt, caramel grains - toasted malt, toast, biscuits, hearty bread - lager yeast - some grassy and leafy hops - some light fruits - light sweetness

T: Liquid biscuits - malty sweetness and more candy-like sweetness, with some caramel and dark caramel - toast, toasted biscuits, some dark bread, cereal - herbal, grassy hops - toffee - lager yeast, spice - some light fruits, hints of apple and pear

M: Medium body, smooth, finishing with some lingering sweetness

O: Until next year

I had this a few times on tap, and it was stellar. Alone, without food, it loses some of the charm, but it's still a great Oktoberfest. I'm tempted to pour three bottles of this into a 1L stein and go to town.

Update, 10/7/17: I saved one of these for a year and wow... Amazing. I hope Sierra Nevada reaches out to Mahrs again in the future, because even a year-old bottle of this blows away the 2017 iteration (with all due respect to Miltenberger).

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Photo of dar482
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a clear straw to light gold color.

The aroma of sweet breadiness, biscuity malts, medium malt intensity, floral and grassy hops.

The flavor follows with a spicy hops upfront, surrounded by sweet breadiness throughout, a bit of sugar sweetness, balanced by a lingering and medium bitterness of grass and spice. There's a medium carbonation with an almost creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of FBarber
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear crisp golden color. Appears effervescent and well carbonated. Frothy white head dissipates leaving some sticky lacing. After a bit of time no residual head is left. Certainly on the light side for an Oktoberfest - appears closer to a festbier than a marzen.

Smell is a nice aroma of a sweet lemony like hop aroma, kind of grassy - lemongrass comes to mind. Notes of cracker malt and honey shine through. Touch of spice on the back end.

Taste follows the nose with a malty cracker flavor up front. Slight hint of honey like sweetness. Hoppy flavor comes through - grassy, with a slight lemon character to it. Slight touch of bitterness on the finish.

Feel is light, crisp and supremely drinkable. Medium carbonation provides a slight tingle up front. Dry finish is a nice transition into the next sip.

Overall a more unique take on an Oktoberfest from SN and Mahrs Brau - on the lighter side for an Oktoberfest its supremely drinkable and expertly crafted. I wish this wasn't a one off because otherwise it would be a top 3 oktoberfest every year.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Rich and malty aroma. Spicy hops. Somewhat nutty. Bread dough. A hint of pear. Otherwise clean fermentation character.

Pours deep golden with a small off-white head. Decent retention, no lacing.

Rich malts upfront followed with spicy hops finishing clean and a bit doughy. Crackery with a hint of sweetness.

Medium body with medium high carbonation. Creamy but with lots of bubbles. Somewhat biting carbonation. Nice and crisp.

From my understanding this is more of the "festbier" style rather than the typical märzen. It is much paler and is what is typically drunk nowadays in Germany for Oktoberfest. It's one of the only festbiers I've seen made domestically, and it's quite good.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very pale, a 4 on the SRM chart. Clear, bright and just golden. It's not pale per se but it is not amber, and not orange. It's the color of fresh wood and quite beautiful. Creamy white cap that falls just in time for you to drink it. Nose is as though a gentleman has handed you a flower. It has earthy spice to sweeten it. The spahir hop is a cool air. No caramel, no fruity esters from yeast, no diacetyl, no dms. The herbal has a pungency just underneath it like musk but it's not too strong. The Steffi pilsner malt is golden. Smells like bread dough. Depth from a light biscuit must be the Vienna malt. There is just a shy sweetness on the nose and that is also from the Vienna. A very light toastiness that has to be the Munich malt. Crisp and hearty. smooth but layered.

For as much depth as the malts give the palate, the flavor is serene in a way. Mouthfeel is fuller than the color would suggest. But rather than orangey coppery colors, in the flavor we have a light grain and moderate herbal hop. The depth of flavor is all in a small margin and that is where the hops show all they have got. Firm lasting clean bitterness. That's German magnum hop. Before it gets sweet, or too full the bitterness comes and lasts to leave you with this dynamic texture from malt and just a hint at the graceful Vienna malt flavor at the very end. In some authentic beer the alcohol is revealed. In this one it is. Right at the end you get a little bracing bitterness from the abv. I found that feature in stronger styles and because of the extra sweet tropical they thought they were going to get from the other bittering hop. Dry. For bittering hops they used a combination German and American. German magnum and Palisade. For flavor and aroma they used German record and thank you Jack Horzempa for giving me the only information I could find on them at all. I'd say the hop character that maybe they resemble is weedy grassy like spalt, spalter , strisslepsalt. Those are the hops that came to mind but correct me if I am wrong. Saphir and crystal. The word Steffi tells me the variety of barley not the level of kilning.

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Photo of Beermaster70
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Highly anticipated, as last year's collaboration was outstanding. This is a delicious beer, that I will be enjoying over the next several months. Glad I picked up a case today to enjoy and share.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding. Won'e be drinking any other American made Octoberfests this fall. Everything you want out a great fest beer. a delicate balance of hops compliments the sweet biscuity caramel malt very nicely.

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

Poured light golden. Tastier than last year for me. A little more hop to it which works well. Really enjoyed this and plan to drink it til it is past October.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of Sierra Nevada's Oktoberfest Mahrs Brau Collaboration at Meijers. I'm always down to try a new Oktoberfest beer and this one sounds interesting, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a stein.

A- The label looks good, it's a little eye catching and it goes well with the beer. It poured a clear golden color that took on more of a pale yellow color when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy rings of lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a doughy and lightly fruity aroma with some apple juice like aromas showing up. Up next comes the malts which impart a pale malt, grainy, bready and biscuit like aroma with a little bit of an herbal hop aroma showing up towards the end. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, it's well balanced.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts all the same aspects that it did in the aroma and it's followed by the malts which impart all those grainy, bready and biscuit like malts aspects that they did in the aroma and they show up a little more with some sweet malts. On the finish there's a little bit of bitterness with a some light herbal hops showing up with some more sweetness and lots of grainy and bready malt flavors in the aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but it's a little on the sweet side.

M= Fairly smooth, crisp, slightly cloying, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is nice, but I wish it didn't have that slightly cloying finish.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a little above average for the style, it was obvious that it's a little more a lighter take on the style and while i prefer the ones that have just a little bit of toasted malts to them this was still nice and I know that this style has a light and a slightly darker side, so I know it still can be true to style. This beer had decent drinkability, I could drink a couple, but it isn't as drinkable as some of my favorite ones. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, they are both good and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the sweetness, I wish it was toned down. I might buy this beer again, if I wanted more of a lighter example of the style and I would recommend it if your looking for the same. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it and It's just not fully what I think of when I think of a really nice Marzen. It's not my favorite Sierra Nevada beer and it's just a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, but I think with a little more work this could be a pretty good beer.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Beautifully bright and golden in color, this pours like a true, German fest bier. The medium sized, frothy head retains a decent bit before it reduces to a thin film on top of the beer. Not a ton of lacing as it is drank, but a bit.

S- Very clean and very crisp, the scent of this beer is refreshing and brings back memories of previous autumns. The front of the scent is classic, German lager, displaying lightly bitter and extremely clean hops. Just behind the crisp, biting smell is a hint of sweeter malts.

T- As the beer hits the tongue, my German liver shakes in anticipation. The same crisp and clean hop flavors from the scent translate directly to the taste in a beautiful and light burst on the tongue. As expected for the style, the sweeter, slightly darker malts kick in next and give you that "Munich in October" flavor. Balanced with both sweeter, maltier flavors and the crisp and cleanly bitter hops, this beer displays both sides of the classic German beer flavors.

M- No surprises in the feel here; this beer is smooth, moderately carbonated, and incredibly easy to drink. I could drink this beer until I pass out, then wake up and drink it again, all in the streets of Munich.

Overall, this is another great example of the style that I absolutely every fall. Sierra does an awesome job with these collaborations and this year definitely doesn't disappoint. It may still be pretty hot out, but this still hits the spot.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This years version finishes a little smoother and its a little sweeter, a nice breadiness with still a well balance moderate hop bitterness in the finish. I think this year's version is much more well made and authentic to style compared to last year's which IMO was overly hopped and "Americanize". Nicely done. I'll be drinking more of these.

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Photo of Suds
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love Oktoberfest style, and this is a good example. Clear, malty, clean aroma. The taste is lightly sweet up front and has just enough hops to provide a nice bitter finish. Medium in body and very smooth. I love the malt flavor, which is present through the beer. Excellent.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, one of a 6 pack from Fred Meyer in Salem OR $8.99 Lighter golden coloured beer with a large thick and frothy white head . Nice clean caramel malt and biscuit aromas. Some sweetness evident but next to no hop aromas. Very nice caramel malt tastes..getting a short burst of grassy hop then on again to the malts, Sweet malts in the end,,like butter tablet. Nice drinkable body..and thats what its all about at Oktoberfest? No ? I ,liked this all the stuff I have been told this is nearer the beer served in Munchen..rather than the heavier stuff popular here..but out of date there. Good,

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Photo of jwat
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PatrickCT
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from TW Arrowhead in early September for $7.99. Bottled on 7/1/16.

Beer poured deep golden with a nice white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is sweet malts and crisp noble hops.

Taste is delicious, malts blend nicely with the hops to create a nice lightly hoppy lager.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth yet crisp.

Overall this is a very nice take on the Märzen style. Definitely give it a shot if you enjoy this style!

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Photo of cbcrunch
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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