Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Brauhaus Miltenberger Collaboration | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Brauhaus Miltenberger CollaborationSierra Nevada Oktoberfest - Brauhaus Miltenberger Collaboration

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

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Each year, we partner with a different German brewer to explore the roots of Germany’s famous Oktoberfest beers. This year, we’re collaborating with Germany’s Brauhaus Miltenberger, whose approach to the classic style we’ve long admired. The result is a festival beer true to their style—deep golden in color with deceptively rich malt flavor and balanced by traditional German-grown whole-cone hops.

Added by steveh on 07-19-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 569 |  Reviews: 213
Reviews by jaxon53:
Photo of jaxon53
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bones10
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer gets me. I mean our relationship is real, it wants me to be happy.

I want to be clear that I drink heavily hopped beer, lots of IPAs. But I drink this (12 now, don't judge!) and I think this is what beer should taste like in its basic form.

Just a great lager. I could (& did!) drink this beer all night.


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Photo of huthuty
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pouring a medium-dark amber with little head, this had a delicious yet mild smell. The beer has a complex medium malty taste and hops are easily detectable, this is a very drinkable and interesting tasting beer, would recommend.

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Photo of Raime
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - From twelve ounce bottle into into a mason jar. Pours a light copper with a tint of gold. Head amounts to a finger then dies quickly. Carbonation appears low. No lacing upon a finished glass

Smell - Adjunct like with a touch of the Munich.

Taste - Munich malts take over with some sweet grass. Hop levels are balances but nowhere near nobel level.

Feel - Heavily carbonated with a heavy body. Swallows a bit stronger than anticipated.

Overall - Nowhere near the Brauhaus Riegel Oktoberfest collaboration which is my favorite Oktoberfest ever. BUT a bit better than last years version.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

appearance is off, definitely lighter in color and super big bubbles/fizzy head that dissipates immediately. this tasted a bit overly sweet to me. caramely malts, toasted bread, sugary sweetness, there should be some more hops to give this a little balance. watery mouthfeel. decent easy drinker, but not as good as some of the seasonal beers that ive recently tried.

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Photo of matcris
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A crystal clear, 18k gold, with a 2" white, foamy head that lasts. Loads of bubbles rising, and a mild lacing left down the glass. The aroma is toasted bread, grain, sunflower seeds, very mild caramel, and a slight bit grassy. The flavor is balanced, pretty nicely. Not overly sweet, however there is a fair amount of bitterness on the finish. I'm tasting lots of grain, and the hops are a bit nondescript, to me. A bit grassy and grainy, there. But the bitterness definitely comes through. If you're expecting that carmel sweet Oktoberfest like Sam Adams....this ain't it! The feel is just south of average carbonation, dry on the very finish, but a little slick up front, and medium body. Overall, I think it's very good, but not as special as the last two years.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

$1.50 USD per bottle at a Trader Joe's in Chicago, IL.

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Branded pry-off crown cap. Brown glass. 2017 vintage.

Served cold into a pilsner glass the day of purchase.

6.1% ABV. "Oktoberfest."

APPEARANCE: Copper body with faint amber hues. White head. Head lacks adequate frothiness and creaminess for the style, but its retention isn't terrible (~4 minutes).

Appears well-carbonated. Looks conventional for a festbier.

AROMA: Slight toastiness. Munich malt. Faint butterscotch. Candied sweetness. Apple/apple juice. Grassy hops (probably Noble...hallertauer mittelfruh if I had to guess.) Certainly suggests a beer on the sweeter side for the style...and possibly even a bit artificial. Honestly, if you threw this into a blind tasting of malt liquors, I doubt I'd pick it out as being much different aromatically...that apple juice aroma in particular is troublesome.

Aromatic intensity is average. Not a great aroma for the intended style, but aside from its vague artificiality it doesn't have any off-notes.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Overly sweet, lacking sufficient perceived bitterness from the slightly toasty amber malts to be balanced. Artificial apple/apple juice is present as I feared, and I'm not sure why. Munich/helles malts fill out its medium body along with 2-row. Lacks overt hop flavour (not even the delicate grassiness I'd expect in a festbier).

Overcarbonated. Smooth. Wet. Crisp.

OVERALL: I couldn't see myself quaffing this by the litrekrug at an Oktoberfest event, and I think that's the key attribute a beer in this style needs to possess...this is a style intended for heavy drinking and any expression thereof should boast impressive drinkability. I respect Sierra Nevada and don't think I've had any Miltenberger beers, but I honestly hoped for better in this collaboration. I can't say I'd recommend this to other beer drinkers even over many American attempts at the style (let alone superb German expressions thereof) and ultimately I think it's pretty mediocre. I bought 2 bottles in hopes it'd prove great and I would even be inclined to go back for more, but this is average at best and its blatant overcarbonation makes it difficult to drink even one 12 oz bottle quickly...nevermind a full litre.

C (2.83) / AVERAGE

08.03.17 2nd impression from another bottle:

AROMA: Floral and Munich malt-emphatic. Fresh and malty, tending towards the sweeter side.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Crisp and overcarbonated, with a definite bite to it. Malty sweet with plenty of 2-row and Munich malt filling out its medium body. Hop profile is floral. Balance could be better.

Simplistic even for a festbier, but there's some nice depth to its malty layers.

OVERALL: A forgettable attempt at a style that demands far more drinkability than this provides...the overcarbonation alone is enough to make it tough to get through. Still, there are far worse American attempts at the style out there (if this can be considered truly American).


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Photo of jkrich
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: bright and brassy, deep and clear golden to bronze with a short-lived, foamy white-head.

Aroma of solid malt and European malt - very much in the Oktoberfest mold.

This year's version emphasizes the malt with a faint roasted and caramel flavor while the hops keep the lager from becoming cloying - just barely. While the lager is crisp and refreshing, it is a little too sweet to my palate, and it is slightly one dimensional compared to the versions from the past two years. Despite the sweet palate, there is a strange bitterness on the back of the tongue that is distracting.

By most standards this is a very good Oktoberfest, I just expected more considering the excellent versions from the last two years.

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Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I can't believe I'am drinking an O-fest in the first wk of August anyways....Pour one and a half bottles into a half liter stein,a brilliant rich golden with a large fluffy ever so slight off white crown that settles into a frothy mass.Mainly toasted caramel malts in the nose,more of a subtle aroma profile.A little thin in the mouth,even more so in the back end.Caramel dough with some lightly spicy/herbal hops in the finish,a hint of star anise is detected as well.Not as good as their predecessors but a decent Fest beer none the less.

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Photo of Turbo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodchipper
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep gold with a generous head. New bubbles rise from the bottom with every sip cycle all the way to the end.
Nice rich sweet burnt caramel aroma.
Malt in the front, hops in the back. This is a refreshing balancing act.
Didn't expect a dud from SN and I didn't get one. Love this beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass the beer was a clear copper color with a small, off-white head.
Sweet malt aroma, grassy hops.
Caramel up front, very sweet. Late spice.

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Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of G_Shoe
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ledouge
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chossboss
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rsquared59
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a fingernail of off white. The body is very clear in appearance. The aroma is of sourdough bread. I'm tasting sourdough bread and just a suggestion of grassy hops. The mouth is light and quaffable.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: brilliant gold permeated with streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 1" white foam cap with good retention

S: mild aromas of light cracker, bread crumb, a hint of light bread crust, and spicy German hops

T: rich array of malt flavors including cracker, light bread crumb, light bread crust and rich melanoidins that taste like caramel with the sugar squeezed out. It dries on the finish. The hops provide a moderate bitterness and subtle range of spicy, earthy hop flavors.

F: The body and carbonation are medium.

O: This is a good, repeatable beer that cries out for pork and fried chicken.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stein.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big two finger off white head with decent retention.

Smell: A bready and earthy balanced aroma with a scent of caramel, biscuit, and grass. Malt scent of caramel, biscuit, grains, toast, and cracker with some lager yeast. Earthy hop scent of grass. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready and earthy balanced taste with notes of caramel, biscuit, and grass. Upfront malt notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, grains, and cracker with some yeast. Good earthy hop notes of grass. The hop presence is bigger than what is typical for a Marzen which cuts into the caramel malt sweetness. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, drying, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good version of a Marzen. More hoppy than what is typical for the style but it is still well balanced.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moundbz
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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