Sierra Nevada / Bitgurger - Oktoberfest (2019)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #13
Ranked #11,176
3.93 | pDev: 8.4%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Sierra Nevada / Bitgurger - Oktoberfest (2019)Sierra Nevada / Bitgurger - Oktoberfest (2019)
Notes: It’s the ultimate season of revelry, so we teamed up with Germany’s Bitburger Brewery for an Oktoberfest that turns backyards into beer gardens. Rally your friends and celebrate with a festbier whose rich amber color, secret hop blend, and smooth malty flavor bring the Munich tents to you.

Malts: Caramelized malts, Munich, Pilsner
Hops: Bitburger Siegelhopfen, German Magnum, Loral
Yeast: Lager Yeast
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Reviews: 106 | Ratings: 251
Photo of yuriyt
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass. Color is deep copper to light amber. Aroma of caramel malts. Flavor features caramel sweetness and not much depth. Little hop amora/flavor but enough bitterness for the style. A drinkable but not extraordinary seasonal beer. I'd like to see more complexity in the malt and a bit more hop freshness.

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Photo of Djoneil
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught pint at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore. Nice copper color, but head vanishes very quickly and almost completely, leaving an incomplete white ring. NOT much nose. Hard to tell about the taste because of the off putting feel - overly carbonated, sharp & dry. Glad it was a happy hour selection.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This makes me wish I would have tried the version last year. Oh, well.
Nice soft and firm toasty malt. Pretty typical. No hops . Smallish tan head that settles out. More brown than most in the orange amber color. Brilliantly clear.
First take is that it is a little thin and full of sharp and prickly carbonation. Quite dry on the finish. Leaves me a little gassy.
The amount of carbonation distracts from appreciating the flavors. Heavy malt moving towards burnt toast. Maybe some of that is the more than typical hop flavors (with which I'm fine). Earthy, green grassy hop flavor, shows more as it warms.
I'm a little disappointment, but it is worth a try and maybe a 6er or so. Makes me wish even more that I had tried the one last year.

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Photo of Mdog
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber, big head.

Smell: Bready with fruit notes.

Taste: Sweet, caramel, toast, somewhat light feel.

Overall: I never used to like octoberfests, but Sierra Nevada's past two collabs have been very tasty. Not much hop bite in this one, just easy drinking sweet lager.

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Photo of Impetuous
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perfectly clear amber body, small white head

Flavors are toasty malts, biscuit malts, and then a good amount of herbal hops. The hops are more present than I expected, but quite well done. Carbonation is pleasant and light and appropriate.

It's pretty good.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neither the regalia nor the quality of the brewers of Biburger or Sierra Nevada have encountered much question. So when the two breweries team up for a collaborative brew, the obvious style would be a well built but specifically targeted style. So Oktoberfest it is!

So as the Oktoberfest 2019 rolls out, it does so with a bright golden, slight of chrome austere. As its whimsy of sea foam floats the lager, a gentle scent of floral hops carry a slight candy effect with hints of sun kissed garins, spicy grasses and a pep of apple fruitiness. Moderate sweetness carries the early palate with its gentle cashew, off honey, off caramel elegance that's more than just wafer breadiness.

But a sense of balance takes hold as the sweetness takes a swift step back and the hops bring a racy taste of lemongrass, faint apple and pear character to the middle palate. Trending surprisingly spicy, bitter and biting for a full bodied lager, the Bitburger attitude shines through in the finish with its drier, spicier and assertively bitter Norther German Lager that's familiar to the Bitburger legacy.

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Photo of hman43
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours amber and clear with an off white head.

Smell: It has malty rich aromas of toast and rich bread. It is clean with a slight herbal hint to it.

Taste: The flavors are malty rich with bread and bread crusts. The is a slight herbal note to it.

Feel: It has a moderate body.

Overall, the malt flavors are rich and the herbal notes enhance the beer.

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Photo of johnreggie
2.22/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Awfully disappointing to the point of undrinkable. Thin watery and virtually tasteless. What a disaster compared to last years incredible Weihenstephaner mash up. Just poor

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves good lacing

S: Toasted malt and caramel up front along with lightly spicy noble hops and some grainy notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the toasted malt, caramel, and grainy notes and then picks up some breadiness and spicy/floral hop notes. Finishes with lingering grain and hop notes

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A good Oktoberfest and another solid choice for a collaboration. Easy to drink and perfect for the season. Well done

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


A beautiful clear copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks excellent. The nose is great. Beautifully soft and deep with caramel, bread, toffee, a really lovely, delicate floral hop character, a light lemon touch,this smells great. The malt character is quite excellent, with the blend of the deeply nutty Munich malt complemented by the grainy pils malt. The palate opens with all the right flavors, but quickly falls apart because the mouthfeel is a lacking. Nice, grainy, bready flavors complemented by a delicate floral and lemon hop note are present, before a rather watery mid-palate amplifies the caramel and burnt sugar flavors. Carbonation is moderate, adding a mild mineral note as well. Light in body and mildly sweet on the finish, this beer is solid.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle: Caramel colored with a reddish tint, a small white head and no lacing. Smells of caramel and toasted grains. Malty backbone with flavors of caramel and a slight hop hint. Very good

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Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour one and a half bottles into a half liter stein,a rich bronze color with a near one finger slight off white crown atop.Toast and caramel mainly in the nose,a slight iron tinge is detected as well.On the dryer side for the style wich I really like about it,toasted grains,herbal/spicy hops,with mildly sweet caramel base,there is a nice crispness in the finish.I look forward to the SN Oktoberfest collab's every year,this one does not disappoint in the least.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber brown body with a white head. Smells of toast, caramel, wet wood, grassy hops, and malts. Taste is very much toasted on the marzen spectrum: toasted caramel, toasted bready malts, a shot of slight bitterness from the herbal and grassy hops near the finish, and some general earthiness through out. Medium bodied with decent carbonation, plenty malty but not heavy. Love this series each year but this one was one of my lesser favorites so far, though still plenty enjoyable.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear amber-copper color. Thin white head with some strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Clean, malty (a bit bready), with some leafy noble hop aroma.

Taste: Clean, lots of malt with some definite toasted notes, good noble hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness, good carbonation, with a bit of a dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Hits the style well. Easily drinkable and pairs really well with food. Last night was cheese and crackers and tonight was chicken-cheese enchilada. Like all Marzens, so easy to drink in large quantities and I definitely want another one. Not really amazing in any one of its components, but the combined works very well.

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Photo of bobv
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.
PKGD 08/01/19.
Moderate pour yields a 3/4 inch off-white head over a reddish amber body with nice lacing. Nose of semi-sweet malt and bread. Taste mirrors nose somewhat with the hops keeping the sweet malt in check on the palate and finishing with a bit of wheat bread. Nice feel and overall, a more than decent stab at an Oktoberfest and would have again. Cheers!

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Photo of arizcards
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer on 8-12-19 from TW Arrowhead for $8.29. Packaged on 7-19-19; consumed on 9-8-19.

Beer poured orange with a beautiful white head that has some good hang time.

Nose is carmelized malts and sourdough bread.

Taste is toasted and carmelized malts, very bready, getting sourdough. Hopping is nicely done striking a good balance in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very smooth.

Overall if you like liquid bread this brew is for you!

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Photo of nick_perry
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber appearance. Head is thinner than I’d expect. Earthy, bitter hops up front, stronger than I’d expect for the style. However, the bitterness eventually gives way to a molasses flavor from the malts. Strong carbonation.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle into a PAA mug, this beer pours out a beautiful caramel color with amber highlights shining throughout. It forms a pinky of off white crown that doesn’t stick around long.

The nose carries caramel malts, toasted caramel and slight herbal/grassiness with the hops.

The taste brings more of the hops upfront with a bitterness before turning into toasted bread and lingering caramel sweetness.

Bitter, toasty, slick with a balanced sweetness. Full for the style.

Overall, it’s a nice Okto from Sierra Nevada, which should be expected. Although I do think the herbal/grassy hops outshine the malt a bit here and could stand to be toned down a bit.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle

Pours a clear medium brown color, like iced tea looking. I was a bit disappointed in the aroma and flavor, fairly bland and too sweet. very thin bodied.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Stamped on label is packaged on date of '07/19/19'.
Clear, medium amber colored body. Pinkie finger width of dirty white head, which settles quickly to a partial cap and ring. Spots of lacing fade away.
Aroma is slightly sweet caramel malt and floral/herbal hops.
Taste is caramel malt driven, which is slightly sweet, and balanced by a floral/herbal spiciness of hops. Kind of dry at the end.
Medium mouth feel, with very good carbonation.
Presents a definite spiciness in the mouth, with a smooth caramel note with the malts. Taste fades away rather quickly, which calls for another sip to get the taste experience back in the mouth. Definitely a good choice for session work.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at MacGregor's Grill and Taproom in Brighton, NY.

This one pours a light and golden brownish color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like toasted malt, grassy hops, bitter breadiness, tea, and very light caramel.

Year in and year out - this collaboration series has been tremendous. This is a bit more bitter and crisp than past year, but still has a fantastically rich and deep malt character, along with snappy tea and grassy hops, and brown breadiness, along with caramel and slight yeastiness.

This is light bodied, super crisp, and really drinkable. This one beer could be easily translated into many beers.

I always enjoy these, and it's great to see that Sierra Nevada is still bringing some old school/old money heat here.

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Photo of MoMaMe
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

When deciding to pick up a pack, I read the reviews from a different year and the rating was lower, but I still decided to get it. However, glad I did. This is a very pleasant and tasty.

Pours a clear, deep honey, slightly orange, with minimal head and very little lacing.

Smell is light, malty, apricots,

Taste is stronger, very smooth, more malt flavors come out, possibly hints of brown sugar?

Overall, worth picking up. Price is reasonable and this is a very easy-drinking beer with a nice flavor.

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Photo of ZAP
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-Amber colored.

S-Light spicy hops...light caramel....light aroma

T-Nice toasted malt flavor at the start...toffee...brown sugar...not cloying...hops lend a balance but not a real flavor.

F-Medium bodied. Malty but clean.

O-This is pretty good. I like the toasted malt/toffee flavor....Will be buying again.

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Photo of joemcg
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally available in Eastern Mass. Looks great, beautiful copper color. A bit more malt smell would be nice. Crisp, clean malty flavor. Excellent collaboration - best since the 2015 one.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint.

Amber. Good clarity. Light carbonation. 1/2 finger of off-white head.

Cracker, biscuit, toast, florals, and brown sugar.

Cracker, biscuit, and toasted white bread. Light spicy and floral hoppiness. Lemongrass on the finish.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, bright, dry, and moderately bitter.

A bright, crispy Oktoberfest.

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Sierra Nevada / Bitgurger - Oktoberfest (2019) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 251 ratings