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

Sierra Nevada / Bitburger - Oktoberfest (2019)Sierra Nevada / Bitburger - Oktoberfest (2019)
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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #12
ABV:
6%
Score:
87
Ranked #10,999
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 8.14%
Reviews:
115
Ratings:
270
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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SCORE
87
Very Good
Sierra Nevada / Bitburger - Oktoberfest (2019)Sierra Nevada / Bitburger - 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: 115 | Ratings: 270
Reviews by AyatollahGold:
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 MaximumYuks
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drews240
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pens1967
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shy5
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Six pack of bottles picked up at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
PCKD date is 7/19/19, very fresh. Served in a pint glass.

Look- Clear golden amber color with a nice foamy off-white head that receds quicky, solid lacing on the glass.
Moderate carbonation bubbles streaming in the glass as it sits.

Smell- Roasted malts and brown sugar, dark fruit... prunes, dates, a little cherry, some spicey and herbs.

Taste- Same as the smell, but a lot lighter than expected. The trademark hop flavor from SN is hidden in this, IMO.

Feel- Light on the palate. not that heavy on the gut either.

O- A pretty solid offering from this year's SN Oktoberfest. I'll enjoy it this season.

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Photo of Buck89
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Beautiful beer with a clear amber color and a medium sized off white head. Nice lacing in the glass. Aroma was faint bready malt, a touch of caramel, and lemony/floral hops. The taste followed. There seemed to be a lemony presence at least to my palate which detracted from the malty flavor. It was there but a bit subdued. The caramel added complexity but this just lacked the rich bready flavor I like in the style. Medium bodied and carbonated. Overall good but far from my favorite SN Oktoberfest collab.

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

Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Arg914
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jgido759
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebooyakid
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeardedWalrus
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkrich
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: clear and bright, reddish-amber with a quickly receding off-white head. This is a very attractive hue.

Perhaps because of the freshness (bottled about a month ago), the aroma is very prominent for the style - strongly bready with noticeable hops.

Once again, Sierra Nevada always has a unique take on the Oktoberfest style. In this case, the hop bitterness is quite prominent of the style with quite a lot of lingering bitterness on the tongue. I almost believe I am getting a little rye in the flavor. It also has the traditional elements of bread and dough-like flavors as well as the smooth malty flavor you come to expect from an Oktoberfest. Wow, that bitterness seems inappropriate, but it is extremely welcoming.

The body is somewhat thin with a quick mouthfeel; the carbonation is quite sharp. The lingering flavor on the palate is quite like pumpernickel bread.

While I don't think this is the best of the collaborations, and it is not at all a traditional festbier, it is extremely refreshing and quaffable. I will certainly look for a 12 pack. Now if I could only find some Bitburger pilsner down here.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of lastmango
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass - a very clear and bright copper color with not a trace of sediment. Too light looking for me. One finger white head dissipated quickly. Light-moderate lacing. Nose is very light sourdough bread, caramel and malt . . . almost undetectable. Taste follows the nose but more noticeable. A bit of hop bitterness on the finish. The flavor is still not up there with the best. Moderate body and carbonation. You could down a few of these. IMO, there are better Oktoberfests out there, although others seem to feel this is a very good Oktoberfest. I would take Great Lakes over this any day.

Doing another taste test. Second bottle pour for some reason looks darker like I would expect from a marzen. Caramel and malt taste is more pronounced that my first review. Overall, I am upping my score.

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

Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled malty with toffee and grasses. Malty and clean with a roasty finish.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 WesMantooth
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is easily replaces the Mahrs Brau as my least favorite. It strikes me as a cheap/macro version of a Festbier. No depth/finish, and watery. Seems to have a Bitburger pils like stale, hoppy bitterness too.

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Sierra Nevada / Bitburger - Oktoberfest (2019) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 270 ratings