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

Sierra Nevada / Bitburger - Oktoberfest (2019)Sierra Nevada / Bitburger - Oktoberfest (2019)
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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #12
Ranked #11,123
3.93 | pDev: 8.4%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
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
Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 253
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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Photo of EMH73
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber with a poorly retained one inch white head that left little lacing. Smells of sweet caramel malts with a hint of hops and spice. Taste is overwhelmingly sweet caramel malts, with notes of bread, hops, grass, toast and spice. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, crisp and refreshing, goes down real easy.

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Photo of Squire
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful red amber gold color with good cap and lacing.

Aroma of freshly baked bread touched with floral, spicy hops.

Definitely a malt forward beer with a depth of complex malt and caramel malt flavors. Very sophisticated and polished. Hopping level is just enough to balance and there is a hint of malt roastiness in the aftertaste.

Full texture with balancing carbonation.

If you like rich caramel malt brews this one is liquid bread.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear, solidly polished chestnut brownish-gold with a puffy khaki head settling to a thin ring.

A wonderfully toasted malt comes in smooth and semi-sweet to start, as a little tangy bite of toast fades into a semi-bitter grassy wheat with a hint of grape. The crisp to firm carbonation persists throughout the medium body, and the finish is cleanly semi-dry.

After just having had a poor example of the style, THIS is what I was looking for!

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Photo of Redrover
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad to pick-up a 12 pack. Bottled on 8/7/19 so less than a month old.

Poured into an Imperial pint glass, the beer is copper with an off-white head. There is a chill haze. The foam leaves some nice lacing.

It has an aroma of biscuits, and some sublet spices.

The beer is malt forward and slightly sweet. It is almost a bit nutty with caramel notes and just a hint of bite from the hops.

The mouth is super smooth with a low level of carbonation.

This is a very easy drinker and will be easy to pair with food.

This collaboration worked much better than I thought it would. Well Done!!

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Photo of German-Helles
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 120z. bottle was poured into a pint glass. The beer is a nice darker amber, yet very clear.There is a very steady stream of carbonation to watch. I had maybe a finger of foam that settled to a thin cap of tan foam and no lacing left behind.
The smell is a faint sweet malty aroma.
The taste is slightly sweet caramel, a little bready, very little bitterness.
This is an easy drinker, tasty, and my first Oktoberfest of the year.

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Photo of omahawk
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a really nice and balanced Marzen style. Pours a medium copper with little or no head. Malt-forward nose. Great malt depth with notes of bread and a touch of caramel. Well balanced - not too sweet. Very nice and traditional example.

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Photo of gr0g
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz bottle. Amber in color, capped with a head that fades without a trace. Toasted grain aroma, hints of caramel. Slight floral hoppiness. Not really much going on aroma wise, though it's not offensive. Malty flavor profile with enough bitterness to yield balance. Kind of "watered down" in flavor compared with previous Sierra Nevada 'Festbiers or even widely available examples of the style such as Sam Adams. This is the first Sierra Nevada marzen that I won't be coming back to -- it's just not up to par in terms of aroma or flavor.

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Photo of MikeChez
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am drinking a Sierra Nevada/Bitburger Festbier packaged on July 25th 2019, so it's about a month old. I think this is absolutely delicious! I have been drinking different marzens regularly and I'm at the top of my game and I really feel this is a great beer. Thumbs up!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Market Basket
Brilliantly clear deep golden bordering on amber with a huge frothy off white head that persists. Rich bready lightly toasty maltiness with hints of floral spicy hops to counter. Pretty nice Marzen !

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

Pours a nice copper color with a decent sized off white head.

Smell to me is very bread like, with a hint of spice.

Rye bread up front, followed my some caramel notes. The finish is a bit like pine, with just a touch of lingering bitterness.

Very smooth on the tongue, almost no tingling.

A nice version of the style, I am assuming the hops are what make this one stand out. There are classic Oktoberfest flavors there, but the overall effect is a bit unique. Definitely worth a try, a very easy to drink beer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Brownish orange color with a decent initial head and good lacing. Slightly sweet spicy smell and taste, a bit earthy. Nice finishing bitterness. Good Octoberfest beer.

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Photo of Roguer
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Perfect clarity. Good head production and retention. Body is on the darker shade of amber, darker than some German takes on the style, but lighter than some, falling right in a happy medium.

Very clean and inviting nose, swarming with bready tones, caramel, toffee, maybe a hint of brown sugar, cleanly expressed yeast, and slightly spicy, herbal, and earthy hops.

A bit of cola-and-prune on the palate, but also quite a bit of rye bread and pepper. Mild sweetness. It balances a nice line between lighter and darker German beer styles, full flavored, medium bodied, and very drinkable.

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Photo of ThemThangs
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Strong brown bread/toast like notes, maybe a hint of citrus rind flavors? Prickly bubbly mouthfeel. Kind of a hint of a metallic taste that I tend to get from German style beers lately.
Some other reviews said this was sweet but it seems pretty balanced to me, maybe even leaning more towards bitter?

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a simple tap glass.

Pours copper with an excellent head. Slight ring of lacing.

Aromas are a nice gentle mixture of bread and caramel malt.

The flavors are honey-sweet, but not sticky sweet, with caramel malts very forward, but well balanced overall with some very mild grassy and earthy hop finish.

Overall, a very solid start to the Octoberfest season.

The brew is medium bodied, with subdued carbonation.

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Photo of PTWhitey
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottled on 7-19-19. Always like the Oktoberfest from SN but the last couple years I've found Sam Adams' a bit tastier. Haven't see Sam Adams' this year but I really like the 2019 Oktoberfest. Not too malty, nicely balanced. As far as "Siegelhopfen" maybe that's part of why I like it, that and the Pilsner malt.

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

Bottled 7/25/2019. Poured into a Pilsener glass. it pours a clear, bright honey color with a thin, milk-white head. It's highly effervescent with myriad tiny bubbles ascending the glass. The nose is dry and features brown bread toast and just a whiff of caramel. Given the Bitburger collaboration it's not surprising that this Marzen drinks on the dry side. I describe the difference as toasted vs. untoasted brown bread. The caramel notes are less prevalent than in other Oktoberfests. The caramel is more prevalent in the aftertaste and there is also a pleasant spiciness at the finish. It's crisp and clean with lively carbonation, and at 6% ABV it has nice substance. Overall, this Marzen is lite, crisp, and dry as one would expect given Bitburger's participation. I tend to like a little more caramel and bready malt. I'll be interested to see how the taste develops throughout September and October.

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

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This solid fest pours a bright
orange with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thick ring,
thin clumping pool, and shows subtle lacing. Nose of toasted
caramel and breaded malts with moderate hop notes that are
definitely like Bitburger. Flavors follow the nose by surpass it
by presentation with a sweet caramel malt note with grassy and
herbal hops with light breaded malts. Nice mouth feel; medium
light body, medium light carbonation, and a balanced lightly sweet
malt finish.

A nice brew from two great breweries.


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Photo of champ103
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a brilliantly clear copper/amber color. A dense white head rises with excellent retention and plenty of lace left behind. This is a looker.
S: Cereal grains, and doughy bread in the nose. A bit of a yeast character and herbal hops in t he finish. Simple and very enjoyable.
T: Like the nose, that bready doughy flavor up front with a touch of yeast and a touch of herbal hops. This has more of a caramel and toffee malty sweetness going on as well. Well done.
M/O: A medium body with excellent effervescent carbonation. Crisp and supper clean. Immensely drinkable, something I want to keep coming back to.

I think this is another excellent collaboration, and another excellently made Oktoberfest/Lager. Like always. I'll be getting many more six packs while this is available.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 7/25/19

Pours a crystal clear honey copper with two fingers of fluffy off-white foam; good retention yields layers of medium-thick webby lacing along with a lasting thin cap and frothy collar.

Aroma opens strongly with brown bread crust, lightly smoked wood, and a silky smooth herbal hop tone woven in between; caramel malt and toffee sweetness are also a steady, foundational presence and add to the richness of the bouquet.

Taste is a clean profile of toasty wood, brown bread, interspersed floral tones, progressing to a light char finish; straightforward, but with some deeper nuances.

Mouthfeel has a medium-light body with ample carbonation; light malty sweetness and hoppy grit lie just beneath the surface until peaking with a mild snap on a very drying, somewhat quick finish.

Though it doesn't last long on the palate, this is still a highly flavorful and (in true Bitburger fashion) immensely drinkable take on the style; approachable, balanced, and easy to return to.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Taste: semi sweet, malts, herbal, dry finish, some hops. Bready yeast nose. Deep Amber hue, clear, with tall foamy head. Medium light body. Not quite as good as past year collaborations. 20 IBUs

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Photo of JohnnieB71
2.36/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

By far my least favorite of all their collaborations. It looks and pours beautiful but after that it's all downhill. This beer is completely tasteless and 100% forgettable. I'll serve it to people that don't know anything about beer.

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Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours orange with tall, long-lasting, fluffy, off-white head. Aroma is of grassy hops and caramel malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Grassy hops and caramel malt fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Great brew.

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

this is splendid stuff, i told myself i would wait until september, but its hard to pass this up, even with the annoying seasonal creep, its still a great beer in high summer! cool how they do different collborations with this each year, this one with bitburger, and the result is a somewhat richer take on the style than i recall from previous vintages. its gorgeously copper colored, clear, and frothy headed in the pint glass. it has a nutty aroma and less sweetness than a lot of its peers, no caramelized malt or toffee notes to me, its earthier and breadier rather than sweeter, which i am a fan of. some chestnut character too, instantly autumnal, and even some bitterness that i know from both sierra nevada and bitburger beers, so that makes sense here too. the yeast is classically german to me, but maybe less distinctive than this element has been in past iterations of this beer, not a bad thing, and i love how clean the finish of this is, how dry it is for how robust the malt flavor is, thats truly uncommon in this style, but the yeast itself just doesnt seem to have a ton of flavor beyond what can only be described as a traditional german vibe. the balance here is awesome, the depth of flavor higher than i ever remember it being in one of these, and just a fantastic take on the style. more crisp than many, insanely satisfying. a beer i will be drinking all fall long this year, they nailed this!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled in a taster glass from draft at Whole Foods on August 21, 2019. Look is rich amber. Smell and taste is malty. Feel is smooth and medium to light in body. Really nice collaboration.

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Sierra Nevada / Bitburger - Oktoberfest (2019) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 253 ratings