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

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #12
Ranked #11,102
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: 111 | Ratings: 260
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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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent orange bronze color, with an off white foamy head which dissipates quickly. Smell is muted ,mostly a malty profile with a slight hop aroma. Taste is delicious, reminiscent of apples, toffee,cloves and bread crust. Feels damn near perfect, nice carbonation, light body, juicy finish. Overall this is probably my Favorite collaboration so far with Sierra Nevada and Germany's brewers.

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Photo of gvickery
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

White head and a crystal clear light amber color. Smell was somewhat muted, slightly sweet malt, toasted bread. Taste was light toasted malt, slightly sweet. The abv is well hidden. Overall, my favorite Oktoberfest style beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest 2019 has a medium ivory head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and minimal lacing. The aroma is of sweet, brown bread and a touch of lemon, perhaps. The flavor is similar, with mild, rounding bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest 2019 finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of 57md
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an autumnal copper color with well over a finger of head. The nose and flavor both display a nicely balanced combination of nutty and bready notes.

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

Pours a very rich dark amber, bordering even on brown (but not getting there), small head that dissipates quickly to a cloudy layer on the surface of a very active brew.
Smell is very heavy dark bread malt along with a hearty dose of roastiness, reminiscent of lighter stouts/porters. Some herbaceous or grassy hop notes and a light estery spice hang in as well. Quite a lot going on, and it all works well together.
Taste is much lighter than the look/smell set me up for. A nicely herbal bite leads the way into a softly bready malt main show. Nicely balanced with a clean finish.
Mouthfeel is quite light and crisp. Easy drinking and begs you to take another sip.
Overall this is a nice brew, a little more going on than many festbiers I've had. It's maybe a little untraditional but still brings a nice character to the season. It's got enough spice like character and malt body to feel like a legit fall beer but it's got the light, easy drinking body of a super quaffable brew.

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Photo of malrubius
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bright copper with ring. Light caramel earthy leafy minerally aroma. Very light sweetness for style with light grassy dry finish. Light body lively brisk carbo. Not much more here than the regular Bitburger, which is my go-to beer since NE IPAs ruined my life. Anyhow, nice enough.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was a huge fan of Sierra Nevada's 2015 and 2018 Oktoberfests, and this one may even outshine those two. My favorite time of year and my favorite style of beer, I will definitely buy more than one 6-pack of these.

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Photo of Premo88
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2 12 oz. bottles poured into one mug
(7/19/19 born-on date)

L: almost crystal-clear copper topped by a thick head of offwhite/beige foam at least an inch thick; the head sticks some; enough activity in the glass to keep a constant collar and almost a full skin; no lacing but a gorgeous looking beer nonetheless

S: toasted corn, toasted wheat bread, almost has a cinnamon roll-like note from the sweeter bread malt; a hint of copper penny; a bit of peach or apricot ... at times it's at least that sweet and gets close to apricot jam

T: sweet toasted malt, toasted rice/grain, that twinge of Oktoberfest copper penny earthiness that seems like a combination of the yeast, toasted malt and the earthy hops; the hop bitterness starts off as a background note then builds and builds, the earthy flavor balancing nicely with the sweeter bready malt flavor

F: soft and full, the carbonation is almost velvet-covered — it never really tickles or pricks or crunches, giving it a silkiness that works well with the bit of heft in this middleweight

O: Sierra Nevada nails it again; each of their collaborative Oktoberfests have been good, and this one with Bitburger may be the best for the purists; there's nothing out of balance, nothing unique, no spin on the style at all ... it's simple German lager goodness with all the flavor and aroma notes hitting classic themes; I'll be getting another

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Photo of dcotom
4.53/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a glass drinking boot. (What else?) Appearance is unsurpassed. Beautiful clear burnished copper color, with scads of thick, long-lasting light-tan head. This hits all the right notes, and then some. It has those lovely malt-forward aromas and flavors I look forward to every year, but there's also a peppery note that dances on the palate. It's not too sweet, and it has some pleasant bitterness and a mostly dry finish to round out the profile. Excellent take on the style, as I've come to expect from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very effervescent copper with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. No head retention or lacing

S: Bready, a little grassyness

T: Bready, dry, with grassy & herbal hops up front. Dryness, sweet breadyness & grassy hops as this warms. Finishes dry & bready with herbal and woody hops

MF: Medium body & firm carbonation

Drinks easy enough, but was hoping for better from these two. I believe this is my least favorite collab on this

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

Bought a 6-pack $8.99 Don Quijote
43 days old
Smell of caramel
Clear amber color
Medium mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Caramel, roasted malt flavor
Overall a decent easy drinking beer.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: super clear dark ruby red/mahagony color with a nice hint of deep cherry, copper, and a touch of amber. 1 finger fizzy tan head that fades quickly to a film as i type

s: caramal, grass, sweet grains, lemongrass and fresh dough upfront. a touch of pepper spice behind that. a touch of sweet berries and more grass towards the back end. finish is crisp and malty

t: toffee, sweet malts with a hint of toast. caramel and lemongrass as well. fresh bread, clove and more of those sweet malts. there is that distinct lager cardboardy spice at the end of this as well

m: medium, slightly sticky mouthfeel with medium carbonation. feels pretty full in the mouth

o: this is an ok example of the style. definitely a malt-heavy one that is rich and fuller in the mouth. it could use a bit more depth and sweetness from the caramel malts, but no problem drinking this at all

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Beaming nearly crystal clear shiny body, with an excellent gleaming copper amber color. Off white to very light khaki colored head that is fluffy and a solid three fingers. Makes a nice creamy top, sitting on a slight bit of fine cascading bubbles. Great looking beer.

Really nice nose. Toasted light malts with small crispy caramel sensations. Touches a little bit of phenolic clove like spice in the back as well. Excellent nearly exceptional aroma.

Palate just really sings. Creamy almost velvet like body, with a pop of carbonation that comes off with some steely like tang. Real nice caramel soft mid palate with a crispy toffee sensation of bread. Finishes a hair steely and bitter which is a nice contrast to the sweetness.

Real nice complimenting marzen, and a great looker. Lovely brew.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a willibecker. Pours a lovely, translucent copper with a loose, 1/8th inch, fizzy, bone colored head that quickly dissipates. Clarity is translucent. Nose reveals caramel malts as well as grassy notes and a kiss of noble hops. Taste follows nose. Caramel malts are attenuated which allows the other elements expressed in the nose to shine through. Mouthfeel is light in body with an assertive carbonation. Overall, a nicely well-balanced Marzen. Loving these collaborations.

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

L: the color of brand new motor oil with a medium tan head that quickly dissolved into a ring and thin lace
S: malt, caramel, yeast , citrus, florals, slight banana & spice
T: malts, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, yeast, citrus, mild acidity
F: crisp, moderate carbonation tingles the mouth & tongue, sweet malt flavors at the beginning and crisp, citrusy hops at the end with a clean aftertaste
O: a good collaboration, a very drinkable beer with the classic german marzen flavors & feel, but the american style hops to add a crispness.

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Photo of annp1022
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale head, orangey-amber color,
Malty scent, taste has a little bit of spice,
light-leaning-into-medium body, pretty easy to drink.
So far I think I like this one better than last year's.

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Photo of larryi86
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

32 oz crowler poured into a mug

A- A clear darker amber with a large light tan head.

S- Toasted malts, bread, some toffee and caramel, herbal/earthy.

T- Toffee, toasted malts, bread, some caramel, hints of light fruits, nice herbal/earthy finish that brings a nice balance.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- A very nice and full flavored Oktoberfest, very easy to drink.

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

12oz bottled 7/10/19 (39 days ago) poured into a krug at fridge temp 6% ABV. The beer pours bright light copper in color with sticky light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is faint with yeasty, rustic notes. The taste is lightly bready with small toasted malt influence and a barely tangy, earthy & spicy finishing hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, very good. The finishing note can get a little weird, but I suppose it's either the hop blend or yeast from Bitburger. Still a nice collaboration that looks and tastes like the light end of the Marzen spectrum and has the feel and drinkability of a festbeer.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Gordon Biersch .5L Stein
From: Trader Joe’s in Hillcrest (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.42
Purchased: Aug. 9, 2019
Consumed: Aug. 9, 2019
Reviewed as: German Marzen / Oktoberfest
Misc.: Packaged on July 11, 2019 at 1:09 p.m. PT

I always like the Sierra Nevada collaborations, especially their Oktoberfest ones. Had given the Brauhaus Riegele collab a 4.13 back in 2015, the Brauhaus Miltenberger one a 3.69 in 2017 and the Weihenstephan one a 4.18 in 2018. Hoping this one is at least a 4.00. Online description read, “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.”

Poured a dark amber-to-light copper clear color with nine fingers of rocky off-white head which overflowed and spilled over the edges. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass at different speeds. Outstanding spotty, foamy lacing. Perfect retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled toasted wheat bread, grain, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, plum and earthy herbal tea. (Smell - 4.00)

Taste was not quite as good as the nose, but followed it for the most part. In order got toasted wheat bread, grain, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, plum, dark fruit and earthy herbal unsweetened tea. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, toasty finish. (Feel - 4.00)

May have underrated this slightly, but very good overall. (Overall - 3.75)

3.90 | 88 | B+

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Photo of babaracas
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear halloween orange, fizzy offwhite head with a thin ring sticking. Smell: bready, brown sugar, mildly nutty and toasty, light herbal and spicy hopping. Taste: caramel, wheat bread, peppery, spicy, cooked nectarine. Medium bodied, languid but creamy midsip with the stone fruit sweetness leading to a sticky finish. It's a nice fall beer (bottled in July) but least interesting SN Ofest collab so far imo and easily the least sessionable.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear, tanned amber-gold body with a diminishing, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Toasted crusts, some flourishes of toffee, nuttiness, a fairly solid maltiness with background of lager yeast character and desiccated herbs.

Taste: Sweetish malt character with a decided toasty, bready quality. A light, faint toffee accent. Underneath, an almost furtive hint of pilsner malt. Herbal-toned hops with an earthen spice hint with a relatively light bitterness helps to balance things out. Drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Solid. Always a welcome addition leading up to and through the Autumnal season.

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Sierra Nevada / Bitburger - Oktoberfest (2019) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 260 ratings