Oktoberfest (2020)
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Oktoberfest (2020)Oktoberfest (2020)
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Lager - Festbier / Wiesnbier
3.81 | pDev: 10.5%
Feb 07, 2022
Aug 16, 2020
Very Good
Oktoberfest (2020)Oktoberfest (2020)
Notes: Our Festbier is a refreshing ode to beer's biggest party. Toasty malts and German hops yield notes of fresh bread and floral, fruity character for a balanced, crisp lager that makes an moment festive.

Malts: two-row pale, Munich, Vienna
Hops: spalter, spalter select
Yeast: lager yeast

28 IBUs
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Ratings by BubbleBobble:
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4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BubbleBobble from New York

Pours a clear dark golden yellow, 1" head that settles to a thick ring, nice retention; certainly by looks on the Festbier side of things. Nose suggests a bit of malt sweetness, but the hops come through a bit more - there's the expected spice, but a fresh floral element as well, with just a hint of lemon. Taste is very light malt sweetness up front, a building mellow bitterness that then gives way to a dry, bready, crackery finish. Mouthfeel is moderate, spot on for the style. One of the better American Festbiers I've tried.

Oct 03, 2020
More User Ratings:
4.14 by ekm from Florida on Feb 07, 2022
3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 17, 2022
4.03 by BradtheGreat7 from Ohio on Aug 22, 2021
3.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming on Jul 15, 2021
4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Feb 26, 2021
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3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jockstrappy from Pennsylvania

Pours a clear copper color. Frothy off white head. Aroma include toasty malt and a fresh leafy hop. Flavor follows with buttery caramel malt up front, leafy hop bitterness comes on and balances everything out. Finish is clean, moderate carbonation and a subtle bitter aftertaste. Very easy drinking.

Feb 14, 2021
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Gold to copper in color with a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and covering three quarters of the top. The aroma is of bready malt. I’m tasting crackery malt with some lemon flavored hops. The mouth is very light and refreshing.

Jan 03, 2021
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4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by elNopalero from California

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest 2020

Pours clear, with a nice cap of creamy foam. Low aroma. There’s a spackling of some grassy green hops, and a nice caramel malt backbone. Tasty, easy drinker. Bottled 20 days prior to enjoying.

Dec 15, 2020
3.59 by Kingmoonracer from New Jersey on Dec 15, 2020
4 by imperialking from Illinois on Dec 10, 2020
3.74 by dripa8 from Kansas on Dec 04, 2020
3.94 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Dec 01, 2020
3.34 by chris826 from Mississippi on Dec 01, 2020
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by secondtooth from Indiana

APPEARANCE: Clean amber, with a fine, clean white head that dissipates quickly to little lace.

AROMA: Caramel malts, toasty and traditional.

TASTE: Malty but not cloyingly sweet as some Festbiers can be. A nice push of hops keep this one steady. Looks, smells, and tastes like Fall! Solid offering and quite enjoyable.

Nov 29, 2020
4 by QuakeAttack from California on Nov 29, 2020
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3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by OK_Denise from Oklahoma

Hmmm, I don't know why others have rated this one as Very Good. I think it is an okay Oktoberfest, but I cannot call it Very Good. The taste just seems a bit off to me, though I guess it could be this one particular bottle. It is not bad, but it leaves an odd aftertaste in my mouth. Maybe just my taste buds are weird??

Nov 16, 2020
4.22 by Beer21 from Florida on Nov 15, 2020
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3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by arizcards from North Carolina

Picked up a sixer from TW Arrowhead 10-2-20 for $8.49. Packaged 8-13-20; consumed for review 11-15-20.

Beer poured orange with a okay white head with the original pour.

Nose is faint toast and faint floral hops.

Taste is a more pale malt base with a very light touch of toasted malts. Finishes with a sweet fruity hop which is what i would not expect from this style.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and not overly refreshing or smooth.

Overall this is a decent tasting beer BUT a disappointment as there is maybe an unintended consequence of the play between the malts and hops used or perhaps the yeast is causing this beer to come across as an American Pale Lager versus the intended Fest/Marzen style.

Nov 15, 2020
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3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mushroomcloud from Texas

12oz bottled 8-13-20
2+ finger off-white creamy head with a fine bead. Excellent retention.
Deep golden with very good clarity. Full lace.
Toasted grain. Slight sulfur. Minerality. Faint feed store.
Bready malt. Honeyed toast. Light hop spice in the finish.
Slick mouthfeel detracts a little. Medium body and soft carbonation. Semi-sweet, moderate length finish.
Another OKT winner from Sierra Nevada, maybe not up to par with the last few but still a tasty effort with great flavor and drinkability.
Very Good.

Nov 14, 2020
5 by redfox405 from California on Nov 12, 2020
4.1 by cwm51662 from Indiana on Nov 01, 2020
3.77 by KLHBB from Arkansas on Oct 30, 2020
3.48 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Oct 29, 2020
4.46 by SFHbeerME from Maine on Oct 25, 2020
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3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by annp1022 from California

Look: medium pale, good foam
Smell: a yeasty bouquet
Feel: lightweight
Taste: an okay lager? I hate that I'm disappointed with this one, this year. It's fine, it's drinkable but it's just, an okay lager. It just doesn't feel like a good festbier.

Oct 25, 2020
3.87 by MGibbons from Maryland on Oct 22, 2020
3.7 by Chris7482 from Illinois on Oct 21, 2020
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3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a golden brown color, with a small white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like sweet caramel, some light hop character, and breadiness.

This is not what I expected. It's very watery tasting, and just doesn't have that rich and crisp character I want out of this style. It's definitely the least impressive of the various yearly takes on this style that Sierra Nevada has done. It just doesn't feel as well done to me.

This is watery and light, and not as drinkable as this best versions of this style tend to be.

I am quite disappointed in this one.

Oct 20, 2020
3 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Oct 19, 2020
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3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by nasty15108 from New York

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

L- Clear copper color with a thin layer of white lacy foam.

S - Sweet malty biscuit with hints of butterscotch diacetyl. Smells delicious.

T - Taste is more of the same. Really tasty with a slightly dry hop bitterness in the finish.

F - Mouthfeel is what you'd expect from this style, crisp, light and refreshing,

O - I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this beer. Although I must admit it reminded a little bit of a high quality ESB, it was defiantly enjoyable.

Oct 18, 2020
3.87 by cozmo from New York on Oct 18, 2020
3.77 by EMH73 from New York on Oct 18, 2020
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by barnzy78 from Illinois

12oz bottle
PKGD 07/31/20
L: crystal clear copper body; frothy ivory head
S: grain, caramel, herbal hops with a slight citrus
T: herbal, spicy, and a bit of grapefruity hops; nutty grain, bread crust, caramel
F: medium-to-full body, ample carbonation, smooth, well balanced finish
O: this was good, but almost comes across as an ale - the finish lingers a bit, and I can’t get over the citrus hop flavor that is subtle yet still noticeable

Oct 16, 2020
4 by Danmullens1 from Wisconsin on Oct 14, 2020
3.62 by nodder from New York on Oct 13, 2020
3.5 by gr0g from New Jersey on Oct 13, 2020
3.67 by scootercrabb from Illinois on Oct 12, 2020
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3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

12 oz bottle to stein. Clear amber color with ivory head. Head falls to a thin cap. Carbonation bubbles popping up throughout. Smell is malt, fruity (kind of a nondescript fruit). Taste is malty and sweet up front, then a bit of bitterness kicks in with a citrus fruit bent. Finish is clean, but not entirely dry. Feel is medium bodied with light, loose carbonation. Overall...it's good. Not totally sold on it though.

Oct 12, 2020
4 by foghornleghorn22 from Virginia on Oct 11, 2020
Oktoberfest (2020) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 182 ratings