Release Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest 2017 - Brauhaus Miltenburger

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by red94tt, Jul 4, 2017.

  1. red94tt

    red94tt Disciple (342) Nov 27, 2008 Michigan

    Didn't see a yearly thread dedicated to 2017 yet....apologies if I missed it.

    I seem to remember Sierra Nevada's annual Oktoberfest getting distribution as early as late July last year. I know summer is just getting into full swing but football and Oktoberfests are not that far away:grinning:

    This year's collab with Brauhaus Miltenburger looks interesting:

    ABV: 6.1% by volume
    Beginning Gravity: 14.1° plato
    Ending Gravity: 3.0° plato
    Bitterness Units: 30

    Yeast: Lager yeast
    Bittering Hops: German Magnum
    Finishing Hops: German Select, Tettnanger, Spalter
    Malts: Two-row Pale, Steffi, Pilsner, Munich

    #1 red94tt, Jul 4, 2017
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  2. matcris

    matcris Meyvn (1,048) Sep 17, 2015 Arizona

    Haven't heard of them, which is not saying much. I loved last year's offering. We got a good shipment, and I was still picking up 12 packs long after it had been forgotten; and it tasted great.
    Loved the year before last, too. Anybody know what's with this:
    Sold as "Miltenberger" in the US due to Anheuser-Busch owning the "Faust" copyright.
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  3. Wiffler27

    Wiffler27 Meyvn (1,262) Aug 16, 2009 New Jersey

    I'm a huge fan of Oktoberfest beers. Some are bland, some are too sweet, some are too roasted and some have a weird spice to them. I don't like pumpkin beer so fall means Oktoberfest.

    So far the Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest collaborations have been damn good. Each year I've enjoyed them. SN and GLBC's Oktoberfest are my favorite. A case of SN Oktoberfest and 2 cases of Great Lake's Oktoberfest is enough to last the season
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  4. zid

    zid Champion (869) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    The brewery is actually Brauhaus Faust in Miltenberg. Anheuser-Busch brewed a beer called Faust way back when, and they've revived it a couple of times. Due to AB having the copyright for that name, the German brewery probably couldn't be sold as Faust here.
  5. matcris

    matcris Meyvn (1,048) Sep 17, 2015 Arizona

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  6. zid

    zid Champion (869) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    I see that the Steffi malt from the 2015 collaboration is back.
  7. Crusader

    Crusader Aspirant (236) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    The ingredients list for this year is the same as for the 2015 version but in 2015 the OG was 14.6%, ending gravity 3.5% and abv 6.0%. So this year's version starts with a slightly lower gravity, ends at a slightly lower final gravity but at around the same abv (and same IBUs).

    THANAT0PSIS Crusader (747) Aug 3, 2010 Wisconsin

    One of my perennial favorites from this side of the pond, of course I'm stoked. Like Riegele, I've not heard of Faust/Miltenburger prior to the collaboration, so it's off to attempt some Deutsches Hausaufgaben.
  9. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,439) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Looks like they are pushing it into the amber style this year, too.
  10. Benjolovesbeer

    Benjolovesbeer Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2016 Michigan

    I thought Sierra Nevada was coming out with an Oktoberfest variety pack? Bringing back vintage from like 2013 to 2016 along with a new 2017? Perhaps I misread something. Anyone else hear this? Anyway my favorite Oktoberfest from SN was 2014 in a variety pack that included a stout and porter.
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  11. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Champion (801) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    If I recall correctly the first bottling date was July 1st last year. Although I believe that was due to them running out of Summerfest because of an unexpected boost in Summerfest sales last year.
  12. zid

    zid Champion (869) Feb 15, 2010 New York

    If I remember correctly, I think someone here might have made a post like that in a wishful thinking thread some time back. Maybe you're thinking of that. Would be nice if you were right though.
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  13. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (225) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    Yes I recall someone made that suggestion to Sierra Bill here, not as any official announcement.
    In my opinion they need to shelve whatever next fruited beer they are going to push out next and get us more German style beers!
  14. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,620) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Like a Kolsch?

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  15. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (225) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    Of course but I've given up on the dream of SN Kolsch. Looking for other breweries to step in. After the latest SN marketing survey I do not think a true Kolsch from them will ever return. I had Boulevard's once on draft but I'd like to find it packaged before I make a judgement.
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  16. Prince_Casual

    Prince_Casual Aspirant (280) Nov 3, 2012 District of Columbia

    Typically the first week of the month, Harris Teeter has these on discount $11.99/12pk.

    Can't be beat. Unless they did an Octoberfest Variety pack. That would be truly amazing.
  17. Hookstrat

    Hookstrat Initiate (122) Jan 15, 2006 Iowa

    It's widely available in cans within Boulevard's distro.
  18. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (225) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    Haven't seen them in NY yet.
  19. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (2,814) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    I first saw last year's vintage in our area in August. I hate to see Oktoberfest beers released in the middle of the summer. If this year's is anywhere near as good, then I'm psyched!
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  20. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Aspirant (258) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    They killed it with the 2016. I think I had at least 4 6 packs of that over the late Summer/Fall.

    I'll buy this as soon as I see it on the shelves
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  21. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (225) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    I know, me too. I would prefer early summer!
  22. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,056) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Ehh -- you can't go by marketing photos, Miller Lite looks like Anchor Steam on the sides of the delivery trucks in my area. :wink:
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  23. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (2,056) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    FWIW -- we got the inside track on this new brew at the Germany Forum from some investigative reporting by @jeebeel about a month ago. @sierranevadabill bill promised a big announcement by now, so we've been keeping a lid -- cat's outta the bag Bill, what's the scoop?

    IRS4MEPLEASE Initiate (0) Jul 20, 2008 California

    Can't wait to try it. Usually Oktoberfest beers signify the onset of fall for me. A change of the season. And time to drink some beers with a bit more color and character. But in a July! Hmmmm. Cheers!
  25. Tdizzle

    Tdizzle Zealot (505) Dec 19, 2006 California

    These collaboration Oktoberfests are one of best things SN has ever done for beer drinkers.
  26. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,439) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I suppose, but that looks somewhere between Ayinger and Spaten, which would put it solidly in the Amber zone.
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  27. surfcaster

    surfcaster Crusader (734) Apr 20, 2013 North Carolina
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    Very serious question--is that a good or bad direction?

    Anything heading toward the Ayinger side is punchin' all my buttons.
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  28. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,439) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    For these guys, that's a good direction :slight_smile:

    Just going off of the photo and ingredients, I'd expect something similar to 2 years ago but with more of the Munich malt character; 2015 still tasted like the pale version. I'd say your buttons will be pushed.
  29. Pantalones

    Pantalones Devotee (431) Nov 14, 2014 Virginia

    Sounds like a "go ahead and buy a 12-pack, no need for a 6-pack first to try it" kind of beer to me. I'll be grabbing some the moment it shows up on the shelves!
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  30. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (1,580) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    I bought a single of last year's around late September, went home and drank it, had a religious experience, then immediately went back to buy a 12 pack. One of the best versions of the style I've had.

    Can't wait to have this one.
  31. Benjolovesbeer

    Benjolovesbeer Initiate (0) Nov 9, 2016 Michigan

    Alright gotcha must've been what it was.
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  32. CaptainHate

    CaptainHate Devotee (439) Apr 22, 2006 Ohio

    Usually I hate pushing something out early but this works for me, in part because it's been a pleasant summer but mainly because I love this style.
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  33. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,620) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I bought a 6-pack of the Boulevard Kolsch. I thought it was OK - Good. FWIW this will not be a repeat purchase for me.

    I recently purchased a Straub 12-pack variety pack. They used to brand this pack as Sunshine Sampler but this year they called it Adventure Pack #1. There are three Kolsch beers in this pack. IMO the Straub Kolsch is Very Good! I wish this beer was available as a standalone 6-pack.

    I have heard good things about the Empire Kolsch (Skinny Atlas). Have you tried that beer?


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  34. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (225) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    Yes I wasn't impressed by the boulevard Kolsch I had on draft, was hoping it'd be better canned if I ever had the opportunity to buy it.
    Empire Kolsch was just okay but I wasn't sure if it was that fresh, another one I'd need to try again to make a better opinion.
    I live in a terrible beer market for anything besides IPAs (NYC) so we don't get that many interesting lager and lager-ish breweries here. I'd love to be able to buy Staub or other PA breweries I've read about.
    I've pestered Jack's Abby about the possibility of making a Kolsch some day, I'm sure they could make a great one.
    The one well priced domestic fresh Kolsch I would buy by the caseful is SN Kolsch but doubtful we'll ever be able to have the opportunity. (Especially since it looks like they are coming out with a hoppy blonde ale marketed to millennials)
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  35. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,620) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    This is the first I have heard of this. Do you have any more details that you can share? Has this beer been named/branded yet? When will it be available for sale?


    P.S. I am guessing that you have tried Captain Lawrence Kolsch?
  36. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (225) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    I thought Captain Lawrence was almost as bad as goose island's.

    Sierra Nevada BFD and another IPA:

    The logo design makes me cringe.
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  37. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,620) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    FWIW I had a chance to drink a sample pour of BFD (it was poured by Ken Grossman) at the Philly Beer Camp event. I enjoyed drinking that sample poured beer.

    I have had the chance to drink Captain Lawrence Kolsch and while I was not 'convinced' it was a Kolsch per se I also enjoyed that beer as well.

    Beer appreciation can be a 'challenging' hobby and I will readily admit it can be 'challenging' for me as well.

    Let's hope that Sierra Nevada changes their mind and produces a Kolsch.

    As part of the 'extra mile' I am a homebrewer and every winter/spring I brew my own Kolsch beer which I drink to get my 'fix' of a Cologne type Kolsch beer.

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  38. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (2,387) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Ok, now Im intrigued ...

    I had heard something about this back a bit ago when I took a survey for the Sierra Nevada Insiders - a group of people who take these surveys for SN and give feedback. But hadn't heard anything official yet.
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  39. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (2,005) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota

    Sounds good
  40. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Aspirant (202) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    Please note...I strongly believe the most important aspect of branding is product quality. In our case that is the beer in the bottle...


    I absolutely loathe the new label artwork being used by Sierra Nevada. Their classic approach with the landscape renderings or special releases with a different type of design in the "window" were iconic. The recent move to simply large text in their font is rubbish...plain rubbish. Booooooooo!
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