Sierra Nevada Releases Seasonal Oktoberfest Beer

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  1. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,240) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    I honestly can't remember the last time I had Bell's Porter.

    A friend tried to get Oberon in the keg for his wedding reception some years ago, could only get the Best Brown. Not the best beer to have on a hot summer day in western Michigan where the sun doesn't set until 10:00 or so! :wink:

    Point being, the malt & hop character clash in the BB always hit me similar to the SN Porter and Stout.
     
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  2. jus10savestheday

    jus10savestheday Initiate (42) Dec 23, 2011 South Carolina

    Just had my first of the year. While I don’t think it’s a hoppy beer, I think I pick up what people are saying about the hops dominating in that it’s not too sweet or complex. It’s very clean for a marzen. It reminds me of Warsteiner Oktoberfest Marzen in that it’s lighter and cleaner than say Ayinger.

    Being that I enjoy the festbier style a little more for its session like qualities, I’m enjoy this year’s SN Oktoberfest for that reason.
     
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  3. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,675) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I appreciate your thoughtful comments.
     
  4. Providence

    Providence Crusader (757) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island
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    Came here to update my original contribution to this thread…My second and third cans of this beer were more enjoyable than the first. They didn’t seem to be as over carbed as the first, but perhaps it was just because I was mentally prepared for the carbonation level. I dunno. Either way, I still think it’s a bit too bubbly for my liking but not the punch in the face of that first can. I assume the carb level is identical in all the cans and would imagine my perception of the first can be very carbonated had something to do with other factors (maybe something I ate or drank earlier that day? I don’t know). Anyways, I’ll likely finish the 12 pack, so all’s we’ll that ends well.
     
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  5. IRS4MEPLEASE

    IRS4MEPLEASE Initiate (129) Jul 20, 2008 California

    Grabbed a 6pk a week ago. Didn’t see it in a 12pk. Just a taste brings on the fall weather that we don’t have out here. Look forward to SA Oktoberfest as well. Cheers!
     
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  6. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,828) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    I found it interesting that the BA score so far for this one is one of the lower rated Oktoberfests from Sierra Nevada (both collabs and non-collab).

    But so far on Untappd it's the highest rated Oktoberfest for Sierra Nevada. Maybe this speaks to their overall goal on this one, to make it more "accessible" regarding flavor for a wider audience.
     
  7. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,240) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    So, are you saying Untappd drinkers like boring beer? :grin:
     
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  8. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,675) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I think you summed it up there.
     
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  9. SierraTerence

    SierraTerence Initiate (173) Mar 14, 2007 California

    @jesskidden does Hazy Little Thing outsell Pale Ale now?[/QUOTE]

    Nope, not yet... It keeps getting closer
     
  10. SierraTerence

    SierraTerence Initiate (173) Mar 14, 2007 California

    I'll have to check this... I usually see quality concerns from the Chico brewery and not so much on the Mills River side. I haven't heard anything about CO2 content, or lab results that swing through for tasting release. I'll inquire this week.

    Usually, if we are out of spec (slightly) it will roll through sensory as a "go/no go" release.

    CO2 spec for Oktoberfest is 2.6 +/- 0.1 v/v
     
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  11. Providence

    Providence Crusader (757) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island
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    Thanks for this reply. I actually added an updated post (#244 above) after I drank a couple more from the 12 pack. The carb level on the second and third can didn’t seem like the carb level on the first, which leads me to believe all the cans were actually the same and it was an environmental/personal factor of my own that lead me to think that the first can was super carbonated. In short, I wouldn’t worry too much about it.
     
  12. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,828) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Ha, nah not necessarily. Just that they're more representative of the mainstream craft beer drinker because they're a wider audience.

    I haven't had Sierra Nevada's yet, but Sam Adams would be an example. I don't think they'd change their Oktoberfest to be more like the imports (breadier) and less caramel-malt forward. They likely perceive the latter flavor to be more appealing to more people.
     
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  13. DCH

    DCH Aspirant (225) Jun 12, 2013 New York

    Sounds like a lot of people are “meh” on the o fest this year. I honestly haven’t tried it yet, but my palate has been craving hoppier beers lately. Gonna go pick up some torpedos to hold me over until northern hemisphere and celebration come out!
     
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  14. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,290) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    That has been my 'read' as well.

    Kinda disappointing especially since in the recent past the collaboratively brewed beers seemed to be 'better' accepted.

    Oh well, the only constant is change!?! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Cheers!
     
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  15. DCH

    DCH Aspirant (225) Jun 12, 2013 New York

    I recall the 2018 version being excellent, I think that was the collab with Weihenstephaner. After that I wasn’t overly impressed… not bad, not great.

    Their IPAs are world class IMO, so to that style they will always be a stand by in my book (although I do miss their stout:confused:).
     
  16. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,950) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Nope, not yet... It keeps getting closer[/QUOTE]

    :slight_frown: to that.
     
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  17. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,675) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    If it is meh then at least I won't have high expectations.
     
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  18. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Zealot (539) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Had my first can last night, but thought it was enjoyable. I do think it was nothing like an Oktoberfest, but still super drinkable and a good beer.
     
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  19. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,290) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    :slight_frown: to that.[/QUOTE]
    When Hazy Little Things does overtake SNPA in sales that will likely be due to two factors: declining SNPA sales and the continuing popularity of Juicy/Hazy beers.

    Just like you I feel :slight_frown: about these changing 'trends' but whatcha gonna do? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Cheers!
     
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  20. chimneyjim

    chimneyjim Initiate (67) Jun 23, 2004 Oregon

    In my city of 50,000 people, 170 miles from Chico, only one retailer -- a pizza parlor/specialty beer store -- is stocking SN Oktoberfest. It is not in any of the local grocery stores or convenience stores! It seems the SN seasonal slot has been performing poorly except for Celebration. :slight_frown:
     
  21. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,290) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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    And I will keep my fingers crossed that sales of Celebration remain strong for 2021.

    I will do my part.

    Cheers!
     
  22. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,240) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Well, that certainly sucks.
     
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  23. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,675) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    That seems odd, has something like this happened before?
     
  24. deanzaZZR

    deanzaZZR Initiate (199) Jan 8, 2015 California

    :slight_frown: to that.[/QUOTE]

    I'm struggling to come to grips with a beer world wherein Pale Ale isn't SN's sales leader.
     
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  25. Jimmyvail

    Jimmyvail Initiate (15) Apr 1, 2021 Virginia

    Has Sierra Nevada come out with a Hazy Octoberfest yet ? Lol
     
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  26. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,240) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Has anyone?

    Wait... forget I asked that! :grimacing:
     
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  27. Jimmyvail

    Jimmyvail Initiate (15) Apr 1, 2021 Virginia

    If anyone does , it will be Sierra Nevada
     
  28. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (461) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Picked some up to have tonight. Can't wait to crack into it!
     
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  29. Tennessee51

    Tennessee51 Initiate (65) Aug 23, 2016 Tennessee

    I bought a whole 6 pack on the advice of a lady I just met and it was tasty and smooth!
     
  30. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Zealot (539) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    IMO, it’s a very well made beer. Not an Oktoberfest, but still an awesome drinking beer.

    This is going to sound weird, but it kind of reminds me of a session version of their barleywine.
     
  31. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,611) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Didn’t Jack’s Abby Have a Keller märzen?

    @TongoRad
     
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  32. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,828) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts
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    Both of you stop…RIGHT NOW. :wink:

    What’s next, hazy Celebration?

    Really? I haven’t had SN’s Oktoberfest yet, but Bigfoot is a really hoppy beer.

    I’ve always considered Celebration their “session” version of Bigfoot.

    Yes, yes they did. Fairly recently too, spring of last year.

    https://jacksabby.com/beers/marzen/
     
  33. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,240) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Maybe, but is that really the same as what "hazy" has become?

    Maybe a milkshake Marzen... geeze -- see what you've got me doing now! :grimacing:
     
  34. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,240) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Albeit, a very short session. :rolling_eyes::wink:
     
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  35. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,946) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I agree with @steveh here. Kellerbiers aren't filtered and may not be crystal clear but that's completely different from how the 'hazies' are made and the tradeoffs that they require (initial impact at the sacrifice of complexity, finesse and drinkability). Kellerbiers possess those latter qualities in spades.
     
  36. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,946) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Yep plus the recent Keller Zwickel I sent you also leaned Vienna-ish, I thought.
     
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  37. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (5,611) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I know its not how people use "hazy" nowadays, but I mean ... it is technically "hazy" :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:
     
  38. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (1,937) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    That is a remarkably obscure redundancy. Unless I'm mistaken. Keller beers are ones that come straight from the Keller, right out of the zwickell. And Zwickell beers are beers served straight from the zwickel, that's tapped into the Keller.

    Aren't they just two colloquial terms for unfiltered lagers served straight from the lagering vessel?
     
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  39. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,946) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    Yeah, but I was just using a colloquial shortcut there. :wink:

    From Jack's Abby it's a part of the 'Kellerbier' series; and this one is simply called Zwickel.
     
  40. unlikelyspiderperson

    unlikelyspiderperson Poo-Bah (1,937) Mar 12, 2013 California
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    Well I'll personally hold out for the unfiltered Keller Zwickel :wink:

    Jk, I'll take any jacks abbey beer i can find.