Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

Reviewed by on September 20, 2017 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

  • Origin: Chico, CA, US

  • Rated On: September 20, 2017

  • Best Before: bottled July 7, 2017

  • ABV: 6.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

California’s Sierra Nevada partners with a different German-based brewery every year to make their Oktoberfest brew.  This time around, it’s the Brauhaus Miltenberger, from well, Miltenberg, which is situated a bit outside of Frankfurt.

This 12oz bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splotchy webbed lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale malt, white breakfast biscuits, some apple/pear fruitiness, minor estery yeast notes, and very laid-back leafy, gassy [sic], and floral noble hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, muddled pome fruit, honeyed crackers, faint lager yeast, and more spicy, grassy, and musky floral green hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its unionized frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess seeping in once things warm up a tad around here.  It finishes off-dry, but not exceedingly so, as the sort of zingy hops do well to linger until that next stein arrives.

Overall – this most recent collaboration effort comes off pretty well, evoking memories of veritable Märzens supped in past years.  Not too sweet, and somewhat crisp in its bearing, which makes for a very quaffable offering, one I surely would not mind putting back in larger quantities, given the opportunity.  But maybe hold the oom-pah band.

Brady White



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