Oktoberfest (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

BEER #2: OKTOBERFEST

For beer #2 I figured I might as well go with their Oktoberfest beer (being that I was at an Oktoberfest celebration). This seasonal Oktoberfest-style Märzen has a slightly above average 5.7% ABV. 

Full-bodied with a wonderful chestnut color, the Oktoberfest dark lager has a pronounced bittersweet, malty flavor. The addition of the Saaz hops gives the beer a nice clean finish with a slightly sweet, roasty aroma. 

Oktoberfest pours a deep chestnut brown. The brown is so dark that it reminded me of molasses. Very intriguing. Head starts off as 1 1/2 inches of cola foam before fading to a film. It really kinda looks like a beer stein filled with soda.

Nose is rather muted. The little bits I picked up were flat cola and hints of toffee. The nose, or lack thereof, made me really want to dive into this beer.

Oktoberfest has a dangerously smooth taste. There is a bread dough-like yeastiness with hints of toffee. I picked up caramel and dark chocolate, but I really had to “look” for them. I kept thinking about how great this beer would go with a pretzel. So I bought one. And there was much rejoicing.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with a fizziness that I wasn’t expecting. The beer practically evaporates from your mouth. By the end of the sip I could hardly tell that I even took a drink.

This was the winner of the fest for me, which was very fitting considering where we were. Oktoberfest was a little bit bigger than your average Märzen and yet the beer wasn’t any less easy drinking. Germany would be proud.

Overall: 8 out of 10

As a MÄRZEN: 8.5 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Paulner OKTOBERFEST-MÄRZEN, Sam Adams OKTOBERFEST, Great Lakes OKTOBERFEST, 

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