Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Oktoberfest Festbier

On the left is a golden beer in a pilsner glass. On the right is a black can of beer with yellow diamonds. The can says Oktoberfest Festbier.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company – Oktoberfest Festbier

Brewed in: Chico, California or Mills River, North Carolina
2021 BJCP Style: 4B – Festbier
ABV: 6%
IBU: 30
Malts: Two-row Pale
Hops: Cascade, Tettnang, Tradition
Canned on: 7/3/23
Tasting on: 9/24/23
Glass: Pilsner
Notes: Brewed in collaboration with Kehrwieder Brewery

Aroma: Moderate pale malt that is slightly doughy. Light flowery and herbal hops. 8/12

Appearance: Deep gold with excellent clarity. Off-white foam with fine to medium bubbles. 3/3

Flavor: Elegant, smooth maltiness with moderate light-medium toasted malt. Well attenuated with a hint of sweetness in the end. Clean lager character. Low-medium hop bitterness. Balance is toward bitterness. Light flowery hops in the end with light mint hops in the aftertaste. 15/20

Texture: Smooth with medium body. Moderate carbonation. 5/5

Overall Impression: Excellent, elegant malt character. Kind of a hybrid between the festbier and marzen styles. Not quite as malty as a marzen, a little maltier than a festbier. 8/10

Final Score: 39/50 B+

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