Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest brewed in collaboration with Mahrs Brau. 2016 Oktoberfest Lager.
6 % ABV. 30 IBU.

Clear, golden-hued, slim white head.

Clean aromatics, floral, herbal, a touch grainy. Malt-forward. Low hop bitterness.

In the mouth: clean, crisp, smooth, malty. Well balanced, easy-drinking, downright chuggable. Lighter bodied and less rich than my favorite oktoberfests. But this is firmly in the Festbier style. Good beer and you can drink it.

Here's a little gobbledygook from the website: We’re exploring the roots of Germany’s famous Oktoberfest beers. Each year, we partner with a different German brewer to explore a different approach to the style. This year we’re working with Bamberg, Germany’s Mahrs Bräu on a new version of the classic style. This authentic version of the festival beer is deep golden in color with a rich malt complexity, but with a noticeable spicy hop character from the use of the nearly forgotten Record hop varietal.

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