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Welcome to Oktoberfest week here at BeerRantsAndBooks!  I know I’m a bit late in getting to this since most of the official festivities are wrapping up around now, but these beers are most definitely still in season.

Beer Name: Oktoberfest

Brewery: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Chico, CA) / Bitburger Brewery (Bitburg, Germany)

Style: Marzen

ABV: 6.0%

Description: Continuing their annual series of Oktoberfest collaborations, this year storied American brewers Sierra Nevada teamed up with Germany’s Bitburger Brewery to provide US drinkers a festive treat.  The beer features Bitburger’s own special blend of hops and house yeast, ingredients that they have apparently never shared before!

Appearance: It had a clean, clear copper body topped off by trace amounts of a foamy white lacing.

Smell: Light and subtle featuring an inviting blend of both sweet and lightly toasted malts.

Taste: Much like the smell, the taste offered a highly satisfying blend of sweet caramel and toasted malts, both in sufficient amounts to stand out but not prominently assert themselves.  A subtle hint of lager yeast and very faint noble hops came through towards the finish.

Mouthfeel: Roughly medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Hype: Not really hype necessarily, but the arrival of the fall season and the brews that come with is always an event to be celebrated.  A big name collaboration on such a quintessential seasonal only adds to the fun.

Overall: Very tasty and right on point for the style.  It was malty, it was crisp, and it made me think of fall.  This was everything I could have wanted it to be and perhaps just a little bit more.  Don’t let this one pass you by!