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#1 neddles

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Posted 26 August 2018 - 06:20 PM

Im a fan. They keep on making great beer at SN. This year it is a collaboration with Weihenstephaner and it's little darker and richer than last year's. 


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Posted 26 August 2018 - 06:35 PM

I have heard good things about it and need to grab some. I still have some of last years in the back of the beer fridge.
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Posted 26 August 2018 - 06:37 PM

I have heard good things about it and need to grab some. I still have some of last years in the back of the beer fridge.

 

Yeah I thought last year's was excellent as well. Different beer, though just as excellent to my tastes.


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Posted 26 August 2018 - 06:40 PM

Had 2 sixers of this year's SN O-fest since its release.  Solid beer.


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Posted 26 August 2018 - 09:09 PM

I just picked up my 2nd sixer of it; solid beer. Also, I picked up a 6 pack of Weihenstephaner's Festbier- never had it til this year- on the dry side, but it is so damn crushable.
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Posted 26 August 2018 - 09:16 PM

I still have some 17 bottles.  :rolleyes:


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Posted 27 August 2018 - 04:06 AM

it's been a while since I've had an american made o'fest that I actually liked.  they always seem to be over the top flavor wise.


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Posted 27 August 2018 - 05:53 AM

I generally don't care for American-made oktoberfests for the same reason... they seem like they have crystal in them or they're too hoppy or whatever.  Not that the beer isn't good but it just doesn't seem like an oktoberfest to me.



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Posted 27 August 2018 - 06:15 AM

I generally don't care for American-made oktoberfests for the same reason... they seem like they have crystal in them or they're too hoppy or whatever. Not that the beer isn't good but it just doesn't seem like an oktoberfest to me.


It often seems that craft Brewers can't leave well enough alone with this style. I suspect they think the craft drinking public will think it's too boring. They might be right.
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Posted 27 August 2018 - 06:39 AM

I've always thought that American breweries were unable to restrain themselves enough to make German styles.  I happened to be hiking in Boulder last week and ran into another guy who was out there and after talking with him for a few minutes, he revealed that he was a commercial brewer.  We started talking about the CO beer culture and ended up discussing this very topic... American breweries seem to whiff on German styles because they tend to make their recipes more complex and cluttered where Germans tend to be more simple and straightforward.  My oktoberfest lager is in primary now... 2 grains (pilsner and Munich 2... 65/35), one hop (Magnum added at the start of the boil to about 26-27 IBUs) and Omega Bayern yeast.  That's it.  



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Posted 27 August 2018 - 07:09 AM

It often seems that craft Brewers can't leave well enough alone with this style. I suspect they think the craft drinking public will think it's too boring. They might be right.

If you can find Copper Legend by Jack's Abby give it a try.  I am not sure if JA makes it up your way.


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Posted 27 August 2018 - 07:14 AM

I'd Sam Adams O-fest in the "too much crystal malt" category. 

 

But to me, the SN Ofest is much leaner and lighter-bodied.  Much more in line with the imported Ofests I've had over the years.


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Posted 27 August 2018 - 07:39 AM

I'm sure there are better examples out there.  Some of you have mentioned Von Trapp (which I don't see here) being a good lager brewery.  Maybe it requires an American brewery to be more focused on European styles as opposed to a brewery that does a lot of other styles too... if you make a ton of IPAs, Belgians, etc. then maybe you're more likely to whiff on the more finesse styles.  I've had a number of "helles", "pilsner", "oktoberfests", "vienna" beers that just didn't seem very traditional but I have had some pretty nice examples too.  



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Posted 27 August 2018 - 08:04 AM

If you can find Copper Legend by Jack's Abby give it a try. I am not sure if JA makes it up your way.


I at least see it on tap sometimes at whole foods.
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Posted 27 August 2018 - 10:13 AM

This years Sierra Nevada O’Fest has no crystal malt in it. No clunky finish. Its good stuff. Drink some.
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Posted 27 August 2018 - 07:05 PM

16 was better than 17. I haven't seen 18 on the shelf yet.


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