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The 2019 Oaktoberfest Homebrew Competition is an American Homebrewers Association / Beer Judge Certification Program sanctioned event.

AHA/BJCP rules and procedures are followed.

The Competition is held in conjunction with the yearly Oaktoberfest festival in Oakland, CA. For more information about the festival, see

The Competition is open only to individuals brewing their own beer in a homebrew setting. Commercially produced beers or those produced at a microbrewery or brewpub are not eligible.

The Competition is open to all home brewers over 21 years of age.

Competition staff, judges, stewards, and members of the Oaktoberfest organizing committee are eligible to enter the competition. Competition staff will work to ensure that staff members, judges, or stewards do not participate in the judging of their own entries, and safeguards will be put in place to prevent judges from knowing the identity of the brewer of the entries they are judging.


All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the entry deadline - please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the entry deadline.

All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.).

The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

Entries in the Historical Beer category must be of German heritage such as 27A. Gose or 27C. Lichtenhainer, or 27H. Roggenbier.  Please submit these entries in the 27A. Historical Beer Style Category. 

Likewise, smoked and wood aged beers are acceptable, however the base beer style must be of one of the accepted German styles.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.


BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

4A Munich Helles4B Festbier4C Helles Bock
5A German Leichtbier5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier
5D German Pils6A Marzen6B Rauchbier
6C Dunkels Bock7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier
7C Kellerbier 8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier
9A Doppelbock 9B Eisbock10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock 17A1 Burton Ale
21B7 New England IPA 23A Berliner Weisse27A Historical Beer
27A1 Gose27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier
33A Wood-Aged Beer 33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer PRX1 Dorada Pampeana
PRX2 IPA ArgentaPRX3 Italian Grape AlePRX4 Catharina Sour
PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner  


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry:

Judging Session Locations and Dates

Saturday, October 19, 2019 9:30 AM, PDT


Best of Show

21st Amendment Brewery in San Francisco has generously offered to brew a Pro-Am commercial batch of the Best of Show winning beer!



Judging of entries shall be performed to the maximum extent practical by BJCP ranked judges, and in accordance with Beer Judge Certification Program guidelines ( Beers within individual styles or groupings of styles shall be assigned a consensus score per BJCP procedures with 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place award ribbons going to the beers with the 3 highest scores respectively. The competition organizer reserves the right to assign a minimum score required to receive an award within any style or group of styles. The top ranked beer within each style or group of styles will automatically be entered into a Best of Show competition, the winner of which shall be awarded a special Best of Show award. Judging and Best of Show judging will not be open to the public or competition participants other than judges, stewards, or competition organizers who are also entrants.

Entrants may pick up their scoresheets and any Ribbons at the awards ceremony. Awards are announced on the main stage of the Oaktoberfest event September, 29 2018 (check schedule for details). After all awards are announced and ribbons handed out, entrants may meet with the competition staff along the side of the main stage to claim scoresheets. Remaining scoresheets may be emailed or mailed, at the discretion of the organizer. Recipe is not required for entry, but entrant should keep all recipe details, and be prepared to share them with the competition organizer upon request because....

Best of Show winner will be invited to brew their winning recipe at 21st Amendment!!!


Awards Ceremony

Oaktoberfest in the Diamond - Main Stage
MacAurther Blvd @ Fruitvale Ave, Oakland, CA
Saturday, October 5, 2019 1:00 PM, PDT