Samuel Adams Octoberfest

Reviewed by on September 23, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Boston Beer Company

  • Origin: Boston, MA, USA

  • Rated On: September 22, 2014

  • Best Before: July 2015

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

As far as American craft brewers are concerned, Sam Adams has been making this Oktoberfest brew for a long time, which meshes well with the old-world Germanic leanings of this rather successful new world brewery.  Too bad about the anglicization of the beer’s name, though.

This beer appears a clear, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with one chubby finger of tightly foamy and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky tree branch lace around the glass in its brief wake.

It smells of crisp biscuity grain, bready caramel, a touch of aged lemon rind, and mild earthy, leafy hops. The taste is a bit of a let-down, the bready biscuit malt a fair bit less crisp that I was initially led to believe, with some duly fading lemon, a still heady caramel and fire-sale vanilla cookie sweetness, and weak weedy, earthy hops. The carbonation is average, just plainly supportive in its fizzy endeavors, the body an adequate medium weight, and actually quite smooth, with a minor creaminess arising as things warm. It finishes fairly off-dry, with the grainy caramel malt and lingering noble hops.

A decent enough Oktoberfest-style ale, one which more or less approaches the Munich ideal, but never quite meets it (how Physics 101), with its reserved, um, drink a metric tonne of it now, nature. Ya know, here for a good time, not a long time?

Brady White



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