Now that Fall is here, it is time once again to enjoy a Samuel Adams favorite: Samuel Adams Octoberfest.
Seasonal beer products are commonplace with all breweries and one brewing operation that has plenty to share is Boston Beer. Its Samuel Adams lineup encompasses just about every style of beer known to man and it continues to offer new products both on a seasonal and year- round basis. Now that Fall is here, it is time once again to enjoy a Samuel Adams favorite: Samuel Adams Octoberfest.
Alcohol Level: 5.4 Percent by Volume
Calories: 180 per 12 oz. serving
Carbs: 18.7 grams
Poured into a glass, Samuel Adams Octoberfest has a pleasant appearance. The body of this beer combines burnt orange/copper hues and the clarity is near perfect. Scents of toasted malt and caramel malt can be detected, even if not very pronouced, and there is also a certain mineral character to the nose. The foam level is below average even though it does maintain a thin layer as you consume.
Samuel Adams Octoberfest has a pleasant, enjoyable taste that offers flavors such as toasted malt, caramel, bread, toffee, and even a touch of molasses and some light plum hiding in the background. Hops are well- hidden in this beer, even though they are obviously present in the form of German Noble varieties. The taste you remember best, however, is that of sweet malt. The body of the beer, while medium, is also a little bit cloying.
Samuel Adams Octoberfest was first brewed in 1989 and it continues to maintain its seasonal status. One important note to make is that this beer changes slightly from one year to the next. It still has the same basic taste and vital statistics, but some things have changed (the calories, for example, are greater than in the past) slightly compared to recipes past. Boston Beer likes to find ways to improve its seasonal products- like any good brewer should- and it has tweaked the recipe slightly since the beer was first introduced twenty years ago.
Boston Beer brews Samuel Adams Octoberfest between late August and the end of October each year. This beer took home the Gold Medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festival and has received other awards during its twenty years in production. It’s only available for a limited time, so get your six or twelve pack as soon as possible and enjoy the sweet goodness of this award- winning Marzen brew.
Rating: 8 Cheers out of 10