Sam Adams Octoberfest

6 September 2011 by , 2 Comments

Good evening fellow snobs,

If you’ve been following the Quest for the Best Oktoberfest you’re well aware that the current standings are as follows:

#1) Ayinger Oktober Fest
#2) Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest

Yep, that’s right, I’ve reviewed a whopping two beers. I’m also not ashamed to say that I can be swayed (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) – should our German brethren be reading this blog. However, while I have a few more German beers to check out, I decided to switch to an American beer tonight since I’ve seen it around town. This is another brew I picked up at Leaf & Ale.

We all are well aware of Sam Adams. This is a brewer that’s hard to say anything bad about. They brew consistently good beer and change things up often enough to keep my attention. I am sad to say that I do not have a Sam Adams pint glass – which I’m a little surprised about. [Should someone at SA like to remedy this, shoot me an e-mail :-)] However, trying these Märzen style lagers gives me a reason to dust off the old pilsner/lager glasses and, admit it, Homer rocks.

Sam Adams Octoberfest pours with a nice amber/gold color to it with a nice three finger head. I get malt and caramel on the nose but not much else. This beer tastes a bit sweeter than the others but finishes very nice, a little more bitter than I expected but nice nonetheless. This is a pretty good beer and very drinkable at 5.3% ABV.

Final Snobs: Thumbs up to Sam Adams for a very nice Märzen style lager. It certainly gives our first place contender a run for it’s money but I’m a little disappointed in the Americanization of “Octoberfest” on the label. We all know it should be “Oktoberfest.” Spelling aside, this brew fits nicely in the #2 slot. Good job Sam Adams!


Current Standings:

#1) Ayinger Oktober Fest
#2) Sam Adams Octoberfest
#3) Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest