07 October 2007

Samuel Adams Octoberfest (MA)

We still haven't seen fall weather yet, but all I have in my refrigerator are autumn seasonals or heavier brews. Sam Adams Octoberfest seems to have a pretty good reputation. But would this prove to be merely an ordinary, "accessible" festbier?

Well, maybe a little. It looks nice, crystal clear amber with plenty of bubbles bouncing around. The body is medium with lively carbonation. I think the flavor is pretty well-balanced between caramel maltiness and some hops to cut the sweetness. It's flavorful, but there's a slightly metallic aspect to it. So this is a good Oktoberfest, but nothing that bowled me over.

Of the five autumn seasonals I've reviewed here so far, I'd still rank Victory Festbier at the top.


Wörtwurst said...

This year's SA Oct was superb to me. Last year's was the metal that you speak of. I'm starting to think that it's a lot more subjective to ever-changing tastes, atmosphere, mindset and whatever woman is wooing or wrecking our lives at the moment of the beer reception!

Buttle said...

I don't think they bottle date this, but SA sells enough that I don't think my local store would have one that was a year old (German imports, on the other hand, I have to be careful of). I'd love to compare last year's to this side-by-side to see the differences.