Posted on September 29th, 2011
About the beer: Ah yes, the crisp air of the fall season can only mean two things for beer lovers: 1. Pumpkin flavored everything & 2. Oktoberfest style beers! Being a native New Englander means being lucky enough to experience all four seasons, but it also comes with the unapologetic love for all of the Sam Adams seasonal varietals. And what’s not to love about a new beer for every season?
The Sam Adams Octoberfest is probably the most well known American in the Oktoberfest style, but many breweries in the US have their take on the seasonal favorite, which has it’s roots in the strong tradition of German marzen style beer brewed for the celebration of Oktoberfest each Septermber. As we’ve discussed before, a marzen style is traditional malty lager where hops are generally mild and take a backseat to the sweetness of the malts, making it the perfect brew for the fall.
In A Nutshell: The Sam Adams Oktoberfest is a staple of the fall season in New England that we’re reintroduced to every autumn.
Beeriety Review: Rediscovering this bear each year is a real treat, it’s almost like running into an old friend you didn’t realize you missed. As with most seasonal varieties there is an anticipation that comes with the release of each beer. I by no means have the launch date circled on my calendar each year, but it’s a welcome addition to the fridge supply by the end of the hot and hazy summer months.
My first Sam Adams Octoberfest of this season was sampled this past weekend while participating in some Sunday football festivities and while the beer did not have my full attention it really didn’t require it. The Sam Adams Octoberfest has long been the beer of choice my friends while tailgating and celebrating at family get togethers during the Fall months and certainly stands up against its marzen/Oktoberfest competition from the US and across the Atlantic.
Beeriety Rating: 4 out of 5: Must Buy
What are you drinking? Try a Sam Adams Octoberfest this week and tell us what else you’re drinking. Tag your Twitter updates, Tumblr posts and Flickr photos of your Beer of the Week with the #mybeer hashtag to tell us what you’re drinking!