Sam Adams Octoberfest
67 Blade Chainsaw
Sam Adams Octoberfest is a seasonal offering from the Boston Beer Company paying homage to the Bavarian tradition. First brewed in 1989, Samuel Adams Octoberfest is available from mid August through October as seasonal beers transition from the lighter Summer Ales to the darker, sweeter and more robust colors of Autumn beers reflective of the Fall months.
Sam Adams Octoberfest celebrates their robust seasonal with generous amounts of five malted barley varieties including two-row Harrington and Metcalfe pale malts, Munich-10, Moravian and Caramel 60 for a 5.3% Alcohol by Volume and 4.1% Alcohol by Weight. This American lager is subtly balanced with Tettnang Tettnanger and Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops for a subtle 15 IBUs. A proprietary Samuel Adams lager yeast formulates a 13.6 degree plato original gravity to a 187 Calories brew.
First celebrated in 1810 during the marriage of the Crown Prince of Bavaria, Oktoberfest is an annual tradition held for sixteen days in the Theresienwiese fairground, named after the royal bride. The style celebrated in the event and worldwide is the Märzen, named after the month in which it is traditionally brewed before being lagered during the Summer months and finally enjoyed during the fall harvest.
At home, one of my favorite traditions is spending quality time with my wife andwatching comedy on television. And not just regular comedies, but roaring laugh out loud humor. During this particular fall evening we decided to rent the second season of Eastbound & Down, watching all episodes back to back over the weekend as I tried my taste at Sam Adams Octoberfest.
Onto The Method
9.0/10 – The Classic
2.0 – Appearance – A rich copper 20 SRM elixir pours lusciously into the glass with amazing clarity and gentle carbonation, forming a subtle amber ring and soft gentle laces.
2.0 – Aroma – Smooth and crisp peppery lager air, faint herbal hop aromas, biscuit notes and a rich malt foundation.
1.5 – Taste – Pleasant buscuit, caramel and toffee sweetness as established by the robust malt profile, followed by a light yet apparent hop bitterness.
1.5 – Palate – A crisp and smooth medium body that is not overly weighed down. Clear sweetness that is surprisingly not sticky.
2.0 – Overall – An overall nice, smooth and rich experience with well defined aromatics, a beautiful appearance, a well balanced medium body that is not too heavy and a pleasant malty taste.
7.0/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – While composed of a robust and well established malt base, the Sam Adams Octoberfest body and my ability to digest it was surprisingly easy enough, but still slightly heavy as the session continued.
2.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift – Slow on arrival and subdued when finally pleasant, it felt like nothing was going on for the first five brews, and finally at the conclusion of the sixth, it felt as if what was finally present was barely noticeable.
10/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – Easy enough to handle a session of several brews, but ultimately not worth the effort.
33.5/50 Blades – The Buzz – Sam Adams Octoberfest is a delicious representation of the traditional Bavarian style. It displays all the right qualities being beautiful, aromatic, tasty and well bodied. As a beer and a style it scores well, almost perfect. But as a life experience, it is plagued with an overall unworthiness. It’s most significant character flaw is its 5.3% alcohol content. The heavier style slows down what might ordinarily be significant in a lighter beer. By the time something begins to happen, we’re on our fifth beer. Then, at the conclusion of the sixth, it’s almost as if nothing happened. Luckily, Eastbound & Down provided the pleasurable life experience I was seeking that night. Both my wife and I laughed loudly through the dark of night as the stories and characters unfolded on our screen. At the zenith of the experience, the best line of the season (with a heavy Mexican accent), “It hurts my heart. I cry all the time, in my bed, by myself.”