Sam Adams Octoberfest is one of the great things about the Fall season, if you're a beer drinker. It's a seasonal brew, so you can only get it during the Fall every year.
When you pour the beer into your glass, it is a dark reddish color, somewhat reminiscent of autumn leaves. The aroma is on the light side, with a light hoppiness and some sweet, nutty malt in the nose.
It is a rather full-bodied beer, with only light yeastiness, but rich malt notes and a slightly acidic nature. I wouldn't go so far to call this a fruity beer, but it reminds me of pumpkin pie, but not quite as distinct as that. There are notes that reflect fall spices to me. The hops characteristic is not overpowering, but provides a delicate, slightly bitter counterpoint to the richness of the malt. The carbonation is moderate, just enough for some effervescent feel on the tongue, but not too much in the stomach.
The bottle states that there are 5 different malted barley that go into the Octoberfest, and I can believe it. I'm not a huge one to differentiate the different types of malt, but these are definitely a large portion of the flavor, and not in an unpleasant way.
the Samuel Adams brewery makes some very fine beer varieties, some of which are only available seasonally. I've got to be on the lookout for the Harvest Pumpkin Ale and the Cranberry Lambic this year.
Life is too short to drink boring beers.
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