Samuel Adams Oktoberfest

Beer: Octoberfest
Brewery: Samuel Adams
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
ABV: 5.3%


Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Stein
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa



Sight: Cloudy amber body with a small head that disappeared instantly.

Smell: This smells like a generic amber lager. There’s an initial aroma of caramel and toasted malts. It doesn’t progress much past that.

Flavor: Slightly nutty and surprisingly bitter, not dissimilar to the flavor of burnt sugar. The backbone of the flavor profile is a caramel malt and it finishes with just a hint of Noble hops.

Feel: Medium-thin body with great carbonation.

Concluding Remark:  More flavorful than some German Märzens, Sam Adams’ Oktoberfest resembles more of a Vienna Lager than an authentic Oktoberfestbier. It has a pleasant enough caramel taste, but it’s missing a little of that German je ne sais pas. Uh, I mean, ich weiß nicht.

You’ll inevitably find it on tap anywhere in this country for the next month, so you might as well try it. But I doubt it will have you dancing on tables and singing “Country Roads” by the great John Denver. 

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