Brewery: Samuel Adams
Serving Style: Bottle
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.