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Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams
Octoberfest

Category: Märzen/Octoberfest

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 5.3%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Samuel Adams
Octoberfest

Category: Märzen/Octoberfest

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 5.3%
Copper color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasted fruit cake and caramel with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of rye raisin toast, spinach, and nuts finish. A clean, spot-on Oktoberfest that really delivers the fest goods.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Crisp & Light, Smooth & Mild & Malty
Aroma Aroma: toasted fruit cake and caramel
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of rye raisin toast, spinach, and nuts
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Chicken Kebobs, Roast Turkey Leg, Swiss
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A clean, spot-on Oktoberfest that really delivers the fest goods.

The Producer

The Boston Beer Co.

The Producer
30 Germania St.
Boston, MA 02130
USA
1 617-368-5000

Marzen-Octoberfest

Märzen beers are gold to dark amber in color and range from 5-6.5% in alcohol. These beers are characterized by a fuller-body, sweet toasted and toffee malt flavors and subtle hop character. These beers are malt-forward with flavors and aromas derived from Munich and Vienna malts. Closely related to the Vienna style, märzen-style lagers were originally brewed by Bavarian brewers in March to last through the fall. First officially introduced by Spaten Brewery at the 1841 Oktoberfest, märzen style beers have been linked to this celebration ever since. With only a few select breweries legally permitted to use the term Oktoberfest in Germany, the term “Octoberfest” has been adopted by US craft brewers for märzen style seasonal releases that coincide with the German festival. Noteworthy examples of this style included: Capital Oktoberfest, Great Lake Octoberfest, Spaten Oktoberfest and Ayinger Oktoberfest-Märzen.

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