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Monday, December 19, 2011

11/17/11 Sam Adams Octoberfest

This was the last Octoberfest beer I had in my fridge so I figured I'd finish it off a couple of nights ago. With the Holidays and working a lot of night shifts my reviews have suffered and I've been a little sluggish which I apologize for. Now on to the review of Sam Adams Octoberfest. The head was large at 4" with a temperature of 44.1 degrees and a frothy light brown head appearance. The head lacing was excellent and the head dissipated slowly. The carbonation was soft with a normal body clarity and an amber body color. The taste and aroma were a mixture of barley, molasses and maple syrup at least to my best description. The flavor was light and the finish length was short with a watery mouth feel. The tongue hit was towards the middle and the body lacing was excellent. Overall it had a nice taste that was one of the better Octoberfest beers that I had this year and I would put it at an A-. Hopefully I'll have a chance to have one next year. Thanks for reading and as always please drink responsibly.

Nutritional Information from myfitnessplan.com

Sam Adams - Octoberfest

Calories187Sodium0 mg
Total Fat0 gPotassium0 mg
Saturated0 gTotal Carbs19 g
Polyunsaturated0 gDietary Fiber0 g
Monounsaturated0 gSugars0 g
Trans0 gProtein0 g
Cholesterol0 mg  
Vitamin A0%Calcium0%
Vitamin C0%Iron0%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Vegetarian Pairings  and other information from Sam Adams web site

Cobb Salad

With the bold flavors of bacon, blue cheese, and egg in a cobb salad you need a beer that won't shy away from those flavors. Samuel Adams Boston Lager's hoppiness cuts through the cheese and dressing while the roasted malt works with the smoky bacon. To err on the side of complimenting flavors, Octoberfest also brings out the sweeter side of the bacon and the earthiness of the cheese. Either beer is a winner.


Chick peas, the main ingredient of hummus, have an earthy richness that can be complimented by the roasted malt blends of Octoberfest or Pale Ale.

Flavor: Smooth with a deep malt complexity. Lightly hopped for a smooth sweet finish.
Color: Deep red amber, 20 SRM
Original Gravity: 13.6° Plato
Alcohol by Vol/Wt: 5.3%ABV - 4.1%ABW
Calories/12 oz.: 187
IBUs: 15 
Malt Varieties: Two-row Harrington and Metcalfe pale malts, Munich-10, Moravian, and Caramel 60
Hop Varieties:  Tettnang Tettnanger and Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops
Yeast Strain: Samuel Adams lager yeast
Availability: Seasonal (August - October)
First Brewed: 1989

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