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Title: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: ynotbrusum on August 30, 2011, 02:16:23 AM
Okay, I am ready to take the hit...I think this year's Sam Adams Octoberfest is pretty good (Midwest version).

Let the feeding frenzy begin.... ::)
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: dhacker on August 30, 2011, 02:26:41 AM
I got a free case of this leftover from a client dinner . . It is drinkable, but too much caramel IMHO.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: euge on August 30, 2011, 06:02:51 AM
I had last year's. Decent but then again they all were. That I tried I mean...

Sigh. Will have to try the rotation again since there's at least six to choose from already. Just appeared on the shelves overnight... :D
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: tygo on August 30, 2011, 11:07:01 AM
It is drinkable, but too much caramel IMHO.

I haven't tried this years yet but based on past experience this is what I'm expecting.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: majorvices on August 30, 2011, 11:43:49 AM
I like their O-fest and try and pick up a six pack every year. Some years it is better than others, but it is always far from terrible. One of the seasonals they do best IMO, along with their Spring Pilsner seasonal.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: theDarkSide on August 30, 2011, 12:06:47 PM
I try to get as much of it as possible every year.  This year is no exception.  I showed up in 6 packs earlier in August but took a while for the 12 packs to show up.

As a matter of fact, I think I'm out and will have to make a stop on the way home tonight.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: bigchicken on August 30, 2011, 10:27:31 PM
I consider it a "safe" buy for Octoberfest. Its not my favorite, but it did turn me on to the style. I usually buy a 12 pack of it per year.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: jeffy on September 01, 2011, 08:30:04 PM
I bought six of these last night and had one so far.  Pretty nice traditional O-fest if you ask me.
My six pack had a $1 off coupon on it, but when I got to check out, I found it was $1 off cheese.  No brands or styles mentioned, just cheese.  Why does Boston Beer Co. want me to have cheese?  What's that got to do with Oktoberfest?
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: aviking427 on September 01, 2011, 09:07:47 PM
I bought six of these last night and had one so far.  Pretty nice traditional O-fest if you ask me.
My six pack had a $1 off coupon on it, but when I got to check out, I found it was $1 off cheese.  No brands or styles mentioned, just cheese.  Why does Boston Beer Co. want me to have cheese?  What's that got to do with Oktoberfest?

absolutely nothing. Its a marketing gimic that we in the marketing world use all the time to "entice" consumers who are not necessarily Sam Adams drinkers, to pick up a 12 pack because there is a now perceived added value. You can now save $1 on any cheese you want and Sam Adams will be paying for that $1 you save. The real hope is that redemption is low but they see an sales increase.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: hopfenundmalz on September 01, 2011, 11:54:07 PM
I bought six of these last night and had one so far.  Pretty nice traditional O-fest if you ask me.
My six pack had a $1 off coupon on it, but when I got to check out, I found it was $1 off cheese.  No brands or styles mentioned, just cheese.  Why does Boston Beer Co. want me to have cheese?  What's that got to do with Oktoberfest?

I always liked this cheese dish with my Munich beers.  Maybe?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obatzda

edit - and one of those really big white radishes on the side.  Oh, man!
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: euge on September 02, 2011, 06:35:13 AM
That cheese and some dark dense bread along with a couple beers sounds like a meal. And the cheese looks perfectly doable.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: blatz on September 02, 2011, 01:47:17 PM
on the way home last night, I bought a six of these and a few Ayingers.  The former was cold, so I tried one - pretty good - nice rich bready aroma.  malt body seems a bit thinner and less complex than other representations, but this also makes it incredibly drinkable (had it with a nice peppered ham, genoa,aged provolone and pesto panini - went down quick).  Hop bitterness is more than I remember however.

I like it, probably won't buy it again this season simply because I want to try several other brewery's examples this fall, not to mention the two kegs I have lagering right now.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: rjharper on September 02, 2011, 05:32:28 PM
I like it, its not the greatest example of the style but its very drinkable.  A 1/6th barrel keg from the local liqour store was nicely priced, and many of my BMC drinker friends like it, so its a gateway beer for them, and doesn't take up any more space then my cornies while homebrew stocks are low.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: majorvices on September 18, 2011, 12:30:51 PM
I've bought 2 six packs this year so far and may pick up a case at Costco. I think this is one beer SA does very, very well.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: dhacker on September 18, 2011, 01:21:07 PM
I've been slowing consuming the case I got . . still have 12 left. I discovered something last night when I decided to quick chill a bottle and placed it in the freezer. I left it in a little too long and the beer was almost slush. It still poured and I drank it literally ice cold. I preferred the flavor more at that temp than the 45 degrees I normally would drink it. I guess it subdued the caramel a little.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: hopfenundmalz on September 18, 2011, 01:31:43 PM
That cheese and some dark dense bread along with a couple beers sounds like a meal. And the cheese looks perfectly doable.

The wife does that for a club meeting sometimes.  She says it is pretty easy to make, while I find it easy to eat.


Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: punatic on September 18, 2011, 08:06:34 PM
I just pour the beer and drink it with no preconceived expectations.  It is a tasty beer at a good price. I like it.

Cheese-wise, I ate some Swiss cheese cut into 1/2" cubes with a dab of wasabi on each cube.  The flavors of the beer, cheese and wasabi went very nicely together.



Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: majorvices on September 18, 2011, 11:03:42 PM
I've been slowing consuming the case I got . . still have 12 left. I discovered something last night when I decided to quick chill a bottle and placed it in the freezer. I left it in a little too long and the beer was almost slush. It still poured and I drank it literally ice cold. I preferred the flavor more at that temp than the 45 degrees I normally would drink it. I guess it subdued the caramel a little.

I get that it may be a bit more "caramelly" than one's from Germany, I don;t find it offensive at all. It's still a well balanced take on the style. Best Oktoberfest out there? no, but probably the best mass produced US made Oktoberfest.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: dhacker on September 19, 2011, 12:27:49 AM
Perhaps I've given the impression that I really dislike this beer. That would be overstated and I apologize if that's the way I've come across. I guess my idea of a superlative O-fest is a malt bomb without much residual caramel sweetness. This is a style I tend to scrutinize more than most. I'm probably being too nit picky, but I have been spoiled by better commercial examples . . and my own creations!  

Now, as far as the Innis & Gunn Scottish Beer I mentioned in a earlier review . . I meant it when I said it was pancake syrup, and I make NO apologies!  :D
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: The Professor on September 19, 2011, 04:19:12 AM
Was out to dinner tonight and had a few pints with my meal.   
As in past years,  with its somewhat dry character and lacking in malty richness  it bears little or no resemblance to a German maerzen bier (not to me, anyway...) , but it's still  a very solid beer in it's own right.

it went down very nicely with my meal, and it's still a relative bargain.   Technically very well brewed (like most of the SA products) , and an interesting interpretation of the "style"...I think that it's probably a notch or two above a lot of the other American attempts at this sort of 'fest bier'.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: Rhoobarb on September 23, 2011, 07:22:50 PM
I look forward to trying the SAOF each year.   Three weeks ago or so I stopped at BWW and ordered some wings to go for the family.  I had some time to kill while they whipped up the order, so off to the bar I went.  They had just put a keg of SAOF on tap that day, so I order one.  The keg lines must've needed a cleaning because when the glass arrived it was murky and tasted like a not very good dunkelweizen.  Damn!  I sent it back.  So far, I haven't tried the 2011 version. :(

I know this adds nothing to the conversation.  Just thought I'd share. ;D
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: blatz on September 23, 2011, 08:42:25 PM
I look forward to trying the SAOF each year.   Three weeks ago or so I stopped at BWW and ordered some wings to go for the family.  I had some time to kill while they whipped up the order, so off to the bar I went.  They had just put a keg of SAOF on tap that day, so I order one.  The keg lines must've needed a cleaning because when the glass arrived it was murky and tasted like a not very good dunkelweizen.  Damn!  I sent it back.  So far, I haven't tried the 2011 version. :(

I know this adds nothing to the conversation.  Just thought I'd share. ;D

they did release a dunkelweizen this fall IIRC - one of the Beer Lover's Choice - sure they didn't just mix that up there?

never had it so I don't know if its any good, but it was in the newsletter a few weeks ago and I think I saw it in the mix pack for fall.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: Rhoobarb on September 23, 2011, 09:08:46 PM
... they did release a dunkelweizen this fall IIRC - one of the Beer Lover's Choice - sure they didn't just mix that up there?...
No, this was on tap and I saw the O'fest tap handle the bartender poured it from.  If it was their DW, it was pretty lackluster.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: bluesman on September 24, 2011, 01:04:57 AM
Picked up a six pack of SA Ofest and just finished a bottle. Nice bready and toasty aroma. Rich German malt with a toasty note. Pleasant hop bitterness with a low Noble hop flavor. Smooth and very drinkable. Seems a tad low on body but otherwise good example of an Ofest. I give it a 34.

Nice job by SA.  :)
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: euge on September 24, 2011, 02:52:49 AM
I was on my third 12 pack and it turned in my mouth. Maybe it was overkill but I lost my taste for it. I'll take a stab at making my own next year.

Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: The Professor on September 24, 2011, 06:07:50 AM
Picked up a six pack of SA Ofest and just finished a bottle. Nice bready and toasty aroma. Rich German malt with a toasty note. Pleasant hop bitterness with a low Noble hop flavor. Smooth and very drinkable. Seems a tad low on body but otherwise good example of an Ofest. I give it a 34.

Nice job by SA.
  :)

Yeah, they really did alright. 
if I were going to be picky, I'd say there was a bit too much Caramel (which really wouldn't be in a German O-Fest at all) and maybe they could have dialed back the hops just a bit to let the malts come through more ...but overall, it's a good product and one of the best of the stateside interpretations on a Mäerzen.   
In any case, it's a good buy.
Definitely on my short list of commercial beer buys.
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: MDixon on September 30, 2011, 06:51:28 PM
Had it several times on draft lately, pretty good, so when I spied the case for 24 beans at Costco it somehow jumped into my cart and made it to the house and into the fridge...funny how that can happen...
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: theDarkSide on September 30, 2011, 06:56:58 PM
Had it several times on draft lately, pretty good, so when I spied the case for 24 beans at Costco it somehow jumped into my cart and made it to the house and into the fridge...funny how that can happen...

Finally...someone to corroborate when I've been telling my wife all these years!!!  ;D
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: weithman5 on September 30, 2011, 07:08:45 PM
saw it at costco and it was next to the leinenklugels.  went for the leine. i don't normally buy more than a 12 of something and didn't want the big case of sam's. maybe next year
Title: Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
Post by: tygo on October 02, 2011, 12:46:34 AM
GABF bronze for this one.