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Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2011, 06:31:43 AM »
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.


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Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2011, 01:06:34 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.



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Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2011, 04:03:42 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.
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Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2011, 05:27:49 PM »
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
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Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2011, 09:19:12 PM »
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'.
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Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2011, 12:22:50 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
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Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« Reply #21 on: September 23, 2011, 01:42:25 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.
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Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« Reply #22 on: September 23, 2011, 02:08:46 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.
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Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« Reply #23 on: September 23, 2011, 06:04:57 PM »
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.  :)
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Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« Reply #24 on: September 23, 2011, 07:52:49 PM »
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.

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Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« Reply #25 on: September 23, 2011, 11:07:50 PM »
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.
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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.
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Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« Reply #26 on: September 30, 2011, 11:51:28 AM »
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...
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Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« Reply #27 on: September 30, 2011, 11:56:58 AM »
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...

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Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« Reply #28 on: September 30, 2011, 12:08:45 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
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Re: Sam Adams Octoberfest 2011
« Reply #29 on: October 01, 2011, 05:46:34 PM »
GABF bronze for this one.
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