Samuel Adams “Octoberfest”

Posted: December 12, 2011 in Marzen

Octoberfest is the beer festival in Munich Germany from late September to the first weekend in October.  It is the worlds largest fair with more than 5 million participants every year.  Marzen style ale is beer that is traditionally brewed in March.  A German brewing ordinance decreed that beer could only be brewed from September 29th to April 23rd because risk of fire during the summer.  The last beer they brewed in March was darker and full bodied with a higher alcohol content and more hops.  This beer was drank late in the summer and the remaining was drank at the Octoberfest celebration.  So if you see a Marzen it is an Octoberfest, and vice versa.  The style is very, very good.  It is creamy and rich without being to malty.  It has just enough hops to balance the sweetness.  The Samuel Adams Octoberfest is a fall seasonal beer.  I look forward to it coming out every year.  This is one of the best Marzen style beers I have had from an American Brewery.  Put it on your list to get when it comes back next year.


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