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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Goodbye health, hello beer!


If you’re like me, than Oktoberfest starts a little early in your house, and perhaps the amount of beer in your fridge would be considered obscene by the standards of others. But let’s not worry about that, let’s worry about beer—and not just any beer, I’m talking about beers geared for the fall. You know the kind; maybe they have a pumpkin on it? …Or an orange Oktoberfest label? Yup, those are the kinds I’m talking about. This is my favorite time of year for drinking beer—and not just to get sloshed (though, rest assured I will)—but for those complex flavors that can only be had right now.
My plan is simple. I’m going to drink as much as I can—well, as much Oktoberfest related beer as I can—without going broke or breaking my liver in half.
First up is Samuel Adam’s Oktoberfest. Now, this beer is a pretty widely available beer, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t good. It’s really good actually. Most of you have probably had a Sam or two in your time and if you’ve had one than you can get an idea of what to expect. Sam Adams isn’t known for reinventing the wheel when it comes to brewing beer. They have a recipe that they adhere to strictly and this one is no exception.
Its full of bold flavor and has a rich amber color with a good head.
It has a mild scent, it’s not the kind of festive beer you can crack open and smell the pumpkins with, not that that’s a bad thing.  There’s a small scent, and taste, of nutmeg from start to finish, which is pleasant, but nothing over the top. The flavor is consistent throughout and the beer goes down smooth without leaving any bad aftertaste. If anything you might be left with a light lingering lemon taste.
All in all this is a solid beer and as good as any to start the season with, usually because it’s one of the first on the shelf and it is very accessible.
That’s all for this round. Next up is River Horse’s Hipp-O-Lantern!

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