THE BREWSKI REPORT Tommy Brewski: My Beer. My Life.

September 22, 2010

Sam Adams’ Octoberfest Beer Review 9.22.10

For display purposes only. Mine was a draft.

For display purposes only. Mine was a draft.

The Brewski Report Reviews Samual Adams’ Octoberfest
File Date: 9.22.2010

File Name: My Lost Vacation
The Beer: Sam Adams Octoberfest
Type: Marzen/Oktoberfest
Serving: Draft
Stats: 5.3% ABV
Brewer: Boston Beer Co. (Samuel Adams)
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: MA, USA
Brewer Info: Jim Koch founded The Boston Beer Company in 1984 because he believed that Americans deserved better beer. Today, we’re a team of about 350 people, and we all share a common passion for bringing great Samuel Adams® beers to beer lovers everywhere. We’ve worked hard for the many successes we’ve enjoyed over the years. The Boston Beer Company has been cited as one of the best companies to work for by Boston Magazine, one of the Best Entry-Level Jobs by The Princeton Review, and our beers have won more awards than any beer in history.

tbr-sa-oct-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Brewed with five varieties of malted barley for a big, rich flavor. The first thing you notice when pouring a glass of this seasonal beer is the color. Samuel Adams® Octoberfest has a rich, deep reddish amber hue which itself is reflective of the season. Samuel Adams Octoberfest masterfully blends together five roasts of malt to create a delicious harmony of sweet flavors including caramel and toffee. The malt is complimented by the elegant bitterness imparted by the Bavarian Noble hops. Samuel Adams Octoberfest provides a wonderful transition from the lighter beers of summer to the heartier brews of winter.
Label: Draft beer served at the bar.

The Brewski Review: I took a week off for vacation tin the hopes of getting a good start on remodeling two more rooms in my house.  As I noted in an earlier e-mail, I’ve been cleaning out our ‘office’ for a while and I was dissapointed that it wasn’t completed BEFORE my vacation started. The last thing I wanted to do was waste time moving stuff on my vacation (which, by the way, is rare for me to take a whole week’s vacation.) So, it took two days to finish moving material out of the office and get the room sealed up – rosin paper on the floor and plastic over the doorways (sans the doors which were removed to strip the paint). And then, I tried to plug my wireless router back in and reconnect our computers. That’s were I lost two more days. So, four of my 9 total days were spent cleaning and trying to figure out how to set up the computer. Then, I purchased a few trees I needed to get into the ground before winter so I set about doing that. This took two days. So, my plans to work on my house and repair my SUV (the front sway bar links broke and the sway bar shifted over and tore a hole in my front passenger side CV Boot). I just pushed my timeline out until spring on both. I figure if my front axle locks up on me….oh well. And, it’s too late into the season to start tearing plaster off my walls. I won’t be able to run the wiring and insulate before it freezes so I better wait. The good news? I’ve got all winter to work on other stuff. Oh yeah, the beer. It was a decent octoberfest beer. Holding out for something better.  Would drink it again though.

Drinkability: Probably.
Appearance: Medium to dark brown. Minimal head (dirty glass?)
The Buds: Malty with a bitter finish.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5

February 6, 2010

Jacob Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest Beer Review 2.6.10

Jacob Leinenkugel Would Be Proud Of This one.

Jacob Leinenkugel Would Be Proud Of This one.

The Brewski Report Reviews Leinie’s Oktoberfest Beer and My Wife’s Pork Roast.
File Date: 2.6.2010

File Name: Excellent Cooking and Brewing Equals One Fine Meal.
The Beer: Oktoberfest
Type: Marzen/Oktoberfest 
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.1% ABV
Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.                                                 Website:                                                           Country of Origin: Wisconsin, USA
Brewer Info:  The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, the seventh-oldest brewery in the United States, is the oldest business in Chippewa Falls and one of the oldest in the state.  Our commitment and tradition of brewing quality products is matched only by the wants of generations of genuine beer-loving customers.  The origin of the name Wisconsin is Ojibwan.  To the Ojibwa, Wisconsin means gathering of the waters.  It was the waters of the Chippewa River, Duncan Creek and the Big Eddy Springs where Jacob Leinenkugel Found a home for his brewery in 1867.  The Leinenkugel brewing legacy in the United States continues today, more than 140 years and five generations later.

tbr-oktoberfest-logo2Brewer Brand Hype: We brewed our first Oktoberfest in 2001 to celebrate the fall season in true German fashion. Available August through October each year, our traditional Marzen-style bier is brewed with Munich, Caramel, and a blend of Pale malts.  Hallertau, Tettnang, Perle and Cluster hops provide the aroma for this well-balanced, smooth, festive lager.
Label: A perfect beer to celebrate the fall season.  Featuring Munich, Pale & Caramel malts with four specialty hops.  Brewed with pride by the Leinenkugel family since 1867.

The Brewski Review: My wife made a pork roast tonight and it was fantastic. It’s not to say that the other pork roasts she’s cooked have been terrible.  Quite to the contrary.  They’ve all been good.  But this roast was exceptional.  I think it was pulled out of the oven at the most optimal time to be fully cooked but allowing it to remain as juicy as a ripe watermelon. It melted in my mouth.  And, I must say, Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest beer rolled down my throat right behind it quite nicely. The beer was mild, smooth and added the perfect taste to the pork and mashed potatoes.  The head formed quick but didn’t stick around too long.  I would certainly drink this beverage again and I’d recommend it to everyone.  I raise my glass to my wife for cooking the perfect pork roast and to Leinenkugel for an exceptional Oktoberfest Beer. 

Drinkability:  Yum. Would most certainly drink again.
Appearance: Light amber in color.  Good initial head on pour.
The Buds: Mild and smooth.  Not bitter.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.5 caps out of 5

October 17, 2009

Spaten’s Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen Beer Review 10.17.09

Munich's Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen Seasonal Beer

Munich's Spaten Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen Seasonal Beer

The Brewski Report Reviews Spaten’s Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen
File Date: 10.17.2009

File Name: Oktoberfest Education
The Beer: Oktoberfest Ur-Marzen
Type: Marzen/Oktoberfest
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.9% ABV 
Brewer: Spaten-Franziskaner-Brau
Country of Origin: Munich, Germany
Brewer Info:  More than 600 years of brewing tradition in the heart of Munich. One of Germany’s most successful breweries, Spaten is deeply rooted in Munich’s venerable beer-brewing tradition, yet it remains modern and dynamic. Spaten has always been at the forefront of progress in brewing. It was at Spaten that Carl Linde developed his first refrigerator, and the Spaten ‘spade’ is one of the oldest trademarks in the world (1884), making the company a pioneer in the history of advertising.

spaten_logoBrewer Brand Hype:  Spaten Oktoberfest Beer, created in 1872, is the world’s first Oktoberfest beer, brewed for the greatest folk festival in the world. Every year, over and over again, countless Oktoberfest visitors share their enthusiasm about this beer.  Taste the Munich flavor.  Spaten Oktoberfest Beer is amber in color. This medium bodied beer has achieved its impeccable taste by balancing the roasted malt flavor with the perfect amount of hops. Having a rich textured palate with an underlying sweetness true to tradition.

The Brewski Review:  Six HUNDRED years of brewing!   For that fact, 600 years of being in business!  Started in 1397, Spaten has been around longer than the United States.  I wonder if they exported their beer to Spain?  If they did, maybe Christopher Columbus had some Spaten beer on board when he hit the Caribean beaches in 1492.  Or, maybe Juan Ponce de Leone stocked his cabin fridge with it when he went looking for a pub crawl on ‘La Florida’ in 1513.  Given the rich brewing history, I guess this would be THE quintissential Oktoberfest to be drinking if this was your favorite type of beer.  Anyway, Oktoberfest refers to certian beers made by brewers in Munich proper.  So, if you purchase an American craft beer named ‘Oktoberfest’ it’s not a true Oktoberfest beer.  I thought Spaten’s Oktoberfest was just, well, okay.    It wasn’t too bitter but it had too much aftertaste for me.  Maybe I’m just not a fan of this type.  I could see myself drinking it again but it’s definitely not on the top of the list.

Drinkability: Lots of roasted malt flavor.
Appearance: Dark Amber in color.  Large foamy head.
The Buds: Okay.  I haven’t been won over by this type of beer just yet.
TBR Cap Rating:  3.75 out of 5

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