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Wachusett Octoberfest Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Octoberfest AleWachusett Octoberfest Ale

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79
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133 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wachusett Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Using traditional Oktoberfest specialty malts & hops, it has a balanced bitterness & beautiful copper coloring.

Availability: Aug – Oct

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 07-02-2001)
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Reviews by gritz147:
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gritz147

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-31-2013 23:30:19 | More by gritz147
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oberon

North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +6.3%

A very nice pour to this beer a clear rich copper with a big bloomin slight off white head that left a ring of lace as it settled slowly,rich would be a good adjective to describe the nose big caramel and butter with an undelying toasty character.Now this is a true old school American amber its not hoppedup its not "big" its lightly sweet roasty red hops are there only to keep from being overly sweet and all in all it does a decent job.Its a quaffing autumn season ale not overly complex but it is flavorful take it for what it is.

09-23-2006 19:24:49 | More by oberon
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Todd

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -8.4%

On tap @ the Sunset Grill in Allston, MA.

Slightly hazy, deep amber with an excellent white laced head.

Clean aroma, too clean ...

Malty, dextriny, grainy and dry with a thin raisin flavour, fruity grape, light esters, herbal-ish hop character and a touch of spice. Goes a bit dry at the finish, with a touch of diacetyl.

Pretty decent on tap ... a little thin, but enjoyable nonetheless.

09-08-2002 05:52:15 | More by Todd
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sponberg

New York

3.85/5  rDev +11%

Bright orange-amber with a thin head that dies down pretty quickly. Aroma of toasted malt, yeast, and some minerally fruitiness. Odd, but somehow appealing.

It takes a second for the flavors to get going, but when they show up, it's tasty - toasted maltiness, some apple/pear/golden raisin fruitiness and a minerally background hoppiness/bitterness. The distinct, slightly earthy Wachusett "signature" (yeast? hops?) that I'm fond of from their nut brown is here as well, giving the beer a clean, drying finish. Not a lot of body, but the drinkability improves a bit for it.

I don't know about an Octoberfest, but as an autumn ale it's a fine, have-several-and-smile brew.

10-02-2003 02:43:52 | More by sponberg
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -13.5%

08-16-2014 15:48:33 | More by Doomcifer
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -6.9%

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

A- Bright tarnished copper color, big foaming head off of a medium pour. Decent head retention.

S- Fruity with sugary toasted malt and a mild hop.

T- Bready malt, almost bread crust like. Muffled fruitiness mixes with the hops and a twang from the fermentation. Sharp bitterness in the middle. More toasted malt comes through as well as a modest fruity ester.

M- Lightly crisp in a medium body ... a slick as well.

D- A middle of the road amber ale that tries to sell its self off as an Oct-fest beer, with that country vibe you may as well just call it a "Harvest Ale".

09-02-2005 21:51:49 | More by Jason
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, amber, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: fruit and toasted malt

Taste: bread, toasted malt, nut, and berries

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, sweet, smooth, medium bodied

Drinkability: I loved this beer on draft and could have several. It is a sweeter Octoberfest with tastes of nut. More of an early season Octoberfest.

09-21-2009 01:17:29 | More by tigg924
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far333

Connecticut

3.28/5  rDev -5.5%

Orangey color with an off-white high lumpy head that leaves thick rings around the glass. Sweet malt aroma with some floral hops and spice. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Flavor is chewy biscuity malt upfront, with a strange finish of canned peas, complete with metallic aftertaste. Taste on the front of the tongue is great, but the aftertaste really ruins this one for me.

10-21-2003 22:48:18 | More by far333
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wander4

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-14-2012 01:51:15 | More by wander4
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racer2k

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -9.2%

Poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a nice orange amber color with a small off white head that dissipates quickly. Medium carbonation in my glass.

S: Sweet toasted malt with a hint of orange citrus.

T: Nice balance of toasted malt, sweetness and an earthy fruity finish. The overall body tastes a bit thin.

M: Very light and thin with a solid malt backbone and mild hops which quickly fade

D: Decent Octoberfest that is quite drinkable. Good session beer. Not the most flavorful marzen but a good local beer.

09-08-2009 13:15:20 | More by racer2k
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Wachusett- Octoberfest

A- Clear amber with a good foamy lacing head.
S- Earthy hops, like fallen wet leaves and bark. Bits of grainy bread malt peek out.
T- Good sweet thick grainy malt with a slight touch of molasses.
M- Chewy malt dominates with a slight dry earty hop finish.

Overall- A bit on the mediocre side but sessionable and worthy or a pint or 2!

09-05-2008 21:08:02 | More by NJpadreFan
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BennyL1

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -10.7%

Best by Dec 2011. Glass - SA Perfect Pint.

Body is an amber/orange. Slim but sticky white head with minimal lacing.

Nose is heavy with caramel malt. Also some nuttiness in there as well.

Sweet caramel and toasted malts in the taste. A bit of that nut aspect as well with the hops being barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel on the thinner side but with a smooth finish.

Not a bad brew, I just wished they would brew a true Marzen style for the fall. Wachusett is pretty good with the malt bills that they use so it would probably be pretty good.

10-08-2011 00:38:58 | More by BennyL1
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Guardian

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

A- It looks like...well...beer.

S- Can definitely tell it's an Octoberfest by the smell. Spicy smell mixed with malt. Smells better than it tastes.

T- Much more bitter than than I was expecting. The taste is relatively smooth, but in comparsion to other Octoberfests (i.e. Sam Adams) this is not as good in my opinion. I wanted it to be (I love Wachusett Blueberry). It is simply average

M- Decent mouthfeel. A bit tingly.

D- Decent. Not at all heavy or unpleasant to drink.

09-12-2007 21:44:46 | More by Guardian
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avisong

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

10-21-2012 22:59:38 | More by avisong
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%

Definately not an Oktoberfest, but still a pretty nice amber. Smells of toasted and caramel malt. Taste focuses on toasted, slightly fruity malt. Not terribly caramel, its there, but more toasted than anything. Nothing too special here, but still a well-crafted amber ale.

09-20-2006 06:01:50 | More by tempest
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rjm0715

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

02-03-2014 22:30:20 | More by rjm0715
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -24.2%

Over the past couple of months I have developed an affinity for Wachusetts beers. However, this one is a little disappointing. Neutral appearance- reddish brown with a small head. There is nice lacing though, with active carbonation. Does have an earthy type smell, crisp, with mellow orange undertones. Very blasé taste. The beer struggles to tantalize your tastebuds, all your left with is crunchy vegetables and an apple cider aftertaste.

M&D- poor. Metallic aftertaste that initial offering is mediocre at best. I suffer through the rest of the sixer.

09-07-2005 01:54:33 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +1.7%

Not a crisp beer...color is nice and coppery with an ok head with nice lacing. Smell was light malty with a very faint hop ellement. Taste was slightly tart, but with an oily cahracter that took away from drinkability and mouthfeel. Better than average, but I've had much better.

09-22-2003 23:40:26 | More by edchicma
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

09-15-2012 12:02:13 | More by trevorpost
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nyrblue2

New York

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

10-06-2012 01:58:56 | More by nyrblue2
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev +7.8%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 17, 2013.

The color is amber-brass in tone with a white head that dissolves quickly. Ongoing carbonation.

The aroma is mildly sweet with butter, biscuit, and malty characters. Not so much in the way of hops.

Medium body and somewhat creamy.

The taste begins with decent caramel sweetness followed by a slightly bitter but not offensive dryish finish. Lingers a little. It was a likable enough beer.

09-17-2013 22:10:21 | More by puboflyons
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Poured a beautiful deep marzen with rustic orange hues. The head was medium beige, compact, fizzy, and quick to dissipate. Visible carbonation was light-medium.

S: overall sweet, with some citrus, lemon-candy, and a light underlying of light toasted munich malting. Per style the nose was a tad more sweet sugary wise then malt wise then I was expecting.

T: dry toasted malt, woodsy, with a soft touch of sweetness. Some spicy flowery hopping comes through with citrusy undertones. The flavor was well blananced between hops and malt and had some fruity hints (apples) and dried pears.

M: light with an oily texture. A nice soft bittering hop and malt fade laces the tongue.

D: Overall a nice drinking beer, dry toasted malting with a light sugary sweetness and fresh citrus tones provides for an easy downing session by style. Moderately good overall.

09-30-2008 22:54:39 | More by beerthulhu
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scottg

Vermont

3.33/5  rDev -4%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one finger white head. Sweet carmelized malt aromas, not much else to speak of, same goes for the taste. Medium carbonation and body, smooth drinking. Not bad, but there are so many much better Octoberfest to try. This one you can pass on.

10-15-2008 20:20:45 | More by scottg
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nebula1999

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

08-28-2013 10:07:14 | More by nebula1999
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.3%

orange with a nice deep color to it. Lots of carbonation on this one was evident from the very start. Huge chains of bubbles just cascading from the bottom of the glass up towards the top, continually reinforcing the foam layer on top.

Lots of floral tones here coming off almost immediately, which again was very good to see. Rich orange and tangerine, were interlaced with a good amount of malted grain that gave it a little more depth in the overall scheme of things. Very nice blend of aromas, but still leaning heavily on the hops here for support. Some hints of cereal grains and a touch of what almost tasted like corn was floating around, but by far the most predominant flavors were that of the citrus hops. Light flavors of orange were quite sweet and light, not bending your taste buds, but definitely showing their strength here. Lots of complexity here, especially for an amber, and honestly one the easiest drinking ales I have had in quite some time.

12-12-2011 02:20:21 | More by mikesgroove
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Wachusett Octoberfest Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.