Wachusett Octoberfest Ale - Wachusett Brewing Company

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Wachusett Octoberfest AleWachusett Octoberfest Ale

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154 Ratings

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 07-02-2001

Using traditional Oktoberfest specialty malts & hops, it has a balanced bitterness & beautiful copper coloring.

Availability: Aug – Oct
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Ratings: 154 | Reviews: 84
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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Todd
3.14/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of sponberg
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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".

Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of far333
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of racer2k
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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!

Photo of BennyL1
3.12/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Guardian
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
2.65/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of edchicma
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of scottg
3.31/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Amalak
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Read had out of a bottle...much better. Perhaps my tastes changed, and since 2007 I htink that's the case. There's a nice rye taste to it. Very clean and crisp. Bit of a sour aftertaste but the sugar mix compensates.

A: Very clear orange, a little bubbly, a decent head that leaves a good lace.

S: Very mild nutty/fruity smell.

T: Very malty. It is strong, flavorful, but not that great.

M: Don't care for the aftertaste. Leaves an almost sour kind of taste.

D: Because of the aftertaste and too flavory that isn't that good.

Ahhh, very average if that, Octoberfest.

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of earthy and fruity yeast plus toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and seems fruitier compared to being malty. A slight amount of bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink—lacking the maltiness it's definitely not an Oktoberfest—but it is and easy-to-drink amber ale.

Photo of goz
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber pour with a thick white head that mostly lasts and leaves pretty good lacing. Aroma of some toasted and sweet malts, with a bit of floral/fruity hops in the back. Flavor has a bit of sweet malts to start, some fruitiness in the middle, and some spicy hop ending. Medium body, medium+ carbonation level. Certainly not in true O-fest style, but a good beer anyway.

Photo of Gusler
4.07/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer as it sets in my glass breathing away is a winsome and unblurred deep amber, the head modest ands semi-creamy, light tan its color as is the fine sheet of lave surrounding the glass. Nose is citrus crisp and sweet from the grains, also a fresh pleasant bit of earthiness noted, start is sweet and rich in malt, top middling in feel. Finish is delightful in it’s a acidity, crisp but not astringent, the hops delectable in their spiciness, long lasting dry aftertaste, my thanks to UncleJimbo for this bottle, received during one of his world win stops in Phoenix, thanks once again my friend.

Photo of JamesDahl
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I have this product in stock at Hills Liquors in Seekonk massachusetts.
$ 7.99 +dep for a 12 pack
$14.00 +dep for a case of 24
you will not find it anywhere else
17 cases left in stock as of jan 25th
this is the cheapest you will eve see this beer at
call 508-336-8060 for info and directions

Photo of mountdew1
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Color was a nice dark orangey brown with a very thin off white head that clung slightly to the glass. Aroma reminded me of slightly sweet carrots. Taste was slightly spicy, black peppery, and tasted carrots or other similar veggies. Not enough to be like drinking vegetables, but just a hint. Felt ok in the mouth, toungue tingled from carbonation. Very slightly oily in my mouth. Definitely a sipping beer.

Photo of fx20736
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug.

Dark pumpkin orange with a 1 finger capuccino colored head, hardly any lacing.

Smell of baking brown bread

mouthfeel is fairly full.

Taste: malts up front followed by this inviting creamy nuttiness with just a kiss of spicy hops on the tail end.

Notes: This Fest is in the same camp as Great Lakes & Sam Adams but I think it is a little better than either; almost as flavorful as Great Lakes without the cloying sweetness, just as balanced as Sam Adams but a little tastier. I would buy another sixer of this.

Photo of plaid75
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper hue with a one and a half finger creamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a lightly sweet malt with some flowery hop in the background.

The taste consisted of a sweet, yet clean, fruity malt with a mild citrus hop. Nice biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a very clean finish.

Overall a tasty and simple amber ale. Very easy to drink.

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Wachusett Octoberfest Ale from Wachusett Brewing Company
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