Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2/5 rDev -45.5%
Regardless of everything else the problem here is the HUGE diacetyl presence. Had a sixtel of this on at my house for about 2 weeks and really tried to get around it but could not. returned it for a keg of Ramstein O'fest and this is much better. A friend had the smae issue and the 2 places in the area I tried it on tap it was the same way. Not nearly as noticeable in bottles. Question is...is this lack of quality control at certain brewing sites? I believe they are brewing in the Lehigh Valley now at the old Rolling Rock place but not sure. This is the second year in a row where the diacetly presence has been overwhelming, a shame because this used to be one of my favorite seasonals from them.
10-21-2009 18:38:28 | More by crenegar
2/5 rDev -45.5%
Lots of blurb, advertising and fanfare; So I bought some to try.
Oh No, what a huge, bitter disappointment - if you can pardon the pun.
A massive foaming head that at one point threatened Mug-Mutiny. But it laced the glass well, and had an inviting look. Aromas are Where are the aromas?????? Hmmm (Deep Sniff). Poured a clear looking, deep Amber-Reddish Color, that again, looked very good, no complaints there. Still, No Aroma though (Deeper Sniff) Im trying. Initial taste is of a sickly sweetish, bee nah - fluid. Weird. What the heck is this supposed to be?, its not like any Märzen/Oktoberfest I have had before. I get some hops in the middle but not many, perhaps just one. Where the hell is that Aroma?? (Snorting the Beer now!!) - Nope still cant find it. Very lightweight mouth feel, that disappears almost instantaneously. Some cloyiness in the residual tastes, more annoying than pleasurable.
Is this an Oktoberfest LITE ???????
My friends in England, would say of this beer that, It is all mouth, and no trousers.
Mediocre or, perhaps, I just do not understand this beer??!??? I dont know. But I do know I don't like it.
Promises, but just does not deliver for me. It will NOT be purchased again!!.
10-16-2002 20:41:07 | More by TheLongBeachBum
2/5 rDev -45.5%
Pours transparent copper in color with a modest off-white head. Aroma smells of grassy, slightly skunky hops and some caramel. Tastes much like it smells, but worse. A funky hop stank presents up front, asserting itself through excessive carbonation. The malt aspect tastes less like caramel and more like raw sugar--quite offputting. The finish is a heavy does of wheat must. The sensation is kind of like what I would expect if I buried my head in a box of cheerios and inhaled deeply--less than appetizing. Finally the wheaty vapors subside and the process repeats itself with the next sip (sip being the operative word here).
I'm not confident I would have picked this out as an oktoberfest in a blind tasting, but then again I'm not a big fan of oktoberfests, so maybe I might have. Suffice it to say this brew has next to nothing going for it, coming off more like a beefed up light macrobrew than an homage to German brewing tradition. Not quite as bad as Sam Adam's chocolate bock, but pretty close.
11-02-2012 02:30:16 | More by MaximalC
2.05/5 rDev -44.1%
SA O-fest is one beer I look forward to every year. This year's version, however, can be charitably described as mediocre. No significant nose,very flat taste and an unusual watery mouthfeel made me sorry I bought a whole case. Very disappointed in what is customarily a dead-on example of a superb beer style. Not this year, however. It will go into the sauerkraut and brats preparations.
09-05-2011 12:00:18 | More by pubscout
2.08/5 rDev -43.3%
I was not impressed by this beer at all. Unfortunately, the beer distributor was closed so I had to go to 7/11. I saw sams octoberfest and decided it was the most appealing beer in the fridge so I thought I would give it a shot.
It smells like a bud light and doesn't taste much different. The taste is flat, bitter, and just does not go down well. It is tasteless to tell the truth. I guess I am becoming a beer snob because this beer is straight up bmc to me now. I had a sierra nevada before this and the SN was leaps and bounds ahead of this. It is just not tasty, it is dry and leaving a bad taste in my mouth.
I don't like this beer and wouldn't buy it again.
09-03-2011 04:46:57 | More by hikix
2.1/5 rDev -42.8%
Clear amber body with a thick white head that stayed there for a while.Nice lacing.This is where the beer goes downhill for me.
Malt and thats it.
Malt and more malt and more malt,not much hop flavor.This beer is entirely too sweet.
Watery mouthful and very sweet.
i wouldnt have this beer again and dont reccommend it to anyone.The sweetness killed it for me.
09-09-2007 15:36:25 | More by MmmIPA
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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