Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.8/5 rDev +3.5%
Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smooth caramel notes with light toffee notes. Taste is very smooth with nice caramel malt notes and light toffee with balanced level of sweetness. Body has a smooth texture which is really nice with good carbonation. Not the most complex beer but really easy drinking beer.
10-17-2012 20:12:39 | More by Phyl21ca
3.43/5 rDev -6.5%
A fair attempt for an Oktoberfest, but it cannot compare to traditional German brews. Looks brightly copper-orange. Vigorously carbonated. Fizzy head retention. Aromas are modestly of the bready, toasty, creamy, and crisp character that I like in Oktoberfests. Tastes much the same. Modest malt character (not biscuit malt), has a grain husk flavor with mild astringency. Lacking hop character of the Noble variety. Creaminess and cleanliness is not to the calaber of true Oktoberfest beers. Although the characters are lacking, and despite a few flaws, it's still a fair beer.
09-09-2005 22:39:30 | More by BEERchitect
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
A - Poured a very clear pumpkin colored amber with a smallish white head that quickly faded leaving behind only a thin coating of lace across the top. Lots of visible carbonation streaming up from the bottom on this one.
S - Lots of grain, earth tones with a touch of spice, nothing really out of the ordirnary, just a nice spiced lager. A good all around malted aroma.
T - Very decent. A crisp clean taste with lots of malts and the slightet of a dry spiced back. Some grassy notes in the front and a nice amount of roasted taste.
M - Vry clean crisp and very well carbonated. A nice touch of thines added to the feel rather then detracting from it.
D - Outstanding, you could have this one all niht.
Overall this ws your classic oktoberfest beer, and again sam adams sets the bar very high with its version. This is always a staple of the fridge this time of year, as it should
09-30-2007 23:47:02 | More by mikesgroove
3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
A: The pour is a nice dark amber color with a couple finger's worth of khaki colored head.
S: Solid toasted bread and biscuit malt base with some caramel and light spicy ester aroma. A hint of floral hops and yeast. Not overly impressive, but decent enough.
T: Toasted malt dominates the flavor and gives off a slight nutty toffee flavor. Somewhat sweet with plenty of bread and again, some spice esters.
M: The body is actually quite nice, we'll say medium, with a smooth mid-level carbonation.
D: I don't remember liking this beer quite as much in previous years, but for whatever reason, it did it for me this go 'round.
09-13-2010 21:55:55 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev +9%
A: Half finger head. Clear and copper with amber hues.
S: Malts, toast and caramel notes.
T: Grainy and malty. A decent amount of sweet toffee/caramel.
M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.
Overall: One of the flagships of this very popular brewery. Oktoberfest isn't a favorite genre of mine but this one is one of my favorites.
08-13-2011 22:04:38 | More by kylehay2004
3.15/5 rDev -14.2%
(On-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Kennesaw, GA)
Appearance: Pours a clear, medium brown body with a fizzy, off-white head.
Smell: Extremely mild aroma of toasted grains and sliced apples.
Taste: Equally mild flavor. Light, light taste of toasted grains with a hint of sweetness. Faint fruitiness. Mild floral hoppiness on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Came across as dull and lifeless with little personality to help it stand out amongst a virtual sea of other Oktoberfest beers.
10-22-2007 21:52:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
The mighty Sam Adams Octoberfest, It's a personal must have at least once during the fall season. Many of my friends and myself enjoy this beer thoroghly during the autumn months. This beer pours out as a rich dark orange brown color. It's a clear and clean looking with a nice looking head on it that leaves a touch of lacing. The smell of the beer has a good balance of autumn aromas, malts and hops. The taste of the beer is a little sweet upfront before the spices kick in. The flavors of some cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg come together and leave your taste buds tingling with a light hops bitterness on the end. The mouthfeel is a medium bodied and very drinkable in my opinion. If you can get, it try it!
05-24-2011 18:12:57 | More by Knapp85
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
Served in a shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.
I do so enjoy Quizzo beer. This one pours a clear orange amber topped by a half-finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises caramel, citrus peel, red apple skin, and some light toffee. The taste holds notes of light caramel apple (holy hell, it merged!), walnuts, orange rind, and some miscellaneous florals. The body is light, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, semi-crisp feel. Overall, a nice O-Fest, not among the tops, but good enough for a Fall afternoon o' lazin' 'n' whatnot.
09-09-2010 18:28:14 | More by TMoney2591
3.45/5 rDev -6%
A - Poured out a clear, amber color. Two finger head with a little lacing.
S - Sweet and malty smell.
T - It is a bitter with hops, but it also has a nutty & malty flavor. The sweet taste seems a little like chocolate.
M - Smooth and medium-bodied.
D - This is a pretty good marzen/octoberfest. Interesting combonation of flavors.
10-19-2006 00:23:46 | More by zeff80
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
A Yankee pint, on-tap at a hockey-happy Buffalo Wild Wings in suburban Detroit. Or as the engaging bartendress pronounced it - 'hackey'.
This beer appears a clear medium bronzed amber hue, with one chubby finger of tightly foamy, bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky tree branch lace around the glass in its brief wake.
It smells of crisp biscuity grain, bready caramel, a touch of aged lemon rind, and mild earthy hops. The taste is a bit of a downer, the bready biscuit malt a fair bit less crisp that I was initially led to believe, with some duly fading lemon, a bit of wan caramel and fire-sale vanilla, and weak leafy, earthy hops.
The carbonation is average, just supportive in its endeavors, and maybe a bit zippy at times, the body an adequate medium weight, and plainly smooth. It finishes relatively dry, with some grainy malt and lingering noble hops.
A decent enough Oktoberfest ale, one which well approaches the Munich ideal, but never quite meets it (how Physics 101), with its reserved, um, drink a shitload of it now, nature. Ya know, here today, gone tomorrow?
09-22-2011 07:02:09 | More by biboergosum
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
Sam Adam's always delivers, so when I went to pick up an Octoberfest (OKtoberfest with a K is actually trademarked in Germany, so kudos to Sammy for the "C") this year I naturally gravitated towards them. Some of the O'fests from Germany have been getting weaker and weaker and more watered down over the years. Hell, some of them are gold in color!
It has a great appearance with a clear, orange and gold accented copper that just 'looks like fall'. It's got great head retention and it leaves some very nice lacing behind.
The nose is clean and fresh with some delicate, caramelish and toasty malt.
The flavor offers all of the soft, bready, and lightly toasty malt that you'd expect with a touch of tea-like and mildly floral hops to lend it some character. The bitterness is present but unassuming; and it finishes fairly short and dry. More importantly, it's remarkably clean, fresh tasting, and superbly balanced.
The mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a medium body and restrained, moderate carbonation that help to accentuate its malt.
It's refined. It has finesse. It's remarkably drinkable. There are other, more fully flavored fests out there, but I'm not sure any of them have quite the same quaffability that Sammy offers. Prost!
09-04-2006 21:14:50 | More by NeroFiddled
4.22/5 rDev +15%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a mug glass.
A: The beer is a bright reddish orange color, with a decent-sized foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.
S: The aroma is malty, with caramel, hops, tea and spice.
T: The taste is likewise very malty, as it should be, with flavors of caramel, toffee, tea and some spices. Theres also a decent hops presence in a beer of this style with that distinctive Sam Adams hops signature. After-taste is sweet but not overly so.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.
D: Very tasty, excellent representation of style, not very filling, goes down very easily, I once polished off a 12-pack in a couple hours so Ill say its very drinkable.
11-30-2006 23:35:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
4/5 rDev +9%
First let me state that this is clearly better than last years attempt at an Octoberfest beer, and this maybe my favorite Sam Adams product I have had (this doesn't say a whole lot not too found of ol' Sammy). Either way this one is worth a try, pours a deep ruby brown with a nice sized creamy tan head leaving full even rings of lacing beautiful appearance. Aroma is also up to par with Vienna toasted nut malt tones in the aroma and residual caramel notes arising one warming treat just a lil early in mid August in this heat, just not fall yet. Flavors blend well with a great toasted nuts flavoring from the specialty malts used and spiced up goodness to go around bringing not only a solid representation but maybe a lil uniqueness from the BBC. Finish contains som mild fruit tones and a bready characteristic that I call the Sam Adams funk, keep in mind not always a bad funk just goes here. Mouhfeel has a nice texture medium bodied rides on the palate oh so nicely very smooth. Drinkability don't knock it till ya try it, b/c I almost passed on it and with all the discussion on the Forum lately you'll be able to sound your opinion.
08-21-2003 16:14:53 | More by WVbeergeek
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date.
A- Tight collar of tan lace stays true, vibrant yet rustic tawny color ... good clarity.
S- Nice malty aroma, toasted bread with light sweetness and faint herbal hop.
T&M- Very malty, not overly sweet. Lots of bready notes, lightly toasted crust comes to mind. Kiss of hops to balance, slight herbal flavor. Finishes semi-sweet with a lingering maltiness.
D- A tasty choice this year, its good to have a fresh O-fest rather than getting burned by a stale imported O-fest that has been sitting around since last year. A great contrast to some crab cakes with some homemade spicy remoulade sauce.
09-20-2006 01:18:03 | More by Jason
3.03/5 rDev -17.4%
Edit 9-24-09 Based on this years offering, I'm dedycting for smell, MF & drinkability ,5. This is don't buy for me until I start hearing good thinks about it, sucked on tap too...
BBD of Feb 08, sampled in my free Sam Adams Glass
Pours amber/copper with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Above average head retention & average lacing
S: Fruitty & cereal notes
T: Some caramel, dryness & a little bit of husky grains up front. Herbal & metallic hops as this warms. Finishes grainy, alittle fruitty, with hints of honey malt
MF: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation
Drinks so-so, not really impressed with this year's offering
08-24-2007 02:54:40 | More by russpowell
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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