Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.68/5 rDev +0.3%
Appearance - Pours an amber color with an inch thick, fluffy brown/tan head that lasts for about 2 minutes.
Smell - Sweet, malty, some spices.. maybe nutmeg, and grainy.
Taste - Lots of spices.. I think coriander and clove. Quite bitter but also sweet. Very malty with caramel.
Mouthfeel - Kind of thick with mild carbonation.
Overall - Definitely one of the better Oktoberfest beers..
11-02-2011 01:13:35 | More by jsisko01
3.99/5 rDev +8.7%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into a mug.
Amber the color of a sunset with a 2 finger khaki head.
aroma: Toasted Malt like baked whole grain bread. No hop presence detected.
mouthfeel: A well constructed medium.
Taste: a soft maltiness with a finish like hazelnuts. A light herbal hoppiness adds balance.
Notes: Not complicated but tasty,well constructed and drinkable.
09-23-2011 19:04:46 | More by fx20736
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
I felt the first chill in the air this season, so being excited for fall beer season (I sound like a Sam Adams commercial, but I do love the beer seasons) I decided to pick up the SA harvest collection pack. After breaking a bit of sweat playing tennis, an octoberfest with dinner outside just seemed right.
Octoberfest pours a medium amber color with a nice, fluffy white head, but it ends up dying down to a disappointing lace.
Aroma is malty sweet with some slight spiciness. I'm thinking nutmeg....can that be right? Well, I checked it out by cracking some nutmeg in my hand and smelling it after the beer, and yes...there seems to be some nutmeg character. (Or at least I convinced myself there was) Also a tiny hint of cherry pits.
Flavor is caramely with a big sweetness. Slightly dry and bitter finish reminds me of what a dry leaf would taste like...ok, the whole seasons thing is really getting in my head now.
Mouthfeel is about average. A nice body, maybe a little light, but it would be improved by less carbonation to really bring out that smoothness and big lager character.
This beer is a nice seasonal offering. It doesn't pique my interest enough to want to session right now, maybe it's too early in the season (hasn't even started yet).
09-06-2009 16:28:01 | More by jeffthecheff
3.6/5 rDev -1.9%
This beer is a pretty good representative of the rest of SA's lineup, not great, but far from bad.
A nice copper color with a dense white head.
The taste and smell and both balanced more toward maltiness, nothing crazy, but very clean and simple.
The mouthfeel is a bit light for my taste and a touch over carbonated, but still a nice fresh fest beer.
I could drink a few of these without problem.
10-08-2009 21:45:39 | More by grayburn
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured into my favorite beer drinking glass from a bottle -
Nice orange amber color with nice foam that hung around for awhile -
Smells of malts and spices are evident -
Taste was pleasant not overwhelming - nice malt and spices
the drinkabilty wasn't to bad - doesn't compare to real German Oktoberfest beers but not to bad for a American version -
I would buy it again -
09-23-2010 23:06:55 | More by InebriatedJoker
4.33/5 rDev +18%
12 ounce bottle dated for January 2012
Coppery amber in color, decent head with nice lacing. Taste is crisp clean and semi sweet more malty than not. Leaves pleasant aftertaste. A full body and rich taste, not the same as actual German imports however!
08-27-2011 22:59:13 | More by CaptJackHarkness
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
Presentation: 12oz bottle (best by of 2/08) in a Shaker pint glass
Poured soft, smooth with a slight crackle
Nice semi-sweet nose, caramelized malts with a nice bread (pumpernickel) quality. Hops add a very faint spice & orange quality. A beautiful head of 2 finger's worth of soft, creamy, tight, sculpted foam, creamsicle in hue. It reminds me of the innards of a soon to be Jack O' Lantern as it laces in curtain like drapes. The body is equally as sharp - a crystal clear, almost luminescent, deep tangerine orange, copper-like & even a little sunburnt. Added to all this eye candy is a glasswide cascade of slow bubbles, twisting as they rise. This is a stunner visually.
Creamy, smooth, rich with soft semi-sweet caramel taking the point & dominating the initial taste, it has an almost lush tonguefeel. Faintly bitter, the hops are feeble & add a trace of some bitterness as well as a peep of some orange and maybe some really old cinnamon. The wet side of semi-dry in feel with a dulled, back of the mouth crunch that resembles an echo more than feel.
Its going down smooth & easy, growing sweeter on the palate, the malts becoming even more caramelized (very nice) with almost a high end confectionary aspect to the rich sweetness. I'm usually against overly sweet beers but this is just tasting great & going down real nice. It finishes a little more bittersweet, slightly filmy, wee bit chewy with butterscotch and a subtle citric (orange) quality, with a tiny bit of tingle of the teeth that leaves a very faint, subtle warmth.
A most enjoyable, tasty & easy to drink beer. This could be sessioned very nicely. Its a great fit for the season/genre, and a great bang for the buck. Has some aspects of a Scottish Ale. I'm seeing root veggies, aged cheddar, simple meats, something creamy (dairy) or smoked meats as a pairing. Definitely recommended.
10-03-2007 00:23:55 | More by BuckSpin
3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
On tap at the Tilted Kilt in Charlotte. Served in a pint glass.
This beer is a orange-ish/copper color with a small off white/tan head. Decent head retention and a small amount of lacing. Fairly standard appearance for the style.
The nose is caramel and toasted malt, with some floral and spicy hops. Very clean aroma, seems to be a little sweeter than most Oktoberfests.
The flavor is very similar to the nose, with the caramel and toasted malt flavors being the main attraction. The hops are very mild and hidden in the background. As the beer warms the hops start to open up a little, but still are barely noticeable. There is a overly sweet and fruity taste throughout the beer. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Fairly easy to drink, with the exception of the fruity twang that is at some times overpowering.
Overall this is a decent beer that does little to set itself apart from the pack. Not bad, but I have had many better Oktoberfests this year...
10-20-2010 15:59:16 | More by CBlack85
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
The Sam Adams Octoberfest is reddish-amber color with better-than-average lacing. It smells and tastes biscuity and malty, with the taste having just a hint of cherry and mustiness. With a nice, thick mouthfeel and very little bitterness, Sam Adams' Octoberfest is perhaps the most sessionable of the Oktoberfests I've had this year, but seems to be pandering a bit.
09-20-2005 00:02:48 | More by battlekow
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
A nice, light marzen. Nice amber although clear color, with decent head. Certainly not as full-bodied as many German options, nor as creamy in mouthfeel, but the flavor is pretty good. Easy drinking and satisfying and pretty refreshing. A good product from Samuel Adams.
11-01-2012 20:38:48 | More by Beer-A-Lot
3.23/5 rDev -12%
Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best by date notched on label.
Deep burnished amber. Thin off white head.
Toasty / biscuity nose. Toasty malt & carmel right up front. Biscuity & a little bit nutty. A touch of spicy hops. Off dry finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Decent & dependable.
11-07-2005 02:11:26 | More by xgrigorix
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
Samuel Adams Octoberfest pours to a brownish-amber color with a huge head formation and a generous stream of carbonation that cascades up the glass. The nose is nutty and slightly sweet, the palate even more laden with those nutty-malty melanoidin flavors imparted by the Munich malt. There's a touch of chocolate too, a slightly thinner than desired body, and a finish that is balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. This is actually a very good Octoberfest beer, and one of my favorite Samuel Adams beers. I look forward to it's release every September.
09-10-2005 01:43:37 | More by Rootdog316
2.95/5 rDev -19.6%
Pours out bronze/copper in color. Head is off-white with average retention. Stays around for awhile. No lacing. Nose is a bit light. Light hops with a metallic twang and some faint grainy malts. Taste is slim too. Distant hops mixed with more pronounced caramel malts this time around. Pretty simple. Not picking up any complexities at all. Mouth feel is good. Pretty smooth with clean carbonation. Not bad at all. This one just didn't do it for me. There are way better Ocotberfest style beers out there.
09-15-2011 21:38:02 | More by depechemode1983
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
I've tried a bunch of different Octoberfests now including Spaten, Beck's, Paulaner, Hacker Pschorr, and Samuel Adams. The Americanized Samuel Adams one was a decent one. It wasn't the best I've had but I would recomend it. I first took a few sips directly from the bottle like I usually do then I took in the aroma directly from the bottle. I then poured it into a Samuel Adams glass that I own. The color was a deep amber copper. I liked that. The taste was a mild toffe and caramel with a smooth finish. It wasn't overly sweet or overpowering. I enjoyed it but it wasn't as flavorful as say the Black Lager or the Cherry Wheat. It is a good beverage for a cool autumn day however.
09-10-2006 21:33:24 | More by Portertime
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
A: SA Octoberfest is a rich orange/maple color with a solid 2 finger creamy head that slowly falls to a frothy cap of foam over the top. Spots of lace all the way down the glass.
S: Sweeter in aroma than most marzens, it showcases some light caramel and just a twinge of the earthy Munich malt so common to the style. There's also a hint of earthy/herbal hoppiness present. Definitely average for the style, but it gets a bit of a bump for being clean and well balanced.
T&M: A light caramel flavor melds with a dry, slightly earthy/grainy presence mid-palate. There's a black tea-like component in the dryness, as well. A touch of lightly herbal hop flavor is noticed, but not that present. All flavors are somewhat subdued, but it's still flavorful enough. Definitely and clean, crisp, and well balanced marzen. Body is light-ish with a carbonation level that's appropriate--never too aggressive.
D: Overall, definitely a quaffer. Not the most robust or bold marzen you'll find, but one that drinks well enough.
09-29-2009 23:58:17 | More by BamaBeerBuff
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
A- Looks a clear deep amber with a mild head that dissapates in a few moments.
S- Very pleasant. Complex sweet malty fragrance with a hint of floral character.
T- Mild, sweet, malty, light hop character, no bitterness. Most of the real flavor comes at the end... Finishes with a very light caramel note.
M- Very smooth and drinkable. Light for the maltyness of the beer which is expected from a good marzen.
O- I love the style and this is a great example. Sweet, drinkable, beautiful beer.
08-19-2012 21:14:22 | More by Danno48
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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