Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.78/5 rDev +3%
12oz Brown Bottle with pry-off cap enjoy by month of "Jan" poured into a Becker Glass
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber with 1/2 finger of head
Smell: Caramel malt and breadiness
Taste: I find a that a noble hop bitter comes right at the tip of your tongue then there is a rich caramel malt in the middle with a slightly sweet finish
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation but has a lighter mouthfeel than I expected
Overall: There's a nice amount of caramel flavor with a slight noble hop bitterness to help balance it out. I personally would prefer a little more depth in the mouthfeel.
08-13-2014 02:30:05 | More by Tuck_leepulin
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
I've really been into the Marzen style beers this fall, not sure why they seem to all pass as acceptable but also blasé. This one is no exception, good at it's core but not outstanding.
First glass poured pretty aggressively, in hopes that I get some type of outstanding appearance to comment on, nope, consistent 1/16th head no lacing. Second beer I let sit for a while, again, poured aggressively but really no difference from the first.
Surprising its tastes is its most outstanding quality. Sweet and refreshing, honey notes along with a very grain-like aftertaste.
A pretty darn good tasting Oktoberfest. This is probably my last until next fall. Yeah right.
10-01-2005 03:41:10 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours a clean copper color with a 1 finger white head that slowly dies down to a thin ring and leaves a pretty good deal of lacing.
As expected, lots of malt upfront in the nose. A very bready profile.
Taste reveals a nice caramel sweetness along with notes of bread, honey and a little toffee. Not too overpowering but definitely a very malty offering.
Medium body and carbonation. This is a nice fall seasonal, always better paired with a nice meal. I drank another by itself and didn't find it quite as enjoyable so for me this is always a meal compliment.
02-23-2009 18:49:00 | More by Vengeance526
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
Poured into a dimpled stein.
Clear autumn highlights of amber and dark ruby. Fine and slightly fizzy head , doesn't last long. Great hues, great clarity. Smell is a little weak; upfront adjuncts of sour grapes, some faint nuts and caramel malt aromas. Taste has much more going for it over aroma. Starts with faint fruit, than toasty sweet nuts and grains, moving to a good balanced hops flash and then fading out on a spicy almost cinnamon note. Lots of movement, more interesting tastes, but shallow and not very rich or natural tasting. Medium bodied with a pleasant bite at the end. Drinkability is fairly good, certainly not a bad märzen-style beer.
11-07-2010 01:10:08 | More by SamN
3.3/5 rDev -10.1%
This came from a 12 oz bottle with a February '07 best-by date. Poured a clear, invited reddish-orange. Small white head with little retention. Light smells of malt and warm spices. Taste focuses, too, on the malt. Hints of caramel. Not as strong as it could be, but very refreshing. Small fizz on the front of the tongue, but overall a bit creamy. A nice beer, very easy to drink, perfect for the fall, not too complex. Like most Sam Adams beers, I would gladly pick it up again.
09-18-2006 22:56:32 | More by ndekke39
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
12 ounce frosty from a local bar served in a pint glass.
Pours a deep amber color with very good visibility through the pour. Creamy 2 finger head that bubbles over the glass and lines it as well. Smells of malts and breads. Very good sniffer. Quaff is also malty with a sweet finish. Not much lingers for aftertaste. Not much alcohol is noted. Mouthfeel is medium and consistent for the style. Drinkability is pretty high with a solid taste and good for a tight budget.
10-01-2009 02:19:25 | More by abrand
3.03/5 rDev -17.4%
A: Amber color with a medium-sized off-white head that leaves some lacings.
S: Malts, fudge, lots of bready aromas, floral and leafy hop notes.
T: The taste is somewhat sweet with notes of bready malts, fudge, grains and floral hop notes. Some earthy hints as well. The finish is gently bitter with notes of grainy malts and leafy hops.
M: Moderate body, medium carbonation.
D: A decent beer. Quite tasty and easy to drink. Not the most interesting style, though.
09-02-2009 22:26:26 | More by ricke
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
Appearance: A khaki color head, the color of the beer is a burnt amber color. The head stays around for about three minutes or so. It leaves a decent amount of lacing.
Aroma: I smell a lot of hop flavoring and also a caramel malt. I smell a hint of alcohol, not too overbearing.
Mouth Feel: lightly carbonated but enough to know it's there. Not too thick of body and its really smooth.
Taste: a caramel, a hint of Cherries and vanilla. There is a slight bitter taste, probably from the hops. It's quite tasty and goes down quite easily. Doesn't have a huge boozy taste.
Drink Ability: I feel I can have a few of these since it goes down smoothly.
11-03-2010 05:34:43 | More by 9InchNails
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
Listed as 5.5% on the bottle, BB of Sept. 2012. Poured into a standard pint glass.
Pours a very nice amber-ruby colour with a fairly large off-white head that burns off quickly without leaving much lace, but getting retained as a fairly thick collar.
Surprisingly hoppy aroma over a solid base of caramel malts. Some bread-like character and a hint of plum, but kind of muted over all.
Tastes primarily of toasted caramel malts. Nice balance between sweet and bitter with a brown bread quality. Slight lemon zest character comes through in the dry finish.
Fairly thin-bodied with a medium carbonation level. Dry and syrupy resin feeling on the tongue. Bitter aftertaste with a slight floral note.
Definitely not my favorite example of the style, I think it's too thin and doesn't have robust toasted/bread/fruit characteristics, but it's still an enjoyable, clean-tasting and highly drinkable effort.
10-12-2011 18:17:53 | More by bryehn
3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
After neatly six years of finding this beer out of a bottle near revolting, I found it tapped and pleasant. Crystalline orange-amber color with a near-white frothy head that faded slowly, laced evenly and well. Just barely malting on the nose with some oat bread mixed in. Light but pleasant smell. Same on the tongue but a bit stronger with a slight hop on the finish. Very smooth but not at all thing. Well carbonated but not too much. It must've been drinkable because it was gone every time you looked for it.
09-25-2005 20:27:56 | More by packetknife
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
This beer was odd, a little sweet, not much head left when it got to the table, what did remain was a thin white lacing on it's surface. The beer color was also an unusual redishorange color. The smell was sweet malt. Tasted mostly malty and bitter sweet had a bit of a hop finish. Felt sort of watery without the carbonation some beers pack. Overall the beer is resonably drinkable.
09-28-2008 17:27:13 | More by hdofu
3.59/5 rDev -2.2%
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A: Dark amber with nice clarity, thin off white head, no real lacing.
S: Mostly sweet malts, but a good mix of different malty aromas, very light bread but clean overall
T: Rich malts come through from the first sip, sweetness. Some balance with the hops that make it through, but I didn't really pick up an major Noble hop flavors.
M: Decent carb, but not too crisp, lighter body, works well with the flavor and keeps it light feeling but not quite what i'm looking for.
O: Good drinkability. The crispness enhances it and the flavors are all what I would expect them to be. I have used this for a session beer before but as a true Oktoberfest there are better options.
Notes: Used to be one of my favorite beers. It's amazing how your tastes can change over the course of a year of BAing. Still a great beer and it will always be one of my favorite fall beers, but not quite as dark and complex as I remember.
Update: Re-reviewed again, and its still not nearly as good as when I first tried it, but my tastes haven't changed much in the last year.
08-21-2013 22:19:04 | More by dpodratsky3
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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