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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 6,644
Reviews: 2,042
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 83
Gots: 1,145 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear dark amber. Very similar to iced tea. Pillowy, light tan head that falls to a thin ring. Little to no lacing.
Aromas of toasted bread, toffee, caramel. Very light hop presence. Quite malty, but not very sweet.
Very malty, but not overly sweet flavors. Again, toasted bread, but the caramel/toffee flavors seem to come through more to create more sweetness than in the aroma. Light hop presence.
Medium-light mouthfeel. The flavors wash off the palate rather quickly, but the beer is not watery at all. Good carbonation.
Quite drinkable, as a good O-fest should be. Good, but inoffensive, flavors make this a drinker all day in the halls.
There may be better O-fests out there, but I like this one and wouldn't turn it down if offered.

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Sampling right now on 9/3/14, though it it has been about 2 years since I had one! Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "Sam Adam's Summer Ale" pint glass.

Pours a rich copper-amber in color with a thin off-white head. Some spotty lacing is seen but not a lot, which is common for many brews of this style. The aroma for the most part is of sweet caramel malts. The taste is pretty close with a hint of burnt brown sugar in theere also. Medium bodied. No bitter or harsh aftertaste at all. Goes down easy and it a really good Oktoberfest style brew. I bet it is even BETTER on tap! Prosit!

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I've had about six draughts of these in the last week. Here goes:

A: Very nice head. Beer also has an amber color and is see-through. The only problem is that there's practically no lacing. Suppose that's because it's a Sam Adams. 3.75/5.00

S: Quite good. Bubblegum, banana and clove from wheat malt. Also some caramel from the barley. 4/5

T: Taste follows the nose except it's slightly more robust. Lots of bubblegum, clove and banana with a warm and toasty caramel background. Perhaps that could've added more hops, but I'm not complaining. 4.25/5.00

M: A little on the lighter side - almost like an American adjunct lager. Most bocks have a richer feel than this. 3.5/5.0

O: A solid brew. Has some drawbacks but is still good. 4/5

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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