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Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It had a nice amber/copper tone to it. A small head which faded to a lace that lasted till the end.

Taste: It tasted good. it had a malt taste to it and I hinted a little caramel.

Smell: Very good smell to it, one of the beers better parts.

Drink ability: I sat at a restaurant and the drink ability was very positive. It is a great beer to drink with a meal, especially if you are a fan of Sam Adams, Don’t pass this beer up.

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3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle with bottling date of SEP16 into standard pint glass.

L: Clear amber color with finger head that recedes slowly into thin layer. Decent Lacing.

S: Toast caramel malts, herbal hops and biscuity.

T: Simple caramel malt flavors hit the tongue first. Sweet. Small amount of herbal hops after the malt fades away.

F: Chewy and medium bodied. Sticks to tongue and throat.

O: It is a solid beer. Perfect for fall weather. Not very complex but well balanced and drinkable.

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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with one chubby finger of tightly foamy, and 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, leafy hops. The taste is a bit of a let-down, the bready biscuit malt a fair bit less crisp that I was initially led to believe, with some duly fading lemon, a still heady caramel and fire-sale vanilla cookie sweetness, and weak weedy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is average, just plainly supportive in its fizzy endeavors, the body an adequate medium weight, and actually quite smooth, with a minor creaminess arising as things warm. It finishes fairly off-dry, with the grainy caramel malt and lingering noble hops.

A decent enough Oktoberfest-style 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?

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's very clear and bronze/copper in color. Sitting atop is a vanilla colored head that's about a finger and a half deep. Retention was pretty short. Perhaps it had to be somewhere. Light, stringy lace stuck to the glass.

Smell: The nose isn't bad, but it isn't exactly an award winner. Toasted malts are the strongest component, at least in this department. Somehow they still manage to smell light. There's a faint hoppy scent that's encouraging. Smells grainy and earthy. That's about it. Not bad, but could use some work.

Taste: The flavor profile is nearly a carbon copy of the nose. Not such a great thing in this instance. Toasted malts are clearly the focal point. They have a nice taste, but aren't quite as prevalent (or tasty) as others in the style. Very light spices are present, but they're too insignificant to identify. Hops are noted, but they're faint. A little more would be a welcome addition. It's a little grainy and there's a very faint biscuity or yeasty taste on the tail. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and has a pretty smooth feel for its stature. Carbonation is light and really helps in that regard. Drinkability is good. If the flavor were a little better, it'd be great.

Octoberfest isn't a bad release from BBC. But, it's nowhere near one of my favorites. It's just a little too thin on flavor and doesn't have enough depth to carry the day. It's alright and well worth checking out. But, clearly BBC has much better on its resume.

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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I figured this one wouldn't be on draft too much longer and the choices weren't too tempting anyway, so why not. This Octoberfest is worth trying, but nothing to rave about. Nice copper, orange color with a small head and lacing. A nice bit of spiciness reminds me their Winter Warmer that will be showing up soon (a much better choice). This one took me a while to finish. I'm not too big a fan of this style anyway.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper color with a medium top off white head that disolves rapidly.Aroma is toasted malts,caramel,coffee and citrus. The taste is off toasted malts,caramel and matured fruits. It is sweet and malty. It finishes off with a slight hoppy bitterness with some notes off coffee in the back.Would like a little more compelxity in the flavours. Mouthfeel is a little watery but smooth. Medium carbonated with a medum body. All in all is a good and drinkable oktoberfestbier, but it lack the the little extra.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with an average off-white head. The smell is rather sweet. Caramel malt seems to be the prevailing aroma, no noticable hop presence detected. On the sweet side for an Oktoberfest, a lot of caramel malt. It good use a balance of either toasted malt or a bigger hop presence. It doesn't seem to be as artifically sweet as in years past. The feel is light and fizzy, quite crisp. A solid Oktoberfest and an improvement over past years.

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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper in colour, with two fingers of almost tan head. Head recedes steadily but leaves lots of lacing.

Smells malt sweet, with a toasty toffee impression. There is a bit of hop in the aroma, somewhat tea-like.

Toasty malty lager taste. Fairly crisp finish. Sweet bread impression lasts after the swallow.

The mouthfeel is thicker than your average lager, and the carbonation is not as high. Makes for a smooth drink.

A good beer, not one that will turn too many heads, but certainly an easy drinker.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a middle of the road o'fest from the BBC. i remember it being bigger and bolder in years past, but this year's is still respectable. it pours an amber colour with very little head and instantly gives of a malty smell, with a sweetness lingering throughout. these characteristics are apparent in the taste as well, along with a slight syrupy quality. this is a rather smooth o'fest that whilst not the most aggressive attempt at the style, it's still enjoyable and it's also nice to know that once october hits at least one o'fest will be farily easy to find on tap.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice copper color with a creamy one-finger head that fades pretty quickly.

Smell is caramel, a little toasted malt, and some grain husk. Taste is sweet, but well balanced with some German hop bitterness on the finish. Straight forward and pretty good

Medium bodied with great drinkability. Would definitely make for a great session lager.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A crisp, golden amber with orange hues - nice sized head, light orange/tan piles on top. Retention is mediocre, but leaves a nice lacing draped over the brew.

S: Fully loaded with maltiness, doughy, a touch of caramel sweetness.

T: Some light fruity flavours, brown bread, hints of caramel again. A little hoppy bitterness floats about.

M: Medium body with a little bit of a thin streak throughout. Moderate carbonation and a little bit of a slick finish.

D: A decent take on the style, one that I prefer a little. Perhaps not the best of the best, but pretty solid.

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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color with a frothy white head that forms a nice ring and a sweet, malty aroma. Very smooth out of the bottle with lots of malty sweetness, tending towards fruity with just enough bitter to balance at the end. Nice body and overall a good beer.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,638 ratings
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