Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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

On tap in a pint glass

A: Copper colored beer that is clean and translucent in the glass. Very small head which leaves some nice lacing.

S: Roasted sweet malt with a hint of bitter hops and floral tones. The malt profile is definitely the leader

T: Sweet dark roasted malt with a hint of fresh baked bread and pumpkin seeds. Bitter finish on the back end.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation with a sweet malty profile.

D: Consistently good Octoberfest from Sam Adams but not the best year I have had in my opinion. Still good though!

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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by January 2012.

A: Amber, highly carbonated. Amber-hued head sticks around and leaves decent lacing.

S: Biscuity malts, a touch of caramel and plum. Very malty.

T: Bready malts with a hint of caramel, grape, and and some very faint spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg. Very malt forward with an herbal hops finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with a very spritzy, carbonated finish.

O: A solid Oktoberfest. Nothing too complex or fancy here, but a solid Fall choice.

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3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle marked best by January. Pours a dark orange color with only a small amount of head. Smells sweet and malty with a hint of grass. Medium feel, a little short on carbonation. Tastes of sweet malt with some floral hops. Crisp. Ok, but a little too sweet and not enough body.

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Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with a "for brewery-fresh taste, purchase before month notched" warning -- in this case February (2004) -- printed on the label's leftmost corner; $6.99/6 pack from Ralph's; drank this after eating a spoonful of horseradish mustard (hence the handle).

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear amber-brown with a fat, foamy, three-fingered head; head retention absolutely stellar -- two of those fingers made it down to the bottom of my 20oz. pint glass; thick, foam lacing.

Aroma: Toasted Munich and Caramel malts with notes of noble hops and a slight fruitiness.

Taste: Upfront, much like its aroma; a light to moderate hop bitterness (earthy) fights its way out in time, as does a touch of grain. All in all lightly sweet and moderately malty with a touch of bitterness.

Notes: A respectable rendition of the Oktoberfest style. Slightly superior taste profile to that of Paulaner's Märzen, which I drank juxtapositionally.

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

This beer pours a deep red-copper color with a creamy, dense head. Mildly malty aroma with notes of noble hops. Taste follows through with a slightly sweet malty palate, pleasantly bready, along with earthy, spicy, leafy hops. This beer finishes grainier, on the dry side. Overall, quite solid. Medium body with ample carbonation, goes down real, real easy. One of the better beers that are this widely available.

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Putrid fruity, but otherwise pleasant Oktoberfest

A: Clear red-orange body with a fleeting one finger off white head.

S: Some buttery biscuit malt, some sweet fruit, some nuttiness, and a very typical dusty, earth, and slightly spicy Bavarian hop profile. There's even a bit of alcohol, which I don't mind at all. The defining characteristic here is the fruitiness.... drifting toward Nut Brown territory.

T: Up front you're greeted by a large, impressive malty body, but that quickly gives way to a sort of putrid and metallic/hollow fruitiness that I can't say I'm enjoying. Hop flavors are pure bitterness and a lingering spice.

M: As stated before, the malt body is full and creamy for the ABV.

O: Some strong characteristics, but the taste blows it.

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Darker than average, brown with red/maroon hints. Poor head/lacing.

S: This beer has a bad smell to it. Perhaps the malts were over roasted...

T: Similar to the smell, but not as bad. Sweet earthy malts with a decent bitterness on the back end. This beer is definitely darker more earthy tasting than the other beers this season, but that may not be a good thing.

M: For some reason, the mouthfeel is great! Perfect balance of body and drinkability. I love that!

D: This beer is an enigma, I really like some parts of the taste and hate others. The mouthfeel is great as well. Its still better than most of the others out there, but I guess I expected a little more from Sam...

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,698 ratings