Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Color is med. brown (like iced tea). The tan head is moderate and dissipates quickly. The lacing is nice at first but once the head is gone, that's it. Decent carbonation.

Smell: Not much smell. Nutty perhaps.

Taste: Not real strong but several flavors hard to describe. Raisins and nuts. Bready maybe. Enough hops to balance the sweetness but not noticeable in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Watery, lack of carbonation.

Overall: Easy to drink, good thirst quencher with a decent flavor. It's a quality beer that doesn't do much for me. I wish it was more flavorful. It's definately better than average though.

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3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle acquired via the Fall Harvest Variety Pack, poured into a standard nonic.

A: Surprisingly dark orange/amber hue for a lager. Very translucent. A moderate white head on top that dissipated quickly. Carbonation readily visible.

S: Caramel malt. Toffee and bready notes, with a touch of barley sweetness. All at a moderate level.

T: Taste follows the nose. Caramel malt is outspoken here. A breadiness and lingering sweetness arrive somewhere near the midpoint and last to the finish.

M: Relatively light, but with considerably more heft than most others I've had within this style. Carbonation is exceptional.

D/O: The caramel malt really does it for me here. Perhaps my favorite example of a style that, by-and-large, I find to run too-thin-and-overly-sweet. The caramel/amber malt gives it some heft, and there may even be a touch of hops on the back end, even if it's just slightly. Far from my favorite Sam Adams offering, but my-to if/when celebrating Oktoberfest.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.

A - Pours light golden yellow into the glass. One-finger head of eggshell-white foam dissipates quickly, leaving a bit of lace and some larger bubbles on the surface. Beer is an explosive amber orange and clear when held to a full-spectrum light.

S - Straight-ahead toasted malts and simple caramels. Some breadiness as it warms up. Nose is soft, but easily identified.

T - Nicely toasted malts with caramels and a bit of butterscotch/toffee. Nothing complex, but quite tasty. Just enough bittering hops in the background to balance the sugars. Maybe just a drop of dried apricot mixed in. I'd like the flavors each to be richer, but as they are, they're fine.

M - Rather fizzy and mouth-filling carbonation. Structure is a bit on the lighter side, but not thin. Smooth and drinkable. A touch of sugar in the finish lingers a bit, but in the background, and not at all cloying. Pretty clean.

O - All too often, most taps at a tavern are still dominated by the big boys. Fortunately, it's becoming pretty common to find one reserved for the Sam Adams Seasonal. When fall rolls around, and it's the Octoberfest, I'm thankful there's been at least this much breakthrough. It's reliable. It's tasty and refreshing for what it is. Many have done worse, and most of the taps around it prove it. Yes, it's pretty simple and two-dimensional, but it's consistently well-executed, and it's a relief to find available so I don't have to settle for Yuengling or that green bottle. Would be great to take to a party of BMC drinkers for a Saturday afternoon of football watching and grilled brats and turn them on to something they can actually taste. In a good bottle shop, it's not even a consideration. But when out for a burger and a beer, it's a friendly port in a storm of swill.

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

Wow, already October and a full year since I last had this beer. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Copper colored body with a small head that stuck around for a minute before fizzling away. Biscuit tones, caramel, roasted pecans, cinnamon and spices all off a nice smell. Taste follows closely behind with the caramel really coming out on top. Goes down fairly smooth considering it is not a thick bodied beer.

Octoberfest really does scream Fall when you sip on it. Definately a beer to have on a cool fall night.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 49.1% out of 100 with 7,545 ratings
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