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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The beer poured a clear reddish amber in a crystal mug. The white bubbly head only builds one finger high and dissipates fast, leaving no lacing.
The smell is of roasted malts.
The taste is dominated by this roasted malt backbone, with hints of spice and caramel. A mild hop gives some balance.
Overall a nice fall brew, very drinkable.

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A: Pours a clear dark copper in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderare aromas of caramel malts with an almost maple syrup like sweetness.

T: Like the smell, there is a moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness with just a hint of maple syrup sweetness. The hop bitterness is noticeable in the finish but not overpowering - well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and very sessionable - nothing super here but nothing bad either, very much an average beer in the style. Pretty well balanced in flavors between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops.

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A - Great looking beer, copper in colour with a nice size head that lasts quite some time, great lacing.

S -Some carmel, sweet malts, brown sugar

T- Can taste exacally as it smells, very nice.. brown sugar and carmel and a slight orange peel note, nice and balanced, smooth beer.

M- Nice and soft on the mouth, a medium in body with a slight carbination

Great beer, I've enjoyed quite a few of these and can always rely on Sam adams for a good brew. Give it a try!

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A: Beautiful clear coppery gold with a huge rocky off-white head.

S: Sweeter malts and signature Marzen note of autumn...malt malt and more malt, toasted bread crust slight graininess, faint suggestion of herbal hops...

T: Bready from start to finish, faint hint of roasted malt character but its more toasted...toasted grain, low bitterness, light but constant sweetness.

MF: Watery refreshing lighter medium mouthfeel, low carbonation and clean finish with just the slightest bit of dryness.

O: The sweetness is constant but subdued. Very malty but not the malt profile I prefer. Overall its decent but unremarkable.

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Sam Adams - Octoberfest

I'm assuming this one is bottled the same as all their others, in Boston, MA. This is probably the easiest to find Oktoberfestbier in the states. It's about as average as you can come, but that's not a bad thing. Some else was saying its a good way to introduce Americans to the style without being offensive. I'd agree with that - it's good, but not great.

Coming in at only 5.3% ABV this is definately on the light side for the style. Its perfectly clear, with a nice deep amber toward red color. I liked it, it just seemed to be lacking a bit of flavor, not so bad as to call it watered down, but definately missing something.

Only indication of bottling date is a notch out of FEB on the side of the bottle which matches the traditional style perfectly, but maybe that's a "sell by" date?

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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