Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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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: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark reddish-amber color, about 3/4 finger of head, but I've poured more aggressively in the past and gotten much more. Decent lacing on the glass, but doesn't last.

S - Attractive, but not strong, smells of malt and cherry, among others.

T - Personally, I think it's excellent. The same cherry that could be smelled, maybe even a little fallen leaves and smokiness, but the beer reminds the drinker of the fall season it's designed for. Malt-heavy in a good way, with a good balance of necessary hops, and the cherry isn't overpowering.

M - Rich and heavy, but not to the highest degree. Different flavors came out when it hits different parts of the tongue, and when held on the palate, forms into tiny bubbles that go down as smoothly as the liquid form.

O - For awhile this was my overall favorite beer, and what turned me on to malt-leaning beers and made me a malt guy. Great overall and really puts you in the mood for the fall season and everything that comes with it. A must for any malt fan.

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

12 oz bottle pored into a SA pint glass

This beer pours clear dark orange with a nice off white head. The nose of this beer is somewhat malty but fairly plain and uninspiring, its like a very toned down part of the taste which is the weak part of the beer. The taste of this beer is what you would expect out of an Oktoberfest. Its quite malty. There is a lot of crystal and Munich malt flavors and has a lot of notes of toffee. This is an easy drinking beer with plenty of flavor and a nice feel. This beer would compliment just about anything perfectly. It is my go to Oktoberfest and one of SA's best offerings.

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Pours dark amber color with a little lacing. Not as sweet as you would think based on the color. Average tasting Octoberfest but readily available which has to count for something.

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

- A: Creamy white foam 1"+ lasting ~5 minutes, notable red through light, no lacing.

- S: Fruity, light hoppiness, nuts

- T: Smooth balance, clean aftertaste, cherry, complex maltiness

- M: Light body, minimal carbonation, low acidity

- O: Tasty and beautiful form of a well-known seasonal. Well balanced and alludes to the rich tastes of Autumn.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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