Samuel Adams Octoberfest

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Type: Märzen/Oktoberfest
  • Brewed by: Boston Beer Company
  • Availability: Fall
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  • Region Available: Canada, Denmark, Guam, Ireland, Japan, Sweden, USA
  • Aroma: Malty
  • Aroma Description: Moderate
  • Serve at Temperature: Cool
  • Container: Shaker Pints and Tumblers
  • Website: http://www.samueladams.com
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  • 4.4/5 
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Commercial Description
The first thing you notice when pouring a glass of this seasonal beer is the color. Samuel Adams® Octoberfest has a rich, deep golden amber hue which itself is reflective of the season. Samuel Adams® Octoberfest is a malt lover's dream, masterfully blending together five roasts of barley to create a delicious harmony of sweet flavors including caramel and toffee. The beer is kept from being overly sweet by the elegant bitterness imparted by the German Noble hops. Samuel Adams® Octoberfest provides a wonderful transition from the lighter beers of summer to the winter's heartier brews.
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Reviews: 21

  • Nov 26, 2010
    Crankybear (3)Rank: Beer NoviceGroup: Beer; DIY Style (Homebrewing)
    3.8
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    Fairly good for a seasonal beer brewed by a larger non-main stream brewery. Signifigantly better then their normal flagship Boston lager. all told you could drink a lot worse then this.
  • Oct 6, 2010
    argilbert66 (7)Rank: Beer Novice
    3.9
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    I always look forward to the octoberfest beers. This one is very appealing in both flavor and appearance, though sits a bit light on the tongue.
  • Oct 5, 2010
    Shrews629 (42)Rank: Beer AmateurGroup: craft beer enthusiasts
    3.5
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    Nice amber, copper color with some red highlights peeking through. Slightly off white head that didn't hang around too awful long, but did settle to a fine ring. Not a lot of lacing left on the glass however. Picking up a fair amount of malt along with that dry, earthy, "leafy" smell. Touches of caramel malt coinciding with the bread and biscuit nose that have become more prominent as the brew warms. With the taste, I am again picking up the malt with what I detect as butterscotch. Rather pleasant I think. A little bit of the breadiness coming through at the end, which I tend to favor. Medium, dry, crisp, chewy mouthfeel. Nice dry maltiness really sticks to the tongue until the next sip. I could put a few of these back during one setting with no problem. Personally, I think Sam Adams does a great job with most of their seasonals. I actually really appreciate all they do for craft brewing. This brew really sets the mood for those crisp, cool Fall evenings.
  • Mar 13, 2010
    ICEMAN (1)Rank: Beer Novice
    5
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    If I could drink this year round.When it hit's the shelves we buy as much as we can.Everyone that i know that LOVES BEER feels the same way
  • Nov 23, 2009
    beerwolff77 (85)Rank: Beer AmateurGroup: Wisconsin
    2.8
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    Poured into my pint glass the beer is bright clear orange brown. With some red highlights around the edges. The off white head fills almost half my glass even after a gentle pour. A brief wait results in little to no lace and now I can commence pouring the rest of the beer.

    The aroma is about as basic as it gets. Malt, spices some sweetness and a touch of hops. The style leans towards unoffensive so it's right on point.

    The flavor is a muted mix of caramle malt, spices and hints of hops. Wheaty finish rounds things off. Again the style tends to be muted so no points off for that.

    Medium to light body. Above average carbonation. Seems a touch thin in the mouth.

    Overall throw it on the pile of average oktoberfests. Easy drinking if nothing else.