July 20, 2017

Samuel Adams Octoberfest

B- / 3.1
Samuel Adams Octoberfest

Brewed with five varieties of malted barley for a big, rich flavor.

The first thing you notice when pouring a glass of this seasonal beer is the color. Samuel Adams® Octoberfest has a rich, deep reddish amber hue which itself is reflective of the season. Samuel Adams Octoberfest masterfully blends together five roasts of malt to create a delicious harmony of sweet flavors including caramel and toffee. The malt is complimented by the elegant bitterness imparted by the Bavarian Noble hops. Samuel Adams Octoberfest provides a wonderful transition from the lighter beers of summer to the heartier brews of winter.

Flavor: Smooth with a deep malt complexity. Lightly hopped for a smooth sweet finish.
Color: Deep red amber
Original Gravity: 13.6° Plato
Alcohol by Wt: 4.1%ABW
Calories/12 oz.: 183
Malt Varieties: Two-row Harrington and Metcalfe pale malts, Munich-10, Moravian, and Caramel 60
Hop Varieties: Tettnang Tettnanger and Hallertau Mittelfrueh Noble hops
Yeast Strain: Samuel Adams lager yeast
Availability: Seasonal (August – October)
First Brewed: 1989

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Reviews of Samuel Adams Octoberfest

Review by Aaron D. Campbell on October 22, 2010

B- / 3.1

I had this on tap at Bambara in Cambridge

Appearance – Clear amber color, dense light tan head, which fades but leaves good lacing.

Smell – Thick toasted Malt with a lesser amount of earthy hops balancing it out.

Taste – Follows the nose pretty well. The blend of malts are definitely the star, with some earthy hops backing it up.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, fair carbonation, definitely has the characteristic smoothness associated with the lagers.

Drinkability – Falls a little flat, but paired very well with creamy risotto.