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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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2,051 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,051
Hads: 6,969
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 111
Gots: 1,503 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of Brian50Oshen1
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

seems to have last something from the last two years..Much less to enjoy.
I wonder if corners are being cut.
Last years Winter took a fall in my opinion as well.
I enjoyed the other Marzens better.
Try the narraganset fest if its available.
A pleasant newcomer. ( to me anyway )

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(On-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Kennesaw, GA)

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium brown body with a fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Extremely mild aroma of toasted grains and sliced apples.

Taste: Equally mild flavor. Light, light taste of toasted grains with a hint of sweetness. Faint fruitiness. Mild floral hoppiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Came across as dull and lifeless with little personality to help it stand out amongst a virtual sea of other Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by notch on side of front label. It was a clear amber color with several carb streams but no lacing. It had a good sized white head that settled into a good collar and some central wisps.

The aroma was toasted malt, caramel, toffee with not much of a hop presence. On sweet side. The taste was heavy on the toasted malt with less of the sweet coming thru and again not much of a hop presence. Dry. I like my Marzen's to be a little sweeter and less dry. Mouthfeel was crisp with medium body.

Overall, a little below average Marzen for me but comes thru in a pinch when it's best choice on-tap. Worth a try. For me, I won't be buying any 6 packs but there are couple restaurants that we hit that usually have this during the season and is often then only non-BMC option so that's about the only time I'd have it.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle pours a clear amber hue with very little head. Has a slight malty, yeasty caramel smell. A mild caramel malt sweetness swishes across the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a pleasantly bitter, subtle hop bite. Smooth mouthfeel and easy drinking, not bad.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a solid copper color with a foamy tan head that recedes to a film. Light lacing on the glass.

The beer smells slightly metallic, and faintly sweet of malts. Some toasted grains on the back end.

Taste is very metallic. The toasty, bready, malty caramel is not as present as much as I would expect. The toasty grain element in the finish at least forgives the metallic-tasting beginning.

Mouthfeel is carbonated, somewhat light bodied.

Overall, a good beer to buy in 12 pack cans for the price. Probably what I call your "average" marzen. Not complicated, a little to metallic, but certainly a good deck beer on the weekend.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Basic 12oz bottle into a basic pint. Good 1/2" of burnt-cream head and a crystal-clear body that's just a shade lighter than iced-tea brown. A little lace, though the head didn't hold.

Smell is lots of sweet malt and perfumey hops. A few hints of harshly toasted grains, and something mineral-ey, perhaps overboiled grains?

Taste is quite mellow and plain. The malt sort of disappears behind a little bit of alpha riding on some bready grains and just enough yeast for it to be noticable. Hoptaste is a little citric, a little grassy, but not enough of anything to be sure. Aftertaste starts towards sweet but then gets a bit acrid and dry.

Feels nice enough on the tongue, heavier than most big domestic brews. Carbonation could be a little more excited.

All in all, exactly what I'd expect from BBC and at this price. Good, predictable, and fantastically easy to throw back with some burgers, chips, salsa, and other such things. Very balanced, almost to the point where it's hard to tell what's what.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I actually have been drinking Sam Adams Octoberfest on occasion, when I find it on tap, and last night I was at the local Longhorn and thought, what the heck, I'll drink it again and rate it. It's a better choice than Blue Moon.

Appearance: Light amber, one finger off-white head, bubbles rising to the surface slowly, like seltzer water.

Aroma: Light, almost imperceptible fragrance of bitterness, some (very miniscule) sweetness.

Taste: Well, it's a Sam Adams. It actually doesn't taste much like an Octoberfest, truth be told. A little grain, a little sweetness, not much else. It's certainly a passable brew, but nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, some bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied.

Overall: I would take this beer over other drafts at a local steakhouse, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out. Like I said, the difference between the Sam Adams Octoberfest and the standard Sam Adams is pretty much nonexistent.

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Photo of palma
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber. Smooth looking beige color head that leaves a lasting lace.

Smell: Very sweet smell. Very malty. Roasted nuts and a little spice.

Taste: Malty. Sweet with nutty notes. Burnt aftertaste. Nothing shocking to the tastebuds. I was expecting a little more from the Boston Beer Co.

Mouthfeel: Beginning is very smooth. End is not so much. Above average carbonation. And a little thin.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - wow, very orange in color, white head that disappears fairly quickly, good clearity
Smell - rich sweet malts
Taste - sweet malty beer but not so sweet to take away from drinkability. nice spice notes. would make an excellent session beer.
Mouthfeel - wish the beer had a little more body to it, feels a little too weak.

Overall - Enjoyable but not breathtaking

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This really didn't do much for me, especially when compared to the few German Oktoberfests that I've had. Appearance is a dark copper color with a fairly large, light brown head. Aroma smells of nice dark malts and is pleasing. Maybe a hint of alcohol is also noted. Taste is disappointingly average, the flavor is malty, but overly sweet. Not as complex and balanced as I would like. Mild raisin flavor is pretty enjoyable though. This is pretty drinkable, but not something I'd want too often. I'd suggest true German Oktoberfests over this one any day. Samuel Adams can make a better beer than this.

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Photo of Morris729
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper amber color with a moderate off-white head that has a nice retention. Nose is sweet with notes of toasted malts. Taste is also on the sweet side but without much depth. There are some fainter biscuity notes later in the taste, but it comes across too thinly. I’ll pass—there are many superior Oktoberfests to be had.

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Photo of DM1293
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Its a rich reddish brown mix. No head.

Smell - Smells like any other Marzen/Oktoberfest beer I've had. It is decidedly less strong though...

Taste - ...I usually liken these to a mix of red ale and pale ale...this one...this is more like a red ale and a brown ale to me. Less hoppy, more nutty, ontop a malty palate. Finishes fine enough I suppose, not much on bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Like before, leaves a finish of a malty/nuttiness/hoppiness that doesn't last very long.

Overall - This is a bit different of an Oktoberfest for me. I'd think it'd appeal more to people who like brown ales than red or pale ale drinkers. It doesn't hit the right notes for me. Its not bad, but I don't think its that good. Still, for the price, its good enough for a fall evening refreshment.

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Photo of brewQ
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starts well with a deep reddish-brown gem color.

Some maltiness, otherwise clean and devoid of distinctive hop aromas. This is a well balanced beer with subtle nuances of flavor. It runs the risk of coming off like a macro "red beer".

Some tang to the finish makes it quite drinkable.

Editorially, it seems Sam has capacity to brew more volume in Cinci and has backed down on his seasonal offerings' character.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a glowing copper color. Very little head, no retention and minimal lace. Aroma is syrupy sweet caramel with a mild citric hop note. Falvors was heavily dominated by a sort of roasted or burnt caramel flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Little bit too syrupy sweet in the mouthfeel with a kind of watery finish. Not bad beer bnut doesn't seem all true to style and just to watery and syrupy to enjoy

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Photo of aranheaney
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A-Deep orange, a good solid two fingers of head, nice lacing that holds up

S-good, I get the earthiness that some others mention, don't really pick up on the Marzen that one might expect in this type

T-not offensive, just not very memorable, a bit of bread and some fruitiness, again just nothing to blow you away

M-ok, felt as if it wasn't that festive

D-ok, easy to have a few during a Sunday afternoon of football

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Photo of wcudwight
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice ruby orange color with a thin fizzy head that doesn't retain well.
S: Fruity, malty, buttered biscuts
T: Bready up front with a dominate fruity taste. A hint of spiceness. And a strange bitter buttery finish that I don't lick.
M: Medium bodied and slick in the mouth
Fairly drinkable.
Overall a very average Octoberfest. Worthy to try but they are better offerings out there.

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Photo of goz
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber, with a beige head that is small and diminishes to a ring pretty quick, lightly lacing on the way down. Aroma is of sweet toast, with a bit of hops spread on it. Flavor is mostly toasty in the front, sweet in the middle, and just plain boringo on the finish. Medium body, semi-dry ending, flavors get muddier as it warms up a bit, carbonation is pretty lively.

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Photo of carlborch
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear pour. Copper color and moderate carbonation. 2-inch tan head forms, but dissipates rather swiftly to a thin, creamy, covering. Malt, caramel and spice in the nose. Hints of bread, pumpkin pie, and dried fruit. Minimal Belgian lace. Medium body. Very nicely balanced palate with a pleasant lingering of malt and pumpkin-pie-spices. Tasty. The hop notes are high restrained.

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Photo of rkinsella
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 1/2 barrel for our kegerator, and served it at our annual Oktoberfest party.

Clear amber/copper color, big off white/cream colored head, average lacing and retention.

Slight alcohol on the nose, small amount of toasted bread, touch of floral hops.

Fairly one dimensional malt profile, ends on a sweet bready note, mild tangy hop trail.

Medium body, medium carbonation.

High drinkability

I would say an ok beer overall, but not a great Oktoberfest. Very forgettable...drinks like an average amber lager. Missing some of the big chewy, malty, caramel/toffee notes and hoppy spices that make Oktoberfest beers so wonderful.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a medium amber, very bright, with copper highlights and two fingers of creamy beige head.

Smell -- Toasted malt, faint spice, fruity esters. Not terrible, but underwhelming.

Taste -- Toasted malt, doughy bread, red grape, faint plum and spice. Some metallic and mineral flavors in the mix.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, ample prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Didn't really care for this one. No great missteps, but nothing exciting going on. However, if you find yourself at a bar where this is the only craft tap - as happened to me last weekend - it's a welcomed treat.

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Photo of ReDave
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the "pub" Not quite October, but ...close enough.
This is a drinkable lager.

Nice head, cream colored.... little lace.

Dark brown amber color.

Sweet malty aroma.

Malty flavor. somewhat like a English brown ale.

A little darker than i remember, but still pretty much as i expect an easy drinking, not too heavy Oktoberfest... perfect for a session.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a coppery amber, with another fizzling head that leaves behind no lacing as it falls apart in about half a minute. Medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells faintly of caramel and nuts. But only just. The flavor is much more notable: I get nutmeg-laced bready and toasted malts with a striking absence of earthiness and plenty of extra caramel. In other words, this beer is somewhat sweeter than the usual Marzen on the market. But some folks like that sort of thing. It gets a cinnamon dusting sort of flavor garnish as the glass warms up towards room temperature. Another middle of the road Marzen in a market already full of middling Marzens.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours the usual amber color, slight head retention. Smell is funky old beer smell. Taste follows that, but with a hop bite. I thought fest beers were supposed to be malty, not hoppy. It seems like they left out the malt flavors here. It's not bad overall, just not very good.

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Photo of bpw28
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear amber (about an 18 SRM),three finger bone white soap bubble head, good lacing, lots of carb.

Smell: Medium roasted malt, light doughy yeast, light dark fruits, caramelized sugars, light floral/herbal.

Taste: Medium roasted malt, doughy yeasty, dark fruits, honey, earthy, herbal. Body is a little watery even for a lager, carb is good.

Final Thoughts: It's an okay octoberfest. It just seems like just another one in the crowd to be honest. I always hear how good this one is, can't say I'm impressed.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber with an off white medium head. Excellent lace. Smell is very mild for the style, some malt and very subtle other smells, but like I said very mild for the style. Taste is OK, malt and hops, possibly some vanilla, but again mild for the style. This is a very drinkable beer. Its not a great brew and Sam Adams is capable of much better, don't get me wrong it is still very good but it tastes like they purposly "watered" it down to try and appeal to the masses a bit more (what the hell, it works for AB). It is still fun to drink and nice to see every year at this time and I do still look forward to it.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,051 ratings.