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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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2,071 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,071
Hads: 7,100
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 119
Gots: 1,616 | 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 VoodooBear
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with "best by" month notched on the label. Served in a steidel.

Appearance: Deep, rich, amber color. Develops 2 fingers of tan lace that fizzle out very quickly into a thin ring.

Smell: Not very aromatic. Smells mostly of malt, slight hints of allspice, pumpkin pie in there.

Taste: Malt dominates the palate, there's a bit of hoppy bitterness at the end. It's a slightly sweet-tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. Light and easy to drink with a smooth finish.

Overall: This is a tasty and uncomplicated beer that doesn't really stand out anywhere in particular but will keep you more interested in it that any run of the mill lager. It's good and easy to drink. Good choice as a "go-to" beer for the season.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Octoberfest is probably one of the O-Fests that I see the most of around this time of year. I have heard about "tweaking" and "dumbing down" of this beer over the years, but this was my first time trying this one, so I won't have the benefit of past years experience to compare this beer to.

The Octoberfest pours a nice medium amber color that is translucent and has an orange hue. A decent off-white head forms, but only lasts for around 30 seconds. The smell is quite light. I could barely detect some caramel malts in the aroma and that was about it. The mouthfeel is light and somewhat watery. The initial taste is of caramel malts, which dominate the beer making it somewhat sweeter than most. There is a light nuttiness in the flavor, and an even lighter fruitiness. Hop bitterness is there but nowhere near as pronounced as the other Sam beers I've had. Not enough to provide good balance. Aftertaste has some light dryness and bitterness, but not much. Some light caramel flavors continue, and I thought I caught some DMS in there. This finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

All in all, I thought this was a pretty quaffable brew, but it is nowhere near as exciting as some other Sam Adams beers. To an extent it is almost less flavorful as well. Average for the brewer and the style.

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Photo of Phinner
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had high hopes for this beer after pouring into a glass -- great color, clarity and smell. At first, it tasted exceptional with full bodied maltiness and good hop balance. But the aftertaste leaves a lot to be desired - somewhat astringent and overall unpleasant. I would not go out of my way to drink this again.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber copper color with a small white head, left a ring with some decent lacing though. Though this one looks good, there's really not much behind it. Taste is a bit citrusy and kind of metallic, a tiny bit tof caramel malt but really weak and watery, almost like seltzer. A sparkly mouthfeel but no real finish, no aftertaste and drinkable only because its light and inoffensive. Depressing, I was hoping for something with a lot more flavor than this.

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Photo of azdback
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Shock Top Pilsner glass. A dark orange color, with medium carbonation bubbles that lead to an off white head of two large fingers. Lace is really weblike sticky.

Smell is very biscuity and dank. There are some sweet melon aromas.

Taste is pretty sweet. The bread or yeasty tastes aren't as overpowered as they are in the nose, but are there. Grass or hay earthiness also comes to mind. Maybe even some sour red grapes.

The mouth is bright and light. Spot on for the style.

Overall I can't for the life of me figure out why people think this style is good or even okay. I can't stand the soggy bread taste or the sour grape or over ripe sun warmed melon taste. I said that the mouth is spot on, but doesn't mean I liked it. I should review by style. Thanks to Skip for this sample.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper color with a thin film of head. Smells malty. Taste is carmel like malts with very little hop bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Like most Sam Adam's beers, it needs more of everything, but this isn't bad. I could drink several of these, its an enjoyable beer, just not as flavorful as many of the German imports.

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Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Release 2003: The beer pours transpicuous deep amber to burnished copper, the head modest in size and semi-creamy in consistency, the color a very light tan, the resultant lace a thin sheet to drape the glass. Nose is crisp and clean, sweet with lots of malt, start is also sweet and rich in malt, top middling. Finish is perky in its acidity, the hops light in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste, a so-so beer, drinkable and decent enough to rate at least and average score from me.

Release 2002: The beer pours a nice translucent deep amber color, the head is portly, frothy, the lace in thick sheets, the color beige. Nose is malt and light hints of caramel. Front is sweet, the top skinny, the finish is mildly carbonated, a tad dry, slim on the hops, drinkable beer, but a bit to sweet for me.

Release 2001: Different label, same beer. Nice malt nose and a decent hop presence, not a great beer, not bad either. The beer pours a copper-brown color with beige head and fair lace. Drinkable and worth a try

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Photo of pandashaver
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moderate aroma of malt, carmel, and candy corn over breadiness. Poured a deep, transparent orange/brown...very festive. Head is fizzy, not large, little lacing, and not lingering. Dominant malty sweetness in the flavor, with only a very lighty bitter hop flavor. A light syrup character on the palate that sticks around for a little bit. Definitely a great complement to some good grub.

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Photo of neomantra
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

One of my first non-BMC beers. I'll always have a soft spot for this one. It's not an amazing beer for my tastes but a great example of the style. Nice clear amber color with a malty finish, but not cloying. A solid choice at many bars that don't carry much in the way of craft beer.

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Photo of jman892
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First day of football season and first Octoberfest of the season.

A - Pours a perfectly clear amber, with a small white head which dissipates quickly.

S - Malty with some breadiness, not a big aroma

T - A bit of malty sweetness, some sour dough bread and spice notes

M - It is easy drinking and something I will always have around during the fall. Easy to put a few of these away at a time

O - An old favorite but as I try more and more great beer, I realize that this is lacking, but I will still get this at least once a year for old times sake

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Photo of philbe311
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Orange amber color... Minimal head quickly fades... Small super quick carbonation bubbles... Reflects light and shows hints of red highlight tinting...

S - Malt... Spices... Grain... Mild and subtle...

T - Malt... Mild spices and clove... Orange zest... Slightly sweet caramel... Varied, but nothing distinctive...

M - Slight carbonation on tongue... Gentle... Oily... Not too much going on...

D - Not a big fan... Understated in all facets...

Bottle / Artwork - Textbook Samuel Adams design...

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Photo of Spider889
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Probably my least favorite SA seasonal. And while Oktoberfest has never been a particular favorite style of mine, there are certainly much better options out there.

The color is probably the best part of the beer. A nice caramelized toffee color promises a nice malt presence.

The beer smells of some sweet malts but not much else. It's a pretty weak-smelling brew and left me wanting more. It tasted about the same, some mild malt and a little undefined spicing. Basically it felt like they used a lager base beer and just amped up the malt and removed some of the hops. I am beginning to recall why I never buy this beer. (Luckily this one was free at a charity event).

It drinks easily enough but the carbonation left me feeling more full than a beer with such little body warranted. Plus because the flavor profile is so poor, even though I could drink a bunch more, I really don't want to.

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Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured out a copper color with a light two finger thick caramel-colored head of frothy foam that clears quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

S: A subdued aroma of toasted bread and biscuit malt base with some caramel. Not a bad smell but very subdued and unimpressive.

T: The flavor is mild like the smell. Plenty of light toasted grains with a slight toffee flavor and a hint of sweetness. There is a mild floral hoppiness on the finish.

M: A medium body mouth feel with a medium amount of smooth carbonation on the tongue.

O: A very drinkable Oktoberfest but also a very forgettable one as well. Mild is the overall theme with the beer so nothing is particularly memorable or especially enjoyable.

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Photo of jawlessbody
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a nonic glass, this beer is a very clear amber color with a very thin head that left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was not exactly pleasant, mostly just sour malt. The flavor was incredibly one note, just lots of sweet malt flavors with a only hint of toastiness. Decent beer, but I don't know that I would recommend it to a friend.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper reddish brown color when poured. Very little to show for head or its retention, as well as miniscule lace on the first few sips.

S: Somewhat rich and toasty malt aromas, which contrast with a hint of spice and sweetness.

T: Carbonation got in the way of what could be a better malt-heavy beer. The taste comes through, but mostly toward the middle-end after a light introduction. However, the toasty notes leave a more pleasant aftertaste, but begin to dull a bit.

M: Tasted a little too carbonated, which curled the tongue and hurt the immediate finish. This made it light-tasting, it seems. On tap this felt even worse, but out of the bottle it was slightly more bearable.

D: Probably good for a couple rounds, but after a while, the composition of this beer can make it tough to go through the cyclical carbonated taste and lack of spontaneity in the flavor.

A little too... middle-of-the-road, I'd say. I was expecting something better from this seasonal due to the good things I've heard through word-of-mouth, but in the end was slightly disappointed.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank it out out of a pint glass poured from a 12 oz. bottle. The best thing this beer has going for it is its taste. The color is intriguing. Pours the color that everyone else has said, orange/amber combination. Taste is not bad at all. This is the first beer of this style that I have tried, so I'm not sure how to describe it. But it does taste a bit "weak" if that makes sense. Not watery in the sense of a macro, but it could definitely use a stronger presense. But what taste is there, is good. Like many other have said, I wouldn't go way out of my way to drink this, but it is fairly drinkable, and does taste good for what it is.

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Photo of clint1019
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep amber color with a cream colored head that dissapated into a thin cover pretty quick.

S - Caramel malt aroma with a slight bready aroma.

T - Caramel malt flavor with a hint of hop bitterness.

M - light bodied.

O - Not overly impressed with this beer. It just doesn't have the malt flavor that a good oktoberfest typically has.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An intriguing Oktoberfest, to say the least. This is not one I would normally try, but we must do what we must do in order to advance the BA cause. This brew poured out a rich amber/copper color, and left a respectable head and a lace that lingered for a good bit of time. The aroma and flavor are just about what I expected from this Sam Adams brew. Nothing overly extravagant, nor inspiring. If anything, this brew was a bit on the sweet side.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of lespaulrocker
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my Blackstone Brewery pint glass.

A: Pours an amber/golden orange color with a half finger tan head that dissipated incredibly fast. Left a moderate amount of lacing.

S: Beer. Nothing special, just smelled like a macro beer.

T: Malts, biscuit/bread, a tiny bit of sweetness, maybe some caramel, pumpkin, and a bit of butterscotch. Bready finish.

M: Decent amount of carbonation, a little chewy, I'd say medium bodied.

D: Not hard to put a few back if you want. I wasn't a fan so one was my limit.

I wasn't a fan of this, which was disappointing. I love Sam Adams summer ale so I had high expectations for this brew but I would describe it as average at best.

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Photo of Stingray5
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003 release poured a red/amber. Head was gone by the time it reached me. I was unable to detect much of anything aroma wise, so I guess it's up to the taste buds. Not much happening yet - too cold. After letting it warm, taste was mostly malt and caramel, with a minor hop presence. Finish was dry dry dry, with some dryness and left a bit of a dry feeling on my palate. Pucker-fest is more like it.

Not bad, but no where near as good as I remember it.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Amber with a white collar and no head yet it left one stringy lace ring. Metallic with some noble hop spice--could be the victim of a frosty mug. Inoffensive toasted malt with some minor noble hop spice in back. Seems buttery this year?

I remember this being better. Bummer.

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Photo of farrago
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Weak head which barely gets to half a finger before dissipating to weak swirls across the surface, thin streaks of lacing. Nice glow to the red amber color, thins into a zinc orange around the rims. The nose is gently spiced with clove, nutmeg and allspice, followed on by cereal, mixed white citrus and oregano and bay leaf herbs, neither that malty nor that fruity. In the mouth it's medium-bodied, the carbonation arguably a bit much for the primary material and does not allow the flavors time to soak in. More of that raw spice mixed in with herbs and a light metallic accent. Hard to shake that dilute feeling, no fruit or citrus to fill in the blanks and the malts not very sweet, some dark chocolate dust. The graininess milled down and powdery. Some lift at the end, but without much direction.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six-pack of Sam Adams Octoberfest at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a light copper color and is clear. A thin white head forms and dissapates quickly to nothing.

The smell is sweet and earthy. There are some malted grain notes, and sweet fruit fragrance, peaches and apricots.

The taste is sweet and flavorful. There is a caramel malt flavor, roasted grain and a mildly bitter hop finish. The flavors are reasonably well balanced.

The mouth feel is smooth and little cloying.

This is a drinkable beer. I’m not real familiar with the style, but this is drinkable, and I’d have it again.

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Photo of cbn
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice clarity, beautiful bright copper color, large head induced by vigorous pour retreats to thin off-white cap.

Light malty aroma with a dry soapy end note.

Sweet carmel malt with lemony bitterness and a cornbread end-note.

Carbonation gives a soft bite to the tongue, otherwise smooth and clean, with a medium to light body.

Easy drinker although fairly pedestrian. Not a bad beer, nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was poured into a dimpled beer mug.

A-deep reddish, medium amber brew with a thin tan head that left minimal lacing on the glass. I was surprised to see there was not much to the appearance here.

S-Faint smell of caramel, toasy malt, and some spice. There was also a nice smell of cherry, too. It smelled quite refreshing and I was looking forward to my first sip. But the taste didn't meet my expectations.

T-Toasty malt, caramel malt, some autumn-esque spice, carmelized nuts, baked nutty taste. The aftertaste was okay: buttered bread with some buttery, toasted nuts. A faint taste of pumpkin.

M-The mouthfeel was disappointing. I thought it was a little too wet for this style. It was too fizzy from the carbonation. At times I felt like I was drinking a fizzy soda water. A slight dry feel was present.

Overall-This is just an average beer, not bad, not great, just a beer to have during the crisp fall months. Note the word "crisp", a word that this beer lacks. I love having nice autumn beer that gives me a nostalgic feeling that reminds me of the smell of fire places and leaves changing colors. This beer did not present that feeling.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,071 ratings.