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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,233 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,233
Reviews: 2,000
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 769 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of joozyboozy
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer is a beautiful dark brown amber color. very clear with carbonation bubbles on the side of the class. it has a wonderful sweet and malty smell. and the same with the taste. the sweetness carries out to an almost pumpkin taste, but very delicious all together. smooth and lightly carbonated, this beer is very drinkable!!!

joozyboozy, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of BDIMike
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As usual, Sam Adams continues to impress me. I feel that they may be one of the most overall consistently good breweries in America. They don't have a bad beer in their very exstensive line. The Octoberfest did not look very impressive, but that was the only fault I found with it. It has a malty, rich taste and goes down incredibly smooth.

BDIMike, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of donnebaby
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, copper, and clear. Haze and cream ring top. Nice looks and deep malt nose, sweet, mulled with some cinnamon whiffs. Taste is mild and flavorful. Notes of cherry soda (tasted like it was infused with their Cherry Wheat...) and vanilla. Some fruit in the body, and some spice, too--especially in the cleanish finish. Fruit in the taste develops to have much more in terms of toasted cereals. Mild carbonation.

This beer exceeded my expectations greatly, but didn't seem to resemble other Octoberfests I've had.

donnebaby, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed up a sixer of this as a last-ditch effort for a ‘fest to go with my brats.

The body of the beer is almost a pumpkin orange in color. What forms of a head quickly recedes into a few scattered bubbles on top. The aroma is thick with caramel, hints of toast and cookies appear as well. The taste is dominated by that chewy caramel flavor, almost a little one dimensional. Maybe hints of dry toast and just the teeny-tiniest spicy hop. The mouth-feel is refreshing but substantial, nice fine level of carbonation.

FormatKid, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of theboozecruise
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the Chimes recently as was not impressed, but after hearing good things from friends I picked up a 6-pack. I tried it again, pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

I must have just gotten a bad pint on draft, because this one was much better out of the bottle. A nice copperish color with a creamy head... nutty, malty aroma, and a taste that stays the same. A hint of fruit and a little bit sweet, a very nice balance of the flavors.

I like this one a lot on second review... very nice American Octoberfest!

theboozecruise, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of philbertk
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Oktoberfest 1997 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear ruby amber color. Flavorful rich malt body. Not quite fruity. Lagered. Unique, complicated, and tasty. Sampled 10/5/1997.

1998 12 oz. Big Sam Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear ruby amber color. Flavorful rich malt body. Not quite fruity. Lagered. Unique, complicated, and tasty. Sampled 9/28/1998. 1999 12 oz. Big Sam Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Clear thin copper amber color. Oktoberfest aroma and light ester front. Smooth Oktoberfest toasted light thin caramel bread body has clean crisp flavor and hints of fruit. Minimal sweetness. Sampled 9/5/1999.

2000 12 oz. Signature Series Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear bright burnt copper color. Rich malty Oktoberfest front with German accents. Mild toasted fruit malty rich flavor. Spicy for a brew of this style. Rich, flavorful crisp and spicy to the end. Sampled 9/14/2000.

2001 12 oz. Signature Series Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Very clear copper red amber color. Nice lace. Toasted malty mild hop front. Rich roasted caramel malty Fest body. Sweet thick feel. Lingering rich malty end with mild hops. Nutty biscuit notes. Excellent. Sampled 10/13/2001.

2002 12 oz. Signature Series Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich dark amber bronze color. Tangy malt spice hop front. Rich toasted tangy mild sweet rich caramel biscuit body. Nut notes. Tangy mild citrus balanced hop end. Medium lacy head. Crisp Oktoberfest. Sampled 10/29/2002. 2003 Seasonal Brew--Block Logo Style--Signature 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV (4.25 / 5.0) Clear rich dark copper red amber color. Mild lacy head. Malty mild floral fruit mild hop front. Lager smooth rich toasted malty caramel body. Light sweet fruit notes. Creamy malt mild hop end. Classic taste. Sampled 9/28/2003.

2004 12 oz. Signature Series Bottle. 5.70% ABV--30 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Rich lacy head. Clear dark mahogany amber red color. Malty mild hop front. Creamy rich smooth malty cloying sweet mild toasted caramel toffee chewy biscuit base body. Malt spice mild hop end. Sampled 8/9/2004.

2005 Seasonal Brew 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Clear bright thin copper amber color. Crisp malty mild hop front. Zesty rich mild toasted caramel toffee mild fruit Fresh Young body. Refreshing tart citrus mild hop spice end. Tangy. Sampled 8/25/2005.

2006 Seasonal Brew 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Rich thick lacy head. Clear rich bright dark copper amber color. Malty toasted mild hop front. Crisp mildly tangy rich toasted caramel mild toffee fruit malty Fest body. Smooth creamy mild hop malty end. Sampled 8/17/2006. (4.5 / 5.0 )

Rich lacy head. Clear dark bright copper amber color. Rich malty mild hop front.Smooth toasted toffee caramel malty rich mild black cherry body. Mild tangy malty mild fruit hop end. Rich tasty Fest! Sampled 8/21/2006. (4.5 / 5.0)

Tan rich lacy head. Clear bright dark thin red color. Tangy malty toasted black cherry lager smooth body. Smooth mild hop spice end. Warm bisquit notes. Sampled 8/26/2006.

2007 Seasonal Brew 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Dense foamy lacy off white head. Clear bright deep amber color. Malty mild hop front. Dry sweet roasted caramel lager mellow malty mild fruit body. Smooth chalky mild hop spice malty Fest end. Distracted. Sampled 8/16/2007.

2008 Seasonal Brew Lager 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Rich lacy off white nucleating body head. Clear bright thin amber color. Mild hop toasted malt hint front. Crisp malty mild caramel mellow sweet biscuit fruit rich tangy fest body. Clean hop hint smooth lingering creamy malt end. Rich Smooth Oktoberfest. Sampled 12/8/2008. 6-Pack $7.99.

2009 Seasonal Brew Lager 12 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Thin mild lacy off white head. Clear bright thin pretty rich amber color. Mild hop sweet malt front. Smooth crisp cloying malty mellow caramel delicate sweet fruit rich Fest body. Satisfying mild hop lingering Fest malt clean end. Classic Seasonal favorite. Sampled 8/28/2009. 6- Pack $6.99.

Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Samuel Adams Octoberfest--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 25 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Oktoberfest. No sediment. Light tan medium lace head dissipates too quickly. Very pretty enticing thin bright rich deep amber red color. Delicate sweet toasted malt mild fruit floral hop front. Malty sweet smooth toasted caramel mild fruit Fest! body. Refreshing mild hop end. A well made Fall Seasonal Classic Style Fest. Sampled 8/31/2010. 6-Pack $7.49.

philbertk, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You can just about count on SA to produce a good quality brew – and the Oktoberfest is another fine example. Pretty clear amber/red pour, head retention a little lacking, but not bad. Malty in the aroma and taste – along with a lite fall spice finish. Crisp & tangy, medium bodied – an excellent fall drinker brew.

This review was on a bottle, I’ve had some on tap here in STL, even more tasty!!

Vancer, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of ectomorph
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming back to this beer over a year later. My 1st time through, I think I had a bad bottle or something.

12oz bottle well within the freshness date.

A - Clear dark copper body with a 1/2 finger off whit head that disappears quickly.

S - Faint honey and maple syrup with a hint of biscuits.

T - Roasty bread goodness with a honey sweetness. Some floral hops add to the mix. Not a malt monster, but close for the style.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. Goes down smooth and finishes clean.

D - High. Good in any weather, with any food.

ectomorph, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of acevenom
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug. Pours clear copper with a biege white head that dissipates at a moderate pace. There are plentiful tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass during consumption. There's a strong roasted barley malt aroma in the nose. I also detect some mild sweetness and grassy hops. The beer is very bready up front. There is some mild sweetness and the hops bring some balance on the back end. The aftertaste is also pretty malty. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is dry. The drinkability is high. This is a very good beer. I still look forward to this one every year.

acevenom, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Seanibus
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good offering from Sam Adams, which I normally don't like all that much.

Pours a deep clear copper with a fluffy head and a few little streamers of carbonation. The aroma is nice and robust - malty, biscuity, with some floral hops in there somewhere. The flavor is malty and rich, particularly for a beer that pours so clear. There is some spice from the hops, a slightly gingerbready character from the malt. The mouthfeel is solid and chewy, a satisfying beer with a small bite of carbonation. It finishes with a pleasant, spicy burn down the back of the throat.

A drinkable beer with a nice fall-like flavor.

Seanibus, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange amber color; nice head; sheet lacing
S: malty, sweet, bready
T: very spiced; hoppy and complex; not very sweet
M: the sparkly spiciness makes the mouth hum
D: very inviting

This would pair nicely with something sweet and unspiced, say an ordinary pumpkin pie.

Arithmeticus, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of rarevos
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new phone books are here! The new phone books are here! Oh, I mean, the Oktoberfests are here! The Oktoberfests are here! A bit early, it seems, but with the temperatures in the mid 60's for the last few days, drinking an Oktoberfest seems pretty appropriate.

A: Pours a rich orange-amber. One finger of off-white head (a bit creamier looking than just white head) and it had decent staying power. Light lacing once it did bubble out.

S: Rich and malty. Has some spice at the front of the nose, and a touch of buttered toast.

T: Sweet at the front, with some pumpin and nutmeg spiciness in the middle coupled with a biscuity flavor. Finish is lightly bitter with a warm toastyness.

M: A bit buttery, but otherwise medium-bodied.

D: It's not terribly refreshing, so a chilly fall day is about the only time this sounds appealing to me. But it is certainly appealing, and I'll make my way through most of this six-pack today while it stays in the mid to high 60's.

rarevos, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of deuschbag
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pored into its own octoberfest mug. nice copper color with good head retention. smell is of spices and a little alcohol. taste is very pleasant. lots of spices. overall this is a nice mellow brew. i could definitly drink plenty of these and feel very good.

deuschbag, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of garuda
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy copper, very thin white head that had virtually no retention or lacing.

S/T - Rich, toasty, bready malts with a little graininess. A little bit of hops to finish it off at the end.

M - Medium to light in body, medium carbonation, finishes clean and dry.

D - Nice and easy to drink, a solid benchmark for the style. I probably would get this again.

garuda, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of AustinPowell
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%

AustinPowell, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of illpass78
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass tankard.

Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear amber with a big foamy white head. Some lacing on way down.

Aroma: It's malt-forward with toffee and caramel and a slight grassy note.

Taste: Big malts are right up front, with a pumpernickel taste balanced by caramel sweetness. Toasty. Nice toffee presence, too.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light of body, but not in an unappealing way. Typical lager depth.

Overall: This is my favorite of Sam's three consistent seasonals (the Spring one seems to change annually these days). It's a tasty, approachable lager that should suit anyone on a fall day. Great beer for an autumn afternoon with some pretzels and football.

illpass78, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of ovaltine
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%

ovaltine, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of RAC81
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.96/5  rDev +7.9%

zinkie, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of mbrandon2w
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber/brown with gold edging.
Smells of caramel, grain and fresh earth.
Taste is light caramel, bit of chocolate, with a very balanced hop presence.
Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, but just a tad too thin for me.
Could drink it all day. Good, easy drinking beer, even on a hot August day.

mbrandon2w, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of jeonseh
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

copper colored with a darker center a color i would almost call rust; nice one thumb thick head that maintained all the way through the beer and left lacing down sides of the glass as drank it up; can smell an odor that reminds me of the smell of a weiss beer except a bit sweeter. when drinking it at first the bitter taste of hops hits ya and then the taste become noticeably sweeter almost the taste of caramel; a good oktoberfest but nothing too complex to it either; all and all this is the best sam adams beer that i've had and i wish we had it all year around

jeonseh, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of thebarnesbomb
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass, creates 1 in. rocky foam off-white head, quickly dissapates. Has a very ruby/amber color to it, maybe even more so than a Killian's, but very attractive. Very malty in the nose, sweetness, but not much else. The taste is mostly of these sweet malts, with a slight aftertaste of hops. If I were blindfolded though I would guess this beer was an Amber Ale, there is not a very strong or distinct alcohol kick to it, mostly sweet malt blend. Overall, a very good choice.

thebarnesbomb, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of jacobseyb
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A=deep amber/copper color with one finger of slightly off white head

S=sweet malty aromas with a hint of hops very nice balance

T=sweet caramel malts with a hint of hoppy bitterness

M=light carbonation and a minor aftertaste

D=very enjoyable and drinkable

jacobseyb, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of megahurts4
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Octoberfest

Appearance: amber, small head, and decent lacing.

Smell: yeast and malt grain.

Taste: malty grain, spices, and a slight hops.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a pretty good brew. There is a lot of malt character and also some spice and hops.

megahurts4, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of zoso1967
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice copper amber color with a head that is not quite pure white. The head fades slowly to leaves a thin layer over the beer and leaves nice lace on the glass.

The aroma of this beer is full of toasty and nutty malt. Caramel, toffee and herbal hops are also present in the aroma, but it is overall a bit subdued.

The flavor is full of rich malty character. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuts and toasted bread. Mostly sweet, but with bit of a floral hop character as well. This beer has a nice malt character that I find to be very enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. This beer did not seem exceptionally dry, but the finish is strikingly so with sticky malt and herbal hops hanging on my palate.

This is pretty drinkable, but the finish is a bit of a turn off. This is still a really solid beer, and for the price I think it is a great one to pick up if you are in the mood for an Oktoberfest.

zoso1967, Oct 16, 2010
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,233 ratings.