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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,600 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,600
Reviews: 2,033
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 1,048 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep golden amber with a nice two-finger tan head. Attractive.

Smell: lots of grain and malt; quite carameley and nutty, not unlike a brown ale. It's nice.

Taste: quite malty; there is a nice bitterness but otherwise little hop presence. Like the aroma, it's got a fair bit of nuttiness and caramel. It's not bad, but to me it's more like a brown ale in flavor than a lager.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little bit of a syrupy consistency; an appropriate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: pretty good. This is not a bad beer by any means, but it doesn't entice me as much as some other Sam Adams varieties.

Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear orangy apricot, not much head leaves fast. Small ring. Spotty lace.

S - Extremely light hops and malt characters. Not much there.

T - Nice light sweet malt bittered well at the end.

M - A lighter beer, good carb and sufficient balance.

D - Not overly alcoholic and not too hard on the palate.

Photo of ypsifly
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz dated best before Feb of next year, poured into a pint glass.

Clear, dark copper with a small fizzy head that is white but flat in a minute or so. A veiled foamy ring is all that's left. Minimal lace.

The nose is very malty with something metal in the background. Has an almost nutty character. Of the SA lineup, this has a more pronounced nose than the others. Not complex, but I don't get my nose wet trying to get a whiff.

Tastes a lot like it smells. The nutty malts make up the bulk of the flavors, but there's that ghost of a metallic twinge just after the midpoint. There's enough hop towards the back to add some balance and something approaching complexity. The more I sip, it takes on an almost woody flavor. I like it.

The mouthfeel is a bit light for my taste, but this could be a halfway decent session brew. Pairing it with the right food would help this one a lot.

Photo of Yagman3000
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a tap into a 22 oz. Tall glass stein.

Appears a light brown with sone shades of deep burnt orange in there as well. A tiny little bubbled head remains, especially around the outside.

Smells of sweet malts with a thin band of hoppy bitterness. There's a touch if the harvest in here.

Tastes sweet at first and then settles out into a duller malt tone. A touch of peppery hoppy bitterness comes through in the end.

Mouthfeel has a noticeable until fizz. It's well carbonated. To gue feels the hops at the end.

Overall a decent beer but, at this point, nothing in the major leagues compared to a small batch. I'll stick to Boston Lager with Sam.

Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Reddish orange, 1" fluffy off white head

S- Citrus, floral, metal, bready malts

T- Malt bomb, toffee, caramel, berries, orange, sweet bready malts

M- Medium bodied, crisp carbonation

O- A nice brew, lots of malty goodness, never to sweet, never watered down, it's just a solid example of the style. I'm done complaining about the metallic twang, it seems all sam adams malty holiday beers have it and it's most likely a house recipe thing.

Photo of majorbase2
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kwjd
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dad bought a 6 pack of this and decided he wasn't a big Oktoberfest fan... 5 free bottles for me! Pours a copper-amber colour with thin ring of head. Mild lacing around the glass. Head dissipates a bit quickly. Smells of earthy hops with some caramel. This tastes somewhat like a Helles I think, but maybe I'm wrong. Nice carbonation level. Easy to put several of these back (unless you are my dad I guess).

Photo of mikereaser
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into my dogfish head pint glass

A - pours a clear deep amber copper color with minimal foam

S - sweet maltiness with hints of floral hops

T - nice malty oktoberfest, just enough to give you some flavor but not overdoing it and making it tough to drink

M/D - not a bad brew but not anything amazing. I'll pick up a six pack next year to celebrate fall, and its a good beer to share with the pickiest of drinkers.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its that time of the year even if mother nature is calling for unseasonably warm weather.

Pours an amber colored beer with a nice thick off white, almost tan head. Eventually it recedes to a finger depth. There is a nice web of lacing left after finishing this brew.

Smells of caramel malts and noble hops, which meld together pleasantly.

Tastes of more caramel malts, which give way to a nice drying hop bite. A solid Octoberfest falvor that is neither nondescript or lacking. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel is medium and has a near creamy consistency. Highly drinkable and enjoyable autumn brew. I love keeping a six in the fridge for guests or when I'm in the mood.

Photo of RedTarmac
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic tumbler.
It pours a deep amber color with a fast-fading off-white head along with some patchy and trailing lacing.
Smells of doughy malt and Milk Duds are backed by a smell of fruit cup an a hint of citrus zest.
The sweet and full malt body borders on a syrupy consistancy. Tastes of mixed fruit, sweet malt and mild limes are all very in balance.
It's a nice O-Fest, yet a bit heavier than their German counterparts.

Photo of pgenius
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a pub the other night and I found it to be a pritty good brew. It was lacking a bit of taste compared to other octoberfests probly due to not enough hops but it had a nice toasted grain and sweet malt taste to it. Slightly bitter finish. Overall a good beer, average.

Photo of tdawgydog
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap poured into a 22oz frosted mug @ Outback Steakhouse. I have had this beer in the past and I was never really a big fan of it. This time was different. I'm not sure if it is a difference in the bottled version but in the past I always remember a sour aftertaste. The Octoberfest I had on tap last night did not display the same characteristics. In fact it was quite enjoyable. It pours a nice dark copper, the head had dissapated by the time the beer was brought to my table. The taste is very grainy, but enjoyable. I would probably try it again on tap if not just to confirm that my previous recollection of the beer was incorrect.

Photo of arizcards
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at AJ's for $7.49 at the end of October. Best before March 2007.

Beer poured a reddish amber color with a decent head initially. Nose is pretty malty without any other discernable qualities. Taste is a blast of malts with a finishing touch of German hops. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth and goes down easy. Drinkability is good. For a number of years now this beer has found its way into my football tailgates and will continue to do so in the future!

Photo of whisperjet
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Pours a clean orange/copper with a foamy white head. Head stuck around for a while and leaves a bit of filmy lace.

s: Warm and sweet scents of caramel and bread. Smell is inviting and really pleasant as soon as it's poured, but doesn't have a lasting effect. Would have liked a more lingering scent.

t: Tastes sweet and smooth with rich and bready flavors. Crisp and slightly hoppy. Can taste a slight touch of alcohol. Good flavor combination for the fall season. Leaves a nice roasted taste lingering.

m: Medium bodied and smooth with pleasant amount of carbonation. Surprisingly rich feeling.

d: This beer was very easy to drink. Flavors all nicely complement each other and blend well with the feel of the beer. Perfect addition to fall weather. Only downside is that it is fairly one -note. Would certainly drink again.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my favorite beer drinking glass from a bottle -

Nice orange amber color with nice foam that hung around for awhile -

Smells of malts and spices are evident -

Taste was pleasant not overwhelming - nice malt and spices

the drinkabilty wasn't to bad - doesn't compare to real German Oktoberfest beers but not to bad for a American version -

I would buy it again -

Photo of NickTsU
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper color had with the pour then dissapates within a few minutes. Decent lacing for this style of beer.

S- Nice bready malty roasty smell.

T- Nice clean crisp refreshing octoberfest, again smell and taste coincide pretty closely.

M - Crisp and light bodied.

D- Very refreshing light bodied oktoberfest,one of the better seasonals I've had this far from Sam Adams. Very Drinkable.

Photo of DrkLgr
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of akajimmyd
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Dark copper color, quickly dissipating light and airy head. No lacing.

Smell – Bitter spice scents, malts(?)

Taste – Malts are very pronounced. I barely pick up on the hops that are noted on the label. Mild sweetness. Not bitter like it smells.

Mouthfeel – Lite body. Smooth in the mouth, nothing to complain about. Can taste to booze at the end. Little aftertaste.

Drinkability – Very drinkable. Not too complex (I think), easy going down.

Photo of ElGuapo
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nothing fantastic, but still quality. very smooth with some sweet maltiness. a hint of bitterness and a little hops hit you at the end. all in all, this is not a top of the line oktoberfest, but it is a beer that is worth drinking. i found it very good to drink, but not with a spicy pizza, as the two did not like each other

Photo of MDDMD
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-goldem amber color with a cream-colored head and good lacing

S-malty and bread aromas with a hint of sweetness

T-caramel and malty flavor with a little hoppy bitterness

F-light to moderate body with a moderate amount of carbonation

O-a decent beer for drinking with a meal

Photo of Iamjlopez12
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of eweneek83
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This one pours a penny copper colour, lots of bubbles in the body, a good sized head that sticks around for a while (which is good)

Smell - This one smells like a mix between their Boston lager and toasted breadcrust, a little malt also.

Taste - tastes a lot like the Boston lager too, a bit more body. The malts are balanced really well and not too overpowering. I simple, clean, decent taste.

Mouthfeel - This beer doesn't linger long but the mouthfeel is good. It feels thin to me, but I've been drinking motor-oil like stouts lately. The buttery toasty aftertase comes in for a 2nd showing quickly then goes away.

Drinkability - Great. These are dark enough to not suck, and carbonated great, plus the creamy head mixed with the lager drinkability makes this one good. Oops... have I had 2 already?

Photo of JimR
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of poohbearzeccola
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,600 ratings.