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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,555 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,555
Reviews: 2,019
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 935 | 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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Photo of ibashmuck
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small head on a darker, redder amber body. Smells were decidedly mellow. They're there, just not very pronounced...sweet, malty, with a small hoppiness bite. Taste was the same but much more pronounced. Maple syrup, caramel, nuttiness, with a smallish hoppiness. Lower carbonation and a crispness make for an easy brew to drink. Pleasantly surprised. Not spectacular, but a good brew.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am finally starting to get turned by Octoberfest beers. This one is an amber-tinged brown in color. Only a slight head, but a nice lace clung to the glass. The taste was earthy, a bold hoppy and nutty all in one. It was not bitter, but a tasty sweet, not overpoweringly rich either. The finish is average but well complemented by a pleasant aftertaste that tastes like hazelnuts.

Photo of mikereaser
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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 webmanspidey
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent amber color with a slight caramel smell. The taste is mostly mild caramel malts and some slight hops. Pretty refreshing and drinkable. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. This is a solid sessionable oktoberfest and a good choice when presented without many options at the bar.

Photo of ChoqlitStout
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber-orange with a foamy white head that lasts a bit. Smells like spices...maybe a little cinnamon. A little more carbonated than I like, but I can taste the spices...allspice, nutmeg maybe? It's not very sweet, though the bottle says it has a blend of 5 malts. The taste is very balanced and mild--not too sweet, not too hoppy, but it does have flavor. Mildly bitter on the finish, virtually no aftertaste.

Overall, not my favorite Octoberfest beer, but a great one to use to introduce friends to the style. I could knock down a few with a sweet potato pie and some ice cream, but that wouldn't be good for my waistline.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I always save 1 or 2 bottles of my Oktoberfest beers for this time of year. It's a good excuse to clean out my beer fridge too.

Pours a reddish/orange with a slight white head.

It smells of spices and malt.

It tastes a bit spicy, not my favorite in the style but ok just the same.

It leaves a creamy spiced taste on the tongue.

I can drink quite a few of these and it's usually one of the first of the style to come around in my area.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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 BeerPhan86
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This appears to be a very widely accepted seasonal brew, even reaching folks not crazy into micro-brewed beer.

A - Pours a clear orange amber with a one finger tan head. Good retention but minimal lacing.

S - Caramel and biscuity malt, finished by grassy hops.

T - Bready and slightly toasted with some spices. Finishes dry, hoppy, and sweet. Slightly bitter but very malty.

M - Medium bodied and I like the level of carbonation here.

D - Definitely sessionable, as it should be! Still, it is too malty and sweet for me to really session like the style is meant for.

Photo of tdawgydog
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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 mnj21655
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/copper in color with a respectable off-white head that drops to just a coating. Smell is predominantly of hops with sweet malts and some fruits also present. Tastes first of malts followed by hops then a hint of spice. Fairly well balanced with a bit of hop bitterness at the finish. Nice mouthfeel, leans towards being light bodied, very smooth, almost dry, with some carbonation. Good drinkability, while this isn't the greatest marzen ever its flavors are nicely balanced. Very smooth and great for a nice fall day.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Octoberfest poured an amber color with a good 1-2 finger foam head that was quick in disappearing. It had some tight bubble lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma was definitely malty all the way up the nose. It had some baked bread and caramel smells. The taste was smooth and full bodied. It had a sweet finish with a light hop balance on the way out. Overall a very enjoyable Fall brew.

Photo of philibum13
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my opinion, Octoberfest doesn't measure up to a lot of other Sam Adams beers. Granted that's still saying a lot about the beer in itself because it has a lot to compare to under the Sam Adams brand. With Summer Ale being my favorite, I guess Octoberfest does make that good transition to Winter Lager. Still, it's not the seasonal beer that I look forward to, but I still enjoy.

Photo of 9InchNails
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A khaki color head, the color of the beer is a burnt amber color. The head stays around for about three minutes or so. It leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Aroma: I smell a lot of hop flavoring and also a caramel malt. I smell a hint of alcohol, not too overbearing.

Mouth Feel: lightly carbonated but enough to know it's there. Not too thick of body and its really smooth.

Taste: a caramel, a hint of Cherries and vanilla. There is a slight bitter taste, probably from the hops. It's quite tasty and goes down quite easily. Doesn't have a huge boozy taste.

Drink Ability: I feel I can have a few of these since it goes down smoothly.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large mug at the Roseville, MN location of Old Chicago, as part of their Oktoberfest mini-tour.

A-Red-copper beer, crystal clear. Tan head, 2 cm off the pour, receded quickly to a sparse bubble layer.

S-Slightly spicy, toasty-biscuity maltiness.

T-Sweet-bicuity malt, slightly toasty. Herbal-spicy hop presence is small, but compliments the crisp, refreshing malt sweetness. Slighlty-small hop bitterness.

M-Medium-light body, a bit too light for my liking of this style, but probably not too far off. Medium carbonation.

D-Quite drinkable, just the a fantastic beer overall, so perhaps a small dock in points for that.

Photo of Rayek
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber color has nice clarity. Frothy off-white head with good retention. Leaves a nice amount of lace.

S: Sweet, with notes of toffee and caramel. A slight peppery smell helps balance the sweetness.

T: Mostly malty. A bit like regular SA, but with a sweeter kick of toffee and caramel. Bitterness provides balance and a bit of spicy hop flavor. Finishes with a lingering caramel sweetness.

M: Medium body with the right amount of fizz. Feels a little syrupy.

D: A nice session beer. A fairly safe take on this style. Certainly worth a revisit next October.

Photo of jettjon
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 ounce bottle scored “Feb” into my crystal mug, it’s a clear amber color with low carbonation. Large tan head fades slowly to a thick and clumpy cap with some scattered lace. Pretty attractive beer. Nose evinces the expected powdery, dry malt and notes of toasted bread. Taste is malt-heavy with a slightly buttery or butterscotch flavor. Dryish, light bitter finish. Nicely balanced. Mouth is middle-of-the-road, leaning toward semi-viscous, smooth and with low carbonation. Drinkability is very good; it’s tasty and easygoing. I could enjoy most of a 6’er in a sitting.

Overall: A decent Marzen, worth a try.

Photo of dudecandle
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden-brown with moderate carbonation with a decent 1-finger head, not terribly firm, but lasts.

S/T: Heavy buttery diacetyl notes, yeasty, with some slight spice and possible lemon. It's quite malty, very sweet with little hop bitterness.

M: Has the body of a lager with a bit of an extra creaminess.

D: Rather boring, but easy enough going down. The aftertaste lasts a while, but it's a bit too heavy on the butter. This beer helped me get into beer a couple years ago, so I give it a slight bump.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Converge
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours a clean, rusty amber, with a moderate head of fizzy foam. The head settles to a thin skiff of suds, leaving minimal lacing behind.

S - Lots of toasty, sweet malt, with some nutty and mildly spicy qualities coming through. A good balance of caramel malt and mild earthy hops.

T - Comes across the palate very malty, with the hops adding a mild herbal earthiness at the end. Sweet, toasty grains, crystal malt, spice, and light nutty notes. Some off notes here and there, but overall a drinkable, malty brew.

M - Medium bodied, with a nice, assertive carbonation. Finishes a bit dry, with a lingering hop presence, though subtle.

D - I'm certainly no expert on this particular style, but what better way to familiarize myself with it than reviewing the most popular Oktoberfest on the market. While this wouldn't be my first choice for a fall brew, I found it enjoyable enough.

Photo of Soneast
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color with a 2 finger thick, light brown colored head, with decent retention, leaving bits-o-lace on the glass.

Lots of toasted grains and caramel on the aroma. Pretty sweet overall, but rather simple and clean.

The flavor is malt-centric, with a fair amount of caramel and a nice toasty quality. Relatively sweet, and next to no hop character.

The beer has a nice texture, although it seems a tad flat. A nice, clean flavor but nothing too exciting.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep amber color, thin light tan head. Bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S - Light malts, but not a whole lot going on. Smells fresh and crisp.

T - Diverse malts, maybe a hint a caramel.

M - Crisp and refreshing, carbonated and smooth.

O - One of the better Octoberfests I have had. I feel the style is limited, but this one particularly reminds me of fall. The color and the taste reminds me of a pile of leaves (in a good way).

Photo of Xadoor
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly dark amber colour in the glass. Head dissipated fairly quickly and left little lacing in the glass. Sweet aroma with a bit of spice and fruitiness. Flavour is also slightly sweet with mostly malt flavours. Finishes with a very slight dry, hop finish. A very drinkable beer and certainly one of the better 'fest beers this season.

Photo of tewaris
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Octoberfest

Should be fresh enough. Pours a very deep and dark amber color, with a medium off white head and medium retention. Sweet malts, perhaps toast in the aroma. Taste is definitely sweet with a slightly astringent finish that almost seems like a very mild version of roast. Drink easy and smooth. Can't be beaten for buck a bottle.

3, 3.5, 3.5, 4, 4

Photo of MDDMD
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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 aaron12
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, I want to like samuel adams... I don't know what it is about it, it tastes good and all..., its just kinda got that "for the masses" taste..., but i'm being a snob, and old sammy a's been doing this for a long time, so i gave their harvest variety 12 pack a shot. I started with the octoberfest.

A. clean, very little head, lightlightlight brown.

S. sweet malts, caramel, sweet butter.

T. it's tasty, but not too adventures. sweet malty light brown ale flavor... I wish i could say more. can't taste the hops, it's not overly sweet, it has a nice balance about it. I think it's flavor is a good starter for people who say they don't like "good" beer...

M. this might be my favorite part to this beer. it's smooth and satisfying in the mouth.

D. E A S Y ! ! ! if you're payin', keep em' coming...

cheers!

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,555 ratings.