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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,628 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,628
Reviews: 2,038
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,101 | 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 Vonerichs
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color with a foamy off white head.

The smell is caramel malt with a little bit of bread, not very strong.

The taste is very thin and watery. The malt is caramel and a touch of honey. It has a light touch of figs.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and as I already said, a little watered down. I was expecting something more full bodied.

No issues with drinkability. Easy to consume quite a few.

This was a decent tasting beer, but I wish the flavor was more pronounced.

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

Grabbed a single 12oz. just to say that I have tried it.

- Rich red clear tone with off-white head that quickly leaves just a ring of lace and some floating..

- A nice malty sweetness with a touch of spice and bittering hop. That's about it!

- Sweet malt madness.. great mix of earthy and caramel malt with a creamy aspect to it.. nice blend of spices, pumpkin, squash.. cream and light bitter hop.

- Little dry and chewy.. some stickiness..

- Not bad at all, very smooth flavor with just the right touch of everything.

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

this beer pours a medium reddish brown with a light tan, three quater inch head that goes away in about a minute, with a fair amount of lace. when it comes to smell, nothing stood out too strong. i did not smell as many characteristic samuel adams aromas as i was expecting.

even though samuel adams lager is a stand by of mine, for some reason i expected to be disappointed with this brew. although i am not, i'm not impressed either. it's just a quality bland beer, if there is such a thing.

i read some reviews on this beer after i purchased it and before i drank it. i heard someone say that they thought it had been "dumbed down" from samuel adams octoberfest beer from years past. since this is the first time i have drank samuel adams octoberfest, i can't compare, but i will take his word for it. while this may not be enjoyable for those who love a very high quality brew, it may be a blessing in disguise. i have never seen samuel adams octoberfest in the past three years that i have been drinking samuel adams lager. this year i have seen it in alot of the beer shoppes that i visit. i have a feeling that samuel adams is using this quality bland beer to turn the heads of those who usually drink macro, and that can't be a bad thing

Photo of joshuadlight
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a sixer as soon as they hit the shelves. May be a little early in the year for this one, but at least its fresh.
Really gorgeous burnt copper color with a rapidly disappearing one finger head. No lasting head, and no lacing takes away in the appearance score despite the nice coloring.
Good malt complexities in the nose and mouth, with just enough hopping to round out the flavor. This isn't going to blow anyone's mind, but its great as a sessionable season offering.

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

Pours clear with a reddish tint. Small head , a little lacing.

Slight aroma of sweet malts , honey.

Taste is mildly malty , crisp finish with very little aftertaste.No hop profile is evident.

Mouthfeel is light , good carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking beer.

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

Pours a nice orange amber color with a one inch head that leaves some good lacing on the mug, head seems to stay the entire beer. Smell, you have to really stick your nose into the glass and take a big wiff to at least smell somthing in there, sweet malt small with a bit of some citrus back smell as well. Taste is pretty good this goes down very smooth, has a bit to much carbonation but not over bearing. I can taste the malts that are used kind of soft and mellow, this is a good offering but not to tasty.

Photo of JayS2629
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Copper with creamy tan head that recedes quickly but leaves descent lace.

S- Sweet malts, caramel, toasted bread, dark fruit, and subtle earthy herbal notes. Hints of spice.

T- Clean, with toffee and caramels. Simple, bready, toasted with earthy hints and a tinge of cinnamon.

M- Thin but slight creaminess, crisp and refreshing

D- Very easy to drink.

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

12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A clear, burnt orange with a half-inch, bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Looks very fizzy.

Smell: A sweet - caramel-like - bready and malty aroma.

Taste and mouthfeel: Starts out sweet - even a little fruity before alcohol asserts itself. But it's muted, making the bite more mellow. Very crisp, finishes clean. Despite the fizz, only medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Very refreshing, easy to drink.

Notes: The flavors could be a little more pronounced, but still a solid Oktoberfest. I'm really starting to like this style.

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

Pours a clear, copper with a thin lacy head that disappears quickly. A nice, pleasant smell of cinnamon and other spicy aromas. This beer has a very nice taste of malts with a hint of bitterness, but the only drawback is a metallic-like after taste. The mouthfeel mainly is brought about by the carbonation that is pleasant but feels like something is lacking. A relatively drinkable brew, but if looking for a session I would choose another. A decent brew, but Sam Adams is capable of better.

Photo of Jakey2005
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I generally enjoy Sam's version of an Oktoberfest. Nice copper color, malty and slightly roasty taste. I find it interesting the number of commentators on here that find it necessary to dislike this beer because it is produced by Sam. I brew my own Oktoberfest, lived in Germany, been to the real Oktoberfest in Munich, and still enjoy this offering from Sam. Not my hands down favorite. I reserve that for Ayinger. But Sam has won multiple awards for this beer and I think they were well deserved.

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

A: Pours a clear dark copper in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderare aromas of caramel malts with an almost maple syrup like sweetness.

T: Like the smell, there is a moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness with just a hint of maple syrup sweetness. The hop bitterness is noticeable in the finish but not overpowering - well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and very sessionable - nothing super here but nothing bad either, very much an average beer in the style. Pretty well balanced in flavors between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a nice amber with a brownish tint to it. About 1 finger of loose-laced white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and low carbonation.

N: Very nutty with caramel, brown sugar and bread notes.

T: Follows the nose. Bready and caramelly upfront followed by notes of brown sugar and pecans. finishes with caramel, bread and hints of cocoa.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, clean and a little creamy.

O: People love Sam Adam's Octoberfest for a reason. Not only is it easily accessible but it definitely holds it's own among other Marzens. Crisp, clean, easy drinking and always a must have for the fall season.

Photo of NiceTaps
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a standard pint glass, room temp.

A- A dark copper-amber color with remarkable clarity and pretty lively carbonation. A healthy head, big and linen white in color, left lots of lacing.

S- Standard bready malts, some caramel sweetness, floral.

T- Big malt backbone, breads and grains. A touch of spiciness for the season.

M- Medium feel and good carbonation. Finishes dry and funky.

O- The big head and lacing were impressive, the beer looked good. As SA offerings go, this was good for me. I seem to pick up a 'funkiness' in SA beers that I can't quite put my finger on, this is no exception.

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

I like the look of this brew. It's nice and golden with a head that just stays forever. Smell is a bit nutty, some malt. Taste is a bit malty, very slight hop aroma, some nuttyness, and a slight astringency in there not sure what from. (might be the hops)
It is however quite drinkable and surprisingly refreshing.

Got a 12 pack of these so i'll be enjoying this on the weekend. Not a bad brew at all.

Photo of beerwolf77
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is bright clear orange brown. With some red highlights around the edges. The off white head fills almost half my glass even after a gentle pour. A brief wait results in little to no lace and now I can commence pouring the rest of the beer.

The aroma is about as basic as it gets. Malt, spices some sweetness and a touch of hops. The style leans towards unoffensive so it's right on point.

The flavor is a muted mix of caramle malt, spices and hints of hops. Wheaty finish rounds things off. Again the style tends to be muted so no points off for that.

Medium to light body. Above average carbonation. Seems a touch thin in the mouth.

Overall throw it on the pile of average oktoberfests. Easy drinking if nothing else.

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

This one came with a free Perfect Pour glass, so was pretty amped on the purchase, especially after reading about how much everyone loves that glassware!

A - Pours a copper colour with a nice red hue, thumb of head with decent retention and a bit of fine bubbled lacing.

S - Scent is mild but sweet with caramel malts dominating, a bit of honey and burnt sugar.

T - The flavour off the top is a bit bready with corn, the finish is grassy hops. Nothing spectacular, but by no means offensive or disappointing. The more beers I have of this style, the more I've come to appreciate the flavour offering. The caramel comes through as it warms, and it lingers on the tongue on the finish.

M - Bubbly but a bit too light. The carbonation is big bubbled, and it could use some finer carbonation to make it a little more smooth and less thin.

D - Pretty tasty offering, and definitely has a 'fall' feel to it. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it, and I would definitely indulge again. A tasty drink and well suited for the style.

Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft offering served in a mug. The brew appears a clear copper color with an off-white cap of froth. Some patchy suds of lace stick to the glass.

The nose is quite muted with a bit of herbal hops, minerals and buttery diacetyl that blends to more of a scent of toffee as it warms up.

The taste is quite buttery and includes plenty of malt that imparts flavors of toffee and caramel. There is a soft touch of herbal hops present and a slight mineral feel towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modes tamount of carbonation. It is crisp and nice but really buttery almost to fault for my palate.

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

This beer pours a reddish brown with a light tan, 3/4 inch head that recedes relatively quickly leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Nose is rather weak, I picked up the typical Sam's scent coupled with a touch of caramel malt, and a hint of spice. Taste is of caramel malts, witha touch of honey up front, hints of roasted malts are present and a slight touch of floral hops. Nothing really truly jumps out about the taste. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, a nice crisp feel to it. This is a nice beer to sit with, even though nothing truly jumps out.

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

It pours a deep, honey amber, clear and reasonably carbonated. A finger of white head drops soon to simple froth traces. Lacing clings sparingly to the inside of the glass.

The aroma is chiefly sweet malt, almost cloying initially and with a hint of general fruitiness, then dried by a very sparse but notably Noble hop presence.

Upon sipping, the malt is the primary entity, with a baked crust and earthy berry fruit character that slides into a caramel and biscuit zone. A sprinkling of hops comes through, though barelt, with a touch of peppery spice. A grassiness appears near the close, along with a very indistinct and disappointing adjunct impression. The finish lingers quite briefly with just a smattering of hop bitterness. It's balanced on the surface, but rather uneven in its performance.

A bit north of light bodied, the malt fleetingly crosses the palate, but not without some legacy in its wake.

It struggles to get much higher than mediocre in spots, and the dimensions it does display don't have a lot of depth, but it's also utterly inoffensive, and that actually helps make it considerably more drinkable than I thought on first impression.
If you're looking for profundity in your beer, this is not the place to delve. But if you're okay with the occasional foray into better-than-average, and nicely drinkable, then you could do worse. Of course, you could do better as well.

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

Poured a wonderfully rich copper color and created an expanding foamy tan head. Streams of bubbles from the bottom with flecks of lacing as well. Malty aromas and perhaps a hint of hops as well. Good strong hoppy start in taste. This yields to a bready malt which spreads over the tongue leaving a gingerbread aftertaste. Mouthfeel was balanced with a good coating, but too much carbonation. A great fall beer.

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

A: An organish amber color. A tall tan/brown foam head, not much retention. A decent amount of carbonation.

S: Nothing overpowering, but bready malts, noble hops, brown sugar.

T: A decent flavoring of caramel, bread and brown sugar. A good balance between flavors.

M: Leaves a bready flavoring on the palate. Does not stick around too long.

D: Nothing overwhelming with this beer, but certainly not a bad Oktoberfest. I decent session beer for the fall.

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

12oz brown bottle with the "enjoy before" month clearly notched on the side of the label. Served in a new Samuel Adams specialty pint glass.

Pours a deep amber with golden tinges when held to the light. The off-white head is large, settling gradually to a half inch of creamy topping. The clarity is somewhat hazy with tons of tiny bubbles running up through the brew. Left some lace. The smell is of toasted malts, sweet, nutty bread, with some caramel and molasses. The taste is similar to the aroma, with roasted, nutty malts, hints of caramel, and some resiny, grassy hop bitterness to help balance it out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little bit of a dry texture and tons of fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

Overall, This is a quality beer, that fits well to the style. Not quite as balanced as I would like, although that is common for this style. A bit overly carbonated for me as well. That being said, I think this is an above average representation of this style and I would certainly have another.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a very light copper color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left down the side of the glass. The smell is malty with some hops in the background. The taste is light and malty, with a little bit of caramel sweetness. The body is fairly good, and the drinkability is pretty nice. Not a bad Oktoberfest.

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

Served in an Imperial Pint at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA.
A - A deep amber w/ garnet highlights, a lighter amber when held to the light. A thin tan head which condenses quickly into a thin film of head with a ring of lace.

S - A malty sweet aroma w/ a tinge of light woody hops and a gentle lactic nutty malt scent.

M - Malty w/ slightly above medium body w/ a full toasty texture. Gentle sweetness w/ a clean finish.

T - A fairly rich nutty, dry yet flavorful malt taste gets a good dose of sweet crystal malt flavor. Bready German malt flavor makes itself known as the Imperial ale glass warms. A nice woody hop flavor combines w/ a sweet caramel malt and yeasty lager flavor.

D - A very drinkable lager w/ a definite influence from the masters of the style. Pleasing pint after pint, a worthy fest in the American interpretation. I could see drinking this as a go to beer by the case.

I had this on tap in a pint at TGI Fridays enjoyed before having wings

The color is deep bronze with thin head of tan that revived when swirled.
The smell is reminiscent of almonds with a sweet nutty and light fruity element
The feel is highly carbonated and slightly spicy with yeast dry texture and moderate bitterness. The flavor is good but like the vienna -Boston Lager it is hoppier and cleaner than the European versions I have had with a more dry less noticeable malt character. I enjoyed this but consider it average for the style. It is drinkable which is why I can't knock it too hard overall, but it is certainly catering to an american taste which is a more hop forward lager.

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.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,628 ratings.