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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,509 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,509
Reviews: 1,939
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 59
Gots: 447 | 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 BuckeyeSlim


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.

A - Pours light golden yellow into the glass. One-finger head of eggshell-white foam dissipates quickly, leaving a bit of lace and some larger bubbles on the surface. Beer is an explosive amber orange and clear when held to a full-spectrum light.

S - Straight-ahead toasted malts and simple caramels. Some breadiness as it warms up. Nose is soft, but easily identified.

T - Nicely toasted malts with caramels and a bit of butterscotch/toffee. Nothing complex, but quite tasty. Just enough bittering hops in the background to balance the sugars. Maybe just a drop of dried apricot mixed in. I'd like the flavors each to be richer, but as they are, they're fine.

M - Rather fizzy and mouth-filling carbonation. Structure is a bit on the lighter side, but not thin. Smooth and drinkable. A touch of sugar in the finish lingers a bit, but in the background, and not at all cloying. Pretty clean.

O - All too often, most taps at a tavern are still dominated by the big boys. Fortunately, it's becoming pretty common to find one reserved for the Sam Adams Seasonal. When fall rolls around, and it's the Octoberfest, I'm thankful there's been at least this much breakthrough. It's reliable. It's tasty and refreshing for what it is. Many have done worse, and most of the taps around it prove it. Yes, it's pretty simple and two-dimensional, but it's consistently well-executed, and it's a relief to find available so I don't have to settle for Yuengling or that green bottle. Would be great to take to a party of BMC drinkers for a Saturday afternoon of football watching and grilled brats and turn them on to something they can actually taste. In a good bottle shop, it's not even a consideration. But when out for a burger and a beer, it's a friendly port in a storm of swill.

10-14-2012 00:32:23 | More by BuckeyeSlim
Photo of hoffman


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

A decent pour, head rises to one finger and dissipates very quickly, no lacing at all, the glass is left looking freshly washed. Color is a beautiful red/amber. Smell is faint, sweet camelized malt and faint hops. The taste is nice, sweet, with a mild hop finish. The carbonation bites a little on this one, maybe too much. The mouthfeel is smooth and decent, not overly full more watery than I would have thought. This one is an easily drinkable beer in quantity and will be fun to take to a gathering this weekend. Nice and something different for the season.

10-21-2005 01:18:57 | More by hoffman
Photo of StevieW


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

12 oz bottle. Nice glowing orange color. Medium, full, bubbly biege head. Creamy and foamy. A good looking beer in the glass. Moderately sweet smells, hints of toasted bread smell. Taste is mushy, carmel malt, toast, and more hints of sweet carmel. Decent sweetness, but flavors were mushy. Feel was a bit watery. Flavors feel apart. I used to be impressed by this beer, but I think I have outgrown it. Still better than average. Overall flavors were muddled.

11-02-2003 15:13:12 | More by StevieW
Photo of BayouBengal1537


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

Had this last night on-tap at Tsunami in Baton Rouge and took notes on my phone.
A - Poured a deep copper/dark amber color, off white head, little lacing left on glass

S - not much aroma, some caramel and brown sugar, mostly malts, no hop aroma

T - Toasted malts, sweet caramel, some nuttiness and some definite sweetness at the end.

M - Medium mouth feel and moderate carbonation

D - very good, could easily enjoy a couple of these.

Note: First Marzen/Oktoberfest, and looking forward to trying more this style come Fall time. Enjoyed this one and would recommend it.

08-31-2009 00:15:38 | More by BayouBengal1537
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Crystal clear amber color. One finger of off-white soapy head with AWEFUL retention and moderate lacing.

3.0 S: Grainy and slightly metallic. Not really anything good going on here. Just grainy and slightly metallic.

3.5 T: It isn't as sweet as unfermented wort, but it is too sweet. It tastes a lot like straight up malted 2-row and crystal malt. By this I mean it tastes like the actual grain and not like beer that has been fermented. It's not terrible, but it's not what I want from an oktoberfest.

4.5 M: Medium body. Very good creaminess and good carbonation as well.

3.0 D: Too sweet for the style and I don't know how much beer I'd want to drink that tastes like grain.

09-27-2009 03:32:00 | More by DavoleBomb
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

A: Leathery brown with an amber hue, nice frothy head.

S: Very malty and sweet, slight herb, soft hop.

T: Sweet maltiness with a very slight hop touch to make a nicely balanced brew. Not very complex, but very well done still. It's somewhat bready wth a touch of herb also.

M: Very smooth, somewhat thin.

O: Drinkable brew, a nice change of pace in the bar.

10-02-2010 01:45:59 | More by bundy462
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

A brillant copper/reddish color. The malt stands out in the aroma and pretty much dominates the scent through out each smell. The flavor, the malt is very evident, with a slight twinge of bitterness from the hops, which leaves the palate nice and dry. The feel is like an oxymoron, thick water is the best way to describe the feel. Fairly easy to drink, but the lack of hop flavor doesn't seem to balance the flavor out.

09-16-2006 03:41:31 | More by cameraman
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

Over at a buddy's place and elected to pull this out of the fridge in favor of the Bud and Miller Lite there. Poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear, orange/amber color. Bubbly one inch head on it. Quick dissipation, sides o the glas left clean.

S - Smooth, sweet malts. A little bit toasty, not a whole lot of hops or citris in this one.

T - Toasty malts, a lot of caramel. Little bit of hops, more than I was able to pick up on the nose. Fairly sweet.

M - Medium bodied, a little more full than I was expecting. Leaves the mouth quickly.

D - Easy to get down, and can do more of these. Nothing fantastic, but a solid offering from the folks at Boston Beer. Like almost all Sam Adams brews, can always drink with no complaint.

09-06-2009 17:15:26 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Patrick2012


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

A decent beer for autumn. i wouldnt be super anxious, waiting for this to come out every august through october but it's an average beer. kind of a red amber color but the appearance was my favorite part. go ahead and get a pack or two for your friend's halloween party.

08-19-2012 03:14:21 | More by Patrick2012
Photo of Naugled

New York

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

A beautiful beer, well made.

Smell is nice but nothing special, malt comes through nicely.

Taste is good but again nothing fantastic. A nice mix of lmalt flavors, but not very intense.

Good mouth feel, a bit light for an Octoberfest IMO.

Very drinkable, and well made.

09-26-2010 20:38:28 | More by Naugled
Photo of DavidST


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, best before date of January.

The appearance is a nice clear amber color with a decent tan head. Smell is some sweet malts. The feel is medium to light. The taste is of sweet malts (but very light and not overpowering), no noticeable hop presence and a slight metallic after taste. Overall this isn't bad, not something I'll seek out.

08-13-2011 18:59:47 | More by DavidST
Photo of Freshie


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a great amber colour, with frothy head, that takes it's time dissapating in my glass.

Smells of toasted malt, and a faint sweet aroma. Hop bouquet is fresh in the nose as well.

The taste is sweet malt to start, but blances well with the hops after a few seconds. Rich and toasted, with the sweetnes lingering in the back of your palate as you continually drink this beer.

The body is medium, and the carbonation somewhat light. Finishes clean, and very easy to down.

Nearly 5 years ago, back in college I tried this beer one fateful night, and entered the world of craft beer advocacy.

You never forget your first.

09-02-2006 21:23:59 | More by Freshie
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

12 ounce bottle into perfect pint glass, best before Feb 2013. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, caramel, toast, bread, light toffee, and herbal hops. Pretty nice aromas with decent balance; a bit too fruity. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, toast, bread, light toffee, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, toast, bread, light toffee, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Pretty good flavor balance; quite a bit watery feeling on the finish; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is decent. Seriously lacking the creamy and slick mouthfeel this style usually shows. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a decent Oktoberfest. Needs less fruitiness and more bready/caramel flavors; but this is still very drinkable. Fairly enjoyable offering.

11-12-2012 05:01:42 | More by superspak
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District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

pretty light in color for a märzen. more amber than copper. the head died with little fanfare. some remained adhered the the glass, but not much

the aroma is on mostly on target, although it actually smells like a pils. the hops are somewhat pungent (good? i suppose)

the flavor is definitely octoberfesty, but misses some of the richness. i don't mean sweetness necessarily, but a an assertiveness. it's an americanized märzen

thoroughly drinkable, but doesn't hold up to scrutiny

10-31-2007 02:51:41 | More by bruachan
Photo of AwYeh


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

On-tap for a ridiculous amount of money at SFO, but sometimes you gotta give in and pay it.

A: Vibrant orange reddish amber color; perfectly clear with a good stream of bubbles flowing through it. Thin off-white head atop the beer, a thinner coating of it remains for a long time.

S: Rather mild grainy, bready aroma with a light, crisp fruity sweetness. As the beer warmed, the grain smell actually intensified and overwhelmed the others, making this more enjoyable at lower temperatures.

T: Crisp malty flavors throughout, with hints of sweetness and an indiscriminate bitterness to provide balance. Strange proportion of initial taste to finish– starts off very mild but finishes with strength.

M: Well carbonated, pretty thick for the style and abv; somewhat creamy and rather filling as a result.

O: A good beer for the first half of the glass, by the second half I was wishing I had something else. Worth a try especially since it's probably usually reasonably priced (but spend your airport dollars on the Sierra).

08-15-2011 04:23:02 | More by AwYeh
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured a clear amber color with thin layer of suds on top. Aroma has a hint of bread and malt. Taste is a bit thin, very malty with toasted and roasted malts, slight earthy bitterness, and clean finish. Overall a easy to drink and easy to find fall brew to go with your bar food or pizza.

08-13-2012 21:59:30 | More by Alkey
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

A- Orangish hue, with a white airy head that laces nicely.

S- Zero hop signiture, lacked any real aroma; reminds me of a macro lager, not impressed at all.

T- Light sweet malt with a watery feel. No hops!

M- Very light-bodeid.

D- Dinkablity is a little above average.It has more of a sweetness and malt signiture than most macros but im not impressed.

This beer is very dissapointing. Almost every Sam Adams product taste the same, especially their ales. I'm dissapointed with all Sam Adams brews with the exception of Cream Stout, Summer Ale, and Noble Pils.

10-06-2010 06:12:59 | More by y2jrock60
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

A - Reddish-copper hue with a thin white creamy-looking head which dissolves rapidly, leaving a thin lacing.

S - Earthy, bready, a little musty. Aromas mostly faint.

T - Initial tastes of sweet malt, biscuits, and buttered toast, which become more prevalent as it warms. Mild fruity hops kick in about halfway through adding a bit balance, but they fade out quickly. Mostly dry finish with the sweet malts lingering a bit longer than anything else.

M - Lively carbonation gives good drink-ability, but I found it a bit much for the style.

O - A fairly solid offering, just not very complex. Like many SA seasonal beers, I find that one usually-better-than-average characteristic (in this case malt) dominates the flavor profile, with not much else going on. This proves no exception.

11-17-2011 06:36:05 | More by TempeBeerMan
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Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

Sam Adams Octoberfest pours a nice deep orange, quite clear. Smell is sweet and malty, and lighter smelling than I expected. Taste is quite strong sweet maltiness, with a bready flavor. Hops are nonexistant, I guess that goes with the style. Overall a pretty good beer, but I'll probably stick to one six pack this year.

09-06-2006 01:58:31 | More by ericj551
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

I remembered liking this a couple years back, so at $11.99/12 it seemed a good buy. Pouring and drinking it, there seemed to be a perfect affinity to the Dogfish Head 90 I also picked up (my favorite for the last year or so). It's like a 90 lite. Malty. Tastey and nice smell.

My only turn off is that officially somebody is calling it a Marzen. I have hated that style (can't remember whose). Ah, what's in a name. I already had two and I think I'll have another!

09-06-2007 23:51:11 | More by schoolboy
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

Overall an OK beer, not great on any aspect, but presents as a fairly full flavor Octoberfest. Does have a slightly off smell when first opened, but the taste presents a better profile. Hints of spice, not overly hoppy. Nothing impressive, but would drink again.

11-02-2012 02:33:23 | More by FennelDTD
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

T'is the season... t'is almost october.
Drink by February... I assume 2006.
Into a goblet with this one.
All around, an above average brew... though a C or C- student for the style.
Very well balanced but a bit too light for the style.
I can see what others mean by this being a "safe" brew.
No adventure in this at all.
Smells mild, mildly sweet, pleasant.
Looks like Sam's lager.
No thick, big chewyness; nothing really festive about this either.
Perhaps that is where this is really lacking.
The whole point of October/Oktoberfest is to give thanks for the last brewing season and to celebrate the beginning of the new brewing season.
This beer needs celebration!
Makes for a nice lager, though.

09-17-2005 08:32:10 | More by ommegangpbr
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

A: Nice golden copper hue with a nice tall head when poured from the tap. Good retention and lots of bubbles. A smattering of lace is left behind. A touch of alcohol could be detected.

S: Big malty aroma with hints of caramel.

T: Nice big biscuity malty taste with a hint of caramel sweetness. There is a dash of bittering hops as well to provide nice balance.

M: Medium in body, fairly smooth.

D: A nice change of pace Octoberfest brew.

09-16-2008 19:52:13 | More by tpd975
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

This beer poured a clear, effervescent, clear, red-amber color with good, off-white foam that dissipated slowly. The smell was minimal, but malty. The taste was malty with low hop presence. The taste was ok, but on the thin side. The mouthfeel was smooth and fairly clean with medium-light body and bubbly carbonation. Overall this was an easily drinkable beer, but was not as flavorful as many other oktoberfest beers.

09-22-2003 07:22:35 | More by UncleJimbo
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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

Geez, I bitched and bitched and bitched until the local store here finally got this in (2 months late I might add which is par for the couse for SA products here), and I have to say I am slightly disappointed.

This has been my favorite 'fest the past two years running, but this year it is simply middle-of-the-road...

Pours an orangish color with the soft white head...nose almost smells light an adjunct was used but I highly doubt it....still it has that smell....the taste is sweet and slick, but not as impressive as past years...finishes with slight hop bite....as sweet as this is, it could pass for a bock in some quarters...It really lacks the toastiness I enjoy in my 'fests...

Still, this is a decent beer..better than some, not as good as others...It is not as good as the Tyranena I just had before this, but considerbly better than Lakefront and others...

Decent...worth getting a sixer of to try, but unlike past years not worth going back to stock up on a case...

10-07-2002 22:03:31 | More by ZAP
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