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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,948 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 4948
Reviews: 1914
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%


Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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savaship

Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Upon opening the Samuel Adams Octoberfest, I poured the beer into a tulip glass to maximize the aroma of the beer, and allow me to examine the color. It appeared quite red but remarkably clear with a thick tan head that looked almost perfect.

Aroma was that of bittersweet balance, the maltiness commingled with the aroma hops to make your nose want to drink this beer.

Taste was incredibly well balanced, a wash of sweet pale malt and dark caramel malts, which balanced well with what seemed to be a moderate mix of noble hops, and what I think were hallertau hops. The two played off each other to make one of the best balanced beers I could have imagined.

Feeling the beer in your mouth was a delight, light, carbonated to perfection with enough substance to really deliver the flavor.

Overall I loved this beer, it is by far one of my favorite Oktoberfest styles.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 15:31:45 | More by savaship
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into glass beer stein

Ruby red like a red ale. Faint carbonation. Two finger foam cap settles into a thick as pancake batter white lid. Okay lacings on the glass.

Aroma of sweet malt, bread. Fresh beer.

Sweet malt, smooth, medium mouthfeel, deliciously chewy. Clean, smooth finish. Malt taste rolls all over your tongue.

Great version of an American Octoberfest. Love it and stock it in the fridge when it comes out each fall.

Serving type: can

11-05-2013 02:10:01 | More by WunderLlama
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rjcohen

New York

3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very pretty beer. A deep fall-leaf orange, off-white head, minimal lacing on glass.

Smell: Not a very deep aroma. Malt, bread.

Taste: This is not a very flavorful beer at all. I've started to pick up more fruity flavors as I've drank more of this, but it is still not too interesting - kind of an undefined fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, not over-carbonated. The lightness is very pleasant actually.

Overall: This is a pleasant beer that will remind you of the season, but it does not have the flavor to back it up in repeated drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 03:04:36 | More by rjcohen
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium amber. Clear. Medium tall, cream-colored head, persistent.

Smell - Sweet medium-roasted malts. Toast and bread.

Taste - Sweet light malts with a good dose of slightly bitter toast. Bit of a cloying aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Malty and hits the general area of a Maerzen. Flavor's not quite right, though - lacking depth maybe.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 03:03:18 | More by scaliasux
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Captain_Komamura

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - It is a reddish-brown amber color; with a thick foamy head that quickly disappears.

Smell - The thing you smell the most is the sweet malts.

Taste - This beer reminds me of honey-wheat bread. The sweetness and sweet aftertaste of he malts matches well with the initial hops taste.

Mouthfeel - It is a good bodied beer. Not that much carbonation, and it goes down easy.

Overall - I enjoyed this beer. It perfectly matches the season as well as the fall foods.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 02:47:55 | More by Captain_Komamura
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stakem

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 13:56:41 | More by stakem
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SDVargo

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, this beer might be my favorite. However that might be skewed because of it only being a limited availability. It has a great color coupled with a smell that just smells like Sam Adams bottled Fall. The flavors go together nicely and will have you trying to figure out what each one is until you get too inebriated to care. I love this beer. And this year I've tried several other brands of Octoberfest beers and found myself preferring this one over all of the others. All of the taste combined with the price makes the beer a hit.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 13:16:40 | More by SDVargo
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RaulMondesi

California

3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Raul never really liked this beer. Nah, not so much. Syrupy like a tootsie pop left in the sun and, well, that's about it. Raul ain't even gonna bring his baby mama into the equation because there aren't any redeeming qualities about this thang.

It's aite and all, and by that Raul means drinkable; but like the fountain of youth, Raul wants something that will make him want to dig in for more.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 04:19:07 | More by RaulMondesi
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Nikxed58

New York

4.78/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was part of the Fall seasonal variety pack at a wholesaler (yay for fall beer styles!). I had high expectations for this beer because of the brand and prior experience. Sam Adams Octoberfest did not disappoint!

A - poured from the bottle with a very tiny head, maybe 1-2 cm at most. The color is just gorgeous, a brown similar to that of Jack Daniel's whiskey.

S - a complex smell that seems to have a little "more" than other oktoberfests. There is everything that I expected from a traditional oktoberfests but with an increased sweetness and spiciness that differentiates it from other beers. Just taking a whiff of this makes me want to down the whole thing!

T - that spice noted in the smell comes through in the taste, as do the hops. There is a hint of sweetness similar to caramel which brings a nice balance to it.

M - this is a full bodied beer that is perfect for the Fall's colder weather. There is a very satisfying feeling of drinking something substantial and hearty.

O - great beer to enjoy during the fall. I would recommend picking up the Sam Adams variety pack at wholesaler; you can't beat the price. $1.05 or so for each bottle, including this wonderful brew, is a great price and well worth every cent.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 22:04:55 | More by Nikxed58
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qchic

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Copper with modest head that disappears. All biscuit malt in the aroma with some alcohol. Some fruitiness, bready malt, and nuttiness come through in the flavor. Why did I just sense cooked tomato? Weird. Medium body makes it quite drinkable. Nothing earth shattering, but it'll do on a fall evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 01:32:16 | More by qchic
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KingJason

Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It's like why is Ashton Kutcher not an Armani Model like Beckham or Cristiano Ronaldo.

This beer is more like a fruit of the loom model, although Shiner's is not as depressive, I would say Warsteiner held its superiority in this contest. Their Imperial Series (S.A.) is excellent because it is so powerful, like a Vogue magazine cover that peasant women will never be on.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 17:17:09 | More by KingJason
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Beric

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Served: 25 October 2013

*re-review* (First reviewed 5 Oct 2013, original score 3.61/5)

Appearance: Nice amber color with a head that sticks around for a bit if you pour hard, but slowly dissipates to practically nothing. This one has great color for the style, but I would like to see a bit more head (or at least one that sticks around longer).

Smell: Some good sweet malty smells coming out. No hop presence in the nose, which is good due to the style restrictions.

Taste: I realized tonight that I was drinking this one too cold. I had one that had been in the fridge for only 1.5-2hrs and it was like a totally different beer. Nice maltiness with a good, sweet backbone comes out when this one is served a little warmer than what I had been having. Still a bit sweet for my tastes, but less so than when the beer is colder and you taste more sweet than malt.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation and body for the style. This beer drinks smooth and easy, just like an Oktoberfestbier should.

Overall: Overall, a decent shot at the style. Respectable, but not special. I would get this again due to its price and availability. Good crowd pleaser and would go well with fall gatherings for football, paired with chili or red meat. Right now though, the winner for Oktoberfests goes to Victory Festbier.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 00:33:09 | More by Beric
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Octoberfest stein

A - Pours a clear darker amber color 1 finger of off white head, thin lacing.
S - Aroma isnt super awesome, but kinda standard, some caramel and bready malts, the slightest hint of some spice, some dark fruit.
T - Pretty standard, but solid, some sweet and bready malt makes the fore of this beer, a light roasted quality, some dark dried fruit as well.
M - Slightly chewy, a little dry and floury, but moderate feel.
O - A staple when it comes to octoberfest styles, done well enough to drink multiples of.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 00:19:57 | More by Omnium
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alphagnome

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Clear, bronze color body with a thin, off-white head. Retention is awful. No lacing. Carbonation is very light.

Aroma:
Crisp and to the point... Sweet caramel malts! A slight nuttiness is aloft.

Taste:
Again - crisp and to the point. This beer is simple and isn't afraid to be just that. Tasty roasted caramel up front with a zesty, earthy hop presence at the end. The flavors are bold and begging for your attention!

Mouthfeel:
Refreshing! Medium-body with way more carbonation than the eye will lead you to believe. Clean finish. Beautifully balanced.

Overall:
Second to only Millstream's Octoberfest, Samuel Adams has a fantastic product on their hands with their Octoberfest. Incredibly easy to drink and well balanced, there is always room in my fridge for this.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 04:16:26 | More by alphagnome
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

October 2013 review:
Samuel Adams Octoberfest, proudly brewed and bottled by the Boston Beer Company. 5.3% Alc. by Vol.

Clear, bright amber coloring, under a large head, off-white .

Aroma: sweet, malty nose, earthy & herbal.

Taste: Mmm. Tasty malts, bright and pleasant. Noble hops play a minor roles, giving just enough bite to stave off sweetness. Oh, it's a sweet one, but not overly so. Medium-light body, with the malty flavor lasting long on the palate.

A right on the money marzen. What does the label tell us? "In 1810, Munich celebrated the wedding of their crown prince with a special beer. After 16 days the party ended, but the tradition continues. Our version of the classic Oktoberfest style lager blends 5 roasted malts for a rich, hearty flavor that's perfect for the season, or whatever you're celebrating."

November 2003 review:
Appearance: clear bronzish color, with a full, frothy, cream-toned head.
Aroma: somewhat sweet, earthy,vegetal, definitely maltsome, but not quite enough-so.
Taste: malty, but again, only perfunctorily, nicely rounded, rather mild. I wish to reach for the descriptor "rich", as I am wont to do with malty marzens, but this never earns it. Rather flat and dull for an Ok..ooops, sorry...Octoberfest. Some snap in the taste, but not enough. Yeah, way too thin for this style. I do believe I'll have to follow this up with a Summit Oktoberfest to assure me of how good it could get. This version just falls too short.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 03:46:34 | More by feloniousmonk
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep rusty orange. A very clear beer with great carbonation and one finger white head. Average retention and lacing

S - Very light aromas. Mainly caramel malts with a slight nuttiness to it

T - Very good flavor. Nice and malty with a nutty caramel flavor. Reminds me of fall

M - Light to medium body. Slightly creamy and very smooth.

O - A good offering by Sam Adams. Easy drinking with a great flavor. Not an earth shattering beer, but one I could enjoy several of in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 22:46:18 | More by Goosehunter75
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Hex

Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Before we get started, allow me to admit that I have always held a grudge against Sam Adams up until now. This is a worthy enough beer to obtain positive feedback, despite my animosit towards the Boston brewery.

A- pretty decent looking beer here. Nice red color similar to the color of New Castl . Werewolf, with a much better head. Head isn't really much for conversation though... kindashy. Lacings not the best but what I would expect from Sam.

S- nice and sweat like an angelfood cake. Has some pumpkin in there with a lil ccinnamon and nutmeg. Really great smell for a fall beer but a wee bit counterproductive considering that this is labeled Oktoberfest. (Just because October is in the name doesn't mean we harvest crops for beer.)

T- regardless what the label says, this is a good tasting beer. Completely identicalto ssmell and very malty and nice and bready. Well balanced with some spice on the aftermath. Can't complain.

M- mouthfeel is a little heavy bodied but not too much considering the appearance. Between medium and heavy I guess. Chewy, but... just a smidge.

O- overall this beer deserves a try out. See for yourself that I AM right about this one. This will turn a micro-brewery junkies head in a heart beat.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 06:58:02 | More by Hex
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Act25

New Jersey

3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

You can pass on this one. Middle of the road.

A Pours a crystal clear dark amber with a thick, off-white head with only a little bit of lace and retention.

S: Mostly grain, malt, a bit musty and metallic. Otherwise in the right direction.

T: Overwhelmingly malty. Malts are sweet and chewy. Notes of candied raisin, fruitcake, plum cake (not my favorites). Not enough herbal hop spice -- and too little bitterness. Metallic, grain, tin can, mineral flavors. As Alstrom wrote an old steel finish - agree.

F: lots carbonation, thin, a little cloying, not a great food beer or great finish.

O: I would pass, this is safe and unoriginal, with too many off, stale, and metallic notes clutter a thin experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 01:12:31 | More by Act25
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a crystal clear, dark amber-brown with 1.5 fingers width of off white colored head. Head dissipates down fairly slowly and leaves only very small amounts of lacing.

S: Malty, there is this bizarre sweet and spice combination that I swear smells like spaghetti sauce, caramel malt.

T: Lots of malts, caramel, a sugary sweetness-much sweeter than I anticipated, a bit of spice. At first I really like this, a lot, but I like it less and less as I continue to drink (not sure if thats because of it warming or just my palate adjusting to the flavors). There is a bitterness, although it doesnt really taste like hop bitterness.

M/D: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, drinkability is average.

O: Well this certainly isnt my favorite style, but I enjoyed this one more than most. Doubt I'll ever drink it again, but it was worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 23:43:29 | More by zac16125
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patpbr

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Amber and copper color with an off white head
S - the smell is malty
T - I get mostly malts. noticing a good amount of sweetness and a a little bit of hops
M - Medium body and a little carbination. goes down smooth
O - The first seasonal Sam Adams in awhile, Its one of the better ones I have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 04:21:17 | More by patpbr
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 00:35:50 | More by NiceTaps
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youngs11

Rhode Island

3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Normal pour from bottle into pint glass

Appears dark copper in color, mostly clear. Little to no lacing or head, settles to a thin film of bubbly foam.

Smells malty and bready, a hint of sweet fruit.

Taste follows the smell almost identically. The major backbone is malt. There is a hint of hops bitterness, but it is quickly masked by a nutty finish that leaves a fresh bread aftertaste.

MF is smooth and silky. medium carbonation with medium to heavy body. Slight stickiness.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Kind of like a lager that is less bitter than red ale and lighter in body than a brown ale. A great seasonal for a great price.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 18:10:30 | More by youngs11
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can ~$1.20. Dark amber color, good head, touch of lace. Aroma of wheat bread, yeast, ok. Flavor is slightly sweet, bready malts, thick. Overall I am not sure how well this represents the style since I suck at lagers but it was good enough last year that I made sure to buy some more this year.

Serving type: can

10-06-2013 05:25:28 | More by ArrogantB
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getmeabeer

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I found this to be a very rich, and smooth offering from Sam Adams. I am a fan of Octoberfest bears and Sams didn't disappoint for a large beer brewer.

Poured into a pint glass with a deep copper, amber color. Creamy thick head with a touch of lacing that stuck around even after a few sips.

Smell - was that of mild malt, roasted barley with a slight floral hint.

Taste - initial taste is floral and nutty yet not overly sweet with a hint of caramel, and autumn spice towards the end.

Mouthfeel - very drinkable light, crisp, medium carbonation seasonal

This is not a bad offering from Sam Adams and overall a very drinkable beer. 4 pints later and I didn't get tired of it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2013 01:57:11 | More by getmeabeer
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jhawth

Pennsylvania

3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a nonic. Pours a clear orange-ish red with a creamy looking finger-and-a-half head. Head dissipates relatively quickly.

Aroma: Hearty malt notes. Fresh brown bread, caramel, milk chocolate-y notes, a touch of buttered toast.

Taste: Follows nose, though flavors blend together more . Very mild roasty astringency.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, light carbonation. Easy to drink, as an Oktoberfest beer should be.

Overall: Solid seasonal offering from Sam Adams, I have fond memories of this one and am glad to see it in cans. Perhaps not the best American interpretation of the style, but a certainly a worthy beer.

Serving type: can

10-02-2013 05:09:35 | More by jhawth
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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