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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,170 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,170
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 46
Gots: 258 | 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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VictorWisc

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks like I'm the first to review the canned version (no bottle experience for comparison--I've had it in bottles, but over 5 years ago and avoided it since).

Pours very nice dark amber with ample medium-grained tan-orange head that does not stick around. No visible carbonation in the glass (aside from the head); some lacing, but fairly minor.

Smells distinctly of malt with a clear burnt orange note. Dank acidic smell follows.

Taste is a similar combination of sweet and toasted malt, orange and an additional note of cooked winter squash (or pumpkin). This turns into a briny feel on the back of the tongue with a fairly acrid finish of burnt wood and characteristics of medium-rye bread, but sweet malt finish. Once the malt clear, the orange and squash return in aftertaste and linger for a while, along with what feels like fermented corn.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation--nothing "refined" about this beer. Alcohol is far more pronounced than 5.3% ABV would suggest. Definitely neither smooth nor crisp, but certainly dry.

Not sure if this is the best representative of Oktoberfest style. Some pleasant effervescence and sweet notes are offset by excessive booziness and bitterness that is more closely associated with cheap AALs. Bitterness can be offset a bit by drinking the beer cold, but some of the bock nuances are then lost. Freshness is not an issue as this was in the first week of the very first can release, so something else is going on that makes this beer somewhat unbalanced. My initial reaction was negative, but this beer somewhat grows on you. Not sure if I would consider this for further bulk purchase (bought a 12-pack this time). I would prefer more hops bitterness in this than the burnt wood taste that I got, but it maybe characteristic of the style they are trying to follow. Distinctly tastes and looks like autumn, so the brewer certainly succeeded on that account. Probably best left to seasonal mixed pack--no need to get a mono 12

NB EDIT: Following some experimentation, found that this tastes best from a tall glass (and straight from the can!), not from more traditional beerware. The "burnt wood" taste is gone and sweet maltiness came to the forefront instead. Just to be sure, tried it in some other glassware combinations and confirmed the acrid burnt wood flavor in all but tall ice tea glass and can. Not something I would have expected. Tall glass also brings back the bock character that I initially expected and reduces the booziness. Upgraded the scores accordingly.

Serving type: can

08-22-2013 05:33:59 | More by VictorWisc
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nach0king

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of Oktoberfest style but this was a very good one.

A: Head disappeared way too quickly but it's a lovely dark copper with racing bubbles.

S: Bready, a little fruity - maybe a bit more complex than your average Oktoberfest.

T: Very good. Perfect bittersweet opening and a clean finish with just a little bit of lingering toffee. Extremely drinkable but tasty at the same time.

M: Exciting - a very little bit creamy but mainly bubbly.

Really good.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 00:16:35 | More by nach0king
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rtrasr

Arkansas

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost orange/copper color. It is very malty but is nicely balanced by the hops. It is another well made beer from Sam Adams. The mouthful is rather full almost like bread. It lacks the crispness of Spaten (my favorite oktoberfest beer). It is close though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2013 01:14:44 | More by rtrasr
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davecavemaster

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours with a bubbly, beige head that disappears rather quickly. The head leaves some slight lacing around the glass, but not much, and it doesn't stick around either.

The color of this fall brew is a rich copper.

For a nose, there is a deep smell of the roasted malts. I also get a hint of caramel.

Taste echoes the nose. This beer is very heavy on the malt flavors, but there is also decent balance of hoppy bitterness at the end of the taste.

This is a very smooth beer. Octoberfest has a light carbonation, and goes down easy. This is one seasonal that you can drink multiple pints and not get sick of it, or be overpowered by gimmicky seasonal flavoring.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 01:16:52 | More by davecavemaster
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barleyman

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. brown glass bottle into my straight sided tumbler. Rich mahogany reddish brown with a small amount of dark white head which quickly dissapates. Smell is of toffee and caramel sugar. Raisiny caramel flavors are a bit more pronounced than the average German Maarzen. Hop balance is correct for the style. Body is also a touch more intense than the German counterpart. Drinkability would only be improved if there were 250 fellow drinkers singing oom pah songs and munching roasted chicken and pretzels.

just a thought,

barleyman

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 00:24:07 | More by barleyman
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: copper / orange in color with a 1" head. No lacing developed.

Smell: very little aroma, as some soft sweetness is barely detectable.

Taste: caramel, mild fruit sweetness, a hint of nuttiness, and very mild bitterness. Overall a sweeter beer that is somewhat dry. Simple and straightforward.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. The finish is also a bit dry. Aftertaste is short with some caramel sweetness.

Drinkability: had a pint before dinner and two with dinner. Of course the restaurant selection was macro heavy, so my options were limited. But I found this to be flavorful and very easy to drink. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2006 11:30:43 | More by Gavage
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HeavyMetalBrew

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Not much of a head for a German-style beer but the color is good.

S: Hops, biscuits, caramel

T: Very malty. Caramel. Some hop bitterness at the very beginning, but not much after.

M: Malty. Perfect amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall: This is a fairy good oktoberfest beer. Easy to drink, but flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 23:43:29 | More by HeavyMetalBrew
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NeutroMan

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pinstripes in Glenview (sitting in the Adirondack chairs by their fire pit). Served in a straight pint glass. Reviewed from notes 18 September 2009.

Appearance: Clear dark amber color with decent sized head that recedes to a persistent cap and leaves good sticky lacing.

Smell: Some caramel malts, toasted bread and moderate herbal hop aroma.

Taste: Consistent with the nose - sweet malts, slightly metallic taste. Some herbal hop spiciness. Like most Boston Beer Co offerings, malts and hops are wonderfully balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-light-bodied. Malts are a bit chewy.

Drinkability: This one goes down pretty easy.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2009 00:23:58 | More by NeutroMan
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rfabian

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler it forms a 10 mm head that leaves nice lacing. The appearance is amber and slightly cloudy. The aroma is mainly of sweet malt with only a hint of hops. The taste again is of sweet roasted malt and slight bitterness. The feel is full bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is clean with some tailings of roasted malt. More of a rich brew than a refreshing one, I'd be happy to have another.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 02:30:07 | More by rfabian
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david131

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a clear, orange/ amber liquid. It almost seems to glow a little bit. A great, slightly off-white head that retains for quite some time. Good rising streams of carbonation.

S- Sweet, malty, brown sugar, bready. Nothing astounding here, but its not bad in any way.

T- Malty with some brown sugar. Clean and crisp. Definitely makes me think of fall. It does have a certain Sam Adams-ness to it.

M- Clean and crisp. Sweet, but not cloying. Dry enough to keep you coming back for more.

D- A little sweet, but this is great on a little cooler day. I enjoyed this much more this year that I did last year.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 02:29:14 | More by david131
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dedalus

Kansas

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured out of the bottle a deep orange, with a nice, fluffy head. moderate, creamy lacing.

not a lot of aromas, but i got it at an applebee's and they pulled it out of an ice cooler, so that's probably what i can blame the weak scents on. what i could detect was a slight, timid hop presence (noble hops, if i remember the label correctly) and a faint whiff of sugary malt.

good, medium-thick mouthfeel, although i suspect it could benefit by being a little thicker.

almost no detectable hops in the palate. lots of clean, nutty, creamy, sugary malt, in both the palate and the finish. just the smallest bit of hop flavor emerged in the finish; the strong but clean sweetness was given a touch of complexity by this late, light bitterness.

this beer wasn't very complex or challenging, but it tasted great, and there's nothing wrong with that! i kind of felt like i could drink it all day, but there are a lot of other oc(k)toberfests that i'd like to try this year.

all in all, if you can't get your hands on an authentic german/bavarian o-fest, this is a good beer to try. good, clean, sweet, and just complex enough to escape being boring. the autumn beer to reach for when you want something that's easy to drink, but isn't cripplingly dumbed-down.

cheers,

s.d.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 14:58:36 | More by dedalus
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap, this was a clear deep copper with a quickly diminishing tan head and decent lacing. nose is mostly of clean caramel malts-appealing, but not much else going on that is discernable. per the style, the malt character and sweetness predominates but somehow still feels balanced overall . almost medium in body and quite quaffable. just had a couple of these and this offering quickly became my favorite of the sam adams line.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2007 06:56:16 | More by MrMcGibblets
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear red/orange, thick tan head forms, some nice lacing, good retention as well. Smell is sweet and malty, some spice and orange, little cherry, caramel, and some iron. Taste is sweet, toffee and orange, rich malt in the back, some iron again and cherries in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. I really enjoy this, real smooth and easy to drink, with some nice flavour to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 16:40:50 | More by Viggo
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JoeyHotrod

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Far from my favorite style, but this is a quality beer.

Can't compare to previous years, as this typically sells out quite quickly in Joplin Missouri and this is the first year I've been lucky enough to get ahold of some.

That being said this very very fresh sample is quite the drinker.

The appearance is a lovely deep amber, the head at first fairly thick but it tends to die down rather quickly. There is however lace left throughout most of the glass.

Their's a fefinite malty smell and I can sense some spice as well. Above average smelling beer in each and every way.

There's a sweetness to the taste and some caramel as well. All in all it's quite delicious.

Could see myself drinking drinking this beer quite a bit as fall draws nearer, will just need to stock up before it sells out again!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 19:47:15 | More by JoeyHotrod
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pored into a SA pint glass

This beer pours clear dark orange with a nice off white head. The nose of this beer is somewhat malty but fairly plain and uninspiring, its like a very toned down part of the taste which is the weak part of the beer. The taste of this beer is what you would expect out of an Oktoberfest. Its quite malty. There is a lot of crystal and Munich malt flavors and has a lot of notes of toffee. This is an easy drinking beer with plenty of flavor and a nice feel. This beer would compliment just about anything perfectly. It is my go to Oktoberfest and one of SA's best offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 21:52:18 | More by TwelveOunces
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putnam

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper brown. No head.
Bread crust and prickly green leaves define the aromas.
There is a respectable amount of toasty nut and toffee richness to the flavors, but there is a slight dilution that keeps it from being intense enough for me. High quality brew with broad appeal for an "urmaerzen."

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2003 18:46:03 | More by putnam
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Wasatch

Utah

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated by Feb 06. Also noticed it sez Lager on the bottle. Pours a clear deep golden color with lots of carbonation, small head, but lots of lacing. Scent of sweet malts. Medium body. Very nice taste kinda sweet. Man you could drink this all day long, very nice again by Sam Adams. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 00:45:12 | More by Wasatch
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KenOnBass

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Great head when poured in. Excellent lacing around. Good golden/amber colour.

S: Sweet malty aroma.

T: Sweet tasting beer. Decent Summerfest. Sweet tasting full bodied beer.

M: Full feel. Great carbonation.

D: Good Oktoberfest. I'd say the best part about this beer is that if you're in the mood for an Oktoberfest, you could pretty much get this anywhere. Even at bars that lack a decent beer selection. It's another great Sam's Seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 23:58:51 | More by KenOnBass
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Hokies

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours a deep reddish copper color with a small white head that lasts with some lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some chocolate and a grassy scent.

The taste is dominated by the sweet malt taste with some roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is somewhat balanced out by a light citrus hop taste.

Their is a good amount of carbonation in this beer with a nice creamy feel to it. This is a nice Marzen and one that is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 01:14:45 | More by Hokies
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a moderate sized head. The aroma is of caramel, mollasses and melon. The taste is sweet and bready. Barley husk and herbal hops mingle with light citrus flavors. Bitterness is light throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite an active carbonation.

This is a decent Octoberfest. Its a definite malt fest. With a bit more depth and complexity it could be world class.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 09:11:48 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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filabrazilia

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant orange copper with a small tan head. There is a bit of lace on the glass.

A light malt aroma is blended with a touch of toffee and is deliously sweet to the nose.

This is a nice tasting beer--very mild and sweet with a good caramel smoothness. A gentle hop bite finishes it nicely.

This is an exceptionally easy beer on the mouth--light and easy yet dry and slightly bitter in the finish.

A surprisingly good offering from SA. I really enjoyed this beer and would be happy to sample it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 04:22:09 | More by filabrazilia
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GnomeKing

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is solid entry into the--IMHO--overcrowded Oktoberfest market. It's a vibrant, strong copper color with ample head. The taste has a sweet and prominent malt flavor with hops that nicely, balance things. There are some nice hints of fruit. The beer is well made and retains its flavor well, being as drinkable on the cold first sip as it is on the moderately warmed final sip. If it's that time of year, hell, grab one...join the spirit of the season...but like I said, grab one, not a whole case.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2005 15:32:35 | More by GnomeKing
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of nice caramel flavor, balanced, good malt backbone, and decent hop presence. This is the best value on the american market for beer. Although this is not my favorite Oktoberfest beer, it's up there and it's always a trusty option when a bar doesn't have a good selection of beer. You can never go wrong with a Sam Adams product.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 18:54:05 | More by CampusCrew
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Drew966

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Octoberfest pours a nice copper colow with an off white head. A little bit of hop comes through in the aroma. Nice caramel malt flavors dominate, hops balance this out and are somewhat noticeable toward the finish, but remain in the background. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 21:57:02 | More by Drew966
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this beer was very attractive to me that dark amber color looked nice in a big 22 oz. glass. The taste was malty and sweet but not too sweet. The finish was greatwhich left your mouth with the malty flavor and craving for more; i also found myself enjoying hte beer more as it got warmer and warmer. I alos enjoyed the smell which was a warm roasted malt that i could almost taste wiht one smell

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2006 18:32:56 | More by JoEBoBpr
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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