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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,642 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,642
Reviews: 2,040
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 83
Gots: 1,141 | 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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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With fall on the way and summer coming close to an end some of my favorite seasonals begin to emerge. With the weather cooling down Octoberfests and Pumpkin Ales begin to become more and more appealing. I thought that I'd give this beer another try and in turn review it again, now that my appreciation and taste for beer has grown.

The color of this beer is a beautiful crystal clear copper. Kind of like the color of some of the Autumn Leaves that drift by my window. Although the leaves are still green now, the color of this beer reminds me of those falling leaves. Head starts off at two fingers, somewhat off white and creamy in appearance. Lacing is fair. Head retention is somwhat poor. The head slowly decreases in size.

Aroma of this beer is also quite good. It is very potent, as soon as the bottle was opened the boquet of aroma hit me in the face. There's not that many beers that I've had where the aroma is that strong and appealing. It seems that more often than not one has to try to find the aroma, searching for it. Not so with this beer. To the nose it is malty sweet smelling of caramel and a hint of spicy noble hop character.

This beer in my opinion is definitely better on the colder side. The flavors just seem to come out better. Noticeable in the flavor are caramaly and some spicy herbal characteristics. Bittering hops do a nice job of balancing the brew out, keeping the malty and caramel flavors in check.

This beer is smooth and well rounded. It goes down easy and is very drinkable. Its got a medium body although it seems a bit thin. Carbonation is in check, appropriate for the style. This would make for a good session beer were the alcohol a bit lower. A good beer to drink once a year, but with so many others out there of the same style with the same limitability it seems unlikely that I'll buy this beer again this season.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of beersheppard
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber with tan head that retreats rather quickly, decent lacing.

Smell: caramel malts

Taste: caramel malts mask hop flavoring, I also detect some black tea notes and toffey undertones.

Mouthfeel: not overly carbonated, but nice presence on the tongue.

Drinkability: easy drinking pleasant tasting marzen. Nice to have at this time of the year. I won't miss it too much though come

Photo of vishneda
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They roll this one out around Märzen time with stiff competition all around, but it holds its own. It has a classic dark orange color with an off-white head and brings a pretty hoppy floral aroma. The flavor seems "bright"; tart and sweet but not quite hearty enough. Overall it's refreshing and not real filling... a good combination for the style.

Photo of marburg
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rusty amber tones with a rapidly disintegrating head that starts big, fluffy, and off-white and retreats to a small-ish film. Lightly hopped aroma laced with bits of holiday spices and a clear malt presence (as it should be, dammit!) Fairly filling for a medium-bodied lager. Very smooth and malty sweet. Not spectacularly complex or original or even perfectly on-style but pretty cohesive and very well balanced. Toasted malts and just the slightest estery quality rounds it out nicely. Hops don't quite clean up the finish all the way. With the familiar Sammy label staring you in the face, this is probably a good Marzen to use on unsuspecting folks in early-fall beer conversions.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its been almost a year since the SA winter mixed case introduced me to the fine world of craft beer and this is the last SA seasonal left for me to sample.

A- Completely transparent dark amber body that pours with 1 finger foamy off-white head. Head quickly fades to a thin collar and little lacing is left behind in the glass. Bubbles are seen constantly rising to the top.

S-Nose is subtle. Warm caramel malt upfront and a cool refreshing hop scent in the background.

T- A balance of caramel malt and toffee upfront with a slight edge of hop bitterness. The flavor peaks and becomes more intense for the finish but shows the same balance as the initial flavor. An abundance of toffee and caramel malt lingers with no hop presence.

M-Carbonation is high and assaults the tongue. Medium bodied and full.

D- This is a nice Oktoberfest beer made by BBC. Not the best O-fest but still decent and very drinkable. I probably won't buy this again before the O-fests leave the shelves for the winter seasonals.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of ckeegan04
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange color with hints of amber. Light tan one-finger head with decent retention and unremarkable lacing.

S - Very faint bready malt aroma with hints of spicy/herbal hops. A little doughy sweetness in the nose as well.

T - Strong taste of bready and doughy malts with a lingering sweetness. A herbal spiciness comes through mid-drink and provides a nice balance.

M/D - Medium bodied that seems to thin as it warms. A very drinkable O-fest but not one of the best I have had.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of botham
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a crystal clear amber color with two fingers of light orange head that remain for a few minutes and leave moderate lacings. brilliant in color.

aroma is malty, with caramel and very light aromatic hops present. overall, the brew is sweet in profile with a lightly bready quality that acts as a base.

taste is malty and lightly sweet, with caramel malts and a lightly fruity character that works well with the malts. finishes with a nice mix of floral hops and malty undertones, true to a great marzen.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy in texture, with a smooth finish of mildly warming malts and residual bready malt and floral hops.

drinkability is great. this is a smooth drinking marzen with enough body to sustain the richness of malts, while remaining light enough to still be a great autumn brew. cheers!

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of ajmoody76
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this at the grocer. six pack of twelve ounce bottles. poured into an imperial pint. clear copper color. one finger off white head. nice lace. looks good.

fruity hops with a sweet caramel type of boquet. no off odors.

malty with a little bitterness from the hops. dry aftertaste.

mid body. smooth. good carbonation. good beer. i am not in love with it but i will pick up another sixer next year.

Photo of Hibernator
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. Freshness date was notched for February 2005. This beer has plenty of life left.

Amber colored with a solid, fluffy head.

Smells like toasted bread, malt, and a little bit of caramel or syrup.

Nicely balanced with a sweet malt presence and a tad of nutmeg or spice. Slight hop presence on the finish, but the malt flavors dominate. This brew used noble hops and four malts.

Respectable 5.4% ABV brew on this Sam Adams seasonal. Drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of CowsCanBark
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adam's pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear brown/amber color, with a light tan two-finger head that disappears rather quickly, leaving trace amounts of spotting.

Smell: Smells like pumpkins/pumpkin spice, yeasty, and very malty.

Taste: A definitely high amount of malts hits, with a backbone of pumpkin-like flavor. This is quite a malty brew, and quite delicious.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and body, I can drink a bunch of these in one sitting no problem.

Overall: A very nice brew that definitely reminds me of the fall.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice amber color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. There is little lacing to speak of.

The smell is of bready malt.

The taste reflects the bready malt with a twinge of smooth caramel in the finish.

The carbonation is a bit on the heavy side, but not oppressive. This brew goes down very smoothly and clings a bit from the heavy malt.

Overall this is a pleasant harvest brew that is very easy to drink and have several of. There is not all that much to it and is rather one dimensional, but well worth the purchase as a fall staple.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of MrOH
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper with a finger and a half of off-white, tight foam.

Sweet and toasty malt. A really deep and rich aroma. Quite nice.

Slight tang. Sweet, bready malt. Just enough hops to balance it out. Slight earthy taste as well.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, but gives the impression of being heavier.

Quite a nice fall beer. Not my favorite Oktoberfest, but good.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of ColForbin
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Octoberfest is a staple session beer for me in the fall - you can find it everywhere, and it is usually on sale. It pours a crystal clear orange-red with a slightly tan head that is fairly large and fluffy at first, but quickly fades to a thin coating on top of the beer. Aroma is malt sweetness, with some caramel notes and a twinge of spicy hops. Flavor is very malty and sweet, a bit too sweet for my liking, with some nutty flavors as well. Slightly cloying sweetness in the finish, with a bit of hops. All in all, a solid fall seasonal and a good session beer.

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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