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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 2,054
Hads: 6,984
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 111
Gots: 1,515 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 DenisKolkin
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased fro about $2.30 CDN as part of a six pack.

Appearance - Clear and rich dark orange colored with some reddish hues in certain lights. Nice looking dense and creamy two gingers of off-white head, robust head retention and lots of lively bubbles particularly near the top of the beer.

Smell - Plenty of grain, specifically some corn, aromas of autumn. Some slightly vegetative aromas, but nothing offputting.

Taste - Clean, lots of grain with some caramel sweet notes, bitterness is subdued. Traces of a spice flavor. Again tastes like fall.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, clean, moderate body and modest carbonation.

Overall - Decent Oktoberfest beer, far from the best butr far from the worth. Easy to drink and no off-flavors. Worth a shot if you're looking to but a couple away.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This felt like the cream soda of beers. Poured orangey brown with a nice head. Creamy taste with touches of vanilla and caramel. Very little hops. Mostly sweet. "Tastes pretty good for a beer," said my wife, whose favorite beery drink is a Radler - half Sprite.

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Photo of asaf
4.54/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer, very straightforward with the malts, there are some hops noticeable, but very minimal. Pours with a very coppery, orange color almost like a pumpkin ale. Refreshingly smooth, I advise it for almost every occasion.

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Photo of Dave97
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poor - From a 12oz bottle - Nice poor; semi aggressive poor produced a 3 finger head. Slowly settles down to a nice top layer of lace. faint light lacing.

Appearance - deep amber/dark pumpkin brown. Clear and very little carbonation.

Nose - Roasted malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium fizzy, airy, almost Belgium like. Not an easy drinker. Gassy.

Taste - Light malt, lemon. Not much else.

Finish - Not much of a finish.

Final thoughts - Not to my liking. Not really anything here. I'm not a malt centric fan. There isn't much hop here at all and mostly light malt.

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Photo of Nehal
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good beer that feels light and sweet, malty and can go with lots of food including pizza.

Mouthfeel is light and malty, sugary and some hint of roasted malts. Not very strong and not very malty but a good octoberfest beer.

Overall good beer but there are better choices if you want maltiness and taste to come out.

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Photo of thebeers
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown leather color with thick white head and lots of lacing. Malt forward, but light aroma. Creamy and sweet, slightly nutty malt flavor with low hop balance. Medium bodied with strong carbonation. It's okay.

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Photo of kpoole25
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer, I'm glad they go full-on old school, seems like lots of crystal malts (horrors!), none of those weird raisin-y speciality malts that breweries seem to be adding to make them stand apart, but instead are gimmicky and ruin so many malty beers. It's a straight up, full flavored, malt forward lager that seems to defy it's mere 5.3% ABV.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden with a very nice white foam head. Smell is rich and Malty, no hops. Lots of caramel and Múnich Malts. Taste is complex and strong, rich and Malty very good beer

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Photo of barnzy78
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, Enjoy before JAN. I've had this many times and didn't realize I've never given an official review!
A - foamy ivory head caps a copper colord body
S - caramel, toffee, brown sugar, toasty grain, spicy and earthy hops
T - sweet and malty with tons of caramel and toffee flavor along with toasted grain, spicy yeast, and earthy noble hops
M - fuller body, moderate carbonation, finishes with nice balance
O - one of the better American brewed Oktoberfestbiers in my opinion. After a couple, it does get to be too rich and too sweet, but it's still pretty good.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz from a mix 12 pack poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A - Pours a clear amber with orange highlights. Half finger head that dissapates quickly.

S - Bready malts.

T - The ol standby O'fest. Bready, malty, a touch of vanilla sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is light, a touch watery, Carbonation is medium.

O - A good straight forward octoberfest.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

pours an amber color with probably an inch head. SMells of malt and spices. Tastes of the malt comes on strong and the hints of some spice sort of comes thru. I honestly expected more from this brew.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My first foray into the Octoberfest Style. Gotta say, while it is smooth and super drinkable, it is sort of bland. Really very little character to it outside of the malt.

Not worth revisiting. Worth trying some others of the style though.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Pours amber with a one finger head that leaves no lacing and recedes quickly. Aroma of toasted malt and subtle, grassy spice. Taste follows the smell- toasted malt and bready body with a barely noticeable sweetness before a grassy finish. Medium-light body and light carbonation with no aftertaste. It lingered and was a little sticky.
I expected more from this. I kept waiting for the Oktoberfest characteristics to come out, but they never really did. The caramel was super subtle and required some searching. I also didn't pick up any semblance of hops at all. It was one dimensional and boring.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle. Best before 2016-07. Poured into wine glass.

A: Clear amber. The head was thin.
S: Mildly toasted bread. Light sweet notes.
T: Mildly malty.
M: Light bodied. Low carbonation.
O: Not impressive. Still prefer the trademark Boston lager.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to tulip glass. Ruddy garnet in color and crystal clear, presents a few inches of thick, foamy, creamy, off-white head. Aroma of sweet, roasted caramel malts and mealy flesh fruits (apple, pear)and tastes just the same. Pretty spot on, and pretty thick mouthfeel. Refreshing.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful opaque cider - red color with a very thick, fluffy 2 finger head. Great head retention. Lacing very present. An amazing looking beer overall.

S - A very sweet, malty aroma overwhelms the nose. Predominantly roasted malts. Not too much else present here but very pleasant to the nose.

T - The taste lives up to the scent about spot on. A fairly sweet beer with dominant flavorings of roasted malts. Notes of caramel are present, especially on the back-end/ aftertaste it leaves.

M - Medium to full bodied beer, quite rich feeling. A decent blend of carbonation though slightly harsh for me. Very crisp beer.

O - First Oktoberfest style beer I've had before; wasn't sure what to expect buy enjoyed it very much. Would definitely like to try few other renditions of the style. The beer itself has a beautiful appearance and great tastes and scents, although I feel there is something missing. Will definitely have again.

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Photo of abastias
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Short lived dirty-cream head with uneven bubbles and light stickiness. Rich, clear amber with ample carbonation.
S: Subdued. Slightly peppery, toasted malt, hay,
T: Caramel, creme brulee, pear, toast. Slight bitter after taste.
M: Full body with crisp carbonation.
O: Caramel malt is very prominent and there is a slight syrupy sweetness. Overall, tasty and not complex aromatically.

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Photo of beerboy21
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat grainy. Bready. Too much sweetness coming from specialty grain. A decent beer, but not in the same class as zee Germans and many American versions.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the nicest color beers, reddish golden copper color. I'm not a huge Octoberfest guy and think there are way to many but look forward to this one every year. This was my favorite Sam adams beer up until rebel rouser, now it's number 2.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours from the bottle into a stein a clear orange-amber-ish colour, topped by two fingers of tight head that recedes to some rings but does leave a bit of lacing. Not a tremendous amount of visible carbonation.

Smell is toasted malt, a bit of caramel, bready, a bit of biscuit. Faint hints of maple (or maybe I just want to smell maple because of the season), light milk chocolate, and noble hop aroma--light grassy, hay. Nice.

Taste is light, refreshing. Aspires to creaminess, but there's a bit of astringency. Still, this is malt forward, sweet, toasty, biscuity. Slight lagery yeastiness, tanginess. Again, a bit of a crisp grassiness or hay flavour. Body is surprisingly light, and the carbonation moderate.

Seems fairly on-point for the style, but can't compete with some of the true German renditions. Still, it's nice, refreshing, pretty clean. Very drinkable. Not a favourite, but not mad that I've got five more to drink the fridge, either.

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Photo of Mcapt004
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My favorite offering from Sam Adams. Pours a dark amber with a nice thick white foam head. Smell is sweet malts, bready with lite spice's. Taste is the same as the nose with the sweet malts quickly overtaken by a nice bready taste that lingers in the nose long after the swallow. Medium bodied brew with light carbonation. Fall weather,football,leaves falling and Sam Adams Oktoberfest!! Life is good.

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Photo of Nickholland
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, smells ok, but the taste is a little too syrupy sweet for me. Not crisp enough on the back end to make it a marzen lager, more like an amber ale. It's ok, but I've had many that are better.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special here. Pours a decent-looking auburn with thin off-white top. Aroma has some good caramel notes, but is dominated by a smell similar to adjunct brews. Flavor is decent, with some nice toasted notes. The over-carbonation ruins an otherwise okay beer. The finish is harsh simply due to bubble-count.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

A quite opaque beer with a distinct amber color. Limited head that dissolves quickly.

Smells very much like one would expect from an Octoberfest. Toasty and floral scent.

I feel like the carbonation entirerly dominates this beer, so much so that any additional flavor is in the background. Which is a huge shame since this could be quite a compelling beer. After the carbonation-boom, it's quite subtle - but that might be attributed to the fact that the initial kick numbs your buds.

This beer looks and smells the part, but the feel is disastrous.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a nice looking light amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing is kinda messy, but still nothing bad to look at it.
The smell had some sweet breadiness, light nuts, and some apples (not sure where that's coming from), hmmm...
The taste was mainly the same as the smell.
The mouthfeel was light bodied with a low carbonation, feels good, somewhat sticky.
Overall, for the most part, its a good one, easy to find practically anywhere. Also, FYI, if you find that you grab a sixer and don't like this one, throw it in some beer bread, you'll be surprised how well your beer bread will turn out.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,054 ratings.