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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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4,942 Ratings
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Ratings: 4942
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.

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goatsgo2hell

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fall just isn't the same without this beer.

There's nothing overpowering about Octoberfest -- it's just nice, smooth and malty. It pours out a beautiful dark amber, and while it doesn't have a very strong bouquet its overall flavor is rewarding. It's perfect for the season, and I try to catch it on tap and in bottles every fall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 03:53:35 | More by goatsgo2hell
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber with golden and copper highlights and a frothy off white head.

Smells of crystal malts, and yeasty bread.

Taste is toasted bread up front with a chewy malt mouth feel, some slight hop bitterness and a touch of caramel. Very good roasted malt caramel flavors - tastes like fall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 21:55:04 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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Avantyawn

New York

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

on tap, poured into Sam Adams Noble Pils glass

A: Orange semi clear, small head, looks OK

S: I smelled one thing prominently, which was carrot cake! My GF 100% agreed with my summation with enthusiasm, so , it smells like carrot cake.

T: A bit rough and grainy with a slightly detectable hop kick, malty, sweet, some caramel, a little rough and mild for the style, but still, I really enjoyed the taste of this. It tastes very " Sam Adams" .

M: Mouthfeel was medium thin, but a little thin for the style traditionally, and a little grainy.

O: Overall , I enjoyed this much more than most Sam Adams seasonals. It has a rich full flavor , is well balanced, refreshing, and goes well with a meal. A nice simple take on the style. Not too bold, but not totally wussed out either.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 04:53:37 | More by Avantyawn
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Burt

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 22oz Weizen glass.

Clear amber orange, with a thin off white head that dispersed quickly and left no lacing.

Caramel and malty graininess.

Caramel at first, some sweetness in the middle, gets a light toasted breadiness at the end with a smooth finish.

First Octoberfest of the year and it was pretty good. Sam's never disappoints with this one. Love this time of year.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 21:12:09 | More by Burt
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DCon

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ Lester's Sports Bar & Grill in Ladue, MO for $4.50. Tapped from the bronze spiral & wooden tap handle into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has the average lager like aroma with malts and yeast upfront. Nothing much here.

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has a light amber color body that has great clarity. Very light lacing on the glass but present.

Flavor- Once again, is an average lager tasting beer. Has malts involved but not sweet. There is a yeasty background to these malts and then a bit of an amber taste. Low bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and then finishes like a Marzen.

Overall Impression- Nothing too serious this one. Just take it as it is, your average Oktoberfest brew. Very easy drinking but then has a bit of an amber taste throughout. Very different for this style but was just fine. Won't be enjoying again but as I'm drinking more Oktoberfest brews and other seasonals this Fall, I will enjoy comparing them.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 02:52:00 | More by DCon
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served on-tap in a shaker glass.

clear reddish amber in color, no head whatsoever. very little aroma, just a little bit of malt.

taste is of slightly sweet malt, a little bready. but pretty boring. mouthfeel is fine, thin to medium body and a medium to high level of carbonation.

overall it's not bad, just nothing special, and nothing stands out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 02:03:51 | More by jmdrpi
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snpub540

California

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear reddish hue with a good amount of bubbles rising from the bottom. Not too fizzy. Small white head with a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell is a bready and malty with a nice hint of banana yeasty notes.

Taste is sweet caramel upfront with a nice bitterness and the a fruity ester finish. Also some of that banana bread yeast note in the finish.

All in all a good malt forward beer that is slightly thin on the body but does a good job in the flavor department.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 20:33:08 | More by snpub540
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice amber/copper/golden colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderatly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of caramel, spices, bready malts with some fruity and floral notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet caramely and bready malt character to it with a nice hop bitterness in the end and a slight alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 00:00:23 | More by SebD
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Hyatt in Buffalo. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pale brown/orange colour. Translucent. Small amount of white head.

S - Light nose. Toasted grains with some sweetness.

T - Toasted malts, caramel. Sweet overall with a somewhat dry, sweet finish. Somewhat bland.

M - Light body. Light carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 18:57:51 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Jesse13713

Ohio

1.78/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at laundry 101 in Kent. Nothing like getting drunk while you wait for your laundry to finish.

Appearence - More yellow than orange when compared to the bottled version. A slight filmy head with little lacing. Appears highly carbonated.

Smell - Nothing worthy or noticeable stands out. Light fruits. Its missing the malts and sweet notes from the bottle variation.

Taste - okay. I was very impressed with this beer when it came out this year, and even titled it as my favorite Sam Adams beer. But this isn't the beer that I love. Must be a funky tap or something because this tastes like fruity champagne that was poisoned with alcohol. No delicious malts. No autumn, leafy breads or grains. Just uncomfortably fruity and fizzy. I call a bad tap here.

Mouth feel and overall - its okay once you get used to it. But this is nothing like what the bottle version I love tastes like. This is low quality, probably due to the locations error on a bad tap and pour. I won't be getting this again, not here anyways.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 18:24:14 | More by Jesse13713
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that eventually completely faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and sweetness in the nose.
T: The taste has some sweetness and malty flavors with notes of caramel. Only some hints of bitterness from the hops are noticeable, although there seems to be enough of a balance to keep the sweetness from being cloying.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 10:42:45 | More by metter98
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Erish

Illinois

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

I had this beer served in a large pint glass at Famous Daves in Bolingbrook. Reviewed from notes.

A: clear amber color with reddish highlights, the thick head falls into a nice cap with good lacing.

S: toasted grain, less fruity than the bottled version, with a nice earthiness and a zesty floral/herbal hop note.

T: plain unbuttered popcorn, toast, good malty sweetness, orchard fruit, a nice earthy hop backbone.

M: medium-bodied, silky texture, plentiful carbonation.

O: a very enjoyable Marzen. Better than the bottled varieties.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 12:56:11 | More by Erish
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was an orange tinted chestnut brown color. It was served to me with a small fizzy cap.

s: Lightly toasty sweet caramel with mild leafy hops. Clean overall and very appealing.

t: Malt forward and delicious. Delicately sweet and lightly toasty with very subtle hints of fruit. There is an appropriately moderate noble hop bitterness at the end.

m: Fizzy carbonation and a crisp body suit the style just fine.

o: I don't go for fest beers all that much, but I thought this was an excellent example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 00:55:13 | More by DIM
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theotherone87

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have this beer twice this year sofar, I have had it on tap and in a bottle.

Appearence- A nice solid brown with light copper tones and a nice finger and half head.

Smell- A very nice fall smelling medium hoppy beer. Brings a nice joy to my nose. Take a deep breath as sipping it and the senses really come alive.

Taste- A nice marzen beer with a touch of hops. A very decent tasting octoberfest beer.

Mouthful- Theres some carbonation not too overpowering though. The beer comes alive in a nice big gulp.

Overall- I like this beer a lot. I like it better on tap then from a bottle. I would recommend it and buy it again. If you new to marzen/octoberfest beers this might be a good one to start with as it is not too hoppy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 16:14:47 | More by theotherone87
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Yagman3000

New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a tap into a 22 oz. Tall glass stein.

Appears a light brown with sone shades of deep burnt orange in there as well. A tiny little bubbled head remains, especially around the outside.

Smells of sweet malts with a thin band of hoppy bitterness. There's a touch if the harvest in here.

Tastes sweet at first and then settles out into a duller malt tone. A touch of peppery hoppy bitterness comes through in the end.

Mouthfeel has a noticeable until fizz. It's well carbonated. To gue feels the hops at the end.

Overall a decent beer but, at this point, nothing in the major leagues compared to a small batch. I'll stick to Boston Lager with Sam.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 23:49:49 | More by Yagman3000
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a chain restaurant, the best beer on the menu.
Came served in a 16 oz mug, an amber orange color with a minimal tan wisp of a head that was gone before my lips touched the rim of the glass. Smell is bready malty with an earthy herbal hop presence. Smells a bit sweet. Taste is bready and mildly malty with an herbal hop bite to keep it from being too sweet. Medium body and carbonation with a slick sweet mouthfeel. Decent beer, but their are certainly better beers in the style. I would drink this again given the choices I had tonight but would easily skip this in a better venue.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 22:55:14 | More by johnnnniee
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Guden

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Light almond brown with a small off white head. Looks nice but not great.

S- Munich malt fills the nose with hints of noble hops. Very fitting and enticing if not overly strong.

T- Lots of caramel and malt with a little bread up front, a bit of dark fruit and hops comes in at the end to balance.

M- Fairly low body with a medium level of carbonation. It fills the mouth and feels nice but I wouldn't mind it being a little more full bodied.

D- Very drinkable, fairly light but with ideal balance and enough flavor to keep things interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 03:09:45 | More by Guden
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warbird07

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a standard pint glass...

appears ruby red..nice cream colored head, good lacing..

smell is quite nice..malty, sweet,bready.subtle hop aroma...very appealing..

taste is..sweet..malty sweet..gentle hop flavor..slight bitter finish..smooth(hey it is a lager)

mouthfeel is great..smooth like the style..light to medium body..very appealing and drinkable..

I must admit..I am biased to this particular brew..it has been one of my favorites for many years..I have had alot of martzens..this is one of my favorite..

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 03:04:16 | More by warbird07
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comfortablynumb1

California

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying lunch at Chillies with the family. Was nice to see this one on tap as I have never had it before.

A - Pours a dark copper with a one finger off white head that dissipates at a quick pace. Not much lacing to be had...

S - Bread and sweet malts. Lots of sweet notes...

T - Rides the sweet malt wave all the way through. Caramel and sweet fruit. Don't pick up any hop presence...

M - Medium bodied with alot of carbonation. Smooth, but a tad much on the carbonation for my liking...

O - Nice beer to sip on a hot day. Glad I tried this one, but not something I see myself getting again unless in a pinch...

Cheers...

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 22:54:54 | More by comfortablynumb1
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

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

Had this on tap while waiting for my delayed plane that never came. This was the best thing they had I think.

A: Very nice amber color with gold highlights and a brown hued core. Small ring of head. A little lacing.

S: A nice nutmegish caramel with some darker bread. Maybe a flutter of cocoa and berry? Not aromatic at all, I really had to get in there to smell this one.

T: Not bad overall, pretty balanced with lots of bready malt and a lagerlike clean finish. Lemon zest hops add something nice to it and theres also tones of toasted toffee. Has that signature Sam taste thats hard to define but permeates all of their beers. Not overly complex, but ok. A little too sweet as well.

M: Very carbonated and medium in feel. Nice sweet clean finish.

Overall not bad, but the sweetness gets to you and as it warms, you see the flaws in their ingredients too.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 17:44:46 | More by Dreadnaught33
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy reddish copper color with a thin head. the smell is subtle composed of slightly sweet malts and basically no hops. the flavor is a little sweet and malty almost a caramel quality to it, but again very subtle. the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a little less carbonation that i would have liked. overall its a pretty good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 01:32:19 | More by rowingbrewer
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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).

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 04:23:02 | More by AwYeh
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MrDonQuixote

Colorado

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

On tap

A- light brown color with a white head

S- not much of a smell, smells a bit malty

T- extremely malty, with a hint of citrus, Extra malty aftertaste

M- really smooth going down, nice finish

O- Decent beer, not a huge fan of lagers, so I'm slightly biased. Very drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 04:40:54 | More by MrDonQuixote
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Half finger head. Clear and copper with amber hues.

S: Malts, toast and caramel notes.

T: Grainy and malty. A decent amount of sweet toffee/caramel.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall: One of the flagships of this very popular brewery. Oktoberfest isn't a favorite genre of mine but this one is one of my favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 22:04:38 | More by kylehay2004
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: ? (have had on tap and in bottles)

A nice crack at a märzen by SA. Pours a golden orange color, very carbonated, with a delicate layer of bubbles for a head that doesn't linger long. Basic grainy, malty aroma, with a touch of sweetness. Mild, toasted bread taste, a bit nutty, caramel sweetness, but not too much, with some floral notes coming through. A bit of apples and oranges, finishing with a crisp hop bite. Light-meduim mouthfeel, pretty dry, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 13:55:18 | More by Rifugium
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 4,942 ratings.