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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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4,948 Ratings
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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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SetarconeX

Florida

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

Lovely orange transparent color. Not a whole lot of aroma, but what there's sweet and mildly malty. The taste is a bit sharp, but sweet and completely drinkable.

If not the most interesting brew out there, it's at least pleasent to look at, and rather sweet and tasty. A nice change from the more common year-round Sam Adams beers, but I'm sure if it was available all year I'd get bored with it quickly.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2003 04:57:15 | More by SetarconeX
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clvand0

Kentucky

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

This one pours an amber color with a creamy tan head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is not very strong but there are some sweet malts and a little caramel in there. The flavor is very smooth and easily drinkable. Burned caramel and malts are the main ingredients of the flavor. Seemed a little different to see this spelled with a "c" instead of oKtoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 15:58:02 | More by clvand0
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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

First let me state that this is clearly better than last years attempt at an Octoberfest beer, and this maybe my favorite Sam Adams product I have had (this doesn't say a whole lot not too found of ol' Sammy). Either way this one is worth a try, pours a deep ruby brown with a nice sized creamy tan head leaving full even rings of lacing beautiful appearance. Aroma is also up to par with Vienna toasted nut malt tones in the aroma and residual caramel notes arising one warming treat just a lil early in mid August in this heat, just not fall yet. Flavors blend well with a great toasted nuts flavoring from the specialty malts used and spiced up goodness to go around bringing not only a solid representation but maybe a lil uniqueness from the BBC. Finish contains som mild fruit tones and a bready characteristic that I call the Sam Adams funk, keep in mind not always a bad funk just goes here. Mouhfeel has a nice texture medium bodied rides on the palate oh so nicely very smooth. Drinkability don't knock it till ya try it, b/c I almost passed on it and with all the discussion on the Forum lately you'll be able to sound your opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2003 16:14:53 | More by WVbeergeek
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Elemental

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Theres nothing really super exciting about this beer but overall it was a nice drink. It's best atributes were its color and head. Great copper/amber/orange color with a large head and a very clear body. The smell was pretty average wich is slightly wheaty with very little hop aroma. The taste was good, with a nice balance of bitterness, body, and maltiness, not to much of amything. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 20:06:47 | More by Elemental
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Mustard

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with a "for brewery-fresh taste, purchase before month notched" warning -- in this case February (2004) -- printed on the label's leftmost corner; $6.99/6 pack from Ralph's; drank this after eating a spoonful of horseradish mustard (hence the handle).

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear amber-brown with a fat, foamy, three-fingered head; head retention absolutely stellar -- two of those fingers made it down to the bottom of my 20oz. pint glass; thick, foam lacing.

Aroma: Toasted Munich and Caramel malts with notes of noble hops and a slight fruitiness.

Taste: Upfront, much like its aroma; a light to moderate hop bitterness (earthy) fights its way out in time, as does a touch of grain. All in all lightly sweet and moderately malty with a touch of bitterness.

Notes: A respectable rendition of the Oktoberfest style. Slightly superior taste profile to that of Paulaner's Märzen, which I drank juxtapositionally.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2003 04:32:44 | More by Mustard
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Tastes somewhat like the boston lager to me only a little sweeter. I note caramel flavor with some breadiness added along. Could be more complex and have more of a finish to it. Still, this isn't a bad brew and one that I would drink if I were getting drunk at my local oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 13:25:41 | More by granger10
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Guardian

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has only 1 downfall. It's only available a few months out of the year. I found the flavor to be similar to their Winter Lager, but less bitter. This beer is very smooth and one could easily down a 6'er if they so choose.

I drink a lot of Sam Adams, and given a choice, I would drink this one year round.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 10:15:01 | More by Guardian
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I need to apologize to Sam because I bought this a bit past the month of expiration, but I don't think it affects this review. The pour seemed quite robust and a nice head came up without coaxing. The head did dissipate a little too quickly and not much lacing was present. Nice caramel malt aroma with a background of hops. The flavor was very nice and gave off hints of malt and bread, but these were well balanced by the light hopping. Crisp finish; quite dry. Very enjoyable, drinkable beer. I will seek it out next year when it's released again.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2003 19:52:26 | More by AtLagerHeads
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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

It seems like every year the batch is different, two years ago it was aweful, but last year and this year seem to be back to its usual.
Color is a clear amberish brown, with a white head that fizzed away pretty fast and left some lacy patches. Smell is faint roasted malt, a bit burnt caramel or caramel popcorn. Taste form this was good, very smooth with good rich, sweet malt thats mild and pleasing. Some drying hop presence in the finish but is not strong enough. Thus bringing it to the feel, a little empty and slightly watery, lighter/medium body, smooth, clear and clean with some dryness and sweetness mixing at the end. Its a very drinkable beer, I always get it when it first comes out. But its no Snake River.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2003 11:31:54 | More by tavernjef
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Rifrafboy

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this on clearance in February. This was actually a decent beer. It tastes malty and hoppy, and was a little lighter than regular Samuel Adams. There are floral tones to this, almost lemony? Very spritzy in the carbonation dept. Full bodied and tasty all the way around. From what I understand, SA changes the brew from year to year. I will try it again this winter.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 16:04:57 | More by Rifrafboy
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vitesse

Georgia

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

served in 12 oz. brown bottle.
I tasted this in late february, well into late winter, so this was late in the season for an octoberfest.
the appearance was a dark brown. medium head that dissipated quickly. very little smell at all. detected some sweet maltiness there.
the taste held up well considering that "best consumed by" date was only a week away. nice sweet malt profile, then some hops, finishing with sugary, carmel aftertaste.
mouthfeel was decent. nice carbonation, not thick at all. pretty good for a lager.
drinkability is average because the sweetness can get to you after a while, but still a decent lager beer. not exactly world class, but pretty good.
this beer, to the credit of the store and distributor, was still good long after its season had ended.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2003 08:28:41 | More by vitesse
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scottum

Vermont

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a white head. I like Octoberfest beers every so often as a break from my ales. While a decent brew overall, it just does not compete with others from the style. Too many punches are pulled. A bit of a fruity/spicey taste mixed in with the malts. Goes down really smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2003 06:21:54 | More by scottum
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not your typical Oktoberfest. The first and last thing I notice here is the hops. And do I love hops. This one really hits the spot. The 12oz bottles just aren't enough. I have to get the big glass and do two at a time with this one. the beer finishes clean with a distinct hop after flavor that is the ugh factor that is often associated with to many micro-brews. I look forward to this one every year. But I usually wait till my "real" German Oktoberfest run out. This can't compete in the European market I am sure - but as far as American Oktoberfest beers goes. I would have to rank this as a second place contender ender after St. Arnold's Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 08:36:36 | More by AtrumAnimus
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MJR

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a nice, orange-amber shade with great clarity. A foamy off-white head starts off a good size and sticks around for the duration.

Smell: Aroma of caramel, a bit of toffee, sweet malt, and corn.

Taste: The strongest flavor is the sweet malt, with it's caramel and toffee notes, but a corn taste is a close second. Too much sweetness overall. That's disappointing, considering this used to be a really good Octoberfest offering.

Mouthfeel: Has a fairly medium body with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It would be a lot higher if the unmistakable corn aroma and flavor wasn't there.

This beer caught a lot of heat this year when many people detected corn in the recipe. You can say what you want about the Boston Beer Company...I know what corn tases like, and they used it here. Too bad....

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2002 12:20:12 | More by MJR
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maxpower

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice glowing orange-amber color, foamy white head. Soft roasted malt aroma, starts sweet, some flavors of toffee and caremel, medium body, seems to change a bit from year to year, still not bad and avalible at most grocery stores.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 08:14:45 | More by maxpower
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

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

Poured light amber in color with an inch head that contained bubbles of varying size. Malty in smell and taste. Much more flavor than I remembered but still not a ton. Lacking a bit in the aftertaste. I would say this is inline with Harpoons offering but far from the German offerings. I have heard this is better on tap than from the bottle, but haven't sampled the tap version.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 15:07:51 | More by CharlesRiver
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Winter

Wisconsin

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

Poured a clear amber with a cream-colored foamy head. Aroma consisted of lightly roasted malt and had a slight sweetness to it. Medium body could use a little more flavor in the middle than just malt and the punch of alcohol. Slightly grainy finish. A nice hearty fall beer and a respectable offering from Sam Adams, but not their best.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 16:58:17 | More by Winter
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BeerBob

Nebraska

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams October Fest Pours an amber red from a 12oz brown glass bottle. Light tan head goes to over two fingers with small frothy and tightly packed bubbles that lace the glass walls well.

Nose has more of a hops note than I am use to with Oktoberfest beer and obstructs any other aroma. Palate is a toasted thin sweet malt and a slight hops.

Samuel Adams October Fest has all the good looks of an Oktoberfest, but just some of the good tastes of one, for a so-so beer of the style because of the hops competing with the sweet malt for the tongues attention.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2002 00:13:14 | More by BeerBob
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Kwak

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A good octoberfest.
I had it on tap the glass was a little soapy so their was almost no head.
Good spice aroma, nice body good red brown color.
Excellent flavor with a hint of nutmeg.

Not a fan of Sam Adams but I recommend this one!

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2002 17:48:59 | More by Kwak
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

I tried a bottle of this shortly after getting it on draught. As expected the experience was not quite as good. Another good seasonal from Sammy's, although not as good as Old Fezziwig. Nice amber color with a medium head that dissipated quickly. Malty, lightly floral aroma. Nice malty flavor with light citrus notes. Slightly lacking on the Marzen scale but I couldn't find much to complain about.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2002 08:32:25 | More by Dogbrick
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garymuchow

Minnesota

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

An interesting mix of smells, initially mild mix of malt and hops, which moves to a sharper roast malt, then fades to an almost undetectable aroma. Big full head with lacing. Orange-amber color. Nice blending of malt flavors, having smoothness and complexity. Well balanced with light hop dryness. Mouthfeel is a little flat for style, but I prefer that. Mildly rich. Quite good all around beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2002 20:16:01 | More by garymuchow
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johnrobe

Tennessee

2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the glass this beer is a brownish orange with a two finger white head that dissapates quickly. The nose is so slight...almost indetectable...perhaps a slight bit of candy-coated apple. Taste is mainly candy corn malt sweetness, there's really no toasted malt flavor like one finds in a good German marzen. Hops are appropriately in the background. Not a bad beer, but Sam's O-fest has been much richer in the past. Now it's more of a quencher...good with chili.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2002 17:41:50 | More by johnrobe
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

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

Amber, equal balance of hops and malt in the aroma. Very smooth going down the hatch, but as an Oktober I thought it should have some more malt flavor. Certainly not a bad brew, it tastes good...but it seems this is more of a "drink but don't think" Oktoberfest, ie. a fancy seasonal for the BMC crowd.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 23:46:47 | More by IrishRedRock
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TheLongBeachBum

California

2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Lots of blurb, advertising and fanfare; So I bought some to try.
Oh No, what a huge, bitter disappointment - if you can pardon the pun.

A massive foaming head that at one point threatened Mug-Mutiny. But it laced the glass well, and had an inviting look. Aromas are… Where are the aromas?????? Hmmm… (Deep Sniff). Poured a clear looking, deep Amber-Reddish Color, that again, looked very good, no complaints there. Still, No Aroma though (Deeper Sniff) … I’m trying. Initial taste is of a sickly sweetish, bee… nah - fluid. Weird. What the heck is this supposed to be?, its not like any Märzen/Oktoberfest I have had before. I get some hops in the middle but not many, perhaps just one. Where the hell is that Aroma?? (Snorting the Beer now!!) - Nope still can’t find it. Very lightweight mouth feel, that disappears almost instantaneously. Some cloyiness in the residual tastes, more annoying than pleasurable.
Is this an Oktoberfest LITE ???????

My friends in England, would say of this beer that, “It is all mouth, and no trousers”.
Mediocre or, perhaps, I just do not “understand” this beer??!??? I don’t know. But I do know I don't like it.

Promises, but just does not deliver for me. It will NOT be purchased again!!.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 20:41:07 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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budgood1

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy copperish in color, appropriate head and lace. i get more hops in the nose than malt and strangely the taste is almost the same. it just seems something is missing from this fest. too much tingle on the tongue rather than waves of malty goodness. it's sweet but without the welcome toasted malt flavors that should accompany it. brewed for the masses rather than for the o-fest lovers. still, it's an ok brew and it's easy to drink many in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 17:00:04 | More by budgood1
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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