Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a nice amber color, semi dark with a nice inch of white foam.

S - Smells pretty sweet full of sweet caramel and rich barley.

T - The sweetness of the caramel and malts make this beer very drinkable. I also enjoyed the small bite of hops and slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied and creamy. Delicious/

D - As of now I only have a few left but they are very drinkable. In fact I love how I had this on tap and its only slightly better than the bottle. Very affordable and drinkable brew that is also in 22oz sizes! Yum.

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Photo of bark
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is somewhat pale copper. The foam sinks down to a two finger thick, smooth head.

The smell is full of fresh hops, some bread and a burned flavour.

The carbonation is… crispy. Crispy with small bubbles, and it is rather refreshing.

The taste is full of burned malt. The sweetness is moderate for the style. The bitterness is quite soft. The aftertaste got a growing bitterness with tones of citrus.

I think that this is a very, very good dark lager beer, as one could have expected from Samuel Adams. But is it an oktober bier? I must say: Probably not.

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Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a very nice deep clear copper hue. A decent white head that is well retained. Nice toasted malt aroma. Creamy mouthfeel with a body of about medium. Taste is pretty average. Subtle toasted tones. Some maltiness. Minimal bitterness. Nothing really stands out with this one, but by no means will I be dumping this down the drain.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour, average head. Caramel aroma. Taste, was everything you'd expect, smooth, no hops, alcohol hidden.

Mouthfeel, just kept on being smooth and non offensive. No particular complexities for this guy, just a beer that is a notch above fizzy yellow stuff. Lots of caramel, its the beer's #1 property. I guess this is the archtype or something. Nothing wrong with it.

EDIT: Sep 2011, had it again, really a nice octoberfest, I've freed myself that it must be hoppy confines. Really the five malt varieties make for a very smooth beer for the fall. A good one even if not my favorite style.

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Photo of Brad007
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a one-finger head. Aroma is nice and malty up front with a tiny bit of smokiness. Taste is somewhat sweet and malty on the tongue and it fades towards the back of the throat. Not too impressive. Solid beer though. It would probably go well with Octoberfest-type foods.

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Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish-brown hue and a somewhat clear consistency. There was about a quarter inch of head that didn't last very long.

S: Very malty smell, more so than any other element.

T: Like the smell, malt dominates the taste category. Not overly sweet, but still pretty flavorful.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a slick, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a well made beer and certainly very drinkable. It probably won't knock your socks off, but it's still well made.

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Photo of claspada
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice caramel/amber color with adequate head and lacing.

Aromas are of some sweet bready malts but not much else. It's a pretty weak-smelling brew and left me wanting more. Maybe a faint hint of earthy hops but I could be making that up as well

The taste is about the same, some mild malt and a little undefined spicing, presumably from the yeast. It is a little sweet and bready in the front with a slighty hopped end

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. It drinks easily enough but the carbonation left me feeling more full than a beer with such little body and flavor warranted.

Overall I am not a big fan of this style but I find this beer to be pleasant enough to have one here an there. I will never purchase this beer but it was offered to me for free so I said why not. Plenty of better examples of the style but you can definitely do worse I suppose.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my excuse for a stein. Best by Feb 2009, so this is fresh

A: Copper colored pour with a massive two-finger thick beige head. Tons of visible carbonation

S: Bready and mildly spicy with a hint of hops; mildly citrus like. Solid!

T: Starts off rich and malty with wonderful caramel sweetness to go with the bready character. There's a hint of a pepper-like spice that, while uncommon for style, works really well here. The finish is dry and very tasty

M: Light -to- medium in body with excellent carbonation and a great finish, this one's great

D: This is definitely one of my favorites. Well done, Jim Koch!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a seafood restaurant in CT. Dark amber color with kind of minimal head.

The flavor reminded me of Gordon Biersch (spelling?) Marzen. To be honest, it was kind of lame for an Oktoberfest. Not bad with a meal, and better than most other beers available at this restaurant. But nothing special really.

I guess this is OK if nothing else is available. Better than going macro in any case...

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Photo of jrallen34
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a deep amber with a finger head that stays about 30 seconds. There is decent carbonation and for the color it is surprisingly clear.

The aroma is very sweet, you can real smell the malts. There notes of candy, light hops.

The taste is very light and drinkable, there is no taste of hops which is unusual.

The feel is light on the light doesn't hand around much.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: bronze/copper in color, thin light head with moderate lacing

S: Light toasted malt scent with some trailing hoppyness. Not much spice there.

T: Light toasted malt scent with some trailing hoppyness and biscuity flavors. Not much spice there - expected more

M: Medium body, slightly overly carbonated (maybe that hid some flavors)

D: Expected a little more from a fest beer... only slightly different from Sam's other traditional lagers

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Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Fontaine's in Atlanta.

Pours a good dark amber color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a ring of bubbles around the glass. Lacing is good just above the beer, but isn't that sticky.

Smells very malty - both bready and sweet. Some caramel notes as it warms.

Tastes very malty as well. Sweet at first then mellows as it warms. Some caramel taste as well, with a smooth finish. Just a touch of bitterness at the end as well. There's a slight off taste every now and then that I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is just right, but it could be a little thicker. Goes down very smoothly though.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. No egregious flavors that don't belong. It goes down easily and quickly.

Overall a solid Oktoberfest beer. The quintessential harbinger of the best season of the year.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a local pub

Appears a dark amber with orange highlights around the edges with a tight, cream colored cap. No retention or lacing.

Sweet, bready malts and caramel. Not much else here.

Taste mimics the mose. Sweet caramel balanced by some bittering hops. Crisp and smooth.

Carbonation is where it should be, more on the thin side.

Pretty easy to session. A solid offering.

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Photo of mltobin
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good friend brought over a couple of these, been a while since I had this from Sam Adams, poured into a pint glass.
The appearance is a copper color with one finger of a nice looking off-white head. Its` nose has caramel, malts, a small amount of hops. Taking a sip of this oktoberfest and I taste malts, with a fair amount of sweetness to it, more of that caramel. Some nuts also come through in the flavor. MF is medium with a lighter carbonation level. All things considered, a pretty good representation of the style.

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Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Release 2003: The beer pours transpicuous deep amber to burnished copper, the head modest in size and semi-creamy in consistency, the color a very light tan, the resultant lace a thin sheet to drape the glass. Nose is crisp and clean, sweet with lots of malt, start is also sweet and rich in malt, top middling. Finish is perky in its acidity, the hops light in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste, a so-so beer, drinkable and decent enough to rate at least and average score from me.

Release 2002: The beer pours a nice translucent deep amber color, the head is portly, frothy, the lace in thick sheets, the color beige. Nose is malt and light hints of caramel. Front is sweet, the top skinny, the finish is mildly carbonated, a tad dry, slim on the hops, drinkable beer, but a bit to sweet for me.

Release 2001: Different label, same beer. Nice malt nose and a decent hop presence, not a great beer, not bad either. The beer pours a copper-brown color with beige head and fair lace. Drinkable and worth a try

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Photo of drpimento
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sometimes Sam has this characteristic in their beer that just trips my trigger. This slight dryness going on. This one didn't have it. No lasting head nor any lace. ok typical octoberfest color. ditto body. ok beer, nothing remarkable. ok finish. Let's go guys!

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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 tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, copper, huge head

Smell: toasted malt and a bit of caramel

Taste: toasted malt, grains, and some caramel

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet

Drinkability: This was the first marzen I tried ages ago and it is still good. The flavor profile is consistent and enjoyable in the fall. The style is not overly complex, but if marzen is what you want this is certainly sessionable.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: orangish brown with a 1 finger white head

smell: slight spices, caramel, malts,

taste: little spice, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

drinkability: easy drinker. gets you in the mood for fall.

Cheers,

The CPJ

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon Octoberfest mug. Best by February notched on the label. Poured a translucent copper with a one inch off-white cap dimpled with tiny bubbles. Head eventually dissipated into a soapy swirl. Some lacing, but weak legs. Nose is caramel malt and cereal grains. Taste follows nose with a little hops in the mix. Finish is not as sweet, and much dryer than most Oktoberfests. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied and evenly carbonated. Easy drinking and one of my personal favorites for the style.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's - West, enjoyed on NFL opening night

appearance: pours into a great dane imperial pint glass...big clear amber body, pretty dark, creamy beige-tan head with a lot of retention and very nice lacing

smell: toasted malt, carmamel, earthy leaf aroma, light hop presence behind the scenes, apple, wood. Overall pretty faint

taste: Well, It's not mindblowing but its pretty well made and very enjoyable. Bold toasted malt dominates the flavour, very seasonal feel with a twig/leaf thing going on that works out well, roasted nuts, caramel apple, thick malt backed by noble hops. I like it.

mouthfeel: medium-full body, slick but smooth

drinkability: high, good fall seasonal

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.3% ABV, Enjoy before Feb notched on label.

A - Autumn in a glass, this clear lager shines with is a robust rusted amber color which is capped by an off-white head of tiny bubbles. Spotty lacing collects around the pint above the thin, left over skim.

S - Fall is captured upon first whiff. Light Vienna malts provide an excellent base of faint toast and biscuit notes while the Munich malts offer quite a bit of mild sweetness which swirls throughout. A touch of earthiness suggests some hops but they're generally absent. A touch of mineral harshness trails off but this beer is generally very clean.

T - Maltiness continues to develop with it's Vienna base, once again pushing toasted qualities along with an overall sense of breadiness. The Munich malt's sweetness drops back from what the aroma suggests for something a little easier drinking while the finish opens up to hops just a hair more. Herbal notes and grassy earthiness are timid to say the least, but offer balance. Again, the beer's light mineral harshness becomes just a bit intrusive.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth, Samuel Adams Octoberfest has a delightfully malty but refreshing feel that really works well as a sessionable oktoberfestbier. Just a little dry earthiness on the finish goes a long way to keep the beer balanced and inviting.

O - Embodying the essence of fall, the malty aroma encourages the mentality to shift from light, crisp beers to maltier lagers before turning to full, rich stouts and the like. If there wasn't the pesky mineral finish that's almost metallic at points, I'd really, really love this beer. Don't get me wrong, it's a very good Oktoberfest; one I can drink quite a bit of in season, it's just held back from greatness.

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Photo of ccrida
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is caramel orange with a wispy white collar.

Smell is sweet and malty.

Taste is pretty clean, but with a bit of a metallic bite, with a bready finish.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, nothing special.

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Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright and clear orange/reddish color. A large, almost beige head forms and leaves rings of sicky spiderweb lace.
S: Sweet malt that has a big grain, cereal, bread aroma. Some light hops to balance out.
T: Toasty malt that is a little sweet. Lots of bread and biscuit flavor. A metallic aftertaste.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation and creaminess. Just a tad watery. Easy and smooth to drink. I have been known to session this when in season.

This is a good example of the style. Very malty and easy to drink. Something worth a try.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,084 ratings.