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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

6,632 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 6,632
Reviews: 2,039
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,107 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange / amber color with a slightly foamy and sticky off-white head. On the nose the aroma of the noble hops comes through, hints of fruit and spice. Mouthfeel is slightly grainy, a bit sharp at first… but settles down. On the palate the flavors consist of mild fruit, caramel, toasted malts, slight hop bitterness. Tastes a bit like a very, very light SA dobble bock…not really a good o'fest though, to many better ones out there. Still drinkable though.

Photo of jimmygord
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of AwYeh
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
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).

Photo of ParkbrauFan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Reddish copper body. Head doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Slightly fruity, interestingly enough.

T: Toasty malt. More fruitiness. Some noble hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: A good fall beer. Nicely done.

Photo of jonathaniler
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of GallowsThief
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft from one of the local Pleasure Island kiosks.

A - Poured a deep amber color with a huge creamy head. Left a nice amount of lacing that did not recede at all.

S - Was much sweeter smelling then I was expecting. Also had a fair amount of earthy smell.

T - Much less sweet then the smell. You can taste the earthy malt in this. Fairly average.

M - A good amount of carbonation here. Has a nice creamy texture. Very clean and light for a fest beer.

D - Sure but there are much better fest beers.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass:

A: dark amber colored body with a white head that fizzles out extremely quick with no lacing.

S: malts, grains, and bread, but gives the essence of fall.

T: some caramel, malts, and a decently low hop balance finishes really crisp and clean.

M: light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation smooth and refreshing.

O: this is good for what it is.

Photo of DaveBar
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased as a single at the LCBO. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Ok at best. No head. Not much color other than dark gold but nothing special

S- Not much here at all

T- Ok at best. Not something good to talk about.

M- Nothing special

O- Guess I bought this to try and will not again. Not much of anything here. Just a beer with some spices

Food Pairing

This beer is not worth pairing which is not a usual comment from me.

Enjoy if you wish

Photo of BigRedN
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured by bartender into a pint glass an amber/orange color with about a 1/4 inch head. What little head there is fell to a patchy cover over the liquid, left minimal lacing.

Smell: Mostly malt, sweet malt. The scent of an Octoberfest, but somewhat subdued. I let it warm slightly, but the aroma increased in intensity just a small amount, so I went straight ahead and started quaffing it down.

Taste: Malty, prdeominately sweet with carmel and toffee (mostly caramel) flavor. Some hop bitterness on the swallow to provide some balance (or perhaps a little alcohol?), nah, it can't be. This is less than 6.0.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth easy drinking beer.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. An Octoberfest that should not offend BMC guy, yet should have enough taste to satisfy the serious micro drinker. I liked this. I could definitely go for more.

Photo of jmbranum
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear brown-amber liquid with a generous off-white head.

Aroma is the weakest point of this beer. Malty but a few odd adjunct notes. Not bad at all but not especially good either really.

Flavor is better. Malty and rich, but not cloyingly sweet. A little bit of toastyness. A very little bit of maple and caramel. Just a little hops. Nice finish.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

Overall a better than average Octoberfest. I would drink it again.

Photo of BBM
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear amber-orange color with an inch of foamy white head that dissipates quickly. the smell is not strong at all, but there are faint hints of malt and spices. Very subtle.

This is a solid, tasty Octoberfest. There is a mix of spices and sweetness that compliment each other nicely. It finishes with a slightly hoppy undertone. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Overall another quality, highly drinkable seasonal from Sam Adams. Could have many more of these in the fall, and probably will.

Photo of cmq103
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of nukem5
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Breaking tradition I will just state this is one of the greatest examples of a Marzen/ Octoberfest I have tasted and they are rapidly coming to be my fave... from the rich warm amber pour to the malty smells and tastes. Its warm flowing thrugh the mouth, Make this a very drinkable beer. I get it in 6 packs and cannot find it very readily so tend to stock up for those fall bonfires and grilled brats that make the season so tastefully great.

Photo of jmathis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of VaporDome
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Ultimate
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful orange color, light carbonation, decent tan head with noticeable lacing. Rich caramel malt in the nose with a hint of SA's trademark hops. Nice moderate mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, with a rich caramel malt on the tongue. A touch of bitterness adds to the drinkability. It feels and smells as if it would be sweeter, but it is not. It's very refreshing. A touch of alcohol as it warms in the glass, but almost imperceptible. Does not detract from the great taste.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its that time of the year even if mother nature is calling for unseasonably warm weather.

Pours an amber colored beer with a nice thick off white, almost tan head. Eventually it recedes to a finger depth. There is a nice web of lacing left after finishing this brew.

Smells of caramel malts and noble hops, which meld together pleasantly.

Tastes of more caramel malts, which give way to a nice drying hop bite. A solid Octoberfest falvor that is neither nondescript or lacking. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel is medium and has a near creamy consistency. Highly drinkable and enjoyable autumn brew. I love keeping a six in the fridge for guests or when I'm in the mood.

Photo of jmtpi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Stunner97
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- very dark brown with light bubbles to be seen streaming up the glass, white head starts thick but fades and remains thin white lacing,

Smell- slight malt, musty, and grain and husk

Taste- starts up malty up front and has some nice hops and dryness on the back end keeps things in check, very well balanced overall in the flavor, not as sweet as some octoberfests and not thats not necessarily bad thing

Mouthfeel- low carbonation, medium bodied, smooth, not as heavy as some octobers

Drinkability- this is very easily drinkable for sure, im not sure its the best of the best of the style but its probably one of the most drinkable for sure, the flavor is enjoyable and balance to the extreme, one i could certainly session all night long where some marzens can get to be bit to much so in terms drinkability this is probably my favorite

Photo of IPAFrankieH
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of DeFaz
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams sets the bar high, and maybe my expectations are just a bit too high for this brew. It has plenty of malt flavor, and the malt provides sweetness that is only half checked by the hop bitterness that comes in later. Typical autumn flavors of caramel, toffee, and maybe pumpkin as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some astringency biting the tongue. Overall, I like the fact that it is easily available, but with Great Lakes Oktoberfest hitting the shelves this week, I'm going to have to go with that one instead this season.

Photo of BSuter
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of iKrystin
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,632 ratings.