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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
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5,797 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,797
Reviews: 1,963
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 64
Gots: 565 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

largadeer, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -6%

A - Poured out a clear, amber color. Two finger head with a little lacing.

S - Sweet and malty smell.

T - It is a bitter with hops, but it also has a nutty & malty flavor. The sweet taste seems a little like chocolate.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good marzen/octoberfest. Interesting combonation of flavors.

zeff80, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

A Yankee pint, on-tap at a hockey-happy Buffalo Wild Wings in suburban Detroit. Or as the engaging bartendress pronounced it - 'hackey'.

This beer appears a clear medium bronzed amber hue, with one chubby finger of tightly foamy, bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky tree branch lace around the glass in its brief wake.

It smells of crisp biscuity grain, bready caramel, a touch of aged lemon rind, and mild earthy hops. The taste is a bit of a downer, the bready biscuit malt a fair bit less crisp that I was initially led to believe, with some duly fading lemon, a bit of wan caramel and fire-sale vanilla, and weak leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is average, just supportive in its endeavors, and maybe a bit zippy at times, the body an adequate medium weight, and plainly smooth. It finishes relatively dry, with some grainy malt and lingering noble hops.

A decent enough Oktoberfest ale, one which well approaches the Munich ideal, but never quite meets it (how Physics 101), with its reserved, um, drink a shitload of it now, nature. Ya know, here today, gone tomorrow?

biboergosum, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Update from previous review: It's been 5 years since I first reviewed this beer. I've had it now and again, without issue, but I'm not so happy with this year's batch. I've had it several times and it just doesn't sit right. It's darker with more caramel notes, the hops lack character (probably just an actual hop crop issue), and the bitterness is seemingly a touch high. I see how it fits within the "Oktoberfest/Märzen" style, but with the addition of more caramel character it doesn't even suggest Munich malts, it just seems like an amber lager to me. On to my previous review...

Sam Adam's always delivers, so when I went to pick up an Octoberfest (OKtoberfest with a K is actually trademarked in Germany, so kudos to Sammy for the "C") this year I naturally gravitated towards them. Some of the O'fests from Germany have been getting weaker and weaker and more watered down over the years. Hell, some of them are gold in color!

It has a great appearance with a clear, orange and gold accented copper that just 'looks like fall'. It's got great head retention and it leaves some very nice lacing behind.

The nose is clean and fresh with some delicate, caramelish and toasty malt.

The flavor offers all of the soft, bready, and lightly toasty malt that you'd expect with a touch of tea-like and mildly floral hops to lend it some character. The bitterness is present but unassuming; and it finishes fairly short and dry. More importantly, it's remarkably clean, fresh tasting, and superbly balanced.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky with a medium body and restrained, moderate carbonation that help to accentuate its malt.

It's refined. It has finesse. It's remarkably drinkable. There are other, more fully flavored fests out there, but I'm not sure any of them have quite the same quaffability that Sammy offers. Prost!

NeroFiddled, Sep 04, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

SocalKicks, May 06, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

A- Tight collar of tan lace stays true, vibrant yet rustic tawny color ... good clarity.

S- Nice malty aroma, toasted bread with light sweetness and faint herbal hop.

T&M- Very malty, not overly sweet. Lots of bready notes, lightly toasted crust comes to mind. Kiss of hops to balance, slight herbal flavor. Finishes semi-sweet with a lingering maltiness.

D- A tasty choice this year, its good to have a fresh O-fest rather than getting burned by a stale imported O-fest that has been sitting around since last year. A great contrast to some crab cakes with some homemade spicy remoulade sauce.

Jason, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +15%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish orange color, with a decent-sized foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The aroma is malty, with caramel, hops, tea and spice.

T: The taste is likewise very malty, as it should be, with flavors of caramel, toffee, tea and some spices. There’s also a decent hops presence in a beer of this style with that distinctive Sam Adams hops signature. After-taste is sweet but not overly so.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, excellent representation of style, not very filling, goes down very easily, I once polished off a 12-pack in a couple hours so I’ll say it’s very drinkable.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 30, 2006
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4/5  rDev +9%

nickfl, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9%

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.

WVbeergeek, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 3-4 fingers of foamy off-white head. This eventually peters down into a thin ½ finger layer of creaminess, leaving back a slowly creeping downward cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma smells sweet and doughy, with a notes of citrus, spice and lightly buttered toast mixed in.

The taste has more of a push to it from that green leafy citrus character but the sweetness finishes this out with a mix of light toffee and toasted bread. Dry and bitter on the backend. The mouthfeel is medium bodied; with a smooth and creamy feel as this spreads out and some light crispness that prickles the tongue a bit. This flows pretty decently across the palate.

This was decent but nothing overly special, with profiles that leaned to the sweeter side but there was just enough crispness to keep this mostly accessible and drinkable feeling. I tend to like this one a bit more on draft, which is how I’ve usually had it over the years.

Kegatron, Oct 04, 2012
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3.03/5  rDev -17.4%

Edit 9-24-09 Based on this years offering, I'm dedycting for smell, MF & drinkability ,5. This is don't buy for me until I start hearing good thinks about it, sucked on tap too...

BBD of Feb 08, sampled in my free Sam Adams Glass

Pours amber/copper with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Above average head retention & average lacing

S: Fruitty & cereal notes

T: Some caramel, dryness & a little bit of husky grains up front. Herbal & metallic hops as this warms. Finishes grainy, alittle fruitty, with hints of honey malt

MF: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks so-so, not really impressed with this year's offering

russpowell, Aug 24, 2007
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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

October 2013 review:
Samuel Adams Octoberfest, proudly brewed and bottled by the Boston Beer Company. 5.3% Alc. by Vol.

Clear, bright amber coloring, under a large head, off-white .

Aroma: sweet, malty nose, earthy & herbal.

Taste: Mmm. Tasty malts, bright and pleasant. Noble hops play a minor roles, giving just enough bite to stave off sweetness. Oh, it's a sweet one, but not overly so. Medium-light body, with the malty flavor lasting long on the palate.

A right on the money marzen. What does the label tell us? "In 1810, Munich celebrated the wedding of their crown prince with a special beer. After 16 days the party ended, but the tradition continues. Our version of the classic Oktoberfest style lager blends 5 roasted malts for a rich, hearty flavor that's perfect for the season, or whatever you're celebrating."

November 2003 review:
Appearance: clear bronzish color, with a full, frothy, cream-toned head.
Aroma: somewhat sweet, earthy,vegetal, definitely maltsome, but not quite enough-so.
Taste: malty, but again, only perfunctorily, nicely rounded, rather mild. I wish to reach for the descriptor "rich", as I am wont to do with malty marzens, but this never earns it. Rather flat and dull for an Ok..ooops, sorry...Octoberfest. Some snap in the taste, but not enough. Yeah, way too thin for this style. I do believe I'll have to follow this up with a Summit Oktoberfest to assure me of how good it could get. This version just falls too short.

feloniousmonk, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Served in an Imperial Pint at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA.
A - A deep amber w/ garnet highlights, a lighter amber when held to the light. A thin tan head which condenses quickly into a thin film of head with a ring of lace.

S - A malty sweet aroma w/ a tinge of light woody hops and a gentle lactic nutty malt scent.

M - Malty w/ slightly above medium body w/ a full toasty texture. Gentle sweetness w/ a clean finish.

T - A fairly rich nutty, dry yet flavorful malt taste gets a good dose of sweet crystal malt flavor. Bready German malt flavor makes itself known as the Imperial ale glass warms. A nice woody hop flavor combines w/ a sweet caramel malt and yeasty lager flavor.

D - A very drinkable lager w/ a definite influence from the masters of the style. Pleasing pint after pint, a worthy fest in the American interpretation. I could see drinking this as a go to beer by the case.

I had this on tap in a pint at TGI Fridays enjoyed before having wings

The color is deep bronze with thin head of tan that revived when swirled.
The smell is reminiscent of almonds with a sweet nutty and light fruity element
The feel is highly carbonated and slightly spicy with yeast dry texture and moderate bitterness. The flavor is good but like the vienna -Boston Lager it is hoppier and cleaner than the European versions I have had with a more dry less noticeable malt character. I enjoyed this but consider it average for the style. It is drinkable which is why I can't knock it too hard overall, but it is certainly catering to an american taste which is a more hop forward lager.

Slatetank, Sep 26, 2007
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4/5  rDev +9%

Bottle gifted by the other Matt. Thanks! Beer served in a DFH signature glass. Beer is orange and clear with a minimal head and some lacing. looks ok.

Smells good, kind of like fruits, has some banana in the nose.

Beer tastes pretty good. Medium bodied. It's a little grainy. Beer is really drinkable mouthfeel is good. Not really in a mood to be descriptive tonight. It's good overall. I'd have it again. There are some fruity notes in the midpalate. It's pretty good.

drabmuh, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

this is a great octoberfest. looks pretty standard, autumn orange color with a lacey off white head that lasts awhile. smells like big german caramel malts and bready yeast. flavor is complex and not nearly as sweet as so many octoberfests are. i pick up so many fall flavors in this, like pumpkins, squash, and brown sugar, but that may just be a product of the season. mouthfeel is right on for the style, its lighter in body but not thin, just really drinkable. carbonation is pretty relaxed in this. its one of those beers that demands a huge glass. letting a one liter draft get a little warm as it drinks is how i always wish i was having it.

StonedTrippin, Aug 24, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into Allagash tulip glass

A: Crystal clear rusty brown with slight orange color good 2 finger head that fades to and holds at 1 finger

N: Toasty malt nose with some nuttiness and sweetness, similar to Marzen

T: Starts with more toasted malts, and some earthy malt flavor, slight nuttiness and biscuit, clear tasting and crisp, very refreshing, but not a whole lot on the flavor profile

M: Pretty light and some carbonation

F: Finishes somewhat sweet and syrupy with more earthy malts typically found in a marzen

Final thoughts: Its a pretty decent American made Marzen, doesn't compare to the Bavarian ones. Very light and refreshing, a well done lager, nice toasted and earthy tones, but a little light on the flavor.

jlindros, Aug 30, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

Rifugium, Jun 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

oline73, Nov 16, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +3%

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale and caramel malts. It is slightly sweet with a dry lager yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a slightly malty flavor with a dry lager yeast finish. It goes down easy and finishes smooth and creamy. There is a bit of bitter hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good Octoberfest. It has good flavor and aroma; an excellent drinker.

WesWes, Sep 27, 2004
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3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

Clean and malty with a scratchy touch of hops. Nothing very interesting about it but it looks nice in the glass with a real orange color for the season. Malty with a roasted edge. Hops are the earthy sort. Slight bitterness around the edges. Touch of saltiness along with the sweet malt.

Yet another perfectly drinkable beer from Sam Adams. Well made and balanced. Down the hatch and on to something else.

mactrail, Oct 19, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops along with some toffee and caramel malt.

The flavor is not quite what I expected. I get a lot of toffee, caramel and bready malt - as expected - but I also get some cinnamon and allspice. I have had this beer numerous times over the years and I never remember it having the spicy components. Regardless, it was very nice.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Nov 26, 2010
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3.15/5  rDev -14.2%

From 09/22/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a nice amber color with twi inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, caramel malts, nuts, and some fruity malts.

t - Tastes of caramel and bready malts mostly. A hint of fruit, mainly apple.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An average octoberfest/fall beer. Mostly caramel and bready malts in the smell and taste. While that isn't bad, nothing really stood out. Have had several times and I'm sure I'll have it again sometime.

mdfb79, Sep 23, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev +3%

Pours orangish copper with a thin head that becomes a thin patch. Minimal lacing is left.

Smells of sweet bread. Some subtle floral hop presence is noticeable.

Tastes of malty grains. Bread and some hops are mixed in. It seems, to me, to be a maltier, sweeter version of a Sam Adams lager (not just an amber ale with some caramel maltiness as some craft brews do).


It's fairly smooth, but a bit too sweet for a "session". Although not quite in the same category as a Bavarian O-fest in Germany, it has a freshness to it, and is one of the better of the style that is available in America that hasn't been sitting in who knows what conditions to arrive here.
A bit better on tap, IMO.

jwc215, Aug 28, 2006
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4/5  rDev +9%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Orange-amber in color, clear with a pleasant head and tight bubbled sticky lace.

Aroma features a largely caramel smell. The malt is crisp with creamy milk sugars coming forward. Surprisingly, the alcohol warmth comes through, too.

Very round, rich mouthfeel. The flavor comes late, but strongly. Hop is strictly a balancing act to the full crystal malt flavors. The hop is more present after the swallow, but the aftertaste is still more malt; it's also long lasting.

smcolw, Oct 31, 2004
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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