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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

6,631 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 6,631
Reviews: 2,039
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,105 | 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 Genuine
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A - A nice copper color with a thin head that left minimal lacing, but enough to be noticed.

S - a hint of roasted malt, some caramel.

T - A nice hint of sweetness, not much, not a lot. But just the correct amount to make you have more. Very nice flavor in this one, a hit with me in the fall time.

M - I would say it's well balanced.

Drinkability - definitely a nice beer to have in the fall time. I could have one after the other.

Photo of micahmye
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of OCdrummer7271
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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

It looks like I'm the first to review the canned version (no bottle experience for comparison--I've had it in bottles, but over 5 years ago and avoided it since).

Pours very nice dark amber with ample medium-grained tan-orange head that does not stick around. No visible carbonation in the glass (aside from the head); some lacing, but fairly minor.

Smells distinctly of malt with a clear burnt orange note. Dank acidic smell follows.

Taste is a similar combination of sweet and toasted malt, orange and an additional note of cooked winter squash (or pumpkin). This turns into a briny feel on the back of the tongue with a fairly acrid finish of burnt wood and characteristics of medium-rye bread, but sweet malt finish. Once the malt clear, the orange and squash return in aftertaste and linger for a while, along with what feels like fermented corn.

Medium bodied with strong carbonation--nothing "refined" about this beer. Alcohol is far more pronounced than 5.3% ABV would suggest. Definitely neither smooth nor crisp, but certainly dry.

Not sure if this is the best representative of Oktoberfest style. Some pleasant effervescence and sweet notes are offset by excessive booziness and bitterness that is more closely associated with cheap AALs. Bitterness can be offset a bit by drinking the beer cold, but some of the bock nuances are then lost. Freshness is not an issue as this was in the first week of the very first can release, so something else is going on that makes this beer somewhat unbalanced. My initial reaction was negative, but this beer somewhat grows on you. Not sure if I would consider this for further bulk purchase (bought a 12-pack this time). I would prefer more hops bitterness in this than the burnt wood taste that I got, but it maybe characteristic of the style they are trying to follow. Distinctly tastes and looks like autumn, so the brewer certainly succeeded on that account. Probably best left to seasonal mixed pack--no need to get a mono 12

NB EDIT: Following some experimentation, found that this tastes best from a tall glass (and straight from the can!), not from more traditional beerware. The "burnt wood" taste is gone and sweet maltiness came to the forefront instead. Just to be sure, tried it in some other glassware combinations and confirmed the acrid burnt wood flavor in all but tall ice tea glass and can. Not something I would have expected. Tall glass also brings back the bock character that I initially expected and reduces the booziness. Upgraded the scores accordingly.

Photo of Lovethemhopps
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of jawas
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Burtonfree77
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Uncledoobz
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of grynder33
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange gold color pour, hoppy slightly citrus aroma, nice round malty citrus spicey taste. Sam Adams always seems to pack in a nice full bold flavor. The taste stayed full and bold to the very end. Sam Adams is truely one of the treasures of the world brewing market.

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

Pours a crystal clear dark amber. Very similar to iced tea. Pillowy, light tan head that falls to a thin ring. Little to no lacing.
Aromas of toasted bread, toffee, caramel. Very light hop presence. Quite malty, but not very sweet.
Very malty, but not overly sweet flavors. Again, toasted bread, but the caramel/toffee flavors seem to come through more to create more sweetness than in the aroma. Light hop presence.
Medium-light mouthfeel. The flavors wash off the palate rather quickly, but the beer is not watery at all. Good carbonation.
Quite drinkable, as a good O-fest should be. Good, but inoffensive, flavors make this a drinker all day in the halls.
There may be better O-fests out there, but I like this one and wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Photo of eristicrat
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BuddyZ
4/5  rDev +9%

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

Appearance: Pours a darkish golden orange/amber with a fairly white small head with disappearing bubbles.

Smell: Bready with a slight twinge of herbal/earthy hops. Sweet malt that has a distinct toasted profile.

Taste: Toasted fresh bread with a nice subtle hop undertone (mostly earthy hop notes). Finishes pretty sweet, like fresh rolls you just pulled from the oven.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fairly clean with a light to medium body.

Drinkability: A very nice and appropriate seasonal from BBC. It definitely has a distinct Sam Adams-y note to it (probably due to similar ingredients in their other malt forward brews). Definitely shows that they aren't too bad and priced excellently when you grab one of there non wheat/fruit beers.

Photo of Yagman3000
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of zacalabeer76
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of trickynicky
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of UBrew1984
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MIbeer27
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Marvicsin
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rabidawg
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nut brown with a hint of ruby. Decent carbonation. Smallish head that settled to a thin ring. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Malt-heavy, with a nice sweetness with a nice dark earthiness. Hops take a back seat, with the slightest greenness present. Some nice fruity notes giving way to a hint of grain at the end.

Taste: More sweet malts, with a nice crispy roastiness to the bier. Carbonation bites the tongue, but settles into creamy, mouth-filling goodness. Hops squeeze the cheeks and tongue in the end, and lend a certain freshness to the finish.

Notes: Not a bad O'fest, and much better as it warms. If memory serves me, the draft (last year, at least) was significantly more impressive than the bottled version.

Photo of jim102864
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass and noted the nice copper hue with a thin, slightly bubbly head. The carbonation bubbles cling to the glass throughout the exprience. The aroma speaks of hay, copper pennies, somewhat metallic and grassy. Interesting combination of aromas. The taste is slightly nutty and grassy. There is some carbonation mixing in which impacts the mild bite in the finish to a certain degree. Not an overly malty flavor. The mouthfeel is carbonated, moderately bitter in the finish, quick and slippery in that it doesn't leave any lasting impression after the swallow. It's a nice seasonal brew that is not overly exciting. Still, it is quite drinkable. Also not a session brew but worth the price for a pint.

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler from a 12 oz. bottle. Freshness date is January 2010.

The pour is a nice dark orange with about two fingers' head. Retention and lacing are both decent.

The nose starts with a sweet smell before changing to one of bread and spices. The taste contains the same flavours, but the sweetness hangs around as the bready and spicy notes appear. They meld before leading to a bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side with a good amount of carbonation to create a crisp beer. Drinkability is good; it leaves me wanting more.

While not specifically true to the style of most Märzens, this is a nice beer that will be a staple of the autumn (until early October when the Winter Lager is put out, anyway (-: ).

Photo of paxchristi
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12.oz bottle into tankard.

Appearance: Dark amber orange. Definitely malt-centric from its appearance. However, the head was quite possibly one of the worst examples of head I've seen. Even for a mid-sized brewery lager, its poor. Disappointed. A brewery like Boston Brew should be expected to do much better than this.

Nose: Totally malt-centric (as can be expected). It's very reminiscent of a very malty amber. Its fairly strong actually. A bit sticky in the nose. Probably from a hint of fruit juice.

Taste: Totally decent. Light malt-centric with some sticky juice and perhaps a bit of hops in the back. I like the balance. Its its strong point for this beer. The flavors jive well together.

Mouth: Clean, crisp, and very well carbonated.

Overall: I enjoy this beer. However, its not so good that it stands out amidst the sea of other Octoberfest beers. I keep the bottles of the ones that I think are worth remembering. Sadly, this one is going in the recycle bag. However, it really is a fairly solid example of the style. Sam Adams needs to stick to lagers. This really is a pretty good one.

Photo of Fermenticusrex
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,631 ratings.