Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
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6,563 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,563
Reviews: 2,021
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 948 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of Px2GrafX
2.38/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

presentation: on tap

appearance: poured a cherry dark wood color with copper highlights in a pilsner glass. (all beers in the restaurant were poured in pilsners, so i didn't say anything.) head was a good 1" when it arrived at the table. off-white in color, and lasted for a few minutes before dropping to a thin capper. laced surprisingly well.

smell: not much to say here. not very aromatic but smelled sort of metallic much like an american micro lager. there were touches of sweetness and fruit, maybe grapes, but the fruit isn't to style. no hop aroma.

taste: again, not overly impressive. there's still that anoying cheap lager metallic taste. it was hard to get past this. there was a lot of malt character, some spice and just a touch of hop flavors in the finish. some noticible diacetyl flavors, though.

mouthfeel: the best thing about this beer. medium creamy body with just enough carbonation. the swallow was moderately smooth as well.

drinkability: this began more drinkable than it finished. the metallic taste was rough. alcohol didn't hinder, but aftertaste was less than appealing. buttery bitterness made this hard to finish.

overall: to start, this isn't one of my favorite styles. i'd like to review this again from the bottle to see if any of the negatives were from the restaurant or the tap. the buttery and metallic flavors made this hard to tolerate, and they aren't normal for this style. better luck next time.

Photo of Imsothirsty
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Lldeegan
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle poured a nice deep orange with a finger of white head, tiny bubbles, not overly carbonated. There wasn't much of an aroma to this beer, light malt, maybe some caramel.
The taste beats the smell by far. The lack of aroma led me to be very surprised, by a nice sweet caramel taste, sweet malt and very little bitterness in the finish. Leaves a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. It is has a pretty good drinkability, nice to have a few as the summer is ending.

Photo of NCLorax
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of smcnulty1981
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of intensify
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, already October and a full year since I last had this beer. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Copper colored body with a small head that stuck around for a minute before fizzling away. Biscuit tones, caramel, roasted pecans, cinnamon and spices all off a nice smell. Taste follows closely behind with the caramel really coming out on top. Goes down fairly smooth considering it is not a thick bodied beer.

Octoberfest really does scream Fall when you sip on it. Definately a beer to have on a cool fall night.

Photo of Buck6196
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bobojuice
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of abernethyj
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of RyanK252
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

A: Pours deep amber with a light tan head that fades and laces fairly well.

S: Roasted malt, a little dark fruit, and a touch of toffee sweetness.

T: Earthy, grainy, roasted malt, a little fruity, with a touch of toffee sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation. Quite crisp and drinkable.

O: Might not be the best or most authentic, but does just fine as a session brew at an equally inauthentic but fun Oktoberfest party.

Photo of SLewis
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of gbarron
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, label says best by February '06, so I just made it.

A - bright orange/copper, perfectly clear. Small, thin white foamy head, slowly escapes to the sides of the glass, looking like the caldera of a volcano. Stays till the end, leaving a little lace.

S - malt primarily, kind of smoky. Has that standard 'Sam Adams' smell of noble hops. Not hugely aromatic.

T - malt, again, predominates. Malty sweetness with some astringency from roasted malts. Noble hop spiciness in the aftertaste. Tartness at the end. Somewhat smoky - munich malt?

M - on the thin side. Carbonation level fairly high for this style, IMHO. Tickles the tongue just a bit.

D - extremely drinkable beer. Great session Oktoberfest. For its cost and flavor, definitely try this one.

Photo of JDK
4.83/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably my favorite of all brews and I look forward to it's return every year (and just as I was starting to drop a few pounds!) Poured a very nice clear golden amber with a 1/2 head that lasted quite a while. Light lacing that clings throughout the drink.
Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation, leaves a clean taste with just a hint of the spices.
Very light spice smell with a touch of hops.
For me this is a great session beer and if you haven't tried it you're missing out!

Photo of richeddi
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of industrialswill
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with not much of a head but with a nice amount of carbonation none the less.
It's good a fairly hoppy bite for a mass marketed beer.
It's malty enough to leave a slight syrupy mouthfeel.
Overall, I think this is good beer.
I like this more than their standard lager.

Photo of glinnebur
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of estevan1024
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of HarryPotHead
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Lovethemhopps
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of GETTNCRUNKED
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of woogie359
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of ericwilson54
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BennyL1
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from harvest pack bottle into SA Perfect Pint glass

A - Pours a nice amber color with a quickly dissipating head. Minimal lacing along the glass.

S - Malts, caramel, and a faint smell of nuts.

T - Sweet taste of caramel and maybe some brown sugar. Very nice malt character throughout the drink

M - Smooth with a medium body.

D - Very drinkable to say the least. Haven't had too many Octoberfest's but this is probably my favorite so far. I'll be having more when I pick up another harvest pack.

Photo of Tarks
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of michaelsmith11
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,563 ratings.