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Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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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 Randygroves
5/5  rDev +36.6%

I dont think there can be better. Felt the hint of fall in the air and cracked open one. Ahh just like last years flavor. Almost like dinking that Fall feeling. Sweet flavor of spices and a very pleasant lingering after taste. Thumbs up Sam!!

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a deep orange/brown color with a thin head. The smell is full of mellow flavors and toasted malt. The taste was very nice with good mixtures of heavy malt with a slight citrus tang on the end to make this a great easy drinking beer for when the seasons start to change. The mouthfeel was nice, and refreshing.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a gorgeous deep, clear amber. Two finger head with spotty lacing. This is a sweet malty brew that's tasty and goes down smooth. Nothing to write home about; the hops are sorely missing (or very light). One's enough.

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Photo of Roxie_B
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Serving: Bottle into pint glass
Looks: Copper color with garnet highlights transparent with a thing bone white head that dissipated into a collar.
Smell: Oranges, Biscuits and Honey.
Taste: Citrus, Apples, Yeast.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and lightly carbonated.
Overall: A good introduction to the style. Perhaps serving with sugar cookies is not the best idea as the combination of the apple/orange juice and cookies took me back to preschool.

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Photo of JHubner73
4/5  rDev +9.3%

I've been drinking Sam Adams Octoberfest for five seasons now, and it never disappoints. With its auburn color and thin head it looks tasty in a chilled mug(my dad's trusty Stroh's mug to be exact.)

It smells hoppy, with hints of various spices. Taste-wise it hits the the tongue and you get a tangy pinch on the taste buds. Malts, hops, and various autumn spices create a refreshing experience. It's not a heavy beer, so they go down smooth. The colder the better.

For me, Sam Adams Octoberfest is a fall tradition, like Halloween and the changing of the leaves. Without it autumn wouldn't be the same.

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Photo of JAck199
3/5  rDev -18%

A bit better than last year. Still yearning for the beer they brewed years ago. I use to buy 10 cases when it was a craft brew.....unfortunately, now mass produced it has lost the subtle flavors that made it great. I'm now down to one beer a year.

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Photo of Kris450
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

I really liked this beer. Very light mouthfeel with a beautiful caramel color. It had a warm feel to it, like a good friend. I would drink a few of these for sure!

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Serving Type: Bottle

Poured into a Heineken Pint Glass

A- Pours a deep amber colour that is almost orange in nature. This beautiful hue is topped with delicious 2 1/2 finger lumpy head that is stuff of absolute perfection. Samuel Adams Octoberfest is a stunning beer to behold.

S- The aroma of this brew is pure sweetness! Tons of malt action going on that is well accented by some caramel notes . The scent is not offensive in any way and is actually quite inviting!

T- Much of the taste is similar to the aroma but without the sweetness. Lots of malt notes going on along with the caramel notes that are accompanied by some interesting toffee/taffy-like flavours in the aftertaste (think salt water taffy). Incredibly delicious and very satisfying.

M- Low-Medium carbonation that is appropriate for the style. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick but not chewy by any standards: Very nice indeed..

O- Samuel Adams Octoberfest, although being my first taste into the Oktoberfest style, was an enjoyable experience to say the least. Not only is the beer nice to look at but it holds some beautiful aromas and tastes that leave you in satisfaction. This brew is easily my favourite Lager and also my new favourite Samuel Adams beer! Well done, guys!

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Photo of hopsputin
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

a: its a very clear dark amber color with some hints of brown and low ruby red. 3 finger white somewhat-rocky head

s: malts, malts malts. caramel, sweet toffee, hint of baking sugar. a very faint hint of dark fruit

t: not as overly sweet as the aroma indicated. there is definitely a ton of malts in here - caramel, toffee, light brown sugar. but there is also a pretty big, what i'll call, lager quality in here. almost like a bready cracker. perhaps the yeast? finishes with a bunch more malt toffee sweetness, and something with a hint of bitterness; like a very faint earthy leaf bitterness.

m: its a medium moth feel. on the lower side of medium carbonation

o: it is what it is. i know people seem to polarize around this beer, but its an easy drinker that is loaded with malts. its not too complex, and it may not be the truest to the style, but its a nice drinker after a day of work when you don't want to think too much about what you're drinking

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +9.3%

A: Clear filtered orange colour with lots of bubbles. Huge 6 finger orange cream coloured head with large and small bubbles.

S: Apple juice, lager yeasts, this style is the gamey scent and taste of lagers, a stronger more rustic scent than your average German lager. This version captures that.

T: Light sweetness with the same gamey strong lager taste combined with lager yeasts, dough like bready quality, fusel like as well. A great job.

M: Medium thick bready body, little carbonation. Slightly syrupy.

O: An excellent version of this brew. Got it in Kalamazoo at Tiffany’s, drinking it in Port Huron.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%

Poured bottle into glass. 5.3%abv

Appearance- A lively, vibrant burnt orange, ironically the same hue as the Fall foliage. A thick two finger head with good retention and carbonation.

Smell- Smells of a fresh bready malt with sweet caramel notes in the background. A bit of peppery spice as well.

Taste- Sweet malty flavor with caramel and a bit of sugar prominent. Some dryness in the back end with a touch of corn as well which tells you this is still a lager if you weren't already aware octoberfest are. Finishes smooth with the ever so slightest detection of hops.

Mouthfeel- Nice carbonation. The beer is thin but has enough taste that it is not watery. Easy drinking.

Overall- A fine example of the style that highlights the Fall Season. Full of flavor with an outstanding malt flavor. Great Marzen.

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12oz bottle into a pilsner

A - Beautiful clarion amber with a short, light tan head that leaves a passable amount of lace.

S - Lots of sweet malt and very noticeable hops.

T - Pilsner and lots of crystal malt. Very apparent of hop bitterness.

M - Carbonation is good for the style. Fullness is spot on. It's a bit dry and leaves behind an astringency.

O - Not bad, really. This one got knocks more for the astringent aftertaste than anything else. Also, the crystal wasn't balanced very well. Still pretty drinkable, though. The colder, the better.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz Brown Bottle with pry-off cap enjoy by month of "Jan" poured into a Becker Glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber with 1/2 finger of head

Smell: Caramel malt and breadiness

Taste: I find a that a noble hop bitter comes right at the tip of your tongue then there is a rich caramel malt in the middle with a slightly sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation but has a lighter mouthfeel than I expected

Overall: There's a nice amount of caramel flavor with a slight noble hop bitterness to help balance it out. I personally would prefer a little more depth in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of udfan07
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite seasonal beers. The smell and taste remind me of fall and it is so smooth to drink. It pours a copper color with lacing left on the glass as you drink it. A smooth beer that reminds me of fall. The finish of the beer is so smooth. I look forward to this beer every year.

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Photo of BeerLovinWoman87
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams does it again! Picked this up as a single bottle at a liquor store, and I'm very glad I did! I'm drinking it now and it's a wonderful beer. I can taste the malt and caramel. This is truly one of my favorite beers and I love to have more!

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Photo of BMFR1811
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type- 12 oz bottle with current freshness date

Appearance- perfect orangey, amber with a soft white head and great lacing

Smell- I smell baked bread, slight German hops, floral but earthy

Taste- malt, and more malt. The Munich malt is highlighted, dry finish but still has the sweetness forward on the tongue

Mouthfeel- there is a 'fullness' to the mouth feel, it's the perfect amount of carbonation and body, sweet, but there is a lasting maltiness that is very pleasant

Overall- okay, I know it's mass produced and no longer a 'micro brew' and people love to hate Sam Adams, but this is my go to octoberfest. I love it, I look forward every year when it is released. I am not sure if it it just the nostalgia that surrounds this beer to me, but it is always solid offering from Sam and it is consistently good

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

All jokes aside this stuff isn't too bad. Served semi-cold in a bottle at Hooters.

A-thick head tan head with good lacing. Foamy head.

S-could smell the spices with a hint of clove. Very vague pumpkin smell. Dark malts

T- hints of caramel are there as well as cloves an spices. Hardly any pumpkin taste. Tastes like harvest time in Oklahoma.

It's a good beer and I'll prob have it again. Quality beer and quantity

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Octoberfest Brewed by Boston Beer Company with an ABV of 5.3% This brew pours out a light brown color with a small white head. The smell is rich with grains and some sweetness. There is not much to the smell of this brew. The taste is smooth and rich with spices. This brew has a nice balance to it, there is nothing over powering . The mouthfeel is nice and pleasent and crisp. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out of 5. Samuel Adams Octoberfest was better than what I expecting. I would get this brew again.

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Photo of hopman333
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ok, the first O - Fest of the season and I usually do not like Sam Adam's version but I had to pick it up anyway's. Pleasantly surprised here as well.

My first bottle out of the sixer was not that cold but cool enough, the suspense was killing me and it was my first beer of the day. Upon cracking her open I did the usual one nostril to the neck of the bottle and sniffed repeatedly . Nice caramel / Tootsie Roll and clean noble hop aroma mix. Immediately noticed none of the old aromas I used to find and dislike about this brew.

The color was a beautiful Marzen deep caramel hue that fits the style perfectly. Enough said on with the flavor.

It starts out with a nice prickly carbonation that tingles the tongue in a good way and then quickly shifts to a beautiful harmony of sweet ( but not cloying at all ) caramel malts and a spicy noble hop bite that upon swallowing kind of reminds you of a Boston Lager but slightly richer in malt character then the latter. I used to REALLY DISLIKE this beers overly rich and earthy maltiness and ZERO hops to balance it out. It used to have a very dark coconutty flavor that was not really toasty but just plain Blah !!! . This years batch is balanced, refreshing and just sooo easy to drink, that how I like my O - Fests. One of my favourites is Paulaner and this is much closer in terms of mouthfeel and drinkability to some of it's German counterparts. They definitely improved and tweaked this year's batch BIG TIME. Now it's a true drinkable fest beer that used to suffer from a way to deep and dark maltiness with zero balance.

If your an O - Fest fan like myself you should for sure pick up a sixer this year. I think you will agree that the flavor and drinkability are up a few notches from years past.

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Photo of Alexscott92
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer it's great around the fall season it's got a good taste and a really nice flavor with food like deserts such as nuts and pies one of favorite beers that I look forward to every year I am not a huge Sam Adams drinker but this on did by far the best in my opinion it's really full flavored so I will be stocking up when this beer comes back you can count on that hahaha

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Photo of blackcompg
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours over 2 fingers of light mocha head which fades quickly, body is a bright translucent orange copper, leaves broken webbed lacing on the inside of the glass.

Smell - Light pit fruits, lightly roasted malts, light earthy hops, light roasted toffee.

Taste - Much like the nose, a good balance of light toffee, light roasted malt, and some earthy hops. Light minerals and slight bitter earthiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, medium carb is smooth on the center of the tongue with a few bright edges along the sides, very drinkable.

Overall - A decent representative of the style, the mixed 12pk has some nice offerings. Good price point and very easy to find.

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Photo of Foyle
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1"+ off white head recedes fairly quickly leaving decent lacing. Significant carbonation bubbles stream up the amber-brown brew.
Aroma: pleasant combination of toasted malts and spicy hops.
Mouthfeel: between light and medium bodied, fairly crisp and somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: Caramel malt and toffee, maybe a slight flavor of orange rind. The bitterness of the hops is noticeable but the malt still dominates.
Overall: a very good offering from Sam Adams.

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Photo of thefullmontiii
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My personal favorite beer. Wonderfully balanced warm aroma that gently whiffs of the hop character. Beautiful slightly browned head, and a lovely amber color. The warmth of the malt followed by a smoothly bitter hop bite comes on nicely, and leaves only a slight aftertaste making you want more. Not too heavy, but definitely nowhere near what you'd call light. Perfect compliment to a meal, or to be consumed on it's own.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper colored. Large, fluffy, off-white head. Smells semi sweet and malty. Crisp, clean toasted, slightly sweet bready malts. Hops are noticeable, but subtle. Just a little spice kick. Clean, dry finish. Great malty aftertaste. I know people like to hate on BBC, but this is one of the top handful of marzens, American and abroad. I encourage anyone who doesn't think so to do a blind test with an Ayinger.

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Photo of Rhf9120
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Sam Adams. There's not much more I can say that already hasn't been said. Great smell and flavor in my opinion exactly what you would expect from a marzen style beer. I'm a big fan of Sam Adams beers and I've always been partial to their Octoberfest.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,088 ratings.