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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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4,953 Ratings
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Ratings: 4953
Reviews: 1914
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Admiraldinty

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a minimal white foamy head. Very malty, fruity-estery nose. Light on hops. Extremely creamy, but medium-bodied. Taste is malts, malts, and more malts. Finish reminds me of apple peels, and is somewhat crisp. I think this is where the hops come in. Not a bad brew. Overdoes it on the malts I think. Not my favorite Sam Adams, but highly quaffable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2003 23:29:24 | More by Admiraldinty
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John

New York

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

2003 Oktoberfest. Clear black cherry color. Thin layered creamy foam head. A vigorous swirl releases a bouquet of multi-grain bread, toasted caramel malts. A waft of concord grape fruitiness arises. The taste further affirms the nose. Nutty notes are countered with a masterful, spicey hop balance. A nip of alcohol is just enough to warm the throat. Wow, this is a Sam O'Fest? Two fresh pints of this left me wanting more. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2003 19:08:26 | More by John
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elmocoso

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2003 Bottle

Pre-October.

Coppery color with a huge billowy head on pour. head soon forgotten. Slight collar with lacy blanket left behind.

Rich maltyness in the mouth and nose and a slight metallic and watery taste and mouthfeel.

The taste is all malt in the front - good - with a subtle bitterness lingering well into the aftertaste.

Not a bad beer. Not great but not bad. I'm sure could drink quite a few in the right situation.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 02:23:42 | More by elmocoso
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok saw this for the first time today so had to try a 12 oz bottle ( 2003 of course).
I like the look of this beer..a bright ..crystal clear amber colour..with a lovelly sized off white head..nice carbonation strings present.
Good hearty malty aroma..slightly chocolaty..fresh..good.
mm taste is rather nice malts to begin with than that fades to leave a strange astrigency..its not totally repulsive but its weird none-the-less.
Average on the palate..a little cloying
Its drinkable..but Im not sure if i could mangae more than one..this doesn't even come close to the Spaten or Paulaner Oktoberfests..

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 01:55:45 | More by Reidrover
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Stubbie1

Connecticut

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

2003 bottle.

Pours a deep orange color. A slightly off white head appears at the top of my glass. The head leaves and some thin put constant lacing. The aroma is all sweet malt with maybe a very slight hint of caramel present. The taste is malt for start to middle with a hint of bitterness in the finish. There is a small creamy feeling in the mouth at the end. This beer is nicely carbonated and very enjoyable to drink. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2003 22:45:56 | More by Stubbie1
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review is for the 2003 season, which I thought was much better than last year's.
The brew pours a dark cinnamon amber, topped with frothy, yet dissipating head. The head never quite disappears, but reduces to a thin layer.
Aroma is very malty, with plenty of caramunich malt, providing a pleasant burnt caramel hint. Very clean. Some smokiness. No hops to mention.
Flavor is thick and malty. Full bodied, with moderate small bubbled carbonation. Clean flavors, no esteriness. No apparent hops. Moderate burnt caramel, with the barest touch of smokiness towards the end. A very thick malty finish. Sweet, thick maltiness in the finish, with a quickly fading malty aftertaste.
A very nice octoberfest. Probably the best version Sam Adams has done yet.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2003 06:33:10 | More by UnionMade
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TripelJ

Florida

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

Now Quaffing: Sam Adams Octoberfest

This beer pours a clear copper with a large tan head. Head dissipates quickly and there is little lacing. Nice sweet aroma with some earthiness to it. There is a nice medium body to the mouthfeel that lets you know the beer is there. Tastes are sweet--fruity and malty, with a slightly bitter finish. This is a very drinkable brew despite its mass production.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 00:35:11 | More by TripelJ
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rabidawg

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 05:18:12 | More by rabidawg
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Bruiser81

Kansas

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

Appearence was deep amber. Head was minimal diminishing quickly. However it did leave a fat lip around the edges and some lacing.
Smell was faint but consisted of caramel, sweet malt and a slight whiff of alcohol which I thought was weird. Almost a bit sour smelling.
The taste was pretty damn good. Not very heavy but refreshing. Dominated by malt. A little sweet up front followed by caramel and toffee, although none of it was very distinct.
Mouthfeel was a bit thin. I think this is my favorite Octoberfest so far this season. I'm not a huge fan of the style which is maybe why I like it. Not as much of a flavor profile as others but still good.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 02:28:26 | More by Bruiser81
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UncleAl

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a VERY beer - very malty, very fruity, very sweet, and very good.

Pours to a red, amber color that resolves to a thin head, and there's definitely a lack of any head retention here. That's a shame.

Has a sweet, malty aroma, with a touch of caramel.

There's very little active carbonation here. It makes the beer appear almost flat. However, there is a distinct mouthfeel, and a long, lingering aftertaste - akin to just having had some good, sweet Chinese food, or a facefull of cotton candy, or the like... albeit laced with a touch of hops and malt.

But this is supposed to be an Oktoberfest Märzen. The problem is, the true Märzens that I've had in/from Munich taste and look nothing like this, or vice versa. Frankly, I'm not quite sure if this is really an Oktobefest Märzen at all, other than the fact that its a seasonal Fall beer and shares the namesake.

Still, I like it, and will buy it, and drink it. It's that good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2003 15:16:46 | More by UncleAl
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jcalabre

California

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 18 March 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
This beer is somewhat malty, not very bitter. This is a typical Samuel Adams offering: far better than Bud/Miller/Coors, but nothing like a good micro. drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 02:41:30 | More by jcalabre
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BierReise

Florida

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear deep orangish amber with a small head that dissipates to nothing. Nutty malty aroma. Thin and unimpressive with a good amount of malt but an awful metallic and bitter aftertaste. Used to be great years ago, good example of what can happen to a good brewery who loses sight of the beer in exchange for expansion and distribution as well as macro marketing.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 10:44:04 | More by BierReise
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Stingray5

New York

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003 release poured a red/amber. Head was gone by the time it reached me. I was unable to detect much of anything aroma wise, so I guess it's up to the taste buds. Not much happening yet - too cold. After letting it warm, taste was mostly malt and caramel, with a minor hop presence. Finish was dry dry dry, with some dryness and left a bit of a dry feeling on my palate. Pucker-fest is more like it.

Not bad, but no where near as good as I remember it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2003 01:44:59 | More by Stingray5
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a bright amber/brown. Thin white head that quickly dissipates. No lace. Lots of carbonation.

Not much to the smell. Heavy sweet malt aroma with hints of caramel.

Tastes of malt and caramel like the smell. Bitter aftertaste. A bit weak tasting. Medium-bodied.

This is a solid brew and quite drinkable but there is nothing special or distinctive from this beer. There are alot better Oktoberfests out there, unfortunately they don't seem to be available around here.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 02:43:46 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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oelergud

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A good looking beer with the Autumn colored label, bottle and cap, freshness marked on the label. Clear amber color and off white head.

Smell: This is my first October Fest brew and I have no clue what the style should be like, this seems like a tentative beer, the smell is very mild with just barely a hint of spice.

Taste: Some caramel and a little too much carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Feels like it goes flat pretty fast after having too much carbanation up front. Leaves an aftertaste that to me is neither pleasant nor offensive, it's just there.

Drinkability: A little boring to drink.

Notes: No idea if this is typical of an October Fest beer, I hope not as it was a dull experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2003 00:17:40 | More by oelergud
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, brownish red in color with minimal tan head that quickly dissipates.
Sweet, lightly roasty malt and earthy hop aroma.

Taste follows the nose. Sweet, lightly roasty, biscuity, toffee malt. Some earthy hop balance and crispness, but sweet overall. Touch of spiciness as well. Sweetness lingers on the palate a bit at the finish.

Mouthfeel just a bit thin.
Fairly smooth and clean with good drinkability.

Overall, a solid Octoberfest, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 02:53:19 | More by PhantomVodoo
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TinusTime

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this twice once drinking from the bottle (no glasses avail) and the second time from a proper glass.. The review is from the glass. The beer pours coppery orange with some brown highlights. nice off white head that held nicely and laced well.. Smell was of malts with hint of caramel and a bit of spice. Taste was heavy with malt and with a touch of burnt sugar and a bit of aluminum foil ( yes ive chewed aluminum foil) the finish is balanced with a slight bit of hops, but overall this is a malty beer. Mouthfeel was much better in the glass. In the bottle it seemed a bit heavy probably due to the carbonation, but when poured into a glass it became much more drinkable. Perhaps a bit to heavy for a session beer, but not a bad offering from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 19:22:12 | More by TinusTime
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best by date of 2/2004 into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clead reddish copper liquid with a modest ecru head. Decent lacing while the head lasts, which was about 2-3 minutes.

Smell: Caramel malts quite prominent. Slight hop presence. Weird metallic tang skulking in the background.

Taste: More sugary than malty at first. Caramel and toasted malts then segue into a grainy taste.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability: Nothing overly spectacular. Quite drinkable. I'll finish the 6-pack with no complaint, but I suspect there are better O-fests out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 00:03:39 | More by ManekiNeko
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chaduvel

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber in color, fresh off the tap. Decent off white head. Aromas--some indistinct spices, lots of malts and some fruits, grapes maybe? Taste is surprisingly sweet. Again, lots of malts in this brew some spices a bit of hops, but mostly this sweet taste and loads of malts. Clean and drinkable, but not spectacular. I'm no expert on this style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2003 21:02:04 | More by chaduvel
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Scoats

Pennsylvania

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

Rather a traditional O-fest which to me means a very nice drinkable session beer but rather uninspired. I prefer several American takes on the style, such as Flying Fish Oktoberfish, which have a nice hoppy aftertaste. Not too much hop, enough to keep it very drinkable yet be a little more interesting.

The SA O-fest is very traditional as I said, very drinkable - I could see myself drinking 5-6 of these over a several hour period, but it was not especially interesting. Maybe in a big tankard with the bottom getting warm before you get to it, it might be more interesting. In a 16oz serving, it went down quickly and unmemoraby.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2003 15:24:29 | More by Scoats
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Rumrunner

California

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle.

I found this beer to be uninspired. It is a well made beer but just a notch over average.

It has a nice copper appearance. Small head with no lacing. The head dissipates almost immeadiatly. I swirled this beer alot to get the scents out. Very weak. Sweet malts and some fruit. An unpleasant sour scent at the end.

The flavors are many but only the malt really stands out. It is a medium sweet caramel flavor that is prominent. Some hops but not any bite to them. There is some mild fruit offerings and a green grape taste at the end. The aftertaste lingers too long as well.

It drinks pretty easy. Goes down smooth. Nothing extra special. Not too dense. Medium bodied. I want to try some other Octoberfest beers and see the difference.

I think this company has some excellent product. I just do not find anything really unique about this beer. A notch above average.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 05:13:06 | More by Rumrunner
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This was a simple, copper beer that produced a one-finger beige head. It disappeared quickly, eventually leaving only a ring of foam around the circumference of the glass.

Smell: The smell was composed of sweet and caramel malts with a touch of dark fruit and cherries. There were occasional aromas of cracker and roasted malt, but they were very faint. At first, I thought that the smell was rather one-dimensional, but as the beer sat, it gained more complexity.

Mouthfeel: There was a creamy smoothness at the front of the tongue that picked up some bite as the beer moved back into the mouth. Then, after the beer was swallowed, there was a light tingle on the tongue.

Taste: There was not much going on in the taste department. A corny, malty sweetness dominated the flavor from start to finish. As the beer started to really warm up, a bit of bitterness joined the finish, but it was very mild.

I think that I will pass on this beer for the rest of the season. Kind of bland, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 20:37:05 | More by Quaffer
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2003 version (01SEP03) is equally attractive. Nose isn't as strong, but still has a toasty malt foundation. Mouthfeel still comes in at a 4, smoothing out the more you drink. Flavor is again good and malty, yet the cloying sweetness of last year is gone. There is a subtle, sharp/spicy characteristic that hits you late, in the back of the throat. Nicely toned-down as the '02 version had a real bite. Poured 3 bottles into a Spaten litre glass stein, and it's going down very well. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

*** ***

Ahhh... the first Sammy O-fest of the season....(16AUG02).... just a prelude to a shit-load of more O-Fest in the next couple of months!!! Poured a luscious dark-copper to amber color, with a huge, off-white, frothy head. Sticks around a bit, with nice lacing! Darker than most O-Fests, including the Munchen originals. Nose has lots of toasty malt, as well as some sharp spiciness from the hops (Tettnang, right?). Body was middle-of-the-road, and slightly rough on the tongue at first, but it smooths a bit as it warms. There is a big, semi-sweet malt backbone to this baby, along with that hop sharpness again. Jumps right out at you! This version has more hop-spiciness than the Munchen varieties, and is quite pleasant. Mmmm-mmmm good! Hello, O-Fest season!!! A big Zum Wohl!!! (Original rating - ?)

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Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 17:21:17 | More by Bierman9
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RoyalT

Ohio

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

Appearance – Nice, light orange body with a big head that held on long and laced the glass.

Smell – Lightly toasted malt in accordance with the style.

Taste – Smooth, creamy, lightly burnt malt flavor. There’s a little caramel touch at the end, but mostly just the smooth, easy, malt taste. Excellent rendition of the style.

Mouthfeel – No carbonation and very creamy.

Drinkability – This went down quickly, which is the telltale sign of a good Oktoberfest beer. When I lived in Germany, I used to drink these warm on tap (the bartender would warm it with a heated tool dunked in the beer specifically for that purpose), and they would often go down after just three or four gulps. I wasn’t trying to chug the mug, but they were just that smooth.

Comments – I drank this at room temperature, and it was very reminiscent of the Oktoberfest beers that I had in Germany. Excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2003 02:32:41 | More by RoyalT
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taez555

Massachusetts

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

Had it on tap at the Sam Adams Brewhouse at Logan Airport in Boston.

Poured a dark amber, but very clear, body. A small off white head sat atop.

The nose was very sweet and malty. Caramel, some roasted malt, very mellow, hints of brown sugar, wood, touch of alcohol, grass, and some nice noble earthy hop touches, but all very faint.

The taste was very smooth and malty. A tiny soft bitterness. Rather highly carbonated. Wood, earth, caramel, light brown sugar, maybe even a slight slight slight smoke touch, more of a backwoods earthyness.

It ends with perfect balance of malt and earthy hop. It actually has an ever so slight touch of citrus bitterness.

This beer gets much better as it warms. But overall I can't help but think Bud meets Sam Adams kicked up a notch. An odd but still extremely yummy combonation. A great middle of the road Octoberfest by SA.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2003 07:52:00 | More by taez555
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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