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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
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5,135 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,135
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 45
Gots: 245 | 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:
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Swim424

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

A- deep orange/red. very clean looking. very nice decent head. dissipated into thin white layer on top.

S- Cant tell a whole lot here. I have a little cold so I can smell much. I do smell some sweetness. Definitly malty.

T- A little bland due to cold but Im doing my best. Im getting some sweet maltyness to it. A mix of carbonation and hop at the end, not very powerful though.

MF- A little leftover creamy layer to it. A little aftertaste nothing bad.

O-overall this is a pretty good beer. I will probably re-review/edit in a couple days when i get my senses all the way back.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 04:32:49 | More by Swim424
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at TGIF

A: Typical Octoberfest appearance. Pretty much a golden,bronzed orange color with a thin off white head. Larger sized bubbles that don't hang around too long.

S: A few different aromas come through. All very light with none outshadowing another. Toasted caramel. A bit nutty and spicy as well. Not overwhelming.

T: Toasty and grainy. An underlying sweetness brings it all together.

M: Pretty much on the thin side. Not watery but not far from it. Carbonation seems fine.

Overall: Oktoberfest lagers aren't typically my cup of tea but there are better offerings out there then this one for sure. My favorite being Victory Festbier.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 22:58:23 | More by BigMike
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Craibcr

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had this in DC off tap, have since had it in the bottle. Better off tap.

A: Pours a rich orange color with very little head.

S: Hint of malts and spice.

T: A weak taste, was pretty disappointed by it. You can taste a hint of malt to it that comes on a bit more strongly towards the end. There's another flavor that I can't identify that picks up at the end as well.
M: Coats the mouth a little bit, but not nearly as much as most beers would. Flows smoothly through the mouth, and the carbonation is noticeable.

O: It's a decent beer, but not one of the best. I was fairly enthusiastic about it at first, but I've begun to enjoy it less and less.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 20:51:34 | More by Craibcr
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BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

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

I'll admit that I really didn't like this beer that much when I first tried it in a "make-your-own" six-pack. However, it really grew on me when I tried the style a couple more times. This particular one came from the Sam Adams Fall Seasonal 12-pack.

The beer pours a translucent amber color. It has a sort of buttery malt smell and flavor that is different than most other styles (recently I have had an Irish Red that is similar). This is probably why I did not originally like this style. But, once I was used to this flavor, I was sad to finish the ones I had.

I would highly recommend trying this beer (and others of the style), especially because they are only available during the Fall season. If new to the style, it may take some getting used to since it is so different, but it is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 19:41:38 | More by BeerNoobNC
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kemoarps

Washington

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

Pours a clear amber colour with minimal head.
The nose is crisp, with hints of a light toasty malt.
Flavour follows through, crisp and smoothe, with mostly malty tones. Not particularly complex.
Well carbonated, and crisp, but surprisingly filling.
Overall, it's about what I'd expect from Sam Adams; not likely to offend anyone's tastebuds, but not really anything particularly exciting either. A 'safe' beer, might be good for gatherings, particularly with those who are less enamoured of the craft brew scene.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 17:38:20 | More by kemoarps
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NerveStorm

California

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A mellow October beer with a smooth finish. Good flavor with less bite than I expected. I found this a very pleasing drink. There is a malt bias, with no IPA like bitterness. Great with a meal or just a refreshing drink. I wish this one was around more of the year.

Serving type: growler

10-26-2011 04:09:12 | More by NerveStorm
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MadTown1000

Virginia

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass from the bottle.

A - Really nice looking. Caramel color resolves into something like light maple syrup after the bubbles float to the top. Maybe an inch of orange head melts away to nothing over the course of a minute.

S - Aroma is relatively strong, and almost citrusy.

T - Taste follows the look more than the smell - it's sweet, very malty, but also something of a maple sugar taste. Not cloying, but almost like the label says - "what we want fall to taste like". Hackneyed, sure, but somehow right.

M - It's a nice, heavy beer. Not stout-heavy, but enough to establish it a something substantial.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 02:06:19 | More by MadTown1000
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As far as appearance goes, Sam Adams Octoberfest definitely has traditional color tones for the style. The beer pours a deep-auburn that has a small, but very, bubbly head. The head doesn't stay for very long, quickly dissipating into a thin ring around the interior of the glass.
The aroma from this pint is faint, but that which does escape, is full of malty notes. Caramel dominates the nose with a subtle background of toffee and breadiness.
The taste parallels the aroma nicely. The first part of the taste was full of caramel and a bread-y character. The tastes finishes a little sweet, but not overpowering resulting in a clean, crisp take on a European staple.
It had been sometime since the last time I poured myself an Octoberfest. I was pleasantly surprised with the fullness of its body, not chewy or aqueous, but medium-bodied with a nice level of carbonation.
With an ABV (Alcohol by Volume) of 5.3%, Sam Adams Octoberfest is sessionable during those cool, refreshing fall evenings in New England. It is not the best American interpretation of this style, but is well-made brew that has the ability to open minds to craft beer as it did for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 23:15:32 | More by PEIhop
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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer crushes the generic Euro Marzen and Mexican Macro Vienna Lager ... but compared to the best Marzen's it is just too sweet.

The label brags of using 6 malts... no idea why, Vienna Lager traditionally gets by one just one malt. Marzen's are just a beefier version of that beer, so there's no reason for all the caramel malt they surely use.

Chewy and sweet, its a flavorsome, even inspiring, Lager. It's just too much to be counted as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 23:12:10 | More by MONKandTUCK
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OsuJohn

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell- sweet, malt aroma

Taste- malty, smooth

Mouth- medium- not too dense, not too light

Overall- excellent overall. One of the beat beers around and one of the best examples of an Octoberfest. I've had several different octoberfest beers and this is the best.

I look forward to it every year.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 07:05:52 | More by OsuJohn
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a 14oz. flute.

Appearance: Off the bat looks great, not a bad look at all I just wish everything else reflected the way it looked. Amber with an initial 1/4 light amber head settles quickly after the pour.

Smell: Slight hoppy smell to it.

Taste: Very creamy, slight orange peel. Better marzens out there but this one is definitely worth keeping.

Mouth: Malty dry citrus taste, could definitely be improved I don't like to name other brands on reviews but would I look to more of the European side of the "Octoberfest" beers.

Overall: Good beer, would recommend to all beer drinkers. If you're looking for something to please you and your friends especially factoring it comes out during football season don't be timid. Could be little creamier but my opinion doesn't count...does it?

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 03:40:44 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is a wonderful clear red color that is unfortunately the highlight of this beer in my opinion. The head is rather shy and does not stick around for much longer than it takes to pour the beer into a glass.

The aroma is almost non-existent although there is a little bit of a toasted caramel aroma.

The beer tastes very clean, no esters from yeast are present. The flavor is of caramel and a slight bit of toast. Overall it leans towards the sweet side and does not clean off your pallet enough to want to take another sip right away.

Overall this beer is okay, not great.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 00:47:38 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice red-orange color. Fluffy one-finger head.

Crisp, sweet, malty aroma.

Great flavor. Really complex malt profile. Low bitterness (appropriate). There is a cleanliness to the finish, yet, the malt lingers on the tongue.

Excellent mouthfeel. Nice and heavy bodied. there's even a slightly "chewy" feel to it. Carbonation level is just right.

I love this beer. It's good to have a nice, drinkable beer that heavily tips the scales to the malty side every once in a while. I definately drink my fair share in September and October.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 22:37:33 | More by UnderPressure
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with bright orange edges and a one finger off white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma of this beer is really bland with an earthy quality along with some subtle spice but not much sweetness or malt coming through. Hints of floral, grassy pine along with some pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Very faint malt sweetness even as it warms.

Fuller bodied and more complex than I expected. The hop presence from the aroma is present up front providing faint dry bitterness which compliments the spice character. Hints of pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove linger over the sweet malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. The malt character is much stronger in the flavor than the aroma suggests with some sweet caramel and rye along with some faint pumpkin, toffee and biscuit. Decently balanced and sessionable but nothing extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 05:53:26 | More by corby112
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Tschnab

New York

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

A- pours a light brown amber color topped with a thin head and light lace notches.

S- aroma is caramel malt and a cereal grain breadiness. Light nutty notes.

T- much like the smell, the taste focuses on the malt bill. There is a very faint salt note to this beer I can't quite put my finger on. The finish is dry.

O- a solid fall classic, no complaints.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2011 20:03:31 | More by Tschnab
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Cummins9110

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice clear amber color with a nice and frothy white head. Smells of sweet caramel and toasty malts, also get that crisp lager smell, I take a sip and get a medium bodied mouthfeel with sweet caramel and some slight malts, altho I can realy get a noble hop taste, maybe hallertau or tettnager hops, some noble variety, ends in a long lasting caramel taste which makes me want another drink. To be honest i think this beer needs more malty bready taste and less aroma addition hops. While this is a good october fest Im possitive Sam Adams could do better.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2011 05:06:27 | More by Cummins9110
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BucannonXC5

California

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was reddish caramel. Maybe a ½-inch of head that dissipated very quickly. Minimal lacing. Minimal film on the sides.

Smelled like an amber. Maybe some roasty caramel malts. Some toffee late, but a bit weak altogether.

Tasted similar to the nose. Roasty malts up front, reminded me of Gordon Biersch’s Marzen. Malt heavy.

Medium body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Fairly long finish.

About what I expected. Just so-so, but good for the fall/winter.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 01:58:02 | More by BucannonXC5
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Jacktoberfest in a plastic cup

Appearance: amber with a tan one finger head that lingers; decent lacing

Smell: malty, bready; some spiciness

Taste: Very smooth, malts come through with an almost sweet finish. Light hops

Mouthfeel: medium, really coats the tongue

Overall: I was never too excited about this one from a bottle. But on tap, the freshness really comes through. Smooth, yet robust. A nice fall beer. A really solid seller at the beer garden I was pouring at.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 18:28:47 | More by brewskifan55
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draheim

Washington

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (best by 2/2012) poured into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous clear amber with a 1-finger off-white head.

Aroma is sweet, malty, bready.

Taste follows nose: clean biscuity caramel malt balanced by bitter hops. Nice clean mouthfeel, very drinkable.

This is not a particularly complex or even interesting beer - but that's par for the style. A little hoppier than its German counterparts, which I like.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 05:54:20 | More by draheim
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MeatHunter

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We are fortunate enough to have a fantastic liquor store with an awesome variety of craft beers. Over the years, I have tried many beers from Sam Adams and to me, they all had one familiar taste. HOPS. Don't get me wrong, I like hops, when it's applicable to the style, but it just seems like Sam Adams uses them liberally in most of their beers. The other day I decide to pick up a 6 pack of Octoberfest. Have wanted to try this for some time as Octoberfest/Marzen is one of my favorite if not THE favorite style of beer.

All I can say is WOW. Truly impressed. Now I may be a bit biased on my review being that this particular style sits well with me, but there was nothing out of place with it.

Color. A perfect clear Amber.
Mouthfeel. Not malty, not watery.
Taste. Sweet, but not. Biscuit flavor/smell initially. A subtle sweetness on the backside.

This is a beer, in my opinion, that should appeal to all palates. I WILL be stocking up on this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 01:54:31 | More by MeatHunter
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Brutmasta

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber/rust color, one finger white head. The appearence really makes you think of fall, which I guess is the point. A really good looking beer!

S-Biscuits right off the bat, followed by fall oriented scents like nutmeg and pumpkin pie. After taking some really big whiffs I feel like I'm laying in a big pile of leaves!

T-Medium bodied with average carbonation. The classic Marzen spices hit you right off the bat, there's also a surprising salty taste. Finishing very clean with a tad bit of alchohol.

M-Nothing really special here, a bit of carbonation when it first hits the palate, but finishes very silky and clean!

O-Overall one of the best non imperial octoberfests' that I've had, blows Leinenkugel's and Harpoon's versions out of the water. Might take a back seat to Dogtoberfest though...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 02:20:08 | More by Brutmasta
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Holland

Illinois

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

A: clear amber with large head at first, then just a ring on the edge.

S: light smells of malt and spice, but not too much there.

T: tastes much better than it smells. Nice spices, malt, some bitterness, and a slight amount of fruity flavor. Finishes with malt all over in the aftertaste.

M: crisp feeling, but not over carbonated. Medium body.

O: decent brew, relatively cheap and available. I'd do it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 01:21:47 | More by Holland
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langm12

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap.

A - Cloudy copper color with a one finger fizzy head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S - Bready and Carmal malts. A touch of spice.

T - Very similar to the nose. Bready malts dominate. Spices and a touch of hops.

M - Light to medium. Good carbonation. This is an easy drinker.

Great session beer. this one is very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 01:18:01 | More by langm12
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rudzud

Massachusetts

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

Served in a large Stein.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper with a light, fizzy off white head that fades to leave a very thin halo and no side lacing.

S - Light sweet malts, carmel, and good fall/Marzen spices.

T - More of the same, though a bit lighter. Good carmel malts, some very light hop bitterness. In the middle is a fair typical oktoberfest spice.

M - Mouthfeel was a little thin and watery. Super drinkable though.

O - This is a good beer from sam adams. Just, there are better versons out there. Still, a good cheap buy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2011 00:45:34 | More by rudzud
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JustinAniello

Connecticut

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

A - Pours cloudy brown with a finger thick head. Head dissipates to a light lacing and cap.

S - Banana bread and caramel with a light background of hops.

T - Brown sugar to start followed by bready hops. Citrus comes in at the very end.

M - Medium body with the right amount of carbonation.

O - This is a nice easy drinker, great flavor and feel. This is a good fall season beer to have through the night with a couple of friends. Drinking this invokes the feeling of a cool autumn evening. I have also had it on tap and it was delicious then as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 22:31:03 | More by JustinAniello
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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