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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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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DasBoot91

Ohio

2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark orange-ish/copper look. 2 finger off-white head with some lacing. Average carbonation.

S- Smelling some spices and caramel.

T- Tasting light spices, nothing to up in your face. With a little fruit sweetness. Hops are there just sweet not bitter.

M- Medium light feel. Getting the carbonation but goes down easy.

O- A good beer but not what I think a lot of people make it out to be before I ever had it. The appearance I think is the best part. The taste seems to be lacking for all its hype. But i think if your going to a party in the fall, you can't go wrong with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 17:37:17 | More by DasBoot91
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grains

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some grains. There is also a bit of an earthiness and a touch of a cherry sweetness. It ends with a malty slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – A really good seasonal beer that has a nice easy drinking yet flavourful taste. I could easily drink a bunch of these throughout the course of an evening. I'd buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 16:23:26 | More by spinrsx
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WhiteyHesa

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer review, so let's see what I can do.

Serving type was bottle poured into glass. Pours a picturesque amber with a two to three finger off-white, tan head, with plenty of carbonation. Head dissipates after about a minute.

The smell was a bit nutty, with very mild notes of some kind of spice or floral scent that I can't quite pin down.

The taste has a fairly prominent "bready" quality that finishes with a bit of hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, starting off smooth with a bit of carbonation and ending with a satisfying crispness.

Overall, an enjoyable beer and worth a try, but not something that I'm going to flip my lid over. That said, if Boston Beer Company does anything right, it's definitely the appearance of their beers. They're always a pleasure on the eyes.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 05:15:38 | More by WhiteyHesa
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mactrail

Washington

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

Clean and malty with a scratchy touch of hops. Nothing very interesting about it but it looks nice in the glass with a real orange color for the season. Malty with a roasted edge. Hops are the earthy sort. Slight bitterness around the edges. Touch of saltiness along with the sweet malt.

Yet another perfectly drinkable beer from Sam Adams. Well made and balanced. Down the hatch and on to something else.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 05:01:02 | More by mactrail
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claspada

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice caramel/amber color with adequate head and lacing.

Aromas are of some sweet bready malts but not much else. It's a pretty weak-smelling brew and left me wanting more. Maybe a faint hint of earthy hops but I could be making that up as well

The taste is about the same, some mild malt and a little undefined spicing, presumably from the yeast. It is a little sweet and bready in the front with a slighty hopped end

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. It drinks easily enough but the carbonation left me feeling more full than a beer with such little body and flavor warranted.

Overall I am not a big fan of this style but I find this beer to be pleasant enough to have one here an there. I will never purchase this beer but it was offered to me for free so I said why not. Plenty of better examples of the style but you can definitely do worse I suppose.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 00:38:33 | More by claspada
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eonbluekarma

Michigan

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

Dark reddish brown color and a nice head. Mouth feel is a hit of carbonation, but a little thin. A hint of caramel malt and yeast, but not a great smell. The taste is a little sweet and bready in the front with a slighty hopped end. A decent Octoberfest. One of Sam's best beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 23:22:50 | More by eonbluekarma
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber with brown murky undertones. Subtle glow and nice cloudy foaming white head.

Smell: Deeply roasted malts. Chestnut and nutmeg. Earthy and noble hops. A light spiciness accompanied by leaf and dark fruit.

Taste: Doughy toasted biscuit Spicy herbals. Light mint and grain. Dry

Mouthfeel: Medium chewy. Malty. Dry.

Overall: Not a big fan of this style but I find this beer to be pleasant and exceptionally drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 06:02:20 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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csalley2

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Marzen! Kinda thick/chewy on the palate, but that's more interesting than bad. perfectly carbonated.
Rich, wheaty golden color, 2 to 3 finger head, no lace. head has a nice, gold tinged off white color.
the brew has a slightly sweet, heavily breaded taste. Some very mild, unidentifiable non-citrus fruit. maybe apricots or plumbs. mild spicing, fall spices. nutmeg? clove?
reminds me of fresh biscuits!
smell is a nice, sweet, very hoppy, inviting beer.
leaves a slightly 'off' aftertaste, nothing bad or off-putting, but just.. musky? don't exactly know how to describe it. nothing down-turning though!
in my opinion, best served very chilled.
I'd buy again! great presentation, great pour, great drink, okay/ good finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 00:20:44 | More by csalley2
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper, amber appearance with lots of bubbly brown head that slowly settles down leaving decent lacing. Smell consists of sugar, malt, bread and spices. Impressive so far.

Taste is similar to the smell, consists of roasted malt, caramel sweetness, bread and various spices. Taste overall is light and simple, but blends together well. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is a bitter and dry caramel taste.

This is a tasty and refreshing Oktoberfest, nothing to complicated but nothing offensive. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 00:06:56 | More by CrazyMike
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scootny

New York

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

A clear deep reddish amber with not much a a head or lacing. Smell is malty with a light hop spiciness. Taste is toasted malt goodness with a buttery facet. Mild dry hop finish. Smooth clean feel has a medium weight. Quite drinkable and delicious. Tis seems to have improved since my last bottle. Not a standout but who cares as it has the essential taste aspects of a Marzen.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 06:27:38 | More by scootny
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in early October; must be fresh!

A - deep clear copper, lots of carbonation, little to no head.

S - hint of malt and spiciness.

T - very mellow with only moderate caramel malt and a hint of sweetness. Finishes with some nuttiness.

M - medium bodied with only mild carbonation. It has a hint of oilyness and coats the mouth.

D - definitely goes down easy but also lacks a bit of character.

So-so; decent Okt, but well behind most of the Germans.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2011 20:24:17 | More by DoktorZee
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shamus

Ontario (Canada)

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

I like Sam. For the most part. Like is different than love of course. Some beers evoke a more passionate response because they are just sooo good. Some beers are loathsome, wretched, abominations. Samuel Adams is good. Not great, but good. Now this particular brew, the Octoberfest, is a very lush amber colour with a decent head that disappears a bit quickly. carbonation is slight but that works with the flavour heavy style. Not all flavours being equal however this is no fantastic beer journey. It's fine. Not very hoppy, a bit spicy, but not much. Try it. Life will go on.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 19:36:49 | More by shamus
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wowbagger

Virginia

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

Pleasant amber color with a thin but resilient head. The flavors balance nicely, a bit of hop, a bit of sweet, a bit of spice and pumpkin, with none of them standing out too much. The aftertaste is a bit drier than I'd like but it doesn't ruin the experience at all. Overall, a good solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 15:56:24 | More by wowbagger
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codysjb

Florida

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

Pours Amber to light brown color with some head that lasts for a few minutes. Smells like spice and a little bit of maple syrup. Tastes good, has some maple and sweet flavor going on as well a little bit watery. Taste is decent, nothing extra special but holds up and is consistent throughout so it doesn’t drop off halfway through the mouthful. Overall it’s a good beer that I like to try in the fall, nothing extra special but certainly a solid offering from Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 15:35:37 | More by codysjb
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dhannes

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint--

A=Nice copper color with white 3 finger head.

S=Sugary with a hint of spice...anise, perhaps?

T=Sweeter than most; hints of spice and metallic taste. More flavor than others, but still not enough for my taste.

M=While light on carbonation, the body just wasn't there...drinkable, but too much so.

O=Enjoyable, but not one I'd purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 02:47:53 | More by dhannes
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DM1293

California

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Its a rich reddish brown mix. No head.

Smell - Smells like any other Marzen/Oktoberfest beer I've had. It is decidedly less strong though...

Taste - ...I usually liken these to a mix of red ale and pale ale...this one...this is more like a red ale and a brown ale to me. Less hoppy, more nutty, ontop a malty palate. Finishes fine enough I suppose, not much on bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Like before, leaves a finish of a malty/nuttiness/hoppiness that doesn't last very long.

Overall - This is a bit different of an Oktoberfest for me. I'd think it'd appeal more to people who like brown ales than red or pale ale drinkers. It doesn't hit the right notes for me. Its not bad, but I don't think its that good. Still, for the price, its good enough for a fall evening refreshment.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 22:08:43 | More by DM1293
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tkepx182

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The head of this beer quickly dissipated to reveal a nice amber color

S: It has the nice smell of bread

M: It has a nice feel in the mouth, smooth full of body

T: The malts are the primary player and the main reason that this beer stands out the the sweetness of bread. Very mild hops flavoring

O: This is a very good beer in the Marzen style

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 01:58:09 | More by tkepx182
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a clear dark amber color with a quickly forming head. Smells like toasted biscuits with honey, with a little brown sugar. Malt dominates the overall smell. Lots of honey sweetness in the taste too, complemented by a complex malt character with nearly no bitterness. Mouthfeel is average. Goes down smooth and could enjoy one after another. Overall, heavy on the malt side but complex indeed. Quality Octoberfest

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 00:55:48 | More by TheMultiYeast
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

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

Listed as 5.5% on the bottle, BB of Sept. 2012. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a very nice amber-ruby colour with a fairly large off-white head that burns off quickly without leaving much lace, but getting retained as a fairly thick collar.

Surprisingly hoppy aroma over a solid base of caramel malts. Some bread-like character and a hint of plum, but kind of muted over all.

Tastes primarily of toasted caramel malts. Nice balance between sweet and bitter with a brown bread quality. Slight lemon zest character comes through in the dry finish.

Fairly thin-bodied with a medium carbonation level. Dry and syrupy resin feeling on the tongue. Bitter aftertaste with a slight floral note.

Definitely not my favorite example of the style, I think it's too thin and doesn't have robust toasted/bread/fruit characteristics, but it's still an enjoyable, clean-tasting and highly drinkable effort.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 18:17:53 | More by bryehn
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JackieTH

Minnesota

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

Amber-orange with a finger of tawny head, very minimal lacing, but attractive appearance overall.

Smell was malty, malty but with a wee bit of soap, which was unexpected.

Taste was fairly classic marzen, well malted a dash of lemon and just a bit sour around the edges for balance.

mouthfeel was crisp, nice, medium bodied, held together well.

Overall finishes fairly clean and is easy drinking. There are better Oktoberfests out there but this Sam Adams is decent, and actually one of the better Sam Adams styles they brew, IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 03:40:25 | More by JackieTH
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DaveBlack

Virginia

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

A: Rich copper color with a finger's width of white head. A small amount of lacing and a pretty short retention. Immediately after pouring the sides of the glass were covered with bubbles, and they continued to form at the bottom and make their way to the surface.

S: Malty, rich and sweet. Nothing more needs to be said.

T: The taste starts out really strong, bringing in the roasted malts and a good deal of sweetness. Unfortunately once the initial burst of flavor disappears the beer is left tasting like a typical adjunct lager.

M: Has some body, but not much carbonation.

O: A drinkable beer, but just OK. I certainly wouldn't seek it out, but it's a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 21:08:36 | More by DaveBlack
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kgotcher

Colorado

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

Rich amber color with dense foamy offwhite head

Malty aroma, caramel, cherries, even a bit clovey.

Taste is malty and sweet rich caramel. Slight hop character is earthy and blends into the overall flavor without being distinctive.

The mouthfeel is wet and chewy. If you like malty beers this is a good one. Even for an octoberfest this is pretty malty.

This is basically just a malted up version of Sam Adams Boston Lager. It is a good Octoberfest that is readily available at this time of year. Not something I go out of the way to have but a go to Octoberfest I can find almost anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 23:36:05 | More by kgotcher
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zoolzoo

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a muddy brown, amber hues.Two finger off white head.

S: A bit blank...toasted malt, touch of spice. Faint nuttiness.

T: Nutty malt accented by spice. Mid palate is sweet caramel, rolling into a sour mash type of finish. One of the spicier Oktoberfest beers. Lots of breadiness, not as clean or crisp as some examples. Still, good.

M: Medium body, high carbonation.

O: Still a good beer after all this time (and after trying so many other examples of the style). Easily accessible too, which counts for more than a little something.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 22:10:50 | More by zoolzoo
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber/brown with two finger head.

S-Lots of malt and some caramel notes and even some alcohol?

T-Rather malty, some caramel, brown sugar and some spices.

M-Medium bodied, with some carbonation.

O-An average run of the mill Oktoberfest. Nothing to special but nothing off putting.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 02:59:33 | More by rlee1390
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AleWatcher

Illinois

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

Wow. This is one of the better Sam Adams beers I've had so far-- I like it, despite this not being my favorite style.

This is quite probbl the best LOOKING Sam Adams beer; homey tinted orange color that glows and shines with a nice frothy 2 finger cap of tan bubbles. Good retenti, nice legs, but weak lacing.

Smells of caramel and Munich malts-- some good sweetness but also a toasty biscuit quality. The beer is a lot hoppier than I expected, with a nice spicy bitterness lingering on the finish. The yeast is more crisp and clean on the finish, offering a dry yeasty note.
The body is medium and oily. Well carbonated.
Overall, I'm not crazy about octoberfest beers, but this is highly drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 21:53:32 | More by AleWatcher
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,135 ratings.