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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,128 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,128
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 45
Gots: 241 | 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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DrewSnyc667

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh fall is here...

A - Rich copper color that fads to a leathery brown, nice 1/2 head with small bubbles in a couple columns, sticks well

S - Very rich malty sugars, bread, pumpernickel, rye

T - Really rich malt, hops lightly end the beer, but this is all about the malt. Light toffee and butter richness

M - Above avg carbonation for the style, makes this very refreshing and easily quaff-able

O - A really excellent American Marzen, true to the style and one I'd have again for sure

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 23:51:59 | More by DrewSnyc667
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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes taken Sept/16/11.

Appearance - One finger, barely off-white head with decent retention. Clear amber body.

Smell - Mild malt. Mild is key here. Needs some more kick, even for a festbier.

Taste - Delicious kick in the fist sip. Mildly astringent throughout. Corny. Low to medium malt masks astringency. Mild and mostly flavorless for the style, but smooth and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Slightly creamy. Some effervescence. Hint of astringency.

Overall Drinkability - Decent, middle of the road for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 17:17:10 | More by ZenAgnostic
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Jerone

Florida

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

Clear brown with hints of red, some bubbles coming up and an off white spongy head, leaves some lacing.

Smells like malt and some hops mmm.

Tastes like lots of toasted malts and some floral hops to clean up the flavor a bit, very smooth and delicious. Mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy with light to medium carbonation.

A solid beer, nothing over the top or fantastic but just a good drinkin beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 04:39:23 | More by Jerone
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gabedivision

New York

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

Poured from a tap to a pint glass

pours a pretty clear chestnut color with a 1 finger head that laces around the glass. Smells of rich malts, some nutmeg spice and a good hop balance. Tastes of roasted malts, spice. Feels light on the mouth, easy to drink, smooth, clean. Overall, its ok, nothing mind blowing but totally a nice drinking easy to find Marzen.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 04:23:41 | More by gabedivision
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goatsgo2hell

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fall just isn't the same without this beer.

There's nothing overpowering about Octoberfest -- it's just nice, smooth and malty. It pours out a beautiful dark amber, and while it doesn't have a very strong bouquet its overall flavor is rewarding. It's perfect for the season, and I try to catch it on tap and in bottles every fall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 03:53:35 | More by goatsgo2hell
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ckollias

Maryland

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

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Mahogany in color with a white, 1.5 finger head that quickly dissipates leaving no trail down the glass and ending in a white wispy lace.

S: Strong malty musty aroma. Smells slightly sweet and slighly hoppy.

T: Malty flavor dominates this beer. It is slightly sweet and a hint of hops to balance it out.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body,

O: This is a so-so Oktoberfest. I've had better and this one almost seems a little watered down. I enjoyed it, but it nothing I would look for again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:01:15 | More by ckollias
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jsdunlop

North Carolina

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

Pours a nice light red/orange color with a frothy white head that recedes to a wispy layering. Smells a bit sweet with some cherry, bit of citrus maybe. Hefty on the malts with taste, I get some slight grain, then biscuit like flavor, followed by a touch of floral hops that are in just to balance it out. Finishes with a slight bitterness. Very minimal sweetness. Mouthfeel is solid and moderate, nice carbonation with a dryness about the beer. Overall, a good one for sure. I buy a case of it every year!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 04:25:58 | More by jsdunlop
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TheHopMonster

New York

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

Appearance: I very clean dark Amber with a plush tan head that faded very quickly. Fast rising bubbles.

Smell: Distinct malt aroma and freshly toasted bread. A bit nutty with a slight herbal musk

Taste: Decent amount of caramel and deep malt characteristics up front with a slight toasty after finish with a hint of noble hop.

Mouth feel: extremely drinkable, even though there's a lot going on with this brew.

Overall: Pretty decent Oktoberfest from old Sammy. Easy to drink with a very festive fall feel with all the deep malt characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 01:11:48 | More by TheHopMonster
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derekmorris7

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A > Really nice Amber with some lighter orange i swear. Nice stubby head cream colored

S> Not a heck of a smell until to put it in your mouth

T > Very nice taste lots of fall flavor. Light notes of cinnamon some citric..but those are really light

M > Awesome clean drink slight linger but doesnt foul like some other Sam does

O > Awesome beer, easy drinking and great flavor. I look forward to it every year. The only Sam i really like.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 00:53:14 | More by derekmorris7
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IPhantom

Maryland

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

Pours dark orange with a nice head that sticks around with some high lacing. Smells vaguely metallic but mostly malty, thorough appetizing. Taste is sweet up front, plenty of slippery malt with a hop essence that's more spicy (cinnamon, cloves) than herbal or piney. Mouthfeel follows suit, nicely carbonated up front and slick on the back end. Overall, it's plenty good, but there are better.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 00:33:25 | More by IPhantom
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber with golden and copper highlights and a frothy off white head.

Smells of crystal malts, and yeasty bread.

Taste is toasted bread up front with a chewy malt mouth feel, some slight hop bitterness and a touch of caramel. Very good roasted malt caramel flavors - tastes like fall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 21:55:04 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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Avantyawn

New York

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

on tap, poured into Sam Adams Noble Pils glass

A: Orange semi clear, small head, looks OK

S: I smelled one thing prominently, which was carrot cake! My GF 100% agreed with my summation with enthusiasm, so , it smells like carrot cake.

T: A bit rough and grainy with a slightly detectable hop kick, malty, sweet, some caramel, a little rough and mild for the style, but still, I really enjoyed the taste of this. It tastes very " Sam Adams" .

M: Mouthfeel was medium thin, but a little thin for the style traditionally, and a little grainy.

O: Overall , I enjoyed this much more than most Sam Adams seasonals. It has a rich full flavor , is well balanced, refreshing, and goes well with a meal. A nice simple take on the style. Not too bold, but not totally wussed out either.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 04:53:37 | More by Avantyawn
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depechemode1983

Texas

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

Pours out bronze/copper in color. Head is off-white with average retention. Stays around for awhile. No lacing. Nose is a bit light. Light hops with a metallic twang and some faint grainy malts. Taste is slim too. Distant hops mixed with more pronounced caramel malts this time around. Pretty simple. Not picking up any complexities at all. Mouth feel is good. Pretty smooth with clean carbonation. Not bad at all. This one just didn't do it for me. There are way better Ocotberfest style beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 21:38:02 | More by depechemode1983
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GeorgeAldi

South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber-orange with thick foamy head that really lasts. Smells very dry, with notes of toast and spicy noble hops. Really don’t detect very much here. Light flavored Marzen overall. Slightly sweet caramel and toast. Minor spicy noble hop finish. Don’t really notice much biscuit, as expected for the style. Moderate carbonation, medium but thin body, fairly smooth and slightly dry finish. This may be the easiest drinking Marzen out there, but that doesn’t necessarily make it the best, as it is just slightly too light on flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 21:27:07 | More by GeorgeAldi
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codfeast

California

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint.

A: Dark amber, rocky off white head, fair amount of lacing.

S: Malt and yeast.

T: Starts with a bit of sweet malt, with a bitter finish.

M: Seems a bit thin to me.

O: Meh, It's alright. Lacking the big smooth mouthfeel, and biscut, bread flavors that make this one of my favorite styles, many better examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 19:25:46 | More by codfeast
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: Rich amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention and lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of roasted caramel malts and grains. Very bready and fairly sweet smelling. Light hints of earthy hops and a little bit of spice. Mostly malts and cereal grains.

Taste: Big presence of sweet and bready caramel malts throughout the taste. Lots of wheat grains adding to the biscuit flavor as well. Hop presence is pretty subtle but just enough to add some balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good lager overall. Could use some more spicy characteristics to make it seem more like a fall beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 03:49:53 | More by MattyG85
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Burt

Rhode Island

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

Served in a 22oz Weizen glass.

Clear amber orange, with a thin off white head that dispersed quickly and left no lacing.

Caramel and malty graininess.

Caramel at first, some sweetness in the middle, gets a light toasted breadiness at the end with a smooth finish.

First Octoberfest of the year and it was pretty good. Sam's never disappoints with this one. Love this time of year.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 21:12:09 | More by Burt
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange in color with an amber hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a dense, frosty foam that covers the edges of the glass with sticky lacings. Foam slowly reduces to frothy white cap. Sweet, light, earthey, caramel malt aromas and a bit of metallic aroma in there as well. Smooth, lightly creamy, delicate feel. After drinking ales all summer long, the mellow feel of a good lager is interesting. Sweet malt up front with a sour dough bready flavor through the middle. Finishes delicate and wet with a light bready taste. Look forward to this easy drinking octoberfest every year. By far Sam Adams best seasonal.

Serving type: growler

09-13-2011 05:13:09 | More by IronLover
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lwillitz

Florida

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

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - transparent orange amber body under a thick orange-tinted/cream-colored head

S - bready malt; grassy hops; hint of dark fruit

T - sweet and malty up front; hops move in for a nice balance; balanced finish

M - medium body with average carbonation; moderately smooth

O - This is a reliable Oktoberfest, but nothing remarkable. Nothing about it really stands out. At $12.99/12-pack it's pretty good for the price.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 02:56:37 | More by lwillitz
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange/amber color with about an inch of fluffy white head. Nose contains almost nothing. Only some slight malty bitterness. Light on flavor with some caramel sweetness. A lot of carbonation. Flavor and finish are lacking with only some caramel notes and only a carbonation tingle for the finish. Thin and almost bland on the malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 00:33:21 | More by DrinkingDrake
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DCon

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ Lester's Sports Bar & Grill in Ladue, MO for $4.50. Tapped from the bronze spiral & wooden tap handle into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has the average lager like aroma with malts and yeast upfront. Nothing much here.

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has a light amber color body that has great clarity. Very light lacing on the glass but present.

Flavor- Once again, is an average lager tasting beer. Has malts involved but not sweet. There is a yeasty background to these malts and then a bit of an amber taste. Low bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and then finishes like a Marzen.

Overall Impression- Nothing too serious this one. Just take it as it is, your average Oktoberfest brew. Very easy drinking but then has a bit of an amber taste throughout. Very different for this style but was just fine. Won't be enjoying again but as I'm drinking more Oktoberfest brews and other seasonals this Fall, I will enjoy comparing them.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 02:52:00 | More by DCon
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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

It is time of the Fall seasonals and I am trying some new ones this year while they are fresh.

From the bottle: "Samuel Adams Octoberfest is brewed with five varieties of malted barley for a deep amber color and a bigger richer flavor. It's everything we look forward to in Fall."

The pour produced a finger of fluffy eggnog-colored head with excellent retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity, reminiscent of a former G/F's hair. Nose was rich and malty and very evocative of the style. Mouthfeel was medium and it was sweet in a toasted cereal way that reminded me of Wheaties, which my father would swear by. It was not cloyingly sweet, but more toasty sweet, if that makes any sense. I liked it simply because I do not like overly sweet anything. The finish was semi-sweet and very pleasant. Worth a try at this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 00:00:00 | More by woodychandler
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper, amber with no real head to speak of.

Smells of some biscuit malt, metal, not much else.

Tastes sweet and roasty with some sulfur and small hop character coming through.

Lighter body, smooth, and highly drinkable.

I would not buy another pint of this beer, but it was OK.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 22:08:37 | More by TenHornsProud
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DannyDan

Michigan

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

Pours out a copper hue with a foamy white head that has good retention and fine lacing. The smell consists of caramel, grains, sweet malts. The taste starts out with caramel, some sugars, apples, and dates. I get some hops in the back that keep the beer from being too sweet, but gives it a nice balance. The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. A very enjoyable beer for the fall season.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 01:44:27 | More by DannyDan
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bnes09

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber in color with good clarity. Weak head forms, little retention and no lacing.

Smell is pretty clean with some bread and caramel notes.

Caramel malt produces a well pronounced sweetness. Bread grains with a slightly toasty character. Roasted almonds and dates. Hops are earthy and just enough to balance.

Lighter to medium bodied. Smooth texture and good carbonation.

A good brew. Complex and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 01:38:34 | More by bnes09
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,128 ratings.