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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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5,210 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,210
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 49
Gots: 281 | 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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Photo of lwillitz


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
Photo of DrinkingDrake


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
Photo of DCon


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
Photo of woodychandler


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
Photo of TenHornsProud


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
Photo of DannyDan


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
Photo of bnes09


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
Photo of secondtooth


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

A nice deep amber with a thick head of off-white carbonation, and substantial and attractive spoke lacing.

Nose says caramel malts, leaves, and bread.

Taste is sweetly malted, with caramel and toasty yeasty bread being up-front.

A good and solid, but not outstanding Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 01:32:46 | More by secondtooth
Photo of RoamingGnome


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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) Nice looking amber. About a 1/2 inch of head. No retention and no lacing.

S) Light aromas with this brew, but what is on the nose is quite pleasant. It is primarily malt and some sweet bread.

T) Lightly roasted malt. The sweetness has me thinking of corn bread. There is not much hop presence, but what is there gives this beer a nice earthy quality.

M) A medium bodied beer that is not heavily carbonated. It is smooth start to finish, nice aftertaste too.

O) This is almost certainly my favorite Samuel Adams beer, and one of the better American made Oktoberfets you can enjoy this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 00:37:03 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of JamnesCameron


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

Poured into a New Holland pint glass. Pours a rich, clear amber with a two fingered off white/light tan head that drops slowly.

Aromas of caramelly malt, biscuity grain and toast. No hop aroma.

Flavors of deep caramel malt, biscuit and toast, a balancing bitterness, but very malt forward.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, good level of carbonation.

Overall a great example of an O'fest beer. Sets the American standard.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 23:37:30 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of Brian50Oshen1


3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

seems to have last something from the last two years..Much less to enjoy.
I wonder if corners are being cut.
Last years Winter took a fall in my opinion as well.
I enjoyed the other Marzens better.
Try the narraganset fest if its available.
A pleasant newcomer. ( to me anyway )

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 22:30:10 | More by Brian50Oshen1
Photo of boilermakerbrew


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

A- Pours an almost orange amber color. I think orange brown is the best way to put it, maybe it just makes me think of pumpkins for Halloween, I don't know. A tannish foamy head, about 2 fingers worth. Fairly decent lacing, probably better if I would ever clean my glasses better.

S- A subtle smell. Not overwhelming, but a fairly appealing aroma with a primarily malt overtone.

T- Malt, malt, and more malt, followed by a bit of a hoppy finish. This is the flavor I think of when I think of an Octoberfest. Something that might warm you up a bit on a cool night, but definitely drinkable.

M- Fairly light and easy to drink. The malt gives it some body that gives the overall mouthfeel an appealing weight. Very balanced on the carbonation end, it's there, but not so much carbonation as to draw your focus away from the flavor.

Overall, this could become a fall-time favorite. This is the first Sam Adams beer that I have actually liked, the only other one I've tried being Boston Lager, which just didn't appeal to me. This is a solid to above-average beer that I will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 19:56:40 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of mvanaskie13


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

Poured into a fluted pint glass, nice clear, translucent amber with off white to tan colored head; head dissipates to a ring with some light carbonation.

Smell is feint, but definitely know it as caramel sweet malt with a touch of bitterness.

Taste is not overpoweringly sweet, but definitiely a nice balance of pils and caramel malts with a nice bitterness to clean it up. I think the malt sweetness might be a bit on the heavy side, but within acceptable range for this type.

Mouthfeel is solid, flavors hit the tongue upfront with a good bitter balance to clean most of it up. Nice lingering malt flavor thats not overdone.

Overall, this was my first oktoberfest many years ago and its probably the one i have the most of; its a distincly malt version and i think i like the crisper/hoppier germans.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 19:48:11 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of stjaernstoft


4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Octoberfest, ABV: 5.5%.
355 ml bottle, 17.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: A deep amber to red-coloured liquid, and a nice off-white head - good retention.

S: On the nose I get slightly roasted malty aromas, with notes of grassy hops, citrus and tropical fruits, as well as some toffee.

T: A lot of butterscotch and freshly baked bread, with lightly roasted malt, herbs, spices and hints of citrus fruits. The bitterness is medium. The flavours are well-balanced.

M: The texture is rather smooth and creamy, but it still got a certain edge. High drinkability. The body-size is medium.

O: The best Oktoberfestbier I've had to date - an easy to drink lager, with an extra tasty and pleasant touch of butterscotch, bread, roasted malt and a fruity hint of hops. It's useful for festive drinking, both on its own and paired with classic meats, or sausages, and potatoes. Very well, Thank You.

(Notes from yesterday.)

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 09:40:55 | More by stjaernstoft
Photo of VaTechHopHead

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

Not a bad offering from Sam Adams as it looks and smells like a typical Oktoberfest style beer. The taste is a little to "tinny" for me like the yeast strand was meant for an ale or other high gravity beer. The lagering process might not be long enough or maybe I'm just picky. The malts are sweet but not too dynamic or complex. Little hop presence as expected.

Not a bad choice for the season but I would leave this one to the beginners as there are better Oktoberfests out there for the same price.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 21:38:52 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of JunkYardJake


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

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Amber in color with sharp clarity. Smells of caramel malts and German yeast. Palate is mild and clean with a good malt profile. Nothing that wows the tongue but works well and is pretty tasty. Good body and mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Overall, an easy drinking lager with a nice flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 21:05:56 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of jman892


3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First day of football season and first Octoberfest of the season.

A - Pours a perfectly clear amber, with a small white head which dissipates quickly.

S - Malty with some breadiness, not a big aroma

T - A bit of malty sweetness, some sour dough bread and spice notes

M - It is easy drinking and something I will always have around during the fall. Easy to put a few of these away at a time

O - An old favorite but as I try more and more great beer, I realize that this is lacking, but I will still get this at least once a year for old times sake

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 17:17:29 | More by jman892
Photo of jmdrpi


2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served on-tap in a shaker glass.

clear reddish amber in color, no head whatsoever. very little aroma, just a little bit of malt.

taste is of slightly sweet malt, a little bready. but pretty boring. mouthfeel is fine, thin to medium body and a medium to high level of carbonation.

overall it's not bad, just nothing special, and nothing stands out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 02:03:51 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of snpub540


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear reddish hue with a good amount of bubbles rising from the bottom. Not too fizzy. Small white head with a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell is a bready and malty with a nice hint of banana yeasty notes.

Taste is sweet caramel upfront with a nice bitterness and the a fruity ester finish. Also some of that banana bread yeast note in the finish.

All in all a good malt forward beer that is slightly thin on the body but does a good job in the flavor department.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 20:33:08 | More by snpub540
Photo of stephenjmoore


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

A - Deep amber color, thin light tan head. Bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S - Light malts, but not a whole lot going on. Smells fresh and crisp.

T - Diverse malts, maybe a hint a caramel.

M - Crisp and refreshing, carbonated and smooth.

O - One of the better Octoberfests I have had. I feel the style is limited, but this one particularly reminds me of fall. The color and the taste reminds me of a pile of leaves (in a good way).

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 03:36:52 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of SDtastentune


3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Amber darker orange/copper. No head, and no lacing.

S - Almost nothing!some faint malts and sweet bread.

T - NOT much going on here! Mainly malts that don't get too tasty, almost no hops present. Some bready malts and butter maybe.

M - Fizzy bubbles, going down smooth.

O - Overall not impressed with this creation, mostly one flavor and no unique at all really. I would not wait for this one!

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 01:27:32 | More by SDtastentune
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

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

Appearance: It has a nice amber/copper/golden colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderatly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of caramel, spices, bready malts with some fruity and floral notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet caramely and bready malt character to it with a nice hop bitterness in the end and a slight alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 00:00:23 | More by SebD
Photo of jvillefan


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

The beer is a deep amber color and pour with small white head. The taste is a sweet, malty flavor with small amount of bitterness from the hops. Additionally, there are slight caramel undertones. It has a light body with medium carbonation. The aroma is slightly citrusy. Overall, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 23:45:48 | More by jvillefan
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Hyatt in Buffalo. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pale brown/orange colour. Translucent. Small amount of white head.

S - Light nose. Toasted grains with some sweetness.

T - Toasted malts, caramel. Sweet overall with a somewhat dry, sweet finish. Somewhat bland.

M - Light body. Light carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 18:57:51 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of Jesse13713


1.78/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at laundry 101 in Kent. Nothing like getting drunk while you wait for your laundry to finish.

Appearence - More yellow than orange when compared to the bottled version. A slight filmy head with little lacing. Appears highly carbonated.

Smell - Nothing worthy or noticeable stands out. Light fruits. Its missing the malts and sweet notes from the bottle variation.

Taste - okay. I was very impressed with this beer when it came out this year, and even titled it as my favorite Sam Adams beer. But this isn't the beer that I love. Must be a funky tap or something because this tastes like fruity champagne that was poisoned with alcohol. No delicious malts. No autumn, leafy breads or grains. Just uncomfortably fruity and fizzy. I call a bad tap here.

Mouth feel and overall - its okay once you get used to it. But this is nothing like what the bottle version I love tastes like. This is low quality, probably due to the locations error on a bad tap and pour. I won't be getting this again, not here anyways.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2011 18:24:14 | More by Jesse13713
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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