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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
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5,186 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,186
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 48
Gots: 265 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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crossovert

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just by the title of "Octoberfest" you know this one will not be true to original form. Comes in a neatly decorated 12 ounce bottle. Best before March of 2010. The bottle proclaims it was brewed in "American tradition".

It doesn't look unlike a normal Oktoberfest. It has a large 3 finger head that quickly dissipates and a dark amber body. Lacing looks "dirty".

Smell is a bit sweeter, and almost pale ale like than most Oktoberfests. It literaly reminds me of an Eastern pale ale mixed with a Boston Lager rather than an Oktoberfest/Maerzen. Not sure what they were going for here.

Taste is rather absurd for an Oktoberfest. it tastes overly buttery and nutty. Also it is watered down and metallic. The hops are the only decent thing about this beer. The mouthfeel isn't too offensive, I figured it would be more carbonated but it has a similar mouthfeel to a traditional German Oktoberfest. The aftertaste of this beer isn't very good though, and there is something just off in the taste, I am content with drinking just one.

Overall this one fails as an Oktoberfest, for Sam Adams it is of decent quality. Overall a very offensive beer per the style, even when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 23:43:13 | More by crossovert
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BeerskiBrewski61

Tennessee

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

I normally do not buy Sam Adams beer, however; I decided to buy it because of the Octoberfest beer.

The beer poured very well, a nice foamy head, had a nice smell to it. The color was an awesome amber color beer which looked great in a chilled glass.

There is no overpowering after taste, it's very crisp and palatable.
It's a very drinkable beer that would be great to serve good friends.

I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone wanting a good drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 21:52:48 | More by BeerskiBrewski61
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kurp001

Maryland

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

A moderate pour yields a two-finger cream colored head that quickly recedes, the beer itself is a very deep, almost reddish amber.

Smell is mostly faint spices, with a mild brown sugar-like presence.

The taste is almost a pumpkin-spice flavor upfront, followed by mild biscuit malts and a distinct diacetyl presence on the finish. I remember having this on tap and thinking that the diacetyl flavor was extremely overpowering, here, though, it seems to complement the other flavors of the beer more gracefully.

Mouthfeel is somewhat medium-bodied; I think this one could have benefited from a little less carbonation, actually.

Overall drinkability is good; I could certainly see having two or three of these in a sitting without getting tired of the flavors. Ultimately, this is a solid fall standby, but not anything earth-shattering.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 14:07:30 | More by kurp001
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magine

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark orange, with a small tan head that settles to a lace island. Brew has minimal lacing.

Smells malty, with some floral hops.

Brew is very smooth, has a subtle balance of the malts and hops. A tade bit understated in the flavor department, I think this brew makes up for that with its good tatse and easy drinkability.

This brew is case worthy - not an overly flavorful brew for this style. But it is extreamly drinkable and tasty enough. Yet another stellar brew from SA.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 00:19:45 | More by magine
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howandmeg

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance- rich amber color. Enticing.

Smell- Average Octoberfest style with hop aroma.

Taste- A little bitter with a full flavor. Well balanced. A slight roasted flavor.

Drinkability- Starts off good, finishes easily when coming to room temperature.

Not bad for an Octoberfest beer. I like a beer which satisfies the full palette and this beer does it. Two or three of these would make a good night.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 00:10:39 | More by howandmeg
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shroompod

Ohio

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

Pours clear with a reddish tint. Small head , a little lacing.

Slight aroma of sweet malts , honey.

Taste is mildly malty , crisp finish with very little aftertaste.No hop profile is evident.

Mouthfeel is light , good carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 00:02:45 | More by shroompod
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JMD

Connecticut

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

A: Pours a rich copper color with small white head that fades quickly. Leaves very little lacing.

S: Faint aroma of toasted carmel malt and some spice.

T: Carmel malt and bread. Hints of vanilla and other spices. Finishes with some light hops.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Good texture for the style.

D: Sam Adams Octoberfest is consistantly good. It's not the best Marzen out there, but still a solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 19:40:12 | More by JMD
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earthboundagain

Colorado

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

From Notes

On-tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in Parkersburg, WV. Served in a 23oz hefeweizen glass, sigh.

Appearance: Amber color with nice head leaves a tad bit o lacing.

Smell: Not much here in this year's batch, some malt and some herbal notes.

Taste: About the same as the nose, tastes watered down. I was hoping for a little more, and I know that this beer company can do more.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, sigh.

Drinkability: This one goes down pretty easy, like water, too bad water isn't what I wanted.

Thoughts: I love Sam Adams beers, in my area the BBC was the most available craft beer for years. I am saddened at this beer, in years past it has been much better.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2009 17:57:18 | More by earthboundagain
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ommegoose

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head formation and retention was low. Good color though. Copper with good clarity.

Sweet. Some grain. Little, if any, hops.

Malty, of course. Bready and a little bit caramelly. Lightly hoppy on the finish. Finishes rather short, with slightly musty grain and some earthy hops. It tastes like it's supposed to and all, but it's a bit bland.

The body is on the lighter side, making for a quaffable beer. That's what I want from an Oktoberfest. Really smooth carbonation.

I want to dock points for the incorrect spelling of Oktoberfest. But this is their thing I guess (Double Bock). It's a drinkable beer. I could have a few in a sitting. Not something I'd run out and buy annually, but it's competently done, and cheap, and better than some other common ones.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 06:07:11 | More by ommegoose
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alleykatking

Indiana

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

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a clear deep amber brown color. 2 finger tannish head that dies down after a short period. Lacing all over the sides of the glass stick and fall back into the glass from time to time.

S- Big caramel malt upfront. There is a burnt toast smell with this as well. Very faint piney hop hint to this as well

T- Like the aroma there is a big sweet malt upfront. Slight metallic hint to this. Herbal hops in the back of this as well. Nice toffee flavors come through in the middle and dies down in the backdrop of this beer.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel. Carbonation level is almost dead on with the style. I could maybe use a spec more carbonation to be honest. Malty tones come over everything while on the palate. Good malty aftertaste in this beer.

D- This is a very drinkable beer that people who don't like the style or crafts even enjoy. Sam Adams once again hits the nail on the head with this style. Good job Sam Adams...good job.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 02:33:38 | More by alleykatking
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Lldeegan

Louisiana

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle poured a nice deep orange with a finger of white head, tiny bubbles, not overly carbonated. There wasn't much of an aroma to this beer, light malt, maybe some caramel.
The taste beats the smell by far. The lack of aroma led me to be very surprised, by a nice sweet caramel taste, sweet malt and very little bitterness in the finish. Leaves a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. It is has a pretty good drinkability, nice to have a few as the summer is ending.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 00:12:35 | More by Lldeegan
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cdrogers

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance/color: Very deep orange-amber in color, which definitely reminds me of something to drink in the fall.

Smell: Is sweet smelling but not too overpowering.

Taste: It has a good balance of bittering and aroma hops, so I have to say it has a very balanced taste. The caramel definitely comes through in the malt and the head is held nicely with a good pour. Just like most Samuel Adams brews, when the head is nicely formed the aroma shines. Regardless, it's still an excellent taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and sweet on the tongue. It reminds me of brown sugar.

Drinkability: Definitely a seasonal beer. The sweetness would be too much to drink regularly.

Final thoughts: Definitely recommend this one to everyone. It's something really special and enjoys a good glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 03:15:32 | More by cdrogers
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baos

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce into Falstaff goblet.

A: Dark Orange-amber in color with two fingers white head that dwindles down pretty quick with bits of lacing here and there.

S: Bit of toasty malts and a bit of hops.

T: Pretty good. Malty with hints of redman and herby hops. Kind of bland but still a good beer. I just would like more flavors here.

M: Could use a bit more.

D: Pretty good. I could have a sixer in the pumpkin patch, and throw pumpkin guts all over the tourists.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 02:07:55 | More by baos
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NeutroMan

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pinstripes in Glenview (sitting in the Adirondack chairs by their fire pit). Served in a straight pint glass. Reviewed from notes 18 September 2009.

Appearance: Clear dark amber color with decent sized head that recedes to a persistent cap and leaves good sticky lacing.

Smell: Some caramel malts, toasted bread and moderate herbal hop aroma.

Taste: Consistent with the nose - sweet malts, slightly metallic taste. Some herbal hop spiciness. Like most Boston Beer Co offerings, malts and hops are wonderfully balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-light-bodied. Malts are a bit chewy.

Drinkability: This one goes down pretty easy.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2009 00:23:58 | More by NeutroMan
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange to gold with a forced 2-finger head. Good retention. Nice lacing. Not the best color, but a good-looking beer.

Nose is all malt, what nose there is. Very faint indications of bread and toast. Not a lot going on here.

Hits the tongue very sweet and finishes even sweeter. Slight clove flavor. Very nice for the style.

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but again that is to be expected.

Overall easy drinker and worth another when better alternatives are not available.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 00:12:06 | More by beer2day
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Mitchster

Michigan

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

I've reviewed this beer on this site before, but that review has since disappeared, so am writing another. This was purchased as part of the brewmaster 12 pack. 12 oz bottle. OG=14 plato, 180 kcal/12oz. 5.4% ABV. Brewed with 2-row Harrington, Metcalfe, Munich-10, 2-row Moravian, and Caramel 60. Hopped with Tettnanger and Hallertau-Mittlefruh.

Pours out to a clear medium amber, forming a nice sized whipped off-yellow head with good retention and nice sheets of lace. The carbonation level is moderate. The aroma is mild with some toasted malts, nuts (almonds?), toast, some herbal hops when swirled, and some sour milk when swirled. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body. The taste opens with some spicy but not overwhelming hops up front, then is followed by some nice pale and alber malts in the middle, imparting a decent toast and grain husk note. Bitterness is moderate, and the aftertaste is composed of tobacco and herbal hops.

A decent drinkable oktoberfest. Not one of the smoothest or most drinkable out there (i.e-I'll stick to Ayinger), but a decent mass produced US version of a classic style.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 22:01:16 | More by Mitchster
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CupcakeNY

New York

2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Decided to try this, though I have not been that impressed with Sam Adams lately. And I was once again disappointed. Poured a medium brown, with little head, whatever there was quickly dissipated. Nose was a bit malty, with yeasty notes, but not overpowering or complex. Mouth feel was much thinner than I expected, watery, and relatively tasteless. Finish was somewhat unpleasant, a bit sour. All in all, I would not buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 13:57:04 | More by CupcakeNY
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bolus14

New York

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is my first review, and I'm coming from drinking the good 'ol shitty American macro brews!! With that said there is a huge difference in smell, taste, mouth feel, etc.

Smell to me is sweeter (spices) with a hint of bread dough, I assume this is a roasted malt smell.

Taste, well there is a lot more than the macros. Not being able to separate the individual characteristics I would say caramel/tofee malts upfront then a very slight hop bitter.

Mouthfeel is a little "heavier" than the macros but still smooth and easy going down just enough carbonation.

Drinkability, this is the first beer I've had that I can sip, chug, actually enjoy without feeling like I have to force down the last half off the bottle.
Update - After over a year of trying craft and macro micro brews this still remains my favorite. I can drink this after mowing the yard, playing cards, watching football, playing darts, you name it this beer works.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 13:55:30 | More by bolus14
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ruckus232

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Nice amber in color with an off-white head

Smell: Very sweet smelling malts with a little bit of spices in the background

Taste: Well it has a nice sweet flavor (slightly like caramel) with only a little bit of spiciness. Very smooth feel and a nice medium/light body. There is a pleasant aftertaste which is also sweet but with a little bit of earthiness.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 22:05:50 | More by ruckus232
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bmwats

Louisiana

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber color. 1 finger foamy beige head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a little blanket of bubbly foam on the surface. A little beer ring lacing remains, but mostly recedes back into the brew.

S: Oaky roasted malt, nuts, and butterscotch.

T: Malt is peaty and nutty. A little pungent, and a little sweet.

M: A little overly-carbonated. Light but hearty. The peaty flavor remains.

D: Good flavor and body makes for a pleasant drink.

Pretty solid appearance, and a pleasing nose. Flavor is pretty uncomplicated, but also full enough. Overall, this is a pretty solid quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 03:19:16 | More by bmwats
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Docer

Washington

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

Grabbed a single 12oz. just to say that I have tried it.

- Rich red clear tone with off-white head that quickly leaves just a ring of lace and some floating..

- A nice malty sweetness with a touch of spice and bittering hop. That's about it!

- Sweet malt madness.. great mix of earthy and caramel malt with a creamy aspect to it.. nice blend of spices, pumpkin, squash.. cream and light bitter hop.

- Little dry and chewy.. some stickiness..

- Not bad at all, very smooth flavor with just the right touch of everything.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 20:16:29 | More by Docer
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PerroGrande

Ohio

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

Pours to a deep golden/copper color with moderate head that (unfortunately) fades away to nearly nothing with little remnants on the glass.

The aroma of this beer is malty and pleasing. I find a few hints of caramel in the aroma as well.

This is a tasty beer with nice malty characteristics balanced by some gentle hops finish. Not overly bitter, but certainly not a sweet beer. After giving this beer a chance to warm up a bit and breathe, more character and subtlety appears. Very late, the hops fades in favor of malt and caramel hints.

Mouthfeel is smooth with acceptable amounts of carbonation. Not overly creamy, but not watery.

Drinkability is also good. I want another one!

This is certainly a decent example of a domestic Oktoberfest beer. Very drinkable, refreshing, and enjoyable overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 02:20:04 | More by PerroGrande
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Pils style glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a crystal clear shiny bright copper orange color with a ¼" tan head that soon recedes to small ring and minimal surface cover. Sipping leaves light speckled lacing throughout most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is a nice blend of rich bready caramel malt with faint spicy hop well integrated into the background

Taste: The flavor is fresh, clean, and dominated by the bready malt that has a rich sweet caramel flavor and touches of nuttiness. This is backed up by faint hop spiciness which never dominates, just supports.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is smooth and medium-bodied with a light steady carbonation. The finish is medium length and mostly soft sweetness from the malt tapering off to a dry and lightly spicy end from the hops

Drinkability: I quite like this beer. It is very drinkable and well worth returning to. While it is not a challenging beer it is a solid well made beer and would serve well for an evening's drinking, dining and conversation with friends.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2009 21:29:49 | More by drtth
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blackearth

Minnesota

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

This is the 2009 offering. Pouring into the perfect pint showed a dark orange-amber body with a rocky off-white head. Aroma is mainly sticky-sweet malts. Medium bodied with big toasted and caramel malt flavors and a hint of spice in the sweet finish. No hops detected anywhere. Overall a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 14:27:47 | More by blackearth
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jeffjeff1

California

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

Appearance- amber color, clear

Smell- sweet, malty

Taste- malty

Mouthfeel- smooth, medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. Sam Adams usually does pretty good. Good beer for parties and getting together with lots of people and such, I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 03:31:38 | More by jeffjeff1
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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