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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,201 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,201
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 49
Gots: 271 | 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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BWMKappaSig

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

The new American standard for Octoberfest has arrived for the 2009 season.

A: Deep red-amber color with a thin head that doesn't leave much lacing. Beautiful clarity to the beer.

S: Light caramel malts with a slightly roasted scent. Sweet and bready, with almost no discernable hops presence.

T: Sweet and bready, a little caramel as the smell would suggest. Hops are present in the taste and provide a nice balance.

M: Medium bodied with a very smooth finish. Almost no aftertaste.

D: As drinkable of a marzen as you'll find on the market.

While Samuel Adams often gets downgraded by a lot of beer geeks and gurus for being little more than a nice stepping stone between mainstream beer and craft beer, the fact is, they're as big as they are for a reason. They are experts in lagers and the Marzen is likely their best lagered offering. I usually try 10 or 15 Oktoberfest beers each year, but the Sam O-fest provides an excellent standard to match up to, and really should be appreciated for the excellent beer that it is.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 23:58:11 | More by BWMKappaSig
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karmaghost

Pennsylvania

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

Purchased August 31st, 2009. Poured from a bottle into an Imperial Pint glass for kicks.

A - pours a deep orange color with a slightly creamy head that disappears fairly quickly.

S - smells like a typical lager; nothing special

T - didn't notice this until I sat down to taste and write, but the beer has a very faint apple/cidery taste reminiscent of some light lagers I've tasted and brewed. Again, it's faint, but it's there in the back, towards the end.

M - Good carbonation with a texture that's not quite smooth or harsh. Hits the back of your tongue slightly towards the end, but disappears fairly quickly.

D - Like most beers, it depends on what you've had before you've tried this. I've had instances where this beer has been too heavy and made me feel bloated, whereas at the moment, this beer is just right and goes down easy. Stay away from sugary and sweet foods and have this with something like a pizza with mild toppings.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 04:30:41 | More by karmaghost
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger cream colored bubbly head, beautiful brown/orangey/amber coloring, looks like fall, loads of carbonation at the beginning then it calms down, nice wispy lacing retention, ring around the glass that stays til the end of the beer, leaves little head trailing on the glass.

s- fresh bread, smooth caramel malt, sticky sweetness.

t- tastes like fall, sweet caramel malt, syrup like sweetness, fresh baked bread, slight biscuit, nice and smooth.

m- great medium body, slight chewyness.

d- great, i chose to crack my first one today because for the first time it feels like fall outside, couldn't imagine drinking this in the hot weather but it's perfect for fall, one of the better oktoberfests i've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 03:50:07 | More by thecarster1
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OlRasputin989

Arkansas

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

enjoyed from the Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass...

A: A very nice copper color with a fluffy, off-white 1 to 2 finger head. leaves small patches of thick lacing

S: a slightly fruity scent but mostly biscuity nuttiness.

T: grains and biscuit flavors up front followed by a very sweet nuttiness. finishes with the grain flavor and a hint of apples and grapes.

M: medium to full body. almost chewy with a fizzy entry. finishes clean.

Overall, a good Octoberfest. Nice biscuity malt flavors. Almost too heavy, but still very drinkable. Must buy at least a 6 pack every year.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 03:17:12 | More by OlRasputin989
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MikeRa

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I finally tried a Sama Adams Octoberfest last Thursday, and it looks like a orangish-amber looking color. It has a smell of carmel malt, pumpkin, and molasses. It's low to medium on the APV side, which is very good.

This beer is not real bitter, but it's not real malty either. When drinking it, I tasted the pumpkin, the molasses, and the carmel mix together.

This is one of the many Sam Adams beer that I will drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2009 00:35:56 | More by MikeRa
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A = Dark orange liquid with good clarity, small red-orange head. On the dark edge of the spectrum for the style.

S = Smells of sweet syrups, some wet hay from the hops.

T = Well balanced but a little heavy, nice steady bitterness throughout with a bready, doughy taste as the primary flavor, some small amount of butter, too.

M = Medium body, fair mouthcoating, carbonation on the light side.

D = This goes down easily enough, but it is a little cloying by the end of the glass. I don't really want more than one at sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 21:22:19 | More by Traquairlover
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bum732

Lesotho

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orangish-red, nice creamy head leaving great lacing. Smells of caramel sweetness, earthy grain, toasted biscuit, touch of breadiness. Tastes of sweet caramel malt followed by a nice wave of earthiness. Some brown sugar, molasses and touch of dark fruit. Bitterness is very low, ends fairly sweet with just a touch of grain and more caramel. Mouthfeel is pretty moderate, perfect for the style.

A very nice octoberfest, nothing special but works nicely altogether. Very sessionable as an octoberfest should be. A perennial favor.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 03:35:54 | More by bum732
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drcarver

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from the bottle (expiration date 02/10) into a Samuel Adam's glass.

A - Vibrant, deep amber color that is crystal clear. A 1 finger fluffy head sits on top and stays through the first few quaffs supplied by the nice constant release of carbonation.

S - Rich in malt, toffee, and molasses. Bit of dough.

T&D - Full bodied with little aftertaste. Malts assault up from, but clear out. The sweetness gives a nice toffee-like flavor.

D - Goes down nicely, but not too quick allowing you to enjoy it.

B is exactly where this beer should be. It is the octoberfest that I use to gauge every other American "octoberfest" beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 00:43:36 | More by drcarver
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BayouBengal1537

Louisiana

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this last night on-tap at Tsunami in Baton Rouge and took notes on my phone.
A - Poured a deep copper/dark amber color, off white head, little lacing left on glass

S - not much aroma, some caramel and brown sugar, mostly malts, no hop aroma

T - Toasted malts, sweet caramel, some nuttiness and some definite sweetness at the end.

M - Medium mouth feel and moderate carbonation

D - very good, could easily enjoy a couple of these.

Note: First Marzen/Oktoberfest, and looking forward to trying more this style come Fall time. Enjoyed this one and would recommend it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2009 00:15:38 | More by BayouBengal1537
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KenOnBass

New York

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Great head when poured in. Excellent lacing around. Good golden/amber colour.

S: Sweet malty aroma.

T: Sweet tasting beer. Decent Summerfest. Sweet tasting full bodied beer.

M: Full feel. Great carbonation.

D: Good Oktoberfest. I'd say the best part about this beer is that if you're in the mood for an Oktoberfest, you could pretty much get this anywhere. Even at bars that lack a decent beer selection. It's another great Sam's Seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 23:58:51 | More by KenOnBass
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buschbeer

Ohio

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

I poured into a pint glass to an inch of head. It is a deep burnt orange and clear. It smells of toasted malts and bready goodness. I taste the toasted malt. It is a nice beer in this style. It is not a standout but it is not bad. It is definitely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 22:49:31 | More by buschbeer
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into Allagash tulip glass

A: Crystal clear rusty brown with slight orange color good 2 finger head that fades to and holds at 1 finger

N: Toasty malt nose with some nuttiness and sweetness, similar to Marzen

T: Starts with more toasted malts, and some earthy malt flavor, slight nuttiness and biscuit, clear tasting and crisp, very refreshing, but not a whole lot on the flavor profile

M: Pretty light and some carbonation

F: Finishes somewhat sweet and syrupy with more earthy malts typically found in a marzen

Final thoughts: Its a pretty decent American made Marzen, doesn't compare to the Bavarian ones. Very light and refreshing, a well done lager, nice toasted and earthy tones, but a little light on the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 21:50:28 | More by jlindros
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r0nyn

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap from Smith's Bar in New York City.

Poured into a pint glass. Very pretty and clear burnt orange/amber color with a smallish head, but with some decent lacing. Smell isn't strong at all, slightly malty and spicy.

I don't usually like the taste of Samuel Adams beers, but I decided to be adventurous and I'm glad it was the Octoberfest because the taste was clean and delicious. I caught hints of caramel and spicy sweetness, which was quite refreshing. There wasn't too much carbonation, just enough to caress the tongue a little bit and dissipate, which suited me just fine.

It's on the sweetish side, which enhances the drinkability for me. The clean looks and taste are quite appealing, and it goes down easily. I finished it quicker than I thought I would. The only reason I didn't order another one is because my friends and I had to leave.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2009 06:06:37 | More by r0nyn
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vegantreats

Hawaii

2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer conjures images of being at the pumpkin patch on a hayride.Poured with all but a band of bubbly foam left in the glass. Smells like sweet burnt caramel with a sprinkling of brown sugar, looks like watery faux maple syrup. Overly sweet, yet, the beer is quite smooth with a brown sugar hit at the end.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 04:59:36 | More by vegantreats
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wiseguy142

New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great deep orange/copper color. Off white head,a little soapy. Nice visible carbonation racing up the glass, little sticking to the sides of it.

Aroma is a little soapy and mineraly. Usually not the case in SA beers. Otherwise just light of toasted malt.

As far as taste goes, this is one of my favorite Oktoberfests made by any brewery. It's like a smooth munich/vienna malt milkshake. Tastes of toasted malt with a very heavy body that makes you really in the mood for fall. Some candy-like sweetness. Finishes very clean and heavy with a slightly sweet hop aftertaste.

I'd say the only things this beer lacks is some aroma and a more authentic German feel. That being said, I truly enjoy the heavy mouthfeel of this beer and it's one of my favorites that I wait for every year.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 02:53:16 | More by wiseguy142
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njmoons

New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have had a lot of Sam Adams beers over the years, but this is the first one I would call bad.

I had a pint on tap at a local bar.

It looked good reddish brown with good long lasting staying power.

The aroma was as expected, some malt

The taste was thin, not much malt or hop flavor. Just plain bland, as I continued to drink I kept trying to find some distinctive flavors, none there. The finish was not a crisp as I would expect from a quality lager.

I will avoid in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2009 04:23:15 | More by njmoons
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kegger22

Michigan

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

On tap at Nick & Jimmy's in Temperance.

Poured brown with a modest head that faded immediately, to a thin skin. The aroma was bland, very little for the nose to detect. The taste was sweet and malty, but did not stand out anywhere. The carbonation was moderate. Feel was clean and light bodied. Drinkability was very good, a safe, comfortable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2009 23:27:10 | More by kegger22
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Brenden

Ohio

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

The review is the same as from the bottle. The difference is that, firstly, I didn't get quite the same head as I poured myself; secondly, aromas and flavor, while the same, were stronger from the tap.

This is a dark amber-brown color with a tight brown head that stays a while at two fingers and leaves some patchy lacing partway down the glass.
There are some grains underneath a predominantly malt aroma backed by hops. It's straightforward.
The flavor holds a little more balance and complexity than the aroma, and the variance of malts works nicely. Along with a bread / biscuit there's a gentle nutmeg-like nip just underneath.
This is a decent blend of smooth and crisp in the mouthfeel, though neither is prominent. Carbonation is on the light side of moderate and body is medium.
Overall I like this brew, and it's a tasty one, but it's all a little light and muted. A macro drinker could definitely handle this, and it would serve well as a gateway brew to bolder beers, especially Oktoberfest beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 19:51:04 | More by Brenden
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beerman207

Kentucky

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's Oktoberfest season and I've picked up four different brewer varieties to review in the next few days (or tonight depending on how the night goes :) ).

A - Orangish brown color with a nice frothy head that goes away pretty quick.

S - Has a metallic aroma which comes through with the malt. Not overly impressed with the aroma.

T - Has no hop pressence and is definately all malt and has a little nuttiness in the brew.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Nice and mild.

D - I thought this beer was a lot better last year having it prior to being a member of BA. Perhaps I"m being too hard here but this beer doesn't come close to my favorite thus far which is Spaten.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 01:57:28 | More by beerman207
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burnerfinger

Texas

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

Found this in a small market I frequest in LATE AUGUST. Had to indulge to welcome in the new season.

A: poured from standard glass bottle. Head quickly dissipated, only light lacing.

S: alcohol with Malt...nice. very nice.

T: understated hops in the background. there is a nice element of maltiness here. Pleasantly bitter aftertaste (hops) lingers.

M: notable carbonation. Plenty of alcohol flavor but still plenty smooth.

D: in spite of the carbonation and the alcohol I find this quite drinkable.

Serving type: Nitto-bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 01:44:28 | More by burnerfinger
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RomaniIteDomum

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Hops Restaurant glass. Too bad that place is out of business.

To the beer at hand. It poured a nice dark amber color. Looks like a typical Marzen. Decent head.

Smells like a typical Marzen. Sweet grains and molasses.

Tastes good. Sam's Boston Lager got me into beer and Octoberfest (and Winterfest) got me hooked. I know they're a bigger operation, but you can taste the love. Tastes deep and complex, sweet grains and molasses.

Mouthfeel is good. Creamy and comforting.

Like I said, this beer got me hooked on beer. Of course I find it drinkable, though now I prefer variety.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 00:43:54 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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Jdecarol

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark orange color with a good head that dissapears into a very very ring.

Smells great. Sweet, very small amount of hops and slightly alcoholic. The alcohol smell is very good, almost like a fine liquor as it warms. To tell you the truth this might be the best smelling alcohol esters I have ever smelled.

Taste is phenominal. Sweet, bready, caramel goodness with just a touch of hops. Oh and of course the alcohol from the smell loses none of its deliciousness.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 00:08:40 | More by Jdecarol
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williamt

Iowa

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 version. Very nice looking copper/gold with tanish head, clear and clean. Mild aroma of malt. Tastes more
nutty than the malty sweet I would expect from a Marzen/Okto. Also very dry, to dry for my liking. Mouthfeel is good close to what I would expect for the style. Drinkabilty is poor, I wouldn't want more than one in a row.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 22:09:47 | More by williamt
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showell

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orange/red color. A fairly vigorous pour produced a 1 1/2" head. The orangey color was nicely appropriate for a beer called "oktoberfest". The smell is of sweet oranges mixed with malt. The flavor is faintly citrus but mostly malty with a hint of sweetness. It's a fairly sweet beer but it has a hint of a bitter aftertaste. I was surprised at the complexity of this one. A bit more carbonation than I would want, but not so much that it's overbearing. I could easily drink several of these. A nicely enjoyable beer. I hope they have more when I get back to the grocery store.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 03:55:22 | More by showell
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katan

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown to almost amber color. Head is very smell, almost non-existent. Leaves a light white film. Very filtered, no hazing, no yeast suspension.

S - Light malty nose - only a hair of a caramel toffee malt comes through.

T - Starts off malted and sweet. Only a bit of biscuit sweetness. Switches to a hair of bittering without an overt hop flavor. Finishes with a light yeast note, giving it more of a bready base. The aftertaste does reveal just a light amount of earthy bavarian hops.

M - Moderate body - carbonation light. Beer is clinging - sugar sticks to the tongue.

D - Moderate to moderate-high drinkability. ABV is manageable. Flavors are generally underwhelming - sessionable. Not filling.

Overall, a bit on the boring side, but stylistically it fits.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 03:06:20 | More by katan
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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