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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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5,135 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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Photo of Pleepleus

New York

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

Thanks for this one Hyland.
Poured from 12 oz bottle to a new Sam Adams Pint Glass a clear orange amber color with a minimal white head that quickly settled to a minimal sheen. Had a light aroma of malts. Tasted sweet malts and mellow hops, not anything spectacular but none of that signature bad flavor that almost every other Sam Adams has. Has a thin watery feel but good flavor and is a very drinkable beer. Best Sam Adams I have tried yet, but not a top ten Octoberfest by any means.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 23:43:10 | More by Pleepleus
Photo of scottblaze


2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To make it short and sweet, this one passed my test for an enjoyable amber/dark/red lager. I am crossed up on how to rate this beer....quite good as it stands on its own but as it ranks among my favorite Oktoberfests (marzen), it would be near the bottom. After making a cross comparison with Paulaner (one of my personal favorites for the style), SA wasn't close.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 13:15:23 | More by scottblaze
Photo of SFRider


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

Appearance: Definitely amber in color. Kinda golden amber.
Smell: Musky and sweet. Definitely got some malt in this one.
Taste: Kinda sweet. Not too bitter. Definitely malty. Like a malted caramel.
Mouthfeel: Goes down very easy - like water...with hops, yeast, malt, barley and likely a couple other grains. Light carbonation.

Imagine the surprise Sam Adams had after InBev bought Anheuser-Bush, and they, Sam Adams (an American Craft Brewery) were now the largest American owned brewery in the states! Pretty cool, eh? Okay - about the beer. Wasn't bad at all, and somewhat traditional for an Octoberfest Ale. Wanna learn more about that? Click here. Kinda sweet, not too hoppy - more malty. It was light and easy though, not terribly filling. I could easily drink a couple of these. But it wasn't so great that it'd be the only beer I'd want at a bar with 15 taps. Worth tryin' though.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2008 19:49:01 | More by SFRider
Photo of ckeegan04


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

A - Clear orange color with hints of amber. Light tan one-finger head with decent retention and unremarkable lacing.

S - Very faint bready malt aroma with hints of spicy/herbal hops. A little doughy sweetness in the nose as well.

T - Strong taste of bready and doughy malts with a lingering sweetness. A herbal spiciness comes through mid-drink and provides a nice balance.

M/D - Medium bodied that seems to thin as it warms. A very drinkable O-fest but not one of the best I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2008 14:56:24 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of ibashmuck


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

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small head on a darker, redder amber body. Smells were decidedly mellow. They're there, just not very pronounced...sweet, malty, with a small hoppiness bite. Taste was the same but much more pronounced. Maple syrup, caramel, nuttiness, with a smallish hoppiness. Lower carbonation and a crispness make for an easy brew to drink. Pleasantly surprised. Not spectacular, but a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 05:00:48 | More by ibashmuck
Photo of Hokies

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours a deep reddish copper color with a small white head that lasts with some lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some chocolate and a grassy scent.

The taste is dominated by the sweet malt taste with some roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is somewhat balanced out by a light citrus hop taste.

Their is a good amount of carbonation in this beer with a nice creamy feel to it. This is a nice Marzen and one that is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 01:14:45 | More by Hokies
Photo of FGCUkyleOz


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

A: Orange-ish red, slightly tan head about 1 finger width tall.

S: Sweet with a slight spice and some fruit.

T: Moderate Holiday flavors, reminiscent of pumpkin delights. Moderate carbonation. Mild but bitter after taste.

M: Smooth with a slight grain.

D: Light enough to have more than one. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 14:31:55 | More by FGCUkyleOz
Photo of pwsoldier


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper with a large, creamy, off-white head. Good head retention and patchy lacing.

S - Caramel, buttered toast, and some very faint grassy notes.

T - Caramel and buttered toast persist, with some spice adding some subtle complexity to it. A hint of lemon is also present in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied, dry finish. Carbonation does a good job of keeping the sweetness in check.

D - Very smooth and enjoyable. I'm not a huge fan of Marzens, but I like this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 04:09:52 | More by pwsoldier
Photo of superdedooperboy


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

The sixteenth and final day of the München Oktoberfest has me finishing off the celebration with the bottled variant of Boston Beer Co.'s Samuel Adams seasonal.

Poured into a pint glass from a brown glass bottle with freshness date printed on the label.

Pours a deep copper-amber hue with a half-finger of light tan foam.

Nose is full of sweet toffee and chocolate notes. No discernible hop presence.

Full-bodied, thick and chewy on the palate. Flavors are of rich malted grain -- sweet caramel, milk chocolate, and molasses. A slight bitterness from the hops can be detected, though the malts are what are truly highlighted, with the hops serving as a simple balance to keep the beer from becoming cloying. Finishes with a lingering sweetness.

Absolutely delicious, though it strikes me as almost a lower-alcohol version of a good Doppelbock, rather than an Oktoberfest/Märzen. Very sweet and therefore not highly drinkable, and much different than the draft version, but still a highly individualistic interpretation of the style and a wonderful way to complete the sixteen days of Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 02:49:44 | More by superdedooperboy
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon Octoberfest mug. Best by February notched on the label. Poured a translucent copper with a one inch off-white cap dimpled with tiny bubbles. Head eventually dissipated into a soapy swirl. Some lacing, but weak legs. Nose is caramel malt and cereal grains. Taste follows nose with a little hops in the mix. Finish is not as sweet, and much dryer than most Oktoberfests. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied and evenly carbonated. Easy drinking and one of my personal favorites for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 20:50:18 | More by Jwale73
Photo of tangentrider


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

A- dark copper beer with an off-white head; some lacing is present; minimal carbonation visible.

S- biscuit with a slight bit of cheese

T- a bit of toasted malt sweetness; faint bit of herbal hop; finishes with a light bitterness and yeast.

MF- light feel with moderate to high carbonation in the mouth. Clean.

D- Good beer for a spicy meal. I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 23:15:00 | More by tangentrider
Photo of philipquarles


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear red/amber with few bubbles and a medium white head. This dissipates to leave a slight film. Minimal lacing.

Smells of sweet malt and some caramel. This was very indicative of the taste, though a bit of roasted character comes out, as well as some hops. Well balanced.

Overall, a good, quite drinkable domestic take on the festbier.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 22:21:23 | More by philipquarles
Photo of motleybrew

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, sparkling amber makes for a wonderful inexpensive fall imbibe. Had it not the hints of cheapness that come with a typical consumer beer, it could be so much more. But considering those limitations, it is quite a bit more drinkable than your usual big-name beer. It feels every bit a malty brew, though it regretfully lacks the full aroma of one. The stale, bready smell of the common inflicts itself and ruins the sense of the scent that lingers there.

Something creeps into the flavor as well. Though the initial mouth feel is overwhelmingly and pleasingly malty, smooth, and pleasant, the late twinge of lemony hops could be destined to be a choice in finish...but comes off almost tart. I am one that will not complain about a sticky, malty beer being sticky and malty...and this one seems to want to apologize. In the backlash it comes off citrus, and a little underage. That will be an inherent problem with a beer produced in this volume.

All that said, I could drink this all day. That, I think, is the best part of this bottle: you can't complain that it isn't tasty the first or fifth time in the day. When it is available, it is a low cost joy.

Worth a try, and a weekend.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 21:24:41 | More by motleybrew
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

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

Had this on tap in a Sam Adam's pint glass.

A - Clear, deep amber with a finger or two of white head. Retention is decent with some lacing.

S - Vague sweetness; some dark bread in there a long with a slightly nutty aroma.

T - Sweet and a little buttery. A nice toasted malt overtone. Some dark bread from the nose as well, with a hint of spicy hops creeping up in the background.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

D - An easy drinking beer. Decent flavor but certainly not too much to think about at the bar.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2008 06:39:54 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of PatronWizard


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

2008, I hope.

Orange tinted beer bottle brown. Head up, head down.

Big malt smell. Maybe a cherry. Some sweet fruit.

Malts are big in the taste. I swear I taste that cherry too.

So I don't have a lot to say about this one. Shoot me.

Overall: Sam Adams continues to be a solid go-to

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 05:19:29 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of FSUmac


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

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Memphis, TN....

Appearance: Pours a nice deep reddish brown with a 1 finger head. Not much retention.

Smell: Malty and sweet with some molasses.

Taste: Malty like the style should be. Caramel with a slight slight hint of hops. Excellent rendition of the style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is well balanced. I really enjoy this beer when it comes out every year. It's a nice change up for all of the IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2008 00:31:03 | More by FSUmac
Photo of Slynger


3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear oranged amber color with a cap of finely bubbled dirty white.

Light nose of mostly toasted and caramel, with a hint of fruits and a dash of spice.

Flavors of toasted, biscuity malts with a caramel/darkish fruit sweetness and some lightly musty, nutty, earthy-floral hops. The body is a touch watery of medium, with a modest amount of fine, fizzy carbonation.

Not bad. A mediocre, widely available, american version of the style. Fortunately I have access to some better regional offerings, namely Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 22:04:23 | More by Slynger
Photo of generallee

New York

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: It has a dark amber color with good clarity. The head is light tan in color, creamy and about average in size. It has good retention as it slowly fades to light covering that hangs on until the last sip.

Smell: The aroma is full of all the sweet caramel-like malt that you would expect along with some decent mineral/herbal hops.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor has solid, sweet and bready malt with caramel notes and hints of apple-like fruitiness. Hop flavor comes in and adds a good spicy and herbal presence to the middle and finish. It finishes slowly and has a slick texture with good carbonation and a medium to full body.

Notes: Football, Halloween candy, and sucking down some Sam Adams Octoberfest with my father, these are a few of my favorite things.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 03:40:50 | More by generallee
Photo of oriolesfan4


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

The best part about this beer is the appearance and the smell. I bought a bunch of octoberfest beers lately and this was better than most of them but outshined by a good amount too. Very malty with some fall spices thrown in but I found it just decent in drinkability and taste. Maybe this style just doesn't sit well with me?

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 00:44:04 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of NHGrafx


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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a very clean dark amber color, 2 finger head that dissipates down to a thin layer of bubbles and foam after a minute. This one makes some nice lacing too.

The aroma has a light sweetness to it. Hints of caramel and malts with a light hop aroma.

The taste is mainly malts. There is a nice spiciness to it as well which makes my tongue tingle a bit. I can detect very slight hints of a caramel like flavor as too. The hop flavor seems pretty light to me, but it is there. Semi bitter on the finish. Carbonation seems moderate, good mouthfeel. Drinkability is pretty good too.

Overall a pretty nice seasonal offering from Sam Adams, of the 4 this one has always been my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 22:25:33 | More by NHGrafx
Photo of Smixam


4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, pint glass.

A - Almost as good as a beer can look. Rich, clear brown body with a tan 1-2 finger head. Very inviting.

S - If there's a weak point for this beer, I guess it has to be this. Not that it's bad, just nothing special - Malty and earthy, very typical of Octoberfest brews.

T - Solid malt profile, very rich but not overpowering. Very subtle alcohol content lets you really taste this brew. Small amount of hops simply to balance the malt, and a very earthy finish. Aftertaste isn't great, but isn't strong either - think 'brown ale,' and that's it. If you can 'taste' fall, this is it.

M - Solid throughout, this one hangs around for a bit after you drink it. Nothing bitter or heavy about it though, just a nice nutty/oak finish, much like a brown ale.

D - Again, can't tell the alcohol content with this one. Nothing keeping you from drinking this beer all afternoon - it's fine alone and can be paired with almost anything - chips, burgers, steaks, chicken - you name it, it'll work.

The best of the seasonal brews from Mr. Adams, by far.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2008 20:01:58 | More by Smixam
Photo of whiteangel1238


4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Went to Philly Beer Fests' Octoberfest last weekend. Out of all of them(Spaten, Paulaner, Otter Creek, Spaten, Hacker, Weyerbacher, etc.), this was the best. I guess particularly, this year's batch. It changes each year.

Robust Malty taste, but not too sweet. Level of carbonation staying power is very nice, for a malty Octoberfest. Nice bite to it. As opposed to a Spaten Octoberfest which is a brew that gets syrupy when room temp.

It's Appearance exactly what you look for in an Octoberfest- a nice dark orange, head lingers for about 10 minutes.

I can drink about 4 or 5, then Im full. This beer is probably close to 250 calories a bottle.

Great with bratwurst dishes in autumn

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 19:22:00 | More by whiteangel1238
Photo of sethmeister

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle marked best before June 09.

Clear bubbly luminous amber with a large cream colored head which drops to a film quickly. Very attractive.

Scent unfortunately is hard to detect. All I get is a faint grassy odor.

Taste is caramel and toffee balanced with a slight hop bitterness. Diacetyl and perhaps a hint of toast. A slight peppery flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and nicely carbonated up front becoming round and creamy.

Not the best Oktoberfest around but certainly not bad and I did enjoy drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 22:59:11 | More by sethmeister
Photo of shadow1961


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

Samuel Adams Octoberfest pours two good fingers of loose foam over
a clear amber brew. There's almost no carbonation in this sample, and
the nose is mild toasty malts and a bit of herbal hop. The flavor is sweetish
up front- with notes of butterscotch lightly balanced by some mildly peppery
hops off the back. Mouthfeel is pretty round for a lager but by no means heavy.
Ofests are supposed to be pretty easy drinking and this one certainly fits the
bill. This particular one doesn't blow me away but it gets the job done. Do try
as many Octoberfests at this time of the year, and make this one of them.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 19:14:28 | More by shadow1961
Photo of daledeee


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I went out for a meal and noticed this on tap.

I received my pint glass and it had virtually no head. Sorry, I must discount this beer due to the bar's poor kegging ability.

Nose was weak due to no head. Some malt and hops.

Taste was very drinkable and loaded with nice roasted malts and hops and some caramel behind that. Mouthfeel was still tingly even though there was no head. Overall a rather enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2008 02:52:36 | More by daledeee
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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