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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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5,207 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,207
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 49
Gots: 278 | 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 beersheppard


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

Appearance: clear amber with tan head that retreats rather quickly, decent lacing.

Smell: caramel malts

Taste: caramel malts mask hop flavoring, I also detect some black tea notes and toffey undertones.

Mouthfeel: not overly carbonated, but nice presence on the tongue.

Drinkability: easy drinking pleasant tasting marzen. Nice to have at this time of the year. I won't miss it too much though come

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 03:32:35 | More by beersheppard
Photo of caddybuyer

New Jersey

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

12 oz bottle from 6 pack.

A- Good looking medium amber appearance with excellent clarity. Off white head which evaporates a bit too quickly and average lacing.

S- sweet caramel smell with a bit of sour in the background.

T-Maltfest on the tongue, very bready and earthy, with a wee bit of hops present...as to be expected.

M-Creamy, medium body

D-This is a very drinkable brew. You can go nonstop with this one, if you care to and Ooomph-ah into the wee hours.

Notes: Typical of Sam Adams, this is a very nice mainstream beer. It wont impress, but it won't let down, and since it is often available most everywhere (at least here in the Northeast) is a far, far better choice than most during the fall season.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 01:25:51 | More by caddybuyer
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Best By February 2009; Sampled October 2008
Pours with a frothy, two finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is quite clear and shows a full amber color as it sits on my desk. The aroma has some light spicy hop character to it up front, but this is quickly drowned out by a full malt character. Aromas of caramel, toasty grain and whole grain crackers. Actually there is a fair amount of hop character here that lightly spices the more dominant malt aromatics.

Spicy hop notes cut through the slightly more dominant malt character of lightly nutty, slightly toasty grain notes and a nice, almost rich, but not to sweet, caramelized malt note. As the beer warms up it becomes more malty and rich, but still retains its spicy hop character. Light toffee notes seem to subtly intrude into the mix of well integrated flavors that define this beer. I really am enjoying the body of this brew as well, it is quite quaffable, but has just enough heft to cling a bit to the palate and lightly envelope the mouth.

This is a nice Oktoberfest, I really like that it is still fresh and has a nice spicy hop character. I really also like how the toasted malt character accentuates a soft nutty note. Overall this is a really well constructed beer, incredibly well balanced between hop and malt. I would seriously have a hard time asking for more from an Oktoberfest (well an non-Rauch one anyway). This would be quite easy to quaff liters of this beer at a time.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 20:35:30 | More by Gueuzedude
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District of Columbia

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

Appearance: On tap, poured an amber/orange color. Very deep amber...nice little tan foam.

Aroma: Caramel, malts..not too much on the hops side. Still good so far.

Taste: Good. One of the better Oktoberfests I've had, malty..not too hoppy, not very sweet from the malts either.

Mouthfeel: Goes down well, medium bodied. Pretty typical for the style

Drinkability: Good for this, I can have a couple with no issues. Good taste, not too heavy...etc. Recommended

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2008 03:29:58 | More by kshankar
Photo of John_M


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

On tap at the Detroit airport the other day.

The beer pours a mahogany copper color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a hint of sweet malt and not much else. The simple flavors in this beer generally replicate the nose. There is some attractive roasty malt and light honey in this beer, but there really isn't very much flavor otherwise. The beer is somewhat watery, but there are no off flavors.

Pretty boring, but certainly not terrible. However, there are many, many other good marzen options out there these days to ever order this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2008 13:34:16 | More by John_M
Photo of tbeck


4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown but clear with a good, brown/white carbonated head. Has a sweet, malty smell that is not overpowering and a bit of hops. Taste was very well balance, primarily malty sweetness with cereal grains and a slight hop. Good texture, on the thin side but light and smooth. Not a heavy beer, so more than a couple is okay and it is very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 02:04:20 | More by tbeck
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear dark amber. Very similar to iced tea. Pillowy, light tan head that falls to a thin ring. Little to no lacing.
Aromas of toasted bread, toffee, caramel. Very light hop presence. Quite malty, but not very sweet.
Very malty, but not overly sweet flavors. Again, toasted bread, but the caramel/toffee flavors seem to come through more to create more sweetness than in the aroma. Light hop presence.
Medium-light mouthfeel. The flavors wash off the palate rather quickly, but the beer is not watery at all. Good carbonation.
Quite drinkable, as a good O-fest should be. Good, but inoffensive, flavors make this a drinker all day in the halls.
There may be better O-fests out there, but I like this one and wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 01:19:08 | More by gabeerfan
Photo of CampusCrew


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

Lots of nice caramel flavor, balanced, good malt backbone, and decent hop presence. This is the best value on the american market for beer. Although this is not my favorite Oktoberfest beer, it's up there and it's always a trusty option when a bar doesn't have a good selection of beer. You can never go wrong with a Sam Adams product.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 18:54:05 | More by CampusCrew
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3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours with dark color with a reddish tint and a medium head. smell is a little sweet with some nice hop overtones. goes down smoothly. not one of the more complex oktoberfest style beers out there but lovely none-the-less. the type of beer I could spend a cool october night enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 01:03:01 | More by scriabin
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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mug. Dark copper with light amber highlights at the edges, plentiful streams of bubbles supporting a one finger light beige head. Fair amount of lacing present.

Delicious smells of caramel and toffee lead the nose, toasted malt and breadiness with an underlying herbal quality from the hops.

Toasty and bready malt flavor, light sweetness with the caramel and toffee again showing up, but not as expressed as in the nose. The finish is lightly bitter, herbal and with some earthiness. Nice, but not exceptional.

Light bodied, thin even, but smooth and sessionable with a nice level of carbonation. Could use a bit more substance.

A decently crafted brew that hits most of the style points for a traditional Oktoberfest. Drinks well, definitely wouldn't turn it down, but will go for a few better made fests if they are available to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 23:47:27 | More by SiriusAth
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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this beer and had it in a pint glass from a bottle.
Beer initially poors with a 1/4-1/2 inch off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film. The appearance is a pleasant clear copper.
The aroma reminds of many lagers, having an expectedly malty scent with some caramel.
There is a creamy feel to the beer which is generally medium bodied, but light and palatable. You can catch a bit of hops, as well as carbonation. Beyond that, this beer does seem to come up a bit flat overall. It is a good oktoberfest lager, but defintely could be better with a deeper flavor. I would recommend it to anyone that likes a lager but is not expecting a whole lot.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 23:02:40 | More by SykDoc
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just bought a case of SAs Ofest becuase last years was good enough so why not this year..
Smell: i had alot of smell of malts,toffee
Taste: is very good for this Octoberfest very creamy and smooth
Feel:mouth wasnt thin at all very good beer with a hearty meal or just sittin back an chillin i could drink this beer all day
and drinkability is you can drink it all day!!

Great Ofest mr.koch

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 20:57:17 | More by eagles22
Photo of DesMoinesMike


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one that I have a little trouble reviewing. Two years ago the Octoberfest was great, last year's batch was crap, now the curent batch rate's in the category of decent.

It has the mezmorising golden-brown color that makes marzen's s appealing with a small amount of head. The aroma and taste show a small amount of caramel and nutmeg. It has a slight bitternes that other's of this style don't have. As for mouthfeel, it has a very slight chunkyness, as if the ingredients and the water didn't completely mix together, kinda hard to explain.

SA Oktoberfest is a hit-or-miss beer. Sample before buying a case.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 16:43:22 | More by DesMoinesMike
Photo of chaunur


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

A nicely done marzen, med. reddish amber color, A semi creamy head that stayed around awhile, Well malted with only a hint of hops, could use a little more spicyness. Not overly heavy and very drinkably. Overall a good representation of this style. A typical Sam Adams beer, well crafted

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2008 14:16:54 | More by chaunur
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District of Columbia

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

Pours clear light amber, mother-of-pearl head, some light lacing. It at least looks like fall.

Light malty sweet aroma, hint of herb.

Lots of malt & hops, faint hint of tea. Hops hang around for the finish, clean and dry. Nice feel, a little heavy on the carbonation.

Very ho-hum, pass if there is something better available. It is lacking, no spice or anything.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2008 03:26:35 | More by craytonic
Photo of mattffrost


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

Poured bottle into glass.

A: A light amber with a white head that evaporated quickly.

S: Citrus, carmet malt, floral, spicey smell.

T: Very light and tangy in taste. Finishes a little spicey. Very refreshing not a heavy taste at all.

M: Light on the mouth, light carbonation.

D: Light enough to drink a couple glasses.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 03:17:27 | More by mattffrost
Photo of diabecktic


3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer's color is somewhere between a really dark copper tone and amber. A nice tan head forms quickly and then slowly dissapates; the lacing and retention are both adequate/decent. A small amount of rising carbonation is visible.

This is a malt-lover's dream. A very heavy, crisp biscuit aroma dominates, but it is complimented nicely by a small amount of spice - nutmeg, perhaps? It definately envokes the feeling of "fall" (whatever it is). Any hop-related smell is present in minimal amounts.

The beer's flavor matches its nose quite well. Biscuity tones dominate, though they're complimented with the spices and a hint of carmel-y sweetness. There isn't really a whole lot of bitterness on account of the lack of hop character. The spices definately "make" this beer. There isn't really an aftertaste, but the biscuit and spice flavors linger.

It feels quite heavy in the mouth - more of a creamy type heaviness instead of just high density. This may sound strange, but it makes sense to me; I suppose that I mean it's a "tolerable" heavy and not something that's just really hard to swallow. I suppose it's what I'd expect from a beer of this type.

This is something you definatley do NOT want to pound. Yes, I know it may be Oktoberfest, but it's best to enjoy this in moderation. If you drank it too quickly, you'd be missing out on the great flavor. The creaminess best augments my assertion of its drinkability.

As with most of the other Sam Adams brews, I am quite pleased. I always look forward to the time of year when this beer is on the shelf - definately a "fall" beer no matter how you spell it. I'm sure there are better brews of this variety out there, but it seems to me that Sam Adams does a good job of making it accessable to those who might not normally drink it.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 03:17:03 | More by diabecktic
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2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What happend to this beer? Im reviewing this in the fall of 08 and im very upset. This was one of my favorite beers for years. Ive had it about 5 times this year and discussed this with other fans and we agree the recipe has changed. As recent as last fall the lable had a comment something about being malty with "hints of caramel and toffee". Well I dont know what happend but those hints but they ar gone from the label and the bottle. This beer is moderatly full tasting in the mouth and very hoppy. This beer leaves a bat taste in my mouth and stomach. The previous version was 4.5's across the board. I cant even drink this anymore. I can only hope next year its better.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 21:11:31 | More by mterrence5
Photo of thespaceman


4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured From Tap at Local Bar

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber color, a similar appearance to the Boston Lager but a little darker, nice lacing around the glass which seemed to stick to it as I drank more.

Smell: Those sweet spices are definetley here. I can definetley smell caramel and bready hops, almost a butterscotch scent in the florals, great smell!

Taste: Starts like any Sam Adams until the beautiful taste kicks in, taste is very smooth and robust, not edgy and not weak, a perfect blend of spices make this Octoberfest stand out from the rest.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, almost to a cream consistency but it isn't.

Drinkability: Still to date one of the best Octobers around, hasn't changed in years and why should it? This beer gets more appealing each autumn, other breweries should take notes, Sam Adams is the one to beat this fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 17:43:40 | More by thespaceman
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New Jersey

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

A: A bready beige head sits atop a light rustic-amber body coloring. Visible carbonation was extremely light, with soft whispers of lonely bubbles rising reluctantly. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin film coating.

S: The nose was soft, light caramel syrup with only the slightest hint of hops of nobel flowery origins.

T: Sweet and syrupy upon the opening sip. Maplesyrup, caramel appear in the forefront while a light noble flowering hop presence presents itself on the tongue upon the swallow. Hints of chocolate and munich appear ever so briefly upon warming on the close.

M: Light bodied, you hardly feel this at all resting on the tongue. Nil carbonation factor, easily manipulated on the tongue.

D: As with most of Boston brewings beers this one goes down very smoothly with little effort or resistance making for a good session drink aptly suited per style. Pitches of this are optimal, Prost Zum Wohl.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 13:22:30 | More by beerthulhu
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Rhode Island

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


Appearance: Pours a great reddish-amber color, very clear and smooth looking. Has a tan one finger head which dissipates within a minute and leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

Smell: Has a bittersweet aroma, almost like a sourdough bread. Caramel and spice scents are in there as well, along with a little fruit, possibly dates or figs.

Taste: Starts off slightly bitter, then finishes with a mild sweetness. Can detect some toastiness in there, with sort of a bready taste. Interesting spice combination in there
as well. Overall pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a very good consistancy that is just the right texture. Has a carobonated feel after a second of two, which gives it kind of a fizz. Aftertaste is a mild sweetness on the palate, and feels a little filmy.

Drinkability: Very good Octoberfest beer that I would certainly buy again. This would go well with dinner or while having a snack. Recommended for fans of this kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 06:40:07 | More by Goregazm
Photo of Reagan1984


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

Had this on draft a couple of times over the past two weeks. An enjoyable seasonable

Beer came with a thin, but substantial head that faded quickly. The beer was a bright Amber clear color with plenty of brownish tones. No visible carbonation and no lacing to speak of.

Aroma was sweet and a bit of toasted goodness.

Flavor was very nice. Slightly sweet and reminded me of Brown bread. Certainly a nutty character to it as well.
Good stuff.

Mouthfeel was pretty light and only slightly sticky.

I thought it was quite drinkable.

Nicely done.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2008 00:17:36 | More by Reagan1984
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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
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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
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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
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