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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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5,122 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,122
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 45
Gots: 237 | 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 BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

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

A seasonal brew brought back from the States, 12 oz brown bottle with best before month clipped in the side of the label. SLightly different picture than shown above.
Caramel colored with a slightly tan foam. Thin carbonation bubbles help hold the head, and leaves thin strings of lace.
Smells of sweet malt balanced with a hoppy finish. The taste is full of the sweet malt, caramel, and some hidden spice. Full bodied, flavorful, a good one to enjoy on a cool crisp evening. I thought it to be well balanced mix of malt and hops. Smooth and easy to drink, a pleasant suprise.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 15:35:40 | More by BigBry
Photo of jackorain


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was on tap at my local Houlihan's. I had this on October 26th, 2007 and just got to adding from detailed notes taken at that time.

A-Really nice red-amber glowing color. Nice tan head lasted a very long time and fell to a substantial 1/4 inch coat that stayed for nearly the entire drink. Where the head receded it left a very attractive lacing effect.

S-Classic lagerish aroma up front, clean Biscuit and caramel malts follow and dominate.

T-Nice malty noce, biscuit and caramel, a little sweet, some fruitiness also enters in the middle. A nice, mild, crisp bitterness finshes it out. Quite tasty.

M-Creamy, with a nice even carbonation. Medium body. Really quite nice.

D-This may be the best Oktoberfest I had this year. I've seen from year's past that this one is considered a dumbed down Ok, but definitely not this year. I had a few with my dinner.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2007 17:42:38 | More by jackorain
Photo of trentley87


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

I had the opportunity to "borrow" one of these from a friend. Poured from a bottle into a glass mug.

A: very pleasant, above average, but even for the beautiful orange amber color and creamy, orange tinged head, I still prefer a darker beer.

S: Deliciously sweet, very appetizing. I didn't spend a lot of time smelling this one. The smell convinced me to get straight to drinking it.

T: Excellent balance. Clearly supposed to be on the sweet side, lots of malty flavors, but not overpoweringly so. Delicious.

M: A little to "gritty" to be as refreshing as it has the potential to be. I don't like a lot of carbonation. Again, this barely detracted from the overall great qualities of this beer.

D: Excellent. Don't get me wrong, I could drink this all night, but there are other styles which I prefer. I don't have a reference point within this style to compare it too.

I am again impressed by the Sam Adams lineup. They are consistently offering full-flavored, complex beers and a price competitive with the BMC crowd.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 06:00:56 | More by trentley87
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and full of malt. Toast and warm, yet cool and spicy. Apple flavor, to my nose.

Golden orange, pretty good clarity. Little head, but he’s a persistent little devil.

Toasty malt with roasted sweetness. A little alcohol noticeable. Sweet apple flavor. Medium-full body malt. I don’t really detect any hops – they’re subtle.

Good clean Oktoberfest. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 07:29:42 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of cdkrenz


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

Another purchase while in Milwaukee.

Appearance - Cloudy with an orange-amber color. The head is minimal but there are wisps of remnants that bright the surface.

Smell - The scent is sweet and malty. Solid aroma that makes this brew very tempting.

Taste - Spicy and flavorful. It even has a timid pungent side. I like it.

Mouthfeel - The feel is mildly rough but not enough to take anything away from the over goodness of this Sammy.

~ This beer is one of the reasons I'll be trying more and more of The Boston Beer Company's brews. I'm impressed with the overall uniqueness of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 23:36:04 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of jneiswender


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

12oz. bottle that was notched to drink by March (drank in November). Poured into a pint glass.

Light foam head that dissipates quickly. Amber, brown topaz color. Reddish brown. If I could give an award for beautiful beers this may be the blue ribbon winner. I just love they way this beer looks.

Smells sweet and malty. Slightly spicy cinnamon note as well.

Nicely balanced beer. Make no mistake, is about the malts here. Very bready (almost like a vanilla cupcake). Almost a slight maple syrup like undertone. There is some good hop character here though. Nice bitterness throughout.

I am not very learned with this style. I do however find it incredibly tasty. I enjoy drinking it every fall. Great fall session beer. The fresher the better. Check the drink by date.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 19:07:21 | More by jneiswender
Photo of madjr80


3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty solid beer. I look forward to drinking it the first month of football season. It is very well balanced with kick, but not too overpowering. A great session beer whether it is watching football or playing a card game. However, this is not something I could drink all year round. A great deal if you can get a draft special around late October.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 16:33:44 | More by madjr80
Photo of smc143


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

This beer pours a redish/orange brown with a white head. The smell is mostly of malt and pretty much on the sweet side. The flavor is rich and bold and is of mostly malt, with little hops to be found by me. It has a great balance of flavor and carbonation. It is very smooth, medium body but the beer has a thick flavor. It has a long, lingering aftertaste that some sweet notes that just add to the character. I wish I could get it all year round.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2007 18:46:15 | More by smc143
Photo of yemenmocha


4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, rich amber color with white head that retains well.

Nose is a pleasant musty sweet caramel, maybe old polished wood too. Some fresh brown bread in there as well.

Palate is a luxurious malty richness with hops that hide well so the malt can shine. Malt sweetness is just right in this beer. Again, some fresh bread flavors emerge as they do on the nose. This is a good example of the style, even though it's not a German example.

Finish is medium length with a residual sweetness that teases you to take another sip of this fine lager. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 06:11:15 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of Pauly2X


4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Rich amber color one finger plus head had pretty good staying power.

S- Complex smooth and mellow malt aroma.

T- Great caramel malty sweetness balanced quite well by a good mellow noble hop pressence.

M- Smooth, nuff said!

D- KInda pissed I only bought a single.

Easily the best american Oktoberfest out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 19:29:14 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of Gehrig


4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty Oktoberfest, this is one of my favorites from Sam Adams. This dark orange, almost copper-colored creation pours a nice, if typically brief Sam Adams head, and has a good aroma that is at once fruity and somewhat spicy. The taste is impressive, rather sweet with citrus and a bit of caramel but also with a slight bite. The texture is a touch syrupy, but not too overbearing, and nothing that would keep me from grabbing a couple more afterward.

A fine beverage, one that always reminds me of playoff baseball watching my beloved Yankees. Well worth buying a six or a twelve-pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 05:06:22 | More by Gehrig
Photo of Reanimator


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opening of this 12oz. is greeted with a spicy, malt aroma. Pours a golden orange color that nearly matches the label with a orange tinted and frothy head. Great lacing, hangs around for the entire drink.

The taste leaves a bit to be desired. It is dominated by malts and is missing the characteristic O-fest spiciness that most other brews nail. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy in that it coats your tongue.

I appreciate what Sam Adams has provided to the American masses, but It's almost too bad that this is the best selling Octoberfest in the world. I didn't enjoy it as much as I do most O-fest beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 02:10:30 | More by Reanimator
Photo of tronester


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Marzen is a dark reddish orange in color. Had no head when served to me. Smells of faint grain. This is a malt fan's beer. Quite a rich, sweet grain flavor, with a hint of hops to round it off. Full mouthfeel with good carbonation. Quite drinkable as well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2007 04:31:30 | More by tronester
Photo of jeonseh


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

copper colored with a darker center a color i would almost call rust; nice one thumb thick head that maintained all the way through the beer and left lacing down sides of the glass as drank it up; can smell an odor that reminds me of the smell of a weiss beer except a bit sweeter. when drinking it at first the bitter taste of hops hits ya and then the taste become noticeably sweeter almost the taste of caramel; a good oktoberfest but nothing too complex to it either; all and all this is the best sam adams beer that i've had and i wish we had it all year around

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 02:34:32 | More by jeonseh
Photo of slyke


3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Octoberfest pours a copper-orange color with a frothy off-white head that falls to a thin cap and laces nicely.

The aroma of the beer is sweet with hint of caramel.

Taste is also sweet with a hint of caramel. There is a dry biscuity finish.

Mouthfeel pretty good, but thinner than some examples of the style I've tried.

This beer is pretty drinkable. It saves the day at many restaurants in the fall, but isn't over the top. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 17:34:56 | More by slyke
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all-time favorites for this time of year. Pours a fairly clear pumpkin orange with a more than decent long-lasting head. Aroma is big-time malty, dinner rolls and some candied fruit. Taste is very malty and sweet, some hops there to keep it from going too far. One of the sweeter O-fest offerings I have had. Goes down smooth and is amazingly drinkable. This brew is always a staple when I have friends over during football season.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 05:01:07 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of nickynick


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

This beer poured a nice amber color, although a little lighter then other Oktoberfest beers I have had. Smell seemed very sweet to me. Almost no malt in the nose. Smell more of brown sugar, almost too sweet. The taste matched the smell, a little to sweet, but more malt was present in the palate then the nose. Mouthfeel was ok, a little think and sticky. Drinkability was good as well. It went down pretty smooth. This beer seemed to be missing something that other Oktoberfest beers have. It had almost no bite, or spice, that I have noticed in others. I would drink this beer again, might even buy it again, but It will not be my first choice for an Oktoberfest.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2007 12:40:57 | More by nickynick
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pretty light in color for a märzen. more amber than copper. the head died with little fanfare. some remained adhered the the glass, but not much

the aroma is on mostly on target, although it actually smells like a pils. the hops are somewhat pungent (good? i suppose)

the flavor is definitely octoberfesty, but misses some of the richness. i don't mean sweetness necessarily, but a an assertiveness. it's an americanized märzen

thoroughly drinkable, but doesn't hold up to scrutiny

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 02:51:41 | More by bruachan
Photo of erosier


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

This is a nice octoberfest beer. It pours a deep amber color with a thick caramel colored head that takes some time to diminish. It smells of malts and hops mixed beautifully together. The taste backs this up. It is fresh, crisp, and delicious. It certainly quenches my thirsts for a nice beer. The blending of the malts and hops is really excellent and has a sort of sweet and bitter aftertaste that makes me always want a second glass. This one was expertly carbonated and had a really good feel in my mouth. I just wish it wasn't seasonal, or if it was, they just extended the season.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2007 21:44:30 | More by erosier
Photo of Stimack

New York

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

This is a shocker I have never reviewed the Sam Adams Oktoberfest. Well I guess no time like the present. The brew has the color of slightly dull copper with a nice sized head that is light tan in color with small bubbles that cling to the sides of the glass leaving a nice amount of lacing. This beer has a strong roasted malt scent, which highlights caramel and toasted aromas. The taste of this brew is very good which makes it easy drinking. While others will feel that this brew is unexciting, I find it to be a good version of a Marzen beer with is consistence and flavors. The taste is very malty which gives it a bread/dough like flavor mixed with a toasted like flavor. I do not pick up much of a clear hop presence meaning that I think things are fairly balanced out for this beer. The brew finishes relatively dry while having a fairly creamy feel through out. IMO this is a very good brew, flavors are good, freshness is there based on it being as seasonal and it really is an easy drinking sesional beverage.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 22:46:42 | More by Stimack
Photo of Rainintheface


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

12oz bottle, dated Feb. '08 poured into SA glass.

A: dark copper/amber with 2 finger light tan head and medium carbonation

S: a bit sweet, caramels and light raisiny aroma

T: similar to aroma but with some toasted malt

M: creamy with a medium body

D: very drinkable. I look forward to this every fall

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 20:50:47 | More by Rainintheface
Photo of jdg204


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

After sampling this brew for a few years, finally bought a 6'er of this bad boy to review and celebrate the end of O-fest season (though I may have to go get some Victory Fest after their win in the GABF).

Appearance - Very nice copper color with a nice thick head most of which stuck around for the ride.

Smell - Good caramel, lightly toasted scent.

Taste - Fairly clean, balanced flavor of toasted malt and a sweetish caramel.

Mouthfeel - Not the greatest bitter aftertaste, probably the one hole in the balance but still makes for easy drinking.

Drinkability - A strong choice from Sam Adams, not the greatest brew, but I have to admit I'm still on the quest for a great Ofest and this will definetly due until the discovery is found.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 19:18:53 | More by jdg204
Photo of Scribbles


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

Appearance: A nice deep amber colour with a decent light tan head that subsides a bit but sticks around in the glass for quite awhile.

Smell: mostly toasted malts in the smell.

Taste: Rich taste toasted malts with hints of caramel, some sweetness, and some hops in the background not too overpowering(not very strong). This one taste like fall.

Mounthfeel: A nice fairly smooth feel, more carbonation than I expected, hard to determine weather thats a plus or a minus on this one, so I'll go with neutral.

Drinkablility: Fairly drinkable, taste like fall to me, smooth, easy to drink a few, and can serve as a good fall staple.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 01:41:07 | More by Scribbles
Photo of Sleestak


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

Around this time last year I had my first oktoberfest beer. This was the one. Nice reddish copper with a thin head. Light caramel in the smell, not much. Some caramel in the taste and a bit of honey sweetness. Hops are more present than most in this style but still are subdued. You can't really go wrong with a Sam Adams no matter what the style. My first but deffinately not my last.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 05:06:35 | More by Sleestak
Photo of fitzy84


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

The Octoberfest pours with a very, dark amber color. It has probably one of the most seasonal appearances I have seen so far. It's smell has a great pumpkin/spice aroma: very warm and inviting. However, I found the taste lacking a good seasonal feel. Basically, it lacked a hard spice I really wanted, or at least, expected from it. It has a good crisp texture, however, and really runs down smoothly. Overall, it is an accessible Octoberfest though other seasonal beverages packed a bigger seasonal touch.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 03:32:30 | More by fitzy84
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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