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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 TheBierBand


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

Poured into my pint glass and formed a nice creamy, off-white head that stayed around pretty well. The beer was a coppery orange color.

The smell was pretty subdued.... but a sweet scent like honey, malt and caramel was most prevalent.

Taste: quite good. Nice sweet caramel/honey with a malty finish

Mouthfeel: about right for a marzen. Not too highly carbonated. Nice.

Drinkability: I could have a ton of these.... nothing objectionable. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 11:25:56 | More by TheBierBand
Photo of bozebus17


4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ultra fresh bottle. Poured a deep clear copper with carbonation bubbles galore. The impressive rocky white head settles down fairly quickly to a thin white layer.

The aroma is all malt. Sweet caramel and hints of bread go around. Very nice.

The taste is full of sweet malt. I am reminded of caramel and tofee. There is also a great toasted flavor which are followed by just the slightest suggestion of noble hops. It finishes clean.

This brew is nice and creamy on the palate. It is ultra smooth and very easy drinking.

Kudos to the folks at the Boston Beer company. This beer was excellent this year, the best I can remember. I must say that this is my favorite beer in their lineup. I hope it is this good again next year. This goes to show that a mass produced beer doesn't have to be bad. Give me this one any time!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 01:27:51 | More by bozebus17
Photo of BretSikkink


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

Tan lace over an orange-brown, Octoberfest-looking beer. Head retention is pretty good since there wasn't much volume to start with.

Toasty, lightly sweet aroma; mostly malt here but some faint hops also present.

Not too sweet, but caramel malt is the show here. Toasted flavors, slightly biscuity, with a hint of herbal hopping. Malt lingers after the crisp, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Nice balance, excellent and fresh domestic Octoberfest. Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2007 19:58:09 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of shererjt


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

Poured a clear, deep, amber color with a yellowish-tan head. Carbonation was light. Rich, malty, nutty aroma with lots of Munich malt. Very pleasant. Body was medium with a good bit of malt, though not as much as expected from the smell. Had a bit of tartness and enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Above average mouthfeel; could use a bit more prickle. Drinkability was also pretty good.

Not in the upper tier of Oktoberfests, but pretty decent. I liked it.

This is actually a review I did in the autumn of 2006 but I never entered and just found my notes for. Oh, well. At least it was similar to what I entered on this year's version.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 19:19:27 | More by shererjt
Photo of bobhits


3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK so this is one of the last sam adams beer I haven't had. I'm pretty happy to be nearing the end of their normal rotation and this one gets some GREAT reviews by my friends.

Anyway this is my second beer of the night as the first one left me interested but not ready to decide (a good hour between them). This beer is warmer and I'll just say that it should be served on the warm side.

A quick smell will tell you that this is a fairly malty beer. It doesn't have a fruity or sweet smell. Oddly enough the taste is about the same.

My only other octoberfest was from spatan and it was much sweeter and almost had a fruity flavor to it. I was really hoping for something on that side but I supose sam adams isn't one to go extreme with this style.

This is a nice looking beer with a nice malty flavor that is very very drinkable . It goes down easy, it's light and smooth. That said it's not interesting. It doesn't really make you want more. It's got enough flavor to mix well wtih foods but I'm not really sure what this "season's confort foods" are supposed to be.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 03:20:52 | More by bobhits
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not a fan of either most Sam Adams beers or Oktoberfests but really enjoyed this one a lot.

On tap at Sun Tavern in Roselle Park, NJ

A: Poured a dark amber with very little head. Looked terrific in a pint glass, good body.

S: Malty and toasty and the one thing it had in strong common with other oktoberfests was the aroma.

T: Did not taste nearly what I had expected in the smell but I think this was not a bad thing- Very smooth with a marked malty aftertaste that really accompanies other tastes. Spices have a presence here as well

M: Nothing dramatic.

D: Very high, surprisingly enjoyable and went for a few after enjoying the first. Not many beers are better with a pizza during the fall than this one.

Im a little embarassed it took me so long to discover and try out this beer- going to add to my list for the season.

EDIT for 2008: Still a completely underrated beer, great for the cool night.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2007 14:24:11 | More by marcpal
Photo of beeragent


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

Compared to other Oktoberfest beers, this tastes totally different IMO, and not in a bad way. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a glass. The beer pours a dark copper/orange color, forming a 1/2 inch head that quickly fades. Very little lacing is visible. The aroma is malty, but also appears to have a bit of spices in the mix. Odd because I dont remember last years smelling this way, but its good. The taste is the same for the most part. Sweet malts up front, but still finishing with a sweet spicey/sugary finish. I'm confused as this doesnt taste like an Oktoberfest should. Light smooth mouthfeel. Aside from the odd characteristics mentioned above, this still seems to be a very tasty beer. Decent abv. and flavor make for a very sessionable beer. Overall, not bad. Not what I expected, but still suprised with a good tasting beer. Who could complain?

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 22:32:14 | More by beeragent
Photo of ghostmech007


4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

Very good looking beer. Deep orange/brown with a halo of peach color. Light makes it shine. Biege lacing never dies and just adds to the look. Very good.

Nose is of malts, with a nice faint hop note. Very sweet in the nose.

Very, very malty, but not sweet. Taste like homemade bread. The hops are there just to balance the flavor. Finishes sweet with malts to chase it down.

Very good beer. Easy to find. Easy to drink. And definetly if you want to impress your party guests, for Halloween get this one. Well definelty get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 16:40:06 | More by ghostmech007
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

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

Got this one on-tap at Dick O'Dowe's in downtown Birmingham, MI. Poured a deep brown-orange color with a hint of white head over a crystal clear beer. Maybe a hint of lacing. Nose is very mild, but mostly caramel malt with some light dried fruit. Flavor is fairly similar. Sweet malt, cotton candy, raisins, some berries too. A very sweet beer with extremely light hop presence. Feel is solid with good carbonation. Can't complain about this one; it's a solid beer with a nice sweet flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2007 14:24:47 | More by soupyman10
Photo of Gambrinus1184


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

Poured on-tap at the Red Door in Watertown, Conn.

A: This brew poured a dark orange with a 1/4 inch head that disappeared rather quickly. Nice color, not too bad of a lace.

S: Smells sweet and toasty, with definitive malt sweetness and some sugary grain thrown into the mix for good measure.

T: Taste is sweet and malty, just as you would expect from the smell. It tastes like a fuller-bodied Red Ale that's been given more malt, and thus, more character.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied, I'd say, for an American Marzen. Not too heavy to enjoy more than a couple.

D: Drinkability is high, despite the higher than average ABV tap offering; it's smooth and tasty, and too good to turn down, given the season we're in. So many of these could be had.

This particular night, it's all that could be had, and for a change in seasonal brews, I say, welcome to the Oktoberfest season, with this American offering of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2007 06:10:12 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of ojiikun


3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Basic 12oz bottle into a basic pint. Good 1/2" of burnt-cream head and a crystal-clear body that's just a shade lighter than iced-tea brown. A little lace, though the head didn't hold.

Smell is lots of sweet malt and perfumey hops. A few hints of harshly toasted grains, and something mineral-ey, perhaps overboiled grains?

Taste is quite mellow and plain. The malt sort of disappears behind a little bit of alpha riding on some bready grains and just enough yeast for it to be noticable. Hoptaste is a little citric, a little grassy, but not enough of anything to be sure. Aftertaste starts towards sweet but then gets a bit acrid and dry.

Feels nice enough on the tongue, heavier than most big domestic brews. Carbonation could be a little more excited.

All in all, exactly what I'd expect from BBC and at this price. Good, predictable, and fantastically easy to throw back with some burgers, chips, salsa, and other such things. Very balanced, almost to the point where it's hard to tell what's what.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 03:18:34 | More by ojiikun
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

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

I like the look of this brew. It's nice and golden with a head that just stays forever. Smell is a bit nutty, some malt. Taste is a bit malty, very slight hop aroma, some nuttyness, and a slight astringency in there not sure what from. (might be the hops)
It is however quite drinkable and surprisingly refreshing.

Got a 12 pack of these so i'll be enjoying this on the weekend. Not a bad brew at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 21:48:54 | More by funkengruven
Photo of jbsteiny


3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's that time of year again! They were pouring this against the Spaten Oktoberfest at Bar 35 last night, and though it didn't match up very well, it made me appreciate certain aspects of this beer that I've loved to hate on in the past.

Poured a clear amber, not much head, but decent wispy retention on the glass. Smelled of biscuity malts, a bit of diacetyl, and a light earthy hop. Pretty appetizing. Tasted a bit watery, or as someone else said last night, "spun out". Slightly slick mouthfeel, medium bodied, this year's offering from BBC does go down easy. Not my favorite style to begin with, for better or worse, this has become the standard American interpretation thereof, but it loses a lot of the roasty-toasty characteristics that make the German Marzens so flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 20:27:27 | More by jbsteiny
Photo of scarletfire79

New Hampshire

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

pours a slight orangey golden color. decent head and solid retention. good lacing. smells like a malty macro. but balanced. i thought this wasn't going to be as good as it was. the taste is very balanced, the malt nice and the brew fairly filling. pretty much what i'd expect from a octoberfest offering. i guess i'd just like to see everything kicked up a little bit fuller. all in all a good option.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 16:16:30 | More by scarletfire79
Photo of whiplash3825


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

Poured an medium orange copper color with a nice three-finger head that has little retention but extensive lacing.

Smell is of roasted malts along with some raisin fruitiness... alcohol is quite apparent on the nose.

Lots of malts in the taste with some hops flavors thrown in to balance it out... not bad but lacking in complexity. Unfortunately I've become accustomed to dopplebocks for my malt fix and this just tastes like a watered-down dopplebock.

Mouthfeel seems thin and watery.

Pretty easy to drink several... definitely better than any macros out there, just not quite what I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 22:38:00 | More by whiplash3825
Photo of HotterThanHell


3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SA's interpretation of the Oktoberfest/Marzen lager is good but not great.

Color is solid with the traditional auburn/copper color with a carbonated head that quickly melts to a few islands floating on the top.

Smell is of malt and more malt, with a hint of hops/fruit on the end.

The taste is good but a bit lite and the malt character is just a bit off for my taste. Hops are there on the end which is nice.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, and I have actually just purchased a couple of cases for poker night with the fellas, some of which think Bud Light is beer. I think they'll like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 03:27:31 | More by HotterThanHell
Photo of Floydster


3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Cooke's Faimly Market in El Segundo

Poured was a golden brown with a 1/2 inch soapy head

Smell was a little bit of apples, but predominantly honey

Taste was sweet and very malty, a couple different kinds were evident

Could drink a good amount of these and taste was long lasting

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 02:17:32 | More by Floydster
Photo of bluegrassbrew


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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark amber color. Has a nice frothy head that leaves good sticky lacing.

Smell is bready malt and some earthy notes. A bit of spice from something as well.

Taste is sweet caramel like malts and a touch of fruity hoppiness.

This is a tasty beer. One of the better Octoberfests I've had this year. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 21:58:35 | More by bluegrassbrew
Photo of jpkoch1962


2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served chilled at cellar temps. Appearance was nothing special. A standard, clean amber color, nice head and lacing. The aroma was bready, malty, and a bit beery. This beer could pass as an OK amber lager, but it is a far cry from an authentic Oktoberfest lager. The bottle adverts boast of 5 different malts and noble hops; however, most of the taste was dominated by a sweet yet astringent cloyiness of the caramel malts -which in my opinion were overdone. An authentic Oktober Fest should use only 2-Row Bavarian or Moravian Pilsner malt and dark Munich malts. The use of cyrstal or caramel malts only changes the color and adds sweetness, and does not necessairily add to the malt profile.

The taste did smooth out towards the finish probably due to the hops -but the chewy sweetness remained somewhat in the aftertaste.

A classic Oktoberest Beer should focus on a big malt body without being sweet. The end results should be a very smooth amber lager that touches a balance that between the malt and the hops; the finish should be dry and clean (which is in this case the main function of the hops). It appears SAs went overboard with specialty malts as this beer is way out of balance. I'd also like to know if they used North American or European 2-row barely. This beer is way too sweet and bready and lacks the subtlety of a true Oktoberfest beer. This is a surprise as SA makes a very nice, well balanced Scotish Ale. An authentic Oktoberfest beer is well within thier skillset.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 15:31:25 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of malcontent


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

Deep, clear auburn body crowned by an imposing head that unfortunately recedes more quickly than I'd like.

Great scents of honey and apple skins support the gloriously malty nose. Iced tea attributes creep up on the finish.

Rich roasted undertones compliment a robust but controlled malt sweetness. Apple-y notes surface once again with a brown sugar theme throughout. Moderate bitterness tempers the sweetness somewhat on the conclusion.

Thick without any syrupy tendencies, carbonated without leaning toward fizzy. A tad heavy but that's the nature of the style.

This has really renewed my faith in Boston Brewing Co. after suffering through their dreadful summer line-up. Mr. Koch, more beers like this, please!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 15:26:20 | More by malcontent
Photo of July2Nov


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

A: Rich amber-red with some nice carbonation and little to no head.
S: Buttery-Biscuit smell with malty and caramel touches.
T&M: Strikes the tongue with a burnt hop taste. It's got a iron taste near the end of life of the brew, that turns into a biscuit flavor.
D: I usually look forward to this seasonal brew. It's another winner from the gateway beer company.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 06:40:46 | More by July2Nov
Photo of sraimondi


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

2007 version poured with about a 1" tan head. Good medium amber color.
Some bread in the aroma, but pretty restrained. Taste is malt throughout, no evidence of hops on the tongue. Mouthfeel is light to light medium, with surprisingly high carbonation in the finish. Drinkability is good.

Another good version of the style from Mr. Koch & Company. A good go to O'Fest if the German or better US versions are not available. Nothing extraordinary, but good nonetheless; you can't really go wrong with this brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 00:35:04 | More by sraimondi
Photo of 1fastz28


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

probably the first octoberfest i ever tried, never got around to reviewing it till now. pours a nice amber color with a white fluffy head, aroma is of a biscuity maltiness, slight sugary caramel also in the nose. taste if malty again, i can't decipher any hop note at all. mouthfeel i a bit watery, and could use some body. drinkability is high cause it is a pretty good all around beer at a good price sam again does a nice job

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 00:11:55 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of pjohnston007

New York

4.8/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great color, pours well.

This is a solid example of a "Sam Adamsized" brew--this beer is decidedly an Octoberfest, and unquestionably a Sam Adams.

Pleasing nose, nice complexity for the price. Amazing drinkability. I consider this one of Sam Adam's best, nearly on-par with a few of the "major" craft brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 21:34:26 | More by pjohnston007
Photo of beerphan


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

on-tap -> 23oz tall mugged glass

Pours a deep ambered brownish red with a small head that is gone in a flash. No lace. Carbonation appeared slight.

Nose: Sweet malts, caramels, candy

Very smooth and sweet. Malt dominated brew that had lots of caramel flavor.

A tastey brew to enjoy with grub. Probably not something i'd buy by the case, but a very good choice if in a beer challenged bar.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2007 01:19:00 | More by beerphan
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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