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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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5,574 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,574
Reviews: 1,946
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 62
Gots: 476 | 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 thecarster1


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

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


4.65/5  rDev +26.7%

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.

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


3.18/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

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


4/5  rDev +9%

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.

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


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

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


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

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

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

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


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

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


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

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

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3%

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.

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


2.73/5  rDev -25.6%

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.

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

New York

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

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

New Jersey

2.4/5  rDev -34.6%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

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


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

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

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


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

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


4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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.

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


2.98/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

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


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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.

08-23-2009 03:06:20 | More by katan
Photo of nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%

had this from a 12-oz bottle. Oktoberfest is spelled wrong on the bottle.

A: pours a nice amber/caramel color with a nice head that lasts a few minutes. Good looking bier.
S: it doesn't have the same aroma as some of the top-notch oktoberfest biers, but just enough sweetness to lure you in.
T: follows the smell--mild sweetness, a little malty, but nothing special. The taste is not full enough to be a solid fest-marzen brew.
M: not bad.
D: Could easily have a few of these without thinking about it. Goes down easy but it isn't a bier that I would get excited about having with friends. If it is there, I'll drink it.

Overall, I was a little disappointed with this bier. I had heard great things from my friends about the SA fest, so I thought I would try. Again, not bad, but not great. Have if you will...

08-23-2009 00:48:09 | More by nocheinsbitte
Photo of xsists


4.15/5  rDev +13.1%

A - Deep dark golden amber color that has a slight reddish hue to it. The white frothy head disapears quick but the brew continues to bubble due to the carbonation.

S - Sourdough-esque with a rich bounty of spices. Slight orangey smell up front that gives way to the rest of the scents. The smell is quite inviting and makes you want to take a sip.

T - This brew tastes just like it smells. Sourdoughy with the great array of spice. The spice sticks around for a while and then disapears into a great long lasting aftertaste that just begs for another drink.

M - Carbonation is heavy and the beer is very crisp. Not a lot of body but quite refreshing.

D - This brew posses the ability to allow me to drink it all night. It is very crisp, tasty and light. A 6-pack is easily drank in one sitting with this great brew.

08-22-2009 22:17:58 | More by xsists
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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