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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 arizcards


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at AJ's for $7.49 at the end of October. Best before March 2007.

Beer poured a reddish amber color with a decent head initially. Nose is pretty malty without any other discernable qualities. Taste is a blast of malts with a finishing touch of German hops. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth and goes down easy. Drinkability is good. For a number of years now this beer has found its way into my football tailgates and will continue to do so in the future!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 23:36:14 | More by arizcards
Photo of gameat10


4.78/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I remember drinking this at the airport Max and Erma's. After drinking a tall glass of it, i immediately became hooked on it. When i got back from Europe, the first thing i did was pick up a six pack of this and nearly drank the whole thing in 2 days. The appearance had a nice dark orange hue to it. The smell had a presence of caramel. Taste is amazing, i could drink 5 of these in one sitting if possible. This is definitely a beer i can get along with. cheers jim! :)

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2007 02:58:49 | More by gameat10
Photo of nriech


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

Appearance: Nice medium amber color. Much darker than I was expecting. Small head that disapated quickly.

Smell: Hops, caramel, malt. More like fresh baked bread. Very nice.

Taste: Deep malty character. A little bit of hops and sweetness that was well balanced. Lots of good flavor for the style but not overpowering. No bitterness at all. Very drinkable. Light mouthfeel. Definately the best Oktoberfest beer Ive had. Much more flavor than most but not so much as to put it in another category.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 16:39:15 | More by nriech
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Reddish copper color, little bit of head and some nice lacing.

Smell - Sweet and toasty malt smell.

Taste - Nice clean taste, sweet malt taste.

Mouthfeel - Sweet, malty, crisp.

Drinkability - I love this beer, it is what Octoberfest is about, good beer. Held on to a few of these from last year.Last one :(

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 04:38:30 | More by auxiliary
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

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

Got this last October and haven't gotten around to it until recently. I've had this in past years, but I wanted to see if this year's batch would be any different. That turned out to be the case, as this beer didn't have the smell or taste of other Octoberfests that I've enjoyed. Nevertheless, Boston Brewing did a find job with this and I thoroughly enjoyed this brew!

This beer poured a nice deep-orange amber with a slight amount of head, and no lacing down the side of my glass. In past years, I remember this being spicy and having hints of vanilla and cinnamon in it. This year, that wasn't true at all. It reminded me a lot more of their Double Bock than anything else I've drank in recent months. A very strong malted roastiness was this brew's hallmark, with lots of chocolate backing it up. The ABV seems like it should be much more than 5.70%, as it can be easily tasted here and the lack of hops and carbonation makes it that much easier to discern. It's the middle of winter now, but this seems to go perfectly with the weather outside and it's doing a nice job of warming me up!

There isn't a whole lot of depth to this, but I still enjoyed it and am glad that I gave it try to see how it held up to it's previous incarntions in year's past. I'm sure the Winter and White Ale's will also be different this year, but that's what makes microbrews so enjoyable to me. This one is no exception!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 02:27:49 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of Homebrew63

New York

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep coppery color

S: Sweet and a hint of spices/pumpkin

T: I liked the taste from the get go. Smooth and flavorful with a hint of carmel and reminds me of thanksgiving.

M: crisp and well balanced for a seasonal brew.

D: Very pleasing and a great seasonal brew! I look forward to this every season and recommend an earlier release than waiting until it is towards it's end of shelf life. But I recommend that on all beers!

I like this better than most seasonal offerings with the exception of Shipyards pumpkin head. enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 03:10:45 | More by Homebrew63
Photo of andrewmartin


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to say that I probably drank this after it had hit its peak, although it was still before the consume by date on the bottle. Anyway...

A: Pours a very nice deep amber with a thick billowy head

S: Not too much going on here, just some sweet malt aromas

T: Starts of very malty, as expected, then becomes slightly astringent, with a biscuity undertone.

M: Mouthfeel is solid, clean and crisp.

D: A very drinkable O'fest, not too challenging but plenty of taste.

I have to say this ain't a bad example of the style-I've had worse, ones that were way to astringent, so I'm pleased that such an available beer is a solid choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 01:48:18 | More by andrewmartin
Photo of JoEBoBpr


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

The color of this beer was very attractive to me that dark amber color looked nice in a big 22 oz. glass. The taste was malty and sweet but not too sweet. The finish was greatwhich left your mouth with the malty flavor and craving for more; i also found myself enjoying hte beer more as it got warmer and warmer. I alos enjoyed the smell which was a warm roasted malt that i could almost taste wiht one smell

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2006 18:32:56 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of Gatch


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

I first had it in a 6-pack and it was disappointing. I then had it on tap and it was an entirely different beer. First of all, the color was incredible. Second, you could really taste the combo of the four different malts that they use. Very good throughout. The best was the finish, which had a nice honey aspect. It was also very smooth throughout. An enjoyable fall seasonal, but I have yet to try a lot of fall seasonals. This is probably middle of the pack. Give it a shot no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2006 05:29:30 | More by Gatch
Photo of jdmorgan


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

This beer poured a nice amber with a bit of red tint to it and had a small, quickly dissipating head. The aroma has some malt aroma and a hint of a fruit sweetness. The taste had a medium malt body with a caramel sweetness to it. There was a medium hop flavor to it with a light/medium bitterness. The mouthfeel was light/medium in consistency and had a medium carbonation. Despite having a sweeter flavor to it, I felt that this beer was very well balanced in all aspects and has a good seasonal drinkability to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 02:03:39 | More by jdmorgan
Photo of sullysbeer


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

Aroma: Malty and clean. Hints of toffee and caramel. Not much hop nose at all.

Appearance: Crystal clear, deep reddish copper hue. White head retention that lasts.

Flavor: Munich malt, toffee and caramel flavors, complex malty sweetness that smothers the delicate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body that's silky on the tongue with a medium carbonation.

Overall Impression: Malt lover's dream, is what Sam Adams calls it. Very clean fermented lager. Octoberfest beer is actually a stronger version of the Vienna Lager known as a Marzen. These beers are usually brewed in March, femented and aged until the September and October months. I remember last years being a little bit sweeter, but this years is really good.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 20:23:40 | More by sullysbeer
Photo of Procrastinator


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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Best before Feb. 07 date.
After drinking this seasonal for many years, this is my first written review of this beer.

Appearance: light reddish-orange color with golden yellow highlights on the outer edges. Fine bubbled head dissipates quickly
to leave very slight lacing.

Smell: slight fragrance of sweet maltiness and nuts, caramel sweet.

Taste: well balanced hop bitterness to malty sweetness with slight alcohol at finish. Mild sourness also noted.

Mouthfeel: nicely carbonated makes for good mouthfeel, maybe a bit on the thin side.

Drinkability: mild mannered easy drinking Octoberfest. Always look forward to seeing this seasonal on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 13:25:10 | More by Procrastinator
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Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish orange color, with a decent-sized foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The aroma is malty, with caramel, hops, tea and spice.

T: The taste is likewise very malty, as it should be, with flavors of caramel, toffee, tea and some spices. There’s also a decent hops presence in a beer of this style with that distinctive Sam Adams hops signature. After-taste is sweet but not overly so.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, excellent representation of style, not very filling, goes down very easily, I once polished off a 12-pack in a couple hours so I’ll say it’s very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 23:35:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

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

Clear, bright shiny copper body, lively carbonation streams, topped by four fingers of off-white froth.

Aroma of fresh bread, and freshly mowed hay and grass. Not a huge nose, but an inviting one.

Rich caramelly malt start, with some depth to it, sweet without cloying. Earthy, noble hops follow to balance the sweet without overpowering, and deliver a satisfying snap at the finish. Sweet and bitter merge and entwine and ride off into the aftertaste together. Shows that clean and crisp can have flavor.

Good light/medium mouthfeel. Good drinkability, though maybe a bit too heavy for unlimited liters.

A solid widely available American version of the classic Octoberfests. Prost !

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2006 06:02:19 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of cooncat


3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving was from a 12 oz. bottle, from a case purchased Sept. 2006. I also purchased a case each of Oktoberfest brews from Penn Brewery and Stoudts Brewery at the same time, in order to do a side by side by side comparison.

The Sam Adams Octoberfest beer produces a deep orange/amber colored beer in the glass, with a relatively short lived off white head. Sheeting was good to the bottom of the glass. The nose is unremarkable, with notes of bready/toasty malts. The flavor to me also had a slighty toasted malt note, very light, but balanced. The mouthfeel was a little on the thin side for my liking, and for my expecations of the style (remember that I was comparing this to 2 other Fest brews at the same time). Finish is dry, with no aftertaste. Of the 3 Octoberfest brews I tried, this was my least favorite, but still, it has its merits in its balance and drinkability.


Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 00:07:27 | More by cooncat
Photo of mobud


2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A friend gave me a six of this beer. Used a shaker glass to sample.

A: Nice dark copper color witha light head that disappers quickly. The beer was very clear and clean.

S: A malty sweet smell is the main note with a slight burn element behind it.

T: I felt a heavy malt flavor in line with the style.

M: Very light with the malt taste lingering afterwards. Some carbonation is noted, but the lightness of the body leaves almost instantly.

D: I did not mind this beer. It seems to be a good starting point for someone who can not handle the complex nature of real fest beers. If I gave my friend a Hacker Octoberfest, I don't think they would like it as much. With so many fest beer out there, this should not be your first purchase.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 20:32:30 | More by mobud
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

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

An average-size lighter beige head sits on top of a burnt amber/orange color.

Aroma features candy-like malts, caramel and toffee mostly. Really nice, but a little too mild, would like this to be a lot stronger.

Flavor delivers a very malty beer which, like the aroma, reminds mostly of caramel and toffee. Nice richness to it, has a nice toastiness and even a little maple in there. Moderate carbonation delivers the flavors well enough, but like S.A.'s Winter Lager, flavors are more satisfying as it warms.

So very drinkable, so very above-average, like most of the Samuel Adams stuff. And like most of the S.A. stuff, not a mindblower despite its very good qualities.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 15:31:30 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of JayTheFinn


3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a rather blah version of an Oktoberfest. It's not terrible, just not inspired.

A - Dark red/orange body with a wee head.
S - Sweet scents in the nose.
T - A light sweet malty flavor of honey. Tastes like most others I've had, except that it's lighter in flavor.
M - Not bad. What flavor there is adequately coats the tongue.
D - It's a drinkable beer, just not something I'd seek out to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2006 02:17:22 | More by JayTheFinn
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A -Tiny half finger of head rests over a reddish caramel orange brew. The head is short lived and leave no lacing.

S - Sweet, red licorice, faint currants - not a whole lot going on here, but it isn't mild, just not a lot of dimension.

T - A light, slightly sweetmalty flavor with a bit of a rice and grassy hops aftertaste. The tiniest hint of anise. Not much bitterness. Not much flavor at all. It isn't terrible or anything, it just lacks personality.

M - Thick, smooth, pretty refreshing.

D - Good. It is a decent Octoberfest, a bit bland, but it is a subtle style. I prefer my pumpkin ales to this, but I wouldn't mind drinking this again. Good with some foods. Decent all around.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 19:58:15 | More by mrasskicktastic
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

bought a sixer in Seattle and have been enjoying this beer with many Fall dishes. Considering the reasonable price , this is a well made O fest beer that is easy drinking yet packed full of those nutty flavours that occur in this style. The finish is tiny bit sweet which suits the style and I like the balance in the mouthfeel. One of the best I have tried in this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 01:07:05 | More by canucklehead
Photo of ArtD


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

A - clear amber color, good head retention

S - Great hop aroma

T - Good balance of malt and hops. Slight sweet taste throughout, hop flavor low, low bitterness.

M - A bit thin

D - Not my favorite oktoberfest, but very drinkable. Great all around beer.

Wish list: a little thicker mouthfeel, more malt flavor, and higher potency.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 14:32:22 | More by ArtD
Photo of rebel1771


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear dark amber color with a quickly disolving head.

Aromas of toasted malts along with hints of sweet coriander.

Flavors of bready malts dominate this brew with almost no hop presence. Kind of an empty flavor, decent but not great.

Well I can't say this is the best octoberfest brew I've had but I could see myself knocking back a few in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 02:16:47 | More by rebel1771
Photo of mnj21655


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

Pours a deep amber/copper in color with a respectable off-white head that drops to just a coating. Smell is predominantly of hops with sweet malts and some fruits also present. Tastes first of malts followed by hops then a hint of spice. Fairly well balanced with a bit of hop bitterness at the finish. Nice mouthfeel, leans towards being light bodied, very smooth, almost dry, with some carbonation. Good drinkability, while this isn't the greatest marzen ever its flavors are nicely balanced. Very smooth and great for a nice fall day.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 00:31:31 | More by mnj21655
Photo of afordney


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

A fantastic color, nice thick head didn't last long. no lacing.

smells slightly sweet, kind of malty

has a sweet flavor, bitter finnish

mouthfeel, lightly carbonated, kind of sour to begin and a bitter finnish.

not a bad beer. a good introduction to the octoberfest style, not the benchmark, but inexpensive and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 23:28:54 | More by afordney
Photo of Westsidethreat


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

A: Clean pumpkin auburn with a few thin currents of bubbles rising to the top. Oatmeal colored head began solid but dropped quickly, probably one of the poorest heads I've seen on a Sam Adams brew.

S: Toasted biscuits, ripe red fruits and caramel.

T: Immediate maltiness...buttery, dough and caramel. Some serious toasted cereal aspects move towards the center and tips of the tongue adding much needed depth. Finishes with melon moments, strawberry lows and burnt brown sugar.

M: Medium body...fairly smooth. Touch of fuzzyness at times.

D: The head on a Boston Beerco beer is usually a sight to be seen....not this time. Unusual to say the least. Not a bad tasting beer by any strech.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 06:35:50 | More by Westsidethreat
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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