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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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5,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,134
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 kkipple

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pour into a pint glass produces a beautiful rust colored beer, clear with an eggshell colored head that disappears to quickly lurk on the top. Looks like autumn colors fell into my pint. Quite pretty.

I get a lot of sweet malt in the nose, with some pilsner-style hops (whatever they may be) and a slight tartness.

Taste is dominated by lots of sweet, caramel malts. Some evident yeast and a bit of a dry corn-flavor. There’s some bittering hops in there to keep it from being TOO sweet, but they’re a balancing measure and nothing more. This is a mildly dry, malty, sweet beer. I like it a lot, but the sweetness is a bit grating – I doubt I could down more than two before I switched to something a little lighter.

I really enjoyed this offering from Sam Adams – it’s tasty, pretty, and easy to drink. A good example of the style and the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 21:11:00 | More by kkipple
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong caramel malt aroma with a smattering of aroma hops.

The taste was upfront malt sweetness with a solid toasted grain bill. A very good doughy aftertaste as well.

The mouthfeel was on the creamy side.

Overall a good drinkable Octoberfest. A bit on the sweet side and could have used a bit more hop in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 15:07:45 | More by plaid75
Photo of uwmgdman


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The Sam Adams Octoberfest pours a brilliantly clear copper-red color into my 16oz. Bucky pint glass. A thin white head quickly diminished. The aroma of this beer is definitely malt, moderate-high maltiness, as with the style, a spicy toasted maltiness evident, along with a sweet aroma, like of some sort of crystal malt. The initial taste of the beer is moderate-high sweet maltiness with a gentle toasted background and hop bitterness is low, but is there enough to create good balance. There is no detectable hop flavor or aroma. The beer is exceptionally smooth and the sweetness is balanced nicely by the background of toasted malt. Carbonation is moderate with a medium-full body yet still decent drinkability. Overall I really enjoyed this Octoberfest. The beer is on the sweeter end of Octoberfests I’ve had recently, but still has enough balance in large part due to the toasted grains. The one thing that really stands out with this Fest is its remarkable smoothness, definitely the smoothest Octoberfest I’ve had. As expected, this beer delivered nicely, it was part of my self-made sample pack and worth a purchase of a full 6er before the season is up.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 01:31:32 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

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

It pours a deep, honey amber, clear and reasonably carbonated. A finger of white head drops soon to simple froth traces. Lacing clings sparingly to the inside of the glass.

The aroma is chiefly sweet malt, almost cloying initially and with a hint of general fruitiness, then dried by a very sparse but notably Noble hop presence.

Upon sipping, the malt is the primary entity, with a baked crust and earthy berry fruit character that slides into a caramel and biscuit zone. A sprinkling of hops comes through, though barelt, with a touch of peppery spice. A grassiness appears near the close, along with a very indistinct and disappointing adjunct impression. The finish lingers quite briefly with just a smattering of hop bitterness. It's balanced on the surface, but rather uneven in its performance.

A bit north of light bodied, the malt fleetingly crosses the palate, but not without some legacy in its wake.

It struggles to get much higher than mediocre in spots, and the dimensions it does display don't have a lot of depth, but it's also utterly inoffensive, and that actually helps make it considerably more drinkable than I thought on first impression.
If you're looking for profundity in your beer, this is not the place to delve. But if you're okay with the occasional foray into better-than-average, and nicely drinkable, then you could do worse. Of course, you could do better as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 13:47:35 | More by Foxman
Photo of AChamberlain


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with an "enjoy before" date of Feb 2007.

A: It had a divine deep honey color, it reminded me of a fall leaf.

S: Typical honey and malt smell. Very promising.

T: Honey ain't there, what?!? The flavor I was expecting was not there. It was not bad though, just not what I was expecting.

MF: Light to medium bodied. Loose and smooth.

D: Very much so; a great oktoberfest to guzzle.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 02:31:27 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of MaGno


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

Appearance: Pours a nice dark orange to copper color. Head pours to about 1/2" and has large bubbles, no creaminess. Dissipates to nothing in less than a minute. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Not much there. I get hints of fruits but they are not strong enough to distinguish. No smell of alcohol. Smells very thin and light.

Taste: As anticipated very light and balanced. No overpowering hops or malts. Slight citrus to grassy taste. The malt combination is very nice and balanced. The finish is quite bold and holds most of the taste in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Kind of dry and carbonated. I feel very light carbonation on the tongue and the finish leaves me wanting more.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking. Nice beer for a fall day. Nothing overpowering just a smooth, light taste representative of a nice cool autumn day. I like this beer and I am not a huge Sam Adams fan. I would drink this again and will probably go buy another sixer after I finish this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 22:58:00 | More by MaGno
Photo of ultralarry2006


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger head with not much retention, and not much lacing. Body is a clear orange amber.

Smell - toasty malt bread, some plums and pears, hint of caramel.

Taste - plums, toasty malt bread, and some spicy hops.

Mouthfeel - medium to thin bodied.

Drinkability - this is a decent beer, but not great, which holds down sessionability for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 15:40:39 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

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

Wow.. best Sam Adams i've had...

A - Rusty, orange/brown color, decent head.
S - Sweet, I smell cherries.
T - Very nice, slight sweetness w/ a light bitter aftertaste, I like this beer.
M - Smooth, some carbonation
D - Very Drinkable, i'm really impressed, not a big Sam Adams fan, but this one's a winner.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 22:18:38 | More by beeroclock
Photo of RJLarse


3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six-pack of Sam Adams Octoberfest at a grocery store to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a light copper color and is clear. A thin white head forms and dissapates quickly to nothing.

The smell is sweet and earthy. There are some malted grain notes, and sweet fruit fragrance, peaches and apricots.

The taste is sweet and flavorful. There is a caramel malt flavor, roasted grain and a mildly bitter hop finish. The flavors are reasonably well balanced.

The mouth feel is smooth and little cloying.

This is a drinkable beer. I’m not real familiar with the style, but this is drinkable, and I’d have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 04:52:45 | More by RJLarse
Photo of goochpunch


2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a darke copper orange with low carbonation and a thin, barely there at all, head. Laces some. The malt smells too toasty for me. Too much of a noble hop presence in the nose as well. Aside from that, has typical malty body of an oktoberfest. Flavors are off and not what I expect when I open a bottle of what I think to be an oktoberfest. It has a malty sweetness, yes, but that is far overdone. Lacks any depth to the malt flavors. Just sweetness. Hop flavors stand out way too much. No clean lager finish. What is this? Syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is too prickly. I don't care for this much, but it's not the worst thing I've had.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 04:11:42 | More by goochpunch
Photo of wingman14


4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a redish/orange brown with a white head. The smell is mostly of malt with some caramel notes. The flavor is rich and bold and is of mostly malt, no hops to really be found which is a contrast to most Sam Adams beers. It has a great balance of flavor and carbonation. The mouthfeel is good, very smooth, a medium body but the beer has a thick flavor. This beer has a long, lingering aftertaste that some sweet notes that just add to the character. I could drink these all year round. One of my favorite beers, a great flavor, a beer that always delivers. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 03:48:18 | More by wingman14
Photo of phishgator


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured into a pint glass with a nice foamy off-white head. The deep amber/coppe hue was brilliant. The aroma is a faint biscuity, malt infused sweet concoction. The flavor is a nice mellow malt driven taste. The highlights are the caramel and toffee along with the balance. The hops are not much of a side note, but that's what you want. I can say that after three you might need too drink more!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 04:08:14 | More by phishgator
Photo of Bluemoonlover


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

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A-poured a dark orange amber color with a thin cream colored head that faded fast.

S-malt and roasted grain.

T-very malty and roasty, not very hoppy,with toffee hints.very tasty beer.

M-a real in your face feel.it lets you know it's there.

D-Easy to drink.I recommend this beer to anyone and everyone.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 21:20:50 | More by Bluemoonlover
Photo of supercolter


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

Definately a good Oktoberfest.
Appearance is very good with some decent foamy head that hangs around a bit. Some very good lacing as well.
Smell was pretty standard for the style. Some malt, slightly sweet aroma.
Taste was pretty standard as well, not too complex but straight forward somewhat relaxed flavor.
Mouthfeel was a bit thin for my liking.
Drinkability was right on par.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2006 19:50:21 | More by supercolter
Photo of joe1510


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle

Poured a darker amber. 1 finger bubbly off white head that faded quickly. Pretty clear. Nice carbonation rising. Looks appetizing.

Smells of dough followed by a hint of sweetness. I pick up some toasted grains as well.

The flavor comes through with malts. There's toast, caramel and a touch of spiciness. I get a small bitterness at the toward the end. Finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is above average. Medium light bodied. A little more towards the medium side. Good carbonation tingle. Coats the mouth.

Drinkability is just alright. I could drink a couple but I dont know about much more.

Overall Sam Adam's Octoberfest is an above average Octoberfest that's worth a try. Not worth seeking out but give it a shot if you see it.


Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 17:51:25 | More by joe1510
Photo of allengarvin


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

Very pleasant walnut amber color, with a quickly fading head however. Aroma is malty, most caramel but with a touch of toasted bread. Malty initial flavor, somewhat sweet and a little sticky, light toasted flavor, with low-moderate bitterness balancing it. Finishes clean and drier than expected. Neutral texture with a firm body.

One of the better of the early recipe Sam Adams beers, I've always found. Not exceptional but no obvious flaws or faults.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 01:25:11 | More by allengarvin
Photo of ColoradoBobs


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Frothy head over a very amber body. Head fades quickly to a ring that leaves a little lacing.

Malty aromas, with biscuits and rye bread. Nice.

Taste is surprisingly malty throughout, with a dry-ish, hoppy-ish finish. This is my favorite-tasting O-fest to date. Really quite smooth. Maltier than other O-fests, and malt is good.

Nice fully round mouthfeel. Great palate presence.

Soooo drinkably smoooth. I want more now.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 20:42:00 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of BlackJeremiah


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

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

A: Dark amber in color, nice frothy head on top. Great lacing as I drink.

S: Biscuits, bread/yeast, some caramel notes. Nice malty smells, with a slight floating hint of citrus/orange and a touch of clove.

T: A pastiche of malt characters ranging from the bakery to the candy shop. Bread, orange cake, citrus peel, biscuits, caramel, and spiced cider. Fantastic fall flavors--the BBC did well this year.

M: A little drying in the aftertaste, but light-bodied and refreshing on the palate. Nothing too special.

D: I'd really like another, and another, if my fiancee doesn't finish them first.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 18:35:09 | More by BlackJeremiah
Photo of Kendo

New York

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

On tap at Beff's in town in a mug. A coppery-amber, and when the waitress brought it (who knows how long it had been sitting after the pour), there was a small white head. It left some lacing up top, but no more as I drank my way down the glass.

Smelled of sweet malt, caramel and toffee, but not in an overpowering way.

Taste was similar -- high on the malt as you'd expect, with a sweet caramel flavor dominating. An ever-so-slight bitter aftertaste lingers, however, but sweet malt is still the prevailing taste.

Mouthfeel -- medium-bodied, but I thought it was a tad bit over-carbonated.

Drinkability -- OK. I waivered between giving this a 3.5 vs. a 4.0. It's decent, but it's nothing phenomenal -- ultimately the high carbonation level led me to knock it down a peg. I'd like to do a side-by-side with some other Octoberfests and see how this measures up. My gut feeling is that it'd be somewhere in the middle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2006 02:19:39 | More by Kendo
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


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

The appearance of this Sam Adams seasonal is a beautiful amber with a very fizzy, slight white head. The smell gives off hints of caramel, fresh bread; it's very malty. The taste is slightly sweet, grainy, and unfortunately, a little watery. Towards the end, a toffee flavor comes out in the taste. Overall, an enjoyable beer, but not one of Sam Adams' best.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 23:19:48 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of BeerSox


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

12oz bottle into mug

Dark amber color, creating a deep red hue. Marginal head which settles to a thin rim. Spotty lacing.

Sweet caramel smell on top of an all-malt base. Dark hard candy smells.

Sweeter malt flavors up front, with the slightest hop twang from the middle to the end. Finishes with a biscuity malt aftertaste.

Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Relatively clear finish.

A well rounded beer, and a safe choice when looking for something new to try. This edition is probably on the sweeter side of SA Oct. releases.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 22:40:05 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Fuller


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

A - deep amber color with a nice fluffy 1" off-white head that receded down to a skim. Leaves decent lacing.

S - smell is very faint, but I can pick up some sweet malt, caramel and fruit. No hop presence.

T - toasted and sweet malt with a little bready taste. Also some fruit and a slight bit of hops at the end.

M - medium bodied and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

D - drinkability is high. Very good autumn session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 02:17:37 | More by Fuller
Photo of karengarys


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

This pours nice crystal clear ruby read, leaving a little foam ring with my slow pour.

Tastes a bit spicey, tawny, little hop - a good marzen balance.

Moutfeel is a bit thin, not bad though.

Finish is nice and creamy (after the fizz of the mouthfeel starts going down, it turns into a creamy pillow - very nice!). And then it leaves a slightly sweet clean taste.

This is an easy to find brew worth trying. Sometimes you can find it cheap enough to grab a case for a party - that would be much better than a macro!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 23:39:10 | More by karengarys
Photo of MrHolland

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a nice thick of white head the settles nicely. The color is a dark amber color with faint orange highlights.

Smell is a light malty tone. Not too much in this catagory.

The taste at first is sweet and fruity with a pretty strong malt aftertaste.

Has a very balanced amount of carbonation with a nice smooth finish.

This has a good drinkablility for me with a decent ABV. I have had better but we will see how the others compare because it tis be the season for more Oktoberfest beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 03:19:33 | More by MrHolland
Photo of HAB

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a six pack at the local grocery store. This beer pours a light amber color. There isn't much smell and the taste is only average in my opinion. Where I think this beer stands out is the drinkability. It is extremely smooth and easy to drink. I feel this seasonal offering is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 02:01:56 | More by HAB
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,134 ratings.