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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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5,577 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,577
Reviews: 1,946
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 62
Gots: 477 | 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 tpd975


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

A: Nice golden copper hue with a nice tall head when poured from the tap. Good retention and lots of bubbles. A smattering of lace is left behind. A touch of alcohol could be detected.

S: Big malty aroma with hints of caramel.

T: Nice big biscuity malty taste with a hint of caramel sweetness. There is a dash of bittering hops as well to provide nice balance.

M: Medium in body, fairly smooth.

D: A nice change of pace Octoberfest brew.

09-16-2008 19:52:13 | More by tpd975
Photo of phantomwyse


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

A: Golden orange with a yellow/tan 1-finger head with carbonation moving throughout at varying paces.

S: Light malts all around, little sweetness, vague fruitiness.

T: Earthy and caramel malts, cookie-like breadyness with a disgustingly light hoppiness in the background.

M: Lighter bodied, dryish but palatable.

D: As with most Marzens, highly drinkable.

09-16-2008 13:36:25 | More by phantomwyse
Photo of IBUnit63


3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured an excellent, rustic amber color. On draft, so nothing more than a thin wispy head.

Aroma is very clean and malt-dominant with a little hop pine and...what's that...some spice? Really?

There's that spice again-a little clovish but surprisingly hearty. Decent amber malt base - maybe a little hop pine but not a whole lot.

Very clean on the palate with a full woody finish. Little aftertaste. Stands up with warmth.

One of the more pleasing BBC offerings to me. Packs a little more weight than I'm used to for the mild flavor profile but it's definitely an enjoyable sessioner.

09-16-2008 12:14:56 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of dananabanana


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

A: orange-red color. Decent head, for a lighter beer.

S: Sweet and malty, but not very strong.

T: Lots of that sweet malt again, on the tip of the tongue. The perfect amount of hops-- not too much, well-balanced. Develops a nutty taste after awhile.

M: Smooth and creamy. Good mix of carbonation.

D: I could definitely drink this all night. This is the one Sam Seasonal I really miss when it isn't being sold.

09-16-2008 03:47:10 | More by dananabanana
Photo of ajmoody76


3.78/5  rDev +3%

bought this at the grocer. six pack of twelve ounce bottles. poured into an imperial pint. clear copper color. one finger off white head. nice lace. looks good.

fruity hops with a sweet caramel type of boquet. no off odors.

malty with a little bitterness from the hops. dry aftertaste.

mid body. smooth. good carbonation. good beer. i am not in love with it but i will pick up another sixer next year.

09-16-2008 01:23:53 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of daythree16


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into a pint glass. Nice copper color with a creamy one-finger head that fades pretty quickly.

Smell is caramel, a little toasted malt, and some grain husk. Taste is sweet, but well balanced with some German hop bitterness on the finish. Straight forward and pretty good

Medium bodied with great drinkability. Would definitely make for a great session lager.

09-15-2008 18:52:53 | More by daythree16
Photo of akronzipfan


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

a - pours an oranginsh-brown with a light tan head, that is fairly frothy but not long lasting. Moderate lacing.

s - Fall spices with a burnt roast background.

t - Nice balance with the malted hops and spices.

m - Low carbonization and somewhat weak bodied, but all in all not bad.

d - pretty good beer to have at your own Octoberfest

09-15-2008 15:41:10 | More by akronzipfan
Photo of Wetpaperbag


3.15/5  rDev -14.2%

A- Clear copper color. Head is a tight big toe width head that is fading quickly.

S- I smell some malty goodness, with a little dark fruit smell that has been coated in a gooey caramel jacket. Smells tasty.

T- The taste is a bit flat, there is a good amount of malt, but that fruityness is not there, and the caramel is not present in the taste either like it was in the smell.

M- Very thin feeling, and there is almost no carbination, which isn't too bad, but a little more would be nice.

D- Easy to drink if you want to drink something quickly.

09-14-2008 21:49:07 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of HoppyMcStout


3.18/5  rDev -13.4%

This brew was a reddish-amber color. The head was decent. The smell was somewhat fruity, but nothing overpowering. The taste was a little bland to me. Nothing that stood out and spoke to me, but I don't usually care for Oktoberfests anyway. The finish had this lagery presence that came out of no where and that didn't suit me well. Meh.

09-14-2008 15:25:41 | More by HoppyMcStout
Photo of BlackBearForge


4/5  rDev +9%

Pours a very nice deep amber with coppery highlights, crystal clear with a nice thick creamy off white head leaving some oily lacing.

Smell is nice, of bready malts and perhaps some caramel sweetness.

Taste is all about the malt, sweet up front with a touch of bitter on the finish. Some caramel overtones and a touch of sour on the palate. Hops appropriately take the back stage. Warming mellows it out nicely.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and perhaps a bit over carbonated on the tongue. It is nicely crisp.

Very drinkable and with the change of seasons in the air a nice change from the IPAs and pale ales I've been drinking all summer. Perhaps not the best of the Fest beers but enjoyable nonetheless.

Edit: I've had a chance to drink several six packs of this brew this season and my appraisal of it is higher than it was initially, I've been enjoying it very much!

09-14-2008 01:37:54 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of Haybeerman


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Clear bright orange amber color. Poured a bit less than a two finger light tan head that dissipated quickly to a skim around the edges of the glass. Broken light lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt and some dark fruit tastes. Some astringent spices.

T: Big, slightly sweet malts up front. Slightly hot finish.

M: Medium body. Might be a little light on the carbonation. Dry warming finish.

D: Very drinkable, and in quantity. Dry, warm finish leaves me ready for the next drink.

09-13-2008 23:56:48 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of cbn


3.08/5  rDev -16.1%

Nice clarity, beautiful bright copper color, large head induced by vigorous pour retreats to thin off-white cap.

Light malty aroma with a dry soapy end note.

Sweet carmel malt with lemony bitterness and a cornbread end-note.

Carbonation gives a soft bite to the tongue, otherwise smooth and clean, with a medium to light body.

Easy drinker although fairly pedestrian. Not a bad beer, nothing to write home about.

09-13-2008 15:11:32 | More by cbn
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

A good Sam Adams that captures the style is is going for quite well.

A- Dark red-orange-brown that looks like the color most leaves change to in Autumn. Very clear

S- Smell is of caramel and sweet rolls

T- Taste is like the smell but the hops become noticeable with a bitter citrus pinch on the tongue

M- Feel is light with a slight feel of syrup.

D- Drinks real well with a relaxed flavor and light body

09-13-2008 01:10:37 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of nrbw23


4/5  rDev +9%

A- Pours a nice clear amber color with a nice creamy head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Sweet, bready and caramel malts. Maybe something in there thats sweet citrus?

T- Follows the nose well and pretty well balanced out with a dash of hops in there.

M- Medium body and nice carbonation.

D- A solid brew and easy to drink.

09-12-2008 21:51:58 | More by nrbw23
Photo of nasty15108

New York

4/5  rDev +9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Dark amber color with a head of slightly off-white foam. Good clarity, carbonation and lacing.

S - Malty and slightly metallic. Tiny hints of dark ripe fruit also detected.

T - Malty and herbal up front. Finishes with dry and slightly bitter with some alcohol presence.

MF&D - Solid Octoberfest choice. You can't beat the price either.

09-12-2008 21:18:43 | More by nasty15108
Photo of Chugmonkey


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

Light amber color with nice off white rocky head, great retention. Seems to have a malty aroma, is that possible? Taste is really malty sweet, some caramel, little nuttiness, but mostly sweet.

It has a thick mouthfeel to me and it finishes very sweet wich severely reduces drinkability for me. I like one, but more than that and the sweetness builds to a level of annoyance with me.

09-12-2008 20:43:55 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of stephens101


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Ahh more Oktoberfest brew and I'm on a Sam Adams kick of late to boot. Pours pure copper into the SA specialty glass. A big fluffy off-white head peaks a few cm above the rim and fades very slowly, leaving a scattering of rocky lacing behind. Smells of malts, caramel, and a bit of tea. Tastes sweet with just enough bitterness to keep it from being boring. Goes down smooth with a light-to medium mouth-feel. I'm really digging this one for sure.

09-12-2008 20:40:30 | More by stephens101
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Deep copper color with a medium buttery tan head.
Smells very malty with caramel and a slight hop presence.
Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet caramel malts dominate for the most part, but there is some hop character to keep things a bit balanced. There's a strong earthy, grassy flavor that I'm not sure comes from the malts or the hops.
Feel is crisp with a medium to fullish body.
Seems to me this used to be a lot tastier. It was a seasonal I always looked forward to. Now I can pretty much take it or leave it.

09-12-2008 19:44:30 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

On tap at a local pub

Appears a dark amber with orange highlights around the edges with a tight, cream colored cap. No retention or lacing.

Sweet, bready malts and caramel. Not much else here.

Taste mimics the mose. Sweet caramel balanced by some bittering hops. Crisp and smooth.

Carbonation is where it should be, more on the thin side.

Pretty easy to session. A solid offering.

09-12-2008 14:01:38 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of Goliath


3.23/5  rDev -12%

Pours a rich, clear, amber color with a thin white head. Decent retention.

Aroma is ok. A bit of really subtle citrus, with some caramel sweetness as well.

The taste is ok. Again, very subtle citrus with some caramel and bread. A bit sweet for my tastes, and this one generally gives me a headache. It's not a terrible beer though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is moderate. This one is sessionable, and decently flavored etc. Not my beer of choice, but it works in a pinch.

09-12-2008 13:54:29 | More by Goliath
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Date says best before Febraury. Pours a small head that fizzed down quickly. Very little lacy noticed.

Color was an orange amber. I could taste roasted malts, but little hop flavor going on here. This was an easy beer to drink and definately another great from the BBC.

I will definately be picking up some more of this before the season is over.

09-12-2008 01:55:26 | More by mothman
Photo of philbe311


3.08/5  rDev -16.1%

A - Orange amber color... Minimal head quickly fades... Small super quick carbonation bubbles... Reflects light and shows hints of red highlight tinting...

S - Malt... Spices... Grain... Mild and subtle...

T - Malt... Mild spices and clove... Orange zest... Slightly sweet caramel... Varied, but nothing distinctive...

M - Slight carbonation on tongue... Gentle... Oily... Not too much going on...

D - Not a big fan... Understated in all facets...

Bottle / Artwork - Textbook Samuel Adams design...

09-12-2008 00:56:45 | More by philbe311
Photo of Zadok


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured a crystal clear amber with minimal head and no lacing.

Smells of swwet malts and light hops.

Light malt flavor with mild hops and a slight musty flavor.

Smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Another good session beer from Sam Adams. Not the one I would choose but still a decent option.

09-12-2008 00:54:13 | More by Zadok
Photo of KarlHungus


3.78/5  rDev +3%

This beer pours a copper color with amber hues. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of toasty and caramel malts with only a hint of hops. The taste is a more intense version of the aroma. It is very malty without being overly sweet. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a nice Oktoberfest that I could drink again.

09-11-2008 23:53:41 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of GreenThumb


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

I poured this from the bottle into a pilsner glass and got a very tasty looking beer.

I don't think this is a typical Sam Adams because I actually like it.

The flavor is nutty with plenty of good malty caramel tones and a good crisp mouthfeel. I could drink several. It is not a heavy beer but has good flavors. The color is definately an autumn color; reddish orange. The head pours a creamy off-white and disappears quickly to leave soapy residue on the side of the glass.

The aftertaste is distinctly nutty and malty. Not a bad one for a beer from the Bostonian Brewery.

09-11-2008 21:58:42 | More by GreenThumb
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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