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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
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5,977 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,977
Reviews: 1,975
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 654 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the appearance is a dark brown almost amber color, with not a lot of head but a nice thin lace around the edge of the glass. the taste is a bit overpowering of malts and a little bready. the mouthfeel is nice, leaves a nice after taste of the malts on the back of the tongue.
the drinkability is very good.

chefhatt, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer here from SA. Pours a pretty bourbon color with smallish off-white head. Smell is largely of caramel and bready malt, and the taste follows suit. This one's a malt bomb, with very little hop character to balance it out. Caramel, bread, and some syrupy sweetness characterize this one. MF is medium, adequate, although not mind-blowing. Drinkability is pretty decent, a cheaper one to enjoy with others who like better-than-macro beer.

LordAdmNelson, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of happygnome
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a nice amber orange color with about a quarter inch of white head that disappears quickly leaving only a trace of lace around the edge of the glass. transparent with little carbonation rising tot he top
s: caramel malts accented by floral hops
t: strong caramel malts balanced nicely by floral and piny hop bitterness
m: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this beer

happygnome, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Auburn, chestnut hue in a clear and few notches short of brilliant beer. One finger caramel coloured head gradually subsides and gives way to a cloudy surface. Good ring and some sheet lace. Smell of caramel, touch of wood. Taste is pumpernickel bread, some English toffee notes, bitter-malt balance is nice and even. Nice taste hits the right balance, not bad at all.

ThatWineGuy, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of emsroth
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber into mug

App: Dark amber with a fluffy white head. Perfect clarity. Everything I look for in a marzen

Smell: Sweet caramel malt dominates. A slight floral/herbal hop scent rides below. Almost smells like a bock/doppel. A bit heavy in the caramel scent. Too thick without any lager crispness.

Taste: Greeted by a rush of carbonation which leads to a light, crisp malt profile. Taste like typical german caramel malt; that almost sour flavor. Ends with a perfect husky dryness that is almost equally matched by an earthy hop bitterness. The huskiness truly reminds one of fall and dry, autumn leaves

Medium body that ends superbly crisp. Solid carbonation. Slight film from the husky malt.

emsroth, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ive been drining this beer every fall for several years now, and just realized to my surprise that I havent rated it yet.

It pours a nice amber hue with a good amount of khaki colored head retention. The smell is outstanding, very malty and reminiscent of autumn.

I love the flavor of this octoberfest, its very flavorful without being too sweet or syrupy.

The mouthfeel and carbonation are also excellent, as is common in most sam adams ales.

This is definitly one of my favorite Octoberfest beers, and possibly the one single seasonal beer that I look forward too the most each year.

jasonpeckins32, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Dodo2step
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Beer Depot

A- an amber color with orange sparse throughout. A nice 2 finger frothy head that is lightly tan.

S- caramelized malts and some basic earthy smells.

T- cinnamon and huge on the caramelized malts. maybe some nutmeg on the back end as well.

M- malt and spice but not as strong as you would think for an Oktoberfest.

D- easy to throw back but weak as an oktoberfest. a nice fall beer to enjoy raking the leaves.

Dodo2step, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of slickmick22
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good Octoberfest beer. I usually can't wait for it to come out each year.

Copper color with a 2 finger head with weak lace.

The aroma is a good malt, carmalized sugar and herbs. Somewhat earthy.

The taste is light toasty and cinnamon. Very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

slickmick22, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Carlton1964
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great lace and color. Had a very nice aroma. Nice body...not to thick and to thin. Although this beer does nothing wrong....it does not excel at anything either. But I would be ok if I was stuck with a few cases of it. VERY enjoyable....just nothing to get excited about.

Carlton1964, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass the beer is bright clear orange brown. With some red highlights around the edges. The off white head fills almost half my glass even after a gentle pour. A brief wait results in little to no lace and now I can commence pouring the rest of the beer.

The aroma is about as basic as it gets. Malt, spices some sweetness and a touch of hops. The style leans towards unoffensive so it's right on point.

The flavor is a muted mix of caramle malt, spices and hints of hops. Wheaty finish rounds things off. Again the style tends to be muted so no points off for that.

Medium to light body. Above average carbonation. Seems a touch thin in the mouth.

Overall throw it on the pile of average oktoberfests. Easy drinking if nothing else.

beerwolf77, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Spineypanda
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Probably one of my more favorites from Sam Adams.

Has a golden amber color with a thin somewhat lacy head.
Smells of malts and a hint of spice.
Has the taste of a big malty deliciousness :). A bit of the spice taste to it but not a whole lot, which is a plus. This is a bit of a thin beer on the mouth and hardly what I would want in my mouthfeel but still not bad.

Hope next years is as good as this one!

Spineypanda, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Monsteruss
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This had a golden wheat foam, thick and stuck around the edges til end. The color was orange/amber w/ mahogany accents. The smell had a nice dominate aroma of hops and a spicy orange undertone. The taste of earthy hops and spices. A definate autumn flavor w/ hints roasted barley. Mouthfeel - a clear feel, light to med. bodied. Drinkability - It's good. Perfect for the autumn season.

Monsteruss, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of infi
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Asian Pub in St. Marks, NYC.

Appearance is a translucent caramel brown color with some bubbling action throughout. Very thin white cap sits atop with no lacing throughout its duration. Smell is full of toasted malt and spice with just a hint of hop aroma towards end.

Taste reflects exactly what the nose detects - huge and sweet malt backbone with a dash of spiciness like cinnamon. Some hop bitterness in the back end. There was too much of a diacetyl character in this serving; something I've never encountered whenever I bought this SA seasonal in packs. A real palpable buttery taste, which was a little unappetizing for me.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean with good carbonation throughout. Drinkability could be a bit higher if not for the buttery tones in taste. Still a decently good seasonal for the BBC.

infi, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep golden amber with a nice two-finger tan head. Attractive.

Smell: lots of grain and malt; quite carameley and nutty, not unlike a brown ale. It's nice.

Taste: quite malty; there is a nice bitterness but otherwise little hop presence. Like the aroma, it's got a fair bit of nuttiness and caramel. It's not bad, but to me it's more like a brown ale in flavor than a lager.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little bit of a syrupy consistency; an appropriate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: pretty good. This is not a bad beer by any means, but it doesn't entice me as much as some other Sam Adams varieties.

flagmantho, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of barknee
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a brew I really look forward to enjoying while it's in season. though I have tasted this product in years preceding, this years (2009) variation is especially excellent!
Beautiful and abundant creamy malts brimming with hints of marshmallow and nougat and a touch of hop character to keep it honest. Deep amber in color and always rewarding you with the perfect mocha colored head along with generous lacing.
Though most stores are sold out by this time of the year, (mid-November) there is a small "ethnic" store a few towns away that has an ample cache of this stuff. Needless to say, each time I "SCHHWINGGG" through, I pick up a sixer'.. I think they should have enough to last for me till the "drink before" date in March...
And No.... I aint' tellin" ;-)

barknee, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of rfabian
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler it forms a 10 mm head that leaves nice lacing. The appearance is amber and slightly cloudy. The aroma is mainly of sweet malt with only a hint of hops. The taste again is of sweet roasted malt and slight bitterness. The feel is full bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is clean with some tailings of roasted malt. More of a rich brew than a refreshing one, I'd be happy to have another.

rfabian, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of berley31
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer several times this season, so had forgotten that I actually hadn't gotten around to reviewing it...

A: Poured with a small head that dissipated quickly to a thin film. No real lacing to speak of. Body is an amber/brown color, and almost completely clear.

S: Nice aroma of sweetness and malt... smells like there may be some caramel in there.

T: Mostly sweet, as it pretty much starts out and extends this way... again, some caramel tones in there. Finishes with a very slight bitter taste. Basic, but overall pretty enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied with an oily texture, and soft carbonation.

D: I've enjoyed this beer every time I've had it... it doesn't knock you for a loop with originality, but it's easy to drink and definitely a very solid beer. I'll buy it again next fall if I get the chance.

berley31, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Fox and Hound. Very orange copper appearance. one finger head with tiny bubble, the color of the body is right on for the style but it was very clear with not much action. Nose was thin with small toffee and spice-mostly malt. Flavor was good holding the same notes as the aroma although fuller and more pronounced. Not watery but lacking flavor still. Drinkable as a session beer.

natelocc787, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of gilman
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange copper color with a white creamy head.
It tastes a lot like an Cream Ale but with a hop bitterness. I like the flavor, but it doesn't quite seem like an octoberfest. Well brewed, clean flavors but not sure its an octoberfest. I like this & find it easy and pleasant to drink. But i'm not sure I would buy this again when there are many better octoberfests out there. Was a little disappointed as i'm a fan of Sam Adams beers. That being said its not a bad beer.

gilman, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of jkrich
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper color with an off-white creamy head.

This one had minimal aroma: some faint malt aromas. I find that this style is not the most aromatic.

A rich, malty flavor that is somewhat balanced by some lingering hop bitterness. The emphasis here is on the malt - perhaps too much so.

Solid medium bodied and a little too much carbonation.

I did enjoy a pint of this with my meal, but given the malty flavor, I would not have more than a couple. Still, a solid offering.

jkrich, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of mklinger
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass. Color is quite a deep amber -- very dark for an octoberfest -- a bit out of style. Half an inch of eggshell colored head that dissipated quite quickly. Left a bit of lacing behind with each sip. Nice but a bit atypical for an octoberfest.

Smell is all crystal sweetness. Malty, which is very nice, and kind of caramelly sweet, which doesn't seem quite right for the style.

Taste is a lot like the aroma but with a bit of hop bitterness that wasn't present in the aroma. I like the flavor a lot, but it doesn't quite seem like an octoberfest. In lots of ways it's more like an East Coast Amber Ale but made with a lager yeast. Very well brewed, clean flavors but not an octoberfest.

Mouthfeel hits the Octoberfest style very well. Rich, full mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Really nice.

Drinkability I'm also giving a bit of a boost to. I like this & find it easy and pleasant to drink even if it's out of style.

mklinger, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Whiteweasel
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a seidel.

Appearance: Hazy reddish-brown colour. Gives a small amount of thin reasonably white head. Almost orange depending on angle viewed at.

Smell: Very fragrant; I could smell it from the moment i started pouring. Very sweet and floral. Defintely smells like an oktoberfest

Taste: Very buttery. Hops flavor is quite understated, especially for this style. More malty than any other oktoberfest Ive had. Strong notes of butterscotch. Interesting but not very deep.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Creamy almost. Low amount of carbonation, but that suits it well. No sign of alcohol.

Drinkability: Very good. I could drink many of these in a night. Its not nearly hoppy enough where it destroys your palate, but rather its just a pleasant beer to drink. Good but not great

Whiteweasel, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of TLove
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(From Notes)

On tap at a bar in SW DC.

Really pretty in line with the style, but unfortunately not really remarkable in any way. This beer exudes mediocre craftsmanship and grassy, corn-laden structure. A decent try for the Vienna oktoberfest style with a stronger color, but the body gets a bit foamy and squeamish in the mouth. Irreverent lacing and not particularly noticeable in character in the smell, the beer does have a nice herbal, piney malt smell with some mint and rye grains in the mouth. Typical of the style. Slightly sweet, very calcic, and somewhat off in the finish. But overall, not shoddy. But nothing really notable either.

TLove, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep orange color with a slightly foamy white head and decent carbonation. Nose is pretty flat but I did detect some spice and caramel. Taste is malt, perhaps Munich and caramel, fruit, spice, hops. Pretty balanced but also pretty ordinary on the style.

barleywinefiend, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of sb3000
4.93/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Call me a sucker for a mass produced Octoberfest, but this brew is awesome! Great color, great malt nose and flavor. This brew is a favorite among malt heads. Spaten is drier, Ayinger is malty yet one dimensional. Sam Adams seems to hit on all cylinders. I buy this beer and cellar it throughout the year. "Never leave home without it!!!!"

sb3000, Nov 03, 2009
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,977 ratings.