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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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5,393 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,393
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 58
Gots: 383 | 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 sweethome


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a deep copper color in to my new Samual Adams glass. A nice white head of a couple inches, flows to the top of the bulbous glass. Head retention is pretty good - provides some lace as well.

Nose is a bit metalic, alcohol, a backing of sweet malts. Not as rich as what I expect from a fest. Just a bit harsh.

The flavor delivers some sweet malts, a rich bread flavor. Traditional german malts. Just a touch of hop in here - again sticking to the tradition versus some americanized versions - seems to me Sam O'Fest has had a bit more hop in the past?

This beer delivers flavor throughout the palate. It feels full, but not overbearing. A decent session beer if you can take the sweetness without the palate cleansing of hops. Again, true to style.

09-06-2007 03:31:03 | More by sweethome
Photo of OStrungT


4.65/5  rDev +26.7%

This beer pours a golden color with a thick, fluffy slighty tan tinted head. The head goes down slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer boasts a rich and sweet malty caramel aroma. It also has a slightly bready aroma. It has a mildly spicy hop aroma as well, but it is mostly dominated by the malts.

This beer tastes exactly like it smells. The malty aroma is a little less prominate in the flavor, but it is still pretty much matching the aroma.

This beer is smooth, and very crisp and refreshing. It leaves a sweet malty aftertaste. It is perfectly carbonated.

This beer would probably make a great session beer. Good, mild flavors, and relatively low alcohol make it a perfect choice.

Overall: I like this beer. Some might say that it is not extreme enough, but I enjoy its subtalty. I always buy this one this time of year.

09-06-2007 01:17:45 | More by OStrungT
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

Sam Adams- Octoberfest

Appearance- Golden orange brown with a thin but sticky head.
Smell- Caramel malt with a touch of brown sugar.
Taste- Big buttery toffee malt. slight bitter earthy hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- Sweet with a big malt flavor up front. flavor dissapates in the end.

Overall- Not a bad choice amongst the BMC at the bar. Not in my top 10 when going into the liqour store though.

09-05-2007 22:53:46 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of bboven


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Gold/Amber color, head sticks around the edges of the glass and leaves some light lacing

Malty, sweet, and bready smell with a hint of low-alpha hops.

Initially very good taste, but my palate warmed up and got used to it very quickly; the flavor doesn't hit you with every sip after a while.

A little thin on the mouthfeel, perhaps a little over-carbonated.

Very drinkable as far as style goes, but it seems you can get O-fest that's just as good if not better for a buck or two less a sixer.

09-05-2007 22:18:46 | More by bboven
Photo of mherring


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours out a nice amber/burnt orange color, with a finger width or so of head. I didn't really detect much on the smell, maybe a faint hint of malts. The taste is nice, malty, but not too much so, with a good finish. It maybe could have had a little stronger malt taste, but it still hits the spot. Mouthfeel is pretty good, nothing out of the ordinary, but drinkability is pretty high. Overall it's a solid beer that I wish was around more often, but then again, thats part of the fun of Oktoberfest.

09-05-2007 02:14:10 | More by mherring
Photo of wcdoyle


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

'07 version

Pours a clear, light brown to honey with a very substantial initial head that feel to about 1/2 inch. Excellent lacing. Smells of earth and bread and a light general malt sweetness and a bit of butter with hops following. Taste was malt forward with blend of caramel sweetness, spice, and toasty nuts. Hops were there but played a secondary role as accent and highlights. Finish and into the aftertaste was a drying sweetness. Mouthfeel was smooth and buttery with low apparent carbonation. A nice warmer as the air starts to chill (a ways off here in the south). More richness of malts than a standard SA Lager and much more flavor than the other Marzen I've tried.

09-04-2007 18:50:24 | More by wcdoyle
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

2007 version in the official SA Boston Lager 16 oz fancy glass.

AP: A deep hazlenut amber color, very fast moving bubbles create a two-finger, dense and foamy brown-tinted head that has decent retention qualities.

Nose: Almond, honey-soaked malt, herbal and spicey hop with a sour-like yeast.

Flavor: Herbal, bready almond flavored malt, wheat and grains, very herbal and tangy hop that finishes with a sour, earthy yeast.

Feel: Medium bodied, very clean.

DA: Highly enjoyable.

09-03-2007 18:57:29 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of Murchmac


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

It's out and about and I drink it every year. This years offering has that same fresh malt taste and wonderful smell. Pours a jack o lantern orange and boasts a decent mouthfeel. Not too hoppy, not too watery, just malty, sugary goodness. Dont think it changes much year to year, so if you liked it in the past go ahead and drink it up.

09-03-2007 05:27:29 | More by Murchmac
Photo of Halcyondays


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

12 oz. bottle, orange and blue colour, bought at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars, in Costa Mesa, CA, single,

A: Pours a beautiful pumpkin orange, with a nice white head into a pilsner glass.

S: Smells of malts predominately, a hint of hops, and a bit of smoke character I felt as well.

T: Malt is the word here, lots of caramel, but not as robust as I would have liked, easily drinkable, nothing offensive, taste is good overall, has nuance.

M: Typical lager, light and smooth, easy to drink.

D: An good Oktoberfest marzen, I've had better and I've had worse, nice colour in it, a traditional colour, I'll definitely buy some when they come out in the fall each year.

09-02-2007 07:42:25 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

served on-tap, this was a clear deep copper with a quickly diminishing tan head and decent lacing. nose is mostly of clean caramel malts-appealing, but not much else going on that is discernable. per the style, the malt character and sweetness predominates but somehow still feels balanced overall . almost medium in body and quite quaffable. just had a couple of these and this offering quickly became my favorite of the sam adams line.

09-02-2007 06:56:16 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of bigdeuce


4.2/5  rDev +14.4%

Gotta tell ya..this may be the best Sam Adam's has done on the Oktoberfest beer. This beer pours a nice brown/amber color and has some sweet smelling malts. Very impressive. Nothing offensive, as the malts continue toward a caramel taste and yearn you for more. Not many hops, but who needs it in this style. Extremely drinkable and one of the top Oktobers I've had this season!!

09-01-2007 20:58:25 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of beergynt


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Always nice to see the distintive blue/white/orange bottle come out this time of year! The '07 model seems to be appealing to me more than the previous years have. Perhaps my BAness has just given me more appriciation for the malty side of things...

Poured into a SA Lager glass (Thanks Bros and Jim!) a crystal clear, reddish orange topped by a healthy two inches of delicate head (large bubbles, lots of air space) that dissipated fairly quickly... Wonderful spicy nose that somehow made think of football and pumpkins. A little residual heat in the nose as well...
The maltiness is balanced quite well with the Noble hop character. I think that perhaps the hops come through a little more than in previous years... But the balance is so close that I can actually feel the middle of my tongue doing a little dance between it's sweet side and it's bitter side and smacking the roof of my mouth after swallowing. I am a big fan of this beer and can't wait to dirnk a few when the temperature starts to dip into the 40s and I can start donning some Bears gear!!

09-01-2007 03:37:30 | More by beergynt
Photo of Blupoet03


4/5  rDev +9%

This beer pours a beautiful amber-color with a nice fluffy white head.

The nose is a balance of hops and malt and a little spice.

Once in the mouth, the hops make themselves known in an immediate bitterness that mellows out for a chewy malt character to come through.

It goes down smooth and drinks very easily. I find it to be a sold "good" across the board - above average but not exceptional. Its currently my "every day" beer and has been a nice compliment to our first cool nights of the season.

09-01-2007 02:30:41 | More by Blupoet03
Photo of jar2574


3/5  rDev -18.3%

I've tried a lot of Sam Adams products. Personally, I think they should stick with what they do best, the original Sam Adams Boston Lager. In my opinion that's a damn good beer. Other Sam Adams products...not such good beer.

But I guess if they can introduce decent beer to the masses who usually drink Bud or Miller, then Sam Adams is doing us all a service.

On to the beer -- unexceptional but adequate in every way. It looks, smells, and tastes perfectly average.

Dark orange / amber color is supposed to remind you of fall. Very little head retention though, and the beer's smell is uninspiring. There might be a touch of malty sweetness to the smell, but perhaps a touch of skunkiness as well. The only way you detect any of that is if you try really hard.

Taste is smooth and malty with a slight touch of sweetness. I know this is advertised as a "malt lover's dream," and I'm not that much of a malt lover. But still, they also brag about five malts being packed into this beer, and I'm not sensing that much complexity.

The mouthfeel is average; average creaminess, carbonation and aftertaste.

I could always drink it in a pinch, and I would appreciate it if the alternatives were larger American macro brews. Not a bad beer, but not a great one either.

09-01-2007 01:54:18 | More by jar2574
Photo of livingregret


2.63/5  rDev -28.3%

Serving Type: Standard Bottle

Appearance: Pours a light amber w/ little to no head.

Smell: Sweet, bready and malt. Nothing to amazing here

Taste: A touch of caramel, a touch of dryness, hops aren't overpowering here, there is also some herbal taste mixed in. A touch of honey toward the end. All in all not a great taste but good for people who haven't had a true Oktoberfest beer. It's very thin

Mouthfeel: Light and thin. Pretty watered down, the taste slides off of the tongue instead of lingering

Drinkability: There are many finer drinks than this particular brew but it's a good intro beer for people just starting off into Oktoberfest beers.

08-30-2007 01:31:47 | More by livingregret
Photo of tugdriver7


4.33/5  rDev +18%

Wonderful orange color, light carbonation, decent tan head with noticeable lacing. Rich caramel malt in the nose with a hint of SA's trademark hops. Nice moderate mouthfeel, gentle carbonation, with a rich caramel malt on the tongue. A touch of bitterness adds to the drinkability. It feels and smells as if it would be sweeter, but it is not. It's very refreshing. A touch of alcohol as it warms in the glass, but almost imperceptible. Does not detract from the great taste.

08-29-2007 00:42:03 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of chimney


4.18/5  rDev +13.9%

A: nice dark copper amber, wonderful head.

S: little bit of malt with the slightest hint of yeast.

T: very smooth with a slight metallic bitterness, with a sweetness somewhere between caramel and maybe mesquite honey.

M: starts watery, builds to a nice light creamy, and ends with a refreshing froth in the tongue.

D: very easy to drink, but with enough flavour to stay interesting and not cause boredom of the tongue. nice and refreshing and always a treat to see every fall.

08-28-2007 22:07:06 | More by chimney
Photo of BMoney575


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Sampled on 8-24-07

Pours a crystal clear amber with a huge off-white head that sits on the top forever.

Smell is thin and actually quite harsh, almost adjuncty.

Taste is good, very malty with hints of smoke and leaves, with a hoppy bite to balance some of it out. Finish is sweet and creamy.

Mouthfeel is good, creaminess adds to the flavor.

Drinkability is good, but the sweetness could build up.

Overall, a very subtle beer. The flavors are not in your face, and can be easily missed. Still, a good fall session beer.

08-27-2007 19:40:02 | More by BMoney575
Photo of david131


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

A- a clear, orange/ amber liquid. It almost seems to glow a little bit. A great, slightly off-white head that retains for quite some time. Good rising streams of carbonation.

S- Sweet, malty, brown sugar, bready. Nothing astounding here, but its not bad in any way.

T- Malty with some brown sugar. Clean and crisp. Definitely makes me think of fall. It does have a certain Sam Adams-ness to it.

M- Clean and crisp. Sweet, but not cloying. Dry enough to keep you coming back for more.

D- A little sweet, but this is great on a little cooler day. I enjoyed this much more this year that I did last year.

08-27-2007 02:29:14 | More by david131
Photo of meechum


4.35/5  rDev +18.5%

Got this bottle from my brother in law..this was good. Poured the very amber/coppery colored beer aggresively into a mug with a three finger head that was very pillowy, with tight small bubbles that took a little while to receed and left a good sticky lace throught the glass. The smell had notes of caramel and fruits (figs maybe) and a touch of honey. The taste was wonderful this had a mellow fruity, sweet malt taste with just a bite of hops to balance the whole thing out. The mouthfeel was good, perhaps possibly could have used a tad more carbonation but overall excellent. Drinkability...well let's just say I wished I had gotten more than just the one bottle from my brother in law..we'll be having a private Oktoberfest at my house this year and this will be one of the brews on hand

08-27-2007 01:34:35 | More by meechum
Photo of bcgoldtoe


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Very impressive beer. While it's not as sweet as a true Octoberfest, this is perfect for the American palate.

A= Beautiful. Golden brown intermingled with a lighter reddish brown. Terrific head and nice lacing.

S=Very pleasant fruity scent.

T= I would like a little more of the syrupy sweetness (if the beer had more of a flavor like its scent it would be just about perfect). It's still excellent. Hops are present but are not overpowering. Finally, a balanced beer.

M/D= Thicker than I expected, which was a nice surprise. It's a sipping beer, but you could put away a couple easily.

08-25-2007 18:45:45 | More by bcgoldtoe
Photo of mooseisloose


2.73/5  rDev -25.6%

Ah autumn and the return of the Oktoberfest beers! This Sam's smells quite malty but not of much else. Poured into a glass it has a tremedous head that stands up like a champ. Color is orange-bronze like the turning of the leaves. (but not on the palm trees). Taste is sweet with hints of caramel and fruit. Hopping is very subdued. Carbonation is good. Smooth and sweet but not much of a backbone. A little too sweet for my palate but would go great with spicy shrimp on the barbi.

08-25-2007 00:38:40 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of russpowell


3.03/5  rDev -17.4%

Edit 9-24-09 Based on this years offering, I'm dedycting for smell, MF & drinkability ,5. This is don't buy for me until I start hearing good thinks about it, sucked on tap too...

BBD of Feb 08, sampled in my free Sam Adams Glass

Pours amber/copper with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Above average head retention & average lacing

S: Fruitty & cereal notes

T: Some caramel, dryness & a little bit of husky grains up front. Herbal & metallic hops as this warms. Finishes grainy, alittle fruitty, with hints of honey malt

MF: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinks so-so, not really impressed with this year's offering

08-24-2007 02:54:40 | More by russpowell
Photo of drpimento


3.2/5  rDev -12.8%

Sometimes Sam has this characteristic in their beer that just trips my trigger. This slight dryness going on. This one didn't have it. No lasting head nor any lace. ok typical octoberfest color. ditto body. ok beer, nothing remarkable. ok finish. Let's go guys!

08-24-2007 02:37:49 | More by drpimento
Photo of BDIMike


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

As usual, Sam Adams continues to impress me. I feel that they may be one of the most overall consistently good breweries in America. They don't have a bad beer in their very exstensive line. The Octoberfest did not look very impressive, but that was the only fault I found with it. It has a malty, rich taste and goes down incredibly smooth.

08-23-2007 22:06:48 | More by BDIMike
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