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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,194 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,194
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 49
Gots: 270 | 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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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very fresh bottle- just released this week, with a February 2007 date notched on the label. Sampled on 8/17/06 at fridge temperature in a pint glass.

Appearance- Beautiful clear, caramel orange beer that supports a soapy, resilient three finger head. The bubbles pop and fizz slowly down, leaving behind surprisingly good lacing. Looks great.

Smell- Wow... what a drastic improvement over what I remember about last year's version! A big, cookie-like breadiness stands tall and provides a welcome alternative to the usual caramel/Vienna malt notes of this style.

Taste- A remarkable balance of bready, cakey malts and just the right amount of hops come together for a most impressive Octoberfest style beer. It's the perfect marriage of full-bodied, Autumn-like flavors with an incredibly effortless context.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Maybe it's because this just hit the stores... but this beer is dazzling in the mouth. Absolutely perfect carbonation; a long and exquisite length of activity on the tongue... I could drink this all night.

This year's Samuel Adams Octoberfest is outstanding, and without question the best of show for this style I've yet tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 04:11:34 | More by yelterdow
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dherling

New Jersey

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

There's nothing like a good Oktoberfest beer. We start off witht he pour, deep gold, almost orange. The head dissapears quickly. I get some spice on the nose, as well as malt and a tiny amount of hops. There's also a little breadyness there too. When I taste this, I get the breadyness again, with some malty sweetness. There's a kind of fruityness to it as well, that goes hand in hand with the spice. This doesn't finish clean, there's a viscosity that lingers that makes it hard to drink more than one. A decent beer, but there are better Oktoberfests out there. Leave this one to the Germans, ok?

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 05:58:26 | More by dherling
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rarevos

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new phone books are here! The new phone books are here! Oh, I mean, the Oktoberfests are here! The Oktoberfests are here! A bit early, it seems, but with the temperatures in the mid 60's for the last few days, drinking an Oktoberfest seems pretty appropriate.

A: Pours a rich orange-amber. One finger of off-white head (a bit creamier looking than just white head) and it had decent staying power. Light lacing once it did bubble out.

S: Rich and malty. Has some spice at the front of the nose, and a touch of buttered toast.

T: Sweet at the front, with some pumpin and nutmeg spiciness in the middle coupled with a biscuity flavor. Finish is lightly bitter with a warm toastyness.

M: A bit buttery, but otherwise medium-bodied.

D: It's not terribly refreshing, so a chilly fall day is about the only time this sounds appealing to me. But it is certainly appealing, and I'll make my way through most of this six-pack today while it stays in the mid to high 60's.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 22:42:53 | More by rarevos
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thelagerheads

Michigan

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

Six months past the expiration date but still pumpkin-y squash-y and gooey butter rum tasty. Feels like autumn and in my man-heart it's leaves falling and old men smoking pipe tobacco at the fishing docks wondering where summer went. There's crisp air and scraping sounds on sidewalks in here, light sweaters and argyle socks, sundown at six-thirty-five and stew with bread. Other than the C in Octoberfest this plays by the rules and gets top grades. No dunce cap or reasons to send in the gendarmes for thee.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 17:42:45 | More by thelagerheads
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scottoale

California

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

Picked up a lone (last one) sixer with a purchase by for freshness month of March. Crack one open and fill my 14oz tulip with an orange-coppery liquid, sporting slightly off-white 1/2 inch foamy head. Mild carbonation and just a bit of lace.

Has an earthy malt nose with some green grassy hops and alcohol as well.Kind of nutty, roasty and not too sweet overall.

Bisquity and doughy is the malt with a light spicy sweetness that is quickly extinguished by the bitter hops. Pretty tasty with a slight warmth from the alcohol.

Medium body with a tang that smooths out, in the mouthfeel department. Easy to drink and suites it's style just fine, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 10:49:52 | More by scottoale
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Scheity

New York

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite things about Boston in the fall is this beer. It mixes perfectly with the layers of red and orange and brown that carry through the air, with a taste full of spice (lots of cinnamon and nutmeg and pumpkin). Should be served a little bit warmer than one might be used to, just to evoke the harvest flavors.

Color's a nice golden tan with a nose that betrays the somewhat syrupy sweetness that follows up the first wave of taste.

Overall, Sam does a good job capturing Boston's fall in a bottle. Now, I'd prefer something like Smuttynose Pumpkin or Ipswich Harvest, but it's a very workable fall brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2006 16:43:39 | More by Scheity
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Enola

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is not a style I have had many of but I was expecting much differemt. This ain't too bad. The beer is about the color of sweet tea. This is a very autumn-like color. Even though it is currrently March. A aggressive pour resulted in a thick head that has dissipated rather quickly. The smell kindly set you back a little. It is a bit strong. The taste is of spices. This is an exceptionly smooth beer. I could drink these in a session. I overlooked this beer last fall for reasons unknown but I will not overlook it again this fall. A good beer that suprised me.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 18:28:48 | More by Enola
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wcudwight

North Carolina

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

A: Nice ruby orange color with a thin fizzy head that doesn't retain well.
S: Fruity, malty, buttered biscuts
T: Bready up front with a dominate fruity taste. A hint of spiceness. And a strange bitter buttery finish that I don't lick.
M: Medium bodied and slick in the mouth
Fairly drinkable.
Overall a very average Octoberfest. Worthy to try but they are better offerings out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 06:09:01 | More by wcudwight
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palffyfan

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Amber caramel-like with a cm of head that disipated quickly. Beer looks very rich.

Smell - Very fruity aroma, simply an amazing smell. Hard to tell what fruit the smell is, but it is very rich and delightful.

Taste - Milder lager, slightly fruity with no bitterness. Leaves a mild, smooth fruity aftertaste. Very delightful to the mouth. Leaves a tingly sensation in the mouth afterwards.

Drinkability - A fine beer with no aftertaste makes this a delight. Can't wait to finish the rest of my 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 06:39:06 | More by palffyfan
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gbarron

Georgia

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

Poured from a bottle, label says best by February '06, so I just made it.

A - bright orange/copper, perfectly clear. Small, thin white foamy head, slowly escapes to the sides of the glass, looking like the caldera of a volcano. Stays till the end, leaving a little lace.

S - malt primarily, kind of smoky. Has that standard 'Sam Adams' smell of noble hops. Not hugely aromatic.

T - malt, again, predominates. Malty sweetness with some astringency from roasted malts. Noble hop spiciness in the aftertaste. Tartness at the end. Somewhat smoky - munich malt?

M - on the thin side. Carbonation level fairly high for this style, IMHO. Tickles the tongue just a bit.

D - extremely drinkable beer. Great session Oktoberfest. For its cost and flavor, definitely try this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 02:53:46 | More by gbarron
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

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

I was very impressed. IMHO this is one of Boston Breweries most sessionable easy drinking beers. It is smooth creamy and sweet. A friend of mine who is not a big beer drinker (much-less craft beer), fell in love with this and now she is becoming an enlighten convert. Point is; this is a very inoffensive, easily approachable beer that (I believe) will satisfy most palates to an acceptable degree, making this a perfect choice for taking to parties with macro-drinking friends. On to the break down:

Appearance: Pours a coppery amber with a slightly golden orange hue to it. Magnificent head.

Smell: Full, thick, malty sweet aroma. Strong suggestions of caramel and subtle hints of fruits. There is something else in the aroma that I think smells like pumpkin.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Extremely foamy, thick sweet malty feeling and tasting. Very nice and easy drinking. It is not too sweet but plenty sweet enough. There are also a hand full of spices, not the most complex Octoberfest I’ve ever had but this is certainly an easy drinking one!

Drinkability: This is a particularly easy drinking beer. I highly recommend taking it to social events during its fall season.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 07:54:49 | More by Phatz
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gus

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very light malt aroma noted. Dark copper/orange color in appearance. Very minimual head with moderate bubbles/carbonation, very clear in appearance. Flavor is moderate with a slight bitterness, goes down smooth with no aftertatse. Will drink this every year when it comes out.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2006 22:13:47 | More by gus
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Citadel82

New Jersey

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

This beer poured a copper/orange color, it is clear and highly carbonated. The head is creamy and off white in color and about three fingers worth was relatively long lasting. Nice sheety lace as the head withdrew a nice pancake of head lasted to the end of the glass. The aroma was slightly floral and slightly sweet and overall consistent with the style. Tastes of caramel and biscuit malts and spicy/floral hops,

The body was light medium, not as thick compared to others of this style I have had. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 02:57:23 | More by Citadel82
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deuschbag

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pored into its own octoberfest mug. nice copper color with good head retention. smell is of spices and a little alcohol. taste is very pleasant. lots of spices. overall this is a nice mellow brew. i could definitly drink plenty of these and feel very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 16:35:57 | More by deuschbag
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donchata

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour was of an orange amber hue. The appearance is one of golden orange with a touch of maroonish haze color. The smell was rich with spice and wheat with a strong undertone of herbs. The taste and mouthfeel where both very, very nice. Filled with flavor with no hint of bitterness. My overall impression was excellent. Go buy some!.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 16:15:45 | More by donchata
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metallistout

Ohio

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

This beer has seemed to change it's flavor over the years, or maybe it's just me.

This beer pours a medium copper color with a decent head.

Smells of malt and a little hops.

Tastes very malty, a little spice, not sure what that might be. Not a lot of hop presence. I would prefer the amuont of hops that Koch uses on his Boston Lager, mixed with the sweet malt and cripsness.

Not a bad beer, but I have had better Oktoberfests.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2005 23:28:50 | More by metallistout
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baiser

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper brown, with off white foam. Sweet candy aroma, with some bready malt and slight fruitiness. Sweet, caramelly and malty. Finish is clean and dry. Pretty good drinkability. Smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a pretty decent o'fest. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2005 07:19:05 | More by baiser
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pgroove

New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother recommended this to me as his favorite beer, and although it is good, it ain't all that special.

Like most beers of this type, malts dominate, and they are particularly spicey which is pleasing. The hops are more than a touch too subtle however, almost nonexistent as a matter of factor.

It strikes me as a great session beer if you are looking to do some crushing.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 02:12:31 | More by pgroove
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

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

This beer poured a golden orange color which seemed to glow, it was crystal clear and well carbonated. The head that was produced was tight and compact, off white /cream in color and about 1 1/2 inches thick and well lasting. There was a nice sheety lace left behind that lasted to the end of the glass. The aromas were not as strong as I would have thought and liked, but noticable and pleasing, I nosed lots of rich and sweet malts, spices and some light hops. The tastes were more pronounced, ton of mixing malts and spices, from sweet malts to rich malts and defined spices, caramels, and some notes of dark fruit (as it warmed), hints of hops (mostly a spicey hop, but slight floral became noticable as it warmed) swirled in and out near the middle and end of the swallow and turned to a dry hop flavor as a last taste down the throat. Some malty aftertaste and dry hops were left. The body was light medium, not as thick compared to others of this style I have had. Drinkable and worth a try every year.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 21:29:41 | More by Jarod
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walleye

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I cannot believe I haven’t rated this yet I have been drinking this for a couple of years now (my wife likes this) that is the main reason I buy it and so do I good session beer. from the bottle poured a nice amber, with off white head. aroma, a nice maltlyness, with a touch of caramel and hops. flavor, malts, toffee, caramel, hops. like the bitterness the hops give this. another good beer from S A

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 14:42:54 | More by walleye
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akajimmyd

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Dark copper color, quickly dissipating light and airy head. No lacing.

Smell – Bitter spice scents, malts(?)

Taste – Malts are very pronounced. I barely pick up on the hops that are noted on the label. Mild sweetness. Not bitter like it smells.

Mouthfeel – Lite body. Smooth in the mouth, nothing to complain about. Can taste to booze at the end. Little aftertaste.

Drinkability – Very drinkable. Not too complex (I think), easy going down.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 02:53:46 | More by akajimmyd
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skynxnex

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notched to drink by March, 2006. Pours an amber/copper color with a two finger white head. Fairly good lacing.

Smell is grain and sweet malt with a hint of hops. The taste is sweet malt, a bit grassy, and toasty. Slight hop flavor with bitterness. It's a pretty good beer. I like other Oktoberfests more, but it's quite drinkable. But nothing remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 01:34:32 | More by skynxnex
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is what I call my old stand by Oktoberfest. It's definately a good example of the style, especially for a mass produced beer. I personally have used this one as a "gateway" beer on some of my friends who just drink Coors Light, Natty, and such swill as that. All of them pretty much enjoy this one.

It's got a nice little creamy head on it that has some retention, but not too much. The taste is definately a bit better this year, with a more abundance of caramel, roasted malts, and some light fruits intertwined. The past few years for this beer have been rather ho-hum, with faintness abound. Overall, this years brew of Oktoberfest is definately a great step in the right direction.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 03:20:04 | More by JISurfer
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear deep reddish orange color with a two-inch off white head made up of small bubbles. The head lasted about a minute, and didn’t have too many bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: Floral hops with a bit of toast are the first things you notice about the aroma.

Taste: There is a bit of an assertive hop presence in this beer that is far from your typical Octoberfest beer. There is a small amount of the toasty malt in there, but it is most obscurred by the hops. The body is medium light with a finish that is slightly balanced toward the sweet malt. No alcohol noticeable the entire time.

Opinion: Well...it’s not contaminated or anything. This is not what I would call an Octoberfest beer. It is more of a cross between a Northern Pilsner (Hop presence in flavor), and a mild Munich Dunkel (Light bittering hops for finish). It’s not a bad tasting beer, but it is rather uneventful and disappointing in the malt aspects. The hops are too aggressive to, I guess, try and make up for the lack of malt. It’s OK...just not to style.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 03:36:23 | More by SkeeterHawk
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xgrigorix

Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best by date notched on label.

Deep burnished amber. Thin off white head.

Toasty / biscuity nose. Toasty malt & carmel right up front. Biscuity & a little bit nutty. A touch of spicy hops. Off dry finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Decent & dependable.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 02:11:26 | More by xgrigorix
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,194 ratings.