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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
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6,322 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,322
Reviews: 2,006
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 70
Gots: 810 | 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 AwYeh
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap for a ridiculous amount of money at SFO, but sometimes you gotta give in and pay it.

A: Vibrant orange reddish amber color; perfectly clear with a good stream of bubbles flowing through it. Thin off-white head atop the beer, a thinner coating of it remains for a long time.

S: Rather mild grainy, bready aroma with a light, crisp fruity sweetness. As the beer warmed, the grain smell actually intensified and overwhelmed the others, making this more enjoyable at lower temperatures.

T: Crisp malty flavors throughout, with hints of sweetness and an indiscriminate bitterness to provide balance. Strange proportion of initial taste to finish– starts off very mild but finishes with strength.

M: Well carbonated, pretty thick for the style and abv; somewhat creamy and rather filling as a result.

O: A good beer for the first half of the glass, by the second half I was wishing I had something else. Worth a try especially since it's probably usually reasonably priced (but spend your airport dollars on the Sierra).

AwYeh, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, amber-copper color with one finger of off-white head. Some retention and lace, pleasant carbonation.

S: Malty caramel and some sweet hay.

T: Light caramel malt straight through, a bit thin but not bad. Very little hop bitterness.

M: Light and well carbonated, a bit of oil on the finish.

O: Pleasant but nothing to write home about. Wouldn't seek it out, but wouldn't turn down another, either.

AmericanGothic, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of industrialswill
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with not much of a head but with a nice amount of carbonation none the less.
It's good a fairly hoppy bite for a mass marketed beer.
It's malty enough to leave a slight syrupy mouthfeel.
Overall, I think this is good beer.
I like this more than their standard lager.

industrialswill, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap

A- light brown color with a white head

S- not much of a smell, smells a bit malty

T- extremely malty, with a hint of citrus, Extra malty aftertaste

M- really smooth going down, nice finish

O- Decent beer, not a huge fan of lagers, so I'm slightly biased. Very drinkable

MrDonQuixote, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Half finger head. Clear and copper with amber hues.

S: Malts, toast and caramel notes.

T: Grainy and malty. A decent amount of sweet toffee/caramel.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall: One of the flagships of this very popular brewery. Oktoberfest isn't a favorite genre of mine but this one is one of my favorites.

kylehay2004, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of DavidST
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, best before date of January.

The appearance is a nice clear amber color with a decent tan head. Smell is some sweet malts. The feel is medium to light. The taste is of sweet malts (but very light and not overpowering), no noticeable hop presence and a slight metallic after taste. Overall this isn't bad, not something I'll seek out.

DavidST, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of zander4dawin
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - wow, very orange in color, white head that disappears fairly quickly, good clearity
Smell - rich sweet malts
Taste - sweet malty beer but not so sweet to take away from drinkability. nice spice notes. would make an excellent session beer.
Mouthfeel - wish the beer had a little more body to it, feels a little too weak.

Overall - Enjoyable but not breathtaking

zander4dawin, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of dpasotti
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super-fresh Octoberfest is a perfectly clear copper-orange color with a slight ruby shade. Light gold highlights near the edges. One finger of off-white foam quickly dissipates to a tiny film and leave minimal lace. The aroma is dominated by toasty Munich malt with a little caramel underneath. Definite clean lager character, but there are some esters that remind me of English yeast. Slight herbal hop presence.

The taste is nearly identical to the smell, but the malt turns more to a light caramel flavor with a hint of sweetness. Surprisingly, the heavy toasted malt from the aroma takes a step back here, but it is still the main focus of the beer. No noticeable hop presence, but enough bitterness to perfectly balance. There's just a bit of alcohol, which would be welcome in most Märzens but is unexpected in such a modestly-sized one.

Body is medium in weight and carbonation. There's some creaminess that lingers after each swallow, which really adds some appeal to an otherwise unexciting beer. Good thing "exciting" is not really something Oktoberfests strive to be. Don't get me wrong. Even though I'm not a huge fan of Märzens (or Sam Adams for that matter), this is a solid brew that nails the style. It's also very versatile: mild enough to drink all night, but enough flavor to have with dinner. It is actually great with milder meals like rice & beans or a grilled chicken sandwich. Trust me.

dpasotti, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy copper with foamy head that dissipates quickly

S - Smells of caramel malts, biscuity, and a hint of hops.

T - Caramely sweetness with a biscuity taste. It's ever so slightly hoppy with some floral hops and just a touch of fruits.

M - Crisp and whole. It's very refreshing.

Overall - Just a good, decent Marzen. It's not flashy, but it's refreshing as we get a break from this heatwave.

BeerBuckeye, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of azdback
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Shock Top Pilsner glass. A dark orange color, with medium carbonation bubbles that lead to an off white head of two large fingers. Lace is really weblike sticky.

Smell is very biscuity and dank. There are some sweet melon aromas.

Taste is pretty sweet. The bread or yeasty tastes aren't as overpowered as they are in the nose, but are there. Grass or hay earthiness also comes to mind. Maybe even some sour red grapes.

The mouth is bright and light. Spot on for the style.

Overall I can't for the life of me figure out why people think this style is good or even okay. I can't stand the soggy bread taste or the sour grape or over ripe sun warmed melon taste. I said that the mouth is spot on, but doesn't mean I liked it. I should review by style. Thanks to Skip for this sample.

azdback, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: ? (have had on tap and in bottles)

A nice crack at a märzen by SA. Pours a golden orange color, very carbonated, with a delicate layer of bubbles for a head that doesn't linger long. Basic grainy, malty aroma, with a touch of sweetness. Mild, toasted bread taste, a bit nutty, caramel sweetness, but not too much, with some floral notes coming through. A bit of apples and oranges, finishing with a crisp hop bite. Light-meduim mouthfeel, pretty dry, and quite drinkable.

Rifugium, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The mighty Sam Adams Octoberfest, It's a personal must have at least once during the fall season. Many of my friends and myself enjoy this beer thoroghly during the autumn months. This beer pours out as a rich dark orange brown color. It's a clear and clean looking with a nice looking head on it that leaves a touch of lacing. The smell of the beer has a good balance of autumn aromas, malts and hops. The taste of the beer is a little sweet upfront before the spices kick in. The flavors of some cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg come together and leave your taste buds tingling with a light hops bitterness on the end. The mouthfeel is a medium bodied and very drinkable in my opinion. If you can get, it try it!

Knapp85, May 24, 2011
Photo of sthompson519
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The feel, the taste, the smell...unbelievable. The bottle and look might leave a bit to be desired, but the great taste will more than make up for that. Compared to most Octoberfests, Sam's has a far smoother taste. A bit of bite to it, but not overbearing. I look forward to the fall for two reasons, football and this beer!

sthompson519, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Samadamsfan2
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the beer that made me love Samuel Adams beer, caramel and toffee malt dominate the body, with a little hop aroma. Dark orange color, and very sweet flavor. Probably not the best Octoberfest, however, generally a very good fall beer, and probably Sam Adams' best seasonal beer.

Samadamsfan2, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of harrymel
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bb: 01/2011

A: Orange ale with exceptional clarity. Single finger loosely packed off white head dissipates to a thin sheet of the same. No lacing.

S: Soft, sweetened malts with vienna caramelesque tones. Honey, vanilla and a slight over-steeped green tea smell in there. No hops, none expected. Decent

T: sweet, standard malty marzen. I can't say I find this much different from their flagship lager, but it does have a bit more of a butter flavor in there.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Prefer a hint less carb on the style.

O: Well crafted, far from the best marzen's available.

harrymel, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of Outchillen
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite, if not favorite beers, copper colored, sweet malty, a great balance of malts to make this beer have a nice body, smells amazing, my only complaint is that I wish I could get this year round, the best oktoberfest beer out there

Outchillen, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of KajII
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear reddish orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated quickly, down to a very small collar which produced only a little bit of lacing.

The aroma was of a bread malt, mild floral hops and a doughy yeast with notes of caramel, a light fruity ester and a bit of spice.

The taste was very malty with a nice caramel sweetness and a slight fruitiness at first, then became lightly bitter and had a light spicy ending. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a light spicy malty taste that was left to linger.

Mouthfeel was just under medium in body and somewhat creamy texture with an almost lively carbonation.

Overall this was a decent representation of a German Oktoberfest, although it was nothing overly special it did possess and good taste and great drinkability...

Sampled 9/25/2009
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KajII, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: orangish brown with a 1 finger white head

smell: slight spices, caramel, malts,

taste: little spice, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

drinkability: easy drinker. gets you in the mood for fall.

Cheers,

The CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of zrab11
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep orange/copper color with a decent white head

S-Has a Bready yeast smell with some notes of sweet hops

T-Notes of spices right off the bat then a bit of hoppiness in the finish

M- Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation

D-Good representation of this style.One of my favorite sam adams. Enjoy this beer with a Thanksgiving meal.. you wont be dissapointed

zrab11, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of SickGnar
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark yet warm tawny copper - nice color. Decent size white head that falls quickly to a skim that stays and stays, at least in part due to replenishment from a rising legions of tiny bubbles. Pretty damn decent lacing too.

S: Lager - sweet and toast malts with clearly present (but not strongly so) hops that are herbal and somewhat woody.

T: Pretty hoppy & bitter for an O-fest. Nice herbal , woody, and slightly spicy European hop profile. Toasty and crackery maltiness with a hint of grainy sweetness and an estery fruit note. Also a little bit nutty with faint edge of toffee. Overall malt effect is toasted crusty sweetbread, with the hops and the lager estery/fruity note just a step behind for the "jam."

M: Just a hair over medium body with carbonation to match. Creamy with a bit of crispness to the finish.

D: In style, but with its own character too. Sort of like a bready/crusty version of the Boston Lager with a noble hop schedule. Compares well to many of those from over the pond. I like how the different things that are going on really come together for an overall effect. Nicely robust and rounded.

SickGnar, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of dacrza1
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Situation: Friday before Thanksgiving week...perfect time for a final look at a Fest!
Glassware: Ayinger willibecker...
Appearance: light amber, orange-brownn body that colors the season well; off-white head that leaves tracings et remains whole...
Aroma: piercing malts and spices that punch with honey and candied sugars--a rather bold presence....
Palate: rounded, slightly carbonic presence with a zesty finish; enjoyable as a stand-alone or with pub fare...
Taste: malt profile is clear, crisp and round while delivering an aftertaste worth revisiting; nuanced enough not to be monolithic in maltiness...
Overall: sugars assert themselves in a way that mkes me want to seek out leftover candy corn! A solid/just short of exceptional offering in the fall sampler....

dacrza1, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
2.17/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap numerous times and usually pours 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Going against the tide on this one as there are many Oktoberfests that I hold in such high regard especially the German made ones. Oktoberfests are designed for drinkability and this beer is not even close to that important category. Pours clear dark copper with small off white head. Sweet malty aroma with mild hoppiness. Sweet flavors of toffee, caramel and bread with a slight hop bitterness. Medium body with verage carbonation. Metallic aftertaste which is a turnoff.

CuriousMonk, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a deep orange copper color. It has a decent sized off-white head on it, that left some good lacing behind as it fell.

S - It smells of sweet toasty malts and bready yeast. There are also some notes of toffee and hops.

T - The taste is toasted malty sweetness up front, and a bit of a hop presence in the finish. There are also notes of toffee, caramel, and some spices.

M - It has a light-medium body and medium carbonation. It coats the mouth pretty well. It is smooth, creamy, crisp, and refreshing.

D - This has pretty good drinkability. The flavor is well balanced, and it goes down easy. I think this is a pretty good representation of the style, I'd try it again.

JizackFH, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear copper color. Forms a large fizzy foamy head that reduces down to a thick surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Rather malty and bready with the scent of seltzer and grassy hops.

T: Malt is the dominant flavor, but it's not a heavy malt, its just the dominant flavor. Slightly sweet and a little bready. Some light herbal hops round out the maltiness.

M: On the lighter side of medium, but appropriate for the style. Carbonation is a little heavy for the style. Surprisingly clean taste considering the level of maltiness.

D: A decent Oktoberfest beer that is a bit lighter than most, but probably easier to drink than most as well.

Florida9, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of SnowGoon99
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a copper or orange color. Nice white head to start but dissipates quickly to a white rim around the edges. No lacing. Aroma that dominates is sulfur but a little's to be expected from a lager. Some caramel notes but mostly just the sulfur.

Flavors that come through include hints of caramel and toast. Very thin body with a dry finish. No real hop presence. Thin body does add to the drinkability.

Overall this is definitely a beer meant for the masses. Not as flavorful as i remember it from my days of drinking light beer. You can just pretty much put it in the category with the other mass-produced lagers out there. Just doesn't do it for me.

SnowGoon99, Jan 13, 2011
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,322 ratings.