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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,441 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,441
Reviews: 2,009
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 75
Gots: 867 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber with golden and copper highlights and a frothy off white head.

Smells of crystal malts, and yeasty bread.

Taste is toasted bread up front with a chewy malt mouth feel, some slight hop bitterness and a touch of caramel. Very good roasted malt caramel flavors - tastes like fall.

Chickenhawk9932, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap, poured into Sam Adams Noble Pils glass

A: Orange semi clear, small head, looks OK

S: I smelled one thing prominently, which was carrot cake! My GF 100% agreed with my summation with enthusiasm, so , it smells like carrot cake.

T: A bit rough and grainy with a slightly detectable hop kick, malty, sweet, some caramel, a little rough and mild for the style, but still, I really enjoyed the taste of this. It tastes very " Sam Adams" .

M: Mouthfeel was medium thin, but a little thin for the style traditionally, and a little grainy.

O: Overall , I enjoyed this much more than most Sam Adams seasonals. It has a rich full flavor , is well balanced, refreshing, and goes well with a meal. A nice simple take on the style. Not too bold, but not totally wussed out either.

Avantyawn, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of depechemode1983
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out bronze/copper in color. Head is off-white with average retention. Stays around for awhile. No lacing. Nose is a bit light. Light hops with a metallic twang and some faint grainy malts. Taste is slim too. Distant hops mixed with more pronounced caramel malts this time around. Pretty simple. Not picking up any complexities at all. Mouth feel is good. Pretty smooth with clean carbonation. Not bad at all. This one just didn't do it for me. There are way better Ocotberfest style beers out there.

depechemode1983, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of GeorgeAldi
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber-orange with thick foamy head that really lasts. Smells very dry, with notes of toast and spicy noble hops. Really don’t detect very much here. Light flavored Marzen overall. Slightly sweet caramel and toast. Minor spicy noble hop finish. Don’t really notice much biscuit, as expected for the style. Moderate carbonation, medium but thin body, fairly smooth and slightly dry finish. This may be the easiest drinking Marzen out there, but that doesn’t necessarily make it the best, as it is just slightly too light on flavor.

GeorgeAldi, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of codfeast
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint.

A: Dark amber, rocky off white head, fair amount of lacing.

S: Malt and yeast.

T: Starts with a bit of sweet malt, with a bitter finish.

M: Seems a bit thin to me.

O: Meh, It's alright. Lacking the big smooth mouthfeel, and biscut, bread flavors that make this one of my favorite styles, many better examples out there.

codfeast, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: Rich amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention and lots of lacing sticking to the glass.

Smell: Big aroma of roasted caramel malts and grains. Very bready and fairly sweet smelling. Light hints of earthy hops and a little bit of spice. Mostly malts and cereal grains.

Taste: Big presence of sweet and bready caramel malts throughout the taste. Lots of wheat grains adding to the biscuit flavor as well. Hop presence is pretty subtle but just enough to add some balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A pretty good lager overall. Could use some more spicy characteristics to make it seem more like a fall beer.

MattyG85, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of Burt
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 22oz Weizen glass.

Clear amber orange, with a thin off white head that dispersed quickly and left no lacing.

Caramel and malty graininess.

Caramel at first, some sweetness in the middle, gets a light toasted breadiness at the end with a smooth finish.

First Octoberfest of the year and it was pretty good. Sam's never disappoints with this one. Love this time of year.

Burt, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of IronLover
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange in color with an amber hue and perfect clarity. Poured with a dense, frosty foam that covers the edges of the glass with sticky lacings. Foam slowly reduces to frothy white cap. Sweet, light, earthey, caramel malt aromas and a bit of metallic aroma in there as well. Smooth, lightly creamy, delicate feel. After drinking ales all summer long, the mellow feel of a good lager is interesting. Sweet malt up front with a sour dough bready flavor through the middle. Finishes delicate and wet with a light bready taste. Look forward to this easy drinking octoberfest every year. By far Sam Adams best seasonal.

IronLover, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of lwillitz
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - transparent orange amber body under a thick orange-tinted/cream-colored head

S - bready malt; grassy hops; hint of dark fruit

T - sweet and malty up front; hops move in for a nice balance; balanced finish

M - medium body with average carbonation; moderately smooth

O - This is a reliable Oktoberfest, but nothing remarkable. Nothing about it really stands out. At $12.99/12-pack it's pretty good for the price.

lwillitz, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange/amber color with about an inch of fluffy white head. Nose contains almost nothing. Only some slight malty bitterness. Light on flavor with some caramel sweetness. A lot of carbonation. Flavor and finish are lacking with only some caramel notes and only a carbonation tingle for the finish. Thin and almost bland on the malt flavors.

DrinkingDrake, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ Lester's Sports Bar & Grill in Ladue, MO for $4.50. Tapped from the bronze spiral & wooden tap handle into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has the average lager like aroma with malts and yeast upfront. Nothing much here.

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has a light amber color body that has great clarity. Very light lacing on the glass but present.

Flavor- Once again, is an average lager tasting beer. Has malts involved but not sweet. There is a yeasty background to these malts and then a bit of an amber taste. Low bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and then finishes like a Marzen.

Overall Impression- Nothing too serious this one. Just take it as it is, your average Oktoberfest brew. Very easy drinking but then has a bit of an amber taste throughout. Very different for this style but was just fine. Won't be enjoying again but as I'm drinking more Oktoberfest brews and other seasonals this Fall, I will enjoy comparing them.

DCon, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is time of the Fall seasonals and I am trying some new ones this year while they are fresh.

From the bottle: "Samuel Adams Octoberfest is brewed with five varieties of malted barley for a deep amber color and a bigger richer flavor. It's everything we look forward to in Fall."

The pour produced a finger of fluffy eggnog-colored head with excellent retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity, reminiscent of a former G/F's hair. Nose was rich and malty and very evocative of the style. Mouthfeel was medium and it was sweet in a toasted cereal way that reminded me of Wheaties, which my father would swear by. It was not cloyingly sweet, but more toasty sweet, if that makes any sense. I liked it simply because I do not like overly sweet anything. The finish was semi-sweet and very pleasant. Worth a try at this time of year.

woodychandler, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper, amber with no real head to speak of.

Smells of some biscuit malt, metal, not much else.

Tastes sweet and roasty with some sulfur and small hop character coming through.

Lighter body, smooth, and highly drinkable.

I would not buy another pint of this beer, but it was OK.

TenHornsProud, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a copper hue with a foamy white head that has good retention and fine lacing. The smell consists of caramel, grains, sweet malts. The taste starts out with caramel, some sugars, apples, and dates. I get some hops in the back that keep the beer from being too sweet, but gives it a nice balance. The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. A very enjoyable beer for the fall season.

DannyDan, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of bnes09
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber in color with good clarity. Weak head forms, little retention and no lacing.

Smell is pretty clean with some bread and caramel notes.

Caramel malt produces a well pronounced sweetness. Bread grains with a slightly toasty character. Roasted almonds and dates. Hops are earthy and just enough to balance.

Lighter to medium bodied. Smooth texture and good carbonation.

A good brew. Complex and balanced.

bnes09, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice deep amber with a thick head of off-white carbonation, and substantial and attractive spoke lacing.

Nose says caramel malts, leaves, and bread.

Taste is sweetly malted, with caramel and toasty yeasty bread being up-front.

A good and solid, but not outstanding Oktoberfest.

secondtooth, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) Nice looking amber. About a 1/2 inch of head. No retention and no lacing.

S) Light aromas with this brew, but what is on the nose is quite pleasant. It is primarily malt and some sweet bread.

T) Lightly roasted malt. The sweetness has me thinking of corn bread. There is not much hop presence, but what is there gives this beer a nice earthy quality.

M) A medium bodied beer that is not heavily carbonated. It is smooth start to finish, nice aftertaste too.

O) This is almost certainly my favorite Samuel Adams beer, and one of the better American made Oktoberfets you can enjoy this time of year.

RoamingGnome, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Holland pint glass. Pours a rich, clear amber with a two fingered off white/light tan head that drops slowly.

Aromas of caramelly malt, biscuity grain and toast. No hop aroma.

Flavors of deep caramel malt, biscuit and toast, a balancing bitterness, but very malt forward.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, good level of carbonation.

Overall a great example of an O'fest beer. Sets the American standard.

JamnesCameron, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of Brian50Oshen1
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

seems to have last something from the last two years..Much less to enjoy.
I wonder if corners are being cut.
Last years Winter took a fall in my opinion as well.
I enjoyed the other Marzens better.
Try the narraganset fest if its available.
A pleasant newcomer. ( to me anyway )

Brian50Oshen1, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an almost orange amber color. I think orange brown is the best way to put it, maybe it just makes me think of pumpkins for Halloween, I don't know. A tannish foamy head, about 2 fingers worth. Fairly decent lacing, probably better if I would ever clean my glasses better.

S- A subtle smell. Not overwhelming, but a fairly appealing aroma with a primarily malt overtone.

T- Malt, malt, and more malt, followed by a bit of a hoppy finish. This is the flavor I think of when I think of an Octoberfest. Something that might warm you up a bit on a cool night, but definitely drinkable.

M- Fairly light and easy to drink. The malt gives it some body that gives the overall mouthfeel an appealing weight. Very balanced on the carbonation end, it's there, but not so much carbonation as to draw your focus away from the flavor.

Overall, this could become a fall-time favorite. This is the first Sam Adams beer that I have actually liked, the only other one I've tried being Boston Lager, which just didn't appeal to me. This is a solid to above-average beer that I will drink again.

boilermakerbrew, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a fluted pint glass, nice clear, translucent amber with off white to tan colored head; head dissipates to a ring with some light carbonation.

Smell is feint, but definitely know it as caramel sweet malt with a touch of bitterness.

Taste is not overpoweringly sweet, but definitiely a nice balance of pils and caramel malts with a nice bitterness to clean it up. I think the malt sweetness might be a bit on the heavy side, but within acceptable range for this type.

Mouthfeel is solid, flavors hit the tongue upfront with a good bitter balance to clean most of it up. Nice lingering malt flavor thats not overdone.

Overall, this was my first oktoberfest many years ago and its probably the one i have the most of; its a distincly malt version and i think i like the crisper/hoppier germans.

mvanaskie13, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of stjaernstoft
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Octoberfest, ABV: 5.5%.
355 ml bottle, 17.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: A deep amber to red-coloured liquid, and a nice off-white head - good retention.

S: On the nose I get slightly roasted malty aromas, with notes of grassy hops, citrus and tropical fruits, as well as some toffee.

T: A lot of butterscotch and freshly baked bread, with lightly roasted malt, herbs, spices and hints of citrus fruits. The bitterness is medium. The flavours are well-balanced.

M: The texture is rather smooth and creamy, but it still got a certain edge. High drinkability. The body-size is medium.

O: The best Oktoberfestbier I've had to date - an easy to drink lager, with an extra tasty and pleasant touch of butterscotch, bread, roasted malt and a fruity hint of hops. It's useful for festive drinking, both on its own and paired with classic meats, or sausages, and potatoes. Very well, Thank You.

(Notes from yesterday.)

stjaernstoft, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad offering from Sam Adams as it looks and smells like a typical Oktoberfest style beer. The taste is a little to "tinny" for me like the yeast strand was meant for an ale or other high gravity beer. The lagering process might not be long enough or maybe I'm just picky. The malts are sweet but not too dynamic or complex. Little hop presence as expected.

Not a bad choice for the season but I would leave this one to the beginners as there are better Oktoberfests out there for the same price.

VaTechHopHead, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Amber in color with sharp clarity. Smells of caramel malts and German yeast. Palate is mild and clean with a good malt profile. Nothing that wows the tongue but works well and is pretty tasty. Good body and mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Overall, an easy drinking lager with a nice flavor profile.

JunkYardJake, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of jman892
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First day of football season and first Octoberfest of the season.

A - Pours a perfectly clear amber, with a small white head which dissipates quickly.

S - Malty with some breadiness, not a big aroma

T - A bit of malty sweetness, some sour dough bread and spice notes

M - It is easy drinking and something I will always have around during the fall. Easy to put a few of these away at a time

O - An old favorite but as I try more and more great beer, I realize that this is lacking, but I will still get this at least once a year for old times sake

jman892, Sep 08, 2011
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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