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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,179 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,179
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 47
Gots: 262 | 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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hoffman

Nebraska

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent pour, head rises to one finger and dissipates very quickly, no lacing at all, the glass is left looking freshly washed. Color is a beautiful red/amber. Smell is faint, sweet camelized malt and faint hops. The taste is nice, sweet, with a mild hop finish. The carbonation bites a little on this one, maybe too much. The mouthfeel is smooth and decent, not overly full more watery than I would have thought. This one is an easily drinkable beer in quantity and will be fun to take to a gathering this weekend. Nice and something different for the season.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 01:18:57 | More by hoffman
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daliandragon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Guess I'd better start reviewing all the various Oktoberfest beers at my local distributor before they disappear. Sam's offering has a terrific rich, reddish amber color and a respectable head that had some staying power. For me, the smell was a little too sweet but also has more of a malty backing instead of grainy, which is a plus. The taste is strong and bitey but not overpowering. A quality hop count is present and accounted for as well. Mouthfeel is very smooth and a little creamy. This is a pretty impressive specimen. It's nice to know Sam can still make a quality product when he wants to.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 13:51:09 | More by daliandragon
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ski271

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper with a small, frothy, light tan head that slowly diminishes to a film. Lacing is initially large but does not have the staying power as it slides back down to beer level before your next sip. The smell is malt-dominant and sweet with aromas of caramel, toffee, grass and a light fruitiness. The taste follows suit with the malts taking centre stage. Hrm. It starts out with a nice chewy malt flavor supported by a light herbal bitterness, but it turns a bit thin in the middle. A little honey and savory show up briefly. The slightly bitter finish is below average, with very little appealing flavors lingering. I wasn’t impressed by this one. It’s not bad, but I’ve had several better this year. Doubt I’ll get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 18:12:25 | More by ski271
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evanackerman

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a beautiful dark amber with a nice head.

smell was all malt sweetness with a hint of alcohol which kept my score from being a five.

taste is typical o-fest malt, very pleasant.

mouthfeel is a bit thin for me.

drinkability is high as with most o-fests.

overall, a veery good interpretation of the style, perhaps a bit lacking in hop character for my taste, but still something i will probably buy at least a sixer of each year.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 00:16:37 | More by evanackerman
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danielharper

Michigan

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a deep reddish hue with a nicely-colored dark off-white head on top. The head is thick at first, but dissipates very quickly, often not lasting more than a minute or so. The dark red liquid is completely transparent, with no haze or yeast present.

The smell is decent enough, if somewhat underwhelming. Very malty overall nose, reminding me more of a dopplebock than most of the other Octoberfests I've tried, with hints of apple, licorice, and just a touch of coffee. Unlike other Sam Adams brews, this has virtually no hop presence at all.

The taste here is decent enough, with some hops breaking through on the palate even though they were missing on the nose, and with a sort of fruity backwash that hits the tongue upon swirling the beer around in the mouth. An interesting yeast must have been used, here, because it has an aftertaste that I don't really recognize from anything else, and which I cannot really describe to any realistic degree. Leaves an impression on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is watery, but with carbonation that seems to kick me in the teeth as I drink it. Doesn't really give me anything to hold on to, and I find myself taking large swallows of this beer rather than sipping and savoring it.

Overall drinkability is fairly low, for I really don't like it all that much, and find myself wishing that I had something a little better. Sam Adams can be very hit-or-miss on their beers, and for me this one is a definite miss, even if it's only a slight one. It's decent enough to drink if it's about the only thing available, but I don't think I'm going to buy another sixer of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 23:49:31 | More by danielharper
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malty

Michigan

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

Gorgeous clear copper bronze color with a rocky loose 3/4" light beige settled head. Visible medium paced carbonation.

Blossoming notes of pale roasted malts and sweet caramel hovering over a faint fruity spiciness. Very intriguing and inviting.

There's the healthy malt presence I was hoping for. Nice balance of sweet (very faint) toffeeish and (stronger) caramel malts sharing its space with a delicate dryness provided by a well placed hop profile. Very clean and fresh flavors that don't struggle for attention.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Soft, medium body with just enough fine carbonation to provide an airy, fluffy mouthfeel. Delicate dry finish that finishes very clean.

Drinkability is also excellent. Not at all filling with enough flavors to satisfy vets and beginners alike.

Overall I was very impressed with this 'Octoberfest'. Dry enough to distinguish itself from the sometimes confusing Amber style and enough of a malt presence to stand next to the best of them. Good interpretation of a delicate and easy to foul-up style.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 18:32:15 | More by malty
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cracgor

Texas

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

Appearance: a nice dark tan...almost an orange hue to it. Darker offwhite head that pours out nice and forms a thick layer that stays on top and forms nice lacing.

Smell: a sweet hop smell is first thing I notice followed by a clean and delicious smelling malt.

Taste: I really like the taste of this beer. It is maltier than it smells. The hops are not very bitter and tastes a little citrus like.

Mouthfeel: very good and refreshing. medium body. It is just meaty enough to feel like a real beer while staying refreshing and easily drinkable. I could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 17:38:21 | More by cracgor
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark amber with nice clarity. A one finger off-white head is creamy and shows excellent retention. Body and carbonation are medium, leaving good sticky lacing. Roasted malt and cascade hop aromas. Sweet roasted flavor, caramel and a balanced hop pressence that carry over into a bittersweet aftertaste. Finishes with some residual sweetness, but quite drinkable. Nothing spectacular, but the bitterness and malt flavor are right on for an O-fest.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2005 06:22:21 | More by PBRstreetgang
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JayQue

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very nice orange/amber color with an impressive white head that lingers down to the last drop. It leaves lacing up and down the glass. The smell is pleasant but mild. The only other Fest/Marzen beer I have tried is the Weeping Radish Fest Amber Lager The Sam Adams is much more full bodied (although still a fairly light beer). This beer tastes better than the Fest and does not leave the metallic aftertaste I noticed with the Fest. Light beer...good taste...good mouthfeel...no unusual after-taste. Sounds like something I could deal with in mass quantities. I would order this one at an Oktoberfest and look forward to finishing the rest of the 6 pack. All in all a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 22:59:36 | More by JayQue
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schoolcb

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a chance to sample this one in the bottle and compare to Spaten and Paulaner Oktoberfests in the keg. Jim Koch is my hero!!!! Although I would choose the German Oktoberfest's given the choice, this is one damn good beer. If I could brew and Oktoberfest this good, I don't think I'd ever leave the house. I won't bore you with the details about appearence and flavor as others have posted good specifics, but I will say you should go out and buy a sixer before they are gone for the season.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2005 00:34:00 | More by schoolcb
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a light warm brown crystal clear body with a nice gentle carbonation and a thick creamy head of off-white foam.

S- Clean smell with hints of light toasted malt and some hop bitterness.

T- This beer has a smooth soft flavor of slightly toasted malt with a slight tanginess to it. This beer finishes crisp and clean with a German hop bitterness.

M- Medium mouthfeel with a bit of a watery texture. No astringency or fizz from the carbonation

D- This beer has a light smooth maltyness that I wish was stronger. The hops are in balance but to faint because the malt is rather faint.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 23:36:47 | More by rhoadsrage
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Smittysguinness

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured from the tap into my glass in a nice amer hue. It left a thin, off-white head that disappeared quickly (no big deal; more beer for me!).

I smelled a very floral smell to the hops, and a nice sweet malt. I picture, like a Bugs Bunny cartoon, little fingers of scent beckoning me towards the beer as I lift off my feet and float towards it. Yummy!

The taste was very sweet, almost syrupy, with a nice balance of hops. My only disappointment was that it wasn't as full-bodied as some of the other Oktoberfests I've been quaffing, like the Hacker-Pschorr. Sam Adams always crafts a great beer, but their last few seasonals have been, I think, maybe "dumbed-down" just a little bit for the general masses. A little watery and not as full-bodied as the past. But hey...I ain't gonna kick it out of my fridge, you know!

Mouthfeel, again, was a bit watery, but on the up-side, it didn't leave that high-alcohol feel on my tongue that other beers of its alcohol level can sometimes do.

Drinkability: absolutely. I'm a sucker for Sammy A, so even though it wasn't everything I hoped for, I'm still going back for more!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2005 21:07:04 | More by Smittysguinness
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mobyfann

Ohio

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

Paid $5.99 for a 6'er...

The beer pours an amber ale color with a large very light brown colored head, solid head retention, lacing on the bottom half of the glass. The beer was faint of malt, like a weak doppelbock.

The taste is the same as the smell with a medium-heavy carbonation. The beer is nice on the palette but the moderately heavy carbonation fizzles it a bit. Solid drinkability, it did not feel like the beer was a 5.7%abv, so it gains a half a point from the rest.

Final Thought: It is a solid beer, but I would rather pay the same amount for the Boston Lager, but the variety/seasonal quality will always get me back to this one every year...

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 04:45:48 | More by mobyfann
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Mark

California

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep amber/copper color was topped by a thin head that left zero lacing. Nice malty aroma with some hop wafting up from the glass, much more aromatic than most lager types. Solid malty taste and the Golding hops shine through, good food beer too. Smooth, ful bodied but not thickish, refreshing as a lager should be. Sam Adams might have become a macro-micro, but one thing is assured, one is always assured of a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 21:46:01 | More by Mark
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear orange-amber with a creamy medium-sized pale oatmeal-colored head. Smells very nice with a fresh continental hopping that breathes forth pine needles and leafy metallic dust. Flavor is doughy caramel in a medium-thick body. Bubbles are a little too present, but as with most beers, the longer it sits the smoother it gets. This beer is enjoyable but I find that it drinks too thick and filling for most occasions.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 03:06:40 | More by waughbrew
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Vancer

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You can just about count on SA to produce a good quality brew – and the Oktoberfest is another fine example. Pretty clear amber/red pour, head retention a little lacking, but not bad. Malty in the aroma and taste – along with a lite fall spice finish. Crisp & tangy, medium bodied – an excellent fall drinker brew.

This review was on a bottle, I’ve had some on tap here in STL, even more tasty!!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 19:23:48 | More by Vancer
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 12 oz bottle and dispersed into a pint glass. Freshness date (notch) of Feb.
Rather average looking beer. A small head forms but disperses immediately but interestingly enough leaves little bits of lacing down the glass. Bronze/ amber in color.
Not a whole lot in the smell. Some spice and malt and a little bit of yeast smell. Not bad but Ive smelled better.
Tastes pretty good. A little sweet but good. Spiciness is there; nutmeg, pepper, pumpkin or squash, and a touch of hops. Malts are pretty heavy in this one.I would have liked to see a little more hop bitterness in the back.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky and sticks to the teeth and tongue a bit. Quite drinkable. I would buy another sixer of this later this year during halloween trick-or-treating or something.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 22:39:44 | More by SaCkErZ9
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Xadoor

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly dark amber colour in the glass. Head dissipated fairly quickly and left little lacing in the glass. Sweet aroma with a bit of spice and fruitiness. Flavour is also slightly sweet with mostly malt flavours. Finishes with a very slight dry, hop finish. A very drinkable beer and certainly one of the better 'fest beers this season.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2005 14:14:29 | More by Xadoor
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BigRedN

Nebraska

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

Appearance: Poured by bartender into a pint glass an amber/orange color with about a 1/4 inch head. What little head there is fell to a patchy cover over the liquid, left minimal lacing.

Smell: Mostly malt, sweet malt. The scent of an Octoberfest, but somewhat subdued. I let it warm slightly, but the aroma increased in intensity just a small amount, so I went straight ahead and started quaffing it down.

Taste: Malty, prdeominately sweet with carmel and toffee (mostly caramel) flavor. Some hop bitterness on the swallow to provide some balance (or perhaps a little alcohol?), nah, it can't be. This is less than 6.0.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth easy drinking beer.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. An Octoberfest that should not offend BMC guy, yet should have enough taste to satisfy the serious micro drinker. I liked this. I could definitely go for more.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2005 05:19:17 | More by BigRedN
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babydoc

Kansas

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

Poured from a 12oz bottled notched best before Feb. Poured at about 45 degrees into a pint glass, yielding a foamy one-finger head that faded too soon, leaving a bit of lace. Appearance clear, dark, coppery, with nice effervescence.

Nose is malty, molasses, caramel. Tastes caramel, molasses, dark malty, but not too sweet. Has a fairly dry finish, moderate carbonation doesn't overwhelm.

Easy enough to drink as a session brew, but would match up nicely with a burger or Brat.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 23:19:05 | More by babydoc
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a mahogany color with a small tan head. Streaks of lace are left on the glass. Little bits of carbonation slowly rise to the top.
Smell is of sourdough and sweet, fruity malts.
Taste is sweet and sour mix of a malty punch with fruitiness.
Mouthfeel is an okay blend of a sweet & sour mix with a medium bodied feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 14:46:34 | More by weeare138
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Celt44

New York

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

First of all, I'd like to say that this year's SA Octoberfest is far and away, much better than last year's.
Appearance is a dark amber with a frothy head typical of most SA beers. The head disappates quickly but the lacing lasts throughout.
Aroma is not strong and hardly noticable.
Taste of malt stands out the most. Thoughts of pumkin pie come to mind (although this may be subliminal due to the season).
Mouthfeel is smooth and carbonation is very typical of other SA beers - not overbearing.
All in all this is a good seasonal - appropriate for October and always superior to the typical fare offered at most bars in my area. Always a treat to see this one on tap - just like ALL SA beers - much better from a keg. Great session brew for a long autumn's night around a fire.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 00:49:31 | More by Celt44
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Wasatch

Utah

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated by Feb 06. Also noticed it sez Lager on the bottle. Pours a clear deep golden color with lots of carbonation, small head, but lots of lacing. Scent of sweet malts. Medium body. Very nice taste kinda sweet. Man you could drink this all day long, very nice again by Sam Adams. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 00:45:12 | More by Wasatch
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've really been into the Marzen style beers this fall, not sure why they seem to all pass as acceptable but also blasé. This one is no exception, good at it's core but not outstanding.

First glass poured pretty aggressively, in hopes that I get some type of outstanding appearance to comment on, nope, consistent 1/16th head no lacing. Second beer I let sit for a while, again, poured aggressively but really no difference from the first.

Surprising its tastes is its most outstanding quality. Sweet and refreshing, honey notes along with a very grain-like aftertaste.

A pretty darn good tasting Oktoberfest. This is probably my last until next fall. Yeah right.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 03:41:10 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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pweis909

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my re-evaluation of SA's Octoberfest. I'll preface this by saying that the last time I tried it, I detected some odd smells, which had some impact on how I rated the beer. In this review, the brew fares much better.

This poured a big foamy head with big bubbles that don't really last that long. As always, I'm a sucker for amber colored brews, so I'm not going to fault it's appearance, either.

Last time, the smell that I found offputting was a phenolic, plastic bandaid smell that persisted in each of three bottles. This time around, I smell the malt and no plastic. I also faintly smell something that reminds me of metal, but this is not distracting me from enjoying the malt.

The malt tastes yummy. Mmm. It is sweet but hops balance it with bitterness to prevent anything that might seem cloying. No trace of the metal smell in the taste.

Refreshing, drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 15:23:43 | More by pweis909
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,179 ratings.