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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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5,406 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,406
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 58
Gots: 389 | 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 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
Photo of JDK


4.83/5  rDev +31.6%

This is probably my favorite of all brews and I look forward to it's return every year (and just as I was starting to drop a few pounds!) Poured a very nice clear golden amber with a 1/2 head that lasted quite a while. Light lacing that clings throughout the drink.
Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation, leaves a clean taste with just a hint of the spices.
Very light spice smell with a touch of hops.
For me this is a great session beer and if you haven't tried it you're missing out!

08-21-2007 23:57:19 | More by JDK
Photo of vtfan77


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

A- Very attractive translucent red-orange with about a half inch of head.

S- Tons of sweet, bready malt hits the nose along with a touch of spiciness from the hops and a metallic twinge.

T- More malt, this time with a toasty character. Starts out sweet but finishes fairly dry and a little bitter (although there is a bit of residual sweetness). Solid, malt-forward taste.

M- Nice, smooth medium body. Not heavily carbonated, which suits this beer.

D- Easy drinking all the way. Perhaps a little high in alcohol to be considered a session beer, but it's still pretty damn quaffable.

I was actually pretty impressed with this beer. Although I haven't had too many Marzens or Oktoberfests, this ranks up there with the few that I have had. It's just a good beer, plain and simple. Recommended, especially if you're a fan of malty beers.

08-21-2007 00:20:44 | More by vtfan77
Photo of crayphish


3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

This Marzen pours a rusty amber color, moderate carbonation drifts to shrinking foamy head. Splotchy lace. Smell is faint caramel malt and bread. Taste is more of the sweet toasted caramel malts. A hint of fruit. A faint hop balance keeps it from being a malt bomb. Still very sweet. Mouthfeel is full and some what chewy. Finishes clean enough. A drinkable offering.

08-20-2007 03:16:51 | More by crayphish
Photo of GLD


4.3/5  rDev +17.2%

A- Very dark amber, Short lasting head, little to no lacing
S- Little berry almost wine like aroma
T- Slightly sweet, notes of caramel, good malt flavor towards end
M- Light almost dry, Slight bitterness. Very pleasant over all
D- Not too heavy or filling and at 5.4% ABV not too over powering

In all very good example of this style, I find myself looking forward too it's release each year.

08-15-2007 03:17:32 | More by GLD
Photo of biggmike


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from bottle an amber color with little head. A little too shy on the hops for me, but still very drinkable. On the verge of being sweet. This one grows on you as you drink it. Lightly carbonated and very malty. I would drink it again. I'm not a big Marzen guy but this was pretty good.

07-29-2007 16:11:23 | More by biggmike
Photo of Bamabrew22


4/5  rDev +9%

Had a bottle of this not too long ago. Definitely a beer I enjoy to drink around autumn, so it was a nice reminder of crisp, cool autumn days.

Good looking beer. Pours a molten copper color with fair head retention.

Strong malted barley smells. Almost intoxicating. Mild hop presence also.

Good tasting beer. Smooth and easy to drink. Roasted, almost chocolate-like taste of malt with a tad bit of hoppiness. Reminds me of being outside raking leaves in October/November.

Great session beer and really indicative of the season/style it represents. Maltiness will warm the soul on a crisp autumn day.

04-17-2007 15:22:27 | More by Bamabrew22
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

I always save 1 or 2 bottles of my Oktoberfest beers for this time of year. It's a good excuse to clean out my beer fridge too.

Pours a reddish/orange with a slight white head.

It smells of spices and malt.

It tastes a bit spicy, not my favorite in the style but ok just the same.

It leaves a creamy spiced taste on the tongue.

I can drink quite a few of these and it's usually one of the first of the style to come around in my area.

03-28-2007 22:32:01 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of BigJTrucker


4.45/5  rDev +21.3%

Picked up this bottle as part of a microbrew sampler pack @ Cost Plus World Market, Eugene, OR. Freshness date is Feb07, so im drinking this about a month past it's best by.

Pours an absolutely beautiful clear ruby/copper color. Slightly off white head. Fairly decent head retention. Very heavily carbonated. Has a very malty smell with a bit of yeast, Smooth, slightly thick mouthfeel. It's awfully hard to pick out specific tastes, it's a very well balanced beer. Very easy to drink, but it would probably be alot better if it was fresher.

03-27-2007 06:30:06 | More by BigJTrucker
Photo of arizcards


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

Picked up a sixer at AJ's for $7.49 at the end of October. Best before March 2007.

Beer poured a reddish amber color with a decent head initially. Nose is pretty malty without any other discernable qualities. Taste is a blast of malts with a finishing touch of German hops. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth and goes down easy. Drinkability is good. For a number of years now this beer has found its way into my football tailgates and will continue to do so in the future!

03-17-2007 23:36:14 | More by arizcards
Photo of gameat10


4.78/5  rDev +30.2%

I remember drinking this at the airport Max and Erma's. After drinking a tall glass of it, i immediately became hooked on it. When i got back from Europe, the first thing i did was pick up a six pack of this and nearly drank the whole thing in 2 days. The appearance had a nice dark orange hue to it. The smell had a presence of caramel. Taste is amazing, i could drink 5 of these in one sitting if possible. This is definitely a beer i can get along with. cheers jim! :)

03-16-2007 02:58:49 | More by gameat10
Photo of nriech


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Appearance: Nice medium amber color. Much darker than I was expecting. Small head that disapated quickly.

Smell: Hops, caramel, malt. More like fresh baked bread. Very nice.

Taste: Deep malty character. A little bit of hops and sweetness that was well balanced. Lots of good flavor for the style but not overpowering. No bitterness at all. Very drinkable. Light mouthfeel. Definately the best Oktoberfest beer Ive had. Much more flavor than most but not so much as to put it in another category.

02-26-2007 16:39:15 | More by nriech
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.7/5  rDev +28.1%

Appearance - Reddish copper color, little bit of head and some nice lacing.

Smell - Sweet and toasty malt smell.

Taste - Nice clean taste, sweet malt taste.

Mouthfeel - Sweet, malty, crisp.

Drinkability - I love this beer, it is what Octoberfest is about, good beer. Held on to a few of these from last year.Last one :(

02-23-2007 04:38:30 | More by auxiliary
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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