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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,466 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,466
Reviews: 2,011
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 891 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of 57md
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a 23 oz. glass and paired with a French dip sandwich. Deep amber color with a bit more than a finger of head. The smell has a distinct malt fragrance that is typical of this style. The malt dominates the taste and it feels heavy and thick going down. Had two of these with lunch and I'm not sure which was more filling, the beers or my sandwich. I think that SA beers generally don't live up to their hype, but this is one of their better efforts.

57md, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from the Harvest Fest pack (side bar: I really like what Sam Adams is doing with these). 12 oz bottle poured into a 6oz tasting glass.

A: Clear, and dare I say/exaggerate it, pumpkin orange? Yes that's a bit of a stretch, its more of a copper/stained wood kind of color. Head

S: Aroma alludes to an incredible sweetness/richness that comes through but is lost every slightly in the taste department. Touches of sweet bread dough and that underlying, earthy, dampen sweetness I'd say is akin to freshly turned soil, but in reality is impossible to describe with any clarity. It just smells like a sweet, malty beer, it is an entirely unique aroma that only a beer can possess.

T/MF: Not quite why octoberfests get such a bad rap on this site. The beer is perfectly suited for an early fall day, full bodied, smooth and immensely drinkable. Tastes are nuanced, with traces of tobacco (a kind of earthy, damp, sweetness) and caramel. Very sweet.

D: A pleasure to sit with and sip or drink by the pitcherfull if you have an empty stomach. I may not enjoy the coming winter but at least I can relish in the waning days of summer and usher in the turning of the leaves with this beer.

bluemoonswoon, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a mug.

Amber the color of a sunset with a 2 finger khaki head.

aroma: Toasted Malt like baked whole grain bread. No hop presence detected.

mouthfeel: A well constructed medium.

Taste: a soft maltiness with a finish like hazelnuts. A light herbal hoppiness adds balance.

Notes: Not complicated but tasty,well constructed and drinkable.

fx20736, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Yankee pint, on-tap at a hockey-happy Buffalo Wild Wings in suburban Detroit. Or as the engaging bartendress pronounced it - 'hackey'.

This beer appears a clear, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with one chubby finger of tightly foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky tree branch lace around the glass in its brief wake.

It smells of crisp biscuity grain, bready caramel, a touch of aged lemon rind, and mild earthy, leafy hops. The taste is a bit of a let-down, the bready biscuit malt a fair bit less crisp that I was initially led to believe, with some duly fading lemon, a still heady caramel and fire-sale vanilla cookie sweetness, and weak weedy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is average, just plainly supportive in its fizzy endeavors, the body an adequate medium weight, and actually quite smooth, with a minor creaminess arising as things warm. It finishes fairly off-dry, with the grainy caramel malt and lingering noble hops.

A decent enough Oktoberfest-style ale, one which well approaches the Munich ideal, but never quite meets it (how Physics 101), with its reserved, um, drink a shitload of it now, nature. Ya know, here today, gone tomorrow?

biboergosum, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of divineaudio
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pint glass. best by date marked.

a - pours transparent amber with a thin cap of tan head that calms quickly. a thin film lingers and leaves a few spots of lacing.

s - carmel, pumpernickel bread, slight pungency.

t - carmel malt balanced by a light bitterness from the hops. has a bit of toffee sweetness that sticks around well into the finish. nothing much going on here.

m - on the fuller side body wise with a little more carbonation than i care for.

o - pretty straight forward style wise, though nothing memorable. could have a few in a sitting no problem. would buy this again.

divineaudio, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of tbern007
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- clear, amber/orange/red like clean copper penny. Few bubbles of carbonation. Thin head, gone quickly.
S- very light, earth, malt. Too light. Not much there.
T- malty, earthy, initially a bit sweet but ends dry and bitter. Slight hoppiness in the middle.
M- more carbonated than it appears, dry overall, feels fuller at the start than it ends up.
Average all around.

tbern007, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice amber color, pours with a short white head, leaves minimal lacing

Smell: Very malty, carmely

Taste: Packed with delicious malt flavors, some caramel, bread, and hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall: A good seasonal from Sam Adams. Nothing too fancy, but it is good.

MadCat, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of sweett3k
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams brew. Micro Macro ? I do not know. To me all Sams kind of have that same yeast note smell and flavor. A unique distinction for this beer. Looks like a red beer. Very light and crisp for an Octoberfest style beer. Pours a small head that disapates to hardly any lace. Notes of signature yeast and caramel. Taste like a darker Sam Adams Boston Lager. Kind of nutty. Easy to drink multiple of these. Decent .

sweett3k, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of jamescain
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a thin off white head about a centimeter thick that fades into a thin lacing over the top of the beer and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Toffee, caramel, and bready, typical oktoberfest aroma.

Taste: Basically the same as the aroma but with subtle roasted notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation and a sweet finish.

Overall: Decent representation of an oktoberfest/ marzen style. Not my favorite style but still good.

jamescain, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic tumbler.
It pours a deep amber color with a fast-fading off-white head along with some patchy and trailing lacing.
Smells of doughy malt and Milk Duds are backed by a smell of fruit cup an a hint of citrus zest.
The sweet and full malt body borders on a syrupy consistancy. Tastes of mixed fruit, sweet malt and mild limes are all very in balance.
It's a nice O-Fest, yet a bit heavier than their German counterparts.

BeerResearcher, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of MrOH
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper with a finger and a half of off-white, tight foam.

Sweet and toasty malt. A really deep and rich aroma. Quite nice.

Slight tang. Sweet, bready malt. Just enough hops to balance it out. Slight earthy taste as well.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, but gives the impression of being heavier.

Quite a nice fall beer. Not my favorite Oktoberfest, but good.

MrOH, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color? Check.

Big, rich malt flavor? Check.

Truth in advertising? I suppose so.

I’ve seen so much raving (and ranting, to be fair) on the boards about the SA Oktoberfest that I just had to find out for myself what all the hype is about.

Poured from a bottle into the SA pint glass. I’m getting a lot of mileage out of this!

Caramel-amber color, not a lot on the nose. But a big malty flavor on the palate. It’s big and sweet, with a nice lingering finish. The maltiness hits up front, with some chewiness on the middle and finish. Pairs well with nice and spicy (veggie) brats. Not necessarily a ‘malt-bomb,’ and not one I’d seek out, but it’s solid, consistent, and one I could easily drink again.

elNopalero, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of nickthetick
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear copper/amber color into a DFH signature glass with a half a finger of tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves no lacing.

S: sweet, light roasted malt, bread, a bit of spice, nutmeg and some citrus.

T: sweet malt is the biggest flavor with some great yeasty notes. Brown sugar and some nice light spices push there way through the huge amount of malt. Dark fruits like figs, dates and plums shine through. Mellow citrus hangs on the back of the tongue.

MF: medium body, slightly chewy, moderate effervescence.

O: a very good marzen beer, in my top three! Beautiful flavors and aromas have mingled to make a beautifully balanced beer.

nickthetick, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of CS1971
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't had a Sam Adams I haven't liked. This beer continues the tradition. It is fully flavored, complex, has a great smell, and it truly brings me back to what made me fall in love with craft beers, I am a real fan of octoberfest/ pumpkin beers and this is at the top of my list! Thanks Sam!

CS1971, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of ncketchum
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A = pours a deep copper with a quickly-dissipating head.

S = slightly sweet, caramel and malt

T = malt, caramel, brown sugar, a bitterness in the aftertaste

M = smooth, just enough carbonation, a touch of alcohol at the end

D = a good Oktoberfest, very solid

ncketchum, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh fall is here...

A - Rich copper color that fads to a leathery brown, nice 1/2 head with small bubbles in a couple columns, sticks well

S - Very rich malty sugars, bread, pumpernickel, rye

T - Really rich malt, hops lightly end the beer, but this is all about the malt. Light toffee and butter richness

M - Above avg carbonation for the style, makes this very refreshing and easily quaff-able

O - A really excellent American Marzen, true to the style and one I'd have again for sure

DrewSnyc667, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes taken Sept/16/11.

Appearance - One finger, barely off-white head with decent retention. Clear amber body.

Smell - Mild malt. Mild is key here. Needs some more kick, even for a festbier.

Taste - Delicious kick in the fist sip. Mildly astringent throughout. Corny. Low to medium malt masks astringency. Mild and mostly flavorless for the style, but smooth and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Slightly creamy. Some effervescence. Hint of astringency.

Overall Drinkability - Decent, middle of the road for the style.

ZenAgnostic, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Jerone
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown with hints of red, some bubbles coming up and an off white spongy head, leaves some lacing.

Smells like malt and some hops mmm.

Tastes like lots of toasted malts and some floral hops to clean up the flavor a bit, very smooth and delicious. Mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy with light to medium carbonation.

A solid beer, nothing over the top or fantastic but just a good drinkin beer.

Jerone, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap to a pint glass

pours a pretty clear chestnut color with a 1 finger head that laces around the glass. Smells of rich malts, some nutmeg spice and a good hop balance. Tastes of roasted malts, spice. Feels light on the mouth, easy to drink, smooth, clean. Overall, its ok, nothing mind blowing but totally a nice drinking easy to find Marzen.

gabedivision, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of goatsgo2hell
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fall just isn't the same without this beer.

There's nothing overpowering about Octoberfest -- it's just nice, smooth and malty. It pours out a beautiful dark amber, and while it doesn't have a very strong bouquet its overall flavor is rewarding. It's perfect for the season, and I try to catch it on tap and in bottles every fall.

goatsgo2hell, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of ckollias
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Mahogany in color with a white, 1.5 finger head that quickly dissipates leaving no trail down the glass and ending in a white wispy lace.

S: Strong malty musty aroma. Smells slightly sweet and slighly hoppy.

T: Malty flavor dominates this beer. It is slightly sweet and a hint of hops to balance it out.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body,

O: This is a so-so Oktoberfest. I've had better and this one almost seems a little watered down. I enjoyed it, but it nothing I would look for again.

ckollias, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of jsdunlop
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light red/orange color with a frothy white head that recedes to a wispy layering. Smells a bit sweet with some cherry, bit of citrus maybe. Hefty on the malts with taste, I get some slight grain, then biscuit like flavor, followed by a touch of floral hops that are in just to balance it out. Finishes with a slight bitterness. Very minimal sweetness. Mouthfeel is solid and moderate, nice carbonation with a dryness about the beer. Overall, a good one for sure. I buy a case of it every year!

jsdunlop, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of TheHopMonster
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I very clean dark Amber with a plush tan head that faded very quickly. Fast rising bubbles.

Smell: Distinct malt aroma and freshly toasted bread. A bit nutty with a slight herbal musk

Taste: Decent amount of caramel and deep malt characteristics up front with a slight toasty after finish with a hint of noble hop.

Mouth feel: extremely drinkable, even though there's a lot going on with this brew.

Overall: Pretty decent Oktoberfest from old Sammy. Easy to drink with a very festive fall feel with all the deep malt characteristics.

TheHopMonster, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of derekmorris7
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A > Really nice Amber with some lighter orange i swear. Nice stubby head cream colored

S> Not a heck of a smell until to put it in your mouth

T > Very nice taste lots of fall flavor. Light notes of cinnamon some citric..but those are really light

M > Awesome clean drink slight linger but doesnt foul like some other Sam does

O > Awesome beer, easy drinking and great flavor. I look forward to it every year. The only Sam i really like.

derekmorris7, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of IPhantom
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with a nice head that sticks around with some high lacing. Smells vaguely metallic but mostly malty, thorough appetizing. Taste is sweet up front, plenty of slippery malt with a hop essence that's more spicy (cinnamon, cloves) than herbal or piney. Mouthfeel follows suit, nicely carbonated up front and slick on the back end. Overall, it's plenty good, but there are better.

IPhantom, Sep 17, 2011
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,466 ratings.