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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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5,831 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,831
Reviews: 1,964
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 65
Gots: 578 | 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 ThaBobfather
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear orangeish color with about a quarter inch of dissipating beigeish head.
Smell is sweet, with some syrupy aroma, like maple and caramel.
Taste is also sweet. Malt is helped with a nice sampling of maple, and some brown sugar.
Finish is a little muddy with a decent sweet after-taste.
Drinks pretty well, a definite sessioner.

ThaBobfather, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of badenglishihave
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Oktoberfest beer, and a decent one at that. I've only had one or two other Oktoberfests but this one is probably my favorite.

It's very malty but that is typical for this type of brew. Being someone who is new to the craft beer scene (~1 year), I was surprised at how sweet it was. However, I quickly learned to appreciate the flavor and I have developed a soft spot for this beer. It's one of the highlights of fall for me here in New England.

This is one of those beers that I try to stock up on before winter hits and Sam Adams changes to the next seasonal brew. Recommended!

badenglishihave, May 27, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a standard shaker glass. Appears a clear golden amber color with about a finger of light ecru foam. Smells and tastes of toasted grains, a large dose of sweet malts, some caramel, bread and a pleasant hop bitterness. This marzen is medium in both body and carbonation. Worth a shot if you are at all a fan of the style.

ClockworkOrange, May 07, 2009
Photo of Beefeater57
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber color, carbonated. Off-white head that doesn't retain long, not much lacing.

S: Sweet smell, mostly caramel. Some herbal notes as well...

T: Very malty up front, mostly caramel malts and some bready malt flavors. Has a slight sour acidic finish. Not much hop flavor there, mostly malts. Getting a very baked bread/sourdough flavor from this.

M: Has the borderline-watery, crisp feel that lagers typically have. Carbonation is good.

D: Not bad, pretty drinkable marzen. I like the malt flavors from this. I could have done without the sourness I was getting from it, but overall, pretty good.

Beefeater57, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes from Sept. 2008.

Pours a clear reddish amber in color with a half inch of medium density whitish head. Not much retention or lacing here, not atypical I would say for the style and leaving a bit of surface foam.

Smell is sweet and malty with lightly roasted caramel and a touch of hops. Taste is similar with malts and a bit of hops. Decent but not much depth or character. Slightly bitter on the finish typical of many Sam beers. Decent carbonation helps cloak the sugars on the finish, giving a good feel. Nonetheless a bit rich on the tongue limiting drinkability. More robust and full bodied than anything I've had from Sam in some time.

Edit: 2010 brings a lighter bodied brew, decent feel remains but taste is middle of the road.

HalfFull, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rust-colored with a good head.

S: Malt aromas with some of that nice Octoberfest sweetness.

T: Lots of malt. Some bread/biscuit with some hops and a good deal of sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

D: Good drinkability, but a little heavy to session. Glad to pick this one up every year.

Thorpe429, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of BeerCon5
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with thick off-white foamy head.

Not much of a scent, some toasty malts.

The taste is of toasty, bready malts, faint hops, a little metallic.

Pretty thin, crisp feel with prickly carbonation.

This is a very easy to drink beer. There really isn't anything that stands out.

BeerCon5, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of JesseP09
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the Boston Beer Company's most drinkable brews. Octoberfest has a delicious pumpkin-spice taste and feels rich like the season it was brewed for in your mouth. The smell and appearance are pretty standard offerings for Sam, nothing too special. But all in all this is a real nice beer.

JesseP09, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of jimj21
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a very clear, light copper color. Capped by about two fingers of creamy white head, which fades quickly. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Steady bubbles stream to the top.

Not too much in the way of smell. A bit of toasty sweetness from the malt and maybe a little spiciness from hops.

Pretty sweet up front. Tastes of caramel and spice. Some lightly toasted bread as well. A bit of tartness on the finish. Also a dry finish.

A little prickly at the front of the tongue but a little watery on the back. I could definitely drink a few of these. Not my favorite offering from Samuel Adams, but good nonetheless.

jimj21, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper color with a 1 finger white head that slowly dies down to a thin ring and leaves a pretty good deal of lacing.

As expected, lots of malt upfront in the nose. A very bready profile.

Taste reveals a nice caramel sweetness along with notes of bread, honey and a little toffee. Not too overpowering but definitely a very malty offering.

Medium body and carbonation. This is a nice fall seasonal, always better paired with a nice meal. I drank another by itself and didn't find it quite as enjoyable so for me this is always a meal compliment.

Vengeance526, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of tzieser
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i saw this at a nearby corner store....i had to grab it. Octoberfest can be extremely hard to find in the off season....especially when they're already pushing out the White Ale. I'm glad they didnt get rid of this stuff. the "best if drank by" date isnt until march

pours a deep amber, slightly copper color with a small one finger head that gives way to a small lacing

smells of sweet malts...some caramel maybe. the smell is a bit watery....not bad though..this could be due to it's maturity

tastes good. very malty, as it should be. the complex malts give it a rich, slightly sweet flavor. i really like the aftertaste too. very good flavor overall

mouthfeel is good. still slightly carbonated even though its a little old. i'm glad to see it didnt go flat.

drinkability is outstanding. i could drink a bunch of these.

overall- this is an above average octoberfest. i always grab one at least once a month or so when it's around and i'm always looking forward to the next batch. keep em comming.

tzieser, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of kingothewoods
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange-red color with decent head. Good looking beer. Smells of sweet malt. Makes your throat curl while swallowing. Tastes of very sweet creamy malt with a hint of fruit. This is the first Octoberfest beer that I have tried. Good beer for the fall season. Would be great with a meal.

kingothewoods, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of BladeRunner
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I'm looking at my score and I understand it may at first glance appear too high, but keep in mind that an extra .5/1 point for each category is a big difference to me when reviewing beers, so take that for what it's worth. On to the review.

Pours a nice dark copper with a white head that doesn't stay for very long.

Lot's of bready, caramel and slight honey notes hit the nose. A very pleasant aroma that I really dig.

A sweet caramel/honey malt comes through at first sip, but then the spicy/herbal noble hops come through that help keep the finish from being overall too sweet. Really love the malty flavors.

Body is light-medium, with a finish that is just slightly on the dry side.

This beer is very refreshing, and the malts while semi-complex are never overbearing. It's a very flavorful session beer that in my honest opinion has a better overall flavor compared to Boston Brewery's regular Boston Lager. I wish this was year round.

BladeRunner, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of Beernoisseur
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours on the red side of copper, with a decent head, good retention with ultra fine lacing

S -sweet malts, dusty, slightly fruity characters. not bad.

T - Warm and malty. Definitely on the sweet side. Not much hop character to speak of, perhaps a bit of tang on the finish. pretty good tasting.

M - The carbonation is pretty strong. Not bad, but a bit more aggressive than I prefer.

D - I could put down a few of these from Halloween to Christmas, but that'd satisfy me.

Beernoisseur, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear, golden-red with a white, one finger, slowly subsiding head. Left almost no lacing.

Smell: Bready and malty, and a caramel sweetness that seems to be present in all Sam Adams beers.

Taste: A quick bite of caramel sweetness with slightly bready/biscuity undertones. Watered-down malty flavors. Almost no hops detected. The flavor leaves just as quickly as it arrives, with a minimal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation makes it a little sharp on the tongue, and prevents it from being a quick drink. Feels nice and thick on the tongue, creamier then I would have expected for this kind of beer.

Drinkability: It has a very smooth flavor, but the harshness of the carbonation makes this difficult to drink quickly. It's a solid beer to have a couple of while hanging out with friends.

StarlightSeraph, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of tconboy
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper with nice head, slow retention, and good lacing. Smells of malty fruity roasted goodness, and tastes about the same. Nice balance, lively, medium carbonation, pretty easy to drink. An enjoyable beer, one of my favorite from the Boston Beer Co. Cheers!

tconboy, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of stoutman
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a copper colored body with an off-white almost tan head. The head is creamy and has a lot of staying power as does the lace. It has a sweet aroma with a little bit of a hoppy fruit smell. It has a roasty malt flavor at first. It is a sweet beer for the most part but there some good hops in the flavor. The mouthfeel is a little chewy with some carbonation.

stoutman, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of HeroJH
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a beer that shouldn't be served super cold. Let it warm up a touch from the fridge.

A- Clear brown. Low head retention
S- strong aroma of caramel with a malt background.
T- Lot's of caramel! Great malty finish. Fairly filling.
M- Fine, sweet coating.
D- I wouldn't say I could power through a bunch. This is a nice seasonal treat a couple at a time.

I had to re-visit this beer. I originally never liked it much. And it was usually served to me quite cold. I just grabbed one from the basement, so it's probably around 52-ish (my basement is cold and un-finished heh) and I was surprised at the overwhelming caramel characters that I missed while it was cold. When it was cold it was almost a bit bitter/harsh and shallow. I'm glad I tried it again!

HeroJH, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of pandashaver
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moderate aroma of malt, carmel, and candy corn over breadiness. Poured a deep, transparent orange/brown...very festive. Head is fizzy, not large, little lacing, and not lingering. Dominant malty sweetness in the flavor, with only a very lighty bitter hop flavor. A light syrup character on the palate that sticks around for a little bit. Definitely a great complement to some good grub.

pandashaver, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of skeetermoses
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very surprised by this one. I really am not the biggest fan of Sam Adams beers, they tend to really never impress me until today.
WOW, this one is by far one of my favorite beers after having tasted it. NIce floural hops and good amber color, this one may be me new Octoberfest o' choice.

skeetermoses, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's very clear and bronze/copper in color. Sitting atop is a vanilla colored head that's about a finger and a half deep. Retention was pretty short. Perhaps it had to be somewhere. Light, stringy lace stuck to the glass.

Smell: The nose isn't bad, but it isn't exactly an award winner. Toasted malts are the strongest component, at least in this department. Somehow they still manage to smell light. There's a faint hoppy scent that's encouraging. Smells grainy and earthy. That's about it. Not bad, but could use some work.

Taste: The flavor profile is nearly a carbon copy of the nose. Not such a great thing in this instance. Toasted malts are clearly the focal point. They have a nice taste, but aren't quite as prevalent (or tasty) as others in the style. Very light spices are present, but they're too insignificant to identify. Hops are noted, but they're faint. A little more would be a welcome addition. It's a little grainy and there's a very faint biscuity or yeasty taste on the tail. Finishes sweet.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and has a pretty smooth feel for its stature. Carbonation is light and really helps in that regard. Drinkability is good. If the flavor were a little better, it'd be great.

Octoberfest isn't a bad release from BBC. But, it's nowhere near one of my favorites. It's just a little too thin on flavor and doesn't have enough depth to carry the day. It's alright and well worth checking out. But, clearly BBC has much better on its resume.

prototypic, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of n811
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass revealing a beautifully amber drink with a nice head. Smelled of delicate hops and malty sweetness. Taste is more malty than the nose, with a very clean aftertaste. As things progress the hops begin to shine through. Head left a nice delicate lacing.

This is a go-to Oktoberfest.

n811, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass a crystal clear amber color. Fluffy tan head is pretty nice topping for this 'toberfest.

Sweet malty nose that has some heft to it. Mild floral hop presence is noticeable as well. This brew smells toasty, caramely and earthy.

Not quite as malt dominant as the nose indicates, much more balanced in the flavor. Toastiness throws in a bit more bitterness to help with the balance. Lots of flavor, but maintains a decently light body and feel to it. Not cloyingly sweet, like many American versions...it's pretty tasty and highly drinkable. Every beer drinking American should pick up a sixer of this each September.

twiggamortis420, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/23/08. 2008 bottle. Pours a dark orange with a thick light light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, and molasses. Flavor of burnt and sweet toasted malts. A little bit sweet but otherwise tasty.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a copper colored body with an off-white almost tan head. The head is creamy and has a lot of staying power as does the lace. It has a metallic sweet aroma with a little bit of a hoppy fruit smell. For an American style Marzen this is good. It has a roasty malt flavor at first with some metallic tones but not as bad as the aroma. It is a sweet beer for the most part but there some good hops in the flavor. The mouthfeel is a little slick with some carbonation. My only complaint is it being metallic.

MTNboy, Dec 23, 2008
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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