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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 skillerified


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

Reddish-orange in color with a lightly tanned head. Does actually look like a fall color. Could use a little more head though.

Nose is heavy on the caramel. Some sweet fruit, like orange came through as well. A little bit of spice too. A great blend, but it could be a little stronger.

Taste is strong on the malt flavors. Tastes a little burnt actually. Some sweet caramel with a hint of chocolate and toffee. Not bad. Not great either though.

Feels a little watery and a little slick going down. Decently balanced. A moderate carbonation prick. About an average mouthfeel.

Not a great beer, but easily drinkable when the season hits. I'm sure there are better Octoberfests out there though.

10-27-2006 00:46:46 | More by skillerified
Photo of SudNut


3.15/5  rDev -14.2%

Pours to a strong ice tea color AKA orange amber with a finger thick head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing.

Smells like the malt is running the show with a whiff of bread.

The malt is running the taste show, bready sweet with a slight bitterness from the hops. Finishes with a hint of malty caramel.

Mouthfeel is good nice and frothy almost sticks to the palate.

Drinkability is average would make a nice session beer.

Overall this is a sound beer just not the absolute best Oktoberfest I have had.

10-25-2006 01:38:14 | More by SudNut
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.4/5  rDev +19.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a big glass mug. The liquid is a dark amber orange. The head is big 3 fingers and rocky. Fades slow leaving a nice lace.
The smell is toasty Carmel malt.

The taste follows, Very good slightly sweet and toasty.

The mouthfeel is good better then medium body and great carbonation quite refreshing.

The drinkability is top of the line a great drinking style done to perfection. Prosit, MK

10-23-2006 07:05:03 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of TastyTaste


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

Appearance: A nice shade o red copper, and a creamy thin head. A little lace, the head faded fast.

Smell: Toasty malt, very toasty, smells nice.

Taste: Very malt-centric, toasty and bready, start to finish. A little sweet caramel flavor, tasty. Hops aren't a big part of it, but the malt is very well put together.

Drinkability: Extremely easy to session, the flavor won't be grating or obnoxious in the least.

10-22-2006 17:33:59 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of geexploitation


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours a dark amber with brown notes, very clear, with a scruffy head that thins to a dusting. Grainy nose, but not a prominent one at all. On the palate, malty up front, with a sweet sensation increasing straight through to the finish. Sticky and substantial on the tongue, like a true Marzen style Oktoberfest. Thick carbonation, slick mouthfeel, a bit of a metallic note in the finish. Overall, a pretty good Oktoberfest, pretty true to the Marzen style. A good choice, and this certainly has to be one of the more accessible options out there.

10-22-2006 01:20:46 | More by geexploitation
Photo of boblog


3.78/5  rDev +3%

Dark amber color. pours with a slightly off white thick head which leaves a bit of lacing. Smells of metal malt and hops. Taste is a bit different than most Oktoberfest I have had. Still has the chocolate, fruit undertones but a bit more hops than usual. Average mouthfeel for an Oktoberfest. Pretty drinkable. Not the best Sam Adams but a fairly solid brew.

10-22-2006 00:17:40 | More by boblog
Photo of dblinkhorn


3.28/5  rDev -10.6%

Poured from a 12oz bottled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a two-finger light-tan head that is pretty creamy but with some large soapy bubbles on the top. As it dissipates it becomes creamier and decent lacing is left all the way down. It settles at a thin layer of patchy lace on top of the beer. The color is orange-honey and it is very clear. There is little carbonation activity within.

Smell - Slightly fruity hops with some mild bitterness/sourness. Some very slight citrus is just behind the initial hop smell. Some coppery and slightly bready malt aromas in the back. Very little alcohol is detectable.

Taste - Very bread pudding-like malt that is surprisingly rich is tasted right away. Slight bitterness from the hops just behind this, which holds well and peaks just before the finish. Some very slight cherry and plum fruitiness in with the malt flavors. The finish comes in with a slightly-metallic malt character. Finishes with a taste of raw pumpkin, surprisingly. This quickly flashes out, however, and gives way to a fading raw, grainy malt character.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light-bodied (maybe just barely medium-bodied). Has little smoothness. The carbonation is good, but is just a bit too much in my opinion.

Drinkability - The flavors aren't too strong, and the beer has an overall "light" feel to it. Definitely could be a session beer if you dig the flavor.

A decent Oktoberfest-style beer. Its best feature is the rich pudding-like malt character that hits you straight-away. Has good drinkability, but is overall an average beer. Worth a try definitely.

10-21-2006 23:57:15 | More by dblinkhorn
Photo of DieselSnorter


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Picked up a 12 pack for a song and couldn't wait to try it.

Poured out a beautiful dark amber color, has a nice head on it that dissipated and left a light lacing as I drank.

I couldn't detect much of a smell, which I found unusual. I agitated it a bit and some nice, faint sweet odors wafted up.

The taste was sweet and spicy, very refreshing. a very pleasant aftertaste that just made me want to drink more.

Very light carbonation that didn't assault my palate, very smooth with a creamy finish.

This is a VERY drinkable beer. I could see myself standing around drinknig a number of these as the day wore on...in fact I might just do that.

10-21-2006 21:40:35 | More by DieselSnorter
Photo of veech


4.53/5  rDev +23.4%

I have previously reviewed the bottled version, but just recently tried on draft. I normally don't repeat reviews unless there is a marked difference. I have really enjoyed the bottled over several years, but wow is it superior on tap. The same flavor profile of sweet malted honey is there, just in spades. This stuff honestly rocks. I preferred Paulaner marzen to the bottled Sam Octoberfest, but I just tried them back to back on tap and it's no contest. The SA has better color, aromas, and tons more character and flavor. I'm pretty sure my brother would be open to transfusions of this stuff as he is a full fledged addict. Cheers to Jim Koch for a great batch this Fall.

10-21-2006 14:52:13 | More by veech
Photo of BBM

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

The beer pours a clear amber-orange color with an inch of foamy white head that dissipates quickly. the smell is not strong at all, but there are faint hints of malt and spices. Very subtle.

This is a solid, tasty Octoberfest. There is a mix of spices and sweetness that compliment each other nicely. It finishes with a slightly hoppy undertone. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Overall another quality, highly drinkable seasonal from Sam Adams. Could have many more of these in the fall, and probably will.

10-20-2006 16:49:19 | More by BBM
Photo of goschool


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

On-tap at TGI Friday's in Thousand Oaks, CA. The establishment was not choice.

Appearance: Clear copper to orange with a white head that doesn't wait long to disappear.

Smell: The light nose bares sweet malts- biscuity, caramel, and toasty, light fruit, and noble hops.

Taste: There are sweet malts up front, which turn toasty and biscuity in the middle as fruits and grains come in. The finish is dry and hoppier than most, but it's not a hoppy style.

Mouthfeel: This brew is medium-bodied and it feels smooth and creamy, with average carbonation.

Drinkability: Everybody is saying that this year’s Sam Adams O-Fest is the best they have ever made. This is the first time I’ve tried it so I can’t vouch for years past, but I can say that this is a solid sessionable märzen that’s as good as some of the Germys like Spaten.

10-19-2006 07:11:48 | More by goschool
Photo of zeff80


3.45/5  rDev -6%

A - Poured out a clear, amber color. Two finger head with a little lacing.

S - Sweet and malty smell.

T - It is a bitter with hops, but it also has a nutty & malty flavor. The sweet taste seems a little like chocolate.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good marzen/octoberfest. Interesting combonation of flavors.

10-19-2006 00:23:46 | More by zeff80
Photo of techdiver


4.18/5  rDev +13.9%

Pours a deep clear amber color with a nice one finger head that dissipates quickly. Nice malty smell; feels full and rich in the mouth. Taste is exceptional for this type. This is the tenth Oktoberfest I've tried and this rivals the best German I've had. Very drinkable, and difficult to resist the urge to go buy a case.

10-14-2006 16:18:59 | More by techdiver
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

I look forward to this beer every year and this years effort is one of the best in recent memory. Pours a deep coppery orange with a big fluffy head. Nice sweet, toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel and biscuit. Taste is very smooth and with a little more the malty sweetness than hop bitterness as it should be. Slight warming from the alcohol. Very drinkable on a cool autumn day. Good tailgating beer.

10-14-2006 00:50:31 | More by clemtig76
Photo of beermanbrian


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Thanks to gdrakeman for this one. He's been bugging me about giving it a try. I'm sure I had it at some point in the past but can't really say it left any kind of impression. Had it on tap last night while out to dinner so figured tonight would be a good night to review the bottle.

Pours a nice dark copper color and foams up with a surprising nice little head that sticks around a while. Eventually falls to a very thin film on the top. Looks about as exiting as it gets for an Oktoberfest i guess. Smell is strong on the malty side. Taste follows suit. I've seen some complain that this is too sweet but frankly I think it has a pretty good balance of hops. Nice bitterness in the back of the mouth and finish. I was ready to be down on this one just to spite gdrakeman but i have to admit that it's a pretty good beer. Nice seasonal sipper.

10-14-2006 00:49:40 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of memory


3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Had on tap.
Appeared to have a nice head at first that diminished to a lacy slide.
Smelled and tasted of lactic notes that were slightly sour with hints of vanilla. This was just tapped I was told by the bartender. Did the lines change the taste? As it didn't taste like any Octoberfest I've ever had.
Mouthfeel left a slight sour finish.

10-14-2006 00:48:18 | More by memory
Photo of mjc410


4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

The pour into my Mahr's mug raises a creamy, large bubbled, two-finger head that manages to hang around for a while, with some sudsy, but somewhat sticky lacing. The beer's color is a clear orange-copper. The nose is very biscuity, bready, and slightly (noble) hoppy. Very nice, although not pronounced. The taste is quite balanced, with of course a focus on the caramelly breadiness of the malt. There's a hint of bitterness in its lingering finish. I've had more complicated O-fests, but this still does the job here. The mouth is spot-on, with just enough carbonation (smooth, though) to tingle. This is an excellent session beer, and easy to guzzle if necessary.

10-12-2006 22:20:58 | More by mjc410
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Appearance: copper / orange in color with a 1" head. No lacing developed.

Smell: very little aroma, as some soft sweetness is barely detectable.

Taste: caramel, mild fruit sweetness, a hint of nuttiness, and very mild bitterness. Overall a sweeter beer that is somewhat dry. Simple and straightforward.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. The finish is also a bit dry. Aftertaste is short with some caramel sweetness.

Drinkability: had a pint before dinner and two with dinner. Of course the restaurant selection was macro heavy, so my options were limited. But I found this to be flavorful and very easy to drink. Definitely worth trying.

10-12-2006 11:30:43 | More by Gavage
Photo of pgenius


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

Had this at a pub the other night and I found it to be a pritty good brew. It was lacking a bit of taste compared to other octoberfests probly due to not enough hops but it had a nice toasted grain and sweet malt taste to it. Slightly bitter finish. Overall a good beer, average.

10-12-2006 07:00:21 | More by pgenius
Photo of thebarnesbomb


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured into pint glass, creates 1 in. rocky foam off-white head, quickly dissapates. Has a very ruby/amber color to it, maybe even more so than a Killian's, but very attractive. Very malty in the nose, sweetness, but not much else. The taste is mostly of these sweet malts, with a slight aftertaste of hops. If I were blindfolded though I would guess this beer was an Amber Ale, there is not a very strong or distinct alcohol kick to it, mostly sweet malt blend. Overall, a very good choice.

10-12-2006 02:08:59 | More by thebarnesbomb
Photo of dpd729


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

After a long day at work, I have decided to crack open my first Octoberfest for the year. I find the Octoberfest to be one of the top offerings from Samuel Adams every year.

I poured my 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - This beer has a gorgeous color. It is a dark burnt orange color that looks rich and tasty. The head is about 2 fingers but fades quickly to a lace which hugs the sides of the glass to the finish.

S - The smell is suprisingly a little thin. With such deep colors I was expecting a bit more pronounced smell. It is not bad, just not what I remember in the past.

T - This is an excellent beer in my opinion. It has a very malty taste with definite additions of caramel, moreso than in the past. There is virtually no taste of alcohol and the aftertaste is mild and pleasant.

M - Much like the smell, the mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected. This beer definitely drinks lighter than it looks. One thing I notice is that I do not taste and spice in the beer however I feel the distinct tingle from spiciness on my tongue.

D - The combination of the light body and excellent taste make this a very easy drinking beer. In fact, I think I will head to the fridge to grab another one right now.

10-11-2006 02:18:10 | More by dpd729
Photo of IntriqKen


4.15/5  rDev +13.1%

What a pleasure it is to be able to review a fresh Oktoberfest rather than something that came over on a slow boat.
Nice orange/amber colorwith a smallish head that melts to a ring of lacing.
Aroma is fresh sweet toasted malt with a little light fruit and floral scents.
Taste is sweet toasted malt that isn't overly sweet and gets an addition of floral flavors before being balanced out by just a touch of hops.
Aftertaste is mostly a light sweetness.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly rich and creamy.
This years SA Octoberfest is one extremely flavorful brew.

10-11-2006 01:54:29 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

A pour into a pint glass produces a beautiful rust colored beer, clear with an eggshell colored head that disappears to quickly lurk on the top. Looks like autumn colors fell into my pint. Quite pretty.

I get a lot of sweet malt in the nose, with some pilsner-style hops (whatever they may be) and a slight tartness.

Taste is dominated by lots of sweet, caramel malts. Some evident yeast and a bit of a dry corn-flavor. There’s some bittering hops in there to keep it from being TOO sweet, but they’re a balancing measure and nothing more. This is a mildly dry, malty, sweet beer. I like it a lot, but the sweetness is a bit grating – I doubt I could down more than two before I switched to something a little lighter.

I really enjoyed this offering from Sam Adams – it’s tasty, pretty, and easy to drink. A good example of the style and the price is right.

10-10-2006 21:11:00 | More by kkipple
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong caramel malt aroma with a smattering of aroma hops.

The taste was upfront malt sweetness with a solid toasted grain bill. A very good doughy aftertaste as well.

The mouthfeel was on the creamy side.

Overall a good drinkable Octoberfest. A bit on the sweet side and could have used a bit more hop in my opinion.

10-10-2006 15:07:45 | More by plaid75
Photo of uwmgdman


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

The Sam Adams Octoberfest pours a brilliantly clear copper-red color into my 16oz. Bucky pint glass. A thin white head quickly diminished. The aroma of this beer is definitely malt, moderate-high maltiness, as with the style, a spicy toasted maltiness evident, along with a sweet aroma, like of some sort of crystal malt. The initial taste of the beer is moderate-high sweet maltiness with a gentle toasted background and hop bitterness is low, but is there enough to create good balance. There is no detectable hop flavor or aroma. The beer is exceptionally smooth and the sweetness is balanced nicely by the background of toasted malt. Carbonation is moderate with a medium-full body yet still decent drinkability. Overall I really enjoyed this Octoberfest. The beer is on the sweeter end of Octoberfests I’ve had recently, but still has enough balance in large part due to the toasted grains. The one thing that really stands out with this Fest is its remarkable smoothness, definitely the smoothest Octoberfest I’ve had. As expected, this beer delivered nicely, it was part of my self-made sample pack and worth a purchase of a full 6er before the season is up.

10-10-2006 01:31:32 | More by uwmgdman
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