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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,454 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,454
Reviews: 2,011
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 75
Gots: 881 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of KJay1408
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from bottle to glass, a beautiful dark reddish brown, with two fingers of beautiful cream/off white head.

S: Malt, and lots of it, there are some subtle herb, or hop aromas in the background

T: Sweet upfront, then a bit toffee and biscuit flavor, and finally a bit of hop bitterness to close it out nicely.

M: A nice medium body, not over the top and too heavy, but far from light, so yeah I'll say medium body.

O: I love this beer, it's big a malty brew, with just enough hops to balance it all out. It's no wonder Sam Adams has been producing this every year since 1989.

KJay1408, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of scratch69
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance - Clear copper color with a good amount of head and very little lacing.

Smell - Malts, caramel, and a hint of spices

Taste - Same as smell with a small amount of hops mixed in.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Smooth, creamy feel. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall - Nice well rounded beer. One of my favorite Octoberfest beers.

scratch69, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, label says best enjoyed by January 2012. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like toasted and caramel malt, toffee, and a bit of hops. It tastes like toasted, caramel and bready malt, and a bit of dried fruit (apples?). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick, is well carbonated and easy enough to drink. I think it's a solid Oktoberfest brew that I'd buy again. Not bad for $2.59 a bomber.

bluejacket74, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Erish
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer served in a large pint glass at Famous Daves in Bolingbrook. Reviewed from notes.

A: clear amber color with reddish highlights, the thick head falls into a nice cap with good lacing.

S: toasted grain, less fruity than the bottled version, with a nice earthiness and a zesty floral/herbal hop note.

T: plain unbuttered popcorn, toast, good malty sweetness, orchard fruit, a nice earthy hop backbone.

M: medium-bodied, silky texture, plentiful carbonation.

O: a very enjoyable Marzen. Better than the bottled varieties.

Erish, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of hikix
2.08/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I was not impressed by this beer at all. Unfortunately, the beer distributor was closed so I had to go to 7/11. I saw sams octoberfest and decided it was the most appealing beer in the fridge so I thought I would give it a shot.

It smells like a bud light and doesn't taste much different. The taste is flat, bitter, and just does not go down well. It is tasteless to tell the truth. I guess I am becoming a beer snob because this beer is straight up bmc to me now. I had a sierra nevada before this and the SN was leaps and bounds ahead of this. It is just not tasty, it is dry and leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

I don't like this beer and wouldn't buy it again.

hikix, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice amber/orange, Nice head that disapates to minimal lacing. Looks like Fall in a bottle.

S - Very malty...sweet.,,,some hops noted.

T - Malty. Excellent toffee and caramel notes. Nice balance. Just enough hop bitterness to keep the malts in check. Great solid beer.

M - Slightly creamy...medium body.

O: A nice solid Oktoberfest at a great price. I love this stuff and will miss it when gone.

Brunite, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Bfarr
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange highlights on amber with thin tan head. Light floral tea and biscuit. Smooth malt toast and tea bite. Slight hop linger and a little toasty. Light smooth feel with light carbonation.

Light subtle flavors make an easy drinking Oktoberfest. Not much on the aroma. Flavors are subtle to the point of elusive taste.

Bfarr, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of doopydoogle
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A color befitting the bright orange decorating the label and cap. A vibrant almost orange amber with a good head that lingers with tight bubbles and a firm lace.

S - Caramel malts, slightly fruity/bubblegum yeast. apple, fresh baked bread, slight metallic nose.

T - Very mild malts with lingering hints of fruit. These are followed with a characteristic zingy malty Sam Adams finish that leans to the dry side with caramel malts shining through. Hardly any hops/bitter.

M - Rounded, good vibrant carbonation, without much bitterness.

O - A good fall beer, screaming malt profile with the characteristic Sam Adams zesty fresh bite.

doopydoogle, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of heissebier
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very surprised by how much I liked this beer compared to Sam Adams' usual offerings. My first Oktoberfestbier of the year, and it really hit the spot.

Color is a lively deep orange, with an off white head. The taste is malty, with a few spices and a dash of hops thrown in for balance. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, it's the kind of beer that makes you want another sip. and another.

It's not particularly bold, original or complicated, but it is a well done Oktoberfestbier nevertheless, and you can't beat the value.

heissebier, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of setexascustoms
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in to a SA perfect pint

A- A beautiful crystal clear reddish copper. Light tan head the quickly receded, nice lacing but without much cling.

S- Malty and sweet with a faint spice.

T- Again, malty and fairly sweet. Mellow herb-like hops and a very smooth finish with a subdued citric twang.

M- Medium bodied with mellow carbonation, quit enjoyable.

O- I really enjoy this beer, but I'm not real familiar with the style. I reckon I need to do some research :)

setexascustoms, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of hiku7
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with lots of bubbles. Moderate off-white head.

Smells bready and a slightly sourish yeastiness. Hint of fruitiness and an earthy woody hops.

Taste is toasted malt with a balanced earthy hoppiness that is noticeable, but appropriate for the style. The slight sourish yeastiness also comes through in the taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and highly carbonated. This is a highly drinkable beer that is good for the summer to fall transition.

Overall, I thought the beer was fine, but nothing to get excited about. I will probably try other Octoberfest beers instead of buying it again.

hiku7, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of tito42
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Best by January 2012.

A: Amber, highly carbonated. Amber-hued head sticks around and leaves decent lacing.

S: Biscuity malts, a touch of caramel and plum. Very malty.

T: Bready malts with a hint of caramel, grape, and and some very faint spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg. Very malt forward with an herbal hops finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with a very spritzy, carbonated finish.

O: A solid Oktoberfest. Nothing too complex or fancy here, but a solid Fall choice.

tito42, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of MADhombrewer
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a guinness glass.

Appearance- Dark copper/golden color with an off white head. Good lacing. 4/5

Smell- Nutmeg, caramel. These beers are hard to decipher some of the different spices in them. I hope to change that as I drink more of these this year. 4/5

Taste- Sweet caramel and some nutmeg. Again, there are spices in here that I can't put my finger on. Is that a bit of cinnamon? There is a creaminess in here as well. Maybe a hint of pumpkin or is that just in my head? 4/5

Mouth feel- The mouth feel starts out thin then gets a little creamy and ends thin again. 4/5

Overall- I am really going to dive into these beers this year. The best one that I have had, and the one beer that opened my eyes to this style was St. Arnold's Divine #9. Also MS treat was very good as well. This one is a little pedestrian in comparison, but good non the less. 4/5

MADhombrewer, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Extrajoker00
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a half liter Beer Mug

A : burnt orange with a heavy but short lived head

S : faint hops and caramel

T : spice and hoppy bitterness nicely balanced

M : clean and fresh

D : very good drink-ability

If not for Sam Adams who else would market Oktoberfest in August

Extrajoker00, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of DIM
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was an orange tinted chestnut brown color. It was served to me with a small fizzy cap.

s: Lightly toasty sweet caramel with mild leafy hops. Clean overall and very appealing.

t: Malt forward and delicious. Delicately sweet and lightly toasty with very subtle hints of fruit. There is an appropriately moderate noble hop bitterness at the end.

m: Fizzy carbonation and a crisp body suit the style just fine.

o: I don't go for fest beers all that much, but I thought this was an excellent example of the style.

DIM, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The body is an attractive burnt orange. The head grew to about two fingers that was light and bubbly. It receded pretty quickly to a slight film. The carbonation is decent, rising sporadically inside the glass.

Smell: There is a very strong herbal aroma that is a little spicy. There is some biscuit malt and hops there as well. It is very laid back, almost weak.

Taste: There is a strong barley flavor on the tongue on first sip. There is also some musty, slightly sour, and sweet tastes. In the background, near the finish is some cinnamon, biscuit malt, and wheat. Not bad.

Mouth feel: The mouth feel is medium, maybe a little watery. There is no snap from the carbonation.

Overall: It is a decent beer for an Octoberfest. I have not had many in this seasonal style so at the moment it is hard to say where it ranks. I would try it again, but so many other seasonals are out there at the moment!

Pintofbrown, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light copper color with a thick white foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Caramel malt and grain with a touch of butterscotch.

T- Sweet toasted malt flavor with a slight touch of hops in the finish. Plenty of caramel and toffee flavors with some spice.

M- Crisp and clean with good carbonation.

O- A decent beer and worth trying. I've certainly had better Oktoberfests but I've had much worse as well.

projectflam86, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of clint1019
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep amber color with a cream colored head that dissapated into a thin cover pretty quick.

S - Caramel malt aroma with a slight bready aroma.

T - Caramel malt flavor with a hint of hop bitterness.

M - light bodied.

O - Not overly impressed with this beer. It just doesn't have the malt flavor that a good oktoberfest typically has.

clint1019, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of paxchristi
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12.oz bottle into tankard.

Appearance: Dark amber orange. Definitely malt-centric from its appearance. However, the head was quite possibly one of the worst examples of head I've seen. Even for a mid-sized brewery lager, its poor. Disappointed. A brewery like Boston Brew should be expected to do much better than this.

Nose: Totally malt-centric (as can be expected). It's very reminiscent of a very malty amber. Its fairly strong actually. A bit sticky in the nose. Probably from a hint of fruit juice.

Taste: Totally decent. Light malt-centric with some sticky juice and perhaps a bit of hops in the back. I like the balance. Its its strong point for this beer. The flavors jive well together.

Mouth: Clean, crisp, and very well carbonated.

Overall: I enjoy this beer. However, its not so good that it stands out amidst the sea of other Octoberfest beers. I keep the bottles of the ones that I think are worth remembering. Sadly, this one is going in the recycle bag. However, it really is a fairly solid example of the style. Sam Adams needs to stick to lagers. This really is a pretty good one.

paxchristi, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer pours a copper coloring, rich and vibrant. Lots of carbonation on the pour, with a healthy, thick, dense two inch head that quickly settles down into a film covering. Aromas of rich caramel and smokey malt fill the nose, with some light nutty highlights. Flavors are light and crisp in mouth, with a rich malt character strongly profiled, and highlighted by some light spicing and a smokey background. The aftertaste is very sweet, but not overpowering, and the beer has a clean and crisp finish, with a slight drying at the end. Very decent, and very light and crisp for the style.

GarthDanielson, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of brewmandan
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as oktoberfest brews are my favorite, this one is one of the better oktoberfests brewed in the u.s. that i've had. good amount of malt, as an oktoberfest should have. amount of bitterness from the hops is just right. mouthfeel is good. i could drink several of these in an afternoon without a problem.

brewmandan, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Groomsy
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with "Best by" of January, poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear copper, almost light brown with highlights of orange in the light. Topped by a one-finger head of white foam that fades fairly quickly with spotty, wispy lacing in its wake. Carbonation is persistent and steady to the top of the glass. A nice looking brew.

Aroma: Along the same lines as some other offerings from SA, but enhanced - fruity hops (think green apples), a touch of grass, some caramel and grain sweetness, and just a kiss of fresh baked bread. Definitely has "fall seasonal" written all over it; just balanced enough to stake off any cloying sweetness from the malt, though a very malty beer overall. Digging it.

Taste: The malt takes the forefront of the taste with flavors of caramel and toffee, sugary and sweet. This is followed by a flash of herbal and grassy hops, which linger into the finish where flavors of bread hang around on the back of the tongue with some subtle flavors of honey. Very "full" and rounded malt flavor here, just kept in check by the hops. Not super-filling, but very crisp and refreshing. A nice drinking lager.

Mouthfeel: Rich medium body, but still crisp and refreshing. Maybe a little too heavy for sessionable drinking, but definitely fitting for a fall brew, and on par for Sam Adams' beers. Some kick from the carbonation, but not fizzy. Finishing flavors are slightly cloying, but not too bad.

Overall: Another nice seasonal from Sam Adams, and my personal favorite from their seasonal line-up other than Noble Pils. Not as good as I remember it being on tap, which I'll have to try again. Nevertheless, a supremely drinkable and full-flavored fall beer that's good for just about anything and can be found anywhere.

Groomsy, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of DirtyPenny
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pint glass. Yadda yadda yadda.

A: Crystal clear burnished copper with burnt umber undertones. Pours with one finger of light tan head that falls as fast as foliage.

S: Mildly pungent with faint spices and tones of caramel malt.

T: Faint must accompanies the opening, quickly followed by toasty, biscuity caramel malts and a thin snip of bitter hips... I mean, hops.

M: Medium and a little creamy, with soft carbonation.

O: Better than I remember. Sam Winter will always be my favorite SA seasonal though.

DirtyPenny, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle dated for January 2012

Coppery amber in color, decent head with nice lacing. Taste is crisp clean and semi sweet more malty than not. Leaves pleasant aftertaste. A full body and rich taste, not the same as actual German imports however!

CaptJackHarkness, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Phinner
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had high hopes for this beer after pouring into a glass -- great color, clarity and smell. At first, it tasted exceptional with full bodied maltiness and good hop balance. But the aftertaste leaves a lot to be desired - somewhat astringent and overall unpleasant. I would not go out of my way to drink this again.

Phinner, Aug 27, 2011
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,454 ratings.