Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 6,565
Reviews: 2,022
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 953 | FT: 1
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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 JackieTH
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber-orange with a finger of tawny head, very minimal lacing, but attractive appearance overall.

Smell was malty, malty but with a wee bit of soap, which was unexpected.

Taste was fairly classic marzen, well malted a dash of lemon and just a bit sour around the edges for balance.

mouthfeel was crisp, nice, medium bodied, held together well.

Overall finishes fairly clean and is easy drinking. There are better Oktoberfests out there but this Sam Adams is decent, and actually one of the better Sam Adams styles they brew, IMHO.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich copper color with a finger's width of white head. A small amount of lacing and a pretty short retention. Immediately after pouring the sides of the glass were covered with bubbles, and they continued to form at the bottom and make their way to the surface.

S: Malty, rich and sweet. Nothing more needs to be said.

T: The taste starts out really strong, bringing in the roasted malts and a good deal of sweetness. Unfortunately once the initial burst of flavor disappears the beer is left tasting like a typical adjunct lager.

M: Has some body, but not much carbonation.

O: A drinkable beer, but just OK. I certainly wouldn't seek it out, but it's a nice beer.

Photo of kgotcher
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber color with dense foamy offwhite head

Malty aroma, caramel, cherries, even a bit clovey.

Taste is malty and sweet rich caramel. Slight hop character is earthy and blends into the overall flavor without being distinctive.

The mouthfeel is wet and chewy. If you like malty beers this is a good one. Even for an octoberfest this is pretty malty.

This is basically just a malted up version of Sam Adams Boston Lager. It is a good Octoberfest that is readily available at this time of year. Not something I go out of the way to have but a go to Octoberfest I can find almost anywhere.

Photo of zoolzoo
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a muddy brown, amber hues.Two finger off white head.

S: A bit blank...toasted malt, touch of spice. Faint nuttiness.

T: Nutty malt accented by spice. Mid palate is sweet caramel, rolling into a sour mash type of finish. One of the spicier Oktoberfest beers. Lots of breadiness, not as clean or crisp as some examples. Still, good.

M: Medium body, high carbonation.

O: Still a good beer after all this time (and after trying so many other examples of the style). Easily accessible too, which counts for more than a little something.

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber/brown with two finger head.

S-Lots of malt and some caramel notes and even some alcohol?

T-Rather malty, some caramel, brown sugar and some spices.

M-Medium bodied, with some carbonation.

O-An average run of the mill Oktoberfest. Nothing to special but nothing off putting.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. This is one of the better Sam Adams beers I've had so far-- I like it, despite this not being my favorite style.

This is quite probbl the best LOOKING Sam Adams beer; homey tinted orange color that glows and shines with a nice frothy 2 finger cap of tan bubbles. Good retenti, nice legs, but weak lacing.

Smells of caramel and Munich malts-- some good sweetness but also a toasty biscuit quality. The beer is a lot hoppier than I expected, with a nice spicy bitterness lingering on the finish. The yeast is more crisp and clean on the finish, offering a dry yeasty note.
The body is medium and oily. Well carbonated.
Overall, I'm not crazy about octoberfest beers, but this is highly drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of tubacharlie
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light caramel smell with a hint of fruity hops.

A decent off-white head develops over the clear, amber brew. Good lacing and retention as the head recedes.

At first sip, a good dose of hops bitterness as the creamy carbonation foams in the mouth. Nice malt presence in the middle palate, with caramel notes and a slightly sweet finish.

Right on the style, but not exceptional.

Photo of kojevergas
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

[Low C Overall]

Served on draught into a Miller Lite glass at the 9-0 Bar in South Central Los Angeles. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of poor cream, thickness, and retention. Colour is an unappealing dark copper. I recall the head being better in the bottled version.

Sm: Absolutely nothing. Me broken nose can't detect anything. All apologies, lads.

T: Slight bittering hops, an overly commercialized barly/malt foundation, and no real substance. It's decent, but far from exemplary.

Mf: Very sharp, which turns me off from it. A touch too thick. Slightly coarse and wet.

Dr: It's decently easy to drink, but priced rather high. I prefer the bottled version.

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Bottle reviewed 09/25/11.

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired as part of the Sam Adams Harvest pack at Sam's Club.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and fair retention. Colour is a semitransparent textbook copper.

Sm: Festive hops and light caramel. Me broken nose can't distinguish - all apologies, lads. Aroma is mild in strength.

T: Caramel and generic hops. You know, the marzen taste. It's far from special but has some l imited spice. Built simply, but balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a touch thick. Rather generic.

Dr: Easy to drink, average ABV, and average quality. I won't be seeking this out in future, but I might try it if I see it on draught.

C

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I picked up another bottle with a Sam Adams variety box of 12 beers. Additional (truncated) notes from 09/04/13:

12 fl oz bottle served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in Austin, Texas. Reviewed live.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor.

A: No bubble show. Pours a two finger head of beige colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. No lacing as the head recedes. Retention is above average - 3 minutes.

Body colour is a somewhat dark amber-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Standard fare for style.

Sm: Caramel, allspice, clove. Munich malts. Hints of pumpkin gourd. A touch of roast. Some grains. Generic floral hopping. On the sweeter end. Lightly bready. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. A pleasant aroma of above average to mild strength.

T: Nice spicing, with allspice, clove, and maybe nutmeg. Good caramalt build with some leavening munich malts in there as well. I pick up a buried hint of pumpkin and some traces of nuts and toffee. Fairly bready and grainy. Any hopping is minimal in strength/floral in character. A bit too sweet. Balance is decent for what it is. Unimpressed with the lack of complexity and subtlety, but hey, it's Sam Adams. Approachable and likable for what it is, but far from unique or special.

Average depth/duration/intensity of flavour. The sweetness isn't to style for a festbier.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some unwelcome coarseness in the second act. A bit overcarbonated. Body is too full for the lack of diversity and depth of flavour. Subpar presence on the palate overall. It's pretty generic, and I guess it suits the flavour profile okay.

Dr: Downable but forgettable. A pretty average seasonal from Sam Adams. I won't look forward to this in future years, but it's tolerable inoffensive change from Boston Lager. Wouldn't recommend it to friends;. Not worth seeking out.

C-

[Low C Overall]

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a clear iced tea color with a 1/2 inch tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt/grain and some bread/biscuit aromas. Taste is the same with some citrus zest hop flavors that come in to play. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Oktoberfest style beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of bigdrewsmoove
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into tall pilsner glass.

Apperance: Clear copper coloring. Siimilar to but lighter than Yuengling.
Smell: Not a lot to speak of. .
Taste: Sweet, rich malty flavor. Finishes with a nice bitterness to compliment the malt. A little unbalanced on the sweet side, but I imagine that is what they were aiming at.
Moutfeel: Appropriately fizzy and bubbly, what I'd expect.

Overall: Glad I picked this one up. It's still 80 degrees in SC on a Sat afternoon, but I imagine that a 6 pack of this would be perfect on a chilly night. Will definitely have to pick back up and try again later.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sammy As Octoberfest is quite good...especially for sessionist. The beer is a nice deep rich clear amber with ok carbonations and thin white head that is lacing. There is not much to smell quite honestly...I know it is allergy season here in IL, but beyond sweet malt....I dont smell anything. The taste sarts sweet then finishes with a good malt that clears the pallet. The mouthfeel is good...lower ABV helps this beer be drinkable. Overall....not to shabby!

Photo of curasowa
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copper color with one finger of head that fades to a ring with little lacing.

Aroma: Toasted malt with a brown sugar sweet note over top and a touch of metallic-ness.

Taste: Toasted and nutty, but with an ever-present sweetness in the background. Moderate Carbonation picks up in the middle cutting the flavor and ushering in some mild earthy bitterness, the finishing fairly fast with some residual nuttyness.

The Rest: A very simple, medium bodied and easy drinking marzen. It's a touch on the sweet side, but otherwise pretty good.

Photo of brown2cu
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a semi hazy copper and is topped with a small plate of foam. No lacing. Solid.

S: Sharp scent of grain and if I am not mistaken a slight hint of alcohol. There is only a slight hint of sweetness in the nose. A little weak for the style but not bad.

T: Sweet with almost no bitterness. One of the more dry Oktoberfest beers I have had. Overall, however, I am slightly underwhelmed.

MF: Smooth but could be more crisp.

O: Overall not too bad. A good benchmark beer to use when drinking other examples of this style. t is pretty much a bare bones octoberfest. Extremely sessionable.

Photo of gerite
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I never was a big fan of Samuel Adams, but it is October and this was the only Oktoberfest beer on tap at my local restaurant. The beer was served on tap in a regular pint glass (not even the Sam Adams special glass). The server said she was sorry that they did not have an orange slice to put in the beer. I don't ever recall having an orange in an Oktoberfest beer so I told her that was alright with me. The beer looked a good fall amber color with a one and a half finger head that lasted quite a while and left some good lacing. I could not detect any distinct smell and the taste was more malt that hops. The carbonation level was moderate (the special glass would have made more bubbles and perhaps more flavor). A good beer for intellectual wannabees to impress their friends, but not worthy of a true beer advocate.

Photo of matjack85
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this 22oz brown bottle as a gift, so not sure of the price, but I have seen 6-packs in the store for $7.99, so it's not an expensive seasonal beer. A notch on the left side of the label will give you a best consumed by date. This bottle is notched for Jan. of 2012.

The beer pours a crystal clear red/amber color and produces a huge 4-finger light tan head, so be careful with the pour. Lacing is phenomenal.

Rather weak nose considering all the ingredients in here. Faint caramel and toffee is all I'm getting.

Brewed with 5 malts, it's not surprising that this beer is on the sweet side. Caramel and toffee are the dominant flavors. A slight roasted flavor is also present. With just 15 IBU's, there's not much hop presence.

Medium bodied with only moderate carbonation.

If you like your Oktoberfests sweet and malty, then you'll probably love this. I find it very drinkable, but only a little better than average.

Photo of zdk9
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Into the mug with gusto- a finger of cream white head atop a deep bronze colored liquid.

S- A weak smell with some notes of generic soft wheat bread, and malt syrup. I realize a mug might not be the most conducive to aromas, but even so I'm really struggling to pick up much of anything.

T- Here the beer shines through- there's caramel, overripe cherry, sourdough bread. A good bit of malt flavors, and some bitter earthy hops to boot. Mostly the caramel is the strongest, but not in an overbearing way at all.

M- Fairly sweet and syruppy. I think I could live with that in a stronger beer/O-fest, but it doesn't quite fit this one.

O- A decent Ofest with some good flavors, just not quite enough power in the aroma, and the mouthfeel was kind of off for me.

Photo of nimrod979
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color with a large frothy, slightly of-white head. Mostly fades away after a few minutes but has a little bit of lacing.
Aroma is sweet malts. Caramel and barley.
Taste matches the aroma. Quite malty, as expected. Caramel. Slightly bready and somewhat sweet with even a hint of raisin-y flavor.
Soft and creamy on the palate> medium body. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Very subdued and underlying hops bitterness towards the end. Overall a very solid seasonal from Boston Beer Co.

Photo of ccm414
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle...

A- Dark amber/brownish in color. Pours with a 2 finger head that recedes down to a thin layer. Doesn't really leave any sort of lace on the glass at all. It'd be nice to see a little more head retention, but still a nice clean look.

S- Holy malt batman! Very malty as expected, with some sweet caramel scents and some hints of burnt toast.

T- Sweet malt just like the smell. Nice and bready with some light bitterness. Very true to the Marzen style.

M- It's getting colder, the beers getting heavier. Not really heavy by any means, more of a medium body. Nice carbonation and a bit creamy feel.

D- Very drinkable. An excellent beer for this time of year. This one is my go-to move for an Octoberfest. Can't get enough of them, probably my favorite brew from Sam Adams.

Cheers!
ccm414

Photo of Joel
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Strange taste, but drinkable.

I had this last night at a local reastaurant. It was not my first choice or second. My first choice was Mayflower IPA. My waitress regretted to inform us that they were all out of that. I ordered a Harpoon IPA and my wife ordered this on tap. She thought that there was something wrong with her beer, so I switched my superior dry, hoppy Harpoon with her Octoberfest. The Octoberfest did look better with a small head compared to none on the Harpoon and had a rich color.

I told my wife that there was a lightly burnt caramel taste. This kept the malt flavor from being sickly sweet. I also detected some added spices - a slight cinnamon taste mixed with some other spice. This taste reminded me of a winter style beer. However, after reading other reviews, I assume that flavor was from the hops - probably spicy tasting German or German style hops. I'm not a fan of Sam Adams in general or in sweet beers either. However, this beer was more drinkable than many Sam Adams beers which I have found to have a chemical taste.

Photo of musicman575
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I can see how this would be fun to drink in larger quantities - it's cheap, easy to drink, and has a festive name.

A bit more carbonation would do it a favor. There wasn't much of a head on this beer, but the clear copper/amber color makes it look hearty, yet light, as in a watery kind of light.

There's not much smell to this beer. You get a little bit of malt and carmel, and that's it. The taste, however, is significantly more malty with a slightly smaller amount of bitter. There's not much alcohol in the beer, but it doesn't do a good job of covering up what it does have. Overall, has a pretty commercial taste - not much love within.

Photo of dmfrench
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Putrid fruity, but otherwise pleasant Oktoberfest
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A: Clear red-orange body with a fleeting one finger off white head.

S: Some buttery biscuit malt, some sweet fruit, some nuttiness, and a very typical dusty, earth, and slightly spicy Bavarian hop profile. There's even a bit of alcohol, which I don't mind at all. The defining characteristic here is the fruitiness.... drifting toward Nut Brown territory.

T: Up front you're greeted by a large, impressive malty body, but that quickly gives way to a sort of putrid and metallic/hollow fruitiness that I can't say I'm enjoying. Hop flavors are pure bitterness and a lingering spice.

M: As stated before, the malt body is full and creamy for the ABV.

O: Some strong characteristics, but the taste blows it.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. A nice amber color, transparent with a only a short white head and quickly disappeared to only barely cover the surface.
Smells good. Obvious wet malt, caramel and candy.
A little watery at first. Then a malt flavor being held back from being too much. Good balance there. Maybe too balance since there is not any flavors really coming through.
Very carbonated, light bodied.
Nice to drink except for the high carbonation level.

Photo of wrb357
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember having this beer many years ago and it sort of changed my outlook on German beers. Now, I know this is an American beer, but it's a German style, and now that I've developed more of a palate for beers of all types, coming back to it I find myself less mesmerized, but still enjoying the experience.

It looks good - nice amber hues. The head is pretty week, but it retains lacing. It looks like changing leaves of Fall.

Smells very spicy to the nose. One of the best qualities of the beer - instantly reminds you of pumpkins, nutmeg, the Fall air, etc.

The taste is less than I remember. Not less as in bland, more so it is less of an Oktoberfest taste (or Marzen taste) than I would like. It's very sweet - not sickly so, but less complex than say a Paulaner or a Spaten. Now, to be fair, Paulaner or Spaten may taste more watery - but that makes it easier to drink, in my opinion. Lots of spice notes to this one, some caramel - not bad at all, but maybe a bit too strong?

The taste carries over into the feel. It lingers on the tongue, but not in a completely satisfying way. I say this after having put back a few Paulaners (my favorite) so maybe my taste is a bit jaded. Will have to revisit this one tomorrow on a clear palate.

Overall, a good beer for the fall. Easily available gives it more points, and the fact that it's an American take on a German style that doesn't sacrifice any flavor gives it more points too.

I recommend trying it, especially for novices.

Photo of 3rdRowTailgater
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a nice red, amber color with an off-white head.

Sweet, malty aroma. Bready.

The taste is sweet and falls in line with the aroma with a slight earthy note.

Good mouthfeel and carbonation and the lingering aftertaste is nice.

Photo of iSip
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Oktoberfest: Out at a restaurant, I tried a bottle of Samuel Adams Oktoberfest. This beer had a translucent brown color, and thin off-white head which faded quickly. Not much carbonation. The aroma was pure roast malt. And so was the flavor, big and malty. Good, but not much complexity. Overall, I was hoping for more. And yes, I saw that it got a bronze medal in the 2011 GABF German-Style Marzen category.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,565 ratings.