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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,632
Reviews: 2,039
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,106 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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4/5  rDev +9%

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Ruger
2.94/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark amber with a white two finger head that fizzles out extremely quick, with no lacing.

S - Malts, grains, and bread; smells like fall.

T - Caramel, malts, and a decent hop balance finishes really crisp and clean.

M - Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation smooth and refreshing.

Photo of TippySelenoid
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

Brown and clear. Foamy white head. Nice carbonation climbing to the top.

Smells faintly malty and roasty. A hint of hops.

Tastes like an octoberfest. Smooth flavor, sort of sweet, touch of herbal hops.

It's light bodied with appropriate carbonation.

This is an octoberfest. Any typical Marzen gets a B with me. None of them blow me away and I don't think I've ever regretted drinking one.

Photo of tjacobs610
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber in color, sort of rusty. Very thick caramel colored head with lots of lacing

Smell: Very malty aroma, with some sweetness to it. Has hints of grain with an almost musty hint to it as well

Taste: Very malty taste, not as sweet as the smell would suggest. Has a bit of a sweeter finish that’s also very metallic

Mouthfeel: Very frothy and fairly thick feel. Has a good bit of carbonation that allows the head to last quite a while.

Overall: Very good beer, nothing fantastic but it’s a solid one that can always be enjoyed.

Photo of Beejay
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium amber with a rose tint, very clear. The head is a massive fluffy off white monster. Looks nice.

S: Definitely some dark bread aromas, as well as a sweet slightly caramel smell. There is a light floury note as well.

T: Bready and sweet, with caramel notes and a light fruitiness. There is a nice raison taste in there as well, though very slight.

M: Medium in body, and high carbonation.

O: Overall a very enjoyable beer, although it is not earth shattering, it is certainly well made and tasty.

Photo of jb413
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bar was out of Harpoon. But ended up being a nice fill-in.

A - Fantastic look with a dark amber color, some rising bubbles and a big three finger foamy head with good retention.

S - Nose smelt good but don't recall much beyond the usual malt / hops.

T - Nice toasted and caramel malt flavors and a good finish. Some hints of darker fruit. The right amount of balance. A little richer and of a higher quality than expected. Tasty and above average for me.

MF - Medium through and through with a bit of creamy texture and nicely matched carbonation. A bit less drinkable than others in the style I've had but it works well.

O - Great looking and tasting. A winner from Sam. Surprisingly edged out the Harpoon and left me wanting another.

Photo of brealbg
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing quality for a mass production beer. Sam Adams definitely pays attention to the details.

*head- average size, fizzy, off-white, virtually no head lacing, dissipates quickly.
*Medium carbonation
*Copper in color

*grain, toasted, citrus, yeast, alcohol, apple, pear, pumpkin, red wine, spices.

*caramel, grain, oatmeal, wheat, yeast, alcohol, allspice, apple, brown sugar, butterscotch, cinnamon, nutmeg, peach, pear, pumpkin, red wine, spices, vanilla, champagne.

*initial- medium sweetness, light acidity, light bitterness, very light sourness, light saltiness, and very light tartness
*finish- sweetness increases a step and acidity, bitterness and saltiness all decrease one step when compared to initial. Average finish length, watery mouthfeel, hits the front of the tongue. Virtually no body lacing.

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

The only issue I have with Samuel Adams seasonal beers is the
freshness, or often the lack thereof, and its pronounced effect on the product. Time takes the subtile edge off of these mass market/craft beers, particularly the aromatics and finish. I've had very good ones and poor ones. It is Beer O'Clock on Friday and my draft Octoberfest's appearance is deep and rich in its plain 20oz glass. It has a subdued head, as the draft seems well chilled. It has a smooth and pleasant caramel sweetness that turns slightly tannic bitter in the finish that does not linger. It is not dry. I find it a tad over hopped for the style, a tendency with Sam Adams. The taste flourishes at a cool temperature. Like most Sam Adams I find it to be a solid representation of the style and certainly worth drinking.

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

Arrives beautifully dark, dark orange almost red in color and with a smallish tan head. Drops to a ring that lasts for a long time.
Smell is malty, grassy with a light hops note and caramel.
Taste is of lightly roasted malts, caramel, grass, hops.
Reasonably rich in flavor, medium-full bodied, medium effervescence. A bit sharp up front but fading well. Nice aftertaste of malty caramel. A Decent marzen for a beer that is so widely available.

Photo of jsisko01
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an amber color with an inch thick, fluffy brown/tan head that lasts for about 2 minutes.

Smell - Sweet, malty, some spices.. maybe nutmeg, and grainy.

Taste - Lots of spices.. I think coriander and clove. Quite bitter but also sweet. Very malty with caramel.

Mouthfeel - Kind of thick with mild carbonation.

Overall - Definitely one of the better Oktoberfest beers..

Photo of vfgccp
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - It has an iced tea look to it, some head on the initial pour with medium retention, and a mediocre lace.

S - Very light on the nose, slight bready notes and hints of nutmeg. Notes of dry leaves.

T - Has an amber malt flavor, the bread notes come out in the flavor as well, a bold orange zest flavor throughout starting with the initial taste.

M - A great feel for an octoberfest, it has nice carbonation with a nice body and decent feel on the palate.

O - A good representation of the style, very drinkable and smooth. Nice mix of bready malts with touches of earthy and citus notes.

---Rated via Beer's Advocate for iPhone

Photo of MsRif
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at Casey's in Newtown Square, PA

Poured a golden orange color with a thin head and no lacing. Head pretty much dissipated immediately. Had an aroma of grains, sweet malts, yeast and spices. Tastes of grains, sweet malts, bready-ness and spices. A tiny bit of a metallic taste...not sure if maybe the tap line was messed up or if it was the brew.

I found the mouthfeel to be pretty light. Wouldn't say medium. It's a thin beer for the style. It's a good attempt, but not great. High carbonation. Very drinkable due to how thin it is. Not very complex, and while well-balanced...I found it a bit "watery" I guess. I'll have it if I have to choose between Miller Light, Bud Light and this one...otherwise, I'll probably pass.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Best before February 2012.

A: Minimal white head has mediocre retention. Lots of bubbles in a very clear amber beer.

S: Sweet, lagery malt. Clean, but boring.

T/M: Crisp, clean, and lightly sweet. Very little hop presence, but carbonation provides a slight bite. Taste is subdued, but everything present is quite nice. Not much to say; nice example of the style.

O: Good Octoberfest, and the sort of beer I might drink absent-mindedly as refreshment. Not precisely recommended, but you could make a lot poorer choice. Would drink again.

Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Not much of a head for a German-style beer but the color is good.

S: Hops, biscuits, caramel

T: Very malty. Caramel. Some hop bitterness at the very beginning, but not much after.

M: Malty. Perfect amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink.

Overall: This is a fairy good oktoberfest beer. Easy to drink, but flavorful.

Photo of LBHops62
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was not as impressed with this Octoberfest that I thought that I was going to be. It did not have anything that really stood out to me. The beer was good overall, but did not have anything that hit me hard. To me, it didn't have any charateristics that were different from the norm. I probibly had too high of expectations. It had some of the basic octoberfest characteristics, basically tasting like an average medium lager. I had a high quality of ingredient traits, but it just didn't seem like the ingredient portfolio was very diverse. Just kind of small for a craft ocotberfest in my opinion.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#132. One of the most highly anticipated Samuel Adams selections, I have been preparing to consume this beer for a very long time now. I've been looking far and wide for an Oktoberfest that satisfies my palate, and have as of yet been largely unsuccessful. I got mine as a part of the Autumn Harvest Variety Pack for a meager $13.99. This is my first selection (of 4) from that pack (Not including previously-reviewed Boston Lager and Irish Red).

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temperature. Served at 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Rigorous pour yields a frothy 1.5 finger off-white mild cream tone depth head of a light consistency. Retention is average, casually declining as it condenses, until it recedes to a thin surface cover in a few minutes. Minor speckled lacing is left behind on head level. The color is a deep gold-orange with some peach champagne tones. Clarity is crystal clear with medium carbonation and no impurities to the naked eye. The head quality could improve, but otherwise this looks appropriate for an Oktoberfest. 3.5

(Smell) Aroma consists mainly of clean grains, mostly amber, medium crystal and some pale malts and reminiscent of that characteristic caramel tone that most Samuel Adams lagers have. Warming also reveals some mild toffee and roasted nut tones, mild but certainly present. Aside from the sweet toffee, potency is mild, and should tone up significantly to improve this score. Smells slightly more full bodied than the average lager, but then again, that's essential to what makes Oktoberfests so distinctive. In that respect, it meets. 3

(Taste) Taste consists of a mildly roasted sweet amber malt and toasted nut introduction followed through with a lingering caramel finish with an earthy hop twang. The flavors are very mild but balanced enough to avoid tasting "watered down". Not surprisingly, this beer swings to the sweet end of the spectrum in terms of taste. Therefore, while the taste lies on the more passive end of Oktoberfests in terms of body, it does so with an interest of accessibility to most casual beer drinkers while also maintaining an interest in decent quality for the more stringent of folks, as with me. I'm not very impressed, but its a decent session beer in the end. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) A medium crispness in the beginning, calming down to a laid back mild carbonation in the finish. Finish also has what I'd consider a "dry nutty" tone to it that, of course leaves the finish dry. It's not what I'd call "smooth", but rather of a mildly watery consistency, a very lager-like clean feeling, as lagers are largely expected to be. Body is medium, on par with comparing Oktoberfests as there's some substance to this one. Alcohol is well concealed save for a slight alcohol tingle on the tongue and in taste that comes by larger gulps. As before mentioned, it's a decent session take for an autumn beer assuming you enjoy the simplicity of Oktoberfests. I find the mouthfeel to pair well with the taste. 4

(Overall) Not an Oktoberfest to knock my socks off, but it's not lacking in content, just in distinction. If you're an Oktoberfest fan, I can't see why you wouldn't enjoy this but it sticks quite strictly to the seemingly tight-knit standards of Oktoberfests, making it just another beer in a large line-up of very similar takes on the not-so-diverse lager style. For less than $1.50 a bottle, it's a good session choice, but for a real autumn treat, something more adventurous should fit the season better. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Octoberfest
B- (3.4)

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

A good friend brought over a couple of these, been a while since I had this from Sam Adams, poured into a pint glass.
The appearance is a copper color with one finger of a nice looking off-white head. Its` nose has caramel, malts, a small amount of hops. Taking a sip of this oktoberfest and I taste malts, with a fair amount of sweetness to it, more of that caramel. Some nuts also come through in the flavor. MF is medium with a lighter carbonation level. All things considered, a pretty good representation of the style.

Photo of bubseymour
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pretty looking beer with a crystal clear copper color with 1 finger head that quickly disappeared.

Smell - Pleasant malty and bready smell with some sweet notes

Taste - This is a good Marzen. Nice flavors, some crispness in the finish.

Mouthefeel - A little light and watery but for the style its fine.

Overall - I think SA did a good job with their Octoberfest Marzen. One of their more noteable beers of late.

Photo of Swim424
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

A- deep orange/red. very clean looking. very nice decent head. dissipated into thin white layer on top.

S- Cant tell a whole lot here. I have a little cold so I can smell much. I do smell some sweetness. Definitly malty.

T- A little bland due to cold but Im doing my best. Im getting some sweet maltyness to it. A mix of carbonation and hop at the end, not very powerful though.

MF- A little leftover creamy layer to it. A little aftertaste nothing bad.

O-overall this is a pretty good beer. I will probably re-review/edit in a couple days when i get my senses all the way back.

Photo of BigMike
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at TGIF

A: Typical Octoberfest appearance. Pretty much a golden,bronzed orange color with a thin off white head. Larger sized bubbles that don't hang around too long.

S: A few different aromas come through. All very light with none outshadowing another. Toasted caramel. A bit nutty and spicy as well. Not overwhelming.

T: Toasty and grainy. An underlying sweetness brings it all together.

M: Pretty much on the thin side. Not watery but not far from it. Carbonation seems fine.

Overall: Oktoberfest lagers aren't typically my cup of tea but there are better offerings out there then this one for sure. My favorite being Victory Festbier.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,632 ratings.