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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,194 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,194
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 49
Gots: 270 | 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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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: Out of the bottle, and into my Aktien mug, it's a nice clear copper with a strong, sturdy beige head that lasts for some time. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: The smell is a very pleasent, bready, grainy malt smell, combine with a nice touch of noble (I think) hops that really balance it out nicely.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is super bready. Almost too much, overpowering pretty much everything else. But it still tastes good, while it's not very balanced. The hops are damn near silent, only bittering at the finish for a tiny second, following into a grainy aftertaste, that doens't linger very long. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: While it's not the best, this is a tasty Oktoberfest, full of character and drinkability. If only the hops were more prominent, I'd be drinking this beer all season. But still, it's a nice offering from Sam Adams. Give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 18:55:23 | More by santoslhalper
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budsboy

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours clear, mahogany with a thin head that gone as fast as it came.

Subtle carmel malt and fruit scent. Not much to talk about there.

Malty sweet with very little bitterness. A hint of warming from the alcohol, and sweet on the finish. It's gone on the swallow. No aftertaste. None.

Carbonation is fizzy. Light and crispy.

Eh. Not a bad brew, inoffensive, appealing to the masses. It'll do in a pinch. Overall, a bland offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 23:56:22 | More by budsboy
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lokicat444

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks and acts like a regular Sam Adams, a nice orange color with a fine amount of foam and lacing. Smells sweet, malty. Sip is smooth and rich, with a good mouthfeel. Hops are the first thing I notice when sipping, though they don't really have a distinct profile. Taste then turns strongly to a malty caramel flavor that works wel for the style. Sweet, but not cloying or offensive; very drinkable. It doesn't really have that typical 'Sam Adams' taste (noble hops?) which is a slight disappointment for me. Nevertheless, a great beer for the season to mix up in one's usual beer rotation.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2005 00:18:55 | More by lokicat444
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mentor

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle obtained from Meridian Wine & Spirits (Lafayette, Colorado) and consumed later that same evening. Pours a 1.5 finger dirty tan head that hangs like Tom Dooley. The beer is rich orange-rust and crystal clear. Smells reich caramel sweet malty during the pour. To the nose, crisp rich grains. Sugar, careml, and some munich malt. Tin hops...maybe Saaz? Toasted grains, smells yummy and looks yummy. Tastes caramel, toasty grains, with some apricot (that's a flavor that doesn't belong) sweet, and a hint of sour grains. Sweet in the mouth, but a dry finish. I don't care for the high carbonation it makes the beer leave the tongue too soon. After swirling to release carb, the head, which, had disappeared, returns in its full glory. The beer tastes much better now. A sweet, yet sour, grain hangs like a thick dark cloud near my tonsils. Yeah, it keeps some of the toasty beer flavor around. Hmmm. I wonder if that flavor could be some floral from hops? yes, now I think it might be. Not Saaz, though...Tettnanger? Maybe. Hallertauer..I think not. Smooth slick mouthfeel, thank goodness I got rid of the carbonation. Drinkability is so, so. The dry gets to me by the end and the toasty becomes a bit too tannic or phenolic. Very enjoyable with many qualities that remond me of the beers I had in Germany last year.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 22:00:41 | More by mentor
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tomthumbsblues

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a wonderfully rich copper color and created an expanding foamy tan head. Streams of bubbles from the bottom with flecks of lacing as well. Malty aromas and perhaps a hint of hops as well. Good strong hoppy start in taste. This yields to a bready malt which spreads over the tongue leaving a gingerbread aftertaste. Mouthfeel was balanced with a good coating, but too much carbonation. A great fall beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 04:15:53 | More by tomthumbsblues
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GnomeKing

Pennsylvania

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

This is solid entry into the--IMHO--overcrowded Oktoberfest market. It's a vibrant, strong copper color with ample head. The taste has a sweet and prominent malt flavor with hops that nicely, balance things. There are some nice hints of fruit. The beer is well made and retains its flavor well, being as drinkable on the cold first sip as it is on the moderately warmed final sip. If it's that time of year, hell, grab one...join the spirit of the season...but like I said, grab one, not a whole case.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2005 15:32:35 | More by GnomeKing
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battlekow

Wisconsin

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

The Sam Adams Octoberfest is reddish-amber color with better-than-average lacing. It smells and tastes biscuity and malty, with the taste having just a hint of cherry and mustiness. With a nice, thick mouthfeel and very little bitterness, Sam Adams' Octoberfest is perhaps the most sessionable of the Oktoberfests I've had this year, but seems to be pandering a bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2005 00:02:48 | More by battlekow
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ryantupy

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at Buffalow Wild Wings and loved it. It pours a very nice clear amber and the head is a beautiful frothy cream colored head. Very smooth for sure and very drinkable its has some sweet notes and a little spice. I found this to be very enjoyable and will definatly savor this one this year.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2005 02:56:49 | More by ryantupy
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sopor

Oregon

2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Take this review with a grain of salt, I've recently identified Munich Malt flavors to be problematic for me.

Crystal clear dark-red amber with 1" tan frothy head. Lots of bubbles race for the top. Smells of slightly rotten sweetness.

Just some slight crystal malt and a hint of roasted malt and the rotten sweetness that I identify with Munich malts. Some delicate hop bittering.

Lively but not foamy carbonation and moderate light body.

The malt flavors do me in, I'm unfortunately not impressed by any oktoberfests as they nornally leave a dull nausea in me that I connect with the "rotten sweetness" of the munich malts.

I could be totally wrong about the Munich malt, but after some feedback from the forum, I'm pretty sure I've locked that down to the root fo the problem.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 18:02:14 | More by sopor
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bo-ring. Served on tap into a tumbler style pint glass. Dark amber with a small head that dissipates quickly. Sweet malty aroma, neither appealing nor unappealing. Fizzy carbonation. Taste is very sweet but unexciting. Slight hoppiness. Very bland, though Octoberfest is not one of my favorite styles and I've never found any of the OF beers I've had to be very complex. Decent mouthfeel and drinkability. Simply "ok" in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2005 17:21:53 | More by ChrisBowers
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bahumutx

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice gold color. A nice size head that is dissipating slowly.


Smell: I can smell malt and a slight caramel aroma.


Taste: A very sweet beer with a slight hop flavor at the end. Not to complex of a flavor. Somewhat plain in my opinion.


Mouthfeel: There is a lot of carbonation in this beer but it still goes down smooth.


Drinkability: I think I would only have one or two of these.

This is my first Oktoberfest beer. I think it is a good offering from Sam Adams but is somewhat plain but I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 00:14:38 | More by bahumutx
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ommegangpbr

New York

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

T'is the season... t'is almost october.
Drink by February... I assume 2006.
Into a goblet with this one.
All around, an above average brew... though a C or C- student for the style.
Very well balanced but a bit too light for the style.
I can see what others mean by this being a "safe" brew.
No adventure in this at all.
Smells mild, mildly sweet, pleasant.
Looks like Sam's lager.
No thick, big chewyness; nothing really festive about this either.
Perhaps that is where this is really lacking.
The whole point of October/Oktoberfest is to give thanks for the last brewing season and to celebrate the beginning of the new brewing season.
This beer needs celebration!
Makes for a nice lager, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 08:32:10 | More by ommegangpbr
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DrJay

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was served with a thin head that didn't last long. Quite clear medium amber/orange colour. There was plenty of sweetness in the aroma, but not much malty depth and little in the way of hops. Low bitterness, lots of sweetness and this carries straight through to the end. A bit grainy with some corn flavour thrown in. Not very clean tasting, with a bit of fruitiness at the midpoint. The body fell away and became thin towards the finish, but still had some stickiness. A bit disappointing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2005 01:41:17 | More by DrJay
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out to a burnt orange color with a nice 1/2 inch white foam head. Higher carbonation noted in this beer. Some lace rings after half the glass was empty. Odors of yeast, caramel and malt. Taste could have been stronger, but nonetheless good; flavors of hops, grain and some spice were evenly meshed by the slightly smooth bitterness toward the end. Smooth and crisp mouthfeel was more than acceptable. A good beer for the fall season. Just wish the flavors were more pronounced. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 01:51:47 | More by Frozensoul327
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mynie

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The leaves are falling at it was so nice today that I didn't need to roll my car windows down. It's time for marzens.

Pours pretty. Pumpkin orange with a nice, two finger head. Nice bottle work, too.

Smells faint but nice. Rich marzen malt. Caramel and cereal. I wish it was stronger.

Almost a macro grain upfront, moving into rich, smooth caramel and ending with cheeri-os. Nice, but like the nose it's far too weak.

Meh. This is a decent offering. If nothing else it's gotten me in the mood for the better o-fests that should be popping up soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 01:35:39 | More by mynie
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ypsifly

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz dated best before Feb of next year, poured into a pint glass.

Clear, dark copper with a small fizzy head that is white but flat in a minute or so. A veiled foamy ring is all that's left. Minimal lace.

The nose is very malty with something metal in the background. Has an almost nutty character. Of the SA lineup, this has a more pronounced nose than the others. Not complex, but I don't get my nose wet trying to get a whiff.

Tastes a lot like it smells. The nutty malts make up the bulk of the flavors, but there's that ghost of a metallic twinge just after the midpoint. There's enough hop towards the back to add some balance and something approaching complexity. The more I sip, it takes on an almost woody flavor. I like it.

The mouthfeel is a bit light for my taste, but this could be a halfway decent session brew. Pairing it with the right food would help this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 04:51:24 | More by ypsifly
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Octagonal

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber pour with average head.
The aroma is fruity, hints of apricot, and of spice.
The taste is sweet, not much bitterness, essentially the same fruit and spice flavors. There is a very slight hop finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.
Allow multiple drinks to get progressively warmer. The sweetness is nice but overpowering after 2 or 3 and the warmer beer tempers that a little. .

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 03:32:17 | More by Octagonal
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whynot44

Missouri

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

Light/medium bodied, very nice cinnamon/copper color with a decent creamy head that disappears a little too fast.

Aroma is mild and primarily malt - caramel, nuts with a touch of apple.

Taste, again, is primarily caramel malts, some smokiness, apple taste at the end with just a bit of hops bite at the finish. Aftertaste is light nutty caramel.

Creamy smooth and drinkable. Very nice for a cool fall day.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 03:45:25 | More by whynot44
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Px2GrafX

Virginia

2.38/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

presentation: on tap

appearance: poured a cherry dark wood color with copper highlights in a pilsner glass. (all beers in the restaurant were poured in pilsners, so i didn't say anything.) head was a good 1" when it arrived at the table. off-white in color, and lasted for a few minutes before dropping to a thin capper. laced surprisingly well.

smell: not much to say here. not very aromatic but smelled sort of metallic much like an american micro lager. there were touches of sweetness and fruit, maybe grapes, but the fruit isn't to style. no hop aroma.

taste: again, not overly impressive. there's still that anoying cheap lager metallic taste. it was hard to get past this. there was a lot of malt character, some spice and just a touch of hop flavors in the finish. some noticible diacetyl flavors, though.

mouthfeel: the best thing about this beer. medium creamy body with just enough carbonation. the swallow was moderately smooth as well.

drinkability: this began more drinkable than it finished. the metallic taste was rough. alcohol didn't hinder, but aftertaste was less than appealing. buttery bitterness made this hard to finish.

overall: to start, this isn't one of my favorite styles. i'd like to review this again from the bottle to see if any of the negatives were from the restaurant or the tap. the buttery and metallic flavors made this hard to tolerate, and they aren't normal for this style. better luck next time.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2005 16:17:12 | More by Px2GrafX
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium brown pour with a brief off-white head and a few thin streaks of lace.

Aroma is sweet and malty, slightly nutty, with some floral hops.

Flavor is primarily malty caramel sweetness, nutty, lightly floral, with some bitter hops in the rear. Hoppier than most Oktoberfests.

A hair below medium bodied, with a smooth body and somewhat grainy texture.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2005 14:28:31 | More by AlexJ
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle has freshness month five months in advance. Orange to bronze colour with a little more than a rim for a head. Smells of that carrot and tomato yet sweet malty smell which confounds people who walk too close to many large breweries. This isn't flat, but rather the bubbles are miniscule pin prick bubbles, so it feels both uncarbonated and super carbonated at the same time. Taste replicates the smell rather too accurately, although if I concentrate I can pull a little brown sugar and a hint of hop in the aftertaste.

I'm not impressed with this, but have found that Sam Adams Octoberfest varies wildly by the year. 2005 doesn't seem a good year, but who knows what 2006 will bring.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 04:35:22 | More by charlatan
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Rootdog316

Virginia

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

Samuel Adams Octoberfest pours to a brownish-amber color with a huge head formation and a generous stream of carbonation that cascades up the glass. The nose is nutty and slightly sweet, the palate even more laden with those nutty-malty melanoidin flavors imparted by the Munich malt. There's a touch of chocolate too, a slightly thinner than desired body, and a finish that is balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. This is actually a very good Octoberfest beer, and one of my favorite Samuel Adams beers. I look forward to it's release every September.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 01:43:37 | More by Rootdog316
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

A fair attempt for an Oktoberfest, but it cannot compare to traditional German brews. Looks brightly copper-orange. Vigorously carbonated. Fizzy head retention. Aromas are modestly of the bready, toasty, creamy, and crisp character that I like in Oktoberfests. Tastes much the same. Modest malt character (not biscuit malt), has a grain husk flavor with mild astringency. Lacking hop character of the Noble variety. Creaminess and cleanliness is not to the calaber of true Oktoberfest beers. Although the characters are lacking, and despite a few flaws, it's still a fair beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 22:39:30 | More by BEERchitect
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jmz62565

Connecticut

2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

although I still get excited when i see this on shelves,it's just not as good as it used to be.i like the appearence,but the smell is not what you would find in traditional octoberfests.to me, i find all sam adams alittle too "big brewery" for me,but this octoberfest has a great after taste, very festive and fall like.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 03:52:17 | More by jmz62565
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NClifestyle

North Carolina

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

After year upon year tasting of this seasonal, I know that this isn't the best Oktoberfest beer out there. However, I still have a place in my gut for this brew, and I still love it.
Pours up a great clear orange/red color with lots of bubbles and thick, barely off white head. Drops to a thin layer over the rest of the beer.
Smells of slightly sweet malt and some spicyness in there as well. Taste is a sugar bread malt thing at the front, with a fizzy hop taste in the back. A great balance of malt and hop, and a solid, crisp aftertaste. As it warms, the brew gets more bitter, less sweet, but that's not a bad thing.
There are just enough bubbles to keep things lively in the mouth, and I think I could drink quite a few of these beers.
I always crack a huge smile when I see the first glimpse of the purple and orange box of Sam Adams Octoberfest. Mmmmm.

cheers...

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 00:30:56 | More by NClifestyle
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