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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
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6,628 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,628
Reviews: 2,038
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,098 | 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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Photo of MadTown1000
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass from the bottle.

A - Really nice looking. Caramel color resolves into something like light maple syrup after the bubbles float to the top. Maybe an inch of orange head melts away to nothing over the course of a minute.

S - Aroma is relatively strong, and almost citrusy.

T - Taste follows the look more than the smell - it's sweet, very malty, but also something of a maple sugar taste. Not cloying, but almost like the label says - "what we want fall to taste like". Hackneyed, sure, but somehow right.

M - It's a nice, heavy beer. Not stout-heavy, but enough to establish it a something substantial.

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

As far as appearance goes, Sam Adams Octoberfest definitely has traditional color tones for the style. The beer pours a deep-auburn that has a small, but very, bubbly head. The head doesn't stay for very long, quickly dissipating into a thin ring around the interior of the glass.
The aroma from this pint is faint, but that which does escape, is full of malty notes. Caramel dominates the nose with a subtle background of toffee and breadiness.
The taste parallels the aroma nicely. The first part of the taste was full of caramel and a bread-y character. The tastes finishes a little sweet, but not overpowering resulting in a clean, crisp take on a European staple.
It had been sometime since the last time I poured myself an Octoberfest. I was pleasantly surprised with the fullness of its body, not chewy or aqueous, but medium-bodied with a nice level of carbonation.
With an ABV (Alcohol by Volume) of 5.3%, Sam Adams Octoberfest is sessionable during those cool, refreshing fall evenings in New England. It is not the best American interpretation of this style, but is well-made brew that has the ability to open minds to craft beer as it did for me.

Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer crushes the generic Euro Marzen and Mexican Macro Vienna Lager ... but compared to the best Marzen's it is just too sweet.

The label brags of using 6 malts... no idea why, Vienna Lager traditionally gets by one just one malt. Marzen's are just a beefier version of that beer, so there's no reason for all the caramel malt they surely use.

Chewy and sweet, its a flavorsome, even inspiring, Lager. It's just too much to be counted as a session beer.

Photo of OsuJohn
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell- sweet, malt aroma

Taste- malty, smooth

Mouth- medium- not too dense, not too light

Overall- excellent overall. One of the beat beers around and one of the best examples of an Octoberfest. I've had several different octoberfest beers and this is the best.

I look forward to it every year.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a 14oz. flute.

Appearance: Off the bat looks great, not a bad look at all I just wish everything else reflected the way it looked. Amber with an initial 1/4 light amber head settles quickly after the pour.

Smell: Slight hoppy smell to it.

Taste: Very creamy, slight orange peel. Better marzens out there but this one is definitely worth keeping.

Mouth: Malty dry citrus taste, could definitely be improved I don't like to name other brands on reviews but would I look to more of the European side of the "Octoberfest" beers.

Overall: Good beer, would recommend to all beer drinkers. If you're looking for something to please you and your friends especially factoring it comes out during football season don't be timid. Could be little creamier but my opinion doesn't count...does it?

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is a wonderful clear red color that is unfortunately the highlight of this beer in my opinion. The head is rather shy and does not stick around for much longer than it takes to pour the beer into a glass.

The aroma is almost non-existent although there is a little bit of a toasted caramel aroma.

The beer tastes very clean, no esters from yeast are present. The flavor is of caramel and a slight bit of toast. Overall it leans towards the sweet side and does not clean off your pallet enough to want to take another sip right away.

Overall this beer is okay, not great.

Photo of UnderPressure
4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice red-orange color. Fluffy one-finger head.

Crisp, sweet, malty aroma.

Great flavor. Really complex malt profile. Low bitterness (appropriate). There is a cleanliness to the finish, yet, the malt lingers on the tongue.

Excellent mouthfeel. Nice and heavy bodied. there's even a slightly "chewy" feel to it. Carbonation level is just right.

I love this beer. It's good to have a nice, drinkable beer that heavily tips the scales to the malty side every once in a while. I definately drink my fair share in September and October.

Photo of corby112
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with bright orange edges and a one finger off white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma of this beer is really bland with an earthy quality along with some subtle spice but not much sweetness or malt coming through. Hints of floral, grassy pine along with some pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Very faint malt sweetness even as it warms.

Fuller bodied and more complex than I expected. The hop presence from the aroma is present up front providing faint dry bitterness which compliments the spice character. Hints of pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove linger over the sweet malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. The malt character is much stronger in the flavor than the aroma suggests with some sweet caramel and rye along with some faint pumpkin, toffee and biscuit. Decently balanced and sessionable but nothing extraordinary.

Photo of Tschnab
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a light brown amber color topped with a thin head and light lace notches.

S- aroma is caramel malt and a cereal grain breadiness. Light nutty notes.

T- much like the smell, the taste focuses on the malt bill. There is a very faint salt note to this beer I can't quite put my finger on. The finish is dry.

O- a solid fall classic, no complaints.

Photo of Cummins9110
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice clear amber color with a nice and frothy white head. Smells of sweet caramel and toasty malts, also get that crisp lager smell, I take a sip and get a medium bodied mouthfeel with sweet caramel and some slight malts, altho I can realy get a noble hop taste, maybe hallertau or tettnager hops, some noble variety, ends in a long lasting caramel taste which makes me want another drink. To be honest i think this beer needs more malty bready taste and less aroma addition hops. While this is a good october fest Im possitive Sam Adams could do better.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was reddish caramel. Maybe a ½-inch of head that dissipated very quickly. Minimal lacing. Minimal film on the sides.

Smelled like an amber. Maybe some roasty caramel malts. Some toffee late, but a bit weak altogether.

Tasted similar to the nose. Roasty malts up front, reminded me of Gordon Biersch’s Marzen. Malt heavy.

Medium body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Fairly long finish.

About what I expected. Just so-so, but good for the fall/winter.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Jacktoberfest in a plastic cup

Appearance: amber with a tan one finger head that lingers; decent lacing

Smell: malty, bready; some spiciness

Taste: Very smooth, malts come through with an almost sweet finish. Light hops

Mouthfeel: medium, really coats the tongue

Overall: I was never too excited about this one from a bottle. But on tap, the freshness really comes through. Smooth, yet robust. A nice fall beer. A really solid seller at the beer garden I was pouring at.

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

12oz bottle (best by 2/2012) poured into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous clear amber with a 1-finger off-white head.

Aroma is sweet, malty, bready.

Taste follows nose: clean biscuity caramel malt balanced by bitter hops. Nice clean mouthfeel, very drinkable.

This is not a particularly complex or even interesting beer - but that's par for the style. A little hoppier than its German counterparts, which I like.

Photo of MeatHunter
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We are fortunate enough to have a fantastic liquor store with an awesome variety of craft beers. Over the years, I have tried many beers from Sam Adams and to me, they all had one familiar taste. HOPS. Don't get me wrong, I like hops, when it's applicable to the style, but it just seems like Sam Adams uses them liberally in most of their beers. The other day I decide to pick up a 6 pack of Octoberfest. Have wanted to try this for some time as Octoberfest/Marzen is one of my favorite if not THE favorite style of beer.

All I can say is WOW. Truly impressed. Now I may be a bit biased on my review being that this particular style sits well with me, but there was nothing out of place with it.

Color. A perfect clear Amber.
Mouthfeel. Not malty, not watery.
Taste. Sweet, but not. Biscuit flavor/smell initially. A subtle sweetness on the backside.

This is a beer, in my opinion, that should appeal to all palates. I WILL be stocking up on this one.

Photo of Brutmasta
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber/rust color, one finger white head. The appearence really makes you think of fall, which I guess is the point. A really good looking beer!

S-Biscuits right off the bat, followed by fall oriented scents like nutmeg and pumpkin pie. After taking some really big whiffs I feel like I'm laying in a big pile of leaves!

T-Medium bodied with average carbonation. The classic Marzen spices hit you right off the bat, there's also a surprising salty taste. Finishing very clean with a tad bit of alchohol.

M-Nothing really special here, a bit of carbonation when it first hits the palate, but finishes very silky and clean!

O-Overall one of the best non imperial octoberfests' that I've had, blows Leinenkugel's and Harpoon's versions out of the water. Might take a back seat to Dogtoberfest though...

Photo of Holland
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear amber with large head at first, then just a ring on the edge.

S: light smells of malt and spice, but not too much there.

T: tastes much better than it smells. Nice spices, malt, some bitterness, and a slight amount of fruity flavor. Finishes with malt all over in the aftertaste.

M: crisp feeling, but not over carbonated. Medium body.

O: decent brew, relatively cheap and available. I'd do it again.

Photo of langm12
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap.

A - Cloudy copper color with a one finger fizzy head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S - Bready and Carmal malts. A touch of spice.

T - Very similar to the nose. Bready malts dominate. Spices and a touch of hops.

M - Light to medium. Good carbonation. This is an easy drinker.

Great session beer. this one is very enjoyable.

Photo of rudzud
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a large Stein.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper with a light, fizzy off white head that fades to leave a very thin halo and no side lacing.

S - Light sweet malts, carmel, and good fall/Marzen spices.

T - More of the same, though a bit lighter. Good carmel malts, some very light hop bitterness. In the middle is a fair typical oktoberfest spice.

M - Mouthfeel was a little thin and watery. Super drinkable though.

O - This is a good beer from sam adams. Just, there are better versons out there. Still, a good cheap buy.

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

A - Pours cloudy brown with a finger thick head. Head dissipates to a light lacing and cap.

S - Banana bread and caramel with a light background of hops.

T - Brown sugar to start followed by bready hops. Citrus comes in at the very end.

M - Medium body with the right amount of carbonation.

O - This is a nice easy drinker, great flavor and feel. This is a good fall season beer to have through the night with a couple of friends. Drinking this invokes the feeling of a cool autumn evening. I have also had it on tap and it was delicious then as well.

Photo of DasBoot91
2.86/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark orange-ish/copper look. 2 finger off-white head with some lacing. Average carbonation.

S- Smelling some spices and caramel.

T- Tasting light spices, nothing to up in your face. With a little fruit sweetness. Hops are there just sweet not bitter.

M- Medium light feel. Getting the carbonation but goes down easy.

O- A good beer but not what I think a lot of people make it out to be before I ever had it. The appearance I think is the best part. The taste seems to be lacking for all its hype. But i think if your going to a party in the fall, you can't go wrong with this beer.

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grains

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some grains. There is also a bit of an earthiness and a touch of a cherry sweetness. It ends with a malty slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – A really good seasonal beer that has a nice easy drinking yet flavourful taste. I could easily drink a bunch of these throughout the course of an evening. I'd buy it again.

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

First beer review, so let's see what I can do.

Serving type was bottle poured into glass. Pours a picturesque amber with a two to three finger off-white, tan head, with plenty of carbonation. Head dissipates after about a minute.

The smell was a bit nutty, with very mild notes of some kind of spice or floral scent that I can't quite pin down.

The taste has a fairly prominent "bready" quality that finishes with a bit of hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, starting off smooth with a bit of carbonation and ending with a satisfying crispness.

Overall, an enjoyable beer and worth a try, but not something that I'm going to flip my lid over. That said, if Boston Beer Company does anything right, it's definitely the appearance of their beers. They're always a pleasure on the eyes.

Cheers.

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

Clean and malty with a scratchy touch of hops. Nothing very interesting about it but it looks nice in the glass with a real orange color for the season. Malty with a roasted edge. Hops are the earthy sort. Slight bitterness around the edges. Touch of saltiness along with the sweet malt.

Yet another perfectly drinkable beer from Sam Adams. Well made and balanced. Down the hatch and on to something else.

Photo of claspada
2.89/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice caramel/amber color with adequate head and lacing.

Aromas are of some sweet bready malts but not much else. It's a pretty weak-smelling brew and left me wanting more. Maybe a faint hint of earthy hops but I could be making that up as well

The taste is about the same, some mild malt and a little undefined spicing, presumably from the yeast. It is a little sweet and bready in the front with a slighty hopped end

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. It drinks easily enough but the carbonation left me feeling more full than a beer with such little body and flavor warranted.

Overall I am not a big fan of this style but I find this beer to be pleasant enough to have one here an there. I will never purchase this beer but it was offered to me for free so I said why not. Plenty of better examples of the style but you can definitely do worse I suppose.

Photo of eonbluekarma
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown color and a nice head. Mouth feel is a hit of carbonation, but a little thin. A hint of caramel malt and yeast, but not a great smell. The taste is a little sweet and bready in the front with a slighty hopped end. A decent Octoberfest. One of Sam's best beers.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,628 ratings.