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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,551 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,551
Reviews: 2,017
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 928 | 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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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Harvest pack bottle
Most Samuel Adams have a pleasant apperance, this one is a dark golden amber with a finger of off white head with very slight lacing. The nose is pretty faint even as it warms, whats there is caramel, yeasty bread and a malts. The tast is Malty, caramel and toffee. Light bodied and well carbed. A good example of the marzen style.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's that time of year - pumpkins and Octoberfests. Bottled poured into a tulip; labeled is notched as best by January. Clear, light amber body with a bit of orange hue. Big three-finger light tan head that has good retention, but leaves only bit of lacing.

The aroma is underwheling - sweet malt and lager yeast is what I am detecting. But, a hint of earthy hops seems to linger in the background, but average at best.

The flavor is a little better. The malt and light hop flavor blend fairly well, and there dwells a bit of tartness, most likely attributed to the hops.

Medium to light texture in the mouthfeel and no notice of any alcohol. A little dissapointed overall.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass on 9/11/11

Enjoy by March 2012

The beer is a burnt, rustic amber color with singes of rusty brown and boasts exquisite clarity. Poured a fast-rising two finger head that thinned shortly to about 1/4th inch layer of foam. A thinner layer holds throughout. A few clumps of lace; not much.

The aroma is filled with toasted grains, bread, caramel and an earthy notion; all of which is pleasant. What isn't so pleasant is an aroma that I can only describe as half shaved metal and half hand lotion; yeah, I'm not at all digging that part. As it warms, suggestions of campfire emerge; I can live with that.

The taste is more enjoyable than the aroma. It started off with refined, earthy hop bent which is quickly enveloped in toasted grains left and right. Grains and bready flavors abound, causing the caramel suggested by the nose to be downplayed; fine with me. On the outskirts are the occasional wisps of mild fruit esters. This critter tastes really good and is well-integrated.

The toasted flavors when coupled with brisk yet restrained carbonation make for a reasonably crisp medium body. Some bready residuals linger, but the finish is quick and mostly clean. The feel is pretty much spot-on.

Overall, this is a decent one. Aside from some of the strange aromatics (which do seem slightly tamed as it warms up more), it's pleasant enough to drink.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bold, clear auburn color with little head or lace. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, and a hint of nuts and spice. It's flavor is a malty sweetness with just a touch of hop bitterness. There are notes of roasted malt, spices, nuts, and caramel. Well balanced. The mouthfeel is medium. Samuel Adams Octoberfest is a good beer, a good representation of the style. Recommended!

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber/orange color which looks perfect for fall. I had this both on tap and in a bottle and I must say that where I had it must've taken great care of their taps. Also out of the bottle I found their to be less scent.

But anyway, I went into octoberfest expecting not to like it since everyone in the world built it up like crazy, but after trying hacker pschorr's and brooklyns, I must say Sam adams is awesome.

Light crisp, malty, and brisk. Just a tad bit tinny and slightly sweet.

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

I first had Sam Adam's October Fest offering my sophomore year of college. It was a welcome change from all that Bud Light, let me tell you!

Pours a light copper color, perfect for autumn. Smells of carmel and malt. Taste is reminiscent of brown sugar, along with caramel and malt. Somewhat dry; begs for you to take another sip.

Overall, a fine brew to enjoy when the weather turns a bit cooler and when there's football on tv. Enjoy!

Photo of Kc4shore
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at 50 degree F.

Appearance: Nice dark amber coloring with slightly over 1 inch head

Smell: Great malty smell, hints of caramel and toast

Taste: As a true Marzan style beer, the malt speaks volume here. Also get an added caramel note or two. Okay bitterness. Easy drinking. Big positive for me is the pleasent aftertaste, which is oncommon for beers served at warmer temperatures

Mouthfeel: October's approaching, which means the beers are getting heavier and fuller. Medium bodied, decent bitterness. Definitely coats the mouth before going down. Very enjoyable

Overall: I am a huge Marzan fan, and an advocate for all types of fall beers. As far as Samuel Adam's Octoberfest goes, I find that it is the best Marzan for its value. Some German imports can tend to get pricy, and Sams Octoberfest sells for about a $1.66 a bottle.. Cheers!

Photo of yankeej13
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a tasting at work and this is one of the beers I wanted to try.

A- Poured an amber redish color, with a mild lace of foam that quickly disappears. Mild amount of carbonation.

S- Had a nice malty smell, hints of caramel, a very mild toffee smell. Very mild hop aroma. A nice sweet smell.

T- Nice front of different malts right out of the gate. Had a good caramel taste with a touch of toffee. With a nice sweet finish.

M- Good drinkability, pretty crisp and refreshing. Smooth taste.

Overall- I was happy with it, did just what I thought it was going to do. Cheers!

Photo of spitInTheOcean
2.4/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

red-orange color. good clarity. good off-white head. good lacing.

medium malt aroma. clean lager aroma, that is predominant in the bouquet. no hop aroma. very light toasted aroma. subtle caramel/toffee aroma.

taste is initaily slightly sweet. low malt flavor. low hop bitterness. no hop flavor. finish is sweet. balance is toward the malt and the crisp finish overpowers the thin(delicate) flavor of the beer. the taste is pretty non existent on this one, and what flavor there is, is most notable that of adjuncts.

medium mouthfeel. crisp finish.

overall this is not an oktoberfest worth drinking.

Photo of 57md
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a 23 oz. glass and paired with a French dip sandwich. Deep amber color with a bit more than a finger of head. The smell has a distinct malt fragrance that is typical of this style. The malt dominates the taste and it feels heavy and thick going down. Had two of these with lunch and I'm not sure which was more filling, the beers or my sandwich. I think that SA beers generally don't live up to their hype, but this is one of their better efforts.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer from the Harvest Fest pack (side bar: I really like what Sam Adams is doing with these). 12 oz bottle poured into a 6oz tasting glass.

A: Clear, and dare I say/exaggerate it, pumpkin orange? Yes that's a bit of a stretch, its more of a copper/stained wood kind of color. Head

S: Aroma alludes to an incredible sweetness/richness that comes through but is lost every slightly in the taste department. Touches of sweet bread dough and that underlying, earthy, dampen sweetness I'd say is akin to freshly turned soil, but in reality is impossible to describe with any clarity. It just smells like a sweet, malty beer, it is an entirely unique aroma that only a beer can possess.

T/MF: Not quite why octoberfests get such a bad rap on this site. The beer is perfectly suited for an early fall day, full bodied, smooth and immensely drinkable. Tastes are nuanced, with traces of tobacco (a kind of earthy, damp, sweetness) and caramel. Very sweet.

D: A pleasure to sit with and sip or drink by the pitcherfull if you have an empty stomach. I may not enjoy the coming winter but at least I can relish in the waning days of summer and usher in the turning of the leaves with this beer.

Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a mug.

Amber the color of a sunset with a 2 finger khaki head.

aroma: Toasted Malt like baked whole grain bread. No hop presence detected.

mouthfeel: A well constructed medium.

Taste: a soft maltiness with a finish like hazelnuts. A light herbal hoppiness adds balance.

Notes: Not complicated but tasty,well constructed and drinkable.

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

A Yankee pint, on-tap at a hockey-happy Buffalo Wild Wings in suburban Detroit. Or as the engaging bartendress pronounced it - 'hackey'.

This beer appears a clear, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with one chubby finger of tightly foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some streaky tree branch lace around the glass in its brief wake.

It smells of crisp biscuity grain, bready caramel, a touch of aged lemon rind, and mild earthy, leafy hops. The taste is a bit of a let-down, the bready biscuit malt a fair bit less crisp that I was initially led to believe, with some duly fading lemon, a still heady caramel and fire-sale vanilla cookie sweetness, and weak weedy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is average, just plainly supportive in its fizzy endeavors, the body an adequate medium weight, and actually quite smooth, with a minor creaminess arising as things warm. It finishes fairly off-dry, with the grainy caramel malt and lingering noble hops.

A decent enough Oktoberfest-style ale, one which well approaches the Munich ideal, but never quite meets it (how Physics 101), with its reserved, um, drink a shitload of it now, nature. Ya know, here today, gone tomorrow?

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

pint glass. best by date marked.

a - pours transparent amber with a thin cap of tan head that calms quickly. a thin film lingers and leaves a few spots of lacing.

s - carmel, pumpernickel bread, slight pungency.

t - carmel malt balanced by a light bitterness from the hops. has a bit of toffee sweetness that sticks around well into the finish. nothing much going on here.

m - on the fuller side body wise with a little more carbonation than i care for.

o - pretty straight forward style wise, though nothing memorable. could have a few in a sitting no problem. would buy this again.

Photo of tbern007
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- clear, amber/orange/red like clean copper penny. Few bubbles of carbonation. Thin head, gone quickly.
S- very light, earth, malt. Too light. Not much there.
T- malty, earthy, initially a bit sweet but ends dry and bitter. Slight hoppiness in the middle.
M- more carbonated than it appears, dry overall, feels fuller at the start than it ends up.
Average all around.

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

Appearance: A nice amber color, pours with a short white head, leaves minimal lacing

Smell: Very malty, carmely

Taste: Packed with delicious malt flavors, some caramel, bread, and hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall: A good seasonal from Sam Adams. Nothing too fancy, but it is good.

Photo of sweett3k
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams brew. Micro Macro ? I do not know. To me all Sams kind of have that same yeast note smell and flavor. A unique distinction for this beer. Looks like a red beer. Very light and crisp for an Octoberfest style beer. Pours a small head that disapates to hardly any lace. Notes of signature yeast and caramel. Taste like a darker Sam Adams Boston Lager. Kind of nutty. Easy to drink multiple of these. Decent .

Photo of jamescain
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a thin off white head about a centimeter thick that fades into a thin lacing over the top of the beer and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Toffee, caramel, and bready, typical oktoberfest aroma.

Taste: Basically the same as the aroma but with subtle roasted notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation and a sweet finish.

Overall: Decent representation of an oktoberfest/ marzen style. Not my favorite style but still good.

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

Served in a nonic tumbler.
It pours a deep amber color with a fast-fading off-white head along with some patchy and trailing lacing.
Smells of doughy malt and Milk Duds are backed by a smell of fruit cup an a hint of citrus zest.
The sweet and full malt body borders on a syrupy consistancy. Tastes of mixed fruit, sweet malt and mild limes are all very in balance.
It's a nice O-Fest, yet a bit heavier than their German counterparts.

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

Deep copper with a finger and a half of off-white, tight foam.

Sweet and toasty malt. A really deep and rich aroma. Quite nice.

Slight tang. Sweet, bready malt. Just enough hops to balance it out. Slight earthy taste as well.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, but gives the impression of being heavier.

Quite a nice fall beer. Not my favorite Oktoberfest, but good.

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

Deep amber color? Check.

Big, rich malt flavor? Check.

Truth in advertising? I suppose so.

I’ve seen so much raving (and ranting, to be fair) on the boards about the SA Oktoberfest that I just had to find out for myself what all the hype is about.

Poured from a bottle into the SA pint glass. I’m getting a lot of mileage out of this!

Caramel-amber color, not a lot on the nose. But a big malty flavor on the palate. It’s big and sweet, with a nice lingering finish. The maltiness hits up front, with some chewiness on the middle and finish. Pairs well with nice and spicy (veggie) brats. Not necessarily a ‘malt-bomb,’ and not one I’d seek out, but it’s solid, consistent, and one I could easily drink again.

Photo of nickthetick
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear copper/amber color into a DFH signature glass with a half a finger of tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves no lacing.

S: sweet, light roasted malt, bread, a bit of spice, nutmeg and some citrus.

T: sweet malt is the biggest flavor with some great yeasty notes. Brown sugar and some nice light spices push there way through the huge amount of malt. Dark fruits like figs, dates and plums shine through. Mellow citrus hangs on the back of the tongue.

MF: medium body, slightly chewy, moderate effervescence.

O: a very good marzen beer, in my top three! Beautiful flavors and aromas have mingled to make a beautifully balanced beer.

Photo of CS1971
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't had a Sam Adams I haven't liked. This beer continues the tradition. It is fully flavored, complex, has a great smell, and it truly brings me back to what made me fall in love with craft beers, I am a real fan of octoberfest/ pumpkin beers and this is at the top of my list! Thanks Sam!

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

Served in a Sierra Nevada pint glass

A = pours a deep copper with a quickly-dissipating head.

S = slightly sweet, caramel and malt

T = malt, caramel, brown sugar, a bitterness in the aftertaste

M = smooth, just enough carbonation, a touch of alcohol at the end

D = a good Oktoberfest, very solid

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh fall is here...

A - Rich copper color that fads to a leathery brown, nice 1/2 head with small bubbles in a couple columns, sticks well

S - Very rich malty sugars, bread, pumpernickel, rye

T - Really rich malt, hops lightly end the beer, but this is all about the malt. Light toffee and butter richness

M - Above avg carbonation for the style, makes this very refreshing and easily quaff-able

O - A really excellent American Marzen, true to the style and one I'd have again for sure

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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