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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
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5,203 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,203
Reviews: 1,917
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 49
Gots: 273 | 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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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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rowew

Colorado

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle with a fall orange colored label. Best by date notched on the edge of the label (and was on the 12 pack case as well).

Appearance: Pours clear red orange with a decent sized head that is orange in color as well. Head fades quickly, but leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Biscuity malt with a bit of noble hops.

Taste: Biscuity malt dominates here as well. Not overly sweet, and a slight hop finish.

Overall impression: Very very drinkable - not the most exciting Octoberfest out there, but I'm always glad to see it offered at many bars this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 21:12:16 | More by rowew
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DogFood11

California

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

Served at my wedding as a session brew along with sierra nevada pale. I found it to have a solid appearance big frothy off white head like a swiss coffee type color and a dark amber malted looking body. Smelled a deeep sweet malt flavor and the taste was similair. Nothing to write home about but it was popular at the event so it served its purpose. Mouthfeel was smooth but lacking any bold or zippy qualities. Obviously it was highly drinkable because it was the second most popular brew served at the event. If your looking for an average example of the style that is easily consumed this is it.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 02:08:24 | More by DogFood11
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Naes

New York

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

This one pours dark amber with orange hues and has a large off white head. The aroma is mildly malty

Its flavor is dominated by maltiness, but also has a nutty characteristic with a bit of bready flavor as well. Light in the mouth feel department, but generously carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 01:41:12 | More by Naes
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evh883

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a very nice medium amber color to it. After the pour, it retains an average sized, frothy head that dissapates pretty quickly and leaves behind hardly an trace by the time you're done drinking the beer.

The aroma isn't really anything to go crazy about other than the nice maltiness it gives off.

This beer tastes great. It's moderately sweet, with a slight bitterness followed by a decently heavy bitterness that lastes a little while. The flavor is full of caramel and toffee notes.

Medium bodied with a soft and slightly creamy mouthfeel give this beer it's high drinkability

Overall, this beer is a great. It's good to enjoy with meals or to just have it with a snack or all by itself. Sam Adams does it again!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 00:42:44 | More by evh883
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bobbyc881

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my first Octoberfest, so I've got nothing to compare to, but here goes:

Pours out of the bottle in a dark copper/amber color. Adequate, creamy head that sticks around for a short while. Abundent carbonation in the glass. The smell isn't powerful enough to register on my rather insensitive nose. It seems to lean malty, though.

Tastes smooth and slightly malty. A touch earthy and a bit of a toasted flavor. Rather thin across my tongue. The taste really begins quite well, then leaves behind a residual flavor that just isn't agreeing with me.

I could see where the light weight of this beer could make it more drinkable to some, but there just isn't enough flavor to encourage me to open another.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 22:54:35 | More by bobbyc881
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It’s great to have a Octoberfest in September. Available as a seasonal brew, this was the best beer available at my favorite sports bar last year. Saw it available at the local grocery store here, and to bring back those found NFL moments of yester year. Now why cant my team just win!

Poured a clear amber orange with red hints. The head was limited and no lacing at all. The smell was pretty malty with a bready nutmeg aroma to it. Strong on the spices. The taste is very balanced with a slight roasted flavor and noticeable spice flavors, specifically nutmeg and cinnamon. I can notice a smoothiness from the lager yeast that is exceptional to most Marzen/Oktoberfests I’ve tried. The hops are not really noticeable but blend well with spices.

The body is a good neutral, not overpowering, not too light. One thing I would like to see is less spice in the beer. That said this is one of the better Oktoberfest that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 03:15:01 | More by Oxymoron
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dauss

Colorado

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

Presentation: standard SA 12oz. bottle. Freshness date is notched for February 2006.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber. A rather large tan forms with excellent retention and poor lacing.

Smell: Malty, slightly toasty and maybe a little caramel. Its has a very clean malt profile, and a very slight hint of hop aroma.

Taste: High levels of carbonation. It is definitely malty. Sweet, but not cloying. Very little bitterness and hop flavor, with some more toffee and caramel. The body is full and the mouthfeel is good.

Notes: It's not bad. Its just a very clean and malty lager with little hop flavor and aroma. I like the carbonation in this beer, but nothing else wow's you.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2005 00:34:23 | More by dauss
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twelvsies

Maine

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm, not as good as I remebered. Maybe my palate has gotten a little picky over the past year, but there's something a little off with this beer. It basically just tasted like a sweetened lager. A small nutty character, but a way-too-present metalic taste that really just isn't doing it for me. Maybe I'm wrong but this just seems like a half-assed beer from a generally solid company.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 01:46:52 | More by twelvsies
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CherylM

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look forward to this beer--makes the end of Summer more bearable. Tried this season's both on draft and bottle and was pleased with it's annual consistency--very authenic Oktoberfest. Poured a medium copper color with a nice white foamy head, delivered lots of flavor--mostly malty, light caramel and somewhat dry on the finish. Some Oct. Fest beers are a little more hoppy, but this one is very tasty and pleasing. Acts as a wonderful transition beer from Summer to Winter.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 03:36:11 | More by CherylM
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quasimoto

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a dark amber copper orange with a pepsi-type carbinated head. The head quickly dissappeared and left no lace. The aroma if there was any was of toast, caramel and a background of hops. But I had to look for the aroma, it wasn't strong at all. The taste was of light malt, caramel, toast, and grape nuts. There were hops in the background but oddly it kinda balanced everything out. The downfall is that the flavor just tastes watered down. The mouthfeel, is ok. The large bubbles made it harsh on the pallete, and it left a gummy feeliing after wards. It's an ok octoberfest, but not the best.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 14:56:47 | More by quasimoto
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LPorter33

Massachusetts

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

On tap at the Naked Fish in Southboro, MA.

Deep amber, brownish color with average head and lacing. Smell is bready, doughy malt with a bit of syrupy sweetness. Taste is OK, a bit better than average. Very malty with a bit of spiceness to it. Carmel induced sweetness with very minimal hops presence. For a mass marketed beer, it's not too bad but you can find a lot better examples of this style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2005 00:57:18 | More by LPorter33
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cubedbee

Maryland

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

Was very excited to see the local watering hole had run out of Sam Summer and now had Oktoberfest on tap--my first marzen of the year. The beer is a dark brownish amber with a thin cap of off white head. Not much lacing. Nose is slight but is a nice nutty and slightly doughy aroma. Taste is a nice sweet malt with a slight caramel roast and a slight nutty finish. Some grassy hops are barely detectable. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, a little fizzy, with a medium/thin body. This is another decent seasonal from Sam Adam's that has the advantage of widespread availability. I'm sure this won't be my last for the year.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2005 22:17:56 | More by cubedbee
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BierManVA

Virginia

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

With all the "Oktoberfests" on the market today, it is nice to see one that sticks to the Maerzen roots.

This bier is spot on for style and one I enjoy immensly. Deep amber color, caramel malt flavor with just a hint of hop balance. Sweet but not cloying. Smooth. This bier is so drinkable that you'll wonder why your glass is always empty.

Not heavily carbonated or a lot of head, but that is the style.

Have some frinds over, break out the Masskrug and start singing German songs.

"Ein Prosit..."

John

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 21:33:32 | More by BierManVA
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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

I guess this is one of those beers that I just never wrote a review of, strange. Attractive clear dark copper appearance, nice frothy head that is rippled at the surface. Simple ring laces, adequate. Aroma is pleasant, deep sense of nuts and sugar, bit of bready graininess. Carbonation is lower, mouthfeel stands at just shy of medium. Very easy going flavor and spot on as far as typical of style, a good brown sugar approach with a backbone of toastiness that integrates well with the body. Slight fade as the beer transitions through front to back, just a slight uptick in a sense of straw and hay at the close. A pretty quaffable example of an O-Fest here, with a deeper color typical of many in the North American market.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 23:12:56 | More by ADR
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

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

Pours a copper, almost-pumpkin hue with a nice tan head. Aroma is very intriguing, blend of chocolate , pumpkin, spices, and a light grassy hops aroma. The taste is somewhat of a letdown, with a strong malt presence that is bready and slightly sweet and a light grassy hops flavor with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is crisp with moderate carbonation and a medium body. Descent but nothing to shake a stick at.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 22:54:05 | More by silver0rlead
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beersarang

California

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

Pours a wonderful orange with a tan head. Orange becomes amber in the absence of light, but yellow in the light. Brilliant clarity and bubbles streaming upward excitedly. Retention is not so fantastic, but lagers are never as amazing as ales in that department.

Spicy grass hop aroma with hints of malt, nice smell and although subtle, it is noticable and distinctive.

Malt sits on the palate for a long while, with sweet grain and various layers of flavor coating the tongue. Preparing for the swallow, the hops deliver a good countermeasure of bitterness that balances the brew perfectly. Hop character though evident in the nose seems a bit subdued by the malt. Spicy and grassy hops should have shown more presence in accordance with their bitterness.

Prickly carbonation with a medium to light body.

I would drink this again, for its uniqueness and because it fits the season so well. Also it is a good standby at the grocery store when there is no other good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 09:37:47 | More by beersarang
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,203 ratings.