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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,215 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,215
Reviews: 1,998
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 756 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of BarrelO
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Reddish copper body. Head doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Slightly fruity, interestingly enough.

T: Toasty malt. More fruitiness. Some noble hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: A good fall beer. Nicely done.

BarrelO, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Octoberfest poured a dark amber color, with a nice sized head, that lasted for a while. There was a bit of a sweet smell, good amounts of malts. It tasted very malty, a little bit sweet, with some earthy flavors, overall the flavors were strong. The tasted last for a while, good carbination, and it wasnt too hard to drink, my dad would even have one. Overall a really good beer, one that I look forward for.

vette2006c5r, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, fresh 2010 batch.

Pours clear copper amber with a one finger fizzy white head that doesn't leave much lacing but holds a solid ring and light cap.

Aroma is muted caramel and toasted malt, a little nutty and musty.

Flavor is some toasted malt, caramel, fairly sweet, something on the finish I can't quite put my finger on, medicinal is the best I can do, but whatever it is isn't very appealing. Lotta sweetness in the finish too, almost sugary.

Medium body, oily, a bit sticky, fizzy carbonation.

A little too sweet, a little too meh...

elgiacomo, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a clear brown-orange clopper, one finger of head that dissipated to random islands with a thin lace
S - very malty with roasty and sweet aromas, pleasant leavy hop notes, an just a hint of honey
T - bready grainy malt and cornmeal taste strong up front, some deeper roasty flavours, hop flavour is leafy/herbal but very subtle, with a metallic tinge
M - a chewy maltiness with medium carbonation, there is a metallic feel that tingles the tongue with a strange numbness, with the rich malt retaining on finish
D - the malt mix is enjoyable and nicely featured, the flavours and feels do remind me of the end of the approaching fall, a good combination of flavourful and easy to drink, the only real negative for me being the metallic flavour and feel that somewhat takes away from the experience

joemcgrath27, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of soju6
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Served an inviting Deep Copper color with a small off-white head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Mild malt aroma with a hint of sweetness grain.

T: Mild malt and caramel with light grain and a nice bitter end.

F: Medium body, smooth & silky. Nice carbonation. well balanced.

D: Easy drinker. Another good beer from Sam Adams.

soju6, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Mavis Winkles in Independence. Served in a pint glass, and was a bit too cold. Thankfully, the glass was room temp, so I did not need to wait too long for it to warm.

The beer is an auburn-orange color, very fall-like. Mimimal creamy head.

Has a mild malty smell. Some sweet malt comes through.

Taste is surprising decent for a mass-market beer such as this. Mild barley malt taste up front, which sweetens as you drink, ending with a slight hop bite at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin, but certainly refreshing.

I found this one tasty through the pint, ordering a second. A drinkable session beer I'd order again.

TheHoppiest, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of bourbonbock
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a chilled pint glass. It is the first time I've seen it this year so it must be fresh.

A. Poured a clear red body with foamy white head. The head reduced to a lid after a few minutes.

S. This beer has a very impressive malt aroma. Very sweet and nutty.

T. Tastes slightly yeasty up front and is followed by a solid malt body. Somewhat earthy and a very little bit of hops to balance it out.

M. Feels like beer... very heavy on the tongue for the amount of carbonation in this thing.

D. I would drink the whole twelver if I thought I could find my way off the couch afterwards.

Solid beer you won't regret it.

bourbonbock, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of beyah
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Beautiful Amber with barely a finger of tan head, barely any lace.

Smell- Malty,malty, malty very little hops smell.

Taste- Malty taste with tiny bit of bittering hops in the backgound, not cloying at all.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and slick mouthfeel, medium carbonation is a good malty finish.

Overall - Nice for this style, I'll probably get again next year.

beyah, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as part of the Harvest Collection. I've had it many times in the past, this however is the first review.

A: poured into SA sensory glass- appears a vibrant clear deep amber with a thin white head, a decent bit of lacing and a little bit of head retention. Looks quite nice.

S: the aroma features predominantly malty notes in the form of toast and a hint of molasses, there is also some earthiness in there

T: again, the malts are featured on the palate with some subtle sweetness that is quickly balanced out by a dry bready finish. The balance of this beer is great!

MF: medium body, silky texture, medium level of carbonation

D: here's a well crafted lager from S.A. Not a lot of big bold flavors, but the flavors are expertly balanced which makes for a highly drinkable brew.

homebrew311, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of albertjr21
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011:

Cheers to the 2011 batch! My first glass of the season (even though it's slightly before the season) on 8/10/11 pours into my Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" a clear and bright rusty orange amber under a sparse head. Swirling the brew around I pick up on aromas of bright crisp fall spiced malt and herbal hops. That's an Oktoberfest aroma all right...This seems to flow along the palate somewhat smoother than last year's edition and I do believe that there's a really complex and robust brightly spiced malt body present here. Tastes of bright bready malt with notes of caramel, nutmeg? and perhaps toasted chestnut deliver a very savory finish. Fall is right around the corner...
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2010:

3.5 A: Into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass, this poured a clear orange amber color under a quickly disappearing head.

3.5 S: A moderate nose of roasted caramel malt and crisp hops that shined through.

3.5 M/ 4.0 T: A crisp, lightly hopped, and mildly sweet malt feel upfront that flowed into a delicate but firm, chewy malt center before finishing with a malt dominated but tame bready aftertaste.

3.0 D: Malt echoed in the mouth after a couple of these and bordered slightly on overstaying its welcome but was an overall pleasant session. I tried my first Sam Octoberfest of the season with a bratwurst and pan fried curry potatoes and they both went together very well.

albertjr21, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of lovindahops
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pumpkins and octoberfest! I love fall

A- a perfect copper and amber look. A fantastic head of foam. To me, the brew screams fall is here

S- caramel and malt blended together. A real blend of earthy tones compliment the strength of the malt. Nice!

T- a light robust malt fest of delicious caramel and the same scented malt. A hearty theme that really highlights the change of seasons

M- creamy and smooth

D- I am not the biggest sam fan... However, this is a very delicious brew from them. It's very safe to say that I can drink 15 of these. Great brew!

lovindahops, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of jazer
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew is most attractive with it's fall time golden orange hew. The most aromatic drink on the face of the planet. My sense of smell is non existant, while this brew emits a wonderful scent that even I can smell. The flavors go on and on. I can't identify what they are, but they are great. I could drink these all thru the autumn. In fact, I probably will. This beer is not to be missed and definately savored for this season. Highl, highly recommended.

jazer, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one came with a free Perfect Pour glass, so was pretty amped on the purchase, especially after reading about how much everyone loves that glassware!

A - Pours a copper colour with a nice red hue, thumb of head with decent retention and a bit of fine bubbled lacing.

S - Scent is mild but sweet with caramel malts dominating, a bit of honey and burnt sugar.

T - The flavour off the top is a bit bready with corn, the finish is grassy hops. Nothing spectacular, but by no means offensive or disappointing. The more beers I have of this style, the more I've come to appreciate the flavour offering. The caramel comes through as it warms, and it lingers on the tongue on the finish.

M - Bubbly but a bit too light. The carbonation is big bubbled, and it could use some finer carbonation to make it a little more smooth and less thin.

D - Pretty tasty offering, and definitely has a 'fall' feel to it. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it, and I would definitely indulge again. A tasty drink and well suited for the style.

andrenaline, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of HotHands
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass, a bit too vigorously perhaps, with a large white head that dissipated. No real lacing present. Color is orange-ish light brown.

S - sweet malt. A bit of dark fruit (plums, currants) and spicy smells like nutmeg and cinnamon.

T - Good amount of malty goodness here. Toasted grains, sweetness, brown sugar, and a lot of caramel. Some black currant flavor is present. Finish is a tad dry, which makes it more refreshing.

M - a bit undercarbonated, and not remarkable.

D - quite drinkable and refreshing.

Overall, a solid seasonal from Sam Adams that's worth picking up when the weather gets chillier.

HotHands, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, I picked up another bottle of this one. Back when I was getting into craft beer, this was the one. I went through a couple of cases of this one back in 95-96, and thought it was simply the most amazing beer in the world (shortly thereafter, I tried Bigfoot, and my opinions on the world's most amazing beer were quickly revised). Drinking this one now, however, I am reminded of why I liked it--unpretentious, malty, flavorful and nicely made. A good, easy drinking, not much thinking, late-summer/early-fall beer.

emmasdad, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Poured into my official Samuel Adams Octoberfest mug. It pours an amber/copper color with a thick off white head that slowly dissipates leaving a thin layer of foam.

S-Extremely malty and sweet, with some caramel.

T-This is all about the malts. Its slightly sweet and grainy at first, but as it warms the caramel notes emerge. Its very crisp, clean, and refreshing.

M-Just slightly thin but they have a nice amount of carbonation.

D-I could drink this all day, it makes a great session beer.

Overall, this beer is awesome. It has a great flavor, its not too thick, and has a relatively low abv. so it makes a great session beer. I can't wait to grill some smoked sausage or brats and drink a few of these.

thegodfather2701, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Oktoberfest 1997 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear ruby amber color. Flavorful rich malt body. Not quite fruity. Lagered. Unique, complicated, and tasty. Sampled 10/5/1997.

1998 12 oz. Big Sam Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear ruby amber color. Flavorful rich malt body. Not quite fruity. Lagered. Unique, complicated, and tasty. Sampled 9/28/1998. 1999 12 oz. Big Sam Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Clear thin copper amber color. Oktoberfest aroma and light ester front. Smooth Oktoberfest toasted light thin caramel bread body has clean crisp flavor and hints of fruit. Minimal sweetness. Sampled 9/5/1999.

2000 12 oz. Signature Series Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Clear bright burnt copper color. Rich malty Oktoberfest front with German accents. Mild toasted fruit malty rich flavor. Spicy for a brew of this style. Rich, flavorful crisp and spicy to the end. Sampled 9/14/2000.

2001 12 oz. Signature Series Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Very clear copper red amber color. Nice lace. Toasted malty mild hop front. Rich roasted caramel malty Fest body. Sweet thick feel. Lingering rich malty end with mild hops. Nutty biscuit notes. Excellent. Sampled 10/13/2001.

2002 12 oz. Signature Series Bottle. 5.70% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich dark amber bronze color. Tangy malt spice hop front. Rich toasted tangy mild sweet rich caramel biscuit body. Nut notes. Tangy mild citrus balanced hop end. Medium lacy head. Crisp Oktoberfest. Sampled 10/29/2002. 2003 Seasonal Brew--Block Logo Style--Signature 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV (4.25 / 5.0) Clear rich dark copper red amber color. Mild lacy head. Malty mild floral fruit mild hop front. Lager smooth rich toasted malty caramel body. Light sweet fruit notes. Creamy malt mild hop end. Classic taste. Sampled 9/28/2003.

2004 12 oz. Signature Series Bottle. 5.70% ABV--30 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Rich lacy head. Clear dark mahogany amber red color. Malty mild hop front. Creamy rich smooth malty cloying sweet mild toasted caramel toffee chewy biscuit base body. Malt spice mild hop end. Sampled 8/9/2004.

2005 Seasonal Brew 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Clear bright thin copper amber color. Crisp malty mild hop front. Zesty rich mild toasted caramel toffee mild fruit Fresh Young body. Refreshing tart citrus mild hop spice end. Tangy. Sampled 8/25/2005.

2006 Seasonal Brew 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Rich thick lacy head. Clear rich bright dark copper amber color. Malty toasted mild hop front. Crisp mildly tangy rich toasted caramel mild toffee fruit malty Fest body. Smooth creamy mild hop malty end. Sampled 8/17/2006. (4.5 / 5.0 )

Rich lacy head. Clear dark bright copper amber color. Rich malty mild hop front.Smooth toasted toffee caramel malty rich mild black cherry body. Mild tangy malty mild fruit hop end. Rich tasty Fest! Sampled 8/21/2006. (4.5 / 5.0)

Tan rich lacy head. Clear bright dark thin red color. Tangy malty toasted black cherry lager smooth body. Smooth mild hop spice end. Warm bisquit notes. Sampled 8/26/2006.

2007 Seasonal Brew 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Dense foamy lacy off white head. Clear bright deep amber color. Malty mild hop front. Dry sweet roasted caramel lager mellow malty mild fruit body. Smooth chalky mild hop spice malty Fest end. Distracted. Sampled 8/16/2007.

2008 Seasonal Brew Lager 12 oz. Bottle. 5.80% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Rich lacy off white nucleating body head. Clear bright thin amber color. Mild hop toasted malt hint front. Crisp malty mild caramel mellow sweet biscuit fruit rich tangy fest body. Clean hop hint smooth lingering creamy malt end. Rich Smooth Oktoberfest. Sampled 12/8/2008. 6-Pack $7.99.

2009 Seasonal Brew Lager 12 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV--20 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Thin mild lacy off white head. Clear bright thin pretty rich amber color. Mild hop sweet malt front. Smooth crisp cloying malty mellow caramel delicate sweet fruit rich Fest body. Satisfying mild hop lingering Fest malt clean end. Classic Seasonal favorite. Sampled 8/28/2009. 6- Pack $6.99.

Boston Beer Company--Samuel Adams--Samuel Adams Octoberfest--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 25 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Oktoberfest. No sediment. Light tan medium lace head dissipates too quickly. Very pretty enticing thin bright rich deep amber red color. Delicate sweet toasted malt mild fruit floral hop front. Malty sweet smooth toasted caramel mild fruit Fest! body. Refreshing mild hop end. A well made Fall Seasonal Classic Style Fest. Sampled 8/31/2010. 6-Pack $7.49.

philbertk, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of klaybie
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! I am surprised I like this beer now. I first tried it a year ago and was unimpressed. However, I have tried many beers in that year and can now say SA Octoberfest will be in my fridge all season. I've had this beer many times this year so I think this is accurate for me:

Poured into my Friar Tuck pint glass

A.Pours a copper-red color with a 1/2" off-white head. Very fine lacing. Head retention is about 30 seconds.

N. Smells malty with some hop aroma although I can't place the hops (my nose is not that talented yet). Smells like other Oktoberfest beers.

T. Initial taste is malty and bready and some hop bitterness is present at the finish which refreshes the palate for the next drink.

M. Moderate carbonation and medium body make this beer enoyable.

D. Overall a solid beer in my opinion. Certainly an Oktoberfest that has earned a place in my fridge. The SA website lists the ABV at 5.3% which helps make the beer very drinkable and sessionable. That being said I'm off for another!

klaybie, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of bagpiper2005
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Clear medium copper color. One finger of ivory colored head that sticks around for a short while and leaves traces of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Caramel, brown sugar bready, a little bit spicy. A light floral hop scent.

Taste: Caramel front end with a hint of pumpkin and brown sugar. Yeasty middle with a light-to-moderate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium and low carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer is alright, and I can drink it. Nothing special though.

Final Notes: It seems like it's been a bit stronger in years past. It's lost some of its magic for me, that said, it was one of my first beers so for me it's a beer that's close to my heart. I'd drink it if offered.

bagpiper2005, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pilsner glass, enjoy before January 2011 it looks like.

Deep brown tinted orange. Very clear with an only slightly off-white head fully covering the top and leaving traces on the glass.

Brown sugar on a clean lager cracker base. Rich.

Layered saltine caramel, and rich malt. The finish turns on the noble hops. Nutty.

Dry, bubbly, but not lacking heft.

This beer has some memories connected with it that make it appealing to pick some up every fall. I think it stands just about toe to toe with some German versions I've had.

brewerburgundy, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of aristeros
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Smith pint glass. A burnished copper, one finger of head. Good clarity, moderate carbonation visible. Smells of caramel and biscuit.

Heavy toasted malt flavors up front: toffee, biscuit, yielding to toast. A nip of hops keeps things interesting. The finish is slightly dry and bitter despite a minimal hop presence. Overall, pleasant and malty, and reminds me more of a Fuller's ESB than a festmarzen.

Moderate body, with the right amount of carbonation for the style. Definitely sessionable because of a good balance to the beer, though it leans heavily towards malts.

I'm quite fond of this seasonal, though I'm not sure it's an oktoberfest.

aristeros, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of ebby82
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color into a pint glass with a one finger head. Smells of mostly malt, but none of the smells are really prevalent. The taste is sweet, malty, with perhaps a hint of caramel. Overall, I think this tastes like a slightly sweeter, more malt like version of SA lager. The mouthfeel is just barely thicker than the traditional lager, but the taste is not substantially different. I don't know much about Oktoberfests, so I can't really compare this to others. It's a highly drinkable affair, but not much different than their traditional lager.

ebby82, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour, average head. Caramel aroma. Taste, was everything you'd expect, smooth, no hops, alcohol hidden.

Mouthfeel, just kept on being smooth and non offensive. No particular complexities for this guy, just a beer that is a notch above fizzy yellow stuff. Lots of caramel, its the beer's #1 property. I guess this is the archtype or something. Nothing wrong with it.

EDIT: Sep 2011, had it again, really a nice octoberfest, I've freed myself that it must be hoppy confines. Really the five malt varieties make for a very smooth beer for the fall. A good one even if not my favorite style.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Buebie
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Burnt copper color, transparent, about an inch of head. Retention is decent leaving a collar. Lace is thin, not much of it present.
smelling mostly of sweet caramel malt, a larger amount of breadyness and some grassy hops.

Taste is a big sourdough mess with a tinge of metallic flavors. mildly sweet upfront though, increasing in bitters with a sharp cheeder flavor and grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a strong carbonation presence.

Overal its up there with the least desirable oct fests I've had.

Buebie, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of rmolledo
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

at home with a picnic tap.

A: a nice pumpkin orange with a frothy white head.

S: Malty, Bready, Yeasty and a bit hoppy.

T: Caramel sweet malt with toffee flavors, Great malt/hop balance. a tad more hoppy than traditional oktoberfests. bready and toasty.

MF: nice and creamy. medium body.

D: I could drink this all night. And I will.

rmolledo, Aug 28, 2010
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,215 ratings.