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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
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6,629 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,629
Reviews: 2,038
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,104 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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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.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber with brown murky undertones. Subtle glow and nice cloudy foaming white head.

Smell: Deeply roasted malts. Chestnut and nutmeg. Earthy and noble hops. A light spiciness accompanied by leaf and dark fruit.

Taste: Doughy toasted biscuit Spicy herbals. Light mint and grain. Dry

Mouthfeel: Medium chewy. Malty. Dry.

Overall: Not a big fan of this style but I find this beer to be pleasant and exceptionally drinkable.

Photo of csalley2
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Marzen! Kinda thick/chewy on the palate, but that's more interesting than bad. perfectly carbonated.
Rich, wheaty golden color, 2 to 3 finger head, no lace. head has a nice, gold tinged off white color.
the brew has a slightly sweet, heavily breaded taste. Some very mild, unidentifiable non-citrus fruit. maybe apricots or plumbs. mild spicing, fall spices. nutmeg? clove?
reminds me of fresh biscuits!
smell is a nice, sweet, very hoppy, inviting beer.
leaves a slightly 'off' aftertaste, nothing bad or off-putting, but just.. musky? don't exactly know how to describe it. nothing down-turning though!
in my opinion, best served very chilled.
I'd buy again! great presentation, great pour, great drink, okay/ good finish.

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

Copper, amber appearance with lots of bubbly brown head that slowly settles down leaving decent lacing. Smell consists of sugar, malt, bread and spices. Impressive so far.

Taste is similar to the smell, consists of roasted malt, caramel sweetness, bread and various spices. Taste overall is light and simple, but blends together well. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is a bitter and dry caramel taste.

This is a tasty and refreshing Oktoberfest, nothing to complicated but nothing offensive. Worth a try.

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

A clear deep reddish amber with not much a a head or lacing. Smell is malty with a light hop spiciness. Taste is toasted malt goodness with a buttery facet. Mild dry hop finish. Smooth clean feel has a medium weight. Quite drinkable and delicious. Tis seems to have improved since my last bottle. Not a standout but who cares as it has the essential taste aspects of a Marzen.

Photo of DoktorZee
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in early October; must be fresh!

A - deep clear copper, lots of carbonation, little to no head.

S - hint of malt and spiciness.

T - very mellow with only moderate caramel malt and a hint of sweetness. Finishes with some nuttiness.

M - medium bodied with only mild carbonation. It has a hint of oilyness and coats the mouth.

D - definitely goes down easy but also lacks a bit of character.

So-so; decent Okt, but well behind most of the Germans.

Photo of shamus
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like Sam. For the most part. Like is different than love of course. Some beers evoke a more passionate response because they are just sooo good. Some beers are loathsome, wretched, abominations. Samuel Adams is good. Not great, but good. Now this particular brew, the Octoberfest, is a very lush amber colour with a decent head that disappears a bit quickly. carbonation is slight but that works with the flavour heavy style. Not all flavours being equal however this is no fantastic beer journey. It's fine. Not very hoppy, a bit spicy, but not much. Try it. Life will go on.

Photo of wowbagger
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pleasant amber color with a thin but resilient head. The flavors balance nicely, a bit of hop, a bit of sweet, a bit of spice and pumpkin, with none of them standing out too much. The aftertaste is a bit drier than I'd like but it doesn't ruin the experience at all. Overall, a good solid beer.

Photo of codysjb
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Amber to light brown color with some head that lasts for a few minutes. Smells like spice and a little bit of maple syrup. Tastes good, has some maple and sweet flavor going on as well a little bit watery. Taste is decent, nothing extra special but holds up and is consistent throughout so it doesn’t drop off halfway through the mouthful. Overall it’s a good beer that I like to try in the fall, nothing extra special but certainly a solid offering from Sam Adams.

Photo of dhannes
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint--

A=Nice copper color with white 3 finger head.

S=Sugary with a hint of spice...anise, perhaps?

T=Sweeter than most; hints of spice and metallic taste. More flavor than others, but still not enough for my taste.

M=While light on carbonation, the body just wasn't there...drinkable, but too much so.

O=Enjoyable, but not one I'd purchase again.

Photo of DM1293
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Its a rich reddish brown mix. No head.

Smell - Smells like any other Marzen/Oktoberfest beer I've had. It is decidedly less strong though...

Taste - ...I usually liken these to a mix of red ale and pale ale...this one...this is more like a red ale and a brown ale to me. Less hoppy, more nutty, ontop a malty palate. Finishes fine enough I suppose, not much on bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Like before, leaves a finish of a malty/nuttiness/hoppiness that doesn't last very long.

Overall - This is a bit different of an Oktoberfest for me. I'd think it'd appeal more to people who like brown ales than red or pale ale drinkers. It doesn't hit the right notes for me. Its not bad, but I don't think its that good. Still, for the price, its good enough for a fall evening refreshment.

Photo of tkepx182
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The head of this beer quickly dissipated to reveal a nice amber color

S: It has the nice smell of bread

M: It has a nice feel in the mouth, smooth full of body

T: The malts are the primary player and the main reason that this beer stands out the the sweetness of bread. Very mild hops flavoring

O: This is a very good beer in the Marzen style

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a clear dark amber color with a quickly forming head. Smells like toasted biscuits with honey, with a little brown sugar. Malt dominates the overall smell. Lots of honey sweetness in the taste too, complemented by a complex malt character with nearly no bitterness. Mouthfeel is average. Goes down smooth and could enjoy one after another. Overall, heavy on the malt side but complex indeed. Quality Octoberfest

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

Listed as 5.5% on the bottle, BB of Sept. 2012. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a very nice amber-ruby colour with a fairly large off-white head that burns off quickly without leaving much lace, but getting retained as a fairly thick collar.

Surprisingly hoppy aroma over a solid base of caramel malts. Some bread-like character and a hint of plum, but kind of muted over all.

Tastes primarily of toasted caramel malts. Nice balance between sweet and bitter with a brown bread quality. Slight lemon zest character comes through in the dry finish.

Fairly thin-bodied with a medium carbonation level. Dry and syrupy resin feeling on the tongue. Bitter aftertaste with a slight floral note.

Definitely not my favorite example of the style, I think it's too thin and doesn't have robust toasted/bread/fruit characteristics, but it's still an enjoyable, clean-tasting and highly drinkable effort.

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

Amber-orange with a finger of tawny head, very minimal lacing, but attractive appearance overall.

Smell was malty, malty but with a wee bit of soap, which was unexpected.

Taste was fairly classic marzen, well malted a dash of lemon and just a bit sour around the edges for balance.

mouthfeel was crisp, nice, medium bodied, held together well.

Overall finishes fairly clean and is easy drinking. There are better Oktoberfests out there but this Sam Adams is decent, and actually one of the better Sam Adams styles they brew, IMHO.

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

A: Rich copper color with a finger's width of white head. A small amount of lacing and a pretty short retention. Immediately after pouring the sides of the glass were covered with bubbles, and they continued to form at the bottom and make their way to the surface.

S: Malty, rich and sweet. Nothing more needs to be said.

T: The taste starts out really strong, bringing in the roasted malts and a good deal of sweetness. Unfortunately once the initial burst of flavor disappears the beer is left tasting like a typical adjunct lager.

M: Has some body, but not much carbonation.

O: A drinkable beer, but just OK. I certainly wouldn't seek it out, but it's a nice beer.

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

Rich amber color with dense foamy offwhite head

Malty aroma, caramel, cherries, even a bit clovey.

Taste is malty and sweet rich caramel. Slight hop character is earthy and blends into the overall flavor without being distinctive.

The mouthfeel is wet and chewy. If you like malty beers this is a good one. Even for an octoberfest this is pretty malty.

This is basically just a malted up version of Sam Adams Boston Lager. It is a good Octoberfest that is readily available at this time of year. Not something I go out of the way to have but a go to Octoberfest I can find almost anywhere.

Photo of zoolzoo
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a muddy brown, amber hues.Two finger off white head.

S: A bit blank...toasted malt, touch of spice. Faint nuttiness.

T: Nutty malt accented by spice. Mid palate is sweet caramel, rolling into a sour mash type of finish. One of the spicier Oktoberfest beers. Lots of breadiness, not as clean or crisp as some examples. Still, good.

M: Medium body, high carbonation.

O: Still a good beer after all this time (and after trying so many other examples of the style). Easily accessible too, which counts for more than a little something.

Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber/brown with two finger head.

S-Lots of malt and some caramel notes and even some alcohol?

T-Rather malty, some caramel, brown sugar and some spices.

M-Medium bodied, with some carbonation.

O-An average run of the mill Oktoberfest. Nothing to special but nothing off putting.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. This is one of the better Sam Adams beers I've had so far-- I like it, despite this not being my favorite style.

This is quite probbl the best LOOKING Sam Adams beer; homey tinted orange color that glows and shines with a nice frothy 2 finger cap of tan bubbles. Good retenti, nice legs, but weak lacing.

Smells of caramel and Munich malts-- some good sweetness but also a toasty biscuit quality. The beer is a lot hoppier than I expected, with a nice spicy bitterness lingering on the finish. The yeast is more crisp and clean on the finish, offering a dry yeasty note.
The body is medium and oily. Well carbonated.
Overall, I'm not crazy about octoberfest beers, but this is highly drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of tubacharlie
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light caramel smell with a hint of fruity hops.

A decent off-white head develops over the clear, amber brew. Good lacing and retention as the head recedes.

At first sip, a good dose of hops bitterness as the creamy carbonation foams in the mouth. Nice malt presence in the middle palate, with caramel notes and a slightly sweet finish.

Right on the style, but not exceptional.

Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

[Low C Overall]

Served on draught into a Miller Lite glass at the 9-0 Bar in South Central Los Angeles. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a half finger head of poor cream, thickness, and retention. Colour is an unappealing dark copper. I recall the head being better in the bottled version.

Sm: Absolutely nothing. Me broken nose can't detect anything. All apologies, lads.

T: Slight bittering hops, an overly commercialized barly/malt foundation, and no real substance. It's decent, but far from exemplary.

Mf: Very sharp, which turns me off from it. A touch too thick. Slightly coarse and wet.

Dr: It's decently easy to drink, but priced rather high. I prefer the bottled version.

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Bottle reviewed 09/25/11.

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired as part of the Sam Adams Harvest pack at Sam's Club.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and fair retention. Colour is a semitransparent textbook copper.

Sm: Festive hops and light caramel. Me broken nose can't distinguish - all apologies, lads. Aroma is mild in strength.

T: Caramel and generic hops. You know, the marzen taste. It's far from special but has some l imited spice. Built simply, but balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a touch thick. Rather generic.

Dr: Easy to drink, average ABV, and average quality. I won't be seeking this out in future, but I might try it if I see it on draught.

C

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I picked up another bottle with a Sam Adams variety box of 12 beers. Additional (truncated) notes from 09/04/13:

12 fl oz bottle served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in Austin, Texas. Reviewed live.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor.

A: No bubble show. Pours a two finger head of beige colour. Okay thickness and creaminess. No lacing as the head recedes. Retention is above average - 3 minutes.

Body colour is a somewhat dark amber-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Standard fare for style.

Sm: Caramel, allspice, clove. Munich malts. Hints of pumpkin gourd. A touch of roast. Some grains. Generic floral hopping. On the sweeter end. Lightly bready. No yeast or alcohol is detectable. A pleasant aroma of above average to mild strength.

T: Nice spicing, with allspice, clove, and maybe nutmeg. Good caramalt build with some leavening munich malts in there as well. I pick up a buried hint of pumpkin and some traces of nuts and toffee. Fairly bready and grainy. Any hopping is minimal in strength/floral in character. A bit too sweet. Balance is decent for what it is. Unimpressed with the lack of complexity and subtlety, but hey, it's Sam Adams. Approachable and likable for what it is, but far from unique or special.

Average depth/duration/intensity of flavour. The sweetness isn't to style for a festbier.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some unwelcome coarseness in the second act. A bit overcarbonated. Body is too full for the lack of diversity and depth of flavour. Subpar presence on the palate overall. It's pretty generic, and I guess it suits the flavour profile okay.

Dr: Downable but forgettable. A pretty average seasonal from Sam Adams. I won't look forward to this in future years, but it's tolerable inoffensive change from Boston Lager. Wouldn't recommend it to friends;. Not worth seeking out.

C-

[Low C Overall]

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a clear iced tea color with a 1/2 inch tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt/grain and some bread/biscuit aromas. Taste is the same with some citrus zest hop flavors that come in to play. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Oktoberfest style beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of bigdrewsmoove
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 22oz bottle into tall pilsner glass.

Apperance: Clear copper coloring. Siimilar to but lighter than Yuengling.
Smell: Not a lot to speak of. .
Taste: Sweet, rich malty flavor. Finishes with a nice bitterness to compliment the malt. A little unbalanced on the sweet side, but I imagine that is what they were aiming at.
Moutfeel: Appropriately fizzy and bubbly, what I'd expect.

Overall: Glad I picked this one up. It's still 80 degrees in SC on a Sat afternoon, but I imagine that a 6 pack of this would be perfect on a chilly night. Will definitely have to pick back up and try again later.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sammy As Octoberfest is quite good...especially for sessionist. The beer is a nice deep rich clear amber with ok carbonations and thin white head that is lacing. There is not much to smell quite honestly...I know it is allergy season here in IL, but beyond sweet malt....I dont smell anything. The taste sarts sweet then finishes with a good malt that clears the pallet. The mouthfeel is good...lower ABV helps this beer be drinkable. Overall....not to shabby!

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,629 ratings.