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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,880 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,880
Reviews: 1,967
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 602 | 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 Brew33
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I must confess, I am not a huge fan of Octoberfest/Vienna Lagers. This beer is disappointing to me to say the least.

It is a good looking beer, when it arrived I was optimistic. I try at least a couple SA Octoberfest's each year. I remembered it being malty and sweet. That it was but with no discernable hop flavor and very little nuance. It was bordering on bland. It smells malty/grainy and sweet but the smell is faint.

It would be easy to drink a few of these but I doubt I will. The flavor and complexity of this beer doesn't match the Sam Adams price tag. I'd rather drink a Yuengling or a Shiner Bock.

Brew33, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Arsenal82
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured an amber/copper color with little to no head and very little lacing. Very little carbonation. The smell was of caramel, orange peel. Hops were present to balance out the malts. It went down smooth, but a bit watered down. A little carbonation feel on the tongue and with a bitter aftertaste. It goes pretty good with the Autumn weather up here in New England.

Arsenal82, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of Ljunkan
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a small mediumsized white head, which dies after a while.

The smell is of malt, caramel with notes of citrusy hops. Pretty good.

The taste is quite sweet with notes of malt, caramel and citrusy hops. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel is very average, a bit thin, with not that much carbonation.

It's a highly drinkable beer, though not that exciting.

Ljunkan, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of explosivebeer
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite of the Sam Adams line. This beer has a light, clear brownish-amber color with little head. The aroma is all malt, mostly caramel. The body has a load of malty goodness, again caramel, and a small but significant underlying bitterness to balance. It is easy to drink and generally enjoyable.

explosivebeer, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of dbtoe
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Look a dark golden body with a 2 finger head that reduced to a thin cap.

Smell sweet malt and maybe a hint of hops.

Taste not as sweet as I thought it would be from the smell a very nice toasted caramel malt with a touch of hop bitterness to even out the flavor.

Feel real good carbonation and a smooth creamy body

Drink very drinkable smooth tasting beer.

Comment this is a very good O-fest. I'll be getting this one again.

dbtoe, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of johnd513
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up to try an Oktoberfest since the selection was slim. This beer pours a clear copper color with a small tan head that quickly disappears with very little lacing. Smells of malt bread and a nice herbal aroma, a little sweet. Taste is malty, toasted malts and bread with a nice herbal flavor. Mouthfeel was of medium body and nicely carbonated and smooth. Overall worth a try but nothing exceptional.

johnd513, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of Hawthorne
4.88/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a smooth brown color leaving a nice head. The taste is a truly tasty carmel maltiness which makes my malt loving mouth genuinely pleased. Drinkability? I've been pounding these bad boys for the past three weeks and I haven't lost my love for em yet.

Hawthorne, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Schmidts
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Bottle a 1/2 Inch head that goes to a small head quickly. Nice Copper color. Smells of Bread and malts and a little caramel sweetness.
Taste is wonderful flavor of Bread Malt and Nuts. A Very refreshing taste that calls for more!It is very nice in your mouth kind of creamy a little sweet with a nice Hop Balance.
This one is a Home Run October beer really Good I shall remember this one each October to revisit.
This is a Very Drinkable Beer.

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Schmidts, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of spointon
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on-tap tonight at Cemeno's in Joliet, IL.

A= This beer poured a clear copper color with a creamy 1/2" light tan head. The head quickly dropped to a thin skim. Not much lacing to speak of.

S= I found aromas of bakery malts, toasted nuttiness, and an overall mild sweetness.

T= This was an appropriately malty brew, with notes of toasted nuts and bread throughout. Just the slightest bit of hop presence kept this one well balanced.

MF= Medium bodied, medium carbonation level, smooth and even mouthfeel.

D= This was a great choice to enjoy with pizza and a fall baseball game. I have had some great Oktoberfest beers this year and some really mediocre ones. This one was a solid performer and I would drink it again.

spointon, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of jjboesen
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When seeking a reasonably priced but reliable Oktoberfest beer, I always turn to those fine folks at the Boston Beer Company. The initial pour consists of a thick and foamy gusher, which settles into a frothy head of cream atop a dark copper body. There is a profusion of carbonation bubbles within the glass and moderate lacing around it.

The nose will initially detect some sweet notes of butter; the palate discerns a subtle raisin flavor that is supplemented by a quick nip of alcohol - and isn't this why we drink beer? The mouthfeel boasts a toasty maltiness without any bitterness. This makes for a refreshing quaff anytime of the year (Alles Jahre indeed!)

jjboesen, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good offering from Sam Adams, which I normally don't like all that much.

Pours a deep clear copper with a fluffy head and a few little streamers of carbonation. The aroma is nice and robust - malty, biscuity, with some floral hops in there somewhere. The flavor is malty and rich, particularly for a beer that pours so clear. There is some spice from the hops, a slightly gingerbready character from the malt. The mouthfeel is solid and chewy, a satisfying beer with a small bite of carbonation. It finishes with a pleasant, spicy burn down the back of the throat.

A drinkable beer with a nice fall-like flavor.

Seanibus, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of bonkers
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is a clear reddish/orange color with a 2 finger head. There is decent head retention and little lacing. The smell is dominated by sweet malt and bread notes. The taste follows. A very drinkable medium bodied beer. A very solid Oktoberfest beer.

bonkers, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish-brown hue and a somewhat clear consistency. There was about a quarter inch of head that didn't last very long.

S: Very malty smell, more so than any other element.

T: Like the smell, malt dominates the taste category. Not overly sweet, but still pretty flavorful.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a slick, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a well made beer and certainly very drinkable. It probably won't knock your socks off, but it's still well made.

avalon07, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of Rennpferd
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured clear copper hue with a two finger head that had some nice lacing. No activity could be seen.

It had a nice malt and hops scent. Balanced and mild.

It had a very robust and well balanced taste of malt and hops. It was smooth and medium bodied with a nice clean malt finish.

Very drinkable. I rather enjoyed this beer.

Rennpferd, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber body with an off-white head.

Smell of caramel and tofee, slight roasted malt aroma.

Tastes a little bit like some sort of candy. Caramel and tofee flavors dominate, with just a touch of roasted character.

Fairly dry mouthfeel, pretty smooth.

An easy beer to drink, like most of this style.

Hojaminbag, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of 7beerphil
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Classic Sam Adams bottle design. Beer pours a deep red/amber color with 1 inch, long lived head

S: Toffee and caramel, rather sweet.

T: Toffee and caramel, strong but not over powering.

M: Smooth and light

D: Very drinkable, not too strong, definately not weak, perfectly balanced beer.

Octoberfest is my favorite Marzen style beer, one of the most enjoyable brews from Sam; of their beers it comes in second only when compared to their Irish Red.

7beerphil, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A two finger head. Deep red colour with good retention.

S: Slight caramel nose, with a sweet malt hint.

T: Caramel flavour with the biscuit lager bite to it. A nice sweetness comes through at the end to combat the lager bite.

M: Slightly watery but crisp

D: Yep

swizzlenuts, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Dogsgogrrrr
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light(er) amber brown color with a good, dense head.
Smell: If poured correctly, this beer releases some solid, pleasant esters. A pretty good indicator of what's to come.
Taste: Good, caramel malt backbone with buscuity aftertones. Relatively strong flavor, with minimal bite.
Mouthfeel: An even amount of carbonation, slightly chewy.
Drinkability: Very drinkable.

A great addition to the Samuel Adams family, something to look forward to each fall. I would highly recommend trying this beer, especially if you're unlucky enough to find yourself located in an area plagued by a limited beer selection. If you're a fan of Oktoberfests, give this beer a chance.

Dogsgogrrrr, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of gpogo
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear deep red-orange amber color. Large creamy off-white head that dissipates to a small covering.

A- Toasted German malts. Some Vienna.

T- Up front there is a malty sweetness. Finishes dry, this seems to be enhanced with the toasted malts. A bitter aftertaste from the hops.

M- Medium body with moderate-high carbonation. Creamy texture throughout, including the head.

D- A rather decent Oktoberfest. Enjoyable drink.

gpogo, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of youngleo
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found that if you gave this brew a hard pour, it made all the difference in the world with head quanity and lacing. Actually very nice. Was copper brown in color. Smelled of malt and a little sweet. But mostly malt. Tasted of malt and slightly sweet. With hints of caramel. Felt thin in the mouth. Not heavy at all. Carbonation was good. It wasnt my favorite Octoberfest but definatly worth checking out. Overall pretty good.

youngleo, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of BeenJammin
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice copper brown with a decent 1 finger head

S - Smells very clean with a lot of malts and a sort of grainy lager smell.

T - Has a toasty and carmelly backbone with a hint of grain. Just a small flower hop taste.

M - Very clean and light bodied.

D - This is very drinkable. I could down a sixer of this in one sitting.

BeenJammin, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of Berticus
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The ABV is lower than they could have made it because the flavor is so full.
Its an awesome blend of malt and hops and really is the perfect flavor to embody the fall season.
Its not my favorite seasonal but it is definitely my favorite octoberfest so far.

Berticus, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark, burnt orange color, a little more toward the brown side. not a tall head, but pretty dense for what is there. excellent lacing.

S: very heavy on the sweet, malty smells, very grainy smelling, very few hops, if any, not bad, but not very interesting either.

T: very malty, some definite roasted characteristics, nice underlying smoke. malts linger on the palate nicely. sweet. a definite honey flavor. no bitterness. very smooth in general.

M: thick, rich and heavy, coats the mouth. not too shabby.

D: this is a fairly drinkable beer, but not one of my favorite styles. pretty mellow, smooth, and easy drinking though. all in all not too bad. i'd pour a few of these down if on a night out.

pokesbeerdude, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of ljbrisson
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard pour into my new unmarked goblet reveals a dark copper, opaque body. A thin head reduces to a filmy cap which sticks a little to the inside of the glass. Aroma is of fruit mainly, with a little malt, and a vague notion of clove. Mouthfeel is decent for a lager, with good carbonation and a little depth. Taste is like the nose, a touch of clove, wood, vanilla, and a very weak attempt at spice. Aftertaste smacks of alcohol and a very mild hop character. As a lager I like this very much, but as a seasonal, there are many better ones out there.

ljbrisson, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap this beer was a bright orange-amber color like pumpkin paste, good clarity with an off-white head. Mediocre retention but decent lacing. Malty and slightly musty aromas with hints of sweetness lurking. The taste was mostly sweet malts, caramel in particular, earthy and taut flavors like a vitamin. Dry and bitter finish is slightly metallic. Medium body and semi-smooth but nothing stellar.

thekevlarkid, Sep 17, 2008
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,880 ratings.