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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,519 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,519
Reviews: 1,940
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 59
Gots: 451 | 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 allengarvin


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Very pleasant walnut amber color, with a quickly fading head however. Aroma is malty, most caramel but with a touch of toasted bread. Malty initial flavor, somewhat sweet and a little sticky, light toasted flavor, with low-moderate bitterness balancing it. Finishes clean and drier than expected. Neutral texture with a firm body.

One of the better of the early recipe Sam Adams beers, I've always found. Not exceptional but no obvious flaws or faults.

10-03-2006 01:25:11 | More by allengarvin
Photo of ColoradoBobs


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

Frothy head over a very amber body. Head fades quickly to a ring that leaves a little lacing.

Malty aromas, with biscuits and rye bread. Nice.

Taste is surprisingly malty throughout, with a dry-ish, hoppy-ish finish. This is my favorite-tasting O-fest to date. Really quite smooth. Maltier than other O-fests, and malt is good.

Nice fully round mouthfeel. Great palate presence.

Soooo drinkably smoooth. I want more now.

10-02-2006 20:42:00 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of BlackJeremiah


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

A: Dark amber in color, nice frothy head on top. Great lacing as I drink.

S: Biscuits, bread/yeast, some caramel notes. Nice malty smells, with a slight floating hint of citrus/orange and a touch of clove.

T: A pastiche of malt characters ranging from the bakery to the candy shop. Bread, orange cake, citrus peel, biscuits, caramel, and spiced cider. Fantastic fall flavors--the BBC did well this year.

M: A little drying in the aftertaste, but light-bodied and refreshing on the palate. Nothing too special.

D: I'd really like another, and another, if my fiancee doesn't finish them first.

10-02-2006 18:35:09 | More by BlackJeremiah
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

On tap at Beff's in town in a mug. A coppery-amber, and when the waitress brought it (who knows how long it had been sitting after the pour), there was a small white head. It left some lacing up top, but no more as I drank my way down the glass.

Smelled of sweet malt, caramel and toffee, but not in an overpowering way.

Taste was similar -- high on the malt as you'd expect, with a sweet caramel flavor dominating. An ever-so-slight bitter aftertaste lingers, however, but sweet malt is still the prevailing taste.

Mouthfeel -- medium-bodied, but I thought it was a tad bit over-carbonated.

Drinkability -- OK. I waivered between giving this a 3.5 vs. a 4.0. It's decent, but it's nothing phenomenal -- ultimately the high carbonation level led me to knock it down a peg. I'd like to do a side-by-side with some other Octoberfests and see how this measures up. My gut feeling is that it'd be somewhere in the middle.

10-02-2006 02:19:39 | More by Kendo
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

The appearance of this Sam Adams seasonal is a beautiful amber with a very fizzy, slight white head. The smell gives off hints of caramel, fresh bread; it's very malty. The taste is slightly sweet, grainy, and unfortunately, a little watery. Towards the end, a toffee flavor comes out in the taste. Overall, an enjoyable beer, but not one of Sam Adams' best.

10-01-2006 23:19:48 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of BeerSox


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

12oz bottle into mug

Dark amber color, creating a deep red hue. Marginal head which settles to a thin rim. Spotty lacing.

Sweet caramel smell on top of an all-malt base. Dark hard candy smells.

Sweeter malt flavors up front, with the slightest hop twang from the middle to the end. Finishes with a biscuity malt aftertaste.

Medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Relatively clear finish.

A well rounded beer, and a safe choice when looking for something new to try. This edition is probably on the sweeter side of SA Oct. releases.

10-01-2006 22:40:05 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Fuller


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

A - deep amber color with a nice fluffy 1" off-white head that receded down to a skim. Leaves decent lacing.

S - smell is very faint, but I can pick up some sweet malt, caramel and fruit. No hop presence.

T - toasted and sweet malt with a little bready taste. Also some fruit and a slight bit of hops at the end.

M - medium bodied and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation.

D - drinkability is high. Very good autumn session beer.

10-01-2006 02:17:37 | More by Fuller
Photo of karengarys


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

This pours nice crystal clear ruby read, leaving a little foam ring with my slow pour.

Tastes a bit spicey, tawny, little hop - a good marzen balance.

Moutfeel is a bit thin, not bad though.

Finish is nice and creamy (after the fizz of the mouthfeel starts going down, it turns into a creamy pillow - very nice!). And then it leaves a slightly sweet clean taste.

This is an easy to find brew worth trying. Sometimes you can find it cheap enough to grab a case for a party - that would be much better than a macro!

09-30-2006 23:39:10 | More by karengarys
Photo of MrHolland

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -6%

Appearance has a nice thick of white head the settles nicely. The color is a dark amber color with faint orange highlights.

Smell is a light malty tone. Not too much in this catagory.

The taste at first is sweet and fruity with a pretty strong malt aftertaste.

Has a very balanced amount of carbonation with a nice smooth finish.

This has a good drinkablility for me with a decent ABV. I have had better but we will see how the others compare because it tis be the season for more Oktoberfest beer!

09-30-2006 03:19:33 | More by MrHolland
Photo of HAB

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%

Purchased a six pack at the local grocery store. This beer pours a light amber color. There isn't much smell and the taste is only average in my opinion. Where I think this beer stands out is the drinkability. It is extremely smooth and easy to drink. I feel this seasonal offering is worth a try.

09-30-2006 02:01:56 | More by HAB
Photo of ReDave


3.13/5  rDev -14.7%

On tap at the "pub" Not quite October, but ...close enough.
This is a drinkable lager.

Nice head, cream colored.... little lace.

Dark brown amber color.

Sweet malty aroma.

Malty flavor. somewhat like a English brown ale.

A little darker than i remember, but still pretty much as i expect an easy drinking, not too heavy Oktoberfest... perfect for a session.

09-29-2006 05:29:03 | More by ReDave
Photo of mmmbeer


4/5  rDev +9%

12 oz., best by Feb. '07. It pours a clear copper with medium carbonation and is capped with a half-inch khaki head that leaves moderate lacing. The aroma is malty up front: toasted, caramelly, and earthy, with green/floral hops in the background. The flavor consists of toasted, earthy?, caramel?, and nutty malts with spicy, grassy, floral (heather?) hops that are lightly oily and leave a mild bitterness. It has a medium body with prickly carbonation and leaves a medium finish, and is overall a nice, flavorful märzen.

09-29-2006 00:02:47 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of TheSarge


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

Being stationed in Korea, it's a treat to be able to sample something different once in a while. Thankfully the on base liquor store (Class 6) carries Samuel Adams, and occasionally seasonals. Finally Octoberfest made its appearance on the shelves of our ill equipped Class 6.

This smells of a rich malt character. A slight amount of hop aroma, but mostly dominated by malt. Blended together it kind of has an orangish fragrance.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest is a bit darker compared to Boston Lager. It has a deep copper color and the body of this brew is very clear. It pours with moderate amount of CO2 and forms for a good top and leaves behind fine to no lacing.

This tastes a little hoppy, but finishes sweet. Not a bad balance of the two main characters.

Overall this feels very refreshing and quite bubbly and is quite comparable to Boston Lager but with a little bit sweeter balance of malts.


09-27-2006 10:24:50 | More by TheSarge
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

A - Clear copper, with a copious, long lasting head.

S - Sweet, floral aromas. Very fruity, with prominent raisin aromas. I guess these are some light noble hops I'm smelling as well.

T - Sweet, and a touch tart. Some toasted grain and lots of fruitiness. Low bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, and slick/oily feel. Carbonation is just right.

D - Good, but not knock-my-socks-off good. My first in style. Reminds me a bit like a pale euro, but with more toastiness.

09-27-2006 02:21:48 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a very nice amber orange. Thin head,with decent retention,and lacing. Smell is malty,and spiced. Body is light to medium. Taste is on the light side. Spiced malt mostly. This is not a bad beer, but its a bit on the weak side flavor wise.Still worth a try.

09-27-2006 00:21:58 | More by riversider76
Photo of TheLiterati


4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

Pours a beautiful orange-amber color with a tan, two finger high, long lasting head. Smells of caramel with a nice balance of fragrant hops. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and rich, with caramel and hops aromas translating to the taste. There’s also nice hint of spice as well. This is quite a quaffable brew, and one I will look forward to tasting season after season.

09-26-2006 06:00:46 | More by TheLiterati
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a reasonable sized head that doesn't last long and fails to do much in the lacing department

Smell: Biscuity toasted malt with a vague waft of grassy noble hops

Taste: Starts with a nice biscuity flavor that picks up a bit of caramel sweetness, mid-palate; after the swallow, the noble hops kick in to provide a nice balance; this is a touch sweet but well within the style guidelines and avoids the common mistake of some other craft brews to build up the caramel malt flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One fine Oktoberfest for those who like the style

09-25-2006 22:43:58 | More by brentk56
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a clear red/orange, thick tan head forms, some nice lacing, good retention as well. Smell is sweet and malty, some spice and orange, little cherry, caramel, and some iron. Taste is sweet, toffee and orange, rich malt in the back, some iron again and cherries in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. I really enjoy this, real smooth and easy to drink, with some nice flavour to it.

09-25-2006 16:40:50 | More by Viggo
Photo of adam42381


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Excellent beer. Probably the best offering of Samuel Adams that I've had thus far.

Appearance: Nice orange-brown color. Nice head with decent lacing.

Smell: Malty and toasty. I detected a hint of wine which was odd but nice nonetheless. Also a bit of sweet caramel on the nose.

Taste: Excellent. Sweet yet toasty malt. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Midrange mouthfeel. Not too light, but definitely not heavy. Maybe not quite as thick as I would have liked but good nonetheless.

Drinkability: Very high. It was quite enjoyable. I'm sure it would be excellent on a crisp autumn evening. Highly recommended.

09-24-2006 23:47:06 | More by adam42381
Photo of Walsar


3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

This is a much better brew than last years fest.

Typical Sam adams quality.

Nice orange to amber color. Slight hop taste.

An enjoyable quaff that would pair nice with many foods.

The beer is better as I near the half glass - not room temperature but not ice cold.

Enjoy the fall of the year.

09-24-2006 20:59:11 | More by Walsar
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance - served in a tall 23 ounce glass. Not much head remaining once walked over from the tap but there's a thin partial covering there. A nice orange amber color to it.

Aroma - light toasted malts, not much more.

Taste - a good toasted grain beginning, a bit of growing sweetness. The swallow brings on some balancing hops and give a rounded fullness to the flavor, very nice. The aftertaste is a balance of malt sweetness and hop dryness.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied and medium carbonation, good levels for the style.

Drinkability - the style has grown on me a bit sice I first tried this one. I like it better.

09-24-2006 02:53:39 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of beveritt


2.93/5  rDev -20.2%

Picked this up with a couple of the German originals to do a side by side taste test. The only date on the bottle was a notch indicating this beer should be enjoyed by March. Not very helpful. This years Octoberfest beers have been out for a while though, so hopefully this one is this year's model. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Rich copper in color. Initially a decent head, but that falls quickly to just a skim coat of foam on the beer.

Smell: A little bit of malt with some hints of grassiness.

Taste: Pretty bland overall, not what I was expecting from a Marzen. There is a very low sweetness level, none of the malty, syrupy, sweetness I have found in the German examples of this brew. The hop bitterness is also higher than I have found in other Marezens.

Mouthfeel: Medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, not too bad to drink, it just doesn't taste like a Marzen. The sweetness is too low and the hop bitterness is too high. I could drink this, it is not a bad beer, but it doesn't taste like an Octoberfest.

09-23-2006 23:32:11 | More by beveritt
Photo of ThaSmokinGun


3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

I was at Oktoberfest in 2004, hit a bunch of tents (including Paulaner), and I have to say that the best bier that year was in the Hacker tent (Hacker and Pschorr have two different tents and two different beers).

That being said, this is the 2nd best Oktoberfest bier I've had. It is hopped a little more crisply than the German versions, but the malt flavor is spot on. This beer loses its head much more quickly than the German ones did, but they don't have much head either. I'd expect to see about a 3/8" to 1/2" on a liter mug.

Mouthfeel is pretty much the same as what I remember from Oktoberfest, but maybe slightly thinner. Or that could just be my mind playing tricks on me. Either way, pretty .... close to style in my mind.

Drinkability is about the same as the Hacker Oktoberfest. Make sure you designate a driver or bring a 6 pack home :)

To me, the extra hops are not an issue, and this is better than the Paulaner Oktoberfest. To the style purist, Paulaner is very slightly closer to style than this beer.

09-23-2006 05:23:55 | More by ThaSmokinGun
Photo of billybob


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

amber color with one inch head that fades fast. slightly sweet peach or fruit taste more malt than hop. good mouthfeel very smooth not to much carbonation which i like. i'm not a big fan of samuel adams beers but i like this one and would buy it again. nice beer.

09-23-2006 03:17:56 | More by billybob
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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%

A - Poured into a pint glass, nice red/amber color very clear with a thin head that disappears quickly and leaves no lacing
S - actually I don't smell much, slight malty smell I guess
T - Solid taste, nothing overpowering but at the same time it isn't weak either. Rounded maltiness not bitter at all, a little sweet.
M - I like octoberfest beers because you get ale like taste with the smooth qualities of a lager this one delivers in this category.
D - Very drinkable beer as I proved October 27, 2004 a night red sox fans will never forget. It isn't the autumn until I've had a Sam Adams octoberfest

09-22-2006 23:33:42 | More by fank2788
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