Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,565 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,565
Reviews: 2,022
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 953 | 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 warbird07
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a standard pint glass...

appears ruby red..nice cream colored head, good lacing..

smell is quite nice..malty, sweet,bready.subtle hop aroma...very appealing..

taste is..sweet..malty sweet..gentle hop flavor..slight bitter finish..smooth(hey it is a lager)

mouthfeel is great..smooth like the style..light to medium body..very appealing and drinkable..

I must admit..I am biased to this particular brew..it has been one of my favorites for many years..I have had alot of martzens..this is one of my favorite..

Photo of centbeerfest
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Excellent thick head and a fine deep copper very clear color with ample carbonation.

Served at about 50 degrees. Very creamy with a little less malt than I would have liked at the finish. Tastes fresh and overall a very good drinkable beer that is not too filling and representative of the style. Maybe just a little on the simpler side than I would expect.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear amber color with almost no head

S: Some nice bready malts, spicy hops, and a generic lager smell

T: Bready malts come through first and go on throughout, with a spicy hop presence that is fairly weak. Tastes like fall in a bottle in terms of all the bready malt goodness with that slight hop bite

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great fall seasonal and one of the few lagers (i.e., not a sweet malt bomb of a doppelbock) that I actually enjoy

Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice simple three finger soapy head is produced, but not with much retention. Body is a classic dark amber red, crystal clear and looks very much like a marzen. Head seems to lose some staying power and looks a bit weak.

Bouquet is a sweet candy like malt and small fizz pop soda. Kind of odd but alright.

Taste is kind of lacking but has all the right ideas. Simple malt and light, some carbonation that is noticeable but has a medium sized body with a hint of thickness. After taste on the swallow is kind of tongue and palate numbing, almost novocaine territory.

Overall a slightly above average marzen. Will do in a pinch.

Photo of BUNZILLA
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 22oz bottle poured into a sam adams tulip glass

Appearance : copper amber in color. A ample head forms after a less than aggressive pour.

Smell : subtle malts aromas also some subtle spicy pumpkin notes

Taste : not any huge taste going on here. Zero hop bitterness but nice malt flavor. Very refreshing and easy to drink another well crafted beer from Sam Adams and at $2.50 a bottle its worth enjoying a bottle.

Mouthfeel : light body with less than average carbonation

Overall : this is a well crafted beer and beer is easy to enjoy .

Photo of MDDMD
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-goldem amber color with a cream-colored head and good lacing

S-malty and bread aromas with a hint of sweetness

T-caramel and malty flavor with a little hoppy bitterness

F-light to moderate body with a moderate amount of carbonation

O-a decent beer for drinking with a meal

Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying lunch at Chillies with the family. Was nice to see this one on tap as I have never had it before.

A - Pours a dark copper with a one finger off white head that dissipates at a quick pace. Not much lacing to be had...

S - Bread and sweet malts. Lots of sweet notes...

T - Rides the sweet malt wave all the way through. Caramel and sweet fruit. Don't pick up any hop presence...

M - Medium bodied with alot of carbonation. Smooth, but a tad much on the carbonation for my liking...

O - Nice beer to sip on a hot day. Glad I tried this one, but not something I see myself getting again unless in a pinch...

Cheers...

Photo of NICKV1117
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never tried Samuel Adams Octoberfest until it showed up at the local Ralph's. Really like this brew. Nice deep amber color. Pleasant smell. The taste took a little getting used to but soon became a very nice series of flavors. Malty, slightly fruity and a touch of caramel. Great carbonation. Give it a try.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap while waiting for my delayed plane that never came. This was the best thing they had I think.

A: Very nice amber color with gold highlights and a brown hued core. Small ring of head. A little lacing.

S: A nice nutmegish caramel with some darker bread. Maybe a flutter of cocoa and berry? Not aromatic at all, I really had to get in there to smell this one.

T: Not bad overall, pretty balanced with lots of bready malt and a lagerlike clean finish. Lemon zest hops add something nice to it and theres also tones of toasted toffee. Has that signature Sam taste thats hard to define but permeates all of their beers. Not overly complex, but ok. A little too sweet as well.

M: Very carbonated and medium in feel. Nice sweet clean finish.

Overall not bad, but the sweetness gets to you and as it warms, you see the flaws in their ingredients too.

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

12 oz pour into pint glass

Head quickly flees, leaving a barely noticeable wisp. Reddish-brown color.

Slight brown sugar in the aroma, not much else there.

Flavor seems rather one-dimensional, but clean. Emphasis is on sweetness from the malt, but there's not much melanoidin or other grain flavors as I would expect from an Oktoberfest. Spicy hops make a very short appearance in the finish and linger for a few seconds in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is actually pretty good for a beer of this style. The body is full, but not overly so, and the finish is semi-dry without excessive sweetness.

Sam Adams might have played it a bit safe with their Octoberfest this year, as I remember previous vintages having more in the flavor department than this one. It's still drinkable, but I'd love to see a bit more spiciness from the hops and perhaps some continental malt character in the flavor and finish.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pint glass

Appearance-Light orange with about a 1 finger off white creamy head. Dissipates almost immediately but leaves some very nice lacing.

Smell-Bready, Malty, slight spice. Very subtle aroma.

Taste-Very much a clone of the taste, just a little more pronounced. Bready, Malty, some spice.

Mouthfeel-EXTREMELY drinkable and very nice mouthfeel. This is why I love this beer. Light bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall-Fond memories drinking this in Connecticut all day watching football. Whether or not it's the best tasting beer, it'll always have a place in my heart. Great sessionable fall beer. I can drink this all day, and I probably will on a few Sundays this year.

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

Bottle best by February 2012 into a Bell's tulip.

Copper, very clear. Small head.

Smells like sweet, lighter caramel-flavored malt.

Taste is sweet malts, some caramel. A darker malt character kick in in the finish and leaves notes of peat-y, fruity malt characters. A bit sweet overall.

Mouthfeel is medium and light for the style.

I used to love this beer, but it's become a bit boring over the years as my tastes have developed. Still, if I see this on draft at a restaurant with a non-impressive selection, it's my go-to. But it's average or so for the style.

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

This beer pours a slightly hazy reddish copper color with a thin head. the smell is subtle composed of slightly sweet malts and basically no hops. the flavor is a little sweet and malty almost a caramel quality to it, but again very subtle. the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a little less carbonation that i would have liked. overall its a pretty good beer.

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

Purchased as a sixer from.. wal mart.. poured into a tulip

Pours a very nice tobacco color with decent head. Smells of rich tobacco actually and thick malts. The smell just smells manly or something, like leather and wood.. yeah.. Tastes is smooth and not too sweet. great body and great finish.

This is a great beer for beginners I think. If i were to try to get someone away from BMC and into something with flavor but not too offensive. bam.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ba Review #40
Served On: 8/18/2011
Glassware: Pint

Well it's Märzen season already. At least Boston Beer Co thinks so. Saw a 12 pack of their Octoberfest and grabbed it up.

Look: Poured a dark copper. A little darker than the Boston Lager. Initial head was a nice 3 fingers of tan foam. It disappeared quick and left a thin patchy film. Not much for carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Spicy hops with that typical Sam Adams malty twang. Also some breaddy lager yeast. I swear most of their offerings start out with the Boston Lager wort - then they just add flavoring in the finishing tanks. I guess it sort of smells like an Oktoberfest.

Taste: Ok, this was a Boston Lager without the sourness and a little heavier body to it. Maybe even a little more sweetness. Other than that, I fail to see any qualities that would make this beer stand out from all the other exceptional Octoberfests out there. I’m starting to see Boston Beer as a ‘Jack of all trades – master of none’. It just doesn’t seem like much effort was put into this one.

Photo of techfed87
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For this particular beer, I'll be using a speciality glass that Sam Adams brought out especially to use with this beer, which is apparently a half-sized maßkrug. That in mind, it should be a pretty interesting experience.

Pours a quite lively head. Color is a lively amber. Smell is quite intense for a lager, which is always nice.

First sip is wonderfully drinkable. You really get the full malt character coming through in this beer, with just the slightest hint of alcohol on the back pallet.

If I go back all the way to where I really started trying different beers other than light lagers, this one was the absolute first that I ever tried. Years later, I can reflect back and say that it wasn't that bad of a foundation to start off with.

Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear but deep amber color with small off-white head that falls quickly leaving no lacing or chunks atop the beer. Smells of sweet malt and a bit bready - not a whole lot going on. The taste is pleasant but doesn't wow me by any means - sweet and malty with scarce help from the hops, just a subtle tasty beer for the fall. The mouthfeel is nice - smooth, crisp, with good carbonation. Samuel Adams Oktoberfest, to me, is a beer that is nice to have waiting after a fall evening in the treestand chasing the big buck with my bow.

Cheers!

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

On-tap for a ridiculous amount of money at SFO, but sometimes you gotta give in and pay it.

A: Vibrant orange reddish amber color; perfectly clear with a good stream of bubbles flowing through it. Thin off-white head atop the beer, a thinner coating of it remains for a long time.

S: Rather mild grainy, bready aroma with a light, crisp fruity sweetness. As the beer warmed, the grain smell actually intensified and overwhelmed the others, making this more enjoyable at lower temperatures.

T: Crisp malty flavors throughout, with hints of sweetness and an indiscriminate bitterness to provide balance. Strange proportion of initial taste to finish– starts off very mild but finishes with strength.

M: Well carbonated, pretty thick for the style and abv; somewhat creamy and rather filling as a result.

O: A good beer for the first half of the glass, by the second half I was wishing I had something else. Worth a try especially since it's probably usually reasonably priced (but spend your airport dollars on the Sierra).

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, amber-copper color with one finger of off-white head. Some retention and lace, pleasant carbonation.

S: Malty caramel and some sweet hay.

T: Light caramel malt straight through, a bit thin but not bad. Very little hop bitterness.

M: Light and well carbonated, a bit of oil on the finish.

O: Pleasant but nothing to write home about. Wouldn't seek it out, but wouldn't turn down another, either.

Photo of industrialswill
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with not much of a head but with a nice amount of carbonation none the less.
It's good a fairly hoppy bite for a mass marketed beer.
It's malty enough to leave a slight syrupy mouthfeel.
Overall, I think this is good beer.
I like this more than their standard lager.

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

On tap

A- light brown color with a white head

S- not much of a smell, smells a bit malty

T- extremely malty, with a hint of citrus, Extra malty aftertaste

M- really smooth going down, nice finish

O- Decent beer, not a huge fan of lagers, so I'm slightly biased. Very drinkable

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Half finger head. Clear and copper with amber hues.

S: Malts, toast and caramel notes.

T: Grainy and malty. A decent amount of sweet toffee/caramel.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall: One of the flagships of this very popular brewery. Oktoberfest isn't a favorite genre of mine but this one is one of my favorites.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, best before date of January.

The appearance is a nice clear amber color with a decent tan head. Smell is some sweet malts. The feel is medium to light. The taste is of sweet malts (but very light and not overpowering), no noticeable hop presence and a slight metallic after taste. Overall this isn't bad, not something I'll seek out.

Photo of zander4dawin
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - wow, very orange in color, white head that disappears fairly quickly, good clearity
Smell - rich sweet malts
Taste - sweet malty beer but not so sweet to take away from drinkability. nice spice notes. would make an excellent session beer.
Mouthfeel - wish the beer had a little more body to it, feels a little too weak.

Overall - Enjoyable but not breathtaking

Photo of dpasotti
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super-fresh Octoberfest is a perfectly clear copper-orange color with a slight ruby shade. Light gold highlights near the edges. One finger of off-white foam quickly dissipates to a tiny film and leave minimal lace. The aroma is dominated by toasty Munich malt with a little caramel underneath. Definite clean lager character, but there are some esters that remind me of English yeast. Slight herbal hop presence.

The taste is nearly identical to the smell, but the malt turns more to a light caramel flavor with a hint of sweetness. Surprisingly, the heavy toasted malt from the aroma takes a step back here, but it is still the main focus of the beer. No noticeable hop presence, but enough bitterness to perfectly balance. There's just a bit of alcohol, which would be welcome in most Märzens but is unexpected in such a modestly-sized one.

Body is medium in weight and carbonation. There's some creaminess that lingers after each swallow, which really adds some appeal to an otherwise unexciting beer. Good thing "exciting" is not really something Oktoberfests strive to be. Don't get me wrong. Even though I'm not a huge fan of Märzens (or Sam Adams for that matter), this is a solid brew that nails the style. It's also very versatile: mild enough to drink all night, but enough flavor to have with dinner. It is actually great with milder meals like rice & beans or a grilled chicken sandwich. Trust me.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,565 ratings.