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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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5,886 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,886
Reviews: 1,968
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 605 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 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
Photo of tpd975
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice golden copper hue with a nice tall head when poured from the tap. Good retention and lots of bubbles. A smattering of lace is left behind. A touch of alcohol could be detected.

S: Big malty aroma with hints of caramel.

T: Nice big biscuity malty taste with a hint of caramel sweetness. There is a dash of bittering hops as well to provide nice balance.

M: Medium in body, fairly smooth.

D: A nice change of pace Octoberfest brew.

tpd975, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange with a yellow/tan 1-finger head with carbonation moving throughout at varying paces.

S: Light malts all around, little sweetness, vague fruitiness.

T: Earthy and caramel malts, cookie-like breadyness with a disgustingly light hoppiness in the background.

M: Lighter bodied, dryish but palatable.

D: As with most Marzens, highly drinkable.

phantomwyse, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an excellent, rustic amber color. On draft, so nothing more than a thin wispy head.

Aroma is very clean and malt-dominant with a little hop pine and...what's that...some spice? Really?

There's that spice again-a little clovish but surprisingly hearty. Decent amber malt base - maybe a little hop pine but not a whole lot.

Very clean on the palate with a full woody finish. Little aftertaste. Stands up with warmth.

One of the more pleasing BBC offerings to me. Packs a little more weight than I'm used to for the mild flavor profile but it's definitely an enjoyable sessioner.

IBUnit63, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of dananabanana
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: orange-red color. Decent head, for a lighter beer.

S: Sweet and malty, but not very strong.

T: Lots of that sweet malt again, on the tip of the tongue. The perfect amount of hops-- not too much, well-balanced. Develops a nutty taste after awhile.

M: Smooth and creamy. Good mix of carbonation.

D: I could definitely drink this all night. This is the one Sam Seasonal I really miss when it isn't being sold.

dananabanana, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of ajmoody76
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this at the grocer. six pack of twelve ounce bottles. poured into an imperial pint. clear copper color. one finger off white head. nice lace. looks good.

fruity hops with a sweet caramel type of boquet. no off odors.

malty with a little bitterness from the hops. dry aftertaste.

mid body. smooth. good carbonation. good beer. i am not in love with it but i will pick up another sixer next year.

ajmoody76, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of daythree16
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice copper color with a creamy one-finger head that fades pretty quickly.

Smell is caramel, a little toasted malt, and some grain husk. Taste is sweet, but well balanced with some German hop bitterness on the finish. Straight forward and pretty good

Medium bodied with great drinkability. Would definitely make for a great session lager.

daythree16, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of akronzipfan
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - pours an oranginsh-brown with a light tan head, that is fairly frothy but not long lasting. Moderate lacing.

s - Fall spices with a burnt roast background.

t - Nice balance with the malted hops and spices.

m - Low carbonization and somewhat weak bodied, but all in all not bad.

d - pretty good beer to have at your own Octoberfest

akronzipfan, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Clear copper color. Head is a tight big toe width head that is fading quickly.

S- I smell some malty goodness, with a little dark fruit smell that has been coated in a gooey caramel jacket. Smells tasty.

T- The taste is a bit flat, there is a good amount of malt, but that fruityness is not there, and the caramel is not present in the taste either like it was in the smell.

M- Very thin feeling, and there is almost no carbination, which isn't too bad, but a little more would be nice.

D- Easy to drink if you want to drink something quickly.

Wetpaperbag, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was a reddish-amber color. The head was decent. The smell was somewhat fruity, but nothing overpowering. The taste was a little bland to me. Nothing that stood out and spoke to me, but I don't usually care for Oktoberfests anyway. The finish had this lagery presence that came out of no where and that didn't suit me well. Meh.

HoppyMcStout, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice deep amber with coppery highlights, crystal clear with a nice thick creamy off white head leaving some oily lacing.

Smell is nice, of bready malts and perhaps some caramel sweetness.

Taste is all about the malt, sweet up front with a touch of bitter on the finish. Some caramel overtones and a touch of sour on the palate. Hops appropriately take the back stage. Warming mellows it out nicely.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and perhaps a bit over carbonated on the tongue. It is nicely crisp.

Very drinkable and with the change of seasons in the air a nice change from the IPAs and pale ales I've been drinking all summer. Perhaps not the best of the Fest beers but enjoyable nonetheless.

Edit: I've had a chance to drink several six packs of this brew this season and my appraisal of it is higher than it was initially, I've been enjoying it very much!

BlackBearForge, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear bright orange amber color. Poured a bit less than a two finger light tan head that dissipated quickly to a skim around the edges of the glass. Broken light lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt and some dark fruit tastes. Some astringent spices.

T: Big, slightly sweet malts up front. Slightly hot finish.

M: Medium body. Might be a little light on the carbonation. Dry warming finish.

D: Very drinkable, and in quantity. Dry, warm finish leaves me ready for the next drink.

Haybeerman, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of cbn
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice clarity, beautiful bright copper color, large head induced by vigorous pour retreats to thin off-white cap.

Light malty aroma with a dry soapy end note.

Sweet carmel malt with lemony bitterness and a cornbread end-note.

Carbonation gives a soft bite to the tongue, otherwise smooth and clean, with a medium to light body.

Easy drinker although fairly pedestrian. Not a bad beer, nothing to write home about.

cbn, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good Sam Adams that captures the style is is going for quite well.

A- Dark red-orange-brown that looks like the color most leaves change to in Autumn. Very clear

S- Smell is of caramel and sweet rolls

T- Taste is like the smell but the hops become noticeable with a bitter citrus pinch on the tongue

M- Feel is light with a slight feel of syrup.

D- Drinks real well with a relaxed flavor and light body

EnojysAnyBeer, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice clear amber color with a nice creamy head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Sweet, bready and caramel malts. Maybe something in there thats sweet citrus?

T- Follows the nose well and pretty well balanced out with a dash of hops in there.

M- Medium body and nice carbonation.

D- A solid brew and easy to drink.

nrbw23, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Dark amber color with a head of slightly off-white foam. Good clarity, carbonation and lacing.

S - Malty and slightly metallic. Tiny hints of dark ripe fruit also detected.

T - Malty and herbal up front. Finishes with dry and slightly bitter with some alcohol presence.

MF&D - Solid Octoberfest choice. You can't beat the price either.

nasty15108, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Chugmonkey
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light amber color with nice off white rocky head, great retention. Seems to have a malty aroma, is that possible? Taste is really malty sweet, some caramel, little nuttiness, but mostly sweet.

It has a thick mouthfeel to me and it finishes very sweet wich severely reduces drinkability for me. I like one, but more than that and the sweetness builds to a level of annoyance with me.

Chugmonkey, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh more Oktoberfest brew and I'm on a Sam Adams kick of late to boot. Pours pure copper into the SA specialty glass. A big fluffy off-white head peaks a few cm above the rim and fades very slowly, leaving a scattering of rocky lacing behind. Smells of malts, caramel, and a bit of tea. Tastes sweet with just enough bitterness to keep it from being boring. Goes down smooth with a light-to medium mouth-feel. I'm really digging this one for sure.

stephens101, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color with a medium buttery tan head.
Smells very malty with caramel and a slight hop presence.
Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet caramel malts dominate for the most part, but there is some hop character to keep things a bit balanced. There's a strong earthy, grassy flavor that I'm not sure comes from the malts or the hops.
Feel is crisp with a medium to fullish body.
Seems to me this used to be a lot tastier. It was a seasonal I always looked forward to. Now I can pretty much take it or leave it.

Hoagie1973, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a local pub

Appears a dark amber with orange highlights around the edges with a tight, cream colored cap. No retention or lacing.

Sweet, bready malts and caramel. Not much else here.

Taste mimics the mose. Sweet caramel balanced by some bittering hops. Crisp and smooth.

Carbonation is where it should be, more on the thin side.

Pretty easy to session. A solid offering.

ColForbinBC, Sep 12, 2008
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,886 ratings.