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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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5,977 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,977
Reviews: 1,975
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 654 | 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 scriabin
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours with dark color with a reddish tint and a medium head. smell is a little sweet with some nice hop overtones. goes down smoothly. not one of the more complex oktoberfest style beers out there but lovely none-the-less. the type of beer I could spend a cool october night enjoying.

scriabin, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of SiriusAth
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mug. Dark copper with light amber highlights at the edges, plentiful streams of bubbles supporting a one finger light beige head. Fair amount of lacing present.

Delicious smells of caramel and toffee lead the nose, toasted malt and breadiness with an underlying herbal quality from the hops.

Toasty and bready malt flavor, light sweetness with the caramel and toffee again showing up, but not as expressed as in the nose. The finish is lightly bitter, herbal and with some earthiness. Nice, but not exceptional.

Light bodied, thin even, but smooth and sessionable with a nice level of carbonation. Could use a bit more substance.

A decently crafted brew that hits most of the style points for a traditional Oktoberfest. Drinks well, definitely wouldn't turn it down, but will go for a few better made fests if they are available to me.

SiriusAth, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of SykDoc
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this beer and had it in a pint glass from a bottle.
Beer initially poors with a 1/4-1/2 inch off-white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film. The appearance is a pleasant clear copper.
The aroma reminds of many lagers, having an expectedly malty scent with some caramel.
There is a creamy feel to the beer which is generally medium bodied, but light and palatable. You can catch a bit of hops, as well as carbonation. Beyond that, this beer does seem to come up a bit flat overall. It is a good oktoberfest lager, but defintely could be better with a deeper flavor. I would recommend it to anyone that likes a lager but is not expecting a whole lot.

SykDoc, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of eagles22
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just bought a case of SAs Ofest becuase last years was good enough so why not this year..
Smell: i had alot of smell of malts,toffee
Taste: is very good for this Octoberfest very creamy and smooth
Feel:mouth wasnt thin at all very good beer with a hearty meal or just sittin back an chillin i could drink this beer all day
and drinkability is you can drink it all day!!

Great Ofest mr.koch

eagles22, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one that I have a little trouble reviewing. Two years ago the Octoberfest was great, last year's batch was crap, now the curent batch rate's in the category of decent.

It has the mezmorising golden-brown color that makes marzen's s appealing with a small amount of head. The aroma and taste show a small amount of caramel and nutmeg. It has a slight bitternes that other's of this style don't have. As for mouthfeel, it has a very slight chunkyness, as if the ingredients and the water didn't completely mix together, kinda hard to explain.

SA Oktoberfest is a hit-or-miss beer. Sample before buying a case.

DesMoinesMike, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of chaunur
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nicely done marzen, med. reddish amber color, A semi creamy head that stayed around awhile, Well malted with only a hint of hops, could use a little more spicyness. Not overly heavy and very drinkably. Overall a good representation of this style. A typical Sam Adams beer, well crafted

chaunur, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of craytonic
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear light amber, mother-of-pearl head, some light lacing. It at least looks like fall.

Light malty sweet aroma, hint of herb.

Lots of malt & hops, faint hint of tea. Hops hang around for the finish, clean and dry. Nice feel, a little heavy on the carbonation.

Very ho-hum, pass if there is something better available. It is lacking, no spice or anything.

craytonic, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of mattffrost
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass.

A: A light amber with a white head that evaporated quickly.

S: Citrus, carmet malt, floral, spicey smell.

T: Very light and tangy in taste. Finishes a little spicey. Very refreshing not a heavy taste at all.

M: Light on the mouth, light carbonation.

D: Light enough to drink a couple glasses.

mattffrost, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of diabecktic
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer's color is somewhere between a really dark copper tone and amber. A nice tan head forms quickly and then slowly dissapates; the lacing and retention are both adequate/decent. A small amount of rising carbonation is visible.

This is a malt-lover's dream. A very heavy, crisp biscuit aroma dominates, but it is complimented nicely by a small amount of spice - nutmeg, perhaps? It definately envokes the feeling of "fall" (whatever it is). Any hop-related smell is present in minimal amounts.

The beer's flavor matches its nose quite well. Biscuity tones dominate, though they're complimented with the spices and a hint of carmel-y sweetness. There isn't really a whole lot of bitterness on account of the lack of hop character. The spices definately "make" this beer. There isn't really an aftertaste, but the biscuit and spice flavors linger.

It feels quite heavy in the mouth - more of a creamy type heaviness instead of just high density. This may sound strange, but it makes sense to me; I suppose that I mean it's a "tolerable" heavy and not something that's just really hard to swallow. I suppose it's what I'd expect from a beer of this type.

This is something you definatley do NOT want to pound. Yes, I know it may be Oktoberfest, but it's best to enjoy this in moderation. If you drank it too quickly, you'd be missing out on the great flavor. The creaminess best augments my assertion of its drinkability.

As with most of the other Sam Adams brews, I am quite pleased. I always look forward to the time of year when this beer is on the shelf - definately a "fall" beer no matter how you spell it. I'm sure there are better brews of this variety out there, but it seems to me that Sam Adams does a good job of making it accessable to those who might not normally drink it.

diabecktic, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of mterrence5
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What happend to this beer? Im reviewing this in the fall of 08 and im very upset. This was one of my favorite beers for years. Ive had it about 5 times this year and discussed this with other fans and we agree the recipe has changed. As recent as last fall the lable had a comment something about being malty with "hints of caramel and toffee". Well I dont know what happend but those hints but they ar gone from the label and the bottle. This beer is moderatly full tasting in the mouth and very hoppy. This beer leaves a bat taste in my mouth and stomach. The previous version was 4.5's across the board. I cant even drink this anymore. I can only hope next year its better.

mterrence5, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of thespaceman
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured From Tap at Local Bar

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber color, a similar appearance to the Boston Lager but a little darker, nice lacing around the glass which seemed to stick to it as I drank more.

Smell: Those sweet spices are definetley here. I can definetley smell caramel and bready hops, almost a butterscotch scent in the florals, great smell!

Taste: Starts like any Sam Adams until the beautiful taste kicks in, taste is very smooth and robust, not edgy and not weak, a perfect blend of spices make this Octoberfest stand out from the rest.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, almost to a cream consistency but it isn't.

Drinkability: Still to date one of the best Octobers around, hasn't changed in years and why should it? This beer gets more appealing each autumn, other breweries should take notes, Sam Adams is the one to beat this fall.

thespaceman, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A bready beige head sits atop a light rustic-amber body coloring. Visible carbonation was extremely light, with soft whispers of lonely bubbles rising reluctantly. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin film coating.

S: The nose was soft, light caramel syrup with only the slightest hint of hops of nobel flowery origins.

T: Sweet and syrupy upon the opening sip. Maplesyrup, caramel appear in the forefront while a light noble flowering hop presence presents itself on the tongue upon the swallow. Hints of chocolate and munich appear ever so briefly upon warming on the close.

M: Light bodied, you hardly feel this at all resting on the tongue. Nil carbonation factor, easily manipulated on the tongue.

D: As with most of Boston brewings beers this one goes down very smoothly with little effort or resistance making for a good session drink aptly suited per style. Pitches of this are optimal, Prost Zum Wohl.

beerthulhu, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Goregazm
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Appearance: Pours a great reddish-amber color, very clear and smooth looking. Has a tan one finger head which dissipates within a minute and leaves a little bit of lacing behind.

Smell: Has a bittersweet aroma, almost like a sourdough bread. Caramel and spice scents are in there as well, along with a little fruit, possibly dates or figs.

Taste: Starts off slightly bitter, then finishes with a mild sweetness. Can detect some toastiness in there, with sort of a bready taste. Interesting spice combination in there
as well. Overall pretty refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with a very good consistancy that is just the right texture. Has a carobonated feel after a second of two, which gives it kind of a fizz. Aftertaste is a mild sweetness on the palate, and feels a little filmy.

Drinkability: Very good Octoberfest beer that I would certainly buy again. This would go well with dinner or while having a snack. Recommended for fans of this kind of beer.

Goregazm, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft a couple of times over the past two weeks. An enjoyable seasonable

Beer came with a thin, but substantial head that faded quickly. The beer was a bright Amber clear color with plenty of brownish tones. No visible carbonation and no lacing to speak of.

Aroma was sweet and a bit of toasted goodness.

Flavor was very nice. Slightly sweet and reminded me of Brown bread. Certainly a nutty character to it as well.
Good stuff.

Mouthfeel was pretty light and only slightly sticky.

I thought it was quite drinkable.

Nicely done.

Reagan1984, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of Pleepleus
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one Hyland.
Poured from 12 oz bottle to a new Sam Adams Pint Glass a clear orange amber color with a minimal white head that quickly settled to a minimal sheen. Had a light aroma of malts. Tasted sweet malts and mellow hops, not anything spectacular but none of that signature bad flavor that almost every other Sam Adams has. Has a thin watery feel but good flavor and is a very drinkable beer. Best Sam Adams I have tried yet, but not a top ten Octoberfest by any means.

Pleepleus, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of scottblaze
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To make it short and sweet, this one passed my test for an enjoyable amber/dark/red lager. I am crossed up on how to rate this beer....quite good as it stands on its own but as it ranks among my favorite Oktoberfests (marzen), it would be near the bottom. After making a cross comparison with Paulaner (one of my personal favorites for the style), SA wasn't close.

scottblaze, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of SFRider
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Definitely amber in color. Kinda golden amber.
Smell: Musky and sweet. Definitely got some malt in this one.
Taste: Kinda sweet. Not too bitter. Definitely malty. Like a malted caramel.
Mouthfeel: Goes down very easy - like water...with hops, yeast, malt, barley and likely a couple other grains. Light carbonation.

Imagine the surprise Sam Adams had after InBev bought Anheuser-Bush, and they, Sam Adams (an American Craft Brewery) were now the largest American owned brewery in the states! Pretty cool, eh? Okay - about the beer. Wasn't bad at all, and somewhat traditional for an Octoberfest Ale. Wanna learn more about that? Click here. Kinda sweet, not too hoppy - more malty. It was light and easy though, not terribly filling. I could easily drink a couple of these. But it wasn't so great that it'd be the only beer I'd want at a bar with 15 taps. Worth tryin' though.

SFRider, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange color with hints of amber. Light tan one-finger head with decent retention and unremarkable lacing.

S - Very faint bready malt aroma with hints of spicy/herbal hops. A little doughy sweetness in the nose as well.

T - Strong taste of bready and doughy malts with a lingering sweetness. A herbal spiciness comes through mid-drink and provides a nice balance.

M/D - Medium bodied that seems to thin as it warms. A very drinkable O-fest but not one of the best I have had.

ckeegan04, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of ibashmuck
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a small head on a darker, redder amber body. Smells were decidedly mellow. They're there, just not very pronounced...sweet, malty, with a small hoppiness bite. Taste was the same but much more pronounced. Maple syrup, caramel, nuttiness, with a smallish hoppiness. Lower carbonation and a crispness make for an easy brew to drink. Pleasantly surprised. Not spectacular, but a good brew.

ibashmuck, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of Hokies
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours a deep reddish copper color with a small white head that lasts with some lacing.

Aroma of sweet caramel malt, some chocolate and a grassy scent.

The taste is dominated by the sweet malt taste with some roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is somewhat balanced out by a light citrus hop taste.

Their is a good amount of carbonation in this beer with a nice creamy feel to it. This is a nice Marzen and one that is easy to drink.

Hokies, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of FGCUkyleOz
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange-ish red, slightly tan head about 1 finger width tall.

S: Sweet with a slight spice and some fruit.

T: Moderate Holiday flavors, reminiscent of pumpkin delights. Moderate carbonation. Mild but bitter after taste.

M: Smooth with a slight grain.

D: Light enough to have more than one. Very enjoyable.

FGCUkyleOz, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of pwsoldier
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear copper with a large, creamy, off-white head. Good head retention and patchy lacing.

S - Caramel, buttered toast, and some very faint grassy notes.

T - Caramel and buttered toast persist, with some spice adding some subtle complexity to it. A hint of lemon is also present in the finish.

M - Medium-bodied, dry finish. Carbonation does a good job of keeping the sweetness in check.

D - Very smooth and enjoyable. I'm not a huge fan of Marzens, but I like this one a lot.

pwsoldier, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The sixteenth and final day of the München Oktoberfest has me finishing off the celebration with the bottled variant of Boston Beer Co.'s Samuel Adams seasonal.

Poured into a pint glass from a brown glass bottle with freshness date printed on the label.

Pours a deep copper-amber hue with a half-finger of light tan foam.

Nose is full of sweet toffee and chocolate notes. No discernible hop presence.

Full-bodied, thick and chewy on the palate. Flavors are of rich malted grain -- sweet caramel, milk chocolate, and molasses. A slight bitterness from the hops can be detected, though the malts are what are truly highlighted, with the hops serving as a simple balance to keep the beer from becoming cloying. Finishes with a lingering sweetness.

Absolutely delicious, though it strikes me as almost a lower-alcohol version of a good Doppelbock, rather than an Oktoberfest/Märzen. Very sweet and therefore not highly drinkable, and much different than the draft version, but still a highly individualistic interpretation of the style and a wonderful way to complete the sixteen days of Oktoberfest.

superdedooperboy, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon Octoberfest mug. Best by February notched on the label. Poured a translucent copper with a one inch off-white cap dimpled with tiny bubbles. Head eventually dissipated into a soapy swirl. Some lacing, but weak legs. Nose is caramel malt and cereal grains. Taste follows nose with a little hops in the mix. Finish is not as sweet, and much dryer than most Oktoberfests. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied and evenly carbonated. Easy drinking and one of my personal favorites for the style.

Jwale73, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of tangentrider
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- dark copper beer with an off-white head; some lacing is present; minimal carbonation visible.

S- biscuit with a slight bit of cheese

T- a bit of toasted malt sweetness; faint bit of herbal hop; finishes with a light bitterness and yeast.

MF- light feel with moderate to high carbonation in the mouth. Clean.

D- Good beer for a spicy meal. I would have this again.

tangentrider, Oct 05, 2008
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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