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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,472 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,472
Reviews: 2,012
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 894 | 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 JEdmund
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet body and a small head. Some hops detectable in aroma but it's mostly all malt here. It's a light but inviting aroma. Taste is nice--full on flavor with a fairly robust body without being too big to detract drinkability. Texture is silky smooth coupled with a good level of carbonation. Those malts really work well together, giving a bready, just barely sweet full flavor, followed up by a firm bitterness. For me, a good O'fest has to be drinkable by the liter. I think this one can do it, though it's probably too robust for two liters.

JEdmund, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of thekanna
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

A: Pours a dark, hazy chestnut with thin patches of off-white head.

S: Strong biscuity sweet malts, a bit of citrus acerbity.

T/M: Like an English digestible biscuit, sweet malts dominate. A little bit of a hop bite ensues with just a touch of green tea bitterness at the end. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer, not anything spectacular either. A very run-of-the-mill oktoberfest.

thekanna, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of zassenhausen
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

First...I must identify myself as an Oktoberfest fan

A-Ruby, nice head, off white, some lacing.

S-Malty, smooth

T-Good, authentic Oktoberfest

M-OK, a little watery, little bubbles.

D-Way too easy to drink. Maybe because I'm fond of Belgian style ales, this was too easy to pour down. Smoooth!

I'm more and more impressed with Sam Adams beers. For a large brewery they do a very good job on many styles.

zassenhausen, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoy this American twist of an Ofest lager.
Brillantly clear copper in color with a decent head that doesn't stick around for ever.
Nice brew day malty aroma as I enjoy in a true amber, marzen or alt.
Tastes as it smells with a nice medium caramel malt and toasty biscuit flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium light and clean, appropriate to style but I prefer a tad more body.

A go to easy to get Marzen IMHO. I look fwd to this one every year :)

unclejimbay, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of kjyost
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a stein.

An impressive look to the beer, with a slightly paler than expected amber body, clear as day, with a nice head than kept a cap and laced very lightly. The aromas were a little muted, with bready malt, yeast, caramel and spicy hop on the nose. The body is an enjoyable, though unremarkable balance between sweet caramel flavours and a bit of spice that became cloying over time. Good carbonation, and coats the mouth nicely.

kjyost, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of aepb1
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber with a gorgeous white head

S- Lots of maltiness, full but nothing spectacular

T- Bready, malty, roasted. Finishes with a sweet malt taste

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation, not as full for an octoberfest as I'd like but still good

D- Very drinkable and easy to use to introduce others to a seasonal beer

aepb1, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Kanyon22
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my murphy's irish sout glass

A: a nice copper orangish color with an dirty off white head with loads of bubbles on the side of the glass. Pretty decent look to it.

S: Musky, metallic, clean lager smell. Also a faint sweetness deep in this one, probably have it to cold might have to report back here.

T: Starts of a bready sweet tasting with a hint of licorice in the middle then a quick transition to a nice toasty flavor that lingers on throat.

M: A wonderful medium to full mouthfeel but ends with a drying sticky toastyness all throughout my mouth.

D: Could see myself drinking a lot of these nothing to great but not at all bad, I can't help but love that fall feeling while downing these bad boys.

Kanyon22, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass at 45 degrees.

Pours with a faint 1F of off-white head over a deep copper/amber colored body. No carbonation present. Head fades to ring with no carbonation. No lacing.

This really lacks any discernable aroma. Got my nose right into it, and barely pulled out a whiff of caramel malt and toffee.

Clean on the palate. Like the aromas, flavor was also pretty light, but good. Slightly toasty, with some light fruits, and a light amount of floral and grassy hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel was lively.

Drinkability is good - again, I could use a touch more in the aroma and even flavor, but it's quite drinkable and pretty good for the style.

BeerImmediately, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes
On tap at the Barley House

(A)- Pours a clear dark caramel colored amber. A good eggshell colored head with good retention and lots of lacing.

(S)- A light, yet rich malt profile with a very subtle sweetness.

(T)- Same as the smell; rustic-like nuttiness in there too.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Rich and a good malt profile, yet light and crisp too.

(D)- One of my favorite Oktoberfests, despite me not being a huge fan of Sam Adams; this is the only one I get each year. This years is rather good.

sweemzander, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of clarkm04
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Very deep amber/coppery color with a slight white head retention with light to medium carbonation.

Smell- Hints of malt. Not much hops in the smell profile.

Taste- Fairly malty on the front and back end. Not much in the order of hops (which is typical for this style). Not as malty as I would want. Slightly watery in the mid-taste. I really enjoy the aftertaste of this beer. It's very smooth and leaves a nice malty note.

Mouthfeel- Fairly mild but there is a harsh mouthfeel on the back of the tongue that hovers and distracts from what overall is a very nice mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Very high.

Overall- A good Octoberfest. Certainly not in the league of the outstanding German varieties but is a good beer in a pinch. I've had his beer on tap at a craft devoid Buffalo Wild Wings and have enjoyed it both times. Having it by itself and focusing on the beer some of the flaws are more clearly exposed and my opinion is much lower than consuming with food.

clarkm04, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of dfitch81
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of Ayinger and Paulaner's Oktoberfest brews. IMHO, when it comes to Märzens these two are the ones to beat - a feat that Sam Adams' Octoberfest does not manage. That said, however, Sam Adams' interpretation has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. This is a highly satisfying, well-crafted Märzen. Even better, its less expensive than the Germans and its brewed right here in the grand ol' US of A.

Color is a perfect autumnal copper-orange. There is room for improvement in the head, which quickly thins and ends up as a whispy ring confined to the sides of the glass. Lacing is entirely absent.

Smell was barely there at first. I had to really bury my nose in the glass to pick anything up. Eventually detected faint aroma of caramel and alcohol. Nose emerged more fully with warming, with the alcoholic character giving some ground to a subtle spiciness (nutmeg, a little cinammon).

Tastes of caramel with a hint of honey, pronounced toasted crackery malts, minimal hopiness - just enough to contain the sweetness. Subtle spiciness detected in the nose is also present here. Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation complements the flavor perfectly, and although the palate definetly leads toward the sweet side, this is still quite drinkable.

All in all this is a very good - if not great - beer. Recommended without reservation, would buy this again.

dfitch81, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of Sudsy89
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours an orange-amber, one-finger white head. Seems to have a medium level of carbonation.
Aroma is sweet malts, matching the flavor.
Don't know if it's supposed to have more of a pumpkin and spice taste, maybe will be more noticeable as it warms a bit.
Overall taste is similar to an Irish Red Ale, IMO, it has the same slight caramel taste, not much hops but enough. Has a medium mouthfeel, would be highly drinkable. A decent Octoberfest,
at an affordable price. I'm pleased with it.

Sudsy89, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. The beer has a dark copper color. A finger of off white bubbles settled to a skim quickly. A little bit of rising carbonation can be seen within. The aroma is full of malts, some a little roasted, some a little sweet, all evoking the feeling of fall. The flavor is also malty, with a little bitterness in the finish. I feel as though it conforms well to the style. There are some good caramel flavors. The beer has a medium body. Carbonation is present, but on the lower end of the spectrum. A mildly sticky coat provides some good flavors. The beer drinks pretty easily. I enjoy the caramel flavors and don't think I'd tire of them until after a few rounds.

ToasterChef, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Naugled
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful beer, well made.

Smell is nice but nothing special, malt comes through nicely.

Taste is good but again nothing fantastic. A nice mix of lmalt flavors, but not very intense.

Good mouth feel, a bit light for an Octoberfest IMO.

Very drinkable, and well made.

Naugled, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Chico1985
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz to pint glass.

Pours amber with a nice puffy cloud of off-white head. Retains pretty well and leaves a bit of lacing.

Bready malt, slightly toasty and floral, light German-style hops, some alcohol? in the nose. Faint, gains some strength over time.

Toasty malts, light caramel, cereal grain, some grassy and floral hop notes, baked bread aftertaste. Flavors start to fall apart towards the end, somewhat of a pattern I've found in a few SA beers.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but has a nice creamy texture from all the malts. Carbonation on the low side.

I have a soft spot for Oktoberfests, the smell and taste instantly remind me of fall. This one in my opinion is solid, a bit bland, but one I will probably get every year because of availability, price and session-ness.

Chico1985, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of cooch69
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on Tap at Smokey Bones. It poured a very dark copper with a medium carbonation. It was really a beutiful color. There was only a small head and it did'nt last very long.
I'll have to say, this beer did'nt really have much of a scent to it. It was caramely and I also smelled a slight sweetness in it. Plus there was a trace of hops in the nose but again not very pronounced scent.
This Oktoberfest hit the spot pretty good. Especially with some of the food there. It was really caramelly and biscuity with a trace of hops in the back. But malt dominates and it did have a really good taste to it. To my liking anyways. I'm never really got into Oktoberfest's as much as I could have, but this year I am starting to appreciate this most festivus style a bit more.
Cheers!!!

cooch69, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of JordonHoltzman
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a nice amber color with a finger thick offwhite head. looks good
german malt aroma, a little toasty too. pilsner malt in there
tastes like an average marzen. not as heavy on the taste as i anticipated.
mouthfeel is good. carbonation is right on.
overall its a good oktoberfest. makes me feel in season.

JordonHoltzman, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of merddyn2002
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is so far my favorite octoberfest. It's a good balance between malty and hoppy without being overly bitter. Great aroma and almost nutty / spicey flavor. It's not what I expected an octoberfest to be (this was my first one) but I decidedly liked it and would buy it again for sure.

merddyn2002, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of JMad
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 24 ounce bomber to a glass mug...
Pours a deep amber color with a thick off white frothy head.
Smells of sweet caramel, loads of malt and earthy hops.
Tastes very malty sweet and nutty.
Very smooth, medium bodied.
This is an enjoyable, tasty beer. It gets better as it warms.

JMad, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of livewire78
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the color of fall leaves. Nice and pretty but not overwhelming. Head is there but again nothing overwhelming.

Smells of caramel malts with some brown sugar in the background. Hops are minimal at most.

The taste is smooth. Caramel malts and brown sugar come first with a minimal amount of bitterness. It's okay but not overwhelming.

I like it in the mouth. Maybe a micron too carbonated or maybe it's just right. I've had other beers I like the feel of better and then again I've had beers that I like the feel of worse.

I like this especially at this time of year. Just seems to be a staple of the fall season in my house. Really good to tailgate with. Bottom line: it's an okay beer but not overwhelming.

livewire78, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of RickS95
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer before but it's been a long, long time. I don't recall it being quite so dark, as it pours a dark brown with a thin tan head.

It was served at a restaurant and it was extremely cold, keeping a lot of the scents in check but I could pick up on the standard issue fall spices. Some flowery hops and allspice come to mind.

The taste was better than I remember. Again, the flowery hops and spices come immediately to mind. My memory tells me the spices were much more relaxed in this glass than in the past, and again, I blame it on the temperature...but that's a good thing in this case.

It lacked the hoppy, spicy bite of a lot of Oktoberfests, but again, that's a good thing in this case. There was a laidback sweetness, but the beer finished with nothing but spices.

I enjoyed the 32-ounce mug more than any bottle I can recall. I look forward to another.

RickS95, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of COBeerBuff
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Killing time on a Friday afternoon and figured I'd review one of these beers finally...

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass with a dark amber hue and a solid finger of eggshell colored head. Decent head retention yields a bit of sticky malty lacing around the edges of the glass.

Smell: The label proclaims five different kinds of malted barley, and these notes are on the forefront on this beer. Yeast spiciness provides a complimentary note as well, but the overall nose is fairly thin. It's not as rich as I would hope for from the style.

Taste: Much like the nose, the first sip yields malted barley and grains, some toastiness, and a little bit of the spiciness. There is a very subtle bitterness as well, but for the most part, the grain bill plays the majority of the parts on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: The malts help create a fairly sticky mouthfeel, but as is common with many SA brews, the overall mouthfeel is light and crisp. Lager, ales, and Oktoberfest beers, all seem to have the same mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel lends to the drinkability as do the flavors. This is not a complex beer by any means, but it does the style well, and it's quite sessionable. Sessionable enough that it will be one of the kegs for our fall wedding.

COBeerBuff, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of lou50rp
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep amber color with a small white head that doesn't last.
Smells of malt and fruit sweetness. Not overpowering.
tastes of malt and fruit with a touch of spice.
Mouthfeel was medium.
A drinkable beer. Good in a variety pack. Would not seek it out in a sixpack. one or two were ok.

lou50rp, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my favorite beer drinking glass from a bottle -

Nice orange amber color with nice foam that hung around for awhile -

Smells of malts and spices are evident -

Taste was pleasant not overwhelming - nice malt and spices

the drinkabilty wasn't to bad - doesn't compare to real German Oktoberfest beers but not to bad for a American version -

I would buy it again -

InebriatedJoker, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 09/22/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a nice amber color with twi inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, caramel malts, nuts, and some fruity malts.

t - Tastes of caramel and bready malts mostly. A hint of fruit, mainly apple.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An average octoberfest/fall beer. Mostly caramel and bready malts in the smell and taste. While that isn't bad, nothing really stood out. Have had several times and I'm sure I'll have it again sometime.

mdfb79, Sep 23, 2010
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,472 ratings.