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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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5,811 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,811
Reviews: 1,963
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 64
Gots: 572 | 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 jeonseh
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

copper colored with a darker center a color i would almost call rust; nice one thumb thick head that maintained all the way through the beer and left lacing down sides of the glass as drank it up; can smell an odor that reminds me of the smell of a weiss beer except a bit sweeter. when drinking it at first the bitter taste of hops hits ya and then the taste become noticeably sweeter almost the taste of caramel; a good oktoberfest but nothing too complex to it either; all and all this is the best sam adams beer that i've had and i wish we had it all year around

jeonseh, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of slyke
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

Sam Adams Octoberfest pours a copper-orange color with a frothy off-white head that falls to a thin cap and laces nicely.

The aroma of the beer is sweet with hint of caramel.

Taste is also sweet with a hint of caramel. There is a dry biscuity finish.

Mouthfeel pretty good, but thinner than some examples of the style I've tried.

This beer is pretty drinkable. It saves the day at many restaurants in the fall, but isn't over the top. Worth a try.

slyke, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

One of my all-time favorites for this time of year. Pours a fairly clear pumpkin orange with a more than decent long-lasting head. Aroma is big-time malty, dinner rolls and some candied fruit. Taste is very malty and sweet, some hops there to keep it from going too far. One of the sweeter O-fest offerings I have had. Goes down smooth and is amazingly drinkable. This brew is always a staple when I have friends over during football season.

saintwarrick, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of nickynick
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%

This beer poured a nice amber color, although a little lighter then other Oktoberfest beers I have had. Smell seemed very sweet to me. Almost no malt in the nose. Smell more of brown sugar, almost too sweet. The taste matched the smell, a little to sweet, but more malt was present in the palate then the nose. Mouthfeel was ok, a little think and sticky. Drinkability was good as well. It went down pretty smooth. This beer seemed to be missing something that other Oktoberfest beers have. It had almost no bite, or spice, that I have noticed in others. I would drink this beer again, might even buy it again, but It will not be my first choice for an Oktoberfest.

nickynick, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of bruachan
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

pretty light in color for a märzen. more amber than copper. the head died with little fanfare. some remained adhered the the glass, but not much

the aroma is on mostly on target, although it actually smells like a pils. the hops are somewhat pungent (good? i suppose)

the flavor is definitely octoberfesty, but misses some of the richness. i don't mean sweetness necessarily, but a an assertiveness. it's an americanized märzen

thoroughly drinkable, but doesn't hold up to scrutiny

bruachan, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +9%

This is a nice octoberfest beer. It pours a deep amber color with a thick caramel colored head that takes some time to diminish. It smells of malts and hops mixed beautifully together. The taste backs this up. It is fresh, crisp, and delicious. It certainly quenches my thirsts for a nice beer. The blending of the malts and hops is really excellent and has a sort of sweet and bitter aftertaste that makes me always want a second glass. This one was expertly carbonated and had a really good feel in my mouth. I just wish it wasn't seasonal, or if it was, they just extended the season.

erosier, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of Stimack
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

This is a shocker I have never reviewed the Sam Adams Oktoberfest. Well I guess no time like the present. The brew has the color of slightly dull copper with a nice sized head that is light tan in color with small bubbles that cling to the sides of the glass leaving a nice amount of lacing. This beer has a strong roasted malt scent, which highlights caramel and toasted aromas. The taste of this brew is very good which makes it easy drinking. While others will feel that this brew is unexciting, I find it to be a good version of a Marzen beer with is consistence and flavors. The taste is very malty which gives it a bread/dough like flavor mixed with a toasted like flavor. I do not pick up much of a clear hop presence meaning that I think things are fairly balanced out for this beer. The brew finishes relatively dry while having a fairly creamy feel through out. IMO this is a very good brew, flavors are good, freshness is there based on it being as seasonal and it really is an easy drinking sesional beverage.

Stimack, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of Rainintheface
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

12oz bottle, dated Feb. '08 poured into SA glass.

A: dark copper/amber with 2 finger light tan head and medium carbonation

S: a bit sweet, caramels and light raisiny aroma

T: similar to aroma but with some toasted malt

M: creamy with a medium body

D: very drinkable. I look forward to this every fall

Rainintheface, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of jdg204
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

After sampling this brew for a few years, finally bought a 6'er of this bad boy to review and celebrate the end of O-fest season (though I may have to go get some Victory Fest after their win in the GABF).

Appearance - Very nice copper color with a nice thick head most of which stuck around for the ride.

Smell - Good caramel, lightly toasted scent.

Taste - Fairly clean, balanced flavor of toasted malt and a sweetish caramel.

Mouthfeel - Not the greatest bitter aftertaste, probably the one hole in the balance but still makes for easy drinking.

Drinkability - A strong choice from Sam Adams, not the greatest brew, but I have to admit I'm still on the quest for a great Ofest and this will definetly due until the discovery is found.

jdg204, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Scribbles
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Appearance: A nice deep amber colour with a decent light tan head that subsides a bit but sticks around in the glass for quite awhile.

Smell: mostly toasted malts in the smell.

Taste: Rich taste toasted malts with hints of caramel, some sweetness, and some hops in the background not too overpowering(not very strong). This one taste like fall.

Mounthfeel: A nice fairly smooth feel, more carbonation than I expected, hard to determine weather thats a plus or a minus on this one, so I'll go with neutral.

Drinkablility: Fairly drinkable, taste like fall to me, smooth, easy to drink a few, and can serve as a good fall staple.

Scribbles, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Sleestak
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Around this time last year I had my first oktoberfest beer. This was the one. Nice reddish copper with a thin head. Light caramel in the smell, not much. Some caramel in the taste and a bit of honey sweetness. Hops are more present than most in this style but still are subdued. You can't really go wrong with a Sam Adams no matter what the style. My first but deffinately not my last.

Sleestak, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of fitzy84
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

The Octoberfest pours with a very, dark amber color. It has probably one of the most seasonal appearances I have seen so far. It's smell has a great pumpkin/spice aroma: very warm and inviting. However, I found the taste lacking a good seasonal feel. Basically, it lacked a hard spice I really wanted, or at least, expected from it. It has a good crisp texture, however, and really runs down smoothly. Overall, it is an accessible Octoberfest though other seasonal beverages packed a bigger seasonal touch.

fitzy84, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of mnfinnkidd
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Appearance: Rich copper hue with Good Carbonation. Off white 1/4" that dissipated quickly. Clear Beer, to be expected.

Aroma: Sweet Raisins, Malty

Mouthfeel: Rich & heavy in the front and light & crisp in the finish.

Taste: Bread notes and Caramel, Little to no bitterness only enough to balance the beer out. Toasted malt maybe? Slighly sweet but well rounded malt.

Overall: This actually the beer that got me into loving octoberfest style beers. I love when September comes now. It's O-fest season...

mnfinnkidd, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured into a Boston Lager glass a crisp deep amber with a nice frothy head. Aroma is sweet malts and burnt caramel. The taste is sweet malts and caramel as well, but not as pronounced. The beer is very light and crisp with low carbonation. This is a very decent Oktoberfest, but I've had better.

atsprings, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of littleshamrocks
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

12oz brown bottle with the "enjoy before" month clearly notched on the side of the label. Served in a new Samuel Adams specialty pint glass.

Pours a deep amber with golden tinges when held to the light. The off-white head is large, settling gradually to a half inch of creamy topping. The clarity is somewhat hazy with tons of tiny bubbles running up through the brew. Left some lace. The smell is of toasted malts, sweet, nutty bread, with some caramel and molasses. The taste is similar to the aroma, with roasted, nutty malts, hints of caramel, and some resiny, grassy hop bitterness to help balance it out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little bit of a dry texture and tons of fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

Overall, This is a quality beer, that fits well to the style. Not quite as balanced as I would like, although that is common for this style. A bit overly carbonated for me as well. That being said, I think this is an above average representation of this style and I would certainly have another.

littleshamrocks, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%

(On-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Kennesaw, GA)

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium brown body with a fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Extremely mild aroma of toasted grains and sliced apples.

Taste: Equally mild flavor. Light, light taste of toasted grains with a hint of sweetness. Faint fruitiness. Mild floral hoppiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Came across as dull and lifeless with little personality to help it stand out amongst a virtual sea of other Oktoberfest beers.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of bradford
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Had on tap at my buddy's party
Looked okay. A bit cloudy and muddy but some of that might be attributed to a shitty tap
Smell was sweet and a bit spicy
Taste was smooth, dry, sweet, and tasty
Mouthfeel was very nice. Typical lager feel but very welcome and delicious
Drinkability wasn't great because I was in the party mood and not the beer rating and geeking out mood

bradford, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of morimech
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%

Pours a clear copper that is not very deep. Kind of thin looking. The head is unimpressive and quickly disappears. Leaves some lacing.

It smells of sweet malt. That is all I got.

The taste is a traditional Marzen. Sweet malt with little hop bitterness and with some very mild autumn spices. Finishes clean and crisp. Nothing spectacular and rather unimpressive as a whole. It seemed a bit watery to me and the carbonation seemed flat. I have been accustomed to solid Sam Adams offerings and this seemed to have missed the mark. Definately not my favorite Marzen or SA beer.

morimech, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

2007 bottle. Enjoy before Feb of 2008.

Pours a slightly darker color than traditional German. The taste has a little more of a bite... I'm not sure if it's more of a toasty malt or if it's mostly due to a little higher carbonation. I think it's a combo of both. A nice tasty take on the oktoberfest style, though maybe suffers in drinkability a bit over some of the standards like Ayinger, Spaten, Hacker-Pschorr.

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tall spaten oktoberfest glass.

A beautiful crystal clear dark burnt orange with very small and easily dissipating off white head. Aroma is a little toasty. The taste is pretty bready, hops don't contribute much. This is very smooth and easy to go down. Bitterness if pretty low. Body is on the lighter side of medium but the carbonation seems perfect.
[ serving type: bottle ]

MiScusi, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of blakesell
4.33/5  rDev +18%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tall belgian glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a good 3 finger high head of foam on the top. Quickly collapses to strange oil slicklike splotches on the top of the beer. Lacing clings to the glass.

Smell- Rich carmelly malts and a good hop presence, a hint of clove as well in the aroma.

Taste- Rich maltiness and hop character all thru this beer. Very nice taste. As it warms there is more amber/vienna malt character that seeps thru and sweetness kicks in.

Mouthfeel- Thick and coating and yet the beer itself is light-medium bodied. Hops coat the palate and there is even carbonation in the beer. A slight astringency adds a slight drying finish.

Drinkability- This beer has a high drinkability and could be an easy drinker for all day, especially in the fall when the beer is geared towards. Brisk weather and this beer are an excellent pairing. Now to find some wurst!

blakesell, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of Spidey13
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

A: This beer is a very pretty, red/brown autmn leaf color. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet caramel, malt smell.

T: Like the nose, very sweet. Getting close to too sweet for me, but not quite there.

M: Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

D: I really liked this beer. Not something I would drink year-round, but nice for a seasonal.

Spidey13, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of armock
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

A - Poured a light brown color with a light brown head

S - Smell is of sweet malts

T - Sweet malt at first then some hops to finish off

M - Medium carbonation pretty smooth going down

D - Good taste and pretty smooth make this an easy beer to drink

armock, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of joekfsu
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with 1.5 cm off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Flavor is mostly sweet caramel, that balances out at the finish. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, some lacing noted. Drinkable and one of the better Marzen's I have had this year.

joekfsu, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of brewshakes
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

I tried this at dinner tonight at Ruby Tuesday's on draft. I asked for a Dog Fish Head 60 Minute IPA but the waiter soon came back and told me they were out so I went with this. I have had it in a bottle before but never of tap. On tap was much better. The beer came a nice orange color. By the time it made it to the table whatever head there was was gone. The smell was sweet with some grain. The taste was pleasant with nuts and spice. A lot better on tap. A good seasonal!

brewshakes, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of WaveRebel51
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

My favorite SA brew. The reddish-orange hue is nice, and has a decent malty, nutty aroma. The subtle sweet, malt taste reminds me of toffee, with a nice, hop spice and bitterness in the finish. I normally prefer hoppier stuff, such as Pale Ales and IPAs, but this is a very nice change-of-pace brew and a perfect compliment to a cool, fall evening.

WaveRebel51, Oct 19, 2007
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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