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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,632
Reviews: 2,039
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,107 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of KajII
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear reddish orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated quickly, down to a very small collar which produced only a little bit of lacing.

The aroma was of a bread malt, mild floral hops and a doughy yeast with notes of caramel, a light fruity ester and a bit of spice.

The taste was very malty with a nice caramel sweetness and a slight fruitiness at first, then became lightly bitter and had a light spicy ending. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a light spicy malty taste that was left to linger.

Mouthfeel was just under medium in body and somewhat creamy texture with an almost lively carbonation.

Overall this was a decent representation of a German Oktoberfest, although it was nothing overly special it did possess and good taste and great drinkability...

Sampled 9/25/2009

Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: orangish brown with a 1 finger white head

smell: slight spices, caramel, malts,

taste: little spice, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

drinkability: easy drinker. gets you in the mood for fall.



Photo of zrab11
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep orange/copper color with a decent white head

S-Has a Bready yeast smell with some notes of sweet hops

T-Notes of spices right off the bat then a bit of hoppiness in the finish

M- Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation

D-Good representation of this style.One of my favorite sam adams. Enjoy this beer with a Thanksgiving meal.. you wont be dissapointed

Photo of SickGnar
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark yet warm tawny copper - nice color. Decent size white head that falls quickly to a skim that stays and stays, at least in part due to replenishment from a rising legions of tiny bubbles. Pretty damn decent lacing too.

S: Lager - sweet and toast malts with clearly present (but not strongly so) hops that are herbal and somewhat woody.

T: Pretty hoppy & bitter for an O-fest. Nice herbal , woody, and slightly spicy European hop profile. Toasty and crackery maltiness with a hint of grainy sweetness and an estery fruit note. Also a little bit nutty with faint edge of toffee. Overall malt effect is toasted crusty sweetbread, with the hops and the lager estery/fruity note just a step behind for the "jam."

M: Just a hair over medium body with carbonation to match. Creamy with a bit of crispness to the finish.

D: In style, but with its own character too. Sort of like a bready/crusty version of the Boston Lager with a noble hop schedule. Compares well to many of those from over the pond. I like how the different things that are going on really come together for an overall effect. Nicely robust and rounded.

Photo of dacrza1
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Situation: Friday before Thanksgiving week...perfect time for a final look at a Fest!
Glassware: Ayinger willibecker...
Appearance: light amber, orange-brownn body that colors the season well; off-white head that leaves tracings et remains whole...
Aroma: piercing malts and spices that punch with honey and candied sugars--a rather bold presence....
Palate: rounded, slightly carbonic presence with a zesty finish; enjoyable as a stand-alone or with pub fare...
Taste: malt profile is clear, crisp and round while delivering an aftertaste worth revisiting; nuanced enough not to be monolithic in maltiness...
Overall: sugars assert themselves in a way that mkes me want to seek out leftover candy corn! A solid/just short of exceptional offering in the fall sampler....

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.2/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had on tap numerous times and usually pours 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Going against the tide on this one as there are many Oktoberfests that I hold in such high regard especially the German made ones. Oktoberfests are designed for drinkability and this beer is not even close to that important category. Pours clear dark copper with small off white head. Sweet malty aroma with mild hoppiness. Sweet flavors of toffee, caramel and bread with a slight hop bitterness. Medium body with verage carbonation. Metallic aftertaste which is a turnoff.

Photo of JizackFH
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a deep orange copper color. It has a decent sized off-white head on it, that left some good lacing behind as it fell.

S - It smells of sweet toasty malts and bready yeast. There are also some notes of toffee and hops.

T - The taste is toasted malty sweetness up front, and a bit of a hop presence in the finish. There are also notes of toffee, caramel, and some spices.

M - It has a light-medium body and medium carbonation. It coats the mouth pretty well. It is smooth, creamy, crisp, and refreshing.

D - This has pretty good drinkability. The flavor is well balanced, and it goes down easy. I think this is a pretty good representation of the style, I'd try it again.

Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very clear copper color. Forms a large fizzy foamy head that reduces down to a thick surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Rather malty and bready with the scent of seltzer and grassy hops.

T: Malt is the dominant flavor, but it's not a heavy malt, its just the dominant flavor. Slightly sweet and a little bready. Some light herbal hops round out the maltiness.

M: On the lighter side of medium, but appropriate for the style. Carbonation is a little heavy for the style. Surprisingly clean taste considering the level of maltiness.

D: A decent Oktoberfest beer that is a bit lighter than most, but probably easier to drink than most as well.

Photo of SnowGoon99
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a copper or orange color. Nice white head to start but dissipates quickly to a white rim around the edges. No lacing. Aroma that dominates is sulfur but a little's to be expected from a lager. Some caramel notes but mostly just the sulfur.

Flavors that come through include hints of caramel and toast. Very thin body with a dry finish. No real hop presence. Thin body does add to the drinkability.

Overall this is definitely a beer meant for the masses. Not as flavorful as i remember it from my days of drinking light beer. You can just pretty much put it in the category with the other mass-produced lagers out there. Just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is about one hair away from being a Budweiser. Let me first let all of you know that I am a huge fan of malty beers, and this beer is made with 5 different kinds of malts, so you would think it would be just for me, right? WRONG! I don't even know how sam adams could have gone so wrong with this beer. You get that run of the muck average gross beer taste. I swear to god it tastes just like a Budweiser but with a better malt taste. I mean yeah you get the malt taste, but it's not a good malt taste, it's just a sweet, fake taste. And then after that you just get the generic crappy beer taste. I don't know what to say other than this is probably the worst beer I have ever had by Sam Adams, and I have had a LOT of their beers.

Photo of JayS2629
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Copper with creamy tan head that recedes quickly but leaves descent lace.

S- Sweet malts, caramel, toasted bread, dark fruit, and subtle earthy herbal notes. Hints of spice.

T- Clean, with toffee and caramels. Simple, bready, toasted with earthy hints and a tinge of cinnamon.

M- Thin but slight creaminess, crisp and refreshing

D- Very easy to drink.

Photo of Sam21
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by February notched.

Appearance - Really pretty copper body with a tan head. Not much retention. Still looks good.

Smell - Thick malty sweetness. Kind of one dimensional with caramel and some bread crusts. Light herbal hops hang in the back.

Taste - Dominated by juicy malt. The maltiness is not complex, but it is refreshing in its simplicity. Clean lager finish with some faint hops chiming in for a brief moment.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied with a slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability - All the makings of an easy drinking fall beer. There are some nice refreshing qualities, as well as some substantial sweetness and body giving this beer some character. A pleasant seasonal from Sam Adams.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with label notched enjoy before January

Sam Adams Octoberfest poured a clear orange-amber with a nice off-white 2-finger head that left nice lacing around my mug. The nose is soft, clean, of light malt and even lighter spice. The flavor is thin [a little flat] - dominated by very light toasted grain and just a hint of sweetness with a mild hoppiness. Mouth feel is light, medium carbonation with a clean dry finish.

Sam Adams Octoberfest is unimpressive for the style, however acceptable. It falls short especially in flavor to the better German Marzens.

Photo of BB1313
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice amber, white fluffy head, nice lacing, tansparent and thin. Lots of caramel, toffee, malts, grains. This is pretty sweet, due to the carmel. Faint hops. Finishes nice, but it has a thinner mouthfeel than I'd like; nicely carbonated. Drinkability isn't bad, the sweet taste has you coming back for more.

Not the top Oktoberfest, but it's up there. A nice beer to enjoy in the fall. I love the sweetness of it.

Photo of LuthersMug
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark copper hue with 1/2 inch light yellow tan head that retained pretty well. Thin lacing noted.

S - Average, not that strong. I noted some grains and bread, muted.

T - Some nice malts up front that lingered throughout. Well balanced, hints of grain, raisins, and pumpkin.

M - Slightly too much carbonation, but the beer has a good creamy texture.

D - A good solid beer for the Fall season.

2.18/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle to pint glass.

A: A half finger of foamy head with average retention, between off-white and light brown in color. The body is clear and a bright, medium value copper. An abundance of fast paced interior bubbles maintain the lingering film. Spare lacing.

S: Aside from toasted grain, there is very little to appreciate on the nose.

T: Almost lacking flavor altogether. Malt sweetness up front with light fruity undertones. The flavor falls off of a cliff mid-palate, likely due to the aggressive carbonation.

M: Medium body. The texture is creamy as the beer passes through your lips, just before the excessive carbonation prickles the tongue. Moderately dry on the finish. This beer becomes mildly cloying towards the bottom of the glass when the liveliness of the carbonation has worn itself out.

D: One of BBC's more uninspired brews. Not enjoyable to drink.

Photo of NefariousR
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Pours a deep, reddish amber with a foamy off-white head.
S - Malt with some floral notes. A very mild bitterness in the background.
T - Sweet maltiness rounded out with some dark fruit notes, particularly fig.
M - Thinnish body with a fairly substantial amount of carbonation.
D - The best Oktoberfest I had this year, this is an enjoyable beer, if not incredibly stimulating in the taste department.

Photo of Pahn
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a two inch, very fizzy and active off-white head that dissipates quickly. Pours a translucent copper. With time, all traces of head disappear as if the beer is flat. No lacing.

Smell: Strong, lagery sweet smell. Not much going on.

Taste: Very flavorful, with lots of creamy malt goodness balanced by subtle, herbal hops. There's a wealth of diverse and strong flavors of bread and grain, along with faint hints of spiciness and balancing hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Well-carbonated and creamy. Heightens the flavor.

Drinkability: Sam Adams Octoberfest is a standby for me, and this bottle delivered as well as any I've had in the past.

This is likely my favorite Märzen (though for some reason I've never tried Ayinger's), and is one of my favorite beers from Sam Adams. Lots of flavor, and goes well with food.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a clear amber with a one finger creamy off-white head.

S. A bit of grain and a touch of sweetness, but not a whole lot of aroma here. A bit of cinnamon-like spice comes out as it warms.

T. A lot of winter-like spice flavor - mostly cinnamon. Not what I expect (or want) in an oktoberfest.

M. Light to medium with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D. I wouldn't pick this up again. It's not terrible, but it's not that good either.

Photo of mikeg67
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a copper color with a nice white head. I liked the aroma of floral hops and caramel malt. Flavor is similar. Finish is medium lasting and balanced. Body is light to medium, not too sweet. I always have been looking forward to this time of the year to buy my first 6 pack of Sam Adams Octoberfest. It's been my favorite Octoberfest beer.

Photo of VMWhelan
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle notched Best by January. Drank on December 9th, poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep orange/amber with a one-finger offwhite head which quickly dissapates into a thin layer across the top of the entire beer. Lacing is pretty consistent throughout the session. A very nice looking beer.

S: Smells like caramel and yeast but I thought it was lacking a bit.

T: What it lacks in smell, it makes up for in taste. Nice malt and autumn spice characteristics, following by some slight hop bitterness.

M: Light/Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Drinkability is pretty damn high on this one. Could easily spend the whole night drinking these.

Overall, it fits in well with Sam Adams' other beers. While not the best, they're usually pretty reliable and make some very enjoyable beers. This is one of them.

Photo of Andreji
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A gift from my girl upon her return from a season in boston, a very timely deal she managed to get her hands on, i'd saved it to savour it with a friend and fellow beer lover.

So the pour was an instant reminder of the usual o-fest offerings the germans pull off. A nostalgic reminescence, since i haven't had my hands on anything of the sort in years now. Dark brown looking, fairly opaque almost dark wood toned, with a generous dark head that does however fade in a rather quick fashion.

The smell is a sweet and somewhat smokey roasted malt, a discrete participation from the hops here but nonetheless there; the overall is a sweet and grainly sensation.

However it struck me as interesting how little it correlates with the taste. one would expect a sweet caramel barley feel to hit you, but while the grainy, barley feel is there, the sweetness hardly is. The overall has a rather prune taste, just a tad sour and not sugary, and ever so slightly moldey. Very subtle hops at the end, hardly bitter at all. Indeed a full bodied and interesting mouthfeel, and a very well conceived beer by SA. too bad there's no chance of landing another one of those for a while for me.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an amber orange. A 2 finger head that is tight and has excellent retention. It stayed at a 1/2 inch for a solid 7 min before I took a drink. Thick rings of lacing left behind.

S - Caramel malt, doughy bread, toasted malt, lightly nutty.

T - Rich caramel, fruit dipped in toffee, hints of brown sugar and cotton candy, some lager yeast in the background. Subtle hops add a faint spice note and cuts some of the sweetness.

M - Superb! Medium body, soft a creamy.

This is my favorite fall beer. It is almost perfect. When I think of fall this is the first thing that pops into my head. I honestly don't know how anyone could not find this beer full of glorious flavor. I wish they sold this year around.

Photo of IllNate
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear amber. With a helping of off white head. Not the best retention.

S - Malty aroma, bready. With a pearish fruity aroma and a herbal hop component.

T - Very malt forward beer. Bready malt with a munich component. A definite fruit component with a bit of a medicinal tinge.

M - Very smooth and creamy.

D - Excellent.

Photo of ngeunit1
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice fairly clear copper color with a finger of off white head. The head did not have great retention and leaves behind minimal lacing.

S - Sweet carmel malt smell with some nice toffee elements. Also a hint of bread/yeast in the aroma.

T - Starts with malty sweetness. Followed by just a hint of hop taste and a nice amount of spice flavors. The finish is mostly of the spices and some nice bread/yeasty hints. There is also a nice lingering spiciness.

M - Medium-light bodied with a nice amount of assertive carbonation. Feels really crisp and smooth overall.

D - Very drinkable beer. The flavors are very well rounded the mouthfeel is very good.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,632 ratings.