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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,559 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,559
Reviews: 2,019
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 944 | 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 CHickman
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a huge 3 finger foamy beige head that stuck around a while and left decent lacing that slid down the glass fast.

Smells of sweet malt, wet bread, grains, earth tones like grass or hay and some faint hops; a decent nose, but no odor really jumps out with excitement.

Tastes of sweet malt, toasted grains, caramel, hay, yeast (as there is a metallic taste to it), herbs like tea leaf, faint hops and a sweet sugar mixed in somewhere; this seems to be a conservative beer that borders on dull. All the right flavors are there to make up a good beer, but they are all muted like not enough ingredients were used while making this brew. The flavor is decent, perhaps even bordering on good, but just so weak that the follow through does not excite the taste buds.

Mouthfeel is creamy with very little carbonation that was very light, along with a light, crisp body and overall feel. This beer flowed down easy with zero resistance due to it's light crisp nature.

High drinkability, as this would be a session beer if it tasted better. Disappointing for Sam Adams to not succeed with this one.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark amber in color. Pretty good sized head. Leaves lacing.

S-Deeply malty with nuts and spices and a tiny hop aroma.

T-Malty. Nuts and barley. Small amount of bitterness. Tastes like a Boston Lager on the back in in my opinion. Not a very strong taste but still not bad.

M-Medium bodied, not too much carbonation.

D-Relatively easy to drink.

Haven't had many Octoberfests but this one seems like its a good initiator into the style.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, quite fruity and earthy. In the taste, just like the smell, fruity and earthy, still quite lager like. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, earthy aftertaste. A bit sweet, but ok nonetheless.

Photo of azorie
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Every year I try this style:
Most of the time every year the American versions leave me wondering why do I try these every year?

A: Served in a shaker pint glass. dark mahogany-tinted orange, with a small off-white head on top. Light lace.

S: Sweet caramel toasted malt, and little to no hops, very sweet.

T: humm not to style, way too sweet. Lots of coffee candy toffee like malt that overpowers my taste buds. Kind of boozy hot after taste. Tap or bottle both suck down to average to me.

M: medium to semi heavy, medium carbonation

D: not very, way to sweet for the style, I will pass on this one.

Photo of tylernim
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has a dark copper appearance, and held a thing ring around the glass the entire way. Not much from the smell. Some sweet malts maybe. Subtle spices on the tongue. Some maltiness with something along the lines of raisin, a touch of hop. There is a pleasant carbonation on the tongue, with a light to medium feel. This one has a good drink ability. Don't know that I would pick it up on my own accord, but if I find it at a bar I might have a couple.

Photo of Onenote81
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this beer so many times, it's sickening. Honestly though, with all of the great Festbiers out there, why do I always get this one in bulk?? Just realized I've never reviewed this one from the bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a darker mahogany-tinted orange, with a small off-white head on top. Light lace. Scents of caramel, toasted malts, and light booze.

The body is moderate. Good depth. Clean finish. I don't know, this years batch seems way sweet. Lots of candy-like sweetness, caramel, toffee. The finish is odd as well with heavy ethanol. Not pleasant. This is so much better on tap. It's drinkable because it's accessible, but I'd pass on this for better O'fests if available for sure.

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

This pretty brown amber beer poured a one finger head of off white bubbles, which calmed down in about a minute leaving a very thin ring around my glass. The color of the brew rates a 17 on the SRM beer color chart. A sweet smell of pumpkin, wheat, malt, and spices fill my nose. The taste is sweet caramel, malt, and roasted wheat. Smooth and light in the mouthfeel category. Good beer for this time of year.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber with a very small head and little lacing.

S: Malty aroma with a sweetness as well. A very small hop kick as well.

T: Caramel and lightly roasted malts. Not as sweet as the nose. The hops are mild on the flavor as they were on the nose.

M/D: Medium bodied and pretty smooth. Overall it is a fine fall choice, not amazing, but definitely serviceable. I had this at a restaurant where it was the only "craft" choice. I feel that places like that it is always a good choice, but I probably won't go out and grab it for the house.

Photo of massshortage
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle it pours a brilliant amber with impressive clarity. Head froths up nicely but doesn't have much retention; it falls to a low ring pretty quickly.

Smell is obviously malty, with a distinct sweetness and a subtle alcohol sharpness.

Tastes only slightly sweet like caramel. Toasty malt is definitely the big flavor, with a bit of nuttiness to go with it. Medium mouth feel with refreshing carbonation. The hop bitterness is subtle, but balances well with the sweetness.

Notes:
Probably my favorite of the Sam Adams seasonal brews. I look forward to this one coming every year. Makes me miss Boston, as it's much harder to find on tap in CA. Bottled just isn't the same. This is one beer which I have noticed being distinctly better served on tap.

Photo of CBlack85
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Tilted Kilt in Charlotte. Served in a pint glass.

This beer is a orange-ish/copper color with a small off white/tan head. Decent head retention and a small amount of lacing. Fairly standard appearance for the style.

The nose is caramel and toasted malt, with some floral and spicy hops. Very clean aroma, seems to be a little sweeter than most Oktoberfests.

The flavor is very similar to the nose, with the caramel and toasted malt flavors being the main attraction. The hops are very mild and hidden in the background. As the beer warms the hops start to open up a little, but still are barely noticeable. There is a overly sweet and fruity taste throughout the beer. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Fairly easy to drink, with the exception of the fruity twang that is at some times overpowering.

Overall this is a decent beer that does little to set itself apart from the pack. Not bad, but I have had many better Oktoberfests this year...

Photo of BennyL1
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from harvest pack bottle into SA Perfect Pint glass

A - Pours a nice amber color with a quickly dissipating head. Minimal lacing along the glass.

S - Malts, caramel, and a faint smell of nuts.

T - Sweet taste of caramel and maybe some brown sugar. Very nice malt character throughout the drink

M - Smooth with a medium body.

D - Very drinkable to say the least. Haven't had too many Octoberfest's but this is probably my favorite so far. I'll be having more when I pick up another harvest pack.

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fine looking darkish amber leaning toward red; light tan head.

S - Mild, mainly malt aroma

T - More malty than hoppy; main flavor component is toasted malts. A bit of hops in the finish.

D - smooth and easy to drink

Very good for style which, frankly, is not one of my favorites.

Photo of darkmartin
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a beautiful dark burgundy with a small, off-white head that hangs around. Some minimal sticky lacing.

Smell: Some earthy malts and nuts. Also some sweet caramel coming through.

Taste: Very nice sweet caramel and nutty malt, followed by very subtle hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: One of my favorite octoberfests, although a little on the subtle side.

Photo of sommersb
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle with a best by date of February 2011, poured into a perfect pint glass. Clear orange-amber color with a nice off-white head. Not a whole lot of bubbles/carbonation and a fair amount of lacing.

Aroma was of malts and spices typical of the style, with no hop smell. Taste was nice and crisp, with no bitterness and a strong malt presence, slightly sweet. Mouthfeel was smooth; medium body with a dry malt aftertaste.

I think this is a good representation of an Oktoberfest; very easy to drink that goes well with the fall weather.

Photo of jmarvin4189
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearace - a brilliant orange color with 1 finger of head.

Aroma - A sweet malty and nutty aroma

Taste - A caramel nutty taste, nothing too special. its a very suttle flavor with not much explosion to the taste buds.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbination very smooth and has a little warming sensation.

Drinkability - not too dark but still has some of the dark beer qualities which makes it easy and enjoyable to drink.

Photo of augustgarage
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Moonlight shaped pint glass.

Brilliantly clear pumpin liquid with gold-tinged sunglow highlights. Faint off-white crown recedes almost instantly to a vague collar and delicate surface slick.

Interesting mix of pale and caramel malt lend honey and bread notes to the aroma. Vague caramel candy hints as well.

Ritz crackers, caramel, and bread crusts lead into a smooth grassy bitterness that persists into the finish. The noble hops are lasting and lend a subtle complexity to an otherwise lackluster effort. No toast, and the finish is somewhat sweet despite the hops.

Light bodied, but soft and slightly creamy. Carbonation seems a bit low.

Easy drinking, but not terribly interesting even for the style...

Photo of zoso1967
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice copper amber color with a head that is not quite pure white. The head fades slowly to leaves a thin layer over the beer and leaves nice lace on the glass.

The aroma of this beer is full of toasty and nutty malt. Caramel, toffee and herbal hops are also present in the aroma, but it is overall a bit subdued.

The flavor is full of rich malty character. Toffee, caramel, brown sugar, nuts and toasted bread. Mostly sweet, but with bit of a floral hop character as well. This beer has a nice malt character that I find to be very enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. This beer did not seem exceptionally dry, but the finish is strikingly so with sticky malt and herbal hops hanging on my palate.

This is pretty drinkable, but the finish is a bit of a turn off. This is still a really solid beer, and for the price I think it is a great one to pick up if you are in the mood for an Oktoberfest.

Photo of kwjd
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dad bought a 6 pack of this and decided he wasn't a big Oktoberfest fan... 5 free bottles for me! Pours a copper-amber colour with thin ring of head. Mild lacing around the glass. Head dissipates a bit quickly. Smells of earthy hops with some caramel. This tastes somewhat like a Helles I think, but maybe I'm wrong. Nice carbonation level. Easy to put several of these back (unless you are my dad I guess).

Photo of weizenbob
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was on tap at Sportsmans Irish Pub in Ludington, MI. There's something wonderfully absurd in ordering an American interpretation of a German lager at a faux-Irish pub.

This Sam Adam's Octoberfest came served in an imperial pint glass and looks incredible. There is very little head, actually just a ring of bubbles around the top of the glass. The color is a deep appealing copper hue and this lager is amazingly clean looking. Gazing through an imperial pint glass, this looked very impressive.

The scent was just as inviting. Aromas of spice and tropical fruits persist, but there's a lot going on here, so much so that it's difficult to pinpoint specifics.

Unfortunately the taste of this brew didn't live up to the complex aroma that it was giving off. I should mention that lager-style beers really aren't my thing. However, the look and smell of this really gave off the impression that it was going to be something special. What I got was an above average but unremarkable tasting lager. It seems to be pretty good for the style, but it isn't making a believer out of me.

Carbonation was moderate, though it was still a bit more than I care for. As such, the mouth-feel was a turnoff. It was a pretty crisp beer, and the flavor was strong enough to overcome the carbonation, but ultimately this really just isn't my cup of tea.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thick brown syrup with decent carbonation and foam in the bottle.

Smell: Good caramel malt. Lots of it actually. Not really many hops here. Very sweet overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Thick caramel syrup. Makes this a bit too watery and uncarbonated. It's still good overall, with nice hops.

Drinkability: Highly refreshing (and filling) at a footall tailgate.

Overall: Like I said, refreshing, especially during the fall. Would definitely drink this during the right time. Definitely better than Great Lakes Oktoberfest.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this beer in a mixed 12 pack a week ago. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- Pours a nice clean copper with a fingers worth of white head that left a collar that stayed till the end.

S- Lots of sweet caramel malts and lots of breadyness. The smell isn't that profound.

T- Typical marzen, a good balance of caramel malts and toasted bread, rounded out by a little bitter hops that helps tie all the flavors together.

M- A little on the thin side and a little under carbonated.

D- Well it is a marzen so it would have to be a complete fuck up for it to not have good drink ability. I would easily accept the challenge to drink a 6 pack.

Overall i thought this was a good Octoberfest beer, spot on for its style, besides its mouthfeel. A tasty and easy to drink beer.

Photo of montecristo2
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I love October and this is why-Octoberfest Beers!

This is a nice offering- pours a off white head, two fingers in width.

Smells bready, malty, and a bit of caramel.

The smell doesn't last once you get halfway down- I miss that smell and wish it would stay.

Amber/copper color, very little lacing on the sides of the glass.

This is a malty beer- 5 styles used for this. I definitely find this to be the predominant ingredient and you can taste it. I get a little hop bitterness, but very little. Maybe that could be more pronounced?

For an octoberfest style, this is a good one to drink all night. It is a low alcohol, tasty and totally drinkable. Worth a try.

Cheers!

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

a: Pours a clean orange/copper with a foamy white head. Head stuck around for a while and leaves a bit of filmy lace.

s: Warm and sweet scents of caramel and bread. Smell is inviting and really pleasant as soon as it's poured, but doesn't have a lasting effect. Would have liked a more lingering scent.

t: Tastes sweet and smooth with rich and bready flavors. Crisp and slightly hoppy. Can taste a slight touch of alcohol. Good flavor combination for the fall season. Leaves a nice roasted taste lingering.

m: Medium bodied and smooth with pleasant amount of carbonation. Surprisingly rich feeling.

d: This beer was very easy to drink. Flavors all nicely complement each other and blend well with the feel of the beer. Perfect addition to fall weather. Only downside is that it is fairly one -note. Would certainly drink again.

Photo of jdense
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge, The Big, OR. 10.11.2010.

One finger off-white head, fairly quick dissipation with significant lacing. Clear orangish light amber body, pretty light for the style, several streams of small carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Nose is malt dominated, bready, a bit of caramel with mild floral hop presence. Taste mirrors nose, a small bit of roast, caramel, not much bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit sticky. Pretty drinkable, but not very memorable.

Photo of jwinship83
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle bought for $3 to celebrate the season. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a clear copperish brown colored body with a large eggshell colored head on top. the head takes its while before fading and leaves behind small, random spots of lacing.

S- semi sweet toasted bread like malts are the first thing that greets my nose. after that comes cereal grains and some earthy and grassy hops.

T- the toasted bread like and cereal malts come to the front here. after that i get some of the earthy and grassy taste that i associate with noble hops. a little bit of caramel in here also.

M- light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- not the most complex beer, but one that is fun to drink. it reminds me that fall is coming every time i see it on the shelf for the first time that year.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,559 ratings.