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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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6,221 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,221
Reviews: 1,999
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 763 | 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 bmwats
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber color. 1 finger foamy beige head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a little blanket of bubbly foam on the surface. A little beer ring lacing remains, but mostly recedes back into the brew.

S: Oaky roasted malt, nuts, and butterscotch.

T: Malt is peaty and nutty. A little pungent, and a little sweet.

M: A little overly-carbonated. Light but hearty. The peaty flavor remains.

D: Good flavor and body makes for a pleasant drink.

Pretty solid appearance, and a pleasing nose. Flavor is pretty uncomplicated, but also full enough. Overall, this is a pretty solid quaff.

bmwats, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single 12oz. just to say that I have tried it.

- Rich red clear tone with off-white head that quickly leaves just a ring of lace and some floating..

- A nice malty sweetness with a touch of spice and bittering hop. That's about it!

- Sweet malt madness.. great mix of earthy and caramel malt with a creamy aspect to it.. nice blend of spices, pumpkin, squash.. cream and light bitter hop.

- Little dry and chewy.. some stickiness..

- Not bad at all, very smooth flavor with just the right touch of everything.

Docer, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of PerroGrande
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep golden/copper color with moderate head that (unfortunately) fades away to nearly nothing with little remnants on the glass.

The aroma of this beer is malty and pleasing. I find a few hints of caramel in the aroma as well.

This is a tasty beer with nice malty characteristics balanced by some gentle hops finish. Not overly bitter, but certainly not a sweet beer. After giving this beer a chance to warm up a bit and breathe, more character and subtlety appears. Very late, the hops fades in favor of malt and caramel hints.

Mouthfeel is smooth with acceptable amounts of carbonation. Not overly creamy, but not watery.

Drinkability is also good. I want another one!

This is certainly a decent example of a domestic Oktoberfest beer. Very drinkable, refreshing, and enjoyable overall.

PerroGrande, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Pils style glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a crystal clear shiny bright copper orange color with a ¼" tan head that soon recedes to small ring and minimal surface cover. Sipping leaves light speckled lacing throughout most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is a nice blend of rich bready caramel malt with faint spicy hop well integrated into the background

Taste: The flavor is fresh, clean, and dominated by the bready malt that has a rich sweet caramel flavor and touches of nuttiness. This is backed up by faint hop spiciness which never dominates, just supports.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is smooth and medium-bodied with a light steady carbonation. The finish is medium length and mostly soft sweetness from the malt tapering off to a dry and lightly spicy end from the hops

Drinkability: I quite like this beer. It is very drinkable and well worth returning to. While it is not a challenging beer it is a solid well made beer and would serve well for an evening's drinking, dining and conversation with friends.

drtth, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of blackearth
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the 2009 offering. Pouring into the perfect pint showed a dark orange-amber body with a rocky off-white head. Aroma is mainly sticky-sweet malts. Medium bodied with big toasted and caramel malt flavors and a hint of spice in the sweet finish. No hops detected anywhere. Overall a pretty good beer.

blackearth, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- amber color, clear

Smell- sweet, malty

Taste- malty

Mouthfeel- smooth, medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. Sam Adams usually does pretty good. Good beer for parties and getting together with lots of people and such, I would drink it again.

jeffjeff1, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of joozyboozy
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer is a beautiful dark brown amber color. very clear with carbonation bubbles on the side of the class. it has a wonderful sweet and malty smell. and the same with the taste. the sweetness carries out to an almost pumpkin taste, but very delicious all together. smooth and lightly carbonated, this beer is very drinkable!!!

joozyboozy, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a couple on tap last night at the Uno's in Bowie.

A- Bright clear copper with a one finger white bubbly head. The waiter actually made it a point to bring it pretty quick after it was poured. Small carbination streamers for the rest of the glass.

S- All I really got was toasted malts. Not sure if its because of the restaraunt enviroment or the beer. Have to try it again at home.

T- Caramel and sweet toasted malts.

M- Medium to light body, a little carbination tingle and a little dry at the finish.

D- Very easily a session brew. Had a few with dinner but will definitely pick up a 6 pack to try it bottled.

tatoodkelt, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold from a bottle to a glass

A - cedar/reddish color, lots of head at first but settles quick. Signs of little carbonation

S - Sweet hop smell with a hint of malt

T - Sweet hop taste with a mild malted after taste but smooth going down

M - Medium flavor but smooth, no signs of any gritty feeling

D - This is a beer that I can have more than one of, the sweet flavor and smoothness going down makes a good beer to have and to share(if you like).

FreshmanPour77, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A=deep amber/copper color with one finger of slightly off white head

S=sweet malty aromas with a hint of hops very nice balance

T=sweet caramel malts with a hint of hoppy bitterness

M=light carbonation and a minor aftertaste

D=very enjoyable and drinkable

jacobseyb, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-amber red and very clear. A nice head forms, then fades. There are no bubbles in this beer at all once the head leaves.

Smell: Some caramel malt that smells kinda sweet. Anything else? Not much.

Taste: It actually tastes pretty good. Pretty simple and straightforward. Pleasingly sweet and nice malty flavors. Nice and clean finish. Low bitterness. Not a lot of complexity, but easy drinking, and good.

Mouthfeel: It would be better, but is hurt by the low carbonation. It almost feels a little flat. Not sure where the head came from, cause this thing is almost lifeless.

Drinkability: More carbonation would go a long way, but it really tastes pretty good. Inexpensive seasonal sessioner.

rapidsequence, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, copper, huge head

Smell: toasted malt and a bit of caramel

Taste: toasted malt, grains, and some caramel

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet

Drinkability: This was the first marzen I tried ages ago and it is still good. The flavor profile is consistent and enjoyable in the fall. The style is not overly complex, but if marzen is what you want this is certainly sessionable.

tigg924, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of thain709
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Crystal clear copper body with some orange highlights...served to me with just a spotty cap (I'm not holding that against the beer)...the cap slowly faded away into a ring...left some lacing

S - Not as sweet as I was expecting...some toasted malts

T - I always forget how almost one-dimensional Oktoberfests are...initial sweetness up front with some caramel and toffee flavors...a light biscuit flavor follows in the middle...there is a faint hop bite at the end...I was hoping for a little more there...I'm also getting some metallic notes but it isn't all the time

M - Medium bodied bordering on light...a tad watery

D - I want to start getting into Oktoberfest beers since it is that time of the year...this was a decent one to start with...it didn't blow my mind but I could have had another one

thain709, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep crystal clear amber with a fizzy, but durable white head. Some lacing.

S - Biting but very light hops, slight metallic malt aroma. Typical lager aroma.

T/M - Metallic malts and rather biting up front, but the subtler sweeter flavors come through after the initial vague hop bite. Mouthfeel is juicy and clean.

D - Very easy to drink. Light slightly sweet lager flavor and clean feel with low alcohol.

MunchkinDrinker, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of phunknerd
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

A -- Nice deep orange color, not much head, lighter than I expected.

S -- Sweetish, almost a little yeasty, really pleasant.

T -- Disclaimer: I don't know the style very well. That said, I thought it had some nice toasty notes in there, but it was a little unbalanced at the end. Something about the way it hits the back of the tongue clashes just a bit.

M -- Pleasantly full. Not unique or overpowering in any way, but professional and smooth. One of those interesting beers where you like the taste when you burp.

D -- Greater than the sum of its parts. I'm reviewing the second bottle I've had tonight, and I may yet have a third.

phunknerd, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Casey10
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - faint brown color with a wispy head.

S - spice notes almost nutty like quality however not overpowering.

T - okay almost cherry like taste not quite though seems like there is something else but I am not picking up on it.

M - not bad a bit bitterfeel to this one.

D - okay I would have another but not something I would seek out.

Casey10, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of travolta
2.2/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

App:Perfect apricot and copper color. Head quickly leaves, retention is nothing, lacing is nothing.

Nose: Very faint malt.

Taste: Solid Sam Adams style mouthfeel, coppery and crisp, dry and slightly chemical. Sweet at the end.

Notes: I was excited to get this on tap. I was let down after the first glass. People look forward to this beer. I am interested to see how the rating changes this season.

travolta, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had years ago but this is much better than I remember.

Marzens are not the most complex beers in the world. Nor is this, but that isn't meant as condemnation for the beer.

What would differentiate this beer against others of the same style is the buttery flavors that come through. Not overpowering. But it lowers the drinkability of this beer for me. I think I'm also getting toasted flavors which are pleasant.

GeoffFromSJ, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of mnrider
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 6 floz. Pint Glass.

A: Dark red with two finger off white fluffy/creamy head. Lacing is good.

S: Aroma is slightly metallic. Malts and hops are present. Almost smells burnt like.

T/M: First thing that hits me is a kind of metallic taste. After that this brew gets very malty and sweet. Burnt grains and hops are used. Also kind of crisp. Good tasting Octoberfest.

D: Very average beer in general. Their are much better octobers out there. Not bad though, just average. I actually try to have this brew a few times during the season.


mnrider, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

best by feb 2010

pours clear amber brown with a 1 finger head that left no lacing

smell was very faint - lightly roasted malts

taste was not much better then the smell - lightly roasted carmel malts but still a little too sweet - no hops to be found?

mouthfeel was medium body no real life in the carbonation dept.

drinkability is so so - nothing worth having again

jsh420, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of PvtVile
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a brown bottle and poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

A: It pours nice clear amber colored with a thick head.

S: I am not getting too much smell out of it but can still pick up some toast and malt smells.

T: The first taste is some buttery cracker kind of like eating a Ritz cracker, I also taste some malt and hints of caramel.

M: Coats the mouth and is a bit chewy.

D: This is a very good drink. I have been drinking this all week as an every day drinker. I have had some other O-fests this season but this one is probably one of the better ones.

PvtVile, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of racer2k
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass

A: Copper colored beer that is clean and translucent in the glass. Very small head which leaves some nice lacing.

S: Roasted sweet malt with a hint of bitter hops and floral tones. The malt profile is definitely the leader

T: Sweet dark roasted malt with a hint of fresh baked bread and pumpkin seeds. Bitter finish on the back end.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation with a sweet malty profile.

D: Consistently good Octoberfest from Sam Adams but not the best year I have had in my opinion. Still good though!

racer2k, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of NekotoNikku
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden amber colour, about an inch of head, nice lacing present that clung seductively to the side of the glass.

S - Nice toasty smell, semi-sweet fragrance, easy on the nose.

T - This was my first Oktoberfest, so I honestly wasn't sure what to expect and tried to not bring any pre-conceived notions to the table, despite being let down by Sam Adams' beers in the past. However! This one was pretty good, semi-sweet chocolate flavor in the beginning, which trailed off into a toasty flavor, not too alcoholic and a little sweeter at the end, which was welcome. Also had a nice nutty aftertaste, which I love in beer.

M - Not very alcoholic, rather smooth and it left me with a pleasant semi-sweet aftertaste once I'd finished the beer. Sort of like when you finish a food you really enjoy and there's that aftertaste that keeps making you remember it and smile.

D - I could've probably had a few of these before I got tired of the taste, but I'm a bit of a lightweight, so I usually limit myself to 1 beer a meal.

Honestly the only reason I didn't rate this higher, despite the flavors I tasted (and enjoyed), was because it didn't seem that complex. After I had a few initial tastes and placed the flavors I was tasting, I felt like it would have more to offer, but it didn't appear to, which was sad.

NekotoNikku, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of imanidiot777
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber and crystal clear with a cream colored head that stays for a pretty good amount of time.

S: Toasted malts, malty, maybe some caramel not sure, I'm bad with the smells.

T: Tastes very malty and a good bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

M: Very good carbonation level, goes down smooth.

D: Very drinkable if you are only going to have a few, if you are going to have a lot may be too heavy.

imanidiot777, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a very thick off white colored heading.Leaves very good lacing all throughout.

Smell is all malt. Toasted malts hit's you at first followed by a sweeter caramel aroma that finishes it off.

Taste again very malty with a slight sugary kiss on the lips.A perfect ending of hops that balances this maltiness perfectly.

Mouthis very smooth and bubbley.Slick on the tongue and leaves a slight sting on the tongue of the noble hops used.

Drinkability for me is great. I love this time of year because this is one of my heavy favorites from Sam Adams and I wish I could get this more often.

TheFightfan1, Sep 12, 2009
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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