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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,882 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,882
Reviews: 1,967
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 603 | 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 ChoqlitStout
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber-orange with a foamy white head that lasts a bit. Smells like spices...maybe a little cinnamon. A little more carbonated than I like, but I can taste the spices...allspice, nutmeg maybe? It's not very sweet, though the bottle says it has a blend of 5 malts. The taste is very balanced and mild--not too sweet, not too hoppy, but it does have flavor. Mildly bitter on the finish, virtually no aftertaste.

Overall, not my favorite Octoberfest beer, but a great one to use to introduce friends to the style. I could knock down a few with a sweet potato pie and some ice cream, but that wouldn't be good for my waistline.

ChoqlitStout, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of schanker21
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear amber color that fades into an orangeish around the edges. Two finger head does not last too long and leaves little lacing.

S- Nothing too strong. Smells like bread and malts.

T- Malt and caramel up front balanced out by hops. A good tasting beer. I'm not getting an overwhelming sweetness that a lot of the other users are getting, and I'm normally pretty sensitive to that.

M- Moderate carbonation, maybe a little bit syrupy.

D- Overall a very sessionable, very drinkable beer. This is one that I will continue to pick up throughout the fall. Goes great with brats.

schanker21, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of hellomcfly
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A - Very attracted dark amber color with a fluffy head that dissapated quickly. Little bit of lacing.

S - Bready and musty. A slight spicy smell.

T - Fairly tasty sessionable brew that's available all over the place. Bready and malty. A little bit of caramel and a little bit of bitterness in the background. A mellow tasting beer. This beer as tasted better in the past. I don't know if that is me or the beer.

M - I wish it was a little fuller. Pretty thin. It is however smooth and pretty refreshing for a fall beer.

D - Highly drinkable. Reminds me of the fall. I could drink several.

hellomcfly, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of babaracas
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with tan billowy head, spotty lacing. Smell: bready, sweet malts, spice note. Taste: leafy hops, sweet malt: caramel, toasted, Munich-ish, noble hop finish. Mouthfeel: soft carbonation, sweet and sticky. Good, but I remember this being better and less sweet last year... this year's version seems to have a faint corn syrup smell/taste ala malt liquors. Hopefully just imagining this.

babaracas, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Deus1138
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish-copper color. Lots of head and carbonation continually adding to the head.

Smell is bread like, malty, maybe a little musty.

Taste is mostly malty, bread like, slightly toasted, and caramel. Hops make a muted appearance, but more so than in other Oktoberfests.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with just enough zing from the carbonation.

Drinkability is excellent. It's not quite fall yet, but I'm looking forward to enjoying this seasonal release all through the falling of the leaves and chilling of the temperature. Maybe not the best Oktoberfest there is, but one of the easiest to find and certainly well done and enjoyable.

Deus1138, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a sam adams glass

dark Orange in color with a thin but consistent head.

Smells of rich malt and bready hints, slightly spicy in the nose

bitterness somes first then thins to a smooth and spicy finish. hints of pumpkin spice and caramel malts

Smooth and crisp with a medium body and enjoying finish. This classic hasn't lost it's touch. still one of the best Oktoberfests sold

naterock, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of NCBeernut
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale orange body topped by a bubbly white head that doesn't stick around for long.

S: Funky earthy English hops with just light malty notes. The Noble hops definitely prevail.

T/M: Changes a lot as it warms up a bit. Serve cool and let it come to cellar temp as you drink it. English hops are more prevalent, leafy and grassy, but not adding too much bitterness. Malts take more of a backseat compared to other marzens. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, very slight creaminess. Nothing too spectacular, but not bad.

Decent session beer; very easy to put back a few. There are plenty of better ones out there though.

NCBeernut, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of templar316
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice deep amber, with a tall white head that dissapates quickly and leaves slight remnants. Aroma is very soft a little bready malt, and pumpkiny but hard to bring forth. The flavor is nice definately my favorite Sam seasonal. Initial sweetness leading to nice bready malts. A mere hint of hop bitterness leading to a smooth finish, lingering biscutty notes make you want to have another swig. It's nicely balanced and easily sessionable.

templar316, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm so glad this brew is out. I've been anxiously awaiting its arrival..

Very clear, beautiful amber color...nice puffy head...good looking Marzen..

Deep rich malty aromas...some hoppiness but just a little..smells very sweet...nice..

Faint hoppiness gives way to sweet malts that remind me of a good hearty dark bread..nice sweet finish..

Very sessionable delicious brew...the best American take on the style I've had yet...I'm still partial to Paulaner but this is very good...

Tilley4, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't like this one as much as their Lager or Boston Ale. Perhaps it's the style. Dark body with medium head. Pretty nice aroma with spices and malts. Smooth and easy drinking but I am left wanting a little more. Flavors pretty much follow suit, malty, spicy and a bit nutty. Not bad.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark amber with a thick, fluffy white head. Smells lager-ish with perhaps some hints of citrus. Tastes pretty much how it smells which leaves a little something to be desired. Body seems about right, but the flavor is pretty lacking. Much preferred the summer seasonal to this one, even though I generally like darker brews more.

jeremyd365, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Timmush
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ok, maybe my taste buds are shot from all of the hops I have been drinking this summer, but this beer tastes good... really goo. Maybe it was the sweetness or maybe it was the fact that I paid 12.99 for a 12 pack at the local A and P but it was tasty. A little sweet, but I think this is a decent Marzen

Timmush, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Domingo
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As usual, this is one of the first Oktoberfest beers available each year. This one appeared in mid August, which is just fine with me!
Pours a VERY bright blood orange color. It's clear and clean, with a huge fluffy head just like the Bavarian originals.
Smells like Autumn should. Sweet grain, gingerbread, candy corn, and a little bit of a spicy note that likely comes from the hops.
Starts off sweet, but finished a little drier than you might expect. It's still a very sweet brew, but it's not quite overwhelming or cloying. Unlike most of the imports, the hops are getting a little lost in all of that malt overload. They save it from "too sweet" territory, but they don't play much of an other role. I'd like to see some more balance and the sweetness toned down a tiny bit.
Mouthfeel is authentic and there's no real heat to keep this from being sessionable. That sweetness is really the only thing keeping me from downing 2-3 at a time.
If you like your beers to be sweet and malty, this one's up there for sure. I wish it had a little more of the hops that the German versions have, but it's still quite good.
One nice thing is that you know it's fresh. I'd take a fresh SA over a dusty import from 11 months ago any day.

Edit: In the last two years I've noticed a pretty distinct buttery malt flavor that really seems out of place with the style. That's been the case in both draft and bottled versions from 2008 and 2009. I'd say that I don't like this as much as I used to as a result. It's not bad, but it's pretty low on my O-fest list now.

Domingo, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of danny013
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a dimple mug pint glass. Beautiful perfectly clear orange/reddish body fills the glass, topped with a thick khaki colored head. Head slowly falls back into beer, leaving a think covering over beer, light lacing. Nice looking pint.

Smell is of light malts, some fruity esters, gentle hops, and a thin, watery grain flavor lingering in the background. Overall, very simple.

Taste is surprising balanced as the beer hits the palate: gentle roasted malts intermingle with plenty of maltiness and some rich grape/raisin flavors, balanced out nicely with some spicy hops. Rich carbonation guides the beer down a leaves a nice tingling, sweet malts and some spicy hop notes creep through on the finish and linger for a second. As those fade out, a thin/watery grain profile comes through, somewhat similar to corn/rice? What? Definitly don't remember this in previous years brews.

Mouthfeel is very nice, actually. Body is nice and thick, almost sticky/creamy that is balanced out nicely by a good amount of carbonation that lets the brew roll around the mouth.

Drinkability is nice, a great tasting beer that is widely available. Very easy to put back.

This is my favorite seasonal beer from SA, and is a close second overall from what they have to offer (after the cream stout). I have noticed it getting better from year to year and it is definitly good this time around - the only thing that is surprising to me is the watery corn/rice profile that seems to be hiding in the back of the beer. Am I the only one noticing this, or is it just a thin malt base?

Overall, great, easy to find, and decently priced. I'll definitly be picking up some more of this!

danny013, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New seasonal six-pack just copped from Bottle King in Livngston for $7.99...
Appearance: Pours a deep amber hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that exhibited enormous staying power...
Aroma: Malt-dominated aroma replete with hints of caramel, vanilla, and butter...
Taste: Nice oktoberfest taste, malt-ridden with a slight hint of hops, caramel, vanilla, brown sugars, and honey...
Good mouthfeel along with an equally good level of drinkability...
Good stuff...

dsa7783, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this seasonal for years and always get excited when I first see it on the shelves. Big malt presence with a lot of character make for an enjoyable marzen. Malty aroma semi-sweet and inviting. Amber color with a minimal light tan head and grand lacing. Full well rounded mouthfeel smooth and easily drinkable. Generous malts blended with a light hop presence give way to a creamy malty tasty treat. Still one of my fall favorites.

kinger, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep golden orange from the bottle to a glass. Good two finger head.

Smells of sweet malt and caramel with a spicy undertone.

Tastes is very very malty, with the spice undertone right up front then fades to a great sweetness asking you to drink more.

I am a big fan of this brew and could drink it for a week straight.

GoodKnight1220, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark orange brown with little head.

S - Spices and honey. Semi-sweet.

T - Smooth and spicey. Nice crisp flavor with a good finish.

M - Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - I love this beer. This is my favorite Octoberfest beer and i'm so happy that it is out this early.

jeffmonarch, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of rye726
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A nice orange color contrasts well with a light tan head. The nose and flavor and both a bi tlighter than I would like to see in this style. There are some toasty malts with some spicy candy. The body is also fairly light and doesn nothing to help the beer. A decent drinker, bu nothing special.

rye726, May 20, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is just simply amazing and great after a long day at work. Another great job from the Sam Adams people, this beer certainly lives up to their reputation and can be enjoyed by pretty much anybody. It has a great taste, color & aroma to it and tastes incredible! It's not good after being stored for more than 4 or 5 months. The fresher the better, and always finishes with a refreshing ah!

jayrod20, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 03/03/08, re-reviewed 09/29/10.

Pours a crystal-clear medium amber. A one finger head quickly dissipates to a nice foam skin. Plenty of small active bubbles.

Aroma is faint sweet grain with a lurking metallic undertone.

Biscuity/caramel malt flavor, some fresh baked bread with a slightly bitter, subtle fresh hop finish. Balanced and somewhat light.

Beer is well-carbonated and provides a nice tingle on the tongue. Slightly dry at the finish.

Not my favorite marzen, but quite serviceable.

charlzm, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By no means will this beer blow your socks off, but it's a decent, unoffensive choice.

It's a deep copper colored beer. Smells surprisingly toasty. The flavors were all nice, but somewhat mild. Toasted grains, dark fruits, and a slightly sweet caramel were all present, but nothing really stood out.

Mouthfeel was smooth and enjoyable.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought from McHughs, Dublin...

Poured a nice rich amber / copper colour. Slightly off white head poured big and frothy but faded quickly to almost nothing... barely any carbonation... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Light sweet caramel and toffee maltiness, toasted bread / biscuit notes, some buttery notes, honey, cut grass traces, almond, some strawberry fruitiness, orange marmalade, some light peppery hops...

Taste - Light sweet caramel and biscuity malts initially then balanced with a good peppery hop bitterness, light toasted bread notes, sweet almond nuttiness, some spicy fruits (oranges), some slight metallic notes...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with a little sharpness underneath... light / medium bodied... Extremely drinkable and sessionable..

Overall - A decent enough Oktoberfest - nothing too earth shattering... worth a try though...

mdagnew, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Semi rich amber color with a short lived offwhite head. Smell is nice and toasty, sourdough breadish smell with a toffee like tart malt. Nice, richer than average mouthfeel for the style. One of my favorites of the style for sure. Nice lingering mild finish, and a good beer.

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at via rosa

A - Beautiful copper hue, with a good amount of head, and nice lacing.

S - Nectarines, pears, and light maltiness.

T - Nectarines, pears, granny apples, which finished with a malty kick.

M - Nice, left moistness.

D - Not too big on beers that come close to Marzens, but this one is very good for an oktoberfest.

MisterClean, Feb 18, 2008
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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