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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 6,631
Reviews: 2,039
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,105 | 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 garuda
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy copper, very thin white head that had virtually no retention or lacing.

S/T - Rich, toasty, bready malts with a little graininess. A little bit of hops to finish it off at the end.

M - Medium to light in body, medium carbonation, finishes clean and dry.

D - Nice and easy to drink, a solid benchmark for the style. I probably would get this again.

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops along with some toffee and caramel malt.

The flavor is not quite what I expected. I get a lot of toffee, caramel and bready malt - as expected - but I also get some cinnamon and allspice. I have had this beer numerous times over the years and I never remember it having the spicy components. Regardless, it was very nice.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

One of the better Sam Adams offerings in memory. Orange-tawny hue with a good inch-high head. I had to strain to smell anything for a few minutes. When the aroma faded in, it wasn't too bad - musty, yeasty, faintly boozy and medicinal. The flavor touches on the style pretty well. Sweet, dense, smooth malty base with some strong shortbread/butter cookie overtones and a spicy/zesty orange peel nip to it. Nice level of carbonation carries the malt feel and flavor quite well. Okay for a domestic - okay for SA.

Photo of Samp01
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at Red Lobster in Victoria TX with mike67. Pours a nice dark clear amber with a nice creamy offwhite slowly dissipating head. Aroma of sweet toasted caramel malt, some bready notes. Taste is sweet toasted caramel malt, some breadiness, with some light hops bitterness. Palate is med body, good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, some breadiness, followed by some light hops to add balance. Overall a very nicely balanced, smooth and easy drinking Oktoberfest. One of the better oktoberfest I have had. Very nice

Photo of marty21
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep orange copper colour. Off white head the disappears in minutes. Leaves nice lacing.

S: A sweet malty aroma to it

T: Very malty with bready notes to it. Faint taste of spices in the aftertaste.

M: Medium Carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel to it.

D: I could drink many of these in one sitting. Looking forward to next year when I can get it again.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a translucent red orange colored brew (nicely matching the leaves adorning the bottle's label), with a one and a half finger orange-tinged head. The big bubbles of the head dissolve quickly, leaving minimal lacing. The aroma consists largely of malts, faintly toasted, with notes of mild lemon and esters, and tinny metals. The taste begins with a mouthy sweetness. This carries through, but quickly develops to include a bit of spice and apricot, and the slightest hop character to smooth things out. The metallic feel from the nose comes through to dominate the aftertaste. The mouth is neither dry nor coated by the end of the sip, but the medium body and moderate to low carbonation are satisfying. With a less than robust taste and a middle of the road body and feel, this beer is easy enough to throw back.

Overall, this beer has a nice look, but lacks strength in the aroma and taste departments. While we would have liked to see a bolder and thicker beer for the style, it remained adequate throughout.

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

Samuel Adams Octoberfest has a thick, off-white head and a semi-cloudy orange-amber appearance. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is rather neutral. Taste is quite good, with a preponderance of hops and some barley as an under-taste. I loved the spicy aspect to this lager. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Samuel Adams Octoberfest finishes refreshing and wet. I could really feel the alcohol punch in my head on an empty stomach this morning. Overall, a very nice offering.


Photo of MNJR
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is a decent beer from Sam Adams. I would probably never order a SA again, but this was cheap at my local store, so I thought I'd give it a go. The initial head is stupendous - really thick, whipped foam. It gives way fairly soon, but the lacing is dense and even. The color is rich copper, mostly clear with about a 10% haze. I smell cocoa or chocolate milk immediately, with not a lot else Underpinning this is malt, but again little else. The flavor is chewy, sweet, caramel, prune, medium spice and chocolaty malts finishing it off. Mainly true to the style, but the cocoa is a new twist. The mouthfeel suffers from stickiness and tongue goop which repeated sips do not wash down. Drinkability is low. I wouldn't have more than one. Even though it is not bad in any serious way, it just doesn't merit another purchase. I mostly enjoyed it for a one-off taste test.

Photo of NickTsU
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper color had with the pour then dissapates within a few minutes. Decent lacing for this style of beer.

S- Nice bready malty roasty smell.

T- Nice clean crisp refreshing octoberfest, again smell and taste coincide pretty closely.

M - Crisp and light bodied.

D- Very refreshing light bodied oktoberfest,one of the better seasonals I've had this far from Sam Adams. Very Drinkable.

Photo of halo21
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Enjoyed from a bottle in the Sam Adam's perfect pintglass - Poured strong with a thick fluffy white head. The beer shone in a bright rust orange with lively carbonation. Very inviting!

Smell:Sweet toasty malts with a slight metallic hop along with a hint of bread yeast.

Taste:Toasted malt sweetness with a bit of herbal hops on the end. A drying finish leaves your mouth coated with a sweet toffee to bread flavor. Yeast character comes through a bit more as it warms up.

Mouthfeel:Creamy smooth, lively. Medium bodied; perfect for this style.

Drinkability/Palitability:Very high.

Notes:This year, they got it dead on. Perfect balance on the flavor, the mouthfeel had the perfect weight with that creamy head, and the drinkability is through the roof.

Photo of Lemke10
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $7 in early Fall 2010.

Sam Adams Oktoberfest comes with a lot of hype and it always delivers. It pours a dark amber with a semi strong scent of spices. It has a reasonably heavy taste of different spices that deliver a good beer with a smooth finish. Great for the fall season and a must try for any Oktoberfest lover.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, last of a sixer from the LCBO. Pours a slightly hazy caramel orange with hints of ruby and cherry, finger of head which fizzes out, lots of little bubbles stuck to the side of the glass initially.

Lots of caramel in the nose, a hint of something roasty, bready, pretty clean. Taste is pretty balanced but nothing all that deep or exciting going. Clean malty caramel, hint of bread, moderate sweetness, slightly earthy dryness in the finish, relatively thin body, a number of the bottles including this one have been a little overcarbonated to the point of slightly prickly. Not bad, drinkable, nice to have around in the fall especially as there is a lack of local marzen options.

Photo of IIKaRuII
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Such a great look. Filtered with that light amber Oktoberfest look.

S- To me it has this wonderful toasty smell. it makes me think of fall every time i smell it.

T- not your typical Oktoberfest taste. has a deeper and more drinkable taste.

M- I find this beer to be almost a perfect blend of carbonation. it makes your mouth want more after you swallow it.

D- I could drink this beer year round if i could. Seasonal or not, This beer would be highly drinkable.

Photo of jsprain1
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours copper-amber color with a very thin tan head that disappates quickly with little lacing though this may be due to the excessively cold glass in which it was served.
S- Toasted malt, and vaguely spicy. Nothing extraordinary, but nothing detracting either.
T- A rather sweet, malty flavor with some bready, biscuity notes carrying through and some hints at spicyness.
M- A bit full at first, finishes maybe a bit light.
O- There is nothing either exceedingly good or bad about this beer. It is middle of the road and that's just fine. The flavor profile is tasty, but simple and lacking in depth, even as it warms. But simple, tasty beers have their place.

Photo of jlandis
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear copper in color with 1 inch fluffy white head. Looks like a perfect Oktoberfest!

Light toasty malt is about all I get from the aroma. Maybe it's just a style of beer I don't appreciate, but I'm not impressed yet.

Lightly toasted grains with subtle hop bitterness. Fairly clean flavor over all with a bright crisp bitterness. A nice sweetness and subtle fruitiness. What impresses me most is the clean freshness to this beer.

Slightly thin body with subtle carbonation.

It's a very solid Oktoberfest beer with a nice toasted malt profile and slight hop character, but unfortunately I'm not a huge fan of most lagers. Crisp and clean and well constructed.

Photo of Derek
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in their specially engineered glass.

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, thin ring of retention, hints of lace.

S: Nobel hop aroma (floral, herbal & grassy) with some underlying toffee sweetness.

T: Caramel and bready malt, grassy & herbal spicing, solid bitterness. Great for a new world version, but there's a bit more crystal malt sweetness than breadyness from a good continental malt.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness.

D: A good drinker.

Photo of herman77
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes on 11/4
A: Clear amber/light orange with a moderate light tan head that leaves a decent amount of lace

S: Sweet bready malt. Some grains.

T: Again bready sweet malt, carmel and grains. A bit of hops. Pretty tasty O-fest.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Very average.

D: Easy drinking. Enjoyable, but I would grow tired of it after awhile.

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

Pours orange with a moderate sized head. The aroma is of caramel, mollasses and melon. The taste is sweet and bready. Barley husk and herbal hops mingle with light citrus flavors. Bitterness is light throughout. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with quite an active carbonation.

This is a decent Octoberfest. Its a definite malt fest. With a bit more depth and complexity it could be world class.

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

Clear orange, small head, I found that the smell and taste were both dominated by fruity esters. There's a tiny bit of hop, and a bit of caramel that sneaks up on you, but overall I found it an unbalanced beer. I am not sure that I would drink it again if given the choice.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours clear orange with one finger of sticky white foam that dissipates slowly. Aroma is fruity, sweet.

First sip is also dominated by a fruity sweetness. I don't particularly like it. The fruity esters dominate, and there is a lingering sweet flavor. There is a nice body to the beer.

Having just had the Victory Festbier right before drinking this one, I find a huge difference between the two... Victory did it right.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Clear orange with a nice 2-inch foamy white head. Lots of small, speedy bubbles of carbonation rush to the top of the glass. Head retention is good, lots of sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Rich smells of caramel, bread, and toffee. Light citric and herbal Noble hops. Sweet overall.

T: Caramel and toffee. Grassy, citric hops are more apparent than they were in the nose. Finishes with all of these flavors working in tandem, as well as some drier bready and grainy malts.

M: Moderate with good carbonation. Crisp and creamy.

D: Good, but not as easily quaffable as other examples of the style.

Notes: A decent beer. Distinct caramel aromas and flavors are a bit too dominant, but otherwise this is a solid offering. I actually enjoyed this year's batch much more than past releases. This beer is everywhere, but I find that I actually enjoy it out of the bottle much more than on tap. It often seems bland and watered down on tap, for whatever reason.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a nice amber color, semi dark with a nice inch of white foam.

S - Smells pretty sweet full of sweet caramel and rich barley.

T - The sweetness of the caramel and malts make this beer very drinkable. I also enjoyed the small bite of hops and slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied and creamy. Delicious/

D - As of now I only have a few left but they are very drinkable. In fact I love how I had this on tap and its only slightly better than the bottle. Very affordable and drinkable brew that is also in 22oz sizes! Yum.

Photo of rmckay09
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Octoberfests, I make it a point to try all kinds from different brewerys whenever I can. This is one is by far the best I have tried. The initial aroma is enjoyable and makes you look forward to the taste that is going to follow. The taste is very smooth and fulfilling with the multitudes of malted barley in it. The drinkability is very high because it is smooth and delicious.

Photo of SamN
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled stein.

Clear autumn highlights of amber and dark ruby. Fine and slightly fizzy head , doesn't last long. Great hues, great clarity. Smell is a little weak; upfront adjuncts of sour grapes, some faint nuts and caramel malt aromas. Taste has much more going for it over aroma. Starts with faint fruit, than toasty sweet nuts and grains, moving to a good balanced hops flash and then fading out on a spicy almost cinnamon note. Lots of movement, more interesting tastes, but shallow and not very rich or natural tasting. Medium bodied with a pleasant bite at the end. Drinkability is fairly good, certainly not a bad märzen-style beer.

Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is clear light amber, with a quickly settling off-white head that leaves good lacing.

The smell is sweet malty, honey and nuts, some orange and a whiff of hay.

Upfront sweet toffee, brown bread, orange marmalade, a slight bitter finish.

Low carbonation, medium bubbles and body, a dry finish.

Not bad, a bit on the sweet side.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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