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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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6,644 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,644
Reviews: 2,042
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 83
Gots: 1,145 | 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 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.

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

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass...

A: Light copper with a two finger, white head; not much retention or lacing.

S: Grains; sweet breadiness; caramel malt.

T: Rich, sweet maltiness; some light caramel notes; very sweet finish, but some earthy hops provide balance.

M: Medium bodied; moderate carbonation; it does have a nice bite for the sweetness.

D: I'm not huge on the Oktoberfests, but this one is probably my favorite.

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.

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