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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 6,644
Reviews: 2,042
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 83
Gots: 1,147 | 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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Ratings: 6,644 | Reviews: 2,042
Photo of goalie33
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Very nice orange/amber color. Not so much head.
S: Some slight aromas of malt, but nothing overly impressive.
T: Malty taste, not too much in the way of hops. It's good, but nothing special.
D: Very drinkable. Goes down very easy.

I'm not going to go running out to buy this again. It wasn't bad at all, it just wasn't especially good either.

Photo of BillyBob78
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a case of this after having it at a local bar.

I'm starting to like Sam Adams more and more. They have so many different types and styles that you can find something you enjoy.

Appearance was a nice orange/brown color with a nice off-white head with decent lacing.

Taste like a good German lager with nice sweet malty characteristics and a little hops present but not much. A little bit of spices coming through.

Very drinkable and definitely a good fall beer.

Photo of HockeytownBrew
4.73/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A: Beautiful amber is the first thing that pops out as this brew is poured. Nice sized head that leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

S: Great, malty smell with a hint of fruitiness. Smells perfectly of fall.

T: Wow! Autumn to a tee. A sweetness and spiciness blend perfectly together on your palate with a bit of a hop finish. Perfectly balanced. The perfect combination of five different kinds of malt.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

D: I could easily put away a few of these, and drinking one will make you want another right away. It's that good.

It's truly a shame that Samuel Adams Octoberfest is only a seasonal beer. A true triumph. After only one bottle, it instantly became second favorite beer behind Boston Lager.

Photo of msjacilynn
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear, clean amber with orange-ish hue.

S: out of bottle I got an initial musky scent, but that decreased as I drank. otherwise plenty of malt and caramel.

T: Initially hit with malty-bready taste that leaves a sweet aftertaste.

M/D: fairly pleasant in texture and well carbonated for the style. easy drinking Oktoberfest beer...not the best, but one of the better ones.

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

Pours a hearty orange color with a nice finger and a half white head that fades and leaves a good bit of lacing. Smell has hints of caramel and malts. Taste is strong on malts, with the smell being true has there is hints of caramel. Not much in the way of hops, but has a clean finish. Drinkability is pretty good, not exactly a session beer but can easily drink a few more. I've always been a fan of Sam Adams and Octoberfest is another fine offering.

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

This is one of the few Sam Adams that I have tried that I've rated above average to date. It has a great appearance and a great deep complex favor that actually appealed to me. It pours with a 3 finger head straight down the middle of the glass. A nice dark appearance in the glass. Overall one of their better offerings in my book and I could drink a few in one sitting.

Photo of bobsy
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its great to see another oktoberfest turning up on Ontario shelves, even if it isn't one of the classics.

Lovely looking pour results in a rusty orange liquid and a finger of creamy off-white head that leaves streaks of lacing as it drops to a film. Sweet, bready aroma, with a prominent herbal character and some mineral qualities.

The flavour is dominated by a big breadiness that stumbles into brown sugar. Great herbal hopping, faint grassiness and a hard mineral character. Kind of neat. Surprisingly drying on the palate, with a well-judged carbonation and medium body that works well for the style.

It certainly won't be the best oktoberfest you'll find, but it is a decent rendition of the style, and has what I crave for most on an o-fest - drinkability.

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

It's October, after all...

A: The beer is transparent with plenty of bubbles ascending from the depths. The color is an autumn shade of orange, akin to the changing hues of the leaves. There is about an inch of off-white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: It smells like a lager. The sweetness is subtle, with hints of fruit.

T: A nice take on a traditional German classic. The beer is mostly malty, with very little hop presence. It's slightly sweet and fruity, with notes of grain and/or barley.

M: The feel is thicker than I expected, in a pleasant way. There is a slight hint of astringency and/or alcohol in the finish that counteracts the otherwise fabulous feel on the palate.

D: 'Tis the season. It's not my favorite choice within the style, but it goes down just fine.

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

Appearance: Dark amber-orange, light to medium head, good carbonation.
Smell: Sweet and malty
Taste: Medium hops, slightly sweeter and maltier than Boston Lager. Can detect some caramel.
Mouthfeel: Medium frothy, slight bittersweet aftertaste. Nice.
Drinkability: Good. Can drink several quickly, but would rather saver them slowly.
Summary: This is a very good beer. I gave it an 8.1/10, or B-. This beer is very similar to Samuel Adams Boston Lager, but it's sweeter and maltier. It has several food pairings, but tastes great by itself. It's a good choice to enjoy during Octoberfest. I look forward to drinking this beer again next year.

Photo of kellyst
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, dark orange color with hints of amber and red and a slightly off-white colored head. Decent lacing throughout the beer. Smells of toasted grains which brings thoughts of autumn. Flavor is dominated by toasted grain, with a backbone of caramel sweetness. Almost no hop presence. This beer is a little on the sweet side for my tastes in an octoberfest. Drinkability is pretty good, since I had two of these in short order.

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
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
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
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
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
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
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
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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
3.34/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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