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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,595
Reviews: 2,032
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 78
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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 wcintula
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with amber color and a 2 finger head that falls not too fast. Nice smells of grain, caramel, brown sugar, dark malts slight hops. The taste lines up pretty well with some alcohol taste and very slight metallic aftertaste. Lightbodied, good carbonation, I like a slightly thicker Octoberfest. It's a decent beer.

Photo of QuestionableScum
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orangey amber colour with an off white head that dissipates quickly and is quite fizzy in character.

Smells slightly grainy with honey, a tad bit of floral hoppiness and a little bit of an apple like smell.

Tastes is initally very malty with brown sugar, carmal malts and breadiness/biscuitiness up front. Finishes with a very slight metallic hoppy bite. The aftertaste is somewhat unpleasant, and is slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel is lightbodied but quite pleasant, carbonated nicely. Not overly thin.

Drinkability is high but given that the beer is not really impressive that is not all that much of a big deal.

Photo of MattyV
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber-orange with a thin fizzy off-white head.

Aroma is sweet, smells of bread and a hint of honey. Very faint floral hoppiness started to become apparent after some warming.

Taste is very malty, more specifically bready malt with a touch of sweetness and spice. Couldn't pick up very much in the way of hops.

Thin-bodied and slightly overcarbonated IMO.

Goes down very easy despite the maltiness, but I just wish there was a touch more hoppiness to balance things out and add a layer of complexity.

Photo of cratez
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle from a six pack purchased at the LCBO. Pours a clear amber hue with orange highlights and one finger of cream coloured head. No lace on my glass. Smell and taste are herbal, grassy, and slightly floral hops, biscuit, bread crusts, caramel, toasted oats, a honey-like sweetness, cereal grains, and a crisp hop spiciness to even things out. Mouth feel is creamy, medium, foamy carbonation, some bite on the palate, drying semi-sweet finish. A tasty, satisfying and easy drinking O-Fest, which is exactly what the style calls for. I will definitely buy this again.

Photo of lespaulrocker
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my Blackstone Brewery pint glass.

A: Pours an amber/golden orange color with a half finger tan head that dissipated incredibly fast. Left a moderate amount of lacing.

S: Beer. Nothing special, just smelled like a macro beer.

T: Malts, biscuit/bread, a tiny bit of sweetness, maybe some caramel, pumpkin, and a bit of butterscotch. Bready finish.

M: Decent amount of carbonation, a little chewy, I'd say medium bodied.

D: Not hard to put a few back if you want. I wasn't a fan so one was my limit.

I wasn't a fan of this, which was disappointing. I love Sam Adams summer ale so I had high expectations for this brew but I would describe it as average at best.

Photo of BDJake
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a transparent pumpkin-brown with a small beige head that dissipated far too quickly

S- very malt-forward, with some butterscotch and caramel notes- fairly akin to many imported versions

T- a little more tart than the German versions i've had before, with little in the ways of hop character

M- medium bodied, coats your tongue fairly well, with a malty aftertaste

D- great for weekends eating sauerkraut and drinking out of boots- it's a worthy beer for the fall season, even if it doesn't make a good year-round type of brew

Photo of y2jrock60
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Orangish hue, with a white airy head that laces nicely.

S- Zero hop signiture, lacked any real aroma; reminds me of a macro lager, not impressed at all.

T- Light sweet malt with a watery feel. No hops!

M- Very light-bodeid.

D- Dinkablity is a little above average.It has more of a sweetness and malt signiture than most macros but im not impressed.

This beer is very dissapointing. Almost every Sam Adams product taste the same, especially their ales. I'm dissapointed with all Sam Adams brews with the exception of Cream Stout, Summer Ale, and Noble Pils.

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: nice copper color, filtered and clear, with good foamy head.

S: Both malt and hops make appearences here. The malt comes across as biscuity and bready, and the hops are floral and somewhat spicy in the nose.

T: Lots of flavor, and nice malt flavor here. There is biscuit and bread flavor, with a tiny bit of malt sweetness, before finishing out to a clean noble hop bitterness.

M: Low to medium body, crisp and clean on the mouth.

D: The malt is very present here, but the drinkability is not detracted from, considering the smoothness and crispness of this beer. I couldn't slam a ton of them. but they are drinkable enough.

Photo of Shrews629
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Nice amber, copper color with some red highlights peeking through. Slightly off white head that didn't hang around too awful long, but did settle to a fine ring. Not a lot of lacing left on the glass however.

Smell - Picking up a fair amount of malt along with that dry earthy, "leafy" smell. Touches of caramel malt coinciding with the bread and biscuit nose that have become more prominent as the beer warms.

Taste - Again picking up the malt with what I detect as butterscotch. Rather pleasant I think. A little bit of the breadiness coming through at the end, which I tend to favor.

Mouthfeel - Medium, dry, crisp, chewy mouthfeel. Nice dry maltiness really sticks to the tongue until the next sip.

Drinkability - I could put a few of these back during one setting with no problem. Personally, I think Sam Adams does a great job with most of their seasonal brews. I actually really appreciate all they do for craft brewing. This beer really sets the mood for those crisp, cool Fall afternoons.

Photo of srandycarter
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear orangy apricot, not much head leaves fast. Small ring. Spotty lace.

S - Extremely light hops and malt characters. Not much there.

T - Nice light sweet malt bittered well at the end.

M - A lighter beer, good carb and sufficient balance.

D - Not overly alcoholic and not too hard on the palate.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a shade lighter than the Boston Lager, but it looks remarkable similar. Great head retention.

The aroma is sweet and bready, a little toasty with a hint of cane molasses.

The taste is sweet malt with a light herbal bitterness in the finish. Very bready, almost doughy. Slight metallic tinge in the finish. While enjoyable as it is, I wouldn't mind a bit more bitterness to balance the malty sweetness.

Medium bodied, carbonation is on the low side.

A decent and enjoyable drinker, if not something to get too excited about.

Photo of skenyon1811
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: This beer makes me salivate looking at it. Sam Adams Octoberfest has that perfect clear brownish orange color. It pours a nice 1/2 inch tan head. Good retention.

S: Good strong aroma when first poured, but mellows out quick. Sweet malt and caramel aroma. Not much of a hop smell to it. It has a tiny alcohol scent to it as well.

T: Needless to say, it has the very distinct Samuel Adams' taste to it. It does provide a little more than that though. It has a smooth roasted taste with a little bite from the hops. The aftertaste is the best part, nice caramel note left after the bitterness of the hops fades. You get a little bit more out of every sip.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel. Kind of heavy on the carbonation. Very similar to most Samuel Adams.

D: I like this as a session beer. It does make you a little gassy but I can put that a side and pick up a sixer.

This is by far one of Sam Adams' best beers. Cheers!

Photo of hosehead83
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a "shaker' pint glass
Orange/copper in color, with a nice-looking head of frothy foam
Aroma-Toasted malt, caramel notes
Taste-Sweet toasted malt, caramel and toffee notes, creamy, with a subtle hop note that provides balance to the sweet malt. Nice overall flavor and very easy to drink. A couple of these went down rather nicely while waiting for a table the other night at a "beer challenged" restaurant. Not bad.

Photo of cbutova
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Pours out a nice red hue with a small off-white head that has very low retention. Falls to a small ring and cloud.

S- Pretty standard for an Oktoberfest. Lots of buttery caramel malt. Some dark fruit. It just leads you to thinking of sweetness. This one has some cheaper malt hints, probably due to adjuncts.

T- Follows the nose. Lots of malt up front, caramel and grainy. Bready and buttery notes. Pretty high sweetness. Some earthy and grassy hops. Some dark cherry-like fruit notes. These flavors are nice but the obvious adjunct malt flavors lingering in the background throw it off completely.

MF- Moderate, somewhat creamy body with high end carbonation. Just a bit bitter.

DB- A flavor suitable for autumn but the sweetness and adjunct lager-like malt flavors hurt it. It tastes "cheap" at points but I still wouldn't call it a bad beer. I guess you get what you pay for here. The fruit notes also remind me a bit of cough syrup or something.

Photo of thatguy3579
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful orange color, thick lingering eggshell head, decent lacing, and reasonable clarity. A real pretty beer.

S: Not much nose, mostly sweet. Some toffee.

T: A mild beer all around, mostly sweet. Some toffee and raisins. Very mild on hops, imparting a gentle vanilla. Finish is pleasant and roasty.

M: Average body and carbonation.

D: A sweet and mild beer. Not abrasive, but also not the most interesting offering.

Photo of BobZ
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my lager tulip.

Appearance: Deep orange, nice example of the style, good head, decent lacing.

Smell: Malt, some spice, a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Taste: Follows the smell, malty flavor, mild spice, and a nicely balanced hoppy bitterness. Really nice American example of the style.

Mouth feel: Good level of carbonation, decently smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, fall seasonal, one of the best from Boston Beer.

Photo of dvb
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Mahogany in color. Thin head with almost no lacing. Let it sit for a while and it looks like brandy.

S - Not bad. Sweet. I almost smell some Belgian candi.

T - Starts off tasting like a Boston Lager and then settles into a sort of weak maibock. Sweet and malty. Not much in the way of hops - it really could use more.

M - Fairly thin. Not much carbonation.

D - A six pack is about all I would want in any given year. This stuff is just OK.

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

12 oz

Pours a nice reddish orange color, minimal white head but good lacing.

Smells of somewhat rich malts and grains, lagery.

Taste is similar, lagery malts, but good rich borderline sweet taste to them.

Feels on the fuller side of average with tingly fine carbonation in the back of the throat.

Pretty tasty beer, easy going and not hard to like. I could session this and enjoy myself.

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at a local restaurant.

A - Nice, golden orange color. Not much of a head but waitress was busy so the head may have settled before it arrived.

S - Nice aroma, nothing crazy good but nothing off putting

T - I liked this beer. I enjoyed the SA Summer Ale and this is just as good in my opinion. Nicely sweet but not overpowering.

M - For the lack of head, I felt it had a nice carbonation to it.

M - Not a real "thick" beer, sort of watery but not bad.

D - I polished off four of these while eating dinner and throwing darts afterwards. I enjoyed this beer...no complaints.

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

This has improved a lot since I last reviewed it.

Pours a deep amber in color with a light brown head that reduces to bits of foam in my glass.

Light, sweet aroma of malt and fruit.

The taste is good. It's rich, but not cloying. Light fruity taste reminds me of grapes. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Solid body with nice amount of heft.

Overall this is a solid Oktoberfest beer. Nothing wrong here.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Beer was a clear amber color, with a bubbly, one-finger, tan head. Moderate carbonation and light lacing.

Aroma was caramel, toffee, biscuit and grains.

Taste was biscuit, grains, roasted malt and caramel.

Lightly bitter and sweet finish.

Goes down smooth and easy. Nice and refreshing.

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

22oz bomber out of the fridge poured into an imperial pint glass. best before JAN 2010.

pours a chestnut bronze color with wonderful glowing hues of oranges and reds. big 3 fingers of off white head that after a bit of time eventually settled to a thin layer. bits of sticky lace on the glass.

in the aroma rich munich malts, toasted grains, caramel, slightly nutty, lager funk.

rich caramelized malt, toasted grains, just a touch nutty, slightly herbal. you can tell its a lager as well. kind of an average tasting O fest but they got all the basics right.

medium to light in body, average carbonation, a little prickly on the tongue.

an easy drinker for the season, thats for sure, but i would pass this up for many other beers. its amazing how hugely popular this beer has gotten and how many non craft drinkers really dig this.

Photo of lester619
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer. Completely clear deep dark redish amber. Thick frothy creamy head that settles at about a half inch and hangs around. Very malty toasted bread aroma. Fresh hot biscuits with a faint hint of maple sweetness. Taste is also very malty. Toasted bread with a good dose of caramel sweetness. Some roasted smoked malt flavors come out. Some understated hoppy bitterness shows up to balance out the finish. The mouthfeel is a little watery and thin. Overall, it's a good Martzen. I look forward to fall and Oktoberfests every year. SA's version isn't the best, but it's tasty, relatively cheap, and available everywhere. At leat one sixer of it makes it into my fridge every September.

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

Garnet body and a small head. Some hops detectable in aroma but it's mostly all malt here. It's a light but inviting aroma. Taste is nice--full on flavor with a fairly robust body without being too big to detract drinkability. Texture is silky smooth coupled with a good level of carbonation. Those malts really work well together, giving a bready, just barely sweet full flavor, followed up by a firm bitterness. For me, a good O'fest has to be drinkable by the liter. I think this one can do it, though it's probably too robust for two liters.

Photo of thekanna
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Maryland Renaissance Festival.

A: Pours a dark, hazy chestnut with thin patches of off-white head.

S: Strong biscuity sweet malts, a bit of citrus acerbity.

T/M: Like an English digestible biscuit, sweet malts dominate. A little bit of a hop bite ensues with just a touch of green tea bitterness at the end. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer, not anything spectacular either. A very run-of-the-mill oktoberfest.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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