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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,221 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,221
Reviews: 1,999
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 763 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of Seanibus
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good offering from Sam Adams, which I normally don't like all that much.

Pours a deep clear copper with a fluffy head and a few little streamers of carbonation. The aroma is nice and robust - malty, biscuity, with some floral hops in there somewhere. The flavor is malty and rich, particularly for a beer that pours so clear. There is some spice from the hops, a slightly gingerbready character from the malt. The mouthfeel is solid and chewy, a satisfying beer with a small bite of carbonation. It finishes with a pleasant, spicy burn down the back of the throat.

A drinkable beer with a nice fall-like flavor.

Seanibus, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of bonkers
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. The beer is a clear reddish/orange color with a 2 finger head. There is decent head retention and little lacing. The smell is dominated by sweet malt and bread notes. The taste follows. A very drinkable medium bodied beer. A very solid Oktoberfest beer.

bonkers, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish-brown hue and a somewhat clear consistency. There was about a quarter inch of head that didn't last very long.

S: Very malty smell, more so than any other element.

T: Like the smell, malt dominates the taste category. Not overly sweet, but still pretty flavorful.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a slick, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a well made beer and certainly very drinkable. It probably won't knock your socks off, but it's still well made.

avalon07, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of Rennpferd
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured clear copper hue with a two finger head that had some nice lacing. No activity could be seen.

It had a nice malt and hops scent. Balanced and mild.

It had a very robust and well balanced taste of malt and hops. It was smooth and medium bodied with a nice clean malt finish.

Very drinkable. I rather enjoyed this beer.

Rennpferd, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber body with an off-white head.

Smell of caramel and tofee, slight roasted malt aroma.

Tastes a little bit like some sort of candy. Caramel and tofee flavors dominate, with just a touch of roasted character.

Fairly dry mouthfeel, pretty smooth.

An easy beer to drink, like most of this style.

Hojaminbag, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of 7beerphil
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Classic Sam Adams bottle design. Beer pours a deep red/amber color with 1 inch, long lived head

S: Toffee and caramel, rather sweet.

T: Toffee and caramel, strong but not over powering.

M: Smooth and light

D: Very drinkable, not too strong, definately not weak, perfectly balanced beer.

Octoberfest is my favorite Marzen style beer, one of the most enjoyable brews from Sam; of their beers it comes in second only when compared to their Irish Red.

7beerphil, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A two finger head. Deep red colour with good retention.

S: Slight caramel nose, with a sweet malt hint.

T: Caramel flavour with the biscuit lager bite to it. A nice sweetness comes through at the end to combat the lager bite.

M: Slightly watery but crisp

D: Yep

swizzlenuts, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Dogsgogrrrr
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light(er) amber brown color with a good, dense head.
Smell: If poured correctly, this beer releases some solid, pleasant esters. A pretty good indicator of what's to come.
Taste: Good, caramel malt backbone with buscuity aftertones. Relatively strong flavor, with minimal bite.
Mouthfeel: An even amount of carbonation, slightly chewy.
Drinkability: Very drinkable.

A great addition to the Samuel Adams family, something to look forward to each fall. I would highly recommend trying this beer, especially if you're unlucky enough to find yourself located in an area plagued by a limited beer selection. If you're a fan of Oktoberfests, give this beer a chance.

Dogsgogrrrr, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of gpogo
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear deep red-orange amber color. Large creamy off-white head that dissipates to a small covering.

A- Toasted German malts. Some Vienna.

T- Up front there is a malty sweetness. Finishes dry, this seems to be enhanced with the toasted malts. A bitter aftertaste from the hops.

M- Medium body with moderate-high carbonation. Creamy texture throughout, including the head.

D- A rather decent Oktoberfest. Enjoyable drink.

gpogo, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of youngleo
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found that if you gave this brew a hard pour, it made all the difference in the world with head quanity and lacing. Actually very nice. Was copper brown in color. Smelled of malt and a little sweet. But mostly malt. Tasted of malt and slightly sweet. With hints of caramel. Felt thin in the mouth. Not heavy at all. Carbonation was good. It wasnt my favorite Octoberfest but definatly worth checking out. Overall pretty good.

youngleo, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of BeenJammin
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice copper brown with a decent 1 finger head

S - Smells very clean with a lot of malts and a sort of grainy lager smell.

T - Has a toasty and carmelly backbone with a hint of grain. Just a small flower hop taste.

M - Very clean and light bodied.

D - This is very drinkable. I could down a sixer of this in one sitting.

BeenJammin, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of Berticus
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The ABV is lower than they could have made it because the flavor is so full.
Its an awesome blend of malt and hops and really is the perfect flavor to embody the fall season.
Its not my favorite seasonal but it is definitely my favorite octoberfest so far.

Berticus, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark, burnt orange color, a little more toward the brown side. not a tall head, but pretty dense for what is there. excellent lacing.

S: very heavy on the sweet, malty smells, very grainy smelling, very few hops, if any, not bad, but not very interesting either.

T: very malty, some definite roasted characteristics, nice underlying smoke. malts linger on the palate nicely. sweet. a definite honey flavor. no bitterness. very smooth in general.

M: thick, rich and heavy, coats the mouth. not too shabby.

D: this is a fairly drinkable beer, but not one of my favorite styles. pretty mellow, smooth, and easy drinking though. all in all not too bad. i'd pour a few of these down if on a night out.

pokesbeerdude, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of ljbrisson
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard pour into my new unmarked goblet reveals a dark copper, opaque body. A thin head reduces to a filmy cap which sticks a little to the inside of the glass. Aroma is of fruit mainly, with a little malt, and a vague notion of clove. Mouthfeel is decent for a lager, with good carbonation and a little depth. Taste is like the nose, a touch of clove, wood, vanilla, and a very weak attempt at spice. Aftertaste smacks of alcohol and a very mild hop character. As a lager I like this very much, but as a seasonal, there are many better ones out there.

ljbrisson, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Off the tap this beer was a bright orange-amber color like pumpkin paste, good clarity with an off-white head. Mediocre retention but decent lacing. Malty and slightly musty aromas with hints of sweetness lurking. The taste was mostly sweet malts, caramel in particular, earthy and taut flavors like a vitamin. Dry and bitter finish is slightly metallic. Medium body and semi-smooth but nothing stellar.

thekevlarkid, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice golden copper hue with a nice tall head when poured from the tap. Good retention and lots of bubbles. A smattering of lace is left behind. A touch of alcohol could be detected.

S: Big malty aroma with hints of caramel.

T: Nice big biscuity malty taste with a hint of caramel sweetness. There is a dash of bittering hops as well to provide nice balance.

M: Medium in body, fairly smooth.

D: A nice change of pace Octoberfest brew.

tpd975, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange with a yellow/tan 1-finger head with carbonation moving throughout at varying paces.

S: Light malts all around, little sweetness, vague fruitiness.

T: Earthy and caramel malts, cookie-like breadyness with a disgustingly light hoppiness in the background.

M: Lighter bodied, dryish but palatable.

D: As with most Marzens, highly drinkable.

phantomwyse, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an excellent, rustic amber color. On draft, so nothing more than a thin wispy head.

Aroma is very clean and malt-dominant with a little hop pine and...what's that...some spice? Really?

There's that spice again-a little clovish but surprisingly hearty. Decent amber malt base - maybe a little hop pine but not a whole lot.

Very clean on the palate with a full woody finish. Little aftertaste. Stands up with warmth.

One of the more pleasing BBC offerings to me. Packs a little more weight than I'm used to for the mild flavor profile but it's definitely an enjoyable sessioner.

IBUnit63, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of dananabanana
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: orange-red color. Decent head, for a lighter beer.

S: Sweet and malty, but not very strong.

T: Lots of that sweet malt again, on the tip of the tongue. The perfect amount of hops-- not too much, well-balanced. Develops a nutty taste after awhile.

M: Smooth and creamy. Good mix of carbonation.

D: I could definitely drink this all night. This is the one Sam Seasonal I really miss when it isn't being sold.

dananabanana, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of ajmoody76
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this at the grocer. six pack of twelve ounce bottles. poured into an imperial pint. clear copper color. one finger off white head. nice lace. looks good.

fruity hops with a sweet caramel type of boquet. no off odors.

malty with a little bitterness from the hops. dry aftertaste.

mid body. smooth. good carbonation. good beer. i am not in love with it but i will pick up another sixer next year.

ajmoody76, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of daythree16
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Nice copper color with a creamy one-finger head that fades pretty quickly.

Smell is caramel, a little toasted malt, and some grain husk. Taste is sweet, but well balanced with some German hop bitterness on the finish. Straight forward and pretty good

Medium bodied with great drinkability. Would definitely make for a great session lager.

daythree16, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of akronzipfan
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - pours an oranginsh-brown with a light tan head, that is fairly frothy but not long lasting. Moderate lacing.

s - Fall spices with a burnt roast background.

t - Nice balance with the malted hops and spices.

m - Low carbonization and somewhat weak bodied, but all in all not bad.

d - pretty good beer to have at your own Octoberfest

akronzipfan, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Clear copper color. Head is a tight big toe width head that is fading quickly.

S- I smell some malty goodness, with a little dark fruit smell that has been coated in a gooey caramel jacket. Smells tasty.

T- The taste is a bit flat, there is a good amount of malt, but that fruityness is not there, and the caramel is not present in the taste either like it was in the smell.

M- Very thin feeling, and there is almost no carbination, which isn't too bad, but a little more would be nice.

D- Easy to drink if you want to drink something quickly.

Wetpaperbag, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was a reddish-amber color. The head was decent. The smell was somewhat fruity, but nothing overpowering. The taste was a little bland to me. Nothing that stood out and spoke to me, but I don't usually care for Oktoberfests anyway. The finish had this lagery presence that came out of no where and that didn't suit me well. Meh.

HoppyMcStout, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice deep amber with coppery highlights, crystal clear with a nice thick creamy off white head leaving some oily lacing.

Smell is nice, of bready malts and perhaps some caramel sweetness.

Taste is all about the malt, sweet up front with a touch of bitter on the finish. Some caramel overtones and a touch of sour on the palate. Hops appropriately take the back stage. Warming mellows it out nicely.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and perhaps a bit over carbonated on the tongue. It is nicely crisp.

Very drinkable and with the change of seasons in the air a nice change from the IPAs and pale ales I've been drinking all summer. Perhaps not the best of the Fest beers but enjoyable nonetheless.

Edit: I've had a chance to drink several six packs of this brew this season and my appraisal of it is higher than it was initially, I've been enjoying it very much!

BlackBearForge, Sep 14, 2008
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,221 ratings.