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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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6,643 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,643
Reviews: 2,041
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 83
Gots: 1,144 | 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 nc41
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

edit 2010- Thia years IMO is a little better, still way behind Foothills seasonal though.

As a die hard IPA user maybe my taste buds are warped. IMO this is a session beer with very little distinction. Obviously a very safe drinkable lager, and not bad by any means. There is just nothing to excite you drinking this beer, Not much of a head, little on the nose. Where are the hops? I know it's not an IPA, but still a little hops showing thru is what makes the European lager shine. Drinks like a BMC in my opinion, and in comparison an expensive one at that. Nice to try but Spaten Oct Fest is much better.

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

--Poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle into a shaker pint. Drink-By date clearly notched on the neck label.--

Appearance- A strong, but smooth pour yields a fairly sizable, off-white head at first, but this only lingers for maybe a minute and a half. However, it manages a nice, sticky lacing all the way down to the last sip. Nice medium to med./dark copper color, no haze what-so-ever. Off to a great start.

Scent- Wonderful malt in the nose, sweet, but not overly. Also, the hops come in, flowery and robust, yet refined, as they should be. Bready as it warms a bit. A very enticing beer, simply with the nose!

Taste/Mouth Feel/Body- As soon as the beer hits my tongue, I catch the sweet malts in the middle. With careful attention, you can catch each of the five malts with a separate sip. The floral hops and light spice balance with a slight bitter bite, rounding this beer out well with every taste. Also, you catch some bread, and some of the more roasted characteristics of the malts. You catch them at the tip, for sure. Nice medium body, yet crisp and quite refreshing. The weight on the tongue is perfect for the style. It goes down pleasantly; very smooth. Aftertaste is all malt, nice and toasty for those cold autumn afternoons and evenings.

Drinkable?- Absolutely. A six pack on a chilly autumn evening would be bliss. Goes down very easy, and doesn't weigh you down despite it's medium body.

Overall- An excellent representation of the style. Boston Beer Company has a certain winner on their hands with this one. Not only is this beer good for an autumn fall-back, but I would call it an Autumn go-to. Not too heavy, not too light, just right for the season. Certainly makes me look foreword to this time of year.

Photo of JonMich13
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A = Amber - brown in color, something like iced tea. Small white head doesn't last long. No lacing.

S = Not much at all in the nose. Some bready notes. A musty smell as well. Hints of malt.

T = Weak malt profile. Sort of bland with a little unpleasant aftertaste. Not much to like here.

M = No complaints about the mouth. Somewhere in the middle.

D = Meh, drinkable in that it's not horrible and there's little alcohol. But not something I'd seek out.

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

12 ounce frosty from a local bar served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep amber color with very good visibility through the pour. Creamy 2 finger head that bubbles over the glass and lines it as well. Smells of malts and breads. Very good sniffer. Quaff is also malty with a sweet finish. Not much lingers for aftertaste. Not much alcohol is noted. Mouthfeel is medium and consistent for the style. Drinkability is pretty high with a solid taste and good for a tight budget.

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

Deep amber with a frothy white head. A cap of retention sticks around during the session and there's a bit of lace hanging about. Aromas are a straightforward and clean toasted malt. Flavors have toasted and caramel malt. Very basic, and not a lot of hop characteristics to balance it out, but it was still good and really drinkable/refreshing. A nice, medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I enjoyed the beer, but there really wasn't a whole lot to talk about.

Photo of wonderbread23
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich copper orange color with creamy 1 finger head that quickly dissipates leaving minimal lacing.

Smell: Malt up front with minimal hop bitterness. A little bit of banana bread and caramel.

Flavor: Nice creamy malty beer. Lots of breadyness with a touch of bitter pumpkin / fall spices. The sweetness in this beer tastes less malty and more sugary to me.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little thin for an Octoberfest to me. Lacking the additional body I expected and has a short finish.

Drinkability: Easy drinker. Very smooth alcohol isn't noticed. Quite clean and sessionable.

Photo of pzrhsau
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice orange amber color with a slight head.
Smell: Has a rich malt aroma
Taste: Rich malt taste with an almost caramel note to it. It has a very breadlike characteristic to it.
Mouthfeel: It is a nice heavy beer with a good carbonation.
Drinkability: I do enjoy this fall beer, though it is difficult when the weather doesn't change right away.

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

Clear caramel brown beer with about a bit under a finger of walnut colored head. It looks like an Oktoberfest indeed. Fair head retention. Fairly aromatic with some nutty caramel malts with a lightly hoppy crispness to it all.

Crisp, nutty caramel malts initially, with a concurrent tingly bitterness toward the center of the mouth. Midpalate has toasty malts and slight fruitiness. Nice bitter finish. A tasty brew, straightforward and nice drinking. Medium body, seems fairly highly carbonated, prickly throughout. Drinkability is nice though, definitely something I wouldn't mind getting a bit of every year. One of the most respectable Sam Adams beers in terms of sticking to the proper style.

Photo of jhammel01
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites...Its a sentimental beer for me..

Pours a deep copper- amber with an offwhite head that sticks for a bit and laces all the way down.

Not much coming from the smell dept. Hops 1st and foremost. I also pick up a few notes of malt and caramel.

Its taste is great....Smooth medium mouthfeel with caramel coming through with slight bitterness. Malt backbone of the beer comes through in the end along with a strong bready aftertaste.

Great beer. I know there is better out there I'm sure (just like every other style) but I really love this beer. My favorite from SA and my favorite of the season.

Photo of BetterDarker
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams lager glass

Appearance- Beautiful golden red, crystal clear, light carbonation, little head, no retention

Smell- Nice solid sweet malt.

Taste- Delicious, solid malt bill, slight sweetness with good balance

Mouthfeel- Excellent and crisp

Drinkability- Much better from a bottle than when I had it on tap. When I had it on tap one was more than enough, though one is not enough when drinking the bottled offering.

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

A: SA Octoberfest is a rich orange/maple color with a solid 2 finger creamy head that slowly falls to a frothy cap of foam over the top. Spots of lace all the way down the glass.

S: Sweeter in aroma than most marzens, it showcases some light caramel and just a twinge of the earthy Munich malt so common to the style. There's also a hint of earthy/herbal hoppiness present. Definitely average for the style, but it gets a bit of a bump for being clean and well balanced.

T&M: A light caramel flavor melds with a dry, slightly earthy/grainy presence mid-palate. There's a black tea-like component in the dryness, as well. A touch of lightly herbal hop flavor is noticed, but not that present. All flavors are somewhat subdued, but it's still flavorful enough. Definitely and clean, crisp, and well balanced marzen. Body is light-ish with a carbonation level that's appropriate--never too aggressive.

D: Overall, definitely a quaffer. Not the most robust or bold marzen you'll find, but one that drinks well enough.

Photo of TheMadJack
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Beer is orange-red with some visible carbonation. The head was more exuberant than other samplings I've encountered from this brewery and I had to do some emergency foam control after the pour. The foam quickly subsided to a film across the top of the glass.

The beer has a mild scent of biscuits and something planty that I can't quite place.

First taste of the beer is sweet and just a little tangy, not unlike yams, over a light base of biscuits. There is almost no hop character. There is a slight aftertaste of green grapes.

The beer is smooth, with very little felt carbonation. It has a nice weight to it on the tongue.

The sweetness of this beer seems to imply an intention to be had with food, as does it's rather straightforward and simple flavor and aroma. Understandable, considering the name. I'd imagine it's phenomenal with brats and mustard, covered in kraut. If I try it this way, I will probably revisit this review. Until then, the sweetness will definitely limit the number of that I can drink without something in between to keep me interested.

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

This beer pours a reddish brown with a light tan, 3/4 inch head that recedes relatively quickly leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Nose is rather weak, I picked up the typical Sam's scent coupled with a touch of caramel malt, and a hint of spice. Taste is of caramel malts, witha touch of honey up front, hints of roasted malts are present and a slight touch of floral hops. Nothing really truly jumps out about the taste. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, a nice crisp feel to it. This is a nice beer to sit with, even though nothing truly jumps out.

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

Pours a copper/amber color with a distinct reddishness when held up to the light. 1-2 finger thick head that fades quickly. Smell is malty and sweet - seemed a bit floral, too.

Very good taste - it's clearly more malty than hoppy, but a good balance has been struck. Some of the reviews here are pointing out a distinct sweetness, but I didn't really pick up on that - it could be that my tastebuds were out of whack, though. No bitterness. Mild carbonation with a medium body. Very drinkable.

Photo of poriggity
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case of bottles at Costco. Let them chill overnight, and drank straight from teh 12 oz bottle the next day. Nice malty and carmel sweetness, with a semi thick mouth feel. Very nice combinations of flavors. One of my favorite limited releases from Sam Adams, and I always try to find a case or two when they come out.

Photo of CavePainter
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a deep bright copper - perhaps a bit reddish. Nearly no head and minimal lacing. Clean and clear.

S: Sweet Malt

T: Toasted and bready malt goodness

Mf: Medium bodied. Smooth malt taste with a crisp carbonated finish.

D: Smooth and tasty. I could definitely see kicking back a few of these. Very drinkable.

I was relatively happy with this beer. It was distinctly different than the Sam Adams Boston Lager (Vienna Lager) Now if they could stop putting it on shelves in August, it would be a solid OKtoberfest.

Photo of ectomorph
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming back to this beer over a year later. My 1st time through, I think I had a bad bottle or something.

12oz bottle well within the freshness date.

A - Clear dark copper body with a 1/2 finger off whit head that disappears quickly.

S - Faint honey and maple syrup with a hint of biscuits.

T - Roasty bread goodness with a honey sweetness. Some floral hops add to the mix. Not a malt monster, but close for the style.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation. Goes down smooth and finishes clean.

D - High. Good in any weather, with any food.

Photo of kindestcut
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Samuel Adams Octoberfest pours a very bright amber with plenty of effervescence. The white head mostly dissipated after a minute but still clung to life minutes later.

The aroma is malty, definitely sweet, with floral notes. At first taste there is a slight sweetness and a faint bitterness which lingers as a distant aftertaste. There is no dominant sweetness nor is there a flavor I would describe as "delicious."

The mouthfeel is very light bordering on watery. Unfortunately for the Sam Adams, I have had some very good Märzens so I some perspective to work with. I would rate this beer as good but not great.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a coppery clear amber with a decent off-white, slightly orange head. Aroma is malty with hints of hops and spice. Flavor is firmly malty and has touches of hops and toffee and even a nutty hint. Texture is fairly smooth and rather fizzy and lively. A good beer for the season.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery amber with a thin head that settles to a thin ring. Smells of firm malt and a little nutty, but also a little light and seltzer-like. The taste is pretty similar with an initial burst of firm malt followed by a seltzery fizziness and some late nuttiness. Kind of amazing how much this falls off. Its also just a bit too dry- it needs a bit more sweetness for the style. A bit fizzy and light in the mouth, this one seems better suited to a hot southern summer than the fall.

Photo of hops4me
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber with a little head. Small lacing.
S - smells of caramel and toffee. Sweet graininess. Some floral hops.
T - sweeter then most. Maybe a slight butterschotch flavor. Not so much it is a turnoff but more then most. It should be alittle cleaner.
M - medium bodied.
D - Good. Solid year after year. There are better ones but it is still good.

Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber, good carbonation and good head.

Smell: Bready.

Taste: Bready, slight toffee flavor. Moderate sweetness. Kind of buttery flavor.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, like most Sam Adams beers.

Another from the fall sampler. I'm not a big octoberfest beer fan, this one seems pretty typical to the style. Maybe a little more butter than there should be. Worth a try.

Photo of thesyko56
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber color with two finger head.

S: Very floral and sweet

T: Sweet and very malty. Very slight hint of hops.

M: Moderate mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Nice representation of a Märzen

I typically do not like malty beers but this has a nice taste. Even though it is not very hoppy it is still very good.

Photo of theghost3
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper with a 2-finger light yellow head.

The smell is roasted toffee malts with a hint of chocolate & light fruit, maybe white grapes. The taste is roasted malts with some slight sourness from the hops along with again, a light grape flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp & has a bit of burning acidity.

This is a fairly drinkable Oktoberfest; it has some possibilities as a session brew.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Crystal clear amber color. One finger of off-white soapy head with AWEFUL retention and moderate lacing.

3.0 S: Grainy and slightly metallic. Not really anything good going on here. Just grainy and slightly metallic.

3.5 T: It isn't as sweet as unfermented wort, but it is too sweet. It tastes a lot like straight up malted 2-row and crystal malt. By this I mean it tastes like the actual grain and not like beer that has been fermented. It's not terrible, but it's not what I want from an oktoberfest.

4.5 M: Medium body. Very good creaminess and good carbonation as well.

3.0 D: Too sweet for the style and I don't know how much beer I'd want to drink that tastes like grain.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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