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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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BA SCORE
83
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4,948 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4948
Reviews: 1914
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%


Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: Rubier red than expected with a full finger of eggshell colored head that fades very slowly. Thousands of tiny bubbles run up the side.

SMELL: That Munich malt comes through very strong with a sweet, but slightly woody smell. Not much else going on here.

TASTE: Wow. What a well balanced beer! The malt is certainly driving this beer, but there is enough hop bitterness to make this one extremely drinkable. A slight grassiness comes in after the first wave of sweet malt hits the palate. The aftertaste is clean, but leave the palate wanting.

MOUTHFEEL: Pretty much spot on. Medium-bodied, supremely drinkable.

OVERALL: I never expect much from Sam Adams, but once in a while they knock one out of the park and this is a perfect example of that. This is what a Marzen in the American market should taste like. Well done Sam.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 06:05:45 | More by StoneTSR
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CaptainHate

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Last year at a get together with some friends at which we listen to music and drink beer, we sampled three Marzen/Oktoberfests: Sam Adams, Shiner and Great Lakes. At the time, Sam Adams came off as the least interesting of them; it wasn't bad per se, just not as interesting as the others.

Tonight I was out and requested it when I found out it was available on tap. It was served in a Sam Adams glass with a rich copper color and an adequate head. The smell was as expected but the taste made it seem like there was a bit more going on than I had remembered from the earlier bottles. Also it complemented the chicken and shrimp dinner very well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2013 01:18:47 | More by CaptainHate
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Weston19

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass

A: Dark copper, about a two finger head that had great retention throughout the entire time. Very clear as well.

S: Malty, bready, slight hint of caramel.

T: Sweet, very bready and biscuity, caramel, hardly any hop flavor or bitterness.

MF: Smooth, creamy, no alcohol taste, and no bitterness.

O: This is a great Oktoberfest beer and I thought the strong malty flavor was great for this style of beer. I've had other beers of this style but this Sam Adams version has more robust flavor in my opinion. A good beer to have with lightly seasoned meats and poultry.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 22:41:22 | More by Weston19
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asteroidgalaxy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I look forward to this every year. Most of the places I go for beer have way too many IPA. Don't get me wrong I still love IPA but it is very refreshing to have something different. This is one of the best fall beers around. Good starting point for people new to craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 17:53:16 | More by asteroidgalaxy
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FLima

Brazil

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper color with a two finger thick off-white head with low to medium retention.
Light aroma of molasses, vanilla, raisins and roasted malts.
Predominant flavor of caramels with notes of roasted malts, pumpkin, herbal hops and some pine. Hints of peppery yeast and citrus.
Lighter body than expected with good carbonation.
I wasn't really thrilled by this beer. Too much caramel, with a sweetness that is not really counter-balanced by other variables. Not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:29:59 | More by FLima
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep and hearty auburn to Brown color, the head was relatively thick, mounted for some time and stayed atop the beer for several minutes.

The scent is sweet, with sour grains, caramel malts, bran and pecan.

The taste is nicely sweet, not sugary, with a toasty grain and pecan flavor. There is a roasted or kilned taste with malts and toast. The feel is airy and refreshing with a light carbonated ease.

I've had this on draft and in bottle, this review is based on a bottle, and prefer the draft but find this to be a satisfying example of an Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 22:17:08 | More by KYGunner
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper in color. Pretty good head retention. Sparse lacing. Malt, fruit, and hop notes in the aroma. Floral hop contribution. Toffee and some dried, ripened fruit.

Loads of caramel-ish malt with just the right amount of bitterness to balance things out. Picks up some breadiness/graininess on the back end. Maybe I never noticed or paid attention to such things before, but more recent vintages have picked up some nice fruity, estery notes not unlike a strong English bitter. This and the skillful hopping separate this from the pack of bland, one-dimensional examples of the style. Carbonation is nice, not at all harsh. Very pleasant to drink.

Marzen is a style I cut my craft beer teeth on, and Sam's is still my favorite domestic 'fest. It's up there with likes of top German-brewed examples such as Ayinger's. Like Boston Lager, this is a very underappreciated yet excellent and widely available brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 01:03:39 | More by gr0g
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da_beers

Florida

3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - High point for me. Pours a beautiful amber with an orange hue. Nice almost two fingers of a khaki head that dissipated very quickly. OK carbonation coming up, but looks almost flat.

S - Sweet malts, a little bit of spice in there, a nuttiness is hidden in there. Bready malts play around as well.

T - Pretty disappointed really, has a bit of an non description to it for being a marzen. I honestly feel like this may be a spoiled batch, I remember it so much more fondly last year (maybe my palate has evolved). What I do get out of this is largely malts, sweet malt with a small bitter bite at the end. A slight caramel hint as well.

M - Medium bodied, decent drinkability, but honestly the "flatness" is previously described makes me not want multiples. Good carbonation level.

O - Disappointing really. Was looking forward to this, but honestly, its Sam Adams, they aren't known for being the highest of quality. Don't get me wrong, Sam puts out some decent stuff, but with such a high volume being put out, its inevitable that the quality will lack some.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:37:50 | More by da_beers
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rtrasr

Arkansas

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost orange/copper color. It is very malty but is nicely balanced by the hops. It is another well made beer from Sam Adams. The mouthful is rather full almost like bread. It lacks the crispness of Spaten (my favorite oktoberfest beer). It is close though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2013 01:14:44 | More by rtrasr
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hermit990

Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap, served in a mug.

Appearance: Amber color with some red hues. Very clear looking. Thin, half-finger layer of head that left a good, persistent lacing down the side of the mug. Moderately carbonated.

Smell: There are some sweet, bready malt aromas. Subtle notes of caramel and spiciness. From what is there, it smells pleasant, but there really isn't much of an aroma to it. Light and lacking substance.

Taste: Very malty upfront, sweet maltiness mixes with caramel/toffee notes, backed by a slight toasty quality. Finishes with a bitterness, complemented with a savory, earthy spice flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium body to this one, noticeably thicker than from the bottle. Carbonation takes charge at about the middle of the tongue, giving it a creamy feel as it coats the tongue. Very easy to drink.

Overall: This is a solid beer. There are better Oktoberfests available, but you really can't go wrong with this one. Readily available while in season and affordable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2013 03:27:59 | More by hermit990
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screamking

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours a nice amber, with a 2 finger light khaki head. Very light and sweet aroma coming from this. Seems sweeter smelling than most Oktoberfest beers around. Taste is even sweeter than the aroma, lots of toffee and caramel in this one. Half way through heavy lacing is hanging around the glass. Mouthfeel is light, very easy to drink, fall session beer for sure.

When I was younger this was my first foray into Sam Adams beers, he'll this could have been my first craft beer. I recall it being better, but I think that's just my ever changing palate. Still, this is a great Oktoberfest, better on tap than in bottle. If I drink this again, it will be out of a liter stein. The more you have the better it gets and there's nothing wrong with that.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 19:35:32 | More by screamking
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alexipa

Colorado

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Being my favorite style, I felt I needed to finally review the most popular of the American marzens.

A: Crystal clear reddish orange with an off white head the turns to a film quickly. The film sticks around, no lacing.

S: Hmm, not really much of a scent at all. A little bit of bready/caramel malts come through.

T: Smooth, caramely, bisquity maltiness. Very little bitterness, lots of sweetness but stops short of being too sweet. A very crisp finish but no discernible hop character.

M: Very creamy smooth, while keeping a fairly medium body. It's literally impossible to only drink one of these. Perfect crisp carbonation keeps it interesting, though not enough to bother the throat after taking huge gulps. Mmmm.

O: This is just a really good, affordable beer. I drink tons of these every year. While it doesn't quite stack up to the Paulaners or the Hacker-Pschorrs, this is a pretty darn good malty marzen that I seem to crave when the weather cools down.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 05:07:16 | More by alexipa
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fitrock2112

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured Samuel Adams Octoberfest into a Samuel Adams Glass.

A - The beer pours a dark amber color with three fingers of off white creamy head.

S - Slight sweet notes, with light malts and smooth hops. Getting some slight fruity aroma as well.

T - Much better here, the flavor comes through with smooth roasted malts, light toffee and carmel. Light hops on the finish.

M - The mouthfeel is light to medium, medium carbonation.

O - A really nice octoberfest beer. Drink up! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 23:54:04 | More by fitrock2112
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Bulabeers

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2013 release in July. Hmm poured into a mug.
A - It's brown and it's orange. Small bubbles of carbonation racing to the top. Good head retention.
S- Sweet toasted malt. Hops. Subtle but balanced.
T- Nice grain profile, starts sweet and ends with a nice touch of hop bitterness.
M - Medium carbonation. Frothy.
O - I buy 12 bottles every year and I enjoy it every year. It's good. Will try it again next year.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 20:37:02 | More by Bulabeers
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

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

Appearance: Amber; clear; medium, frothy head, long lasting, good lacing

Aroma: Malty; sweet; slightly bready

Taste: Juicy, malty, zippy on start; goes into a cola-like mouthfeel in the mid; finishes slightly hoppy and semi-sweet; a little thin, and not particularly noteworthy

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:19:42 | More by IchLiebeBier
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ValpoExpo

Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried some very good fall beers last year, but for some reason I love coming back to the Marzen style Sam Adams Octoberfest. For me it's the quintessential Autumn beer. It pours a deep amber color and possesses a sweet malty finish. A very nice divergence from many of the Highly Hopped IPAs around NE Ohio.

Sam Adams Octoberfest will always remain one of my favorites for the Autumn Season.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 21:28:06 | More by ValpoExpo
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ranger7

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought from Central Market in a fall sampler.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a laser-etched Sam Adams glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Clear amber, small and steady head.

S - Malty and sweet. Brown sugar.

T - Nice and malty, something a bit bitter or sour finishes.

M - Very light and drinkable. Somewhat syrupy aftertaste, however. Nice carbonation.

Summary - Nice. Not my favorite Marzen, but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 03:13:36 | More by ranger7
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured this Oktoberfest from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a nice copper color, produced a tan head, nice retention and it left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma of this Oktoberfest consisted of toasted malt, sweet caramel and some herbal hops. Medium bodied, full of malted grains, (5 different malts according to the bottle), suggestions of fresh baked bread, and a nice helping of herbal hops. Well balanced, somewhat sweet. Overall, very nice example of the style- Great session beer and well balanced. This is one of Samuel Adam's most popular offerings, probably should have tried this years ago. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:00:13 | More by GossageBrewery
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FlatRabbitRed

Arizona

4.94/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off .... I do believe they change the recipe every year, I go through several cases every year. The 2010 Octoberfest was the best they have ever made and the 2011 was not as good!

Some other reviews said it has a citrus quality, thats wrong!

Malty, caramel, with harvest flavors; pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, clove, allspice.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 14:14:56 | More by FlatRabbitRed
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Jacurdy60

Alabama

4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong notes of caramel taste with an edge of hops. Appearance is toasty brown with a deep orange hue. Smell was hints of caramel, light barley, and toffee. A great beer for a chilly winter night. Mouthfeel is thick but overall refreshing. I could drink 12 of these in a sitting and not grow tired of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 19:55:06 | More by Jacurdy60
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TheMarkE

California

3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Deep copper, with a good head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Sweet and bready malts, spice, slightly fruity.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Slightly nutty and slightly fruity (like some people I know).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

The Verdict: Underwhelming. I keep hoping I’ll come across a Boston Brewing beer that will knock my socks off, but keep getting disappointed. This malty fall brew is drinkable, but just doesn’t really do anything for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 20:20:16 | More by TheMarkE
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Amish_Ambush

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on: 09-01-2006

Taste: Toffee, Caramel with a slight hop edge. Malty toastiness and a subtle, light sugar water taffy in the aftertaste. Very nice.

Smell: Slight Toastiness. Slight Hops. A little bit of caramel.

Ap: Small head, medium lacing. Burnt orange in color.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Smooth.

Drinkability/Notes: I will get this again before is disappears off the shelves. A good effort. Thank

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 02:13:38 | More by Amish_Ambush
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Fl Oz bottle poured into a 'Back Forty Beer Co' badged US pint tumbler @ home on 28 Dec 2012.

Looked happy in an American glass: good deep amber hue to the body with a thin off-white covering on top.

Sweet malty molasses all over the place in the aroma and the first sip confirms what your eyes and nose were telling you: this is malts first and foremost, with the hops just there to calm it all down a little.

I'm sweet toothed so this was fine my me but it is far too sweet for a true Oktoberfest Marzen if you want to talk about styles.

Most enjoyable: the second half of the tasting was helped along by some soft French cheese and the UK's equivalent to saltine crackers. They went well together.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 16:39:53 | More by BlackHaddock
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Two-fingered head off the pour. Ruby bronze in color.

Toasted grains, bordering on roasty, with German hop mustiness and earthiness. Light aroma of rooibos tea. Quite splendid for how simple it is.

Hearty and semi-sweet with heavy roast, toffee, tanginess, and earthy hops. Burly, with a bitter middle. Finishes tangy and with some leftover grain sugars. Pleasantly malty.

Very soft and drinkable. Mildly spicy in the brushy finish.

Can't not call this a favorable classic this time of year. This bottle will not be my last.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 19:36:46 | More by thecheapies
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dbossman

Nebraska

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

A: Reddish copper hue with a steady 1/2 inch head; lacing is nearly non-existent

S: Bready, toasty malts with some subtle tea, brown sugar, and toffee aromas--but mostly toasted malts--a bit subdued even for the style

T: Much more toasted bready malts--lots of biscuit with some subtle citrus undertones along with a touch of toffee and brown sugar

F: Decent medium body--especially for a lager

O: This is a great American version of a marzen: crisp, nice body, toasted malts, mmm

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 18:32:28 | More by dbossman
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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