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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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2,072 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,072
Hads: 7,106
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 119
Gots: 1,620 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 -12.6%
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.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A = Dark orange liquid with good clarity, small red-orange head. On the dark edge of the spectrum for the style.

S = Smells of sweet syrups, some wet hay from the hops.

T = Well balanced but a little heavy, nice steady bitterness throughout with a bready, doughy taste as the primary flavor, some small amount of butter, too.

M = Medium body, fair mouthcoating, carbonation on the light side.

D = This goes down easily enough, but it is a little cloying by the end of the glass. I don't really want more than one at sitting.

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly orange ruby color with moderate carbonation running up into a finger of off-white head that doesn't last long and doesn't leave a lot of lacing around the glass.

Slightly malty nose, a little cinnamon (maybe), and some slight hoppiness.... not very fragrant either. Decent smell, but I have to search for it, which I don't like doing. I'm lazy.

Alright flavor, but it's sort of unimpressive. Some slightly toasty malts and a HINT of spiciness... really only a hint, not much else. Some mild hop flavor, too. Decent body... it's a carbonation supported medium body which makes it clean and crisp like crunchy fall leaves. I like the mouthfeel, just not too much else.

This is still a pretty decent beer, just not what I've come to expect from Sam Adams. It's kinda plain, which is not typical of the Boston Beer fellas. I could use some more flavor, some more spiciness, some more pumpkin... some more FALL! Anyways, it's still drinkable, but I need more from Sam Adams on this one. You won't hear me say that often.

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Photo of Brad007
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a one-finger head. Aroma is nice and malty up front with a tiny bit of smokiness. Taste is somewhat sweet and malty on the tongue and it fades towards the back of the throat. Not too impressive. Solid beer though. It would probably go well with Octoberfest-type foods.

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Photo of iSip
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Oktoberfest: Out at a restaurant, I tried a bottle of Samuel Adams Oktoberfest. This beer had a translucent brown color, and thin off-white head which faded quickly. Not much carbonation. The aroma was pure roast malt. And so was the flavor, big and malty. Good, but not much complexity. Overall, I was hoping for more. And yes, I saw that it got a bronze medal in the 2011 GABF German-Style Marzen category.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of shirfan
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orange-red color, disappointing head. Aroma is fair, nothing stands out.

Starts carmel-malty, but then goes nowhere. Just a hint of hops and a bit of candy-corn aftertaste; it doesn't beg the drinker to take another sip like a really tasty beer will.

Not really bad, but the standard Boston Lager is more complex and inviting.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this twice once drinking from the bottle (no glasses avail) and the second time from a proper glass.. The review is from the glass. The beer pours coppery orange with some brown highlights. nice off white head that held nicely and laced well.. Smell was of malts with hint of caramel and a bit of spice. Taste was heavy with malt and with a touch of burnt sugar and a bit of aluminum foil ( yes ive chewed aluminum foil) the finish is balanced with a slight bit of hops, but overall this is a malty beer. Mouthfeel was much better in the glass. In the bottle it seemed a bit heavy probably due to the carbonation, but when poured into a glass it became much more drinkable. Perhaps a bit to heavy for a session beer, but not a bad offering from Sam Adams.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

an amber almost ruby pour with about a finger of head. smells of malty sweetness, caramel, slight citrus.
the taste is bready, slightly citrusy (orange), slight hint of honey.
medium body, high carbonation - creamy on lips.
not a bad marzen at all - especially for one that's so easily available.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep orange color with a slightly foamy white head and decent carbonation. Nose is pretty flat but I did detect some spice and caramel. Taste is malt, perhaps Munich and caramel, fruit, spice, hops. Pretty balanced but also pretty ordinary on the style.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear deep reddish orange color with a two-inch off white head made up of small bubbles. The head lasted about a minute, and didn’t have too many bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: Floral hops with a bit of toast are the first things you notice about the aroma.

Taste: There is a bit of an assertive hop presence in this beer that is far from your typical Octoberfest beer. There is a small amount of the toasty malt in there, but it is most obscurred by the hops. The body is medium light with a finish that is slightly balanced toward the sweet malt. No alcohol noticeable the entire time.

Opinion: Well...it’s not contaminated or anything. This is not what I would call an Octoberfest beer. It is more of a cross between a Northern Pilsner (Hop presence in flavor), and a mild Munich Dunkel (Light bittering hops for finish). It’s not a bad tasting beer, but it is rather uneventful and disappointing in the malt aspects. The hops are too aggressive to, I guess, try and make up for the lack of malt. It’s OK...just not to style.

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Photo of marc77
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well lagered crystal clear dark copper in hue, covered by an ivory white, thick persistant head that leaves rough lace. The aroma is comprised of a spicy / herbal noble hop nose accompanied by lightly toasty Munich and caramel malt. Fruity melanoidins are present as a trace. Fairly tame aromawise. Bready, biscuity sweetness upfront yields to caramel malt and dark fruitiness, with mild hop bitterness providing a lightly bittersweet character mid palate. Lightly bodied and crisp in mouthfeel, lending an oddly refreshing nature to this brew. Finishes w/ trace notes of butter. This is not a particularly good Octoberfest due to its thin malt backbone and overall lack of complexity. Sam's Ofest is flavorful and clean enough for good drinkability, however. It's better than average, for sure.

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Photo of bobhits
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK so this is one of the last sam adams beer I haven't had. I'm pretty happy to be nearing the end of their normal rotation and this one gets some GREAT reviews by my friends.

Anyway this is my second beer of the night as the first one left me interested but not ready to decide (a good hour between them). This beer is warmer and I'll just say that it should be served on the warm side.

A quick smell will tell you that this is a fairly malty beer. It doesn't have a fruity or sweet smell. Oddly enough the taste is about the same.

My only other octoberfest was from spatan and it was much sweeter and almost had a fruity flavor to it. I was really hoping for something on that side but I supose sam adams isn't one to go extreme with this style.

This is a nice looking beer with a nice malty flavor that is very very drinkable . It goes down easy, it's light and smooth. That said it's not interesting. It doesn't really make you want more. It's got enough flavor to mix well wtih foods but I'm not really sure what this "season's confort foods" are supposed to be.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass...

A- Dark brown/tan/caramel color. Really cool fluffy tan head with a decent amount of lacing after a fairly aggressive pour.

S- Smell was overly malty (almost too much) with a medicinal like quality to it that just did not do it for me. Very sweet and candy like.

T- Typical octoberfest brew here. A ton of malts, sugars, and spices. Big bready aspect to this beer that was almost too much. I found this one lacking balance and overly sweet.

M- Syrupy and medium bodied. Sticky at times but somewhat easy going down on the throat.

D- Sessionable brew here. I would not pass this one down but did not find it to be outstanding.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best by date of 2/2004 into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clead reddish copper liquid with a modest ecru head. Decent lacing while the head lasts, which was about 2-3 minutes.

Smell: Caramel malts quite prominent. Slight hop presence. Weird metallic tang skulking in the background.

Taste: More sugary than malty at first. Caramel and toasted malts then segue into a grainy taste.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability: Nothing overly spectacular. Quite drinkable. I'll finish the 6-pack with no complaint, but I suspect there are better O-fests out there.

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

2007 Release
A- Clear copper amber hue with a moderate amount of white head that is mostly diminishing and some small lacing
S- Nose is of sweet and toasty malts, breads, and some subtle citrus and pine hops that are less apparent as it warms
T- Initial taste is of acidic/tart sweetness, transitions to earthy/organic tones, some dry bittering hops in the middle, and finishes with a watery, grassy, earthy flavor that lingers briefly
M- Medium-light bodied with a very watery texture, adequate carbonation
D- Very easy-to-drink Marzen style beer, the alcohol is almost in the session range and the alcohol is well-masked, however there is nothing about this beer that stands out and it has rather unimpressive flavorings and mouthfeel, there are better options out there in this genre (particularly in the fall season), I would not pick this beer up again in the future

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Photo of DogFood11
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at my wedding as a session brew along with sierra nevada pale. I found it to have a solid appearance big frothy off white head like a swiss coffee type color and a dark amber malted looking body. Smelled a deeep sweet malt flavor and the taste was similair. Nothing to write home about but it was popular at the event so it served its purpose. Mouthfeel was smooth but lacking any bold or zippy qualities. Obviously it was highly drinkable because it was the second most popular brew served at the event. If your looking for an average example of the style that is easily consumed this is it.

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Photo of Sam21
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by February notched.

Appearance - Really pretty copper body with a tan head. Not much retention. Still looks good.

Smell - Thick malty sweetness. Kind of one dimensional with caramel and some bread crusts. Light herbal hops hang in the back.

Taste - Dominated by juicy malt. The maltiness is not complex, but it is refreshing in its simplicity. Clean lager finish with some faint hops chiming in for a brief moment.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full bodied with a slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability - All the makings of an easy drinking fall beer. There are some nice refreshing qualities, as well as some substantial sweetness and body giving this beer some character. A pleasant seasonal from Sam Adams.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bo-ring. Served on tap into a tumbler style pint glass. Dark amber with a small head that dissipates quickly. Sweet malty aroma, neither appealing nor unappealing. Fizzy carbonation. Taste is very sweet but unexciting. Slight hoppiness. Very bland, though Octoberfest is not one of my favorite styles and I've never found any of the OF beers I've had to be very complex. Decent mouthfeel and drinkability. Simply "ok" in my opinion.

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Photo of harrymel
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bb: 01/2011

A: Orange ale with exceptional clarity. Single finger loosely packed off white head dissipates to a thin sheet of the same. No lacing.

S: Soft, sweetened malts with vienna caramelesque tones. Honey, vanilla and a slight over-steeped green tea smell in there. No hops, none expected. Decent

T: sweet, standard malty marzen. I can't say I find this much different from their flagship lager, but it does have a bit more of a butter flavor in there.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Prefer a hint less carb on the style.

O: Well crafted, far from the best marzen's available.

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Photo of scottum
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a white head. I like Octoberfest beers every so often as a break from my ales. While a decent brew overall, it just does not compete with others from the style. Too many punches are pulled. A bit of a fruity/spicey taste mixed in with the malts. Goes down really smooth.

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Photo of afdempse
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz pour into pint glass

Head quickly flees, leaving a barely noticeable wisp. Reddish-brown color.

Slight brown sugar in the aroma, not much else there.

Flavor seems rather one-dimensional, but clean. Emphasis is on sweetness from the malt, but there's not much melanoidin or other grain flavors as I would expect from an Oktoberfest. Spicy hops make a very short appearance in the finish and linger for a few seconds in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is actually pretty good for a beer of this style. The body is full, but not overly so, and the finish is semi-dry without excessive sweetness.

Sam Adams might have played it a bit safe with their Octoberfest this year, as I remember previous vintages having more in the flavor department than this one. It's still drinkable, but I'd love to see a bit more spiciness from the hops and perhaps some continental malt character in the flavor and finish.

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Photo of FLima
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,072 ratings.