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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 2,056
Hads: 6,984
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 111
Gots: 1,515 | 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 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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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 12 oz bottle and dispersed into a pint glass. Freshness date (notch) of Feb.
Rather average looking beer. A small head forms but disperses immediately but interestingly enough leaves little bits of lacing down the glass. Bronze/ amber in color.
Not a whole lot in the smell. Some spice and malt and a little bit of yeast smell. Not bad but Ive smelled better.
Tastes pretty good. A little sweet but good. Spiciness is there; nutmeg, pepper, pumpkin or squash, and a touch of hops. Malts are pretty heavy in this one.I would have liked to see a little more hop bitterness in the back.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky and sticks to the teeth and tongue a bit. Quite drinkable. I would buy another sixer of this later this year during halloween trick-or-treating or something.

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

12 oz bottle best by Feb with no year.

Pours a typical amber in color, filtered with some bubbles rising. 1 finger head that recedes fast leaving a little bit of lacing.

Smells very grainy with a hint od musty fruit. extremely low hop presence with a malty scent as well. something tastes off in this brew, tastes like boston lager with more malts.

Again something is off, the taste has a weird apple juiceness to it. very malty with slight hop bitterness and a malty finish.

Mouthfeel is soft to medium bodied with a soft finish.

I didnt especially like this marzen/octoberfest bier, I much prefer Bostons Harpoon octoberfest to this one anyday.


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

Reviewed on 8/23/08. 2008 bottle. Pours a dark orange with a thick light light tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, and molasses. Flavor of burnt and sweet toasted malts. A little bit sweet but otherwise tasty.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20

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

Appearance is a bright amber/brown. Thin white head that quickly dissipates. No lace. Lots of carbonation.

Not much to the smell. Heavy sweet malt aroma with hints of caramel.

Tastes of malt and caramel like the smell. Bitter aftertaste. A bit weak tasting. Medium-bodied.

This is a solid brew and quite drinkable but there is nothing special or distinctive from this beer. There are alot better Oktoberfests out there, unfortunately they don't seem to be available around here.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Pours amber with a one finger head that leaves no lacing and recedes quickly. Aroma of toasted malt and subtle, grassy spice. Taste follows the smell- toasted malt and bready body with a barely noticeable sweetness before a grassy finish. Medium-light body and light carbonation with no aftertaste. It lingered and was a little sticky.
I expected more from this. I kept waiting for the Oktoberfest characteristics to come out, but they never really did. The caramel was super subtle and required some searching. I also didn't pick up any semblance of hops at all. It was one dimensional and boring.

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Photo of dowen17
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark orange with a small cream colored head with decent retention and great lacing.

On the nose is wheat, sweet malts, some spice and hints of pumpkin.

Tastes of wheat and some malt. Nothing much going on here really.

Very carbonated. Really bites the tongue. Watery.

This is a decent beer. Very session-able. Would drink again but nothing to seek out obviously.

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Photo of drpimento
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sometimes Sam has this characteristic in their beer that just trips my trigger. This slight dryness going on. This one didn't have it. No lasting head nor any lace. ok typical octoberfest color. ditto body. ok beer, nothing remarkable. ok finish. Let's go guys!

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Photo of thequeen711
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this was a pretty good offering from the vats of Sam Adams. This seasonal Oktoberfest is light and refreshing, with just a hint of caramel. The hops and malt were well balanced and almost refreshing. This is one of the better Oktoberfest beers,

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle with label notched enjoy before January

Sam Adams Octoberfest poured a clear orange-amber with a nice off-white 2-finger head that left nice lacing around my mug. The nose is soft, clean, of light malt and even lighter spice. The flavor is thin [a little flat] - dominated by very light toasted grain and just a hint of sweetness with a mild hoppiness. Mouth feel is light, medium carbonation with a clean dry finish.

Sam Adams Octoberfest is unimpressive for the style, however acceptable. It falls short especially in flavor to the better German Marzens.

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Photo of HAB
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a six pack at the local grocery store. This beer pours a light amber color. There isn't much smell and the taste is only average in my opinion. Where I think this beer stands out is the drinkability. It is extremely smooth and easy to drink. I feel this seasonal offering is worth a try.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Has a dark orange near-brown color, like leaves changing colors. Good visibility, with lots of individual bubbles rising throughout its time in my glass. Surprisingly tenacious lacing.

S: Kinda faint, and mostly simple malts. Not getting any spices or fall harvest aromas I was hoping for to get me in the mood for pumpkin pie and apple picking.

T: Mostly malt, I get some faint warm spices on the finish, along with a bit of alcohol, toffee, and grains. Again, pretty light-bodied, but at least it doesn't have any strong sweetness from the malts, which I normally don't enjoy.

M: Great drinkability and crispness, although perhaps just a bit too much stomach-filling carbonation.

O: I wouldn't classify it as a fall beer, and even outside of that category it comes up just OK. Fine if you've run out of other brews at your picnic, but not a great one to start with.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into smooth-sided 15 oz stein. Very clear, lucid burnt orange. Low to medium retention, short, off-white head. Not very aromatic, faint caramel and sweet bread. Less sweet, more spicy than a lot of other Märzens I've had lately. About like a Euro Pale Lager, just with that toasty goodness. Fuller end of medium bodied. Pleasant spritzy carbonation. Thirst-quenching. Comparatively clean and crisp finish.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 09/22/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a nice amber color with twi inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, caramel malts, nuts, and some fruity malts.

t - Tastes of caramel and bready malts mostly. A hint of fruit, mainly apple.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - An average octoberfest/fall beer. Mostly caramel and bready malts in the smell and taste. While that isn't bad, nothing really stood out. Have had several times and I'm sure I'll have it again sometime.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,056 ratings.