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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
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5,821 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,821
Reviews: 1,964
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 65
Gots: 574 | 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 supercolter
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Definately a good Oktoberfest.
Appearance is very good with some decent foamy head that hangs around a bit. Some very good lacing as well.
Smell was pretty standard for the style. Some malt, slightly sweet aroma.
Taste was pretty standard as well, not too complex but straight forward somewhat relaxed flavor.
Mouthfeel was a bit thin for my liking.
Drinkability was right on par.

supercolter, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of Chiefy770
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance: Clear, dark amber. Very seasonal. A thick foam head sinks to a creamy haze over the top.

Smell: Mild and malty.

Taste: The malt really drives the flavor of this beer. Faint hints of toasted nuts (I do mean faint). Takes a slight turn towards the sweet side after it goes down the throat. Nothing overwhelming, pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. They got the carbonation right on this one. Smooth, yet a bubbly texture is defined.

Overall: I am a huge fan of Marzen beers. Sam Adams really gets this right. Comparing this to its competitors... Sam Adams takes the gold in my opinion. There are more complex and, well, I guess you could call them better beers in this style but when all else fails, this one is great.

Chiefy770, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of monorailred
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full disclosure...I am pretty much a fan of all Sam Adams beers. This one is no exception. It has a beautiful color and I really like how well it keeps its head. The flavor does not disappoint. I am a fan of the fall because there are a lot of good beers like this around to enjoy. I certainly recommend this one.

monorailred, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of TheDeuce
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's past Octoberfest...but I had a few anyways...

Appearance-beautiful orange amber color, a huge thick two-inch head that sticks around with perfect clarity.

Smell-lot going on, scent of sweet malt, lots of hops, some caramel, amber grain, and alcohol seeped through my nostrils as well.

Taste-full with a lot of malt and caramel at once, hop flavor comes through as well with a huge kick at the very end, lot of flavor and sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel-good, a lot of flavors hit my mouth and I really liked the character, for the style it will definitely do.

Drinkability- a few of my friends that had this with me really didn't like it, but for Octoberfest I say you really could do worse. A nice adaptation of the style that pays off.

Overall-this is another fine offering by Sam Adams, perhaps not the best adaptation of the style (I'm dying to find a German version) but very enjoyable none-the-less, give it a shot.

TheDeuce, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of marcpal
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not a fan of either most Sam Adams beers or Oktoberfests but really enjoyed this one a lot.

On tap at Sun Tavern in Roselle Park, NJ

A: Poured a dark amber with very little head. Looked terrific in a pint glass, good body.

S: Malty and toasty and the one thing it had in strong common with other oktoberfests was the aroma.

T: Did not taste nearly what I had expected in the smell but I think this was not a bad thing- Very smooth with a marked malty aftertaste that really accompanies other tastes. Spices have a presence here as well

M: Nothing dramatic.

D: Very high, surprisingly enjoyable and went for a few after enjoying the first. Not many beers are better with a pizza during the fall than this one.

Im a little embarassed it took me so long to discover and try out this beer- going to add to my list for the season.

EDIT for 2008: Still a completely underrated beer, great for the cool night.

marcpal, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appeared a beautiful amber color, clear, with a pretty good head and moderate lacing.

Smelled orangey and malty, with some sweet caramel. almost like someone put a splash of orange juice in the beer, but without that citrus bite.

Tastes very nice, a nice octoberfest addition, although not world class. Still, the caramel malts, touch of spices, and sweet flavors are very nice within the style and indeed for any style.

Feels fairly thick and creamy, could be a bit better in this area but no real complaints.

Drinkability is quite high, especially since where I found it (down south) the 12-packs of this were about $4 cheaper than buying individual six packs of the same brand! Regardless of price, it's a good octoberfest that I'll certainly drink plenty more of.

AlCaponeJunior, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of GossageBrewery
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!

GossageBrewery, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of Derek
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in their specially engineered glass.

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, thin ring of retention, hints of lace.

S: Nobel hop aroma (floral, herbal & grassy) with some underlying toffee sweetness.

T: Caramel and bready malt, grassy & herbal spicing, solid bitterness. Great for a new world version, but there's a bit more crystal malt sweetness than breadyness from a good continental malt.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness.

D: A good drinker.

Derek, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes Aug 30, 2008
Deep orange-amber color, with huge off-white head, great lacing. Aroma is malt heavy as you would expect. Caramel, toffee, toasted grain, buttery nuts, and faint spicy hops character. Flavor much the same. Caramel and toffee up front. Toasted grain with some fruit through the middle, light spicy hop bitterness helps to balance out the flavor. Very clean, with full body and mouthfeel at the same time.Very drinkable ,Thanks Sam

WakeandBake, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of schanker21
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear amber color that fades into an orangeish around the edges. Two finger head does not last too long and leaves little lacing.

S- Nothing too strong. Smells like bread and malts.

T- Malt and caramel up front balanced out by hops. A good tasting beer. I'm not getting an overwhelming sweetness that a lot of the other users are getting, and I'm normally pretty sensitive to that.

M- Moderate carbonation, maybe a little bit syrupy.

D- Overall a very sessionable, very drinkable beer. This is one that I will continue to pick up throughout the fall. Goes great with brats.

schanker21, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of gosurfobx
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a one finger width off white head that settles down to a film. Smells very malty (apparently four malts are used). The taste is very malty with some complexity and some hops in the backgrouend. The flavor is very rich and fulfilling. The mouth has nice carbination and the beer seems a little heavy in the mouth. A good and very drinkable Octoberfest beer.

gosurfobx, Sep 07, 2006
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 BucBasil
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a tall glass.

Appearance: The beer is a nice amber color with a 3 finger thick off white head that stays strong.

Smell: Bready backbone with fruit all over it. Almost a fruit tart but with a bit more maltiness. Not in a too much way though, just the right balance of sweet and malty.

Taste: Light but very balanced. Bready and toasty up front. The middle has just a slight sweetness to it with some brown sugar and cinnamon toast with a hint of caramelized fruit on the side. Nice toasty malt character in the finish.

One of the best widely available seasonals out there. Definitely recommended.

BucBasil, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours a deep copper/brass, close to a brown ale but a bit lighter, very clear, thin white head, leaves minimal lacing

S: Rustic flavors come to mind, definitely some malt/sweetness but not roasted/dar.

F: Sweet up front with an oak/woody malt backbone, not too complex, pretty tasty, has a real clean finish to it.

M: A bit undercarbonated and slightly watery, very sessionable.

O: A solid brew from sam and a good representation of the style. A good brew to pair with a meal as it wont dominate palate. Price is right.

BigCheese, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of Schwab
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gave it another try this year after I didn't like it too much the last 2 years when I tried it

A - Beer came with decent amber color, but almost a little bit too dark for the style, at least that's how it appeared to me in the situation. Head was barely noticeable and stick with it for a while but then disappeared. No real lacing

S - Smells definitely malty with a hint of spice. First thought I detect a citrus flavor, but I figured that's not the case

T - Definitely German noble hops! Balanced malt, hint of caramel, spice and different characters with every sip, almost complex

M - Came with ok carbonation, just enough. Medium body (could be a little bit more) and without dry finish

D - Absolutely! This beer goes down very smooth and after three there is still room for more.
I'm not sure, but for some reason I am pretty sure I got a different beer than I got in recent years and conclude they most have worked on the recipe again.

Schwab, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of PerroGrande
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep golden/copper color with moderate head that (unfortunately) fades away to nearly nothing with little remnants on the glass.

The aroma of this beer is malty and pleasing. I find a few hints of caramel in the aroma as well.

This is a tasty beer with nice malty characteristics balanced by some gentle hops finish. Not overly bitter, but certainly not a sweet beer. After giving this beer a chance to warm up a bit and breathe, more character and subtlety appears. Very late, the hops fades in favor of malt and caramel hints.

Mouthfeel is smooth with acceptable amounts of carbonation. Not overly creamy, but not watery.

Drinkability is also good. I want another one!

This is certainly a decent example of a domestic Oktoberfest beer. Very drinkable, refreshing, and enjoyable overall.

PerroGrande, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh more Oktoberfest brew and I'm on a Sam Adams kick of late to boot. Pours pure copper into the SA specialty glass. A big fluffy off-white head peaks a few cm above the rim and fades very slowly, leaving a scattering of rocky lacing behind. Smells of malts, caramel, and a bit of tea. Tastes sweet with just enough bitterness to keep it from being boring. Goes down smooth with a light-to medium mouth-feel. I'm really digging this one for sure.

stephens101, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of IllNate
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a fairly clear amber. With a helping of off white head. Not the best retention.

S - Malty aroma, bready. With a pearish fruity aroma and a herbal hop component.

T - Very malt forward beer. Bready malt with a munich component. A definite fruit component with a bit of a medicinal tinge.

M - Very smooth and creamy.

D - Excellent.

IllNate, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first Octoberfest of the season. Beer pours clear and amber into the glass with limited head. Slightly roasted and caramel malt in the nose. There was also some hints of alcohol-laden fruit. Husky grain and sweet bread malt flavors rounded out by a very light hop presence. The malt sticks around for awhile to remind you of the swig, but it is by no means cloying. Overall not too shabby.

BeardedBoffin, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of tkepx182
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The head of this beer quickly dissipated to reveal a nice amber color

S: It has the nice smell of bread

M: It has a nice feel in the mouth, smooth full of body

T: The malts are the primary player and the main reason that this beer stands out the the sweetness of bread. Very mild hops flavoring

O: This is a very good beer in the Marzen style

tkepx182, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of scoobybrew
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a Sam Adams glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Light amber/orange with a decent head that leaves foamy chunks and is well retained, nice lacing

Smell: Toasted malt aroma, very faint hop accent

Taste: Toasted malts dominate, hops are in the background but enough to leave the finish slightly dry and somewhat hoppy - very clean

Mouthfeel: smooth medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkablility: Overall this is an excellent Oktoberfest, it fits the style definitions well as is tasty one right after the other. It's quite a nice session beer for those fall parties/festivals or just kicking back and having a few beers.

scoobybrew, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of IPhantom
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange with a nice head that sticks around with some high lacing. Smells vaguely metallic but mostly malty, thorough appetizing. Taste is sweet up front, plenty of slippery malt with a hop essence that's more spicy (cinnamon, cloves) than herbal or piney. Mouthfeel follows suit, nicely carbonated up front and slick on the back end. Overall, it's plenty good, but there are better.

IPhantom, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of intensify
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, already October and a full year since I last had this beer. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Copper colored body with a small head that stuck around for a minute before fizzling away. Biscuit tones, caramel, roasted pecans, cinnamon and spices all off a nice smell. Taste follows closely behind with the caramel really coming out on top. Goes down fairly smooth considering it is not a thick bodied beer.

Octoberfest really does scream Fall when you sip on it. Definately a beer to have on a cool fall night.

intensify, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of casadebia
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sam Adams Octoberfest is an overall good attempt at this type of beer. It gets the basics right but somehow has almost a generic feel. The appearance and smell are nothing to write home about but get the job done. The taste is very well balanced but seems to be missing something. THe mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for this type of beer. Overall the drinkablility is very strong because it dose not really overpower the senses.

casadebia, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - appropriate to the season, this beer is a dark coppery orange color with a thin tan head, with plenty of carbonation

S - a great hoppy, toasted aroma, with a great malt presence and a subdued hop profile, inviting, definitely

T - a great malty sweet taste, and balanced nicely with the mild hop profile, full bodied and tasty, a great octoberfest

M&D - i love this beer, this is my favorite Sam Adams offering, a great beer that is easy back and quite smooth, a great transition beer for BMC drinkers

sinstaineddemon, Sep 03, 2006
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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