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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,954 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 4954
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.

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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, quite fruity and earthy. In the taste, just like the smell, fruity and earthy, still quite lager like. A small bite and medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, earthy aftertaste. A bit sweet, but ok nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 15:01:15 | More by OWSLEY069
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THECPJ

Delaware

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: orangish brown with a 1 finger white head

smell: slight spices, caramel, malts,

taste: little spice, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

drinkability: easy drinker. gets you in the mood for fall.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 18:20:28 | More by THECPJ
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber color and the little head is gone extremely quickly. An almost sickly sweet smell strong on malt. Taste is much spicier than the smell would lead on. Not bad, but with spices and sweetness, it is not the best Oktoberfest out there, even by American breweries. Very drinkable and nothing bad about it, but not great either.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 19:24:54 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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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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HardTarget

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2004 edition, Standard 12 oz. brown bottle with Best Before Mar notched (could you put a year on the label please?)
Aroma: Dark malt and pumpernickel rye bread, but I really had to reach for it, pretty mild.
Appearance: Slightly hazy copper/amber body showing very little carbonation, but a respectable vanilla ice cream colored head that died off without a trace or lace.
Flavor: Nice level of malt balanced by an odd hop-like taste. Can’t put my finger on it, dear Lord, is that cooked corn? My mind is struggling with the concept. No; this is Sam Adams! It can’t be! It’s not entirely unpleasant, almost a caramel corn, but, still.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation, almost fizzy with a dry lip smacking finish.
Overall Impression: Eh. It’s odd; I enjoyed this one not two nights ago with friends and enjoyed it fully. Now that I sit down to review it, the flaws start to show. I’m thinking adjuncts, or maybe a mild problem in the brewing, but the “signature” flavor is actually a bit off. Still, it is an “Octoberfest” and not without merit. A fair amount of malt comes through and toward the end the fizzy aspects settle down. I guess a fair introduction for the masses to a great style.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2004 08:02:56 | More by HardTarget
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Brew33

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I must confess, I am not a huge fan of Octoberfest/Vienna Lagers. This beer is disappointing to me to say the least.

It is a good looking beer, when it arrived I was optimistic. I try at least a couple SA Octoberfest's each year. I remembered it being malty and sweet. That it was but with no discernable hop flavor and very little nuance. It was bordering on bland. It smells malty/grainy and sweet but the smell is faint.

It would be easy to drink a few of these but I doubt I will. The flavor and complexity of this beer doesn't match the Sam Adams price tag. I'd rather drink a Yuengling or a Shiner Bock.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2008 15:24:57 | More by Brew33
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williamt

Iowa

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2009 version. Very nice looking copper/gold with tanish head, clear and clean. Mild aroma of malt. Tastes more
nutty than the malty sweet I would expect from a Marzen/Okto. Also very dry, to dry for my liking. Mouthfeel is good close to what I would expect for the style. Drinkabilty is poor, I wouldn't want more than one in a row.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 22:09:47 | More by williamt
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TheFlern

Idaho

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A nice burnt orange/amber color. Almost no head in the pour and zero lacing.

Smell: Lots of malt aroma with just a hint of a somewhat aged flavor. This imo adds to the authenticity of the style.

Taste: The taste follows the smell to a 'T'.

Mouthfeel: This feels full bodied but isn't that complex. Not to heavy and very nice.

Drinkability: This is a pretty light beer but isn't lacking in body. If there was less alcohol this would be a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 00:30:46 | More by TheFlern
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fourplayed

California

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ox bottle into 16 oz glass.

Nice Amber-orange-brown hues. Clear with 1 finger head.

Smell is Very mild you can barely catch the malt, hops, nut & fruit notes.

Easy on the taste buds. Not much heft. Nothing really stands out, just very mild malts, hops, nut and fruit notes.

Good carbonation. leaves nothing good or bad for aftertaste.

Drinks fine. Not much to get excited about. Will drink this when I find it on sale. But, it's not on my A list.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 19:57:08 | More by fourplayed
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours a clear amber with a one finger creamy off-white head.

S. A bit of grain and a touch of sweetness, but not a whole lot of aroma here. A bit of cinnamon-like spice comes out as it warms.

T. A lot of winter-like spice flavor - mostly cinnamon. Not what I expect (or want) in an oktoberfest.

M. Light to medium with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D. I wouldn't pick this up again. It's not terrible, but it's not that good either.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 21:05:26 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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budgood1

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy copperish in color, appropriate head and lace. i get more hops in the nose than malt and strangely the taste is almost the same. it just seems something is missing from this fest. too much tingle on the tongue rather than waves of malty goodness. it's sweet but without the welcome toasted malt flavors that should accompany it. brewed for the masses rather than for the o-fest lovers. still, it's an ok brew and it's easy to drink many in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 17:00:04 | More by budgood1
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shippos

New York

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

clear brillant amber with a thin almost non-existant head. biscuity malt aroma, chewy bready with some butter to go along with the bread. average mouthfeel slightly thin and to much carbonation. decent malt flavors. an ok beer but there are much better oktoberfest to try out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 16:39:32 | More by shippos
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danielharper

Michigan

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a deep reddish hue with a nicely-colored dark off-white head on top. The head is thick at first, but dissipates very quickly, often not lasting more than a minute or so. The dark red liquid is completely transparent, with no haze or yeast present.

The smell is decent enough, if somewhat underwhelming. Very malty overall nose, reminding me more of a dopplebock than most of the other Octoberfests I've tried, with hints of apple, licorice, and just a touch of coffee. Unlike other Sam Adams brews, this has virtually no hop presence at all.

The taste here is decent enough, with some hops breaking through on the palate even though they were missing on the nose, and with a sort of fruity backwash that hits the tongue upon swirling the beer around in the mouth. An interesting yeast must have been used, here, because it has an aftertaste that I don't really recognize from anything else, and which I cannot really describe to any realistic degree. Leaves an impression on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is watery, but with carbonation that seems to kick me in the teeth as I drink it. Doesn't really give me anything to hold on to, and I find myself taking large swallows of this beer rather than sipping and savoring it.

Overall drinkability is fairly low, for I really don't like it all that much, and find myself wishing that I had something a little better. Sam Adams can be very hit-or-miss on their beers, and for me this one is a definite miss, even if it's only a slight one. It's decent enough to drink if it's about the only thing available, but I don't think I'm going to buy another sixer of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 23:49:31 | More by danielharper
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KajII

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear reddish orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated quickly, down to a very small collar which produced only a little bit of lacing.

The aroma was of a bread malt, mild floral hops and a doughy yeast with notes of caramel, a light fruity ester and a bit of spice.

The taste was very malty with a nice caramel sweetness and a slight fruitiness at first, then became lightly bitter and had a light spicy ending. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a light spicy malty taste that was left to linger.

Mouthfeel was just under medium in body and somewhat creamy texture with an almost lively carbonation.

Overall this was a decent representation of a German Oktoberfest, although it was nothing overly special it did possess and good taste and great drinkability...

Sampled 9/25/2009
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Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 17:12:35 | More by KajII
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depechemode1983

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out bronze/copper in color. Head is off-white with average retention. Stays around for awhile. No lacing. Nose is a bit light. Light hops with a metallic twang and some faint grainy malts. Taste is slim too. Distant hops mixed with more pronounced caramel malts this time around. Pretty simple. Not picking up any complexities at all. Mouth feel is good. Pretty smooth with clean carbonation. Not bad at all. This one just didn't do it for me. There are way better Ocotberfest style beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 21:38:02 | More by depechemode1983
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with bright orange edges and a one finger off white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma of this beer is really bland with an earthy quality along with some subtle spice but not much sweetness or malt coming through. Hints of floral, grassy pine along with some pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Very faint malt sweetness even as it warms.

Fuller bodied and more complex than I expected. The hop presence from the aroma is present up front providing faint dry bitterness which compliments the spice character. Hints of pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove linger over the sweet malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. The malt character is much stronger in the flavor than the aroma suggests with some sweet caramel and rye along with some faint pumpkin, toffee and biscuit. Decently balanced and sessionable but nothing extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 05:53:26 | More by corby112
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is a wonderful clear red color that is unfortunately the highlight of this beer in my opinion. The head is rather shy and does not stick around for much longer than it takes to pour the beer into a glass.

The aroma is almost non-existent although there is a little bit of a toasted caramel aroma.

The beer tastes very clean, no esters from yeast are present. The flavor is of caramel and a slight bit of toast. Overall it leans towards the sweet side and does not clean off your pallet enough to want to take another sip right away.

Overall this beer is okay, not great.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 00:47:38 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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Ruger

Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark amber with a white two finger head that fizzles out extremely quick, with no lacing.

S - Malts, grains, and bread; smells like fall.

T - Caramel, malts, and a decent hop balance finishes really crisp and clean.

M - Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation smooth and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 01:55:07 | More by Ruger
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into an appropriately sized mug. The modest lacing falls a bit short of the handsome deep orange body below. Modestly sweet toffee aromas are complemented by subtle fruity, leafy and nutty notes. There's a tad more depth of flavor than the nose would suggest, although it's not as robust as I'd like. Lingering tangy toffee and mild sweetness are the closest things we have to lasting impressions here. Appropriately mild bitterness with modest leafy hop flavor and carbonation. Notions of bread crust with apple butter. A touch thickish on the palate. Quite easily drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 23:04:14 | More by PDXHops
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johnrobe

Tennessee

2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the glass this beer is a brownish orange with a two finger white head that dissapates quickly. The nose is so slight...almost indetectable...perhaps a slight bit of candy-coated apple. Taste is mainly candy corn malt sweetness, there's really no toasted malt flavor like one finds in a good German marzen. Hops are appropriately in the background. Not a bad beer, but Sam's O-fest has been much richer in the past. Now it's more of a quencher...good with chili.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2002 17:41:50 | More by johnrobe
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zacharius

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark amber color with a thick off white head that lasts through the glass. Aroma is malty and yeasty, reminds me of bread. Taste is malty but a bit on the thin side. Beer has a slight hint of unpleasant sulfur, probably could have used more bulk aging. Hops are there only for bitterness. Drinkability is good as expected for the mildness.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 23:10:44 | More by zacharius
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle has freshness month five months in advance. Orange to bronze colour with a little more than a rim for a head. Smells of that carrot and tomato yet sweet malty smell which confounds people who walk too close to many large breweries. This isn't flat, but rather the bubbles are miniscule pin prick bubbles, so it feels both uncarbonated and super carbonated at the same time. Taste replicates the smell rather too accurately, although if I concentrate I can pull a little brown sugar and a hint of hop in the aftertaste.

I'm not impressed with this, but have found that Sam Adams Octoberfest varies wildly by the year. 2005 doesn't seem a good year, but who knows what 2006 will bring.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 04:35:22 | More by charlatan
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ski271

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper with a small, frothy, light tan head that slowly diminishes to a film. Lacing is initially large but does not have the staying power as it slides back down to beer level before your next sip. The smell is malt-dominant and sweet with aromas of caramel, toffee, grass and a light fruitiness. The taste follows suit with the malts taking centre stage. Hrm. It starts out with a nice chewy malt flavor supported by a light herbal bitterness, but it turns a bit thin in the middle. A little honey and savory show up briefly. The slightly bitter finish is below average, with very little appealing flavors lingering. I wasn’t impressed by this one. It’s not bad, but I’ve had several better this year. Doubt I’ll get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2005 18:12:25 | More by ski271
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beveritt

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up with a couple of the German originals to do a side by side taste test. The only date on the bottle was a notch indicating this beer should be enjoyed by March. Not very helpful. This years Octoberfest beers have been out for a while though, so hopefully this one is this year's model. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Rich copper in color. Initially a decent head, but that falls quickly to just a skim coat of foam on the beer.

Smell: A little bit of malt with some hints of grassiness.

Taste: Pretty bland overall, not what I was expecting from a Marzen. There is a very low sweetness level, none of the malty, syrupy, sweetness I have found in the German examples of this brew. The hop bitterness is also higher than I have found in other Marezens.

Mouthfeel: Medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, not too bad to drink, it just doesn't taste like a Marzen. The sweetness is too low and the hop bitterness is too high. I could drink this, it is not a bad beer, but it doesn't taste like an Octoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 23:32:11 | More by beveritt
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azorie

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Every year I try this style:
Most of the time every year the American versions leave me wondering why do I try these every year?

A: Served in a shaker pint glass. dark mahogany-tinted orange, with a small off-white head on top. Light lace.

S: Sweet caramel toasted malt, and little to no hops, very sweet.

T: humm not to style, way too sweet. Lots of coffee candy toffee like malt that overpowers my taste buds. Kind of boozy hot after taste. Tap or bottle both suck down to average to me.

M: medium to semi heavy, medium carbonation

D: not very, way to sweet for the style, I will pass on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2010 13:41:45 | More by azorie
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 4,954 ratings.