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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: 7,110
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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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 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 hopflyer
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber, copper. Clear with one finger head which retains well. Looks really nice.

nose is typical lager like with grassy qualities, heavy malts.

Taste follows. Not very impressed. Adjuncts, not much nuttiness. Bitterness is a little off. It does have some flavor though, just doesn't really have anything that stands out.

medium body, right for the style, but aftertaste is a bit unpleasant lingering adjunct lager like taste.

this is an ok beer. Sierra Nevada's Oktoberfest is much better. this one didn't have much roasty qualities and whatever hops were used kind of just added bitterness without much any other taste.

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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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Photo of kbutler1
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draft. Pours a brownish amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Biscuity, malty type notes in the nose along with some nut. No lace as the head settles in my glass. The taste is slightly sweet with flavors of lightly toasted grains with some biscuit. Maybe a slight touch of floral as well. Ends pretty cleanly and dry. Not bad and an easy drinker but nothing out of this world.

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

On draft from one of the local Pleasure Island kiosks.

A - Poured a deep amber color with a huge creamy head. Left a nice amount of lacing that did not recede at all.

S - Was much sweeter smelling then I was expecting. Also had a fair amount of earthy smell.

T - Much less sweet then the smell. You can taste the earthy malt in this. Fairly average.

M - A good amount of carbonation here. Has a nice creamy texture. Very clean and light for a fest beer.

D - Sure but there are much better fest beers.

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

Pours to a strong ice tea color AKA orange amber with a finger thick head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing.

Smells like the malt is running the show with a whiff of bread.

The malt is running the taste show, bready sweet with a slight bitterness from the hops. Finishes with a hint of malty caramel.

Mouthfeel is good nice and frothy almost sticks to the palate.

Drinkability is average would make a nice session beer.

Overall this is a sound beer just not the absolute best Oktoberfest I have had.

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

From Notes

On-tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in Parkersburg, WV. Served in a 23oz hefeweizen glass, sigh.

Appearance: Amber color with nice head leaves a tad bit o lacing.

Smell: Not much here in this year's batch, some malt and some herbal notes.

Taste: About the same as the nose, tastes watered down. I was hoping for a little more, and I know that this beer company can do more.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, sigh.

Drinkability: This one goes down pretty easy, like water, too bad water isn't what I wanted.

Thoughts: I love Sam Adams beers, in my area the BBC was the most available craft beer for years. I am saddened at this beer, in years past it has been much better.

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

Poured from brown bottle.

A: Pleasant rusty, deep amber color with a crisp white head.

S: Moderate floral tones slight caramel touch.

T: Apricot or plum sweetness with toasty elements. Almost has a bread dough aspect. Can't place the hop presence, but it's undeniably there. The carbonation is nice, but seems to cut the flavor shorter than I'd like.

M: A lot of carbonation to the mouthfeel, but otherwise pretty slight.

D: I could see this as a session beer. The clean finish begs for another drink.

Overall: Worth checking out for a seasonal beer, but not something I'd pick up every day.

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Photo of Brian50Oshen1
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

seems to have last something from the last two years..Much less to enjoy.
I wonder if corners are being cut.
Last years Winter took a fall in my opinion as well.
I enjoyed the other Marzens better.
Try the narraganset fest if its available.
A pleasant newcomer. ( to me anyway )

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

(On-tap at the Mellow Mushroom in Kennesaw, GA)

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium brown body with a fizzy, off-white head.

Smell: Extremely mild aroma of toasted grains and sliced apples.

Taste: Equally mild flavor. Light, light taste of toasted grains with a hint of sweetness. Faint fruitiness. Mild floral hoppiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Came across as dull and lifeless with little personality to help it stand out amongst a virtual sea of other Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by notch on side of front label. It was a clear amber color with several carb streams but no lacing. It had a good sized white head that settled into a good collar and some central wisps.

The aroma was toasted malt, caramel, toffee with not much of a hop presence. On sweet side. The taste was heavy on the toasted malt with less of the sweet coming thru and again not much of a hop presence. Dry. I like my Marzen's to be a little sweeter and less dry. Mouthfeel was crisp with medium body.

Overall, a little below average Marzen for me but comes thru in a pinch when it's best choice on-tap. Worth a try. For me, I won't be buying any 6 packs but there are couple restaurants that we hit that usually have this during the season and is often then only non-BMC option so that's about the only time I'd have it.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle pours a clear amber hue with very little head. Has a slight malty, yeasty caramel smell. A mild caramel malt sweetness swishes across the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a pleasantly bitter, subtle hop bite. Smooth mouthfeel and easy drinking, not bad.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a solid copper color with a foamy tan head that recedes to a film. Light lacing on the glass.

The beer smells slightly metallic, and faintly sweet of malts. Some toasted grains on the back end.

Taste is very metallic. The toasty, bready, malty caramel is not as present as much as I would expect. The toasty grain element in the finish at least forgives the metallic-tasting beginning.

Mouthfeel is carbonated, somewhat light bodied.

Overall, a good beer to buy in 12 pack cans for the price. Probably what I call your "average" marzen. Not complicated, a little to metallic, but certainly a good deck beer on the weekend.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Basic 12oz bottle into a basic pint. Good 1/2" of burnt-cream head and a crystal-clear body that's just a shade lighter than iced-tea brown. A little lace, though the head didn't hold.

Smell is lots of sweet malt and perfumey hops. A few hints of harshly toasted grains, and something mineral-ey, perhaps overboiled grains?

Taste is quite mellow and plain. The malt sort of disappears behind a little bit of alpha riding on some bready grains and just enough yeast for it to be noticable. Hoptaste is a little citric, a little grassy, but not enough of anything to be sure. Aftertaste starts towards sweet but then gets a bit acrid and dry.

Feels nice enough on the tongue, heavier than most big domestic brews. Carbonation could be a little more excited.

All in all, exactly what I'd expect from BBC and at this price. Good, predictable, and fantastically easy to throw back with some burgers, chips, salsa, and other such things. Very balanced, almost to the point where it's hard to tell what's what.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I actually have been drinking Sam Adams Octoberfest on occasion, when I find it on tap, and last night I was at the local Longhorn and thought, what the heck, I'll drink it again and rate it. It's a better choice than Blue Moon.

Appearance: Light amber, one finger off-white head, bubbles rising to the surface slowly, like seltzer water.

Aroma: Light, almost imperceptible fragrance of bitterness, some (very miniscule) sweetness.

Taste: Well, it's a Sam Adams. It actually doesn't taste much like an Octoberfest, truth be told. A little grain, a little sweetness, not much else. It's certainly a passable brew, but nothing to write home about.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, some bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied.

Overall: I would take this beer over other drafts at a local steakhouse, but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out. Like I said, the difference between the Sam Adams Octoberfest and the standard Sam Adams is pretty much nonexistent.

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