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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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BA SCORE
83
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4,952 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 4952
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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Rifrafboy

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this on clearance in February. This was actually a decent beer. It tastes malty and hoppy, and was a little lighter than regular Samuel Adams. There are floral tones to this, almost lemony? Very spritzy in the carbonation dept. Full bodied and tasty all the way around. From what I understand, SA changes the brew from year to year. I will try it again this winter.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2003 16:04:57 | More by Rifrafboy
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rye726

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A nice orange color contrasts well with a light tan head. The nose and flavor and both a bi tlighter than I would like to see in this style. There are some toasty malts with some spicy candy. The body is also fairly light and doesn nothing to help the beer. A decent drinker, bu nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 18:10:44 | More by rye726
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Buebie

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Burnt copper color, transparent, about an inch of head. Retention is decent leaving a collar. Lace is thin, not much of it present.
smelling mostly of sweet caramel malt, a larger amount of breadyness and some grassy hops.

Taste is a big sourdough mess with a tinge of metallic flavors. mildly sweet upfront though, increasing in bitters with a sharp cheeder flavor and grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a strong carbonation presence.

Overal its up there with the least desirable oct fests I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 04:33:15 | More by Buebie
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Botulizard

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark, almost murky brown. Not much head or lacing to speak of.

S: Doesn't smell like much, there's a faint aroma that I think smells a bit like corn, but it's very subtle.

T: It doesn't taste bad, but it's not a remarkable taste either. Bitter aftertaste.

M: Robust and full. Average carbonation.

O: Got this beer as part of a seasonal sampler. I don't think I'd seek it out to buy on its own, but I don't think I'd refuse it if someone were to offer me one again. I could take this beer or leave it, really. There are better Octoberfests to be had.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 22:56:10 | More by Botulizard
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mooseisloose

Florida

2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ah autumn and the return of the Oktoberfest beers! This Sam's smells quite malty but not of much else. Poured into a glass it has a tremedous head that stands up like a champ. Color is orange-bronze like the turning of the leaves. (but not on the palm trees). Taste is sweet with hints of caramel and fruit. Hopping is very subdued. Carbonation is good. Smooth and sweet but not much of a backbone. A little too sweet for my palate but would go great with spicy shrimp on the barbi.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 00:38:40 | More by mooseisloose
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hustlesworth

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- poured a clear copper amber with 1 1/2in fizzy active off white head that settled quickly to 1/8in soapy ring with minimal lace. tiny bubbles rise from the bottom.

S- smells cloying and artificially sweet like splenda, mellow burnt citrus, woody, toasted malt, grains

T- sweet tart malt, some slight out of place fruitiness, artificial sweetener, roasted caramel malt, diluted coffee, fresh wood, earth, almost no hop presence, watery sweet aftertaste of grass and dead leaves.

MF- like a thin syrup with medium carb, it feels almost too sweet to drink and makes my stomach say "no".

D- refreshing and light feeling if you're very thirsty. if i wanted something this sweet i would drink soda. heavily balanced on the malt side, i'd rather have a great lakes oktoberfest instead.

***2008 edit***
this years batch is considerably better than 2007. malt is toastier and less cloying, earthier more pronounced hops put things in balance. worthy of a new review somewhere near a B+.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 07:07:17 | More by hustlesworth
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vegantreats

Hawaii

2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer conjures images of being at the pumpkin patch on a hayride.Poured with all but a band of bubbly foam left in the glass. Smells like sweet burnt caramel with a sprinkling of brown sugar, looks like watery faux maple syrup. Overly sweet, yet, the beer is quite smooth with a brown sugar hit at the end.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 04:59:36 | More by vegantreats
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A380

Manitoba (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice dark gold with a good head with ok lacing. nothing special. pretty good i find but it could use some work. tastes like some sweet brown sugar and caramel and some bitter tastes but im not sure what it is. The two flavors definitely conflict. Im not a huge fan and it drinks kinda heavy.
meh. i was definitely expecting better.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 00:28:49 | More by A380
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Bills453

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. 2 finger off white head died off very quickly. Color is an enticing red/orange, just how you would picture a fall leaf.

Smell - no particular smell really pops out at me. Smell alcohol, some earthy smells. Grass, dirt...haha.

Taste - really not that impressed. I enjoyed Great Lakes and Yuenglings offerings far better.

Mouthfeel - a bit watery.

Overall - a pretty average Sam Adams offering as well as a pretty average Octoberfest offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 22:49:24 | More by Bills453
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Fergyx825

Massachusetts

2.71/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: a good copper-red coloring that i'd expect from an Oktoberfest. Some head on the edges and over the surface of the beer.

Smell: this smells like a thick, full bodied beer. I can also smell the alcohol. A certain maltiness/hops is also noticed when i smell the beer. This doesn't smell particularly appealing.

Taste: Not so much the full bodied taste that i was expecting after smelling the beer. Also a strong taste of alcohol is definitely felt when sipping the beer. Malty bitter taste, w/ alcohol on the end. I don't taste a full bodied flavor thats supposed to be in a Oktoberfest, and I don't really enjoy this particular beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, and the thickness is perfect. I really like the mouthfeel of this beer. There is some dryness which is to be expected w/ this beer style.

Overall: this beer looks the part and feels the part. But i don't taste the full bodied flavor that i was expecting from a Samuel Adams brew. The smell itself is what i'd expect from this type of beer, but doesn't appear to me. Taste just brings it down.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:49:36 | More by Fergyx825
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frank4sail

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 Oz. Bottle. Malty slight hint of cardboard (Oxidation?) Below average for the style. Decent mouthfeel, but nothing there of any positive taste. Not one of Sams best. I'm now sorry I got a case of this stuff.... It looks alot better than it tasted.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2002 20:58:30 | More by frank4sail
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mrfosters

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber with quickly fading offwhite head.Initial malty taste that finishes dry ,bitter and a little mediciney.I noted caramel in the aroma and taste which is a minus for this style.As a dark lager maybe , but as an Oktoberfest?.. not quite.I like the new label.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 21:05:02 | More by mrfosters
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twelvsies

Maine

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm, not as good as I remebered. Maybe my palate has gotten a little picky over the past year, but there's something a little off with this beer. It basically just tasted like a sweetened lager. A small nutty character, but a way-too-present metalic taste that really just isn't doing it for me. Maybe I'm wrong but this just seems like a half-assed beer from a generally solid company.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 01:46:52 | More by twelvsies
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jeremyd365

Michigan

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark amber with a thick, fluffy white head. Smells lager-ish with perhaps some hints of citrus. Tastes pretty much how it smells which leaves a little something to be desired. Body seems about right, but the flavor is pretty lacking. Much preferred the summer seasonal to this one, even though I generally like darker brews more.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 22:46:36 | More by jeremyd365
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scottblaze

Texas

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To make it short and sweet, this one passed my test for an enjoyable amber/dark/red lager. I am crossed up on how to rate this beer....quite good as it stands on its own but as it ranks among my favorite Oktoberfests (marzen), it would be near the bottom. After making a cross comparison with Paulaner (one of my personal favorites for the style), SA wasn't close.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 13:15:23 | More by scottblaze
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ba Review #40
Served On: 8/18/2011
Glassware: Pint

Well it's Märzen season already. At least Boston Beer Co thinks so. Saw a 12 pack of their Octoberfest and grabbed it up.

Look: Poured a dark copper. A little darker than the Boston Lager. Initial head was a nice 3 fingers of tan foam. It disappeared quick and left a thin patchy film. Not much for carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Spicy hops with that typical Sam Adams malty twang. Also some breaddy lager yeast. I swear most of their offerings start out with the Boston Lager wort - then they just add flavoring in the finishing tanks. I guess it sort of smells like an Oktoberfest.

Taste: Ok, this was a Boston Lager without the sourness and a little heavier body to it. Maybe even a little more sweetness. Other than that, I fail to see any qualities that would make this beer stand out from all the other exceptional Octoberfests out there. I’m starting to see Boston Beer as a ‘Jack of all trades – master of none’. It just doesn’t seem like much effort was put into this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 22:03:34 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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JonMich13

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A = Amber - brown in color, something like iced tea. Small white head doesn't last long. No lacing.

S = Not much at all in the nose. Some bready notes. A musty smell as well. Hints of malt.

T = Weak malt profile. Sort of bland with a little unpleasant aftertaste. Not much to like here.

M = No complaints about the mouth. Somewhere in the middle.

D = Meh, drinkable in that it's not horrible and there's little alcohol. But not something I'd seek out.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 02:33:27 | More by JonMich13
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twelvelookslikex

Florida

2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber color. Not much carbination. The smell is mild malty not much hop smell at all. Malty tast but very medium. Not too impressed with this beer at all. Better than the boston lager though in my opinion. But very simple flavors and quite borring.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 22:23:38 | More by twelvelookslikex
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at TGIF

A: Typical Octoberfest appearance. Pretty much a golden,bronzed orange color with a thin off white head. Larger sized bubbles that don't hang around too long.

S: A few different aromas come through. All very light with none outshadowing another. Toasted caramel. A bit nutty and spicy as well. Not overwhelming.

T: Toasty and grainy. An underlying sweetness brings it all together.

M: Pretty much on the thin side. Not watery but not far from it. Carbonation seems fine.

Overall: Oktoberfest lagers aren't typically my cup of tea but there are better offerings out there then this one for sure. My favorite being Victory Festbier.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 22:58:23 | More by BigMike
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LBHops62

Georgia

2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was not as impressed with this Octoberfest that I thought that I was going to be. It did not have anything that really stood out to me. The beer was good overall, but did not have anything that hit me hard. To me, it didn't have any charateristics that were different from the norm. I probibly had too high of expectations. It had some of the basic octoberfest characteristics, basically tasting like an average medium lager. I had a high quality of ingredient traits, but it just didn't seem like the ingredient portfolio was very diverse. Just kind of small for a craft ocotberfest in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 14:52:12 | More by LBHops62
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sopor

Oregon

2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Take this review with a grain of salt, I've recently identified Munich Malt flavors to be problematic for me.

Crystal clear dark-red amber with 1" tan frothy head. Lots of bubbles race for the top. Smells of slightly rotten sweetness.

Just some slight crystal malt and a hint of roasted malt and the rotten sweetness that I identify with Munich malts. Some delicate hop bittering.

Lively but not foamy carbonation and moderate light body.

The malt flavors do me in, I'm unfortunately not impressed by any oktoberfests as they nornally leave a dull nausea in me that I connect with the "rotten sweetness" of the munich malts.

I could be totally wrong about the Munich malt, but after some feedback from the forum, I'm pretty sure I've locked that down to the root fo the problem.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 18:02:14 | More by sopor
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange/amber color with about an inch of fluffy white head. Nose contains almost nothing. Only some slight malty bitterness. Light on flavor with some caramel sweetness. A lot of carbonation. Flavor and finish are lacking with only some caramel notes and only a carbonation tingle for the finish. Thin and almost bland on the malt flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 00:33:21 | More by DrinkingDrake
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archyquaffer

Montana

2.64/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker. A moderate pour results in a 3/4 inch off-white head that sticks around pretty well. The beer is a somewhat pale yellowish-brown with a little bit of red.

I detect quite a bit of cooked corn aromas and flavors here, with maybe a little diacetyl. Very little hop aroma/flavor, and generally lacking any toastiness or complex malt flavors. A little bit of sourness in the aftertaste, with a bit of sweetness from the malt.

I'm not very impressed with this beer- it's drinkable and that's about it. Boston lager and ale is much better. I tried this last Fall and was similarly disappointed- I had hoped that bad feedback would have led the brewers to reconsider their recipe. This tastes more like a really corny malt liquor rather than an Octy. Boo! There are MUCH better Octoberfest brews out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 22:16:07 | More by archyquaffer
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livingregret

Washington

2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type: Standard Bottle

Appearance: Pours a light amber w/ little to no head.

Smell: Sweet, bready and malt. Nothing to amazing here

Taste: A touch of caramel, a touch of dryness, hops aren't overpowering here, there is also some herbal taste mixed in. A touch of honey toward the end. All in all not a great taste but good for people who haven't had a true Oktoberfest beer. It's very thin

Mouthfeel: Light and thin. Pretty watered down, the taste slides off of the tongue instead of lingering

Drinkability: There are many finer drinks than this particular brew but it's a good intro beer for people just starting off into Oktoberfest beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 01:31:47 | More by livingregret
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Bobzilla13

California

2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was feeling kinda seasonal--Fall and all that stuff---saw this sixer so piked up one--poped a top off soon as I got out side ---Totally Red experience--sweet--malty--but watery---Was hoping for a full flavor but the sweet really predominates---but to give it justice poured one into a chilled pint glass--taste came out a little better and it has a Pretty red color--light brown head maybe 2"-- but dissolved rapidly--some thin laceing left upon the glass---Not to bad but could be better---finished off the sixer---3 days later...I would not turn one down and would probably have a few more to be social, but don't think I would stock it in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 04:02:33 | More by Bobzilla13
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 4,952 ratings.