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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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83
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6,644 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,644
Reviews: 2,042
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 83
Gots: 1,147 | 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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Ratings: 6,644 | Reviews: 2,042
Photo of slyke
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams Octoberfest pours a copper-orange color with a frothy off-white head that falls to a thin cap and laces nicely.

The aroma of the beer is sweet with hint of caramel.

Taste is also sweet with a hint of caramel. There is a dry biscuity finish.

Mouthfeel pretty good, but thinner than some examples of the style I've tried.

This beer is pretty drinkable. It saves the day at many restaurants in the fall, but isn't over the top. Worth a try.

Photo of jamescain
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color with a thin off white head about a centimeter thick that fades into a thin lacing over the top of the beer and clings to the side of the glass.

Aroma: Toffee, caramel, and bready, typical oktoberfest aroma.

Taste: Basically the same as the aroma but with subtle roasted notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation and a sweet finish.

Overall: Decent representation of an oktoberfest/ marzen style. Not my favorite style but still good.

Photo of Reanimator
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opening of this 12oz. is greeted with a spicy, malt aroma. Pours a golden orange color that nearly matches the label with a orange tinted and frothy head. Great lacing, hangs around for the entire drink.

The taste leaves a bit to be desired. It is dominated by malts and is missing the characteristic O-fest spiciness that most other brews nail. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy in that it coats your tongue.

I appreciate what Sam Adams has provided to the American masses, but It's almost too bad that this is the best selling Octoberfest in the world. I didn't enjoy it as much as I do most O-fest beers.

Photo of craytonic
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear light amber, mother-of-pearl head, some light lacing. It at least looks like fall.

Light malty sweet aroma, hint of herb.

Lots of malt & hops, faint hint of tea. Hops hang around for the finish, clean and dry. Nice feel, a little heavy on the carbonation.

Very ho-hum, pass if there is something better available. It is lacking, no spice or anything.

Photo of morebeergood
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap last night at The North Star, a bar over by North Station. Served in a standard pint glass. Dark amber color. Thin white head. Slight bit of lacing. Smell had just a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar to it, but not very much. Taste was slightly above average. A dose of malt hits the palate, but there really was not a lot of other flavors. The mouthfeel was a disappointment, as I found it be be thin and slightly watery. Drinkability was decent, as it's smooth and easy going down. SA Octoberfest is an acceptable version of the style for the mass market, but there are much more flavorful Märzen beers out there made by local breweries, which should be sought out instead.

Photo of doerickson
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish to light copper coloring, minimal white head. A balance of citrus-like hops and malty aromas in the nose. This balance remains evident in the taste, as neither hops nor malts takes the lead. I have to say that it's not quite as flavorful as the smell and appearance might lead you to believe, but nonetheless it's easy to drink and it did keep my interest (at least for one pint).

Photo of roggia
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer with amber liquid and little foam little training and short-lived. Liquid with little balls like that has little carbonation thing that is not true because when we drink we realized that this beer has a good carbonation. The aroma notes can notice toffee, biscuit and when I drank I noticed a roasted taste. Media drinkability

Photo of JaredGolia
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Gasp100
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful and clear copper - I wish I could brew my homebrew to be this gorgeous a color and sheen.
S - A very small hint of nutmeg and other spices with biscuit malt.
T - Tasted very light with a malty sweetness with a crisp, dry finish. This was very simple and seemed to be lightened compared to other offerings I have had so far this year.
M - The mouthfeel was clean and dry with no cloying aftertaste.
D - I could probably drink 12 of these in a marathon session without a problem.
This is a great crossover-fest and a nice session beer for Autumn.

Photo of DannyBuckets
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of griffey123
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of gjc05003
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of khelmstetter
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of n2pux
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of jharmon
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ruleof72
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- clear with a nice "Autumn" brown color with a little red hue. Head was light and thin but stuck around while drinking

S- slightly sweet with a caramel/toast and floral type hops, nice.

T- caramel and toasted flavor. A slight aftertaste, not bad

M- a little thin but smooth, OK

D- generally good but I wouldn't want more than a couple of these at once

All in all a decent beer. It is definitely drinkable with its best quality being the smell with mouthfeel next. You can tell the alcohol is there when drinking it.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First Octoberfest of the year for me. Appearance is deep copper, with a white frothy head. Smells of malt and very light hops. Taste is a bit watery, but very balanced in flavor. Caramel and malty with a subtle spiciness. ABV is okay @ 5.7%.

Overall, this one leaves a little something to be desired. It seems like SA Octoberfest is a year-to-year thing, sometimes hit or miss. You can always count on this one for a good session beer for the season, though not my favorite by far. I'm a hops guy.

Photo of mscudder
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into a mug.

A - A crystal-like rubyhue with a thin ivory head. Below average retention and lacing.

S - Strong toasted malts, light spices and grain. Nothing here to love.

T - Malts, sugar, light spices and a bit of juiciness. The taste is acceptable, but nothing makes me want to rush out and grab another.

M - Well carbonation with a nice medium body. Best part of the beer.

O - It is far from awful, yet there are just too many Marzen's that are way better. I remember loving this beer in my under-aged youth. Time has elapsed and my palette now says otherwise.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had two 12oz bottles at Rudy's BBQ in TX
It pours a crystal clear brownish orange color with a white bubbly head.
There was not much to the aroma. The malts were very faint.

Like the aroma the taste was not too exciting. There was a subtle spice flavor that lingered about, but for the most part it didn't do much. The malt flavor was not very pronounced - it was rather thin. Other BA members were very descriptive and listed off a host of flavors. Maybe it's just me but I wasn't tasting too much in this one. For the most part I found myself searching for flavors and aromas, and I didn't find much.

If I had to describe this beer in one word it would be, uneventful. I haven't had one of these in a long time and I remember it being very good. However, this revisiting didn't live up to my memory. I might order this at a bar or restaurant with a limited selection, otherwise I have no need for it. Not the best example of an Oktoberfest beer...seriously I remember this being much better.

Photo of bobjonesSD
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass. Someone brought a six-pack of this over for a poker game and there was one left. It's relatively dark amber in color, a relatively uninspiring head when poured in a normal way. Not a lot of scent at all really, a little bit of toasted malt but not much. The taste is better though, layers of malt with biscuit and burnt sugar. Quite smooth and easy drinking - overall a solid effort. Considering the price I wouldn't mind picking up a six-pack or two. The lady might like it even more than I do.

Photo of JohnnyI
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

There's really not much that is truly remarkable about this beer. A very safe Sam Adams interpretation of the style. The semi-opaque, copper colored liquid does bring a whisper of Autumn and the changing of the leaves. Beyond that, it's a decidedly average beer. Quite sessionable actually, with a nice mix of pleasant, yet tame qualities. Oddly though, there is a metallic twang to this beer that I can't quite explain. In that respect, it's reminiscent of an adjunct lager drank straight from a can (which I occasionally find enjoyable). However, the buttery diacetyl flavor, tangy bite and mild amber malt characteristics give this beer much more character than your average BMC. The light spices that poke through on the finish are a nice touch that keep you coming back for more. Quite an interesting beer. It simultaneously manages to be innocuous and common, yet has just enough character and style to keep you going back for more. I guess that's why Sam is among the kings of craft. They have found a way to make subtle flavor and artistry appeal to the masses.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a translucent red orange colored brew (nicely matching the leaves adorning the bottle's label), with a one and a half finger orange-tinged head. The big bubbles of the head dissolve quickly, leaving minimal lacing. The aroma consists largely of malts, faintly toasted, with notes of mild lemon and esters, and tinny metals. The taste begins with a mouthy sweetness. This carries through, but quickly develops to include a bit of spice and apricot, and the slightest hop character to smooth things out. The metallic feel from the nose comes through to dominate the aftertaste. The mouth is neither dry nor coated by the end of the sip, but the medium body and moderate to low carbonation are satisfying. With a less than robust taste and a middle of the road body and feel, this beer is easy enough to throw back.

Overall, this beer has a nice look, but lacks strength in the aroma and taste departments. While we would have liked to see a bolder and thicker beer for the style, it remained adequate throughout.

Photo of ndekke39
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came from a 12 oz bottle with a February '07 best-by date. Poured a clear, invited reddish-orange. Small white head with little retention. Light smells of malt and warm spices. Taste focuses, too, on the malt. Hints of caramel. Not as strong as it could be, but very refreshing. Small fizz on the front of the tongue, but overall a bit creamy. A nice beer, very easy to drink, perfect for the fall, not too complex. Like most Sam Adams beers, I would gladly pick it up again.

Photo of Slynger
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear oranged amber color with a cap of finely bubbled dirty white.

Light nose of mostly toasted and caramel, with a hint of fruits and a dash of spice.

Flavors of toasted, biscuity malts with a caramel/darkish fruit sweetness and some lightly musty, nutty, earthy-floral hops. The body is a touch watery of medium, with a modest amount of fine, fizzy carbonation.

Not bad. A mediocre, widely available, american version of the style. Fortunately I have access to some better regional offerings, namely Great Lakes.

Photo of aubuc1
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to an imperial pint glass.

pours a clear tea like brown with a big head.

smell is minimal. some malt and bread.

taste is light bready and very light sweet aftertaste.

mouthfeel is pretty thin which makes it very easy to drink.

not as good as it was in my head.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,644 ratings.