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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,631 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,631
Reviews: 2,039
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,104 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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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 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.

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

Poured a clear amber with a cream-colored foamy head. Aroma consisted of lightly roasted malt and had a slight sweetness to it. Medium body could use a little more flavor in the middle than just malt and the punch of alcohol. Slightly grainy finish. A nice hearty fall beer and a respectable offering from Sam Adams, but not their best.

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

12 oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $0.99.

Poured a bronze-copper body, with a thick off-white head. Medium amounts of lace.

Smell was sweet, reminding me of caramel. Beyond that, there really wasn't much going on in this department.

Taste was marginally better than the smell. After starting off with the mild caramel sweetness of the malts (of which there are four, according to the label) there was a slight hoppy dryness that came into play at most at the finish. Still, this was rather lackluster.

This seemed slightly too thin and light bodied for an octoberfest. I'd prefer it if it was a bit more medium bodied.

This is perfectly acceptable for sitting around and consuming for lack of anything better, but that's about it. While not a bad beer, there's not enough character in this to inspire me to purchase it again.

Photo of APH
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%

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

Had on tap at a seafood restaurant in CT. Dark amber color with kind of minimal head.

The flavor reminded me of Gordon Biersch (spelling?) Marzen. To be honest, it was kind of lame for an Oktoberfest. Not bad with a meal, and better than most other beers available at this restaurant. But nothing special really.

I guess this is OK if nothing else is available. Better than going macro in any case...

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

This Marzen pours a rusty amber color, moderate carbonation drifts to shrinking foamy head. Splotchy lace. Smell is faint caramel malt and bread. Taste is more of the sweet toasted caramel malts. A hint of fruit. A faint hop balance keeps it from being a malt bomb. Still very sweet. Mouthfeel is full and some what chewy. Finishes clean enough. A drinkable offering.

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

Appearance: pours a clear amber/carmel color with a nice two finger off-white head.

Smell: Definite hop smell up front and a spicy background (cloves maybe?)

Taste: Hoppy and bitter with a touch of malt sweetness at the end. A malt presence increases as the beer warms a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and chewy but a little too carbonated.

Drinkability: an easy session beer for me. I think it needs more of a malt body but maybe that's just me. Pretty basic but good brew. Maybe not entirely representative of the style but it may be a good transition beer for non-BA's.

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

It's that time of year - pumpkins and Octoberfests. Bottled poured into a tulip; labeled is notched as best by January. Clear, light amber body with a bit of orange hue. Big three-finger light tan head that has good retention, but leaves only bit of lacing.

The aroma is underwheling - sweet malt and lager yeast is what I am detecting. But, a hint of earthy hops seems to linger in the background, but average at best.

The flavor is a little better. The malt and light hop flavor blend fairly well, and there dwells a bit of tartness, most likely attributed to the hops.

Medium to light texture in the mouthfeel and no notice of any alcohol. A little dissapointed overall.

Photo of Reverand
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tis the season it is now September and all theoctoberfest beers come out. I wasn't too impressed with this verson however maybe I expected too much.
This beer poured to a average dark orange amber with a thin off white lace. Clarity is good but the head retention lacks.Smooth malty body, toasted and malt flavors. There wasn't anything that jumped out at me to make this beer stand out.
A good example of this style but maybe realize that I need to get a true Oktoberfest.

Photo of Taipans
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber in color, white 2 finger head, minimal lacing

S- Sweet Maltiness, hint of hops

T- Pretty full of flavor, touch of roasted malts and toffee

M- Medium body, fairly smooth

D- Easily drinkable, no-frills Octoberfest style lager, overall this isn't a bad choice, and if you have some BMC drinkers around that would like to try a fall style beverage this should go over easy with them. I would purchase this again, but would mix it up with some other more interesting styles.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,631 ratings.