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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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2,071 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,071
Hads: 7,101
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 119
Gots: 1,617 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 GnomeKing
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is solid entry into the--IMHO--overcrowded Oktoberfest market. It's a vibrant, strong copper color with ample head. The taste has a sweet and prominent malt flavor with hops that nicely, balance things. There are some nice hints of fruit. The beer is well made and retains its flavor well, being as drinkable on the cold first sip as it is on the moderately warmed final sip. If it's that time of year, hell, grab one...join the spirit of the season...but like I said, grab one, not a whole case.

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Photo of battlekow
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Sam Adams Octoberfest is reddish-amber color with better-than-average lacing. It smells and tastes biscuity and malty, with the taste having just a hint of cherry and mustiness. With a nice, thick mouthfeel and very little bitterness, Sam Adams' Octoberfest is perhaps the most sessionable of the Oktoberfests I've had this year, but seems to be pandering a bit.

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Photo of ryantupy
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at Buffalow Wild Wings and loved it. It pours a very nice clear amber and the head is a beautiful frothy cream colored head. Very smooth for sure and very drinkable its has some sweet notes and a little spice. I found this to be very enjoyable and will definatly savor this one this year.

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Photo of sopor
2.66/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bo-ring. Served on tap into a tumbler style pint glass. Dark amber with a small head that dissipates quickly. Sweet malty aroma, neither appealing nor unappealing. Fizzy carbonation. Taste is very sweet but unexciting. Slight hoppiness. Very bland, though Octoberfest is not one of my favorite styles and I've never found any of the OF beers I've had to be very complex. Decent mouthfeel and drinkability. Simply "ok" in my opinion.

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Photo of bahumutx
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice gold color. A nice size head that is dissipating slowly.

Smell: I can smell malt and a slight caramel aroma.

Taste: A very sweet beer with a slight hop flavor at the end. Not to complex of a flavor. Somewhat plain in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: There is a lot of carbonation in this beer but it still goes down smooth.

Drinkability: I think I would only have one or two of these.

This is my first Oktoberfest beer. I think it is a good offering from Sam Adams but is somewhat plain but I would drink it again.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

T'is the season... t'is almost october.
Drink by February... I assume 2006.
Into a goblet with this one.
All around, an above average brew... though a C or C- student for the style.
Very well balanced but a bit too light for the style.
I can see what others mean by this being a "safe" brew.
No adventure in this at all.
Smells mild, mildly sweet, pleasant.
Looks like Sam's lager.
No thick, big chewyness; nothing really festive about this either.
Perhaps that is where this is really lacking.
The whole point of October/Oktoberfest is to give thanks for the last brewing season and to celebrate the beginning of the new brewing season.
This beer needs celebration!
Makes for a nice lager, though.

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Photo of DrJay
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was served with a thin head that didn't last long. Quite clear medium amber/orange colour. There was plenty of sweetness in the aroma, but not much malty depth and little in the way of hops. Low bitterness, lots of sweetness and this carries straight through to the end. A bit grainy with some corn flavour thrown in. Not very clean tasting, with a bit of fruitiness at the midpoint. The body fell away and became thin towards the finish, but still had some stickiness. A bit disappointing.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out to a burnt orange color with a nice 1/2 inch white foam head. Higher carbonation noted in this beer. Some lace rings after half the glass was empty. Odors of yeast, caramel and malt. Taste could have been stronger, but nonetheless good; flavors of hops, grain and some spice were evenly meshed by the slightly smooth bitterness toward the end. Smooth and crisp mouthfeel was more than acceptable. A good beer for the fall season. Just wish the flavors were more pronounced. Worth a try.

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Photo of mynie
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The leaves are falling at it was so nice today that I didn't need to roll my car windows down. It's time for marzens.

Pours pretty. Pumpkin orange with a nice, two finger head. Nice bottle work, too.

Smells faint but nice. Rich marzen malt. Caramel and cereal. I wish it was stronger.

Almost a macro grain upfront, moving into rich, smooth caramel and ending with cheeri-os. Nice, but like the nose it's far too weak.

Meh. This is a decent offering. If nothing else it's gotten me in the mood for the better o-fests that should be popping up soon.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz dated best before Feb of next year, poured into a pint glass.

Clear, dark copper with a small fizzy head that is white but flat in a minute or so. A veiled foamy ring is all that's left. Minimal lace.

The nose is very malty with something metal in the background. Has an almost nutty character. Of the SA lineup, this has a more pronounced nose than the others. Not complex, but I don't get my nose wet trying to get a whiff.

Tastes a lot like it smells. The nutty malts make up the bulk of the flavors, but there's that ghost of a metallic twinge just after the midpoint. There's enough hop towards the back to add some balance and something approaching complexity. The more I sip, it takes on an almost woody flavor. I like it.

The mouthfeel is a bit light for my taste, but this could be a halfway decent session brew. Pairing it with the right food would help this one a lot.

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Photo of Octagonal
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark amber pour with average head.
The aroma is fruity, hints of apricot, and of spice.
The taste is sweet, not much bitterness, essentially the same fruit and spice flavors. There is a very slight hop finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.
Allow multiple drinks to get progressively warmer. The sweetness is nice but overpowering after 2 or 3 and the warmer beer tempers that a little. .

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Photo of whynot44
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light/medium bodied, very nice cinnamon/copper color with a decent creamy head that disappears a little too fast.

Aroma is mild and primarily malt - caramel, nuts with a touch of apple.

Taste, again, is primarily caramel malts, some smokiness, apple taste at the end with just a bit of hops bite at the finish. Aftertaste is light nutty caramel.

Creamy smooth and drinkable. Very nice for a cool fall day.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
2.41/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

presentation: on tap

appearance: poured a cherry dark wood color with copper highlights in a pilsner glass. (all beers in the restaurant were poured in pilsners, so i didn't say anything.) head was a good 1" when it arrived at the table. off-white in color, and lasted for a few minutes before dropping to a thin capper. laced surprisingly well.

smell: not much to say here. not very aromatic but smelled sort of metallic much like an american micro lager. there were touches of sweetness and fruit, maybe grapes, but the fruit isn't to style. no hop aroma.

taste: again, not overly impressive. there's still that anoying cheap lager metallic taste. it was hard to get past this. there was a lot of malt character, some spice and just a touch of hop flavors in the finish. some noticible diacetyl flavors, though.

mouthfeel: the best thing about this beer. medium creamy body with just enough carbonation. the swallow was moderately smooth as well.

drinkability: this began more drinkable than it finished. the metallic taste was rough. alcohol didn't hinder, but aftertaste was less than appealing. buttery bitterness made this hard to finish.

overall: to start, this isn't one of my favorite styles. i'd like to review this again from the bottle to see if any of the negatives were from the restaurant or the tap. the buttery and metallic flavors made this hard to tolerate, and they aren't normal for this style. better luck next time.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium brown pour with a brief off-white head and a few thin streaks of lace.

Aroma is sweet and malty, slightly nutty, with some floral hops.

Flavor is primarily malty caramel sweetness, nutty, lightly floral, with some bitter hops in the rear. Hoppier than most Oktoberfests.

A hair below medium bodied, with a smooth body and somewhat grainy texture.

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Photo of charlatan
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Octoberfest pours to a brownish-amber color with a huge head formation and a generous stream of carbonation that cascades up the glass. The nose is nutty and slightly sweet, the palate even more laden with those nutty-malty melanoidin flavors imparted by the Munich malt. There's a touch of chocolate too, a slightly thinner than desired body, and a finish that is balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. This is actually a very good Octoberfest beer, and one of my favorite Samuel Adams beers. I look forward to it's release every September.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fair attempt for an Oktoberfest, but it cannot compare to traditional German brews. Looks brightly copper-orange. Vigorously carbonated. Fizzy head retention. Aromas are modestly of the bready, toasty, creamy, and crisp character that I like in Oktoberfests. Tastes much the same. Modest malt character (not biscuit malt), has a grain husk flavor with mild astringency. Lacking hop character of the Noble variety. Creaminess and cleanliness is not to the calaber of true Oktoberfest beers. Although the characters are lacking, and despite a few flaws, it's still a fair beer.

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Photo of jmz62565
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

although I still get excited when i see this on shelves,it's just not as good as it used to be.i like the appearence,but the smell is not what you would find in traditional octoberfests.to me, i find all sam adams alittle too "big brewery" for me,but this octoberfest has a great after taste, very festive and fall like.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After year upon year tasting of this seasonal, I know that this isn't the best Oktoberfest beer out there. However, I still have a place in my gut for this brew, and I still love it.
Pours up a great clear orange/red color with lots of bubbles and thick, barely off white head. Drops to a thin layer over the rest of the beer.
Smells of slightly sweet malt and some spicyness in there as well. Taste is a sugar bread malt thing at the front, with a fizzy hop taste in the back. A great balance of malt and hop, and a solid, crisp aftertaste. As it warms, the brew gets more bitter, less sweet, but that's not a bad thing.
There are just enough bubbles to keep things lively in the mouth, and I think I could drink quite a few of these beers.
I always crack a huge smile when I see the first glimpse of the purple and orange box of Sam Adams Octoberfest. Mmmmm.


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Photo of rowew
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle with a fall orange colored label. Best by date notched on the edge of the label (and was on the 12 pack case as well).

Appearance: Pours clear red orange with a decent sized head that is orange in color as well. Head fades quickly, but leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Biscuity malt with a bit of noble hops.

Taste: Biscuity malt dominates here as well. Not overly sweet, and a slight hop finish.

Overall impression: Very very drinkable - not the most exciting Octoberfest out there, but I'm always glad to see it offered at many bars this time of year.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at my wedding as a session brew along with sierra nevada pale. I found it to have a solid appearance big frothy off white head like a swiss coffee type color and a dark amber malted looking body. Smelled a deeep sweet malt flavor and the taste was similair. Nothing to write home about but it was popular at the event so it served its purpose. Mouthfeel was smooth but lacking any bold or zippy qualities. Obviously it was highly drinkable because it was the second most popular brew served at the event. If your looking for an average example of the style that is easily consumed this is it.

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Photo of Naes
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours dark amber with orange hues and has a large off white head. The aroma is mildly malty

Its flavor is dominated by maltiness, but also has a nutty characteristic with a bit of bready flavor as well. Light in the mouth feel department, but generously carbonated.

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Photo of evh883
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a very nice medium amber color to it. After the pour, it retains an average sized, frothy head that dissapates pretty quickly and leaves behind hardly an trace by the time you're done drinking the beer.

The aroma isn't really anything to go crazy about other than the nice maltiness it gives off.

This beer tastes great. It's moderately sweet, with a slight bitterness followed by a decently heavy bitterness that lastes a little while. The flavor is full of caramel and toffee notes.

Medium bodied with a soft and slightly creamy mouthfeel give this beer it's high drinkability

Overall, this beer is a great. It's good to enjoy with meals or to just have it with a snack or all by itself. Sam Adams does it again!

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Photo of bobbyc881
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my first Octoberfest, so I've got nothing to compare to, but here goes:

Pours out of the bottle in a dark copper/amber color. Adequate, creamy head that sticks around for a short while. Abundent carbonation in the glass. The smell isn't powerful enough to register on my rather insensitive nose. It seems to lean malty, though.

Tastes smooth and slightly malty. A touch earthy and a bit of a toasted flavor. Rather thin across my tongue. The taste really begins quite well, then leaves behind a residual flavor that just isn't agreeing with me.

I could see where the light weight of this beer could make it more drinkable to some, but there just isn't enough flavor to encourage me to open another.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,071 ratings.