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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,596 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,596
Reviews: 2,032
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 1,034 | 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 BeerManDan
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured into a glass, the color was medium amber in color with a medium amount of foam that disapated in a short time. The smell of roasted malts and a hint of caramel and spices filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste didn't match the aroma. The taste was a little weak in flavor and a little to bitter. There was the roasted barley malts, but that is just about all. I can't find the caramel and just a touch of spice?

This is not one of there better ales. A little disappointed, but, you can't win them all!

Photo of nickadams2
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Amber/burnt orange witha thick white head. Decent lacing,C02 bubbles evident.

S_Bready malt, spice, floral hops.

T_Bready/biscuit malt, caramel, spicy malt, floral hops. Slight roasted flavor.

M_Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

D_Good okto to pick up if you are going to be drink in excess or have a low budget. Definitely not the best okto but works.

Photo of rlshep
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Sulphur and strong malt. Floral hops character.

Appearance: Big pillowy off-white head. Minimal lacing. Burnt orange color. Very clear.

Flavor: Getting a lot of floral hops off of this, unusual for an oktoberfest. Bready, very slightly toasted. Sweet medium-caramel flavor stays on the tongue and lips. Clean and crisp. A little bit of sulfur from Aroma.

Mouthfeel: On high end of thin side. Lots of carbonation. Alcohol not noticeable.

Overall: Missing a lot of the complexity I look for in Oktoberfests. I remember a better beer from previous years, with more toasty flavors. The hop flavor is off-style but adds interest to an otherwise boring beer. Mouthfeel misses the mark but overall a well made lager.

Photo of TommyW
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Lighter amber/oragne with a medium off-white head that clings a bit.

S- Malty aroma with a touch of caramel and spice.

T- Again nice malty taste overall that dominates. Slight bitterness is there to bring a little balance, but there is no huge hop taste other than the bittering aspect.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Not a bad Maerzen, but nothing incredible; definitely worth grabbing a 6-er of.

Photo of AdamBear
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer, no matter how much it is liked or disliked, always presents a warm welcome to the season.

A-translucent amberish orange. Thin white head that stays

S-traditional wheat smell with added honey

T-the honey wheat hits upfront and the malted barley provides a good after taste that does stick around for awhile.

M-medium carbonation but very smooth

D-initial taste fades, after taste stays but the beer does taste decent all the way through. i could definitely buy a six-pack and be happy with every drink

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Darker than average, brown with red/maroon hints. Poor head/lacing.

S: This beer has a bad smell to it. Perhaps the malts were over roasted...

T: Similar to the smell, but not as bad. Sweet earthy malts with a decent bitterness on the back end. This beer is definitely darker more earthy tasting than the other beers this season, but that may not be a good thing.

M: For some reason, the mouthfeel is great! Perfect balance of body and drinkability. I love that!

D: This beer is an enigma, I really like some parts of the taste and hate others. The mouthfeel is great as well. Its still better than most of the others out there, but I guess I expected a little more from Sam...

Photo of perrymarcus
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a SA perfect pint glass.

pours a clear, deep amber tone with a finger and a half of light beige head. ok retention; some lacing.

nose is on the light side, but i get caramel malts and a touch of hops - can't distinguish much else. a bit disappointing.

flavor is an improvement, though not a big one. there's a bit of a metallic note that i don't much care for, but the malts come through a bit stronger as well as some bready yeasts and notes of hops. not as good as i remember this being in past years.

mouthfeel is nothing to write home about. sort of thin, medium carbed. drinkability is up there on the basis of being able to knock back a few; the question is whether or not you'd want to. an OK beer but i think there are many better takes on the style out there.

Photo of twelvelookslikex
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.

Photo of MikeB20
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: A nice golden amber color with a two finger light tan head. Lacing is good. The head gets a little chunky after it settles.

S: Lots of malty sweetness. Just a hint of earthy hops at the end.

T: More of that malty sweetness with a earthy finish. Just enough hops to give it a bitter finish and balance some of the malt. This is one of those beers that offers no suprises, it tastes like it smells.

M: Highly carbonated with medium body. It does pretty well for the style but I might prefer a touch less CO2.

D: This is a solid brew but it's a bit boring. It's very drinkable and can be my go to fall beer. I like to use it to break up other harvest and pumpkin beers that can sometimes be over the top.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was poured into a pint glass, it was a dark reddish/brownish-copper color with little carbonation and a thick smooth tan head that slowly dissipated into an even layer of small bubbles; this one has some very good lacing! The aroma was a bit mild; I only picked up some small hop smells mixed in with some alcohol. It did have a distinct (not strong) roasted hop flavor and some herbal flavors along with some mild sweet fruit flavors. It has a medium body and you can barely taste/feel the alcohol in it.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Reddish copper body. Head doesn't leave much lacing.

S: Slightly fruity, interestingly enough.

T: Toasty malt. More fruitiness. Some noble hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

D: A good fall beer. Nicely done.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Octoberfest poured a dark amber color, with a nice sized head, that lasted for a while. There was a bit of a sweet smell, good amounts of malts. It tasted very malty, a little bit sweet, with some earthy flavors, overall the flavors were strong. The tasted last for a while, good carbination, and it wasnt too hard to drink, my dad would even have one. Overall a really good beer, one that I look forward for.

Photo of elgiacomo
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, fresh 2010 batch.

Pours clear copper amber with a one finger fizzy white head that doesn't leave much lacing but holds a solid ring and light cap.

Aroma is muted caramel and toasted malt, a little nutty and musty.

Flavor is some toasted malt, caramel, fairly sweet, something on the finish I can't quite put my finger on, medicinal is the best I can do, but whatever it is isn't very appealing. Lotta sweetness in the finish too, almost sugary.

Medium body, oily, a bit sticky, fizzy carbonation.

A little too sweet, a little too meh...

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a clear brown-orange clopper, one finger of head that dissipated to random islands with a thin lace
S - very malty with roasty and sweet aromas, pleasant leavy hop notes, an just a hint of honey
T - bready grainy malt and cornmeal taste strong up front, some deeper roasty flavours, hop flavour is leafy/herbal but very subtle, with a metallic tinge
M - a chewy maltiness with medium carbonation, there is a metallic feel that tingles the tongue with a strange numbness, with the rich malt retaining on finish
D - the malt mix is enjoyable and nicely featured, the flavours and feels do remind me of the end of the approaching fall, a good combination of flavourful and easy to drink, the only real negative for me being the metallic flavour and feel that somewhat takes away from the experience

Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Served an inviting Deep Copper color with a small off-white head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Mild malt aroma with a hint of sweetness grain.

T: Mild malt and caramel with light grain and a nice bitter end.

F: Medium body, smooth & silky. Nice carbonation. well balanced.

D: Easy drinker. Another good beer from Sam Adams.

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

Had on tap at Mavis Winkles in Independence. Served in a pint glass, and was a bit too cold. Thankfully, the glass was room temp, so I did not need to wait too long for it to warm.

The beer is an auburn-orange color, very fall-like. Mimimal creamy head.

Has a mild malty smell. Some sweet malt comes through.

Taste is surprising decent for a mass-market beer such as this. Mild barley malt taste up front, which sweetens as you drink, ending with a slight hop bite at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin, but certainly refreshing.

I found this one tasty through the pint, ordering a second. A drinkable session beer I'd order again.

Photo of bourbonbock
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a chilled pint glass. It is the first time I've seen it this year so it must be fresh.

A. Poured a clear red body with foamy white head. The head reduced to a lid after a few minutes.

S. This beer has a very impressive malt aroma. Very sweet and nutty.

T. Tastes slightly yeasty up front and is followed by a solid malt body. Somewhat earthy and a very little bit of hops to balance it out.

M. Feels like beer... very heavy on the tongue for the amount of carbonation in this thing.

D. I would drink the whole twelver if I thought I could find my way off the couch afterwards.

Solid beer you won't regret it.

Photo of beyah
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Beautiful Amber with barely a finger of tan head, barely any lace.

Smell- Malty,malty, malty very little hops smell.

Taste- Malty taste with tiny bit of bittering hops in the backgound, not cloying at all.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and slick mouthfeel, medium carbonation is a good malty finish.

Overall - Nice for this style, I'll probably get again next year.

Photo of homebrew311
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as part of the Harvest Collection. I've had it many times in the past, this however is the first review.

A: poured into SA sensory glass- appears a vibrant clear deep amber with a thin white head, a decent bit of lacing and a little bit of head retention. Looks quite nice.

S: the aroma features predominantly malty notes in the form of toast and a hint of molasses, there is also some earthiness in there

T: again, the malts are featured on the palate with some subtle sweetness that is quickly balanced out by a dry bready finish. The balance of this beer is great!

MF: medium body, silky texture, medium level of carbonation

D: here's a well crafted lager from S.A. Not a lot of big bold flavors, but the flavors are expertly balanced which makes for a highly drinkable brew.

Photo of albertjr21
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Cheers to the 2011 batch! My first glass of the season (even though it's slightly before the season) on 8/10/11 pours into my Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" a clear and bright rusty orange amber under a sparse head. Swirling the brew around I pick up on aromas of bright crisp fall spiced malt and herbal hops. That's an Oktoberfest aroma all right...This seems to flow along the palate somewhat smoother than last year's edition and I do believe that there's a really complex and robust brightly spiced malt body present here. Tastes of bright bready malt with notes of caramel, nutmeg? and perhaps toasted chestnut deliver a very savory finish. Fall is right around the corner...

3.5 A: Into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass, this poured a clear orange amber color under a quickly disappearing head.

3.5 S: A moderate nose of roasted caramel malt and crisp hops that shined through.

3.5 M/ 4.0 T: A crisp, lightly hopped, and mildly sweet malt feel upfront that flowed into a delicate but firm, chewy malt center before finishing with a malt dominated but tame bready aftertaste.

3.0 D: Malt echoed in the mouth after a couple of these and bordered slightly on overstaying its welcome but was an overall pleasant session. I tried my first Sam Octoberfest of the season with a bratwurst and pan fried curry potatoes and they both went together very well.

Photo of lovindahops
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pumpkins and octoberfest! I love fall

A- a perfect copper and amber look. A fantastic head of foam. To me, the brew screams fall is here

S- caramel and malt blended together. A real blend of earthy tones compliment the strength of the malt. Nice!

T- a light robust malt fest of delicious caramel and the same scented malt. A hearty theme that really highlights the change of seasons

M- creamy and smooth

D- I am not the biggest sam fan... However, this is a very delicious brew from them. It's very safe to say that I can drink 15 of these. Great brew!

Photo of jazer
4.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew is most attractive with it's fall time golden orange hew. The most aromatic drink on the face of the planet. My sense of smell is non existant, while this brew emits a wonderful scent that even I can smell. The flavors go on and on. I can't identify what they are, but they are great. I could drink these all thru the autumn. In fact, I probably will. This beer is not to be missed and definately savored for this season. Highl, highly recommended.

Photo of andrenaline
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one came with a free Perfect Pour glass, so was pretty amped on the purchase, especially after reading about how much everyone loves that glassware!

A - Pours a copper colour with a nice red hue, thumb of head with decent retention and a bit of fine bubbled lacing.

S - Scent is mild but sweet with caramel malts dominating, a bit of honey and burnt sugar.

T - The flavour off the top is a bit bready with corn, the finish is grassy hops. Nothing spectacular, but by no means offensive or disappointing. The more beers I have of this style, the more I've come to appreciate the flavour offering. The caramel comes through as it warms, and it lingers on the tongue on the finish.

M - Bubbly but a bit too light. The carbonation is big bubbled, and it could use some finer carbonation to make it a little more smooth and less thin.

D - Pretty tasty offering, and definitely has a 'fall' feel to it. Glad to have had the opportunity to try it, and I would definitely indulge again. A tasty drink and well suited for the style.

Photo of HotHands
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass, a bit too vigorously perhaps, with a large white head that dissipated. No real lacing present. Color is orange-ish light brown.

S - sweet malt. A bit of dark fruit (plums, currants) and spicy smells like nutmeg and cinnamon.

T - Good amount of malty goodness here. Toasted grains, sweetness, brown sugar, and a lot of caramel. Some black currant flavor is present. Finish is a tad dry, which makes it more refreshing.

M - a bit undercarbonated, and not remarkable.

D - quite drinkable and refreshing.

Overall, a solid seasonal from Sam Adams that's worth picking up when the weather gets chillier.

Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, I picked up another bottle of this one. Back when I was getting into craft beer, this was the one. I went through a couple of cases of this one back in 95-96, and thought it was simply the most amazing beer in the world (shortly thereafter, I tried Bigfoot, and my opinions on the world's most amazing beer were quickly revised). Drinking this one now, however, I am reminded of why I liked it--unpretentious, malty, flavorful and nicely made. A good, easy drinking, not much thinking, late-summer/early-fall beer.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,596 ratings.