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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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2,072 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,072
Hads: 7,110
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 120
Gots: 1,620 | 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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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is a wonderful clear red color that is unfortunately the highlight of this beer in my opinion. The head is rather shy and does not stick around for much longer than it takes to pour the beer into a glass.

The aroma is almost non-existent although there is a little bit of a toasted caramel aroma.

The beer tastes very clean, no esters from yeast are present. The flavor is of caramel and a slight bit of toast. Overall it leans towards the sweet side and does not clean off your pallet enough to want to take another sip right away.

Overall this beer is okay, not great.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into an appropriately sized mug. The modest lacing falls a bit short of the handsome deep orange body below. Modestly sweet toffee aromas are complemented by subtle fruity, leafy and nutty notes. There's a tad more depth of flavor than the nose would suggest, although it's not as robust as I'd like. Lingering tangy toffee and mild sweetness are the closest things we have to lasting impressions here. Appropriately mild bitterness with modest leafy hop flavor and carbonation. Notions of bread crust with apple butter. A touch thickish on the palate. Quite easily drinkable, but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out bronze/copper in color. Head is off-white with average retention. Stays around for awhile. No lacing. Nose is a bit light. Light hops with a metallic twang and some faint grainy malts. Taste is slim too. Distant hops mixed with more pronounced caramel malts this time around. Pretty simple. Not picking up any complexities at all. Mouth feel is good. Pretty smooth with clean carbonation. Not bad at all. This one just didn't do it for me. There are way better Ocotberfest style beers out there.

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Photo of Ruger
2.94/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark amber with a white two finger head that fizzles out extremely quick, with no lacing.

S - Malts, grains, and bread; smells like fall.

T - Caramel, malts, and a decent hop balance finishes really crisp and clean.

M - Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of azorie
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Every year I try this style:
Most of the time every year the American versions leave me wondering why do I try these every year?

A: Served in a shaker pint glass. dark mahogany-tinted orange, with a small off-white head on top. Light lace.

S: Sweet caramel toasted malt, and little to no hops, very sweet.

T: humm not to style, way too sweet. Lots of coffee candy toffee like malt that overpowers my taste buds. Kind of boozy hot after taste. Tap or bottle both suck down to average to me.

M: medium to semi heavy, medium carbonation

D: not very, way to sweet for the style, I will pass on this one.

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Photo of shippos
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

clear brillant amber with a thin almost non-existant head. biscuity malt aroma, chewy bready with some butter to go along with the bread. average mouthfeel slightly thin and to much carbonation. decent malt flavors. an ok beer but there are much better oktoberfest to try out there.

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Photo of KajII
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear reddish orange with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated quickly, down to a very small collar which produced only a little bit of lacing.

The aroma was of a bread malt, mild floral hops and a doughy yeast with notes of caramel, a light fruity ester and a bit of spice.

The taste was very malty with a nice caramel sweetness and a slight fruitiness at first, then became lightly bitter and had a light spicy ending. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a light spicy malty taste that was left to linger.

Mouthfeel was just under medium in body and somewhat creamy texture with an almost lively carbonation.

Overall this was a decent representation of a German Oktoberfest, although it was nothing overly special it did possess and good taste and great drinkability...

Sampled 9/25/2009

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Photo of beveritt
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up with a couple of the German originals to do a side by side taste test. The only date on the bottle was a notch indicating this beer should be enjoyed by March. Not very helpful. This years Octoberfest beers have been out for a while though, so hopefully this one is this year's model. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Rich copper in color. Initially a decent head, but that falls quickly to just a skim coat of foam on the beer.

Smell: A little bit of malt with some hints of grassiness.

Taste: Pretty bland overall, not what I was expecting from a Marzen. There is a very low sweetness level, none of the malty, syrupy, sweetness I have found in the German examples of this brew. The hop bitterness is also higher than I have found in other Marezens.

Mouthfeel: Medium level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, not too bad to drink, it just doesn't taste like a Marzen. The sweetness is too low and the hop bitterness is too high. I could drink this, it is not a bad beer, but it doesn't taste like an Octoberfest.

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Photo of fourplayed
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ox bottle into 16 oz glass.

Nice Amber-orange-brown hues. Clear with 1 finger head.

Smell is Very mild you can barely catch the malt, hops, nut & fruit notes.

Easy on the taste buds. Not much heft. Nothing really stands out, just very mild malts, hops, nut and fruit notes.

Good carbonation. leaves nothing good or bad for aftertaste.

Drinks fine. Not much to get excited about. Will drink this when I find it on sale. But, it's not on my A list.

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Photo of Brew33
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I must confess, I am not a huge fan of Octoberfest/Vienna Lagers. This beer is disappointing to me to say the least.

It is a good looking beer, when it arrived I was optimistic. I try at least a couple SA Octoberfest's each year. I remembered it being malty and sweet. That it was but with no discernable hop flavor and very little nuance. It was bordering on bland. It smells malty/grainy and sweet but the smell is faint.

It would be easy to drink a few of these but I doubt I will. The flavor and complexity of this beer doesn't match the Sam Adams price tag. I'd rather drink a Yuengling or a Shiner Bock.

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Photo of SDtastentune
2.96/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Amber darker orange/copper. No head, and no lacing.

S - Almost nothing!some faint malts and sweet bread.

T - NOT much going on here! Mainly malts that don't get too tasty, almost no hops present. Some bready malts and butter maybe.

M - Fizzy bubbles, going down smooth.

O - Overall not impressed with this creation, mostly one flavor and no unique at all really. I would not wait for this one!

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

3/7/15 (Bottle) - Caramel colour pour with minimal white head. Negligible carbonation. Smelled of sugar, caramel and hops. Sweet tasting beer, with a trace of caramel. Thin texture, light body.

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Photo of TheFlern
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A nice burnt orange/amber color. Almost no head in the pour and zero lacing.

Smell: Lots of malt aroma with just a hint of a somewhat aged flavor. This imo adds to the authenticity of the style.

Taste: The taste follows the smell to a 'T'.

Mouthfeel: This feels full bodied but isn't that complex. Not to heavy and very nice.

Drinkability: This is a pretty light beer but isn't lacking in body. If there was less alcohol this would be a nice session beer.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

pours an amber color with probably an inch head. SMells of malt and spices. Tastes of the malt comes on strong and the hints of some spice sort of comes thru. I honestly expected more from this brew.

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Photo of ski271
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper with a small, frothy, light tan head that slowly diminishes to a film. Lacing is initially large but does not have the staying power as it slides back down to beer level before your next sip. The smell is malt-dominant and sweet with aromas of caramel, toffee, grass and a light fruitiness. The taste follows suit with the malts taking centre stage. Hrm. It starts out with a nice chewy malt flavor supported by a light herbal bitterness, but it turns a bit thin in the middle. A little honey and savory show up briefly. The slightly bitter finish is below average, with very little appealing flavors lingering. I wasn’t impressed by this one. It’s not bad, but I’ve had several better this year. Doubt I’ll get this one again.

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Photo of danielharper
2.97/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a deep reddish hue with a nicely-colored dark off-white head on top. The head is thick at first, but dissipates very quickly, often not lasting more than a minute or so. The dark red liquid is completely transparent, with no haze or yeast present.

The smell is decent enough, if somewhat underwhelming. Very malty overall nose, reminding me more of a dopplebock than most of the other Octoberfests I've tried, with hints of apple, licorice, and just a touch of coffee. Unlike other Sam Adams brews, this has virtually no hop presence at all.

The taste here is decent enough, with some hops breaking through on the palate even though they were missing on the nose, and with a sort of fruity backwash that hits the tongue upon swirling the beer around in the mouth. An interesting yeast must have been used, here, because it has an aftertaste that I don't really recognize from anything else, and which I cannot really describe to any realistic degree. Leaves an impression on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is watery, but with carbonation that seems to kick me in the teeth as I drink it. Doesn't really give me anything to hold on to, and I find myself taking large swallows of this beer rather than sipping and savoring it.

Overall drinkability is fairly low, for I really don't like it all that much, and find myself wishing that I had something a little better. Sam Adams can be very hit-or-miss on their beers, and for me this one is a definite miss, even if it's only a slight one. It's decent enough to drink if it's about the only thing available, but I don't think I'm going to buy another sixer of these.

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Photo of zacharius
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark amber color with a thick off white head that lasts through the glass. Aroma is malty and yeasty, reminds me of bread. Taste is malty but a bit on the thin side. Beer has a slight hint of unpleasant sulfur, probably could have used more bulk aging. Hops are there only for bitterness. Drinkability is good as expected for the mildness.

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Photo of leprechaunandfatman
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber color and the little head is gone extremely quickly. An almost sickly sweet smell strong on malt. Taste is much spicier than the smell would lead on. Not bad, but with spices and sweetness, it is not the best Oktoberfest out there, even by American breweries. Very drinkable and nothing bad about it, but not great either.

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Photo of gmattkennedy
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

It's almost ok. Spice is overpowering to the pint of annoyance. There are so many other good beers in this flavor range to mess with this one again.

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Photo of budgood1
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy copperish in color, appropriate head and lace. i get more hops in the nose than malt and strangely the taste is almost the same. it just seems something is missing from this fest. too much tingle on the tongue rather than waves of malty goodness. it's sweet but without the welcome toasted malt flavors that should accompany it. brewed for the masses rather than for the o-fest lovers. still, it's an ok brew and it's easy to drink many in a sitting.

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Photo of Floydster
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Cooke's Faimly Market in El Segundo

Poured was a golden brown with a 1/2 inch soapy head

Smell was a little bit of apples, but predominantly honey

Taste was sweet and very malty, a couple different kinds were evident

Could drink a good amount of these and taste was long lasting

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Photo of yankeeheel
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear coppery orange with almost no head. Smells barely of sweet malts and a teeny bit of nut.

The taste is rather...vauge? It has little malt profile, is thin, and finishes as if it was never there. Got to love my relatives and their beer buying preferences.

I am not an Oktoberfest expert by any means, but I hope to God that there are much better american examples than this. Perhaps more research is required on my part.

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Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

best by feb 2010

pours clear amber brown with a 1 finger head that left no lacing

smell was very faint - lightly roasted malts

taste was not much better then the smell - lightly roasted carmel malts but still a little too sweet - no hops to be found?

mouthfeel was medium body no real life in the carbonation dept.

drinkability is so so - nothing worth having again

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Photo of jcalabre
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I originally sampled this beer on 18 March 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
This beer is somewhat malty, not very bitter. This is a typical Samuel Adams offering: far better than Bud/Miller/Coors, but nothing like a good micro. drinkable.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very lively and bright amber color with an almond-color head that seems to dissipate rather quickly ... leaving spotty lacing inside the pint glass. The nose is malt, up front, but clearly has a generous dose of hops to balance it out. Slightly nutty notes here as well. The palate is precisely what the nose tells you - malt goodness, followed by drying, floral hops. Nice. Mouth feel is on the acidic side with more than ample carbonation. Finish is dry and leaves a lingering herbal and malt combination in the mouth. I'd estimate this to be a pretty decent American Oktoberfest beer. Very drinkable, which is the idea ... nothing challenging here, but there doesn't need to be. Nice.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,072 ratings.