Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Reviews: 2,084 | Ratings: 7,207
Photo of K-Dog
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the nicest color beers, reddish golden copper color. I'm not a huge Octoberfest guy and think there are way to many but look forward to this one every year. This was my favorite Sam adams beer up until rebel rouser, now it's number 2.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm so glad this brew is out. I've been anxiously awaiting its arrival..

Very clear, beautiful amber color...nice puffy head...good looking Marzen..

Deep rich malty aromas...some hoppiness but just a little..smells very sweet...nice..

Faint hoppiness gives way to sweet malts that remind me of a good hearty dark bread..nice sweet finish..

Very sessionable delicious brew...the best American take on the style I've had yet...I'm still partial to Paulaner but this is very good...

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasure it is to be able to review a fresh Oktoberfest rather than something that came over on a slow boat.
Nice orange/amber colorwith a smallish head that melts to a ring of lacing.
Aroma is fresh sweet toasted malt with a little light fruit and floral scents.
Taste is sweet toasted malt that isn't overly sweet and gets an addition of floral flavors before being balanced out by just a touch of hops.
Aftertaste is mostly a light sweetness.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly rich and creamy.
This years SA Octoberfest is one extremely flavorful brew.

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Photo of jackndan
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Octoberfest (2002): As deep orange a beer as you’ll ever see, with an off-white head with good retention and stickiness. This beer has an aroma of pumpkin pie spices, and fresh bread. Very pronounced malt flavor, with great spiciness. The beer has a hint of alcohol warmth, and it carries through to the aftertaste. This beer has always meant fall to me, and this was very fresh. But I’ve found through long experience that this beer ages very well. Buy it now because it’ll be gone in October, but it’ll last till June. Prosit!

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Photo of Lupe
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange color with a slightly foamy head and decent lace. Malt, fruit, spice, hops, and alcohol all in the nose and taste. Nicely balanced, very smooth, and highly drinkable. Very good, what you would expect from Sam Adams.

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Photo of tconboy
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper with nice head, slow retention, and good lacing. Smells of malty fruity roasted goodness, and tastes about the same. Nice balance, lively, medium carbonation, pretty easy to drink. An enjoyable beer, one of my favorite from the Boston Beer Co. Cheers!

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Photo of pweis909
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my re-evaluation of SA's Octoberfest. I'll preface this by saying that the last time I tried it, I detected some odd smells, which had some impact on how I rated the beer. In this review, the brew fares much better.

This poured a big foamy head with big bubbles that don't really last that long. As always, I'm a sucker for amber colored brews, so I'm not going to fault it's appearance, either.

Last time, the smell that I found offputting was a phenolic, plastic bandaid smell that persisted in each of three bottles. This time around, I smell the malt and no plastic. I also faintly smell something that reminds me of metal, but this is not distracting me from enjoying the malt.

The malt tastes yummy. Mmm. It is sweet but hops balance it with bitterness to prevent anything that might seem cloying. No trace of the metal smell in the taste.

Refreshing, drinkable.

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Photo of Cheesy_McDuck
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a delicious and well brewed beer. I remember hearing the joke what do American beers, and canoe's have in common? They are "darn" close to water. At the time Sam Adams was the exception internationally holding the torch for beer in America. Today with the craft beer movement, American beers are far and away the best in the world.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh fall is here...

A - Rich copper color that fads to a leathery brown, nice 1/2 head with small bubbles in a couple columns, sticks well

S - Very rich malty sugars, bread, pumpernickel, rye

T - Really rich malt, hops lightly end the beer, but this is all about the malt. Light toffee and butter richness

M - Above avg carbonation for the style, makes this very refreshing and easily quaff-able

O - A really excellent American Marzen, true to the style and one I'd have again for sure

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Photo of Gambelli
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle, poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Enjoy before March 2014 notched into
the label.

A-Crystal clear amber brew yields a 1/2" head which dissipates to just a wisp almost immediately.
Light stream of carbonation ascends to the top.

S- Heavy malt presence in the aroma. Sweet, ready-to-bake bread dough and yeast on the nose. No hop aroma. Not many beers could get away with this, but an Oktoberfest can.

T- Sweet malt followed by more sweet malt, followed by... You get the idea. Not as sweet as other marzen-style beers, but oh yeah, it's there in abundance.

M- Perfect for the style. Not too thin, but highly quaffable, and you know your not drinking a
sissy yellow beer.

O- I'm a bit partial toward this brew, as it was one of my first "micros" way back in 2005.
I thought then that this was one thick, heavy beer. Have I learned a lot. Nevertheless, I look
forward to those orange, fall themed bottles show up on the shelves in late October. Not the
most authentic marzen, but one I will always have a few of every fall. Cheers, Mr. Koch.

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Photo of mattkoon
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first off "fall" is my favorite time of year for bee. There are so many great seasonals out there and the sam octoberfest is no exception. The first thing I notice about this beer is it's fantastic color- it's a beautiful coppery orange. The smell is sweet and malty. The taste is a strong malted barley richness- but it still manages to be very drinkable and smooth. I always keep this beer on hand all season long.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. SA pint.

A: Sweet tea colored with a finger of short-lived head.

S: Caramel, hazelnut, and some inviting fruitiness.

T: Caramel, plums, banana, toffee, and butterscotch.

M: Medium-light body, creamy finish.

O: It's one of the best in its style, period.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a dark and clear reddish color with a small off-white head that left no lace.

S- Big bready notes, caramel, toasted malt, grainy notes, and nutty notes.

T- Big caramel and butterscotch, bready notes, graininess, and light fruity notes.

M- Dry, medium body, soft carbonation, and smooth.

O- A really solid Oktoberfest beer with a nice flavor and aroma. Also a really good value.

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Photo of michaelc916
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a local Richmond Oktoberfest. Having had this out of the bottle a few times I never cease to be impressed with the malty flavor that comes through. Great copper color, poured with a two finger head that had good staying power. On tap the hop aroma (Saaz) I'm guessing really hits the nose nicely.

Oktoberfest and Maerzen are my favorite styles of beer and this is a very good one.

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Photo of xsists
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep dark golden amber color that has a slight reddish hue to it. The white frothy head disapears quick but the brew continues to bubble due to the carbonation.

S - Sourdough-esque with a rich bounty of spices. Slight orangey smell up front that gives way to the rest of the scents. The smell is quite inviting and makes you want to take a sip.

T - This brew tastes just like it smells. Sourdoughy with the great array of spice. The spice sticks around for a while and then disapears into a great long lasting aftertaste that just begs for another drink.

M - Carbonation is heavy and the beer is very crisp. Not a lot of body but quite refreshing.

D - This brew posses the ability to allow me to drink it all night. It is very crisp, tasty and light. A 6-pack is easily drank in one sitting with this great brew.

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Photo of techdiver
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep clear amber color with a nice one finger head that dissipates quickly. Nice malty smell; feels full and rich in the mouth. Taste is exceptional for this type. This is the tenth Oktoberfest I've tried and this rivals the best German I've had. Very drinkable, and difficult to resist the urge to go buy a case.

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into my cool disney glass with mickey mouse heads on it, 3 fingers of head the left quickly, no lacing, lots of carbonation bubbles.
smells of sweet malts, caramel.
tastes is malty, lots of caramel, bit of honey in the back, and a hint of hops.
mothfeel is great, tin, but still good for this style,.
a very drinkable beer, one ihadn't realy preeciated untill now, but its great, went quite well with the saints winning the season opener.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Holland pint glass. Pours a rich, clear amber with a two fingered off white/light tan head that drops slowly.

Aromas of caramelly malt, biscuity grain and toast. No hop aroma.

Flavors of deep caramel malt, biscuit and toast, a balancing bitterness, but very malt forward.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, good level of carbonation.

Overall a great example of an O'fest beer. Sets the American standard.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours up amber with a thin light tan head. There is a light aroma of roasted malt, but otherwise pretty clean. No hops. The roasted malt leads off and the hops finish. I thought this was a well balanced beer with a full mouthfeel. This is very drinkable!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish orange color, with a decent-sized foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The aroma is malty, with caramel, hops, tea and spice.

T: The taste is likewise very malty, as it should be, with flavors of caramel, toffee, tea and some spices. There’s also a decent hops presence in a beer of this style with that distinctive Sam Adams hops signature. After-taste is sweet but not overly so.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, excellent representation of style, not very filling, goes down very easily, I once polished off a 12-pack in a couple hours so I’ll say it’s very drinkable.

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Photo of xXTequila
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow...talk about malty. It was alittle heavier than I liked. It tasted similar to their winter lager, without the spices of course.

Update: 9/27/2002
I have noticed that this years Octoberfest is alot sweeter and has more of a caramel flavour. It tastes alot more like a ale than a lager. It actually tastes alot like their stock ale now.

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Photo of NOOGIE
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Great color! Reddish-brown sort of like the like colors of fall in the color department. Nice thin layer of foam, just enough for this beer.

Smell: Has a nice woody smell. Also strong malty and hoppy smell, with hints of candy, like toffees.

Taste: Strong malty flavor, the woody smell is incorporated into the taste, hops and a sweet taste also.

Mouthfeel: The woody malty flavor stays in your mouth after you have finished. Great mouthfeel!

Drinkability: Surprisingly really smooth, the sweet flavor balances the hops, good Oktoberfest.

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Photo of jhammel01
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites...Its a sentimental beer for me..

Pours a deep copper- amber with an offwhite head that sticks for a bit and laces all the way down.

Not much coming from the smell dept. Hops 1st and foremost. I also pick up a few notes of malt and caramel.

Its taste is great....Smooth medium mouthfeel with caramel coming through with slight bitterness. Malt backbone of the beer comes through in the end along with a strong bready aftertaste.

Great beer. I know there is better out there I'm sure (just like every other style) but I really love this beer. My favorite from SA and my favorite of the season.

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Photo of pphunkdelux
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this out of an 8-pack of different Oktoberfests.

The apperance is a perfect dark amber with a nice two finger head that stuck around for a while.

The smell is good, caramel and grain.

The taste is great, sweet grains and caramel malt.

The mouthfeel is perfect, enough carbonation to make your mouth tingle but not too much. Nice and thick.

I've never had a problem drinking a bunch of these in one sitting.

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Photo of langm12
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap.

A - Cloudy copper color with a one finger fizzy head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S - Bready and Carmal malts. A touch of spice.

T - Very similar to the nose. Bready malts dominate. Spices and a touch of hops.

M - Light to medium. Good carbonation. This is an easy drinker.

Great session beer. this one is very enjoyable.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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