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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: 7,103
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 119
Gots: 1,618 | 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 hophead723
2.52/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: Quite clear dark amber with a nice foamy head. This series of beers seem to all have fleeting heads, leaving me to believe Sam Adams is skimping on ingredients and therefore quality.

Smell: Toasty malt aroma with a touch of grassy hops. Hmmm....these beers seem to have a homogonized character. Not much difference between them as if they didn't use an all grain process.

Taste: Watery, mildly spicy, and a little bit of yeast.

Feel: Loose.

Overall: I wouldn't recommend this unless you were eating a piece of pumpkin pie.

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

This beer is about one hair away from being a Budweiser. Let me first let all of you know that I am a huge fan of malty beers, and this beer is made with 5 different kinds of malts, so you would think it would be just for me, right? WRONG! I don't even know how sam adams could have gone so wrong with this beer. You get that run of the muck average gross beer taste. I swear to god it tastes just like a Budweiser but with a better malt taste. I mean yeah you get the malt taste, but it's not a good malt taste, it's just a sweet, fake taste. And then after that you just get the generic crappy beer taste. I don't know what to say other than this is probably the worst beer I have ever had by Sam Adams, and I have had a LOT of their beers.

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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 MJR
2.56/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a nice, orange-amber shade with great clarity. A foamy off-white head starts off a good size and sticks around for the duration.

Smell: Aroma of caramel, a bit of toffee, sweet malt, and corn.

Taste: The strongest flavor is the sweet malt, with it's caramel and toffee notes, but a corn taste is a close second. Too much sweetness overall. That's disappointing, considering this used to be a really good Octoberfest offering.

Mouthfeel: Has a fairly medium body with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It would be a lot higher if the unmistakable corn aroma and flavor wasn't there.

This beer caught a lot of heat this year when many people detected corn in the recipe. You can say what you want about the Boston Beer Company...I know what corn tases like, and they used it here. Too bad....

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Photo of Ianhockey91
2.56/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle yes, on tap no. This beer was lifeless, and flavorless on tap. Decent brown/orange color, but with no head and little to no carbonation. Not much smell either, maybe a little bread dough, and maybe some hops, but i couldnt tell. Tasted very watery (just like the mouth feel, no real powerful flavor to talk about. I wont have this on tap again.

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Photo of doho95fu
2.56/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhere at the Boston Beer Company HQ there is a box marked "Oktoberfest Flavor" because it is not in the bottle - and I checked 6 times. It pours a nice color and the head looks great but doesn't last long. Not much lace either. The taste is bland and it just doesn't have that Octoberfest uniqueness. Its drinkable but so is water.... I don't like to bash, but this one is below average

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Photo of ocpathfinder
2.56/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2004 Release

Presentation: brown bottle with "best by" date notched on label

Appearance: Pours clear copper. Decent sized head which settled quickly and left no lacing.

Smell: Lots of malt. Little bit of fruit and perhaps some corn/corn adjunct.

Taste: Starts out slightly sweet and malty. Finishes rather watery, with lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: Wouldn't want more than a couple in one sitting. Probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of TLove
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(From Notes)

On tap at a bar in SW DC.

Really pretty in line with the style, but unfortunately not really remarkable in any way. This beer exudes mediocre craftsmanship and grassy, corn-laden structure. A decent try for the Vienna oktoberfest style with a stronger color, but the body gets a bit foamy and squeamish in the mouth. Irreverent lacing and not particularly noticeable in character in the smell, the beer does have a nice herbal, piney malt smell with some mint and rye grains in the mouth. Typical of the style. Slightly sweet, very calcic, and somewhat off in the finish. But overall, not shoddy. But nothing really notable either.

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Photo of archyquaffer
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker. A moderate pour results in a 3/4 inch off-white head that sticks around pretty well. The beer is a somewhat pale yellowish-brown with a little bit of red.

I detect quite a bit of cooked corn aromas and flavors here, with maybe a little diacetyl. Very little hop aroma/flavor, and generally lacking any toastiness or complex malt flavors. A little bit of sourness in the aftertaste, with a bit of sweetness from the malt.

I'm not very impressed with this beer- it's drinkable and that's about it. Boston lager and ale is much better. I tried this last Fall and was similarly disappointed- I had hoped that bad feedback would have led the brewers to reconsider their recipe. This tastes more like a really corny malt liquor rather than an Octy. Boo! There are MUCH better Octoberfest brews out there.

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Photo of Bobzilla13
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was feeling kinda seasonal--Fall and all that stuff---saw this sixer so piked up one--poped a top off soon as I got out side ---Totally Red experience--sweet--malty--but watery---Was hoping for a full flavor but the sweet really predominates---but to give it justice poured one into a chilled pint glass--taste came out a little better and it has a Pretty red color--light brown head maybe 2"-- but dissolved rapidly--some thin laceing left upon the glass---Not to bad but could be better---finished off the sixer---3 days later...I would not turn one down and would probably have a few more to be social, but don't think I would stock it in the fridge.

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Photo of livingregret
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type: Standard Bottle

Appearance: Pours a light amber w/ little to no head.

Smell: Sweet, bready and malt. Nothing to amazing here

Taste: A touch of caramel, a touch of dryness, hops aren't overpowering here, there is also some herbal taste mixed in. A touch of honey toward the end. All in all not a great taste but good for people who haven't had a true Oktoberfest beer. It's very thin

Mouthfeel: Light and thin. Pretty watered down, the taste slides off of the tongue instead of lingering

Drinkability: There are many finer drinks than this particular brew but it's a good intro beer for people just starting off into Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served chilled at cellar temps. Appearance was nothing special. A standard, clean amber color, nice head and lacing. The aroma was bready, malty, and a bit beery. This beer could pass as an OK amber lager, but it is a far cry from an authentic Oktoberfest lager. The bottle adverts boast of 5 different malts and noble hops; however, most of the taste was dominated by a sweet yet astringent cloyiness of the caramel malts -which in my opinion were overdone. An authentic Oktober Fest should use only 2-Row Bavarian or Moravian Pilsner malt and dark Munich malts. The use of cyrstal or caramel malts only changes the color and adds sweetness, and does not necessairily add to the malt profile.

The taste did smooth out towards the finish probably due to the hops -but the chewy sweetness remained somewhat in the aftertaste.

A classic Oktoberest Beer should focus on a big malt body without being sweet. The end results should be a very smooth amber lager that touches a balance that between the malt and the hops; the finish should be dry and clean (which is in this case the main function of the hops). It appears SAs went overboard with specialty malts as this beer is way out of balance. I'd also like to know if they used North American or European 2-row barely. This beer is way too sweet and bready and lacks the subtlety of a true Oktoberfest beer. This is a surprise as SA makes a very nice, well balanced Scotish Ale. An authentic Oktoberfest beer is well within thier skillset.

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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 CraftBeerTastic
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ba Review #40
Served On: 8/18/2011
Glassware: Pint

Well it's Märzen season already. At least Boston Beer Co thinks so. Saw a 12 pack of their Octoberfest and grabbed it up.

Look: Poured a dark copper. A little darker than the Boston Lager. Initial head was a nice 3 fingers of tan foam. It disappeared quick and left a thin patchy film. Not much for carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Spicy hops with that typical Sam Adams malty twang. Also some breaddy lager yeast. I swear most of their offerings start out with the Boston Lager wort - then they just add flavoring in the finishing tanks. I guess it sort of smells like an Oktoberfest.

Taste: Ok, this was a Boston Lager without the sourness and a little heavier body to it. Maybe even a little more sweetness. Other than that, I fail to see any qualities that would make this beer stand out from all the other exceptional Octoberfests out there. I’m starting to see Boston Beer as a ‘Jack of all trades – master of none’. It just doesn’t seem like much effort was put into this one.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange/amber color with about an inch of fluffy white head. Nose contains almost nothing. Only some slight malty bitterness. Light on flavor with some caramel sweetness. A lot of carbonation. Flavor and finish are lacking with only some caramel notes and only a carbonation tingle for the finish. Thin and almost bland on the malt flavors.

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Photo of BigMike
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at TGIF

A: Typical Octoberfest appearance. Pretty much a golden,bronzed orange color with a thin off white head. Larger sized bubbles that don't hang around too long.

S: A few different aromas come through. All very light with none outshadowing another. Toasted caramel. A bit nutty and spicy as well. Not overwhelming.

T: Toasty and grainy. An underlying sweetness brings it all together.

M: Pretty much on the thin side. Not watery but not far from it. Carbonation seems fine.

Overall: Oktoberfest lagers aren't typically my cup of tea but there are better offerings out there then this one for sure. My favorite being Victory Festbier.

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Photo of twelvelookslikex
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

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Photo of JonMich13
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A = Amber - brown in color, something like iced tea. Small white head doesn't last long. No lacing.

S = Not much at all in the nose. Some bready notes. A musty smell as well. Hints of malt.

T = Weak malt profile. Sort of bland with a little unpleasant aftertaste. Not much to like here.

M = No complaints about the mouth. Somewhere in the middle.

D = Meh, drinkable in that it's not horrible and there's little alcohol. But not something I'd seek out.

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Photo of LBHops62
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was not as impressed with this Octoberfest that I thought that I was going to be. It did not have anything that really stood out to me. The beer was good overall, but did not have anything that hit me hard. To me, it didn't have any charateristics that were different from the norm. I probibly had too high of expectations. It had some of the basic octoberfest characteristics, basically tasting like an average medium lager. I had a high quality of ingredient traits, but it just didn't seem like the ingredient portfolio was very diverse. Just kind of small for a craft ocotberfest in my opinion.

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Photo of twelvsies
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm, not as good as I remebered. Maybe my palate has gotten a little picky over the past year, but there's something a little off with this beer. It basically just tasted like a sweetened lager. A small nutty character, but a way-too-present metalic taste that really just isn't doing it for me. Maybe I'm wrong but this just seems like a half-assed beer from a generally solid company.

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Photo of mrfosters
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark amber with quickly fading offwhite head.Initial malty taste that finishes dry ,bitter and a little mediciney.I noted caramel in the aroma and taste which is a minus for this style.As a dark lager maybe , but as an Oktoberfest?.. not quite.I like the new label.

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Photo of Botulizard
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark, almost murky brown. Not much head or lacing to speak of.

S: Doesn't smell like much, there's a faint aroma that I think smells a bit like corn, but it's very subtle.

T: It doesn't taste bad, but it's not a remarkable taste either. Bitter aftertaste.

M: Robust and full. Average carbonation.

O: Got this beer as part of a seasonal sampler. I don't think I'd seek it out to buy on its own, but I don't think I'd refuse it if someone were to offer me one again. I could take this beer or leave it, really. There are better Octoberfests to be had.

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Photo of Rifrafboy
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this on clearance in February. This was actually a decent beer. It tastes malty and hoppy, and was a little lighter than regular Samuel Adams. There are floral tones to this, almost lemony? Very spritzy in the carbonation dept. Full bodied and tasty all the way around. From what I understand, SA changes the brew from year to year. I will try it again this winter.

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Photo of frank4sail
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 Oz. Bottle. Malty slight hint of cardboard (Oxidation?) Below average for the style. Decent mouthfeel, but nothing there of any positive taste. Not one of Sams best. I'm now sorry I got a case of this stuff.... It looks alot better than it tasted.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ah autumn and the return of the Oktoberfest beers! This Sam's smells quite malty but not of much else. Poured into a glass it has a tremedous head that stands up like a champ. Color is orange-bronze like the turning of the leaves. (but not on the palm trees). Taste is sweet with hints of caramel and fruit. Hopping is very subdued. Carbonation is good. Smooth and sweet but not much of a backbone. A little too sweet for my palate but would go great with spicy shrimp on the barbi.

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