Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
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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 etaggie09
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: reddish amber with an off-white slowly diminishing head. A fair amount of lacing. I had worse expectations.

Aroma: lots of sweet malt with some grainy smells as well

Taste: sweet malty taste and a slightly bitter, watery taste. A little alcohol is present. This is kind of a one-dimensional beer. It's an Octoberfest, so its not gonna blow me away, but I have had better. The malts are definately too weak here.

Mouthfeel: a little watery, but the carbonation was done fairly well.

Drinkability: I could have a bunch of these. I had a couple out of the bottle while watching a football game and eating Taco Bell and it was great. I think its a good session brew for football games, though I would definately take Boston Lager over it.

Notes: Not bad for what it is. If you are looking for flavor, go somewhere else, but if you want a beer with more flavor than Budweiser, but the same drinkability for those long football game parties, try a Sam Adams. (979 characters)

Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber copper color with a small white head, left a ring with some decent lacing though. Though this one looks good, there's really not much behind it. Taste is a bit citrusy and kind of metallic, a tiny bit tof caramel malt but really weak and watery, almost like seltzer. A sparkly mouthfeel but no real finish, no aftertaste and drinkable only because its light and inoffensive. Depressing, I was hoping for something with a lot more flavor than this. (458 characters)

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. (447 characters)

Photo of hobbes2112
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a deep copper with light edges, medium head that doesn't last long, leaving decent lacing. Aroma is light but clean, malt dominates but there are small honey and citrus notes in there also. Taste is clean and crisp, but doesn't really stand out for me. Stable but not bold flavors of malt, bread, alcohol on the good side, a slightly metallic/apple finish on the bad side.

This is a pretty consistent beer, and I don't frequently notice that metal taste, so I won't ding it too much. Doesn't really scream Oktoberfest, but it does seem like a fall beer, one of SA's top three or four in my opinion. (624 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, copper, and clear. Haze and cream ring top. Nice looks and deep malt nose, sweet, mulled with some cinnamon whiffs. Taste is mild and flavorful. Notes of cherry soda (tasted like it was infused with their Cherry Wheat...) and vanilla. Some fruit in the body, and some spice, too--especially in the cleanish finish. Fruit in the taste develops to have much more in terms of toasted cereals. Mild carbonation.

This beer exceeded my expectations greatly, but didn't seem to resemble other Octoberfests I've had. (518 characters)

Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid Octoberfest from our patriotic brewer. A brownish amber with a fluffy head and some apparent lace. The malt brought out a pleasant but faint odor of a grassy bready nature. The taste was sweet to the tongue but faded into something with a grainy bite. The hops were noble and slight, but for a top notch fest, I'd like something a bit cleaner with less aftertaste. I'd buy it again and will surely check out the draft version if a come across it. (454 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a nice color, an orange and amber combination that looks great. However, the head and lace are minimal if worth mentioning at all.

The smell is spot-on. Hops are perfectly balanced with crispness in a very solid fashion. The taste is good too, but strikes me as being the kid's version of this style. It could really use some more charactor, although what's there isn't a bad flavor at all.

The mouthfeel is pretty darn full, and nice as it warms. Drinkability is high for this friendly beer. (513 characters)

Photo of surfmeister
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Underrated, as all Sam Adams beers are on BA, success breeds contempt. Deep, copper/orange, thick head which dissipated too quickly, had to ding it for that, malty, malty, malty, light on the hops, but just enough to keep the sweetness at bay,once again SA succeeds in creating great beer when a taste that is accessible to many, not by compromising, but with SUBTLETY, remember that word? smooth, full mouthfeel, beautiful lacing as I finished. A sweeter, less hopped Boston lager if I may simplify. A winner. (510 characters)

Photo of Guinness4me
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

While I usually find most Sam Adams' a bit too hoppy, this beer gave me only a glimpse of hops before the malt and caramel...and I liked it!

The color was the obligatory amber but also a glimmer of rose'...almost a deep, white-zin-wine color. The head was great at first, but fizzled quickly leaving sparse, dotted lace.

The hops scent was slight and quickly gave way to caramel sweetness with a slight pungency (or is that a zing of citrus?).

The taste was the best part of this beer, other than the appearance. It was a perfect blast of carbonation at the tip of my tongue, a quick, and I mean QUICK burst of hops, then a malt taste that would rival a Whopper malted milk ball. Yummy!

This could be one of the most drinkable Sammy Beers I have found.

10/22/04-I had to edit this review and rate it higher in drinkability. My hubby surprised me with it in the kegorator and I've only grown to love it more. It's so easy to drink, it's dangerous. (961 characters)

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So far all of the Sam Adams brews have not done me wrong. This one does not disappoint. Pours the proverbial coppery amber that is very clear and shows a good amount of carbonation. I was able to pour a large 2 inch head that was tannish and left an abundance of lace to the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is at first malty then somewhat fruity, maybe apples. The taste is much the same with a slight hint of caramel that is sweet. The malt is there as well as some fruity undertones. The hop flavor is mild to non existent. This one starts strong but finishes a little week, but, overall a good beer that I would drink anytime. (632 characters)

Photo of FormatKid
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed up a sixer of this as a last-ditch effort for a ‘fest to go with my brats.

The body of the beer is almost a pumpkin orange in color. What forms of a head quickly recedes into a few scattered bubbles on top. The aroma is thick with caramel, hints of toast and cookies appear as well. The taste is dominated by that chewy caramel flavor, almost a little one dimensional. Maybe hints of dry toast and just the teeny-tiniest spicy hop. The mouth-feel is refreshing but substantial, nice fine level of carbonation. (521 characters)

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
1.98/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm never quite sure what to expect from Samuel Adams anymore. It seems the more popular they get, the lower the quality of their beer gets.

Such is true with this year's edition of the Samuel Adams Oktoberfest. It begins nicely - the look is great. It has an orange lager color with a medium sized head.

There isn't much to smell here. It just sort of smells like a Boston Lager.

The taste is very thin and lacks any festive qualities that make a Marzen different from a straight-ahead American lager. Its very thin and runs off the tongue before I can truly get a flavor on it.

Not impressed....not repeating. (624 characters)

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice amber color and has a nice fat head that leaves lots of sticky lace. It has tons of toasty malt aromas and no hops. Not in the aroma anyway... The taste is heavy on the malt, but with maybe a tad bit too much hops in the finish. Not the best marzen/octoberfest that I have tried, but it is decent and I buy it when it is available. (351 characters)

Photo of wailingwench
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Eye Candy: Pours a dark garnett red brown color with a thick off-white head. Plenty of lacing,mild carbonation. I believe that SA Oktoberfest is perfect in appearance. Very inviting.

The Nose Knows: The aroma is rich and malty, with distinctive bread notes. Deep and rich roasted malts.

Tongueland: Thick m/f, rich taste, dominated by roasted malts and hints of caramel, with some mild hops thrown in at the finish. An excellent example of the style.

Bender Factor: The only bad thing about SA Oktoberfest is it's availability. I always look forward to three fall things: College Football, pumpkin pie, and SA Oktoberfest. (632 characters)

Photo of brewQ
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starts well with a deep reddish-brown gem color.

Some maltiness, otherwise clean and devoid of distinctive hop aromas. This is a well balanced beer with subtle nuances of flavor. It runs the risk of coming off like a macro "red beer".

Some tang to the finish makes it quite drinkable.

Editorially, it seems Sam has capacity to brew more volume in Cinci and has backed down on his seasonal offerings' character. (420 characters)

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

12 ounce bottle, with freshness dating. Pours coppery almond, clear with a moderate white head. It also leaves a trace of lacing. Typical octoberfest brw thing going on here. Sweet malt carries the load, minimal hopping. pleasant brew goes well with sausages, onions etc etc. (275 characters)

Photo of Tang07
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

SA Octoberfest poured very nicely. It was a nice dark copper, with a very thick head which hung around for a while.

I had this beer pretty cold and think that it may have tasted better slightly warmer to release more of the flavor and aroma.

The beer has a strong malt flavor and and is quite tastey.

I look forward to drinking more of this during in the crisp fall nights of NC. (388 characters)

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

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale and caramel malts. It is slightly sweet with a dry lager yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a slightly malty flavor with a dry lager yeast finish. It goes down easy and finishes smooth and creamy. There is a bit of bitter hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good Octoberfest. It has good flavor and aroma; an excellent drinker. (564 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am finally starting to get turned by Octoberfest beers. This one is an amber-tinged brown in color. Only a slight head, but a nice lace clung to the glass. The taste was earthy, a bold hoppy and nutty all in one. It was not bitter, but a tasty sweet, not overpoweringly rich either. The finish is average but well complemented by a pleasant aftertaste that tastes like hazelnuts. (381 characters)

Photo of bark
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is somewhat pale copper. The foam sinks down to a two finger thick, smooth head.

The smell is full of fresh hops, some bread and a burned flavour.

The carbonation is… crispy. Crispy with small bubbles, and it is rather refreshing.

The taste is full of burned malt. The sweetness is moderate for the style. The bitterness is quite soft. The aftertaste got a growing bitterness with tones of citrus.

I think that this is a very, very good dark lager beer, as one could have expected from Samuel Adams. But is it an oktober bier? I must say: Probably not. (580 characters)

Photo of ken3c
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very bright red-brown in color. The head dwindles to a thin ring with a wisp of foam across the top. There is some light lacing. The color is really the highpoint of this beer.

Smells like roast malt and carmel.

A Sweet malt taste turns slighty bitter more from roast malt than hops.

Medium carbonation and medium body.

I wouldn't search this beer out but I wouldn't turn it down. (392 characters)

Photo of afinepilsner
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle
This beer pours a dark amber color. The light tan head starts out good but doesn't last, leaving some lacing behind. The aroma is mainly of malt with a little spice. The taste is mainly malty and on the sweet side. It is medium bodied. This is a tasty Oktoberfest and the one that I purchase most often. (322 characters)

Photo of KoG
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a copper color with an average head that dissapated quickly leaving good lacing around the glass.

The smell was rather disapointing for an Octoberfest and seemed somewhat bland with slight hops and malt evident with a spicy tinge.

The taste was adequate. Caramely and malty with a hint of alcohol and spice, but a little too sweet. Aftertaste reveals a spicy yet piney taste that lingers for a moment then dies.

The mouth was rather smooth leaving a warm sensation in the throat and on the tip of the tongue, possibly due to the decent amount of carbonation.

As far as drinkability, there are others that I would reccomend first. The spicy nature overwhelms the tastebuds and may need to be toned down before I would drink it regularly. (755 characters)

Photo of acrawf6
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a nice amber color with a good head. Aroma seemed like a spiced malt smell. The taste was nice and mild... the body wasn't full but not dissappointing, i guess average. I think this is a drinkable beer, but i think it would be getting better reviews if they called it something else because overall i really did enjoy it. (332 characters)

Photo of maccroz
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aaaahhh...it's that time of the year again.

Samuel Adams makes a great Octoberfest. It pours a very thin brown color with a very sweet taste. It's somewhat nutty, almost like Red Hook's Nut Brown Ale.

I don't think I could drink this year round, it's too sweet, but it's a nice beer to compensate for the colder weather. (327 characters)

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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