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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
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6,628 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,628
Reviews: 2,038
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 80
Gots: 1,097 | 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 rowingbrewer
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy reddish copper color with a thin head. the smell is subtle composed of slightly sweet malts and basically no hops. the flavor is a little sweet and malty almost a caramel quality to it, but again very subtle. the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a little less carbonation that i would have liked. overall its a pretty good beer.

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

Purchased as a sixer from.. wal mart.. poured into a tulip

Pours a very nice tobacco color with decent head. Smells of rich tobacco actually and thick malts. The smell just smells manly or something, like leather and wood.. yeah.. Tastes is smooth and not too sweet. great body and great finish.

This is a great beer for beginners I think. If i were to try to get someone away from BMC and into something with flavor but not too offensive. bam.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
2.68/5  rDev -27%
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.

Photo of techfed87
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For this particular beer, I'll be using a speciality glass that Sam Adams brought out especially to use with this beer, which is apparently a half-sized maßkrug. That in mind, it should be a pretty interesting experience.

Pours a quite lively head. Color is a lively amber. Smell is quite intense for a lager, which is always nice.

First sip is wonderfully drinkable. You really get the full malt character coming through in this beer, with just the slightest hint of alcohol on the back pallet.

If I go back all the way to where I really started trying different beers other than light lagers, this one was the absolute first that I ever tried. Years later, I can reflect back and say that it wasn't that bad of a foundation to start off with.

Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear but deep amber color with small off-white head that falls quickly leaving no lacing or chunks atop the beer. Smells of sweet malt and a bit bready - not a whole lot going on. The taste is pleasant but doesn't wow me by any means - sweet and malty with scarce help from the hops, just a subtle tasty beer for the fall. The mouthfeel is nice - smooth, crisp, with good carbonation. Samuel Adams Oktoberfest, to me, is a beer that is nice to have waiting after a fall evening in the treestand chasing the big buck with my bow.

Cheers!

Photo of AwYeh
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap for a ridiculous amount of money at SFO, but sometimes you gotta give in and pay it.

A: Vibrant orange reddish amber color; perfectly clear with a good stream of bubbles flowing through it. Thin off-white head atop the beer, a thinner coating of it remains for a long time.

S: Rather mild grainy, bready aroma with a light, crisp fruity sweetness. As the beer warmed, the grain smell actually intensified and overwhelmed the others, making this more enjoyable at lower temperatures.

T: Crisp malty flavors throughout, with hints of sweetness and an indiscriminate bitterness to provide balance. Strange proportion of initial taste to finish– starts off very mild but finishes with strength.

M: Well carbonated, pretty thick for the style and abv; somewhat creamy and rather filling as a result.

O: A good beer for the first half of the glass, by the second half I was wishing I had something else. Worth a try especially since it's probably usually reasonably priced (but spend your airport dollars on the Sierra).

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, amber-copper color with one finger of off-white head. Some retention and lace, pleasant carbonation.

S: Malty caramel and some sweet hay.

T: Light caramel malt straight through, a bit thin but not bad. Very little hop bitterness.

M: Light and well carbonated, a bit of oil on the finish.

O: Pleasant but nothing to write home about. Wouldn't seek it out, but wouldn't turn down another, either.

Photo of industrialswill
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with not much of a head but with a nice amount of carbonation none the less.
It's good a fairly hoppy bite for a mass marketed beer.
It's malty enough to leave a slight syrupy mouthfeel.
Overall, I think this is good beer.
I like this more than their standard lager.

Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap

A- light brown color with a white head

S- not much of a smell, smells a bit malty

T- extremely malty, with a hint of citrus, Extra malty aftertaste

M- really smooth going down, nice finish

O- Decent beer, not a huge fan of lagers, so I'm slightly biased. Very drinkable

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Half finger head. Clear and copper with amber hues.

S: Malts, toast and caramel notes.

T: Grainy and malty. A decent amount of sweet toffee/caramel.

M: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

Overall: One of the flagships of this very popular brewery. Oktoberfest isn't a favorite genre of mine but this one is one of my favorites.

Photo of DavidST
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, best before date of January.

The appearance is a nice clear amber color with a decent tan head. Smell is some sweet malts. The feel is medium to light. The taste is of sweet malts (but very light and not overpowering), no noticeable hop presence and a slight metallic after taste. Overall this isn't bad, not something I'll seek out.

Photo of zander4dawin
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - wow, very orange in color, white head that disappears fairly quickly, good clearity
Smell - rich sweet malts
Taste - sweet malty beer but not so sweet to take away from drinkability. nice spice notes. would make an excellent session beer.
Mouthfeel - wish the beer had a little more body to it, feels a little too weak.

Overall - Enjoyable but not breathtaking

Photo of dpasotti
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super-fresh Octoberfest is a perfectly clear copper-orange color with a slight ruby shade. Light gold highlights near the edges. One finger of off-white foam quickly dissipates to a tiny film and leave minimal lace. The aroma is dominated by toasty Munich malt with a little caramel underneath. Definite clean lager character, but there are some esters that remind me of English yeast. Slight herbal hop presence.

The taste is nearly identical to the smell, but the malt turns more to a light caramel flavor with a hint of sweetness. Surprisingly, the heavy toasted malt from the aroma takes a step back here, but it is still the main focus of the beer. No noticeable hop presence, but enough bitterness to perfectly balance. There's just a bit of alcohol, which would be welcome in most Märzens but is unexpected in such a modestly-sized one.

Body is medium in weight and carbonation. There's some creaminess that lingers after each swallow, which really adds some appeal to an otherwise unexciting beer. Good thing "exciting" is not really something Oktoberfests strive to be. Don't get me wrong. Even though I'm not a huge fan of Märzens (or Sam Adams for that matter), this is a solid brew that nails the style. It's also very versatile: mild enough to drink all night, but enough flavor to have with dinner. It is actually great with milder meals like rice & beans or a grilled chicken sandwich. Trust me.

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

A - Pours a hazy copper with foamy head that dissipates quickly

S - Smells of caramel malts, biscuity, and a hint of hops.

T - Caramely sweetness with a biscuity taste. It's ever so slightly hoppy with some floral hops and just a touch of fruits.

M - Crisp and whole. It's very refreshing.

Overall - Just a good, decent Marzen. It's not flashy, but it's refreshing as we get a break from this heatwave.

Photo of azdback
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Shock Top Pilsner glass. A dark orange color, with medium carbonation bubbles that lead to an off white head of two large fingers. Lace is really weblike sticky.

Smell is very biscuity and dank. There are some sweet melon aromas.

Taste is pretty sweet. The bread or yeasty tastes aren't as overpowered as they are in the nose, but are there. Grass or hay earthiness also comes to mind. Maybe even some sour red grapes.

The mouth is bright and light. Spot on for the style.

Overall I can't for the life of me figure out why people think this style is good or even okay. I can't stand the soggy bread taste or the sour grape or over ripe sun warmed melon taste. I said that the mouth is spot on, but doesn't mean I liked it. I should review by style. Thanks to Skip for this sample.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: ? (have had on tap and in bottles)

A nice crack at a märzen by SA. Pours a golden orange color, very carbonated, with a delicate layer of bubbles for a head that doesn't linger long. Basic grainy, malty aroma, with a touch of sweetness. Mild, toasted bread taste, a bit nutty, caramel sweetness, but not too much, with some floral notes coming through. A bit of apples and oranges, finishing with a crisp hop bite. Light-meduim mouthfeel, pretty dry, and quite drinkable.

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The mighty Sam Adams Octoberfest, It's a personal must have at least once during the fall season. Many of my friends and myself enjoy this beer thoroghly during the autumn months. This beer pours out as a rich dark orange brown color. It's a clear and clean looking with a nice looking head on it that leaves a touch of lacing. The smell of the beer has a good balance of autumn aromas, malts and hops. The taste of the beer is a little sweet upfront before the spices kick in. The flavors of some cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg come together and leave your taste buds tingling with a light hops bitterness on the end. The mouthfeel is a medium bodied and very drinkable in my opinion. If you can get, it try it!

Photo of sthompson519
4.82/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The feel, the taste, the smell...unbelievable. The bottle and look might leave a bit to be desired, but the great taste will more than make up for that. Compared to most Octoberfests, Sam's has a far smoother taste. A bit of bite to it, but not overbearing. I look forward to the fall for two reasons, football and this beer!

Photo of Samadamsfan2
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the beer that made me love Samuel Adams beer, caramel and toffee malt dominate the body, with a little hop aroma. Dark orange color, and very sweet flavor. Probably not the best Octoberfest, however, generally a very good fall beer, and probably Sam Adams' best seasonal beer.

Photo of harrymel
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bb: 01/2011

A: Orange ale with exceptional clarity. Single finger loosely packed off white head dissipates to a thin sheet of the same. No lacing.

S: Soft, sweetened malts with vienna caramelesque tones. Honey, vanilla and a slight over-steeped green tea smell in there. No hops, none expected. Decent

T: sweet, standard malty marzen. I can't say I find this much different from their flagship lager, but it does have a bit more of a butter flavor in there.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Prefer a hint less carb on the style.

O: Well crafted, far from the best marzen's available.

Photo of Outchillen
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite, if not favorite beers, copper colored, sweet malty, a great balance of malts to make this beer have a nice body, smells amazing, my only complaint is that I wish I could get this year round, the best oktoberfest beer out there

Photo of KajII
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
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 THECPJ
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: orangish brown with a 1 finger white head

smell: slight spices, caramel, malts,

taste: little spice, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

drinkability: easy drinker. gets you in the mood for fall.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Photo of zrab11
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep orange/copper color with a decent white head

S-Has a Bready yeast smell with some notes of sweet hops

T-Notes of spices right off the bat then a bit of hoppiness in the finish

M- Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation

D-Good representation of this style.One of my favorite sam adams. Enjoy this beer with a Thanksgiving meal.. you wont be dissapointed

Photo of SickGnar
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark yet warm tawny copper - nice color. Decent size white head that falls quickly to a skim that stays and stays, at least in part due to replenishment from a rising legions of tiny bubbles. Pretty damn decent lacing too.

S: Lager - sweet and toast malts with clearly present (but not strongly so) hops that are herbal and somewhat woody.

T: Pretty hoppy & bitter for an O-fest. Nice herbal , woody, and slightly spicy European hop profile. Toasty and crackery maltiness with a hint of grainy sweetness and an estery fruit note. Also a little bit nutty with faint edge of toffee. Overall malt effect is toasted crusty sweetbread, with the hops and the lager estery/fruity note just a step behind for the "jam."

M: Just a hair over medium body with carbonation to match. Creamy with a bit of crispness to the finish.

D: In style, but with its own character too. Sort of like a bready/crusty version of the Boston Lager with a noble hop schedule. Compares well to many of those from over the pond. I like how the different things that are going on really come together for an overall effect. Nicely robust and rounded.

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,628 ratings.