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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 2,021
Hads: 6,826
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 103
Gots: 1,382 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
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 Buck89
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange-amber clear color with a reasonable off white head that fades quickly. Sweet malty aroma with a hint of nutmeg and spice. Taste is sweet malt with some dark bread, toffee and nutmeg. Seems a bit thin but leaves a reasonable sticky finish. (254 characters)

Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orangish-red color into a pint glass. Thin cream color head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not a whole lot of lacing but what is there hangs on nicely. Good carbonation throughout tasting process. Initial taste is a little hoppy at first but mellow out nicely to a dry sweet finish. This is only my 2nd Octoberfest brew so I'm still learning. Overall I think that this is a very drinkable beer and feels a little lighter than the Sierra Nevada Octoberfest that I've been drinking. I would definitely buy again. (526 characters)

Photo of Strat58cat
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's amazing that the bouquet of Octoberfest (sorry, years of drinking wine before recently returned to craft beer) actually has a note that is reminiscent of pumpkin. Very appropriate. Octoberfest specifically and the Boston Beer Company in general need to be appreciated for their unique craft paradigm. Octoberfest is the antithesis of a hoppy IPA, actually featuring far less hops than Sam's trademark Boston Lager. It's all about the malt. The aroma is malt-driven. The beer is thick and rich. The five malts featured here show so clearly. It's hopped just enough to provide the requisite neutrality. It's neither bitter nor cloyingly sweet, but rich. The flavors are as unique in today's marketplace as in 1989. This beer is 15 IBU, not 65 like the starkly different Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA. Variety is the spice of life, and this autumn brew is subtle. This is a really old-school, five-malt, more traditional than the Germans (now serving Helles at Oktoberfest in Munich) hyper-quality-malt beer. (1,019 characters)

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice, smooth easy drinking example of the style. Some light sweetness in the flavor and I really like the smell of this beer. Easy to pound down several in a sitting. (170 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice Oktoberfest beer. A little bit of caramel adds the sweetness here, with a pretty subdued malt profile. Would have liked some more malt, but still very nice. (170 characters)

Photo of GerryPendry
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear copper color (how's that for alliteration?), about an inch of white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Malty/bready aroma with a hint of hops. Tastes like malt, toffee, caramel, a little bit roasty with a tiny bit of bitterness in the finish. A little chewy, medium bodied, and goes down smooth as silk. This has been one of my favorite Octoberfest beers for over 2 decades, and I think it surpasses or at least compares favorably to any of the German marzens I've tried. None of them has had a stronger malt backbone. It manages to be satisfying yet highly drinkable, the way I picture this style being before it was lightened up. An underrated classic. (672 characters)

Photo of TLWalsh
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is another rendition of Sam Adams Octoberfest yet again. It is a solid brew all the way, regardless of what some may say. It is readily available and inexpensive. It is tasty and golden and malty and a little sweet or caramelish on finish. It is mild and easy to drink and without a high alcohol content. After the 3rd one you'll know it though. This is a great beer on tap to have at restaurants with a good sandwich or appetizer and such. (445 characters)

Photo of pianoguy
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle Best before January notched (hope that's 2016)

Pours a somewhat clear orange-amber body with small white head that dissipated quickly Very little lacing

Smells is not overly prominent. Mainly roasted malt. A little grass. a little fresh bread.

Tastes has the malts as little more roasted then they smell. There is a very slight hint of caramel sweetness, (if you blink you'll miss it)and a slightly bitter hop finish. (once again very much under the radar) I think this is consistent with the style . I went back and forth between giving it a 3.75 and a 4 for taste...

Basic medium feel. Not a lot of carbonation.

Overall a solid American Marzen (664 characters)

Photo of Myotus
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date December 2015) into a beer mug.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of light brown foam that dissipates into a line within 20 seconds. Amber in color. Rising bubbles are moderate. Lacing is light and spotty.
SMELL: Has mild aromas of bready malts, pale malts, and pale malts with hints of spicy and bitter hops.
TASTE: Inital taste is of strong pale malt flavors that mix with mild caramel malt and bready malt flavors. Mild spicy hop and subtle bitter hop flavors enter immediately after as all initial flavors persist in strength.
FEEL: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. This is incredible creamy and goes down smooth. This has a nice, thirst-quenching finish.
NOTE: The pale malts are way too strong on this one. Tone them down and it would be WAY better. (807 characters)

Photo of Beertsipper
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell was malts. Taste was completely different. Spice, light pumpkin, malt, good balance. I had this from the can, and it was much better that when I drank it on draft. Probably one of my favorite Marzen/Octoberfests. (222 characters)

Photo of Thebrewman
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice copper/amber color. Hints of sweet malty caramel on the nose. Definitely a Marzen. Can taste the malts, caramel, and bread flavors. Reminds me of my time in Germany. Purchase these every year. (205 characters)

Photo of joe_hurd
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful amber color when poured into a pint glass. Not much lacing. Semi sweet with hints of caramel. Classic Oktoberfest taste and style. Deserving of two brats with kraut. Please. (183 characters)

Photo of CorknCapSouthingtonCT
4.67/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I hate to admit it but when I got these in the other day.....first week of August I was a little disgusted since there's still another month of summer, but I couldn't resist. It's my favorite beer, and although I would have preferred it on tap, I had to have it. (263 characters)

Photo of hopphead31415
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I wanted to compare and contrast some of the Octoberfest brews that are starting to become available. I grabbed this one, because I love Sam Adams. This one has a mild 5.3% ABV. Let’s see what I noticed.

Look-It pours a clear and rich copper amber color that reminds me of the red/orange brown of the leaves that fall in autumn. The large head settles into a thin film quickly and leaves moist fine lacing on the glass.

Smell-It smells of toffee and caramel malts slightly. There is a bit of spiciness on the nose as well.

Taste-It has a fluid flavor with a slightly more noticeable hop component which was surprising. The hops paired well with the spices like nutmeg which I picked up on.

Mouthfeel-This medium-bodied beer has low carbonation and a slight lingering coating on the tongue with a sweetness that is appropriate.

Overall-It is a standard Octoberfest beer, but coming from Sam Adams it has a bit more grassy hops in it than the other Octoberfest beers that I have tried. It is nothing mind-blowing, but it is drinkable and goes down smooth. Enjoy! (1,068 characters)

Photo of CNoj012
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sam Adams Octoberfest pours a nice dark copper color with a small white head. Smell is toasted bready malts with a touch of earthy hops. Taste is much the same with some nice sweetness to the malts. Feel is medium with not much carbonation. Overall a good readily available Octoberfest, but there are certainly better options out there. (336 characters)

Photo of Cobratrooper
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Octoberfest is always a solid staple. Lots of other craft Octoberfest change each year/ batch to batch. I feel that this one is always pretty much the same. I use it as a yearly measuring stick by which to compare this years crop of Octoberfest brews. (261 characters)

Photo of October
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice touch of caramel to balance out the malts here. Finish is crisp, and the mouth feel is softer than most lagers. For the price point this is a darn good o-fest. (165 characters)

Photo of PfBeerMan
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden color, smooth and easy to drink, and soft sweet taste. Best part was the smile it put on my face when I saw it in the store and started thinking how much I enjoyed it last year. (190 characters)

Photo of Awolter
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've been waiting for this since last year, and it didn't disappoint! At the price, you can't beat it. Rich copper color, carmel taste, fantastic Oktoberfest. (158 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours orangish gold to copper amber under a thin wisp of a head.
S: Spicy nose with some malt.
T: Bready malt flavors with some kettle sugars and a moderate bitter hop accent.
F: Medium body and fairly low carbonation.
O: An Oktoberfest with more hops than many and less carbonation. (290 characters)

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. (533 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one after a longggg day of tree removals. Have no idea where the guy got it since it's only the middle of July, but oh well eh.

Look - Pours see through copper with a two finger slightly off white head and leaves a fair bit of lacing.

Smell - Bready and sweet. Smells like Fall.

Taste - Bread crusts and lightly toasted malts and a touch of spice.

Feel - Medium bodied and easy siting with just enough carbonation.

Overall - Well alright. Solid, easy to find take on the style. Have it at a bar this fall, sure you can find it. ;) (544 characters)

Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle B and M Stores, Bristol - Pours clear, dark amber with a small white head. Small lacing. High carbonation. Smell - fruity citrus, touch of nuts. Taste - sweet, malty, touch of caramel. Nice drinkable beer. (220 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It looks like an Irn bru beer with it's orange tinged body
and couple with the fact that it does in fact taste a little of Irn Bru (obviously a lot less sweet) lends an unusual flavour, not too sure, still quite pleasant though (227 characters)

Photo of Thecalmdrinker
4.56/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one is one of my favorites from Samuel Adams. I got it in the 'Harvest Collection', and I fell in love with it. It was also my first craft beer. I love how it's not hoppy at all. (183 characters)

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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