Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 2,053
Hads: 6,978
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 111
Gots: 1,510 | 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 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.

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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.

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

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Photo of RocketWidget
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Month of expiration clearly marked.

This is a moderate beer, pure and simple. Not a challenging brew, but not especially disappointing either, it just exists.

Pours a very pretty red amber color. Head retention is above average, off white, and very fine. Smell is almost non-existent. Taste is ok. Malt profile dominates (obviously). Quite heavy for a lager.

I really have nothing to complain about here, but then again, I won’t buy this again either.

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Photo of zacharius
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark amber color with a thick off white head that lasts through the glass. Aroma is malty and yeasty, reminds me of bread. Taste is malty but a bit on the thin side. Beer has a slight hint of unpleasant sulfur, probably could have used more bulk aging. Hops are there only for bitterness. Drinkability is good as expected for the mildness.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This really didn't do much for me, especially when compared to the few German Oktoberfests that I've had. Appearance is a dark copper color with a fairly large, light brown head. Aroma smells of nice dark malts and is pleasing. Maybe a hint of alcohol is also noted. Taste is disappointingly average, the flavor is malty, but overly sweet. Not as complex and balanced as I would like. Mild raisin flavor is pretty enjoyable though. This is pretty drinkable, but not something I'd want too often. I'd suggest true German Oktoberfests over this one any day. Samuel Adams can make a better beer than this.

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Photo of nortmand
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and amber, with a quickly disappearing waft of tannish foam.
Smells rich and fruity, like a lighter doppelbock.
Tastes initially unnaturally sweet, followed by a strong metallic nose. Back of the tongue is sickly sweet, ending with a hint of roast flavor.
Rolls around on the tongue with a subtle carbonation, but unfortunately makes the tongue unpleasantly sticky.
Moderately drinkable, but not really sure how much I like this one.

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Photo of HardTarget
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

2004 edition, Standard 12 oz. brown bottle with Best Before Mar notched (could you put a year on the label please?)
Aroma: Dark malt and pumpernickel rye bread, but I really had to reach for it, pretty mild.
Appearance: Slightly hazy copper/amber body showing very little carbonation, but a respectable vanilla ice cream colored head that died off without a trace or lace.
Flavor: Nice level of malt balanced by an odd hop-like taste. Can’t put my finger on it, dear Lord, is that cooked corn? My mind is struggling with the concept. No; this is Sam Adams! It can’t be! It’s not entirely unpleasant, almost a caramel corn, but, still.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation, almost fizzy with a dry lip smacking finish.
Overall Impression: Eh. It’s odd; I enjoyed this one not two nights ago with friends and enjoyed it fully. Now that I sit down to review it, the flaws start to show. I’m thinking adjuncts, or maybe a mild problem in the brewing, but the “signature” flavor is actually a bit off. Still, it is an “Octoberfest” and not without merit. A fair amount of malt comes through and toward the end the fizzy aspects settle down. I guess a fair introduction for the masses to a great style.

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Photo of mntlover
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a offwhite head that lasts a little while. Aroma is mostly malt and with slight hop and spice aroma. Taste is sweet malt light hop and spice flavors little over sweet but drinkable non the less. Mouthfeel is light refreshing you get light sugary coating of the mouth but doesn't hurt drinkability. This is not the best Oktoberfest but the first one I had years ago in Colorado recipe has changed over the years probably gotten worse hard to tell as my taste has also changed. Every year still look forward to fall and this beer it holds special place in my heart and probably always will.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured a clear amber,not much head,left slight lacing.
smell: hops, spices.
taste:very smooth,light hops, and malt, some spices and citrus notes.
mouthfeel:light, medium carbonation, a bit more watery than I had anticipated.
drinkability is very good! This would make a nice session brew. I would drink it again, but I've had better Oktoberfest brew, (although, I've also had worse) fairly solid. worth a try.

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Photo of shippos
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

clear brillant amber with a thin almost non-existant head. biscuity malt aroma, chewy bready with some butter to go along with the bread. average mouthfeel slightly thin and to much carbonation. decent malt flavors. an ok beer but there are much better oktoberfest to try out there.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle

A very foamy, off white 1" head that fades to a pillowy sheet after a moment. Lacing is spotty with average strength. Orange/brown in color. Clean and clear.

A sweet toffee malt character with a very lightly toasted biscuit aroma. Also a clove spiciness present.

A watered down sweetness whose aroma is more attractive than the flavor. A faint breadiness that leads to virtually no bitterness. A bit bland.

Medium bodied. Very clean and smooth on the palate.

Easily consumable but there are plenty of better beers of this style out there. An okay brew but nothing special at all.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear amber/carmel color with a nice two finger off-white head.

Smell: Definite hop smell up front and a spicy background (cloves maybe?)

Taste: Hoppy and bitter with a touch of malt sweetness at the end. A malt presence increases as the beer warms a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and chewy but a little too carbonated.

Drinkability: an easy session beer for me. I think it needs more of a malt body but maybe that's just me. Pretty basic but good brew. Maybe not entirely representative of the style but it may be a good transition beer for non-BA's.

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

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. Freshness date was notched for February 2005. This beer has plenty of life left.

Amber colored with a solid, fluffy head.

Smells like toasted bread, malt, and a little bit of caramel or syrup.

Nicely balanced with a sweet malt presence and a tad of nutmeg or spice. Slight hop presence on the finish, but the malt flavors dominate. This brew used noble hops and four malts.

Respectable 5.4% ABV brew on this Sam Adams seasonal. Drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Hunter
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Certainly lives up to its autumnal theme. Rich brown le, topped with a light brown head that pour thick with decent hangtime.

The aroma is a little thin. There are notes of malt there and some hops, but everything seems to have the volume turned down.

The label of the bottle mentions four types of malts in the brew, and it certainly shows in the taste. Sweet and malty, with a barely there notes of hops. Decent body and a finish that bears out the hops a little more.

Overall, not a bad brew. I don't particularly care for overly malty beers but this isn't bad. I could see knocking back a few outdoors when the air has a decided nip to it.

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Photo of chrishickman
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw this and Goose Island's version at the grocery tonight and decided to pick up a sixer of each. This beer is everything I feel an Oktoberfest SHOULDN'T be...mild flavor, light color, poor head retention and lacing, not much by way of malty goodness. This beer would not be bad as a session beer, but I hold seasonals and especially Oktoberfests to a higher standard (simply because there are so many from which to choose), and this just has nothing going for it. Pales in comparison to the Goose and almost every other Oktoberfest I've had. But, it's better than Budweiser. I actually prefer the standard Sam Adams lager to this beer!

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Photo of Joey7F
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am a fan of the lager, so I figured what the heck. Not a bad brew, but I was expecting something more. Dry finish, with a sweet beginning if that makes any sense. Definitely in the style of Ofests but I prefer Spaten's offering to this.

As an aside, it is Aug 25 and I already found a few sixers at my grocery store. I recommend it but not highly.


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Photo of beertaster13
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper red with a tannish head that is about inch thick. Lacing is good. The smell is very apple/dark syrup/molasses malts, very sweet smelling, baked apple pie. The taste is sweet, nice molasses sugar sweet with hints of apple. The hops make the beer not overly sweet. Medium bodied and not bad for a beer you can find at the local supermarket.

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Photo of cbl2
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Note: Fall 2003


Crystal clear medium brown in color with an inch tall white head.

Overly hoppy for the style; malts are there, but masked.

While the mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth and supple, the flavors to me are all wrong. This is over-hopped to the point that it almost tastes like an IPA. The malts do arise mid sip, but it is too little too late to save the day IMO. This one finishes dry.

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Photo of twi1609372
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good beer, nothing more can be said. very strong flavor, appropriate for the octoberfest. strong with a nice taste, what more can you want? it's always a pleasure to see this coming out in the fall, i have to have some every fall, it's a one of a kind brew, good for the thanksgiving time of year.

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Photo of grynder33
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange gold color pour, hoppy slightly citrus aroma, nice round malty citrus spicey taste. Sam Adams always seems to pack in a nice full bold flavor. The taste stayed full and bold to the very end. Sam Adams is truely one of the treasures of the world brewing market.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

Pours an amber with orange tints. No head or lacing to speak of.
Smells of caramel, hops and malt and tastes the same. Very smooth and pleasant feel to this beer. The overly sweet taste takes away from its drinkability. I couldnt see myself having more than one of these at a sitting.

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

Pours a clear dark red/orange brew.

Smell is malty and floral with a mild spiciness. Mild banana scent is also present.

Taste is very malty with a touch of browned sugar. There is a bitterness here that counter-balances the sweetness. There are some woody and earthy tastes present also.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Very drinkable brew that I will buy again. A very well executed beer, almost a great beer.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2003: This brew is a brown color, with a foamy cream colored head. The nose is caramel malts. The taste is dominated by the malt, the hops are present but dont make a big impact. Acidic almost metallic bite in the back. Not a bad brew but not the best.

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

Pours a glowing copper color. Very little head, no retention and minimal lace. Aroma is syrupy sweet caramel with a mild citric hop note. Falvors was heavily dominated by a sort of roasted or burnt caramel flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Little bit too syrupy sweet in the mouthfeel with a kind of watery finish. Not bad beer bnut doesn't seem all true to style and just to watery and syrupy to enjoy

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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