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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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5,981 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,981
Reviews: 1,975
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 657 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of mralphabet
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in chilled Pint glass

A- Medium amber in appearance with excellent clarity. Off white head that evaporated very quickly with no lacing.

S- Sweet caramel smell with a bit of sour in the background.

T- Very Malty on the tongue, earthy, with a wee bit of hops present and very carbinated. Nice aftertaste.... a little spice when warmer

M-Creamy, medium body.... Very smooth

D-This is a very drinkable brew. This one will be a mainstay come next October

I really Drank this chilled in my first review... (Grown a lot... no more chilled glasses)

Drank this right after Lein's OctoberFest...
Would hat to rank it higher than SA....
A: Better looking this time... Head did dissipate pretty quickly.
S: Same as above
T: Not a lot of hops here, mainly Caramel toasted malt..
M: Little more watered down, it did get smoother and creamer as it warmed.
D: Still a very drinkable brew..

mralphabet, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of jjanega08
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= dark brown and amber, light head dissipates quickly
S= light aroma of hops and wheat not much
T= great malt with light hops, tastes a lot like bread going down. Some citrus notes in the middle of the sip on the tip of the tounge
M= high carbonation with a dry feeling going down
D= high very smooth and refreshing good session beer for football season

jjanega08, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.38/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 10/12/2005 (bottle):

Light aroma with straw and a toasted smell, little head which was off-white in color, only slightly fizzy, average density, red hue, not sweet, moderate bitterness, slightly acidic, light to medium body, soft carbonization. In the past with Sam Adams' seasonal beers, it seems they go flat quickly after the start of the season. This was dated good by Feb, but tatsted not as fresh.

jujubeast6000, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of positiverpr
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a:more than medium carbonation. small short lived white head with thin lacing. orange/auburn crystal clear color.

a:munich malt with some crystal malt sweetness. more than a hint of floral noble hop. faint occasional whiff of roast.

t:smooth munich bready richness with what must be added crystal malt. residual sweetness with subtle almost honey-like flavor.no yeast profile.
twice i noted what i thought was diacetyl but couldnt find it again. again subtle floral hop with maybe just a touch of spiciness. lingering sweet caramel with intertwined munich malt.

m:significant but not biting carbonation. medium but very soft mouthfeel.

o:very drinkable because of the smooth touch of the malts despite some residual sweetness. a very good beer although i do think less crystal malt or none would be more traditional. better than many imports because of the freshness.

positiverpr, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a fan of this one fore sure.

A: Pours amber/orange with bubbly light head and very, very thin lacing

S: Malty

T: Caramely, a little nutty with light allspice-ish spicing. Smooth aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation, tingles on the tongue a bit

D: Highly drinkable, it goes down and finishes quite light with a refreshing taste and aftertaste. Six will go by fast with this one.

cindiwindi1025, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of radshoesbro
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this stuff in the candy corn of the beer community. every year it comes around and every year it suckers me back in. sam adams' seasonals are supposed to be good! their summer is great, and sam spring is on a different level all together! however, their attempt at the marzen style is just futile. it's not that great of a style of beer to begin with, but theirs just has a little to much hops, isn't quite full bodied enough and doesn't have enough malt. plus, it leaves a sort of burnt taste in your mouth. definitely not my favorite beer in the world!

radshoesbro, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a dark clear copper with tan head. It smelled like lime and pine hops with barley malt and a bit of sour yeast. It tasted like strong barley malt with some caramel and sweet yeast and lime hops. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a very sweet beer with clean flavor and a decent body. It was fairly drinkable, but there was nothing too special about the beer, but nothing really wrong with it either.

Pencible, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/29/08.

Pours a clear deep copper color with nearly three fingers of beige head. The head dropped slowly, moderate lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet toasted malt with some floral hops.

Taste is better than the aroma. Plenty of sweet malt, caramel, malty biscuit, and some floral hops to finish. A bit of nuttiness also. Very nice and balanced taste. Feel is smooth with ample carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. It's a bit heavy, but still easy to drink. Just not something I could drink several of.

Overall, a pretty good beer. Another solid beer from Sam Adams.

bkilpatr, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of ericmunley
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Octoberfest is second only to the Winter Lager as my favorite Sam seasonal offering. Best enjoyed on a chilly October or November day, Sam Adams Octoberfest's dark, amber hue and spicy aroma is a true sign that fall is here.

If your palette picks up the caramel, nutmeg and cinnamon notes, this can be a very complex, enjoyable beer. Mouth feel is chewy and hearty, yet surprisingly drinkable for a beer of it's weight.

I recommend Sam Adams fall seasonal to anyone, as it is one of the better Octoberfests I've had the pleasure of enjoying.

ericmunley, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear amber with a nice-sized head
S - sweet malts with some bready tones
T - follows the nose with some very sweet malts and a bit of a grainy taste as well. Reminds more of the German style than American style of this category.
M - nice and full and goes down smoothly
D - nice Oktoberfest style beer. One I have had many times this fall and keep going back to for more.

I also officially earned my mug next to my user name on this website with this review, so cheers to me!

birchstick, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of dnichols
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer with a spicy pizza when celebrating a friends 40th birthday at the Brickhouse in West Richland, Washington.

A: It poured a clean and clear orange body with a robust two finger off white head composed of sticky bubbles. The head lasted long and supported nice thick layered lacing that went the distance.

S: It smelled of light toasted malts and hints of ripe tart cherries.

T: It was smooth and refreshing with a good balance of lightly toasted malts, hints of caramel and tart red cherries.

M: It was creamy and smooth on the tongue with modest carbonation. It finished surprisingly clean and with no aftertaste.

D: It was refreshing, light and had a low ABV making this a great session brew.

dnichols, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Jordan1985rec
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let me first say that I am not typically a huge fan of the Octoberfest style of beer, BUT I do enjoy this particular one. -Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass-
A: Orange and gold, perhaps a touch copper, but not like a Boddingtons, much more on the orange tint. Good head, about two fingers with good retention until the end of the pint.
S: Malty, no real hop scent, good for style, no skunk which is often the case with the German imports that may have been sitting on the shelf since the October last. (Props to SA for using such dark bottles too)
T: Malty, caramel.
M & D: A bit heavy compared to some of the others, but enjoyable. I easily went through the six pack with a friend of mine.

Jordan1985rec, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of kiddynamite920
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just a little confused with people reviewing this as a world class beer. A+ is a pretty high rating, and this is Sam Adams. The beer is a beautiful amber color with a quickly diminishing head. The malts are very noticeable, very strong caramel nose and taste. Certainly has fall flavor, I haven't had one good October beer yet this year; still searching.

kiddynamite920, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thank you lynx1245 for your generosity (left some beer at my house the other day... on accident?)

Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear, dark amber with a thin creamy cap. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell: Caramel malts, brown sugar, bread, and a little spice.

Taste: Bready malts, caramel/molasses, light dosage of hops, and some spicy notes (nutmeg). Pretty good balance, though overall flavor is pretty simple and watery. Meh...

Mouthfeel: Pretty chewy, light-medium bodied, average carbonation. Nothing special here.

Drinkability: There's nothing special to this märzen, though I could see myself knocking back several of them without batting an eye. This beer barely creeps past average in my books.

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of lostsurf24
4.78/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have to say I have been and will always be a big fan of this brew. It's become a staple in our fall traditions to sit around a fire or go to a party and always make sure we have a few cases of this to go around. With that said...

A: Darker Amber colored with a nice fall hue to it.

S: Very malty with a hint of spices.

T: There certainly is a sweet malty taste to this brew. This years seems to bit a bit maltier and sweeter compared to last. Spices also kick in along with a bit of a hop finish to balance out this brew. Is this screaming fall or what???

M: Good mouthfeel. Somewhat heavier but not overbearing for the season. This is how autumn should feel AND taste!

D: Again like I said before this one holds a special place in my heart. I could drink many of these in a sitting or pair it with the right foods at dinner. I think thats why I rate this one so high. It tastes good, easy to drink, and
I can pair it well with some many foods and deserts. It's almost a go to beer for me this time of year.

I will always consider this one to be an excellent brew.

lostsurf24, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of lhaqq
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber brown.
S: The only smell that I can pick up is malt. While this is the predominate smell, it isn't too strong.
T: Tastes also of malt, but also a nutty, toasted bread flavor.
M: Really creamy, and noticeably carbonated.
D: Had this at a party; definitely really easy to drink, but I think a good mix of complexity and drinkability (i.e. enjoyable flavor but would be easy for anyone to pound plenty).
Best beer I've had from a keg.

lhaqq, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle notched best by Mar.09 served in a nonic glass. Poured a very clear medium amber color with coppery hues and a thick froaty white head with goos retention leaving a crown of lace atop the glass.

Good moderate malty aromas toasty and nutty with a pleasingly sweet fruity carmelled malt.

Clean taste upfront with a zippy tanginess has a complex malty tastes some toasty and nuttyness, no standouts a tad on the weak side with some dry fruitiness. Well balanced with a pleasing crisp bitterness with some earthyness. A very drinkable O-fest was a touch on the light side

jcdiflorio, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of penguinjive7
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice amber color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. There is little lacing to speak of.

The smell is of bready malt.

The taste reflects the bready malt with a twinge of smooth caramel in the finish.

The carbonation is a bit on the heavy side, but not oppressive. This brew goes down very smoothly and clings a bit from the heavy malt.

Overall this is a pleasant harvest brew that is very easy to drink and have several of. There is not all that much to it and is rather one dimensional, but well worth the purchase as a fall staple.

penguinjive7, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangey blush color with good a retention of white head.

Smells like beer. Hops, mostly. Nothing special.

Tastes good, the hops are present but not overpowering, the malt provides a light caremal sweetness to it.

Feels a bit creamy in the mouth. Easy to drink, goes down smooth.

Surprisingly one of the best Octoberfests that I've had this year.

donteatpoop, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of engisch
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber with a fine lacing head. Smell is of caramel and malts. Flavor is also of caramel and malts with a nice balancing of hops bitterness. The bitterness is masked nicely by the sweetness of the malts. This is one of the freshest Marzens that I can get, and in addition, probably partly due to freshness, it is one of the better oktoberfests. I have to give Sam Adams a big thumbs up on this one. Another great beer that I enjoy a few every year!

engisch, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of pphunkdelux
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this out of an 8-pack of different Oktoberfests.

The apperance is a perfect dark amber with a nice two finger head that stuck around for a while.

The smell is good, caramel and grain.

The taste is great, sweet grains and caramel malt.

The mouthfeel is perfect, enough carbonation to make your mouth tingle but not too much. Nice and thick.

I've never had a problem drinking a bunch of these in one sitting.

pphunkdelux, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of beersheppard
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear amber with tan head that retreats rather quickly, decent lacing.

Smell: caramel malts

Taste: caramel malts mask hop flavoring, I also detect some black tea notes and toffey undertones.

Mouthfeel: not overly carbonated, but nice presence on the tongue.

Drinkability: easy drinking pleasant tasting marzen. Nice to have at this time of the year. I won't miss it too much though come

beersheppard, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of caddybuyer
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from 6 pack.

A- Good looking medium amber appearance with excellent clarity. Off white head which evaporates a bit too quickly and average lacing.

S- sweet caramel smell with a bit of sour in the background.

T-Maltfest on the tongue, very bready and earthy, with a wee bit of hops present...as to be expected.

M-Creamy, medium body

D-This is a very drinkable brew. You can go nonstop with this one, if you care to and Ooomph-ah into the wee hours.

Notes: Typical of Sam Adams, this is a very nice mainstream beer. It wont impress, but it won't let down, and since it is often available most everywhere (at least here in the Northeast) is a far, far better choice than most during the fall season.

caddybuyer, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best By February 2009; Sampled October 2008
Pours with a frothy, two finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is quite clear and shows a full amber color as it sits on my desk. The aroma has some light spicy hop character to it up front, but this is quickly drowned out by a full malt character. Aromas of caramel, toasty grain and whole grain crackers. Actually there is a fair amount of hop character here that lightly spices the more dominant malt aromatics.

Spicy hop notes cut through the slightly more dominant malt character of lightly nutty, slightly toasty grain notes and a nice, almost rich, but not to sweet, caramelized malt note. As the beer warms up it becomes more malty and rich, but still retains its spicy hop character. Light toffee notes seem to subtly intrude into the mix of well integrated flavors that define this beer. I really am enjoying the body of this brew as well, it is quite quaffable, but has just enough heft to cling a bit to the palate and lightly envelope the mouth.

This is a nice Oktoberfest, I really like that it is still fresh and has a nice spicy hop character. I really also like how the toasted malt character accentuates a soft nutty note. Overall this is a really well constructed beer, incredibly well balanced between hop and malt. I would seriously have a hard time asking for more from an Oktoberfest (well an non-Rauch one anyway). This would be quite easy to quaff liters of this beer at a time.

Gueuzedude, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of kshankar
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: On tap, poured an amber/orange color. Very deep amber...nice little tan foam.

Aroma: Caramel, malts..not too much on the hops side. Still good so far.

Taste: Good. One of the better Oktoberfests I've had, malty..not too hoppy, not very sweet from the malts either.

Mouthfeel: Goes down well, medium bodied. Pretty typical for the style

Drinkability: Good for this, I can have a couple with no issues. Good taste, not too heavy...etc. Recommended

kshankar, Oct 16, 2008
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 5,981 ratings.