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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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2,056 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,056
Hads: 6,987
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 110
Gots: 1,516 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 Higravity
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this is a good beer and is decently colored an amberly flow with tints of fall, leaves turning all colors of red brown and orange, in a glass. The smell is up front and malty and a distinct lager smell of cold storage. I don't know but I seem to be able to smell a lager before I taste it. The taste for this beer was a blend of malts and tings of molasses and dark malt happiness. There was a after-taste of spiced pumkin and fresh fallen leaves that at first was unwelcome and then excepted and pleasant. I have had this beer for several years now and while I thought 2003 was better this year is not bad, and I will surely have another before they are gone.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the tap, pours a clear amber color with no head at all. Probably not a good pour from the bartended. A few bubbles from the bottom of the glass. No lace on the glass as the beer disappears. Smells slightly toasted, fruity and maybe spicy. Tastes slight carmel, again with some fruit notes, and a slight hint of hop bitterness. The sweetness never seems to go away, and seems to be a bit cloying. Light body, with some carbonation. Seems a bit watery. Overall, fair. I do not believe this beer was as mediocre last year or the year before. As it seems for Sam Adams, some of the products are being "dumbed down", probably for the mass market. What a shame.

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

Pours medium orange-amber with a persistent head. Smells of faint spice, malt, and hops. The balance is good in this Oktoberfestbier, neither malt nor hops overpower the other. However, it is lacking in 'oomph'. The spice is noticeable and is a welcome accompaniment. I'd like more spice and also stronger malts and hops. But, it is still a decent beer that I'd drink again.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle pours a clear amber hue with very little head. Has a slight malty, yeasty caramel smell. A mild caramel malt sweetness swishes across the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with a pleasantly bitter, subtle hop bite. Smooth mouthfeel and easy drinking, not bad.

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Photo of Biffster
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep copper, brilliant clear, with amber highlights and a persistent off white head.

The aroma is rich and malty, but there is a hint of roast malt which is not appropriate for the style. Besides that, the arome is quite clean - no esters or other off aromas. Hints of caramel and the barest hint of continental hops emerges as the sample warms.

The beer is malty at the taste, bready with a hint of toast, and an inappropriate but not objectionable taste of continental (hallertau? spalt?) hops. The slight hint of roast malt still detracts. The beer finishes with a nice clean swallow, with a slightly vinous linger from the hops.

The mouthfeel is bang on for the style - medium body, medium/high carbonation, no astringency and no warming.

Overall, I find the hop flavor to be inappropriate to style but not unpleasant. The use of roast malt for flavor and color instead of additional Munich malt is quite disappointing

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Photo of rkhaze
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange amber color with a foamy off white head that got creamy as it fell.
Sweet malt aroma with hints of fruit and mildly spicy hops.
Sweet, almost cloying, toasted malt flavor. A bit of fruit and a complimentary spicy hop profile.
Thin bodied with a light, carbonated mouthfeel.
Lighter flavored, highly drinkable Americanized version of an Octoberfest

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,056 ratings.