Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
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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 homersimpson
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003
Reddish orange with a thin layer of beige.
Spicy, citrusy with a bit of sweet malt in the nose.
Medium, heavily carbonated, chewy body
Bunches of malt with some fruit and spice in the mix too. A bit of caramel adds a distinct sweetness. Finishes clean, with only a light dryness left.
Always interesting to see how each year's version turns out. (355 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Release 2003: The beer pours transpicuous deep amber to burnished copper, the head modest in size and semi-creamy in consistency, the color a very light tan, the resultant lace a thin sheet to drape the glass. Nose is crisp and clean, sweet with lots of malt, start is also sweet and rich in malt, top middling. Finish is perky in its acidity, the hops light in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste, a so-so beer, drinkable and decent enough to rate at least and average score from me.

Release 2002: The beer pours a nice translucent deep amber color, the head is portly, frothy, the lace in thick sheets, the color beige. Nose is malt and light hints of caramel. Front is sweet, the top skinny, the finish is mildly carbonated, a tad dry, slim on the hops, drinkable beer, but a bit to sweet for me.

Release 2001: Different label, same beer. Nice malt nose and a decent hop presence, not a great beer, not bad either. The beer pours a copper-brown color with beige head and fair lace. Drinkable and worth a try (1,017 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a very light copper color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left down the side of the glass. The smell is malty with some hops in the background. The taste is light and malty, with a little bit of caramel sweetness. The body is fairly good, and the drinkability is pretty nice. Not a bad Oktoberfest. (373 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a middle of the road o'fest from the BBC. i remember it being bigger and bolder in years past, but this year's is still respectable. it pours an amber colour with very little head and instantly gives of a malty smell, with a sweetness lingering throughout. these characteristics are apparent in the taste as well, along with a slight syrupy quality. this is a rather smooth o'fest that whilst not the most aggressive attempt at the style, it's still enjoyable and it's also nice to know that once october hits at least one o'fest will be farily easy to find on tap. (565 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big, light tan, noisy, crusty head on a deep, deep, clear, red-brownish base. Sticky, foamy lacing. Nice. Peanuts in the nose lead to a sweetish, nutty front, sweet malty middle and fresh, bitter, nutty finish showing some bitter chocolate, especially at temperature. A quite nutty octoberfest. It's fairly malty, but not very sweet. It's a step up from the run of the mill, maybe, but why play it safe on seasonals? (416 characters)

Photo of StevieW
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Nice glowing orange color. Medium, full, bubbly biege head. Creamy and foamy. A good looking beer in the glass. Moderately sweet smells, hints of toasted bread smell. Taste is mushy, carmel malt, toast, and more hints of sweet carmel. Decent sweetness, but flavors were mushy. Feel was a bit watery. Flavors feel apart. I used to be impressed by this beer, but I think I have outgrown it. Still better than average. Overall flavors were muddled. (459 characters)

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

Poured out a golden orange amber color with a huge, lively and long lasting head. Fruit and spices in the aroma with hints of caramel and cocoa. The body is medium light in maltiness, but is full of flavor with some oiliness in the aftertaste. Light and drinkable, a very nice and enjoyable beer. (296 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An intriguing Oktoberfest, to say the least. This is not one I would normally try, but we must do what we must do in order to advance the BA cause. This brew poured out a rich amber/copper color, and left a respectable head and a lace that lingered for a good bit of time. The aroma and flavor are just about what I expected from this Sam Adams brew. Nothing overly extravagant, nor inspiring. If anything, this brew was a bit on the sweet side.

Zum wohl! (458 characters)

Photo of oldgrowth
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear brownish orange color. Little head , some lacing. O.k. nose fruity - apple & banana. Malt was toasty carmel like. Sour toasted malt tasting. Some linguring bitterness A little on the creamy side. Very drinkable. Could drink them all afternoon. It a O.K. beer, certainly a traditional kinda octoberfest. Not really exciting either though. (343 characters)

Photo of JAL67
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer from SA! Love it. It's a nice change of pace from the Summer Ale. I really enjoy this beer. Has an amber color and with the 5.7% has a bit of a kick to it.

The color is very good, typical amber(fall colors). Nice to have when raking leaves as I did today...warms you up on a Fall day.

Enjoy! (309 characters)

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

Rusty amber tones with a rapidly disintegrating head that starts big, fluffy, and off-white and retreats to a small-ish film. Lightly hopped aroma laced with bits of holiday spices and a clear malt presence (as it should be, dammit!) Fairly filling for a medium-bodied lager. Very smooth and malty sweet. Not spectacularly complex or original or even perfectly on-style but pretty cohesive and very well balanced. Toasted malts and just the slightest estery quality rounds it out nicely. Hops don't quite clean up the finish all the way. With the familiar Sammy label staring you in the face, this is probably a good Marzen to use on unsuspecting folks in early-fall beer conversions. (684 characters)

Photo of freed
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Managed to find a bottle of this in a backwoods supermarket. I wrangled a sixer away to offer with dinner. It pours a rich, warm copper color with flashes of red when held to the light. Little if any foam is aroused during the pour, and lacing is minimal.

The aroma is of pleasant roasted and nutty malt with a slight spice of hops. Taste is a welcoming buffet of clean malt flavors. Some roasted pilsner malts really create a pleasant flavor, which clears the pallatte with a dry hop quench. (495 characters)

Photo of dedalus
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured out of the bottle a deep orange, with a nice, fluffy head. moderate, creamy lacing.

not a lot of aromas, but i got it at an applebee's and they pulled it out of an ice cooler, so that's probably what i can blame the weak scents on. what i could detect was a slight, timid hop presence (noble hops, if i remember the label correctly) and a faint whiff of sugary malt.

good, medium-thick mouthfeel, although i suspect it could benefit by being a little thicker.

almost no detectable hops in the palate. lots of clean, nutty, creamy, sugary malt, in both the palate and the finish. just the smallest bit of hop flavor emerged in the finish; the strong but clean sweetness was given a touch of complexity by this late, light bitterness.

this beer wasn't very complex or challenging, but it tasted great, and there's nothing wrong with that! i kind of felt like i could drink it all day, but there are a lot of other oc(k)toberfests that i'd like to try this year.

all in all, if you can't get your hands on an authentic german/bavarian o-fest, this is a good beer to try. good, clean, sweet, and just complex enough to escape being boring. the autumn beer to reach for when you want something that's easy to drink, but isn't cripplingly dumbed-down.

cheers,

s.d. (1,287 characters)

Photo of sabrills70
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber with an off white medium head. Excellent lace. Smell is very mild for the style, some malt and very subtle other smells, but like I said very mild for the style. Taste is OK, malt and hops, possibly some vanilla, but again mild for the style. This is a very drinkable beer. Its not a great brew and Sam Adams is capable of much better, don't get me wrong it is still very good but it tastes like they purposly "watered" it down to try and appeal to the masses a bit more (what the hell, it works for AB). It is still fun to drink and nice to see every year at this time and I do still look forward to it. (626 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Octoberfest is probably one of the O-Fests that I see the most of around this time of year. I have heard about "tweaking" and "dumbing down" of this beer over the years, but this was my first time trying this one, so I won't have the benefit of past years experience to compare this beer to.

The Octoberfest pours a nice medium amber color that is translucent and has an orange hue. A decent off-white head forms, but only lasts for around 30 seconds. The smell is quite light. I could barely detect some caramel malts in the aroma and that was about it. The mouthfeel is light and somewhat watery. The initial taste is of caramel malts, which dominate the beer making it somewhat sweeter than most. There is a light nuttiness in the flavor, and an even lighter fruitiness. Hop bitterness is there but nowhere near as pronounced as the other Sam beers I've had. Not enough to provide good balance. Aftertaste has some light dryness and bitterness, but not much. Some light caramel flavors continue, and I thought I caught some DMS in there. This finishes off with no alcoholic warmth.

All in all, I thought this was a pretty quaffable brew, but it is nowhere near as exciting as some other Sam Adams beers. To an extent it is almost less flavorful as well. Average for the brewer and the style. (1,313 characters)

Photo of Ianhockey91
2.56/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle yes, on tap no. This beer was lifeless, and flavorless on tap. Decent brown/orange color, but with no head and little to no carbonation. Not much smell either, maybe a little bread dough, and maybe some hops, but i couldnt tell. Tasted very watery (just like the mouth feel, no real powerful flavor to talk about. I wont have this on tap again. (351 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Clubhouse last night. The Clubhouse is a slightly pretentious establishment that is kind of a glorified sports bar for middle-aged businessmen and big haired divorced women. The parking lot is filled with Porchess, large SUVS and other expensive toys. Lots of men in bad jewelry. My second Oktoberfest did not come in a chilled glass so I chose that sample to review.

Nice looking if slightly pale Oktoberfest offering. Decent head, not much lacing. The beer smelled nicely of malt and a hint of hops.

Taste was fine, but not outstanding. Some good malt sweetness and nice use of hops to keep balance. The major flaw in the beer is its thinness. Beer needs more of a malt backbone to move up in the ratings. Very similar to a Becks O-fest. A decent enough beer to use to introduce people to the style. (833 characters)

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

pours a nice dark copper with just a small head of lace. nice aroma of malt and fruit with a touch of hops. the taste is nice and of malty sweet caramel, slightly fruity and with a small hop pressence. this thing is really tasty. overall this is a very good beer. i was skeptical trying american oktoberfest's, but this one did me quite well. smooth, sweet and flavorful. (371 characters)

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

Pours a deep amber, with a beige head that is small and diminishes to a ring pretty quick, lightly lacing on the way down. Aroma is of sweet toast, with a bit of hops spread on it. Flavor is mostly toasty in the front, sweet in the middle, and just plain boringo on the finish. Medium body, semi-dry ending, flavors get muddier as it warms up a bit, carbonation is pretty lively. (379 characters)

Photo of winomark
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep copper hue, with a fleeting 1/4" off-white head.

Aroma: Sweet, roasted malt aroma, some caremel notes. No hops evident.

Taste: Bright carbonation, raw malt palate with the slightest of hop flavors. Little or no finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin, with some toasty, sweet malt to give some body, but no hops for balance.

Drinkability: One of my least favorite O-fests, possibly a domestic style vs. German, that has more balance. (455 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured out of the bottle, generated a good amount of foam and a smooth head the disappeared within a couple of minutes. After that there was no lace left on the glass. The smell is faintly grassy and fresh. Color is exceptionally clear reddish amber with almost no carbonation past the initial pour (looks almost exactly like a strong brewed iced tea minus the ice). The taste leaned distinctly towards toasted caramel malt with a light dose ot delicately floral hops. The best quality about this beer has to be its velvety smooth mouthfeel that is enhanced by the thick malty body, that is much more evident here than in other fest beers I've had. It was almost entirely lacking in bitterness and left no aftertaste. A decent beer for the style. (751 characters)

Photo of byrd
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew pours with a large foamy head that has an orange hue. The head bubbles down fairly quickly to a thin foamy lace. The color is a clear reddish orange. The aroma is a fairly well balanced mix of malts and hops, with some spiciness also being noticeable. The body is fairly thick with a good mouthfeel but not much carbonation. The start is rather smooth with malt sweetness up front along with some toasted, bready notes and subtle spiciness. Hops, and some notes of grain finish the beer out nicely with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Not an amazing brew, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. This is the first Oktoberfest brew I’ve tried... Paulaner Oktoberfest is waiting for me in the fridge. (700 characters)

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

Another good beer from Sam. It pours a bit amber, with no head or lacing. Fairly thin aroma and taste. As with most of his brews, it is 'toned down' to please the masses. A little thinner in taste than most others. While it is a decent Oktoberfest, it still pales with most of the others out there. (298 characters)

Photo of flaminghomer
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a medium reddish brown with a light tan, three quater inch head that goes away in about a minute, with a fair amount of lace. when it comes to smell, nothing stood out too strong. i did not smell as many characteristic samuel adams aromas as i was expecting.

even though samuel adams lager is a stand by of mine, for some reason i expected to be disappointed with this brew. although i am not, i'm not impressed either. it's just a quality bland beer, if there is such a thing.

i read some reviews on this beer after i purchased it and before i drank it. i heard someone say that they thought it had been "dumbed down" from samuel adams octoberfest beer from years past. since this is the first time i have drank samuel adams octoberfest, i can't compare, but i will take his word for it. while this may not be enjoyable for those who love a very high quality brew, it may be a blessing in disguise. i have never seen samuel adams octoberfest in the past three years that i have been drinking samuel adams lager. this year i have seen it in alot of the beer shoppes that i visit. i have a feeling that samuel adams is using this quality bland beer to turn the heads of those who usually drink macro, and that can't be a bad thing (1,251 characters)

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

Pours a clear coppery orange with almost no head. Smells barely of sweet malts and a teeny bit of nut.

The taste is rather...vauge? It has little malt profile, is thin, and finishes as if it was never there. Got to love my relatives and their beer buying preferences.

I am not an Oktoberfest expert by any means, but I hope to God that there are much better american examples than this. Perhaps more research is required on my part. (438 characters)

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,000 ratings.