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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 2,020
Hads: 6,815
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 104
Gots: 1,372 | 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 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. (613 characters)

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. (413 characters)

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. (282 characters)

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. (613 characters)

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. (583 characters)

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. (534 characters)

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. (652 characters)

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! (637 characters)

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.

--Joey (362 characters)

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. (358 characters)

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

Note: Fall 2003

Appearance:

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

Overly hoppy for the style; malts are there, but masked.
Taste/Mouthfeel:

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. (450 characters)

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. (307 characters)

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. (267 characters)

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. (301 characters)

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. (414 characters)

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. (252 characters)

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 (410 characters)

Photo of palma
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber. Smooth looking beige color head that leaves a lasting lace.

Smell: Very sweet smell. Very malty. Roasted nuts and a little spice.

Taste: Malty. Sweet with nutty notes. Burnt aftertaste. Nothing shocking to the tastebuds. I was expecting a little more from the Boston Beer Co.

Mouthfeel: Beginning is very smooth. End is not so much. Above average carbonation. And a little thin. (412 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003 version: on-tap at an applebees in Newtown. This is a nice dark amber colour with a small tan head of foam. The aromas are all malts with only slight hops to be found. The taste is *malty*, and very one-dimensional. The mouthfeel is much better on tap and is decent, the drinkability also benefits. (303 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear cope color with a creamy off-white head that leave good lacing. The aroma is sweet, with carmel malts, and a bit of grainy astrigency. The sweet caramel malts are the forefront in the flavor with a light spicy dry hop bitterness in the finish. It is easy drinking and smooth. A decent brew, but not a top Oktoberfest.

Sampled 9/19/03 (353 characters)

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)

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,020 ratings.