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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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6,644 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,644
Reviews: 2,042
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 83
Gots: 1,145 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of JunkYardJake
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Amber in color with sharp clarity. Smells of caramel malts and German yeast. Palate is mild and clean with a good malt profile. Nothing that wows the tongue but works well and is pretty tasty. Good body and mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Overall, an easy drinking lager with a nice flavor profile.

Photo of jman892
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First day of football season and first Octoberfest of the season.

A - Pours a perfectly clear amber, with a small white head which dissipates quickly.

S - Malty with some breadiness, not a big aroma

T - A bit of malty sweetness, some sour dough bread and spice notes

M - It is easy drinking and something I will always have around during the fall. Easy to put a few of these away at a time

O - An old favorite but as I try more and more great beer, I realize that this is lacking, but I will still get this at least once a year for old times sake

Photo of jmdrpi
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

served on-tap in a shaker glass.

clear reddish amber in color, no head whatsoever. very little aroma, just a little bit of malt.

taste is of slightly sweet malt, a little bready. but pretty boring. mouthfeel is fine, thin to medium body and a medium to high level of carbonation.

overall it's not bad, just nothing special, and nothing stands out.

Photo of snpub540
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear reddish hue with a good amount of bubbles rising from the bottom. Not too fizzy. Small white head with a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell is a bready and malty with a nice hint of banana yeasty notes.

Taste is sweet caramel upfront with a nice bitterness and the a fruity ester finish. Also some of that banana bread yeast note in the finish.

All in all a good malt forward beer that is slightly thin on the body but does a good job in the flavor department.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep amber color, thin light tan head. Bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S - Light malts, but not a whole lot going on. Smells fresh and crisp.

T - Diverse malts, maybe a hint a caramel.

M - Crisp and refreshing, carbonated and smooth.

O - One of the better Octoberfests I have had. I feel the style is limited, but this one particularly reminds me of fall. The color and the taste reminds me of a pile of leaves (in a good way).

Photo of SDtastentune
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Amber darker orange/copper. No head, and no lacing.

S - Almost nothing!some faint malts and sweet bread.

T - NOT much going on here! Mainly malts that don't get too tasty, almost no hops present. Some bready malts and butter maybe.

M - Fizzy bubbles, going down smooth.

O - Overall not impressed with this creation, mostly one flavor and no unique at all really. I would not wait for this one!

Photo of SebD
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice amber/copper/golden colour to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderatly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of caramel, spices, bready malts with some fruity and floral notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet caramely and bready malt character to it with a nice hop bitterness in the end and a slight alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice balance of flavours.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

Photo of jvillefan
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a deep amber color and pour with small white head. The taste is a sweet, malty flavor with small amount of bitterness from the hops. Additionally, there are slight caramel undertones. It has a light body with medium carbonation. The aroma is slightly citrusy. Overall, a very good beer.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Hyatt in Buffalo. Served in a pint glass.

A - Pale brown/orange colour. Translucent. Small amount of white head.

S - Light nose. Toasted grains with some sweetness.

T - Toasted malts, caramel. Sweet overall with a somewhat dry, sweet finish. Somewhat bland.

M - Light body. Light carbonation.

Photo of Jesse13713
1.79/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at laundry 101 in Kent. Nothing like getting drunk while you wait for your laundry to finish.

Appearence - More yellow than orange when compared to the bottled version. A slight filmy head with little lacing. Appears highly carbonated.

Smell - Nothing worthy or noticeable stands out. Light fruits. Its missing the malts and sweet notes from the bottle variation.

Taste - okay. I was very impressed with this beer when it came out this year, and even titled it as my favorite Sam Adams beer. But this isn't the beer that I love. Must be a funky tap or something because this tastes like fruity champagne that was poisoned with alcohol. No delicious malts. No autumn, leafy breads or grains. Just uncomfortably fruity and fizzy. I call a bad tap here.

Mouth feel and overall - its okay once you get used to it. But this is nothing like what the bottle version I love tastes like. This is low quality, probably due to the locations error on a bad tap and pour. I won't be getting this again, not here anyways.

Photo of pubscout
2.06/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

SA O-fest is one beer I look forward to every year. This year's version, however, can be charitably described as mediocre. No significant nose,very flat taste and an unusual watery mouthfeel made me sorry I bought a whole case. Very disappointed in what is customarily a dead-on example of a superb beer style. Not this year, however. It will go into the sauerkraut and brats preparations.

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that eventually completely faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and sweetness in the nose.
T: The taste has some sweetness and malty flavors with notes of caramel. Only some hints of bitterness from the hops are noticeable, although there seems to be enough of a balance to keep the sweetness from being cloying.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

Photo of generalnotsew
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Body is a very nice deep dark amber with a fat 1 finger foamy off white head. It really is quite dark. I expected something quite a bit lighter. Smell is very light citrus and some peppery notes. Kind of sweet and tart but also very light. Hard to really get a whiff of smell in this. Flavor packs a pretty decent punch. It is not light and thin except maybe a bit in the aftertaste. Green apple, toasted malts and some graininess on the tongue. A bit of a caramel note in there as well. A good easy drinker for sure. It does seem a bit undercarbonated as well. Otherwise it is pretty solid.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don’t venture into the world of Sam Adams very much, but the talk surrounding Octoberfest is just too much too bear. Thankfully, the BBC always seems friendly to my wallet, so even if I end up not liking it, it will not have been a huge financial loss. Here’s to budget-friendly beer!

A: Well, there’s at least one thing you can always count on Sam Adams for: a gorgeous shine on the body. This one is a beautiful amber, which I would describe as more-or-less describe as the perfect fall color. The head starts off nice and thick, a cream-colored bit of heaven, but it degrades pretty quickly (and without a ton of lacing). Again, great color, though everything else is just decent.

S: Surprisingly complex – nutmeg, coriander, and cinnamon show themselves off in what could be called a warm tribute to witbiers. Underneath, there’s some good German barley and yeast, though I can still make out the skunk of cheap grains hiding in the background. Overall, though, the main scents of fruity wheat and banana esters come across quite nicely.

T: Just like every other Sam Adams I’ve tried, this tastes like the “light” version of some other full-flavored beer. At first, there are some chewy grains that introduce the palate quite nicely. There’s even hints of thick, malty caramel. Sadly, these fade fairly fast, as if they were only a taste of something that should have been more. A bit of German esters move in, and they prove less elusive than the malts, thankfully. The aftertaste ends on this yeasty note, along with a slight dryness that I’ve encountered only from Budweiser and Sam Adams. It’s very easy-drinking, but without a whole lot of distinct flavor.

M: Surprisingly creamy. Goes down smooth, with some chewiness in the grains, chalking this up as the first Sam Adams I’ve had that has a micro-brewed feel. Nicely done.

O: Why do I always keep getting Diet Sam Adams when I want the original one? But seriously folks…although this one has a bit of a deficiency as far as flavor goes, it has some tastes and aromas that are distinctly German. You can tell that BBC has the right idea, but this particular has only supported my hypothesis that they are “drink from the bottle,” not a “drink from the glass” brewery.

Photo of KJay1408
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from bottle to glass, a beautiful dark reddish brown, with two fingers of beautiful cream/off white head.

S: Malt, and lots of it, there are some subtle herb, or hop aromas in the background

T: Sweet upfront, then a bit toffee and biscuit flavor, and finally a bit of hop bitterness to close it out nicely.

M: A nice medium body, not over the top and too heavy, but far from light, so yeah I'll say medium body.

O: I love this beer, it's big a malty brew, with just enough hops to balance it all out. It's no wonder Sam Adams has been producing this every year since 1989.

Photo of scratch69
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a Samuel Adams glass.

Appearance - Clear copper color with a good amount of head and very little lacing.

Smell - Malts, caramel, and a hint of spices

Taste - Same as smell with a small amount of hops mixed in.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Smooth, creamy feel. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall - Nice well rounded beer. One of my favorite Octoberfest beers.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, label says best enjoyed by January 2012. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like toasted and caramel malt, toffee, and a bit of hops. It tastes like toasted, caramel and bready malt, and a bit of dried fruit (apples?). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick, is well carbonated and easy enough to drink. I think it's a solid Oktoberfest brew that I'd buy again. Not bad for $2.59 a bomber.

Photo of Erish
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer served in a large pint glass at Famous Daves in Bolingbrook. Reviewed from notes.

A: clear amber color with reddish highlights, the thick head falls into a nice cap with good lacing.

S: toasted grain, less fruity than the bottled version, with a nice earthiness and a zesty floral/herbal hop note.

T: plain unbuttered popcorn, toast, good malty sweetness, orchard fruit, a nice earthy hop backbone.

M: medium-bodied, silky texture, plentiful carbonation.

O: a very enjoyable Marzen. Better than the bottled varieties.

Photo of hikix
2.03/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I was not impressed by this beer at all. Unfortunately, the beer distributor was closed so I had to go to 7/11. I saw sams octoberfest and decided it was the most appealing beer in the fridge so I thought I would give it a shot.

It smells like a bud light and doesn't taste much different. The taste is flat, bitter, and just does not go down well. It is tasteless to tell the truth. I guess I am becoming a beer snob because this beer is straight up bmc to me now. I had a sierra nevada before this and the SN was leaps and bounds ahead of this. It is just not tasty, it is dry and leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

I don't like this beer and wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of Brunite
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice amber/orange, Nice head that disapates to minimal lacing. Looks like Fall in a bottle.

S - Very malty...sweet.,,,some hops noted.

T - Malty. Excellent toffee and caramel notes. Nice balance. Just enough hop bitterness to keep the malts in check. Great solid beer.

M - Slightly creamy...medium body.

O: A nice solid Oktoberfest at a great price. I love this stuff and will miss it when gone.

Photo of Bfarr
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange highlights on amber with thin tan head. Light floral tea and biscuit. Smooth malt toast and tea bite. Slight hop linger and a little toasty. Light smooth feel with light carbonation.

Light subtle flavors make an easy drinking Oktoberfest. Not much on the aroma. Flavors are subtle to the point of elusive taste.

Photo of doopydoogle
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A color befitting the bright orange decorating the label and cap. A vibrant almost orange amber with a good head that lingers with tight bubbles and a firm lace.

S - Caramel malts, slightly fruity/bubblegum yeast. apple, fresh baked bread, slight metallic nose.

T - Very mild malts with lingering hints of fruit. These are followed with a characteristic zingy malty Sam Adams finish that leans to the dry side with caramel malts shining through. Hardly any hops/bitter.

M - Rounded, good vibrant carbonation, without much bitterness.

O - A good fall beer, screaming malt profile with the characteristic Sam Adams zesty fresh bite.

Photo of heissebier
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very surprised by how much I liked this beer compared to Sam Adams' usual offerings. My first Oktoberfestbier of the year, and it really hit the spot.

Color is a lively deep orange, with an off white head. The taste is malty, with a few spices and a dash of hops thrown in for balance. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, it's the kind of beer that makes you want another sip. and another.

It's not particularly bold, original or complicated, but it is a well done Oktoberfestbier nevertheless, and you can't beat the value.

Photo of setexascustoms
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured in to a SA perfect pint

A- A beautiful crystal clear reddish copper. Light tan head the quickly receded, nice lacing but without much cling.

S- Malty and sweet with a faint spice.

T- Again, malty and fairly sweet. Mellow herb-like hops and a very smooth finish with a subdued citric twang.

M- Medium bodied with mellow carbonation, quit enjoyable.

O- I really enjoy this beer, but I'm not real familiar with the style. I reckon I need to do some research :)

Photo of hiku7
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with lots of bubbles. Moderate off-white head.

Smells bready and a slightly sourish yeastiness. Hint of fruitiness and an earthy woody hops.

Taste is toasted malt with a balanced earthy hoppiness that is noticeable, but appropriate for the style. The slight sourish yeastiness also comes through in the taste.

Mouthfeel is smooth and highly carbonated. This is a highly drinkable beer that is good for the summer to fall transition.

Overall, I thought the beer was fine, but nothing to get excited about. I will probably try other Octoberfest beers instead of buying it again.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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