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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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6,268 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,268
Reviews: 2,005
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 67
Gots: 784 | 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 Spineypanda
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Probably one of my more favorites from Sam Adams.

Has a golden amber color with a thin somewhat lacy head.
Smells of malts and a hint of spice.
Has the taste of a big malty deliciousness :). A bit of the spice taste to it but not a whole lot, which is a plus. This is a bit of a thin beer on the mouth and hardly what I would want in my mouthfeel but still not bad.

Hope next years is as good as this one!

Spineypanda, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Monsteruss
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This had a golden wheat foam, thick and stuck around the edges til end. The color was orange/amber w/ mahogany accents. The smell had a nice dominate aroma of hops and a spicy orange undertone. The taste of earthy hops and spices. A definate autumn flavor w/ hints roasted barley. Mouthfeel - a clear feel, light to med. bodied. Drinkability - It's good. Perfect for the autumn season.

Monsteruss, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of infi
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Asian Pub in St. Marks, NYC.

Appearance is a translucent caramel brown color with some bubbling action throughout. Very thin white cap sits atop with no lacing throughout its duration. Smell is full of toasted malt and spice with just a hint of hop aroma towards end.

Taste reflects exactly what the nose detects - huge and sweet malt backbone with a dash of spiciness like cinnamon. Some hop bitterness in the back end. There was too much of a diacetyl character in this serving; something I've never encountered whenever I bought this SA seasonal in packs. A real palpable buttery taste, which was a little unappetizing for me.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean with good carbonation throughout. Drinkability could be a bit higher if not for the buttery tones in taste. Still a decently good seasonal for the BBC.

infi, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep golden amber with a nice two-finger tan head. Attractive.

Smell: lots of grain and malt; quite carameley and nutty, not unlike a brown ale. It's nice.

Taste: quite malty; there is a nice bitterness but otherwise little hop presence. Like the aroma, it's got a fair bit of nuttiness and caramel. It's not bad, but to me it's more like a brown ale in flavor than a lager.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little bit of a syrupy consistency; an appropriate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: pretty good. This is not a bad beer by any means, but it doesn't entice me as much as some other Sam Adams varieties.

flagmantho, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of barknee
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a brew I really look forward to enjoying while it's in season. though I have tasted this product in years preceding, this years (2009) variation is especially excellent!
Beautiful and abundant creamy malts brimming with hints of marshmallow and nougat and a touch of hop character to keep it honest. Deep amber in color and always rewarding you with the perfect mocha colored head along with generous lacing.
Though most stores are sold out by this time of the year, (mid-November) there is a small "ethnic" store a few towns away that has an ample cache of this stuff. Needless to say, each time I "SCHHWINGGG" through, I pick up a sixer'.. I think they should have enough to last for me till the "drink before" date in March...
And No.... I aint' tellin" ;-)

barknee, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of rfabian
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler it forms a 10 mm head that leaves nice lacing. The appearance is amber and slightly cloudy. The aroma is mainly of sweet malt with only a hint of hops. The taste again is of sweet roasted malt and slight bitterness. The feel is full bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish is clean with some tailings of roasted malt. More of a rich brew than a refreshing one, I'd be happy to have another.

rfabian, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of berley31
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer several times this season, so had forgotten that I actually hadn't gotten around to reviewing it...

A: Poured with a small head that dissipated quickly to a thin film. No real lacing to speak of. Body is an amber/brown color, and almost completely clear.

S: Nice aroma of sweetness and malt... smells like there may be some caramel in there.

T: Mostly sweet, as it pretty much starts out and extends this way... again, some caramel tones in there. Finishes with a very slight bitter taste. Basic, but overall pretty enjoyable.

M: Medium-bodied with an oily texture, and soft carbonation.

D: I've enjoyed this beer every time I've had it... it doesn't knock you for a loop with originality, but it's easy to drink and definitely a very solid beer. I'll buy it again next fall if I get the chance.

berley31, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Fox and Hound. Very orange copper appearance. one finger head with tiny bubble, the color of the body is right on for the style but it was very clear with not much action. Nose was thin with small toffee and spice-mostly malt. Flavor was good holding the same notes as the aroma although fuller and more pronounced. Not watery but lacking flavor still. Drinkable as a session beer.

natelocc787, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of gilman
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange copper color with a white creamy head.
It tastes a lot like an Cream Ale but with a hop bitterness. I like the flavor, but it doesn't quite seem like an octoberfest. Well brewed, clean flavors but not sure its an octoberfest. I like this & find it easy and pleasant to drink. But i'm not sure I would buy this again when there are many better octoberfests out there. Was a little disappointed as i'm a fan of Sam Adams beers. That being said its not a bad beer.

gilman, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of jkrich
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper color with an off-white creamy head.

This one had minimal aroma: some faint malt aromas. I find that this style is not the most aromatic.

A rich, malty flavor that is somewhat balanced by some lingering hop bitterness. The emphasis here is on the malt - perhaps too much so.

Solid medium bodied and a little too much carbonation.

I did enjoy a pint of this with my meal, but given the malty flavor, I would not have more than a couple. Still, a solid offering.

jkrich, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of mklinger
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass. Color is quite a deep amber -- very dark for an octoberfest -- a bit out of style. Half an inch of eggshell colored head that dissipated quite quickly. Left a bit of lacing behind with each sip. Nice but a bit atypical for an octoberfest.

Smell is all crystal sweetness. Malty, which is very nice, and kind of caramelly sweet, which doesn't seem quite right for the style.

Taste is a lot like the aroma but with a bit of hop bitterness that wasn't present in the aroma. I like the flavor a lot, but it doesn't quite seem like an octoberfest. In lots of ways it's more like an East Coast Amber Ale but made with a lager yeast. Very well brewed, clean flavors but not an octoberfest.

Mouthfeel hits the Octoberfest style very well. Rich, full mouthfeel with nice carbonation. Really nice.

Drinkability I'm also giving a bit of a boost to. I like this & find it easy and pleasant to drink even if it's out of style.

mklinger, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Whiteweasel
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a seidel.

Appearance: Hazy reddish-brown colour. Gives a small amount of thin reasonably white head. Almost orange depending on angle viewed at.

Smell: Very fragrant; I could smell it from the moment i started pouring. Very sweet and floral. Defintely smells like an oktoberfest

Taste: Very buttery. Hops flavor is quite understated, especially for this style. More malty than any other oktoberfest Ive had. Strong notes of butterscotch. Interesting but not very deep.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Creamy almost. Low amount of carbonation, but that suits it well. No sign of alcohol.

Drinkability: Very good. I could drink many of these in a night. Its not nearly hoppy enough where it destroys your palate, but rather its just a pleasant beer to drink. Good but not great

Whiteweasel, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of TLove
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(From Notes)

On tap at a bar in SW DC.

Really pretty in line with the style, but unfortunately not really remarkable in any way. This beer exudes mediocre craftsmanship and grassy, corn-laden structure. A decent try for the Vienna oktoberfest style with a stronger color, but the body gets a bit foamy and squeamish in the mouth. Irreverent lacing and not particularly noticeable in character in the smell, the beer does have a nice herbal, piney malt smell with some mint and rye grains in the mouth. Typical of the style. Slightly sweet, very calcic, and somewhat off in the finish. But overall, not shoddy. But nothing really notable either.

TLove, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep orange color with a slightly foamy white head and decent carbonation. Nose is pretty flat but I did detect some spice and caramel. Taste is malt, perhaps Munich and caramel, fruit, spice, hops. Pretty balanced but also pretty ordinary on the style.

barleywinefiend, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of sb3000
4.93/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Call me a sucker for a mass produced Octoberfest, but this brew is awesome! Great color, great malt nose and flavor. This brew is a favorite among malt heads. Spaten is drier, Ayinger is malty yet one dimensional. Sam Adams seems to hit on all cylinders. I buy this beer and cellar it throughout the year. "Never leave home without it!!!!"

sb3000, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orangish amber color, clear, with a small tan cap of head. Aroma is toasted breads and not much else. Maybe a little caramel sweetness. Pretty muted. Flavor is, again, toasted bread, with vague floral hop accents and caramel. Finishes watery, as per usual with Sam Adams. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated but body is thin compared to German versions. Inoffensive, decent.

illidurit, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of MrStark
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance is a dark copper/amber and produced a large fluffy, almost off white head. Small amounts of sticky lacing.

Smell is mostly toasted malts and sweetness.

Taste is malty with a nice mild amount of sweetness. Perhaps some hints of caramel and a little hint of hop bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth with a little bit of a malty aftertaste.

Drinkability is good. It goes down quite easy and is a tasty brew. It may not be the best example of the style but I would definitely have it as a session beer!

MrStark, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice deep copper, amber color, with 2 finger white head.

Aroma - Really nice toasty, malty smell, and has a pretty good amount of sweetness aroma as well.

Taste - Again, malt forward, with sweetness coming into play, but not overly sweet in my opinion. Toasty bready flavor. Enough hops to just balance out the sweetness.

Drinkability - I could definitely [and have] throw back several of these in a sitting without a problem.

Overall, I remember now why this is the beer that got me into the craft scene. This is a really good beer, nice malty profile, which I am drawn too in general. But I think I may have built this beer up in my head since the first time I tried it, as I can see now it's not "The best beer in the world" as I thought when I first tried this. ;)

webbcreative, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of GitcheGumee
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Really nice deep amber color. It has a nice thick white head, which stays around for a few minutes. Overall, a very nice appearance.

Smell: Nice mix of sweet and malty. Seem pretty well balanced.

Taste: This beer has a really nice flavor. The sweetness dominates the initial sip. It also has nice malty flavor towards the end. There's also some caramel flavor in here.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is perfect for this style. It gets a little tacky/sticky after a few sips. Not bad though.

Drinkability: This beer has pretty good drinkability. Nothing too harsh, but the sweetness kind of limits it for my taste.

GitcheGumee, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of steanu
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's got a nice orange color and it has a bit of a pumpkin scent to it. I think it was supposed to taste like Pumpkin but I could not taste it. It tasted a lot like the Samuel Adams Brown Ale which I also love. It's a great beer overall just not what I was picturing.

steanu, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of Offa
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good oktoberfest of the darker Vienna type, a solid example quite in step with the type's standard characteristics, pleasant and drinkable, yet very pedestrian and a bit weak and characterless.

Darkish copper, it has a big pale tan head steadily shrinking to a thin, wispy top and a rich, foamy ring. It leaves a hint of weak lace.

The aroma is a pretty nice, strong vienna, toasty with leafy grain, hints of leafy herbs, and sweet caramelised sugar/grain.

The taste is mineral, toasty grain, leafy-herbal hops. It's pretty light, a bit vague and sweet before a faintly bitter, vaguely grassy-hearbal finish. It's a bit soft and has a sweet, caramelised grain aftertaste.

Offa, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of ujsplace
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Pours a nice reddish copper, with a thick puffy head that dissipates fairly quickly, but does leave some nice sticky lace...

S: Sweet caramel, grainy hop bitters.

T: Mild malt sweetness, that tastes of burnt caramel and mildly bitter hops.

M: Medium with good carbonation.

D: Overall, a nice take on the Marzen style. Very drinkable...

ujsplace, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty auburn color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts with considerable sweetness coming through. Taste is mostly of malts, caramel, some spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

tone77, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of Fnord
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep red, with a persistent lacing around the edge.

Smell & Taste - Caramel, grass, apricots, and alcohol. A pleasant hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and high carbonation.

Drinkability - It'd be easy to drink this one all day.

Notes - A tasty oktoberfest that has the added bonus of being easy to find. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that even Red Lobster had it. Like many Sam Adams beers, it can serve as a good baseline for its style.

Fnord, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of VTaler
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - Dark Amberish Brown Nice ivory head that stays for a while
S - Sweet spicy malt with a spicy hop present
T - spicy hops; malty. You can taste the lager yeast but it is very flavorful which is expected for a Samuel Adams. Tastes almost like graham crackers with spicy hops
M - medium everything
D - very drinkable, probably the best session beer

VTaler, Oct 24, 2009
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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