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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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5,837 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,837
Reviews: 1,965
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%
Wants: 65
Gots: 580 | 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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Photo of jayrod20
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is just simply amazing and great after a long day at work. Another great job from the Sam Adams people, this beer certainly lives up to their reputation and can be enjoyed by pretty much anybody. It has a great taste, color & aroma to it and tastes incredible! It's not good after being stored for more than 4 or 5 months. The fresher the better, and always finishes with a refreshing ah!

jayrod20, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed 03/03/08, re-reviewed 09/29/10.

Pours a crystal-clear medium amber. A one finger head quickly dissipates to a nice foam skin. Plenty of small active bubbles.

Aroma is faint sweet grain with a lurking metallic undertone.

Biscuity/caramel malt flavor, some fresh baked bread with a slightly bitter, subtle fresh hop finish. Balanced and somewhat light.

Beer is well-carbonated and provides a nice tingle on the tongue. Slightly dry at the finish.

Not my favorite marzen, but quite serviceable.

charlzm, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By no means will this beer blow your socks off, but it's a decent, unoffensive choice.

It's a deep copper colored beer. Smells surprisingly toasty. The flavors were all nice, but somewhat mild. Toasted grains, dark fruits, and a slightly sweet caramel were all present, but nothing really stood out.

Mouthfeel was smooth and enjoyable.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought from McHughs, Dublin...

Poured a nice rich amber / copper colour. Slightly off white head poured big and frothy but faded quickly to almost nothing... barely any carbonation... light patchy lacing...

Aroma - Light sweet caramel and toffee maltiness, toasted bread / biscuit notes, some buttery notes, honey, cut grass traces, almond, some strawberry fruitiness, orange marmalade, some light peppery hops...

Taste - Light sweet caramel and biscuity malts initially then balanced with a good peppery hop bitterness, light toasted bread notes, sweet almond nuttiness, some spicy fruits (oranges), some slight metallic notes...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy with a little sharpness underneath... light / medium bodied... Extremely drinkable and sessionable..

Overall - A decent enough Oktoberfest - nothing too earth shattering... worth a try though...

mdagnew, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Semi rich amber color with a short lived offwhite head. Smell is nice and toasty, sourdough breadish smell with a toffee like tart malt. Nice, richer than average mouthfeel for the style. One of my favorites of the style for sure. Nice lingering mild finish, and a good beer.

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at via rosa

A - Beautiful copper hue, with a good amount of head, and nice lacing.

S - Nectarines, pears, and light maltiness.

T - Nectarines, pears, granny apples, which finished with a malty kick.

M - Nice, left moistness.

D - Not too big on beers that come close to Marzens, but this one is very good for an oktoberfest.

MisterClean, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of pacothrash
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured amber golden color with a small head. Nice smell with a caramel malty taste. This is a very drinkable Marzen and was a plesant surprise to find at a number of restaurants this past September - November. Even though I like Great Lakes or Old Dominion better I will look for this bear again this September.

pacothrash, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of hardy008
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep copper color, nice foamy white head.

Smell - slightly sweet with a slight hop presence and some spice.

Taste - a little bit of a bite to it and somewhat bitter, with hints of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - smooth, somewhat thin

Drinkability - smooth and easy to drink.

hardy008, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of larcoal
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the Sam standards, yet only issued in the fall. I can drink this any day, all day. It has quite a lot of body, yet is not as filling as some and there's certainly no "bite" to the taste. A fresh 'fest will give you a nice creamy head that should last through most or all of the drink, depending on your thirst. I recommend everyone pick up a few 12-packs yearly.

If you're trying to convert a friend away from standard US domestics, this isn't a stretch. Have them try a few. If we all band together, we can stamp out Miller Lite forever!

larcoal, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deep copper color brew with a thin off-white head and good lace. The aroma is very weak but hints at wheat and a little malt/toffee. Sweet toffee/butterscotch flavor comes out with some grapefruit bitterness. Malty wheat with a bit of grape. Easy to drink with a slightly dry finish. Finely carbonated with a midland mouth feel. OK, a little better I think than when I tried it on tap last Fall.

Durge, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber with hints of orange, good size head and lacing.

Smell is sweet with a combination of malt and spice. A fairly spicy smelling Oktoberfest beer. Slight hop presence.

Taste is very similar to how it smells, with a strong malt and caramel front with heavy spice. The hops do lend some balance near the end though.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of cbleary
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

This is a tasty autumn brew. It had a great, clear amber to red color with a solid white head that left a decent amount of lacing. It smelled great with a strong bready sweet malt scent. The taste featured similar characteristics to the smell but was nicely balanced by a touch of the usual Sam Adams noble hop profile. It was very drinkable considering its relatively high ABV. I wanted another right away. I recommend it.

cbleary, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours an orange-amber body with a small, off-white head. Poor retention with minimal lacing to follow until the finish.

S: A nice, sweet malty smell was evident. Smelled like a good Oktoberfest.

T: A nice, sweet malty taste. Hints of honey were also evident. A slightly bittersweet aftertaste, but that did well as a balancer for the malts and the honey.

M: A little on the thin side, but still pretty solid and silky.

D: Definitely a drinkable beer. Easy-going and smooth. Good taste and good mouthfeel make it a solid session beer.

maddogruss, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of BigBry
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A seasonal brew brought back from the States, 12 oz brown bottle with best before month clipped in the side of the label. SLightly different picture than shown above.
Caramel colored with a slightly tan foam. Thin carbonation bubbles help hold the head, and leaves thin strings of lace.
Smells of sweet malt balanced with a hoppy finish. The taste is full of the sweet malt, caramel, and some hidden spice. Full bodied, flavorful, a good one to enjoy on a cool crisp evening. I thought it to be well balanced mix of malt and hops. Smooth and easy to drink, a pleasant suprise.

BigBry, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of jackorain
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was on tap at my local Houlihan's. I had this on October 26th, 2007 and just got to adding from detailed notes taken at that time.

A-Really nice red-amber glowing color. Nice tan head lasted a very long time and fell to a substantial 1/4 inch coat that stayed for nearly the entire drink. Where the head receded it left a very attractive lacing effect.

S-Classic lagerish aroma up front, clean Biscuit and caramel malts follow and dominate.

T-Nice malty noce, biscuit and caramel, a little sweet, some fruitiness also enters in the middle. A nice, mild, crisp bitterness finshes it out. Quite tasty.

M-Creamy, with a nice even carbonation. Medium body. Really quite nice.

D-This may be the best Oktoberfest I had this year. I've seen from year's past that this one is considered a dumbed down Ok, but definitely not this year. I had a few with my dinner.

jackorain, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of trentley87
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had the opportunity to "borrow" one of these from a friend. Poured from a bottle into a glass mug.

A: very pleasant, above average, but even for the beautiful orange amber color and creamy, orange tinged head, I still prefer a darker beer.

S: Deliciously sweet, very appetizing. I didn't spend a lot of time smelling this one. The smell convinced me to get straight to drinking it.

T: Excellent balance. Clearly supposed to be on the sweet side, lots of malty flavors, but not overpoweringly so. Delicious.

M: A little to "gritty" to be as refreshing as it has the potential to be. I don't like a lot of carbonation. Again, this barely detracted from the overall great qualities of this beer.

D: Excellent. Don't get me wrong, I could drink this all night, but there are other styles which I prefer. I don't have a reference point within this style to compare it too.

I am again impressed by the Sam Adams lineup. They are consistently offering full-flavored, complex beers and a price competitive with the BMC crowd.

trentley87, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and full of malt. Toast and warm, yet cool and spicy. Apple flavor, to my nose.

Golden orange, pretty good clarity. Little head, but he’s a persistent little devil.

Toasty malt with roasted sweetness. A little alcohol noticeable. Sweet apple flavor. Medium-full body malt. I don’t really detect any hops – they’re subtle.

Good clean Oktoberfest. I like it.

MrHungryMonkey, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of cdkrenz
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another purchase while in Milwaukee.

Appearance - Cloudy with an orange-amber color. The head is minimal but there are wisps of remnants that bright the surface.

Smell - The scent is sweet and malty. Solid aroma that makes this brew very tempting.

Taste - Spicy and flavorful. It even has a timid pungent side. I like it.

Mouthfeel - The feel is mildly rough but not enough to take anything away from the over goodness of this Sammy.

~ This beer is one of the reasons I'll be trying more and more of The Boston Beer Company's brews. I'm impressed with the overall uniqueness of this beer.

cdkrenz, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of jneiswender
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle that was notched to drink by March (drank in November). Poured into a pint glass.

Light foam head that dissipates quickly. Amber, brown topaz color. Reddish brown. If I could give an award for beautiful beers this may be the blue ribbon winner. I just love they way this beer looks.

Smells sweet and malty. Slightly spicy cinnamon note as well.

Nicely balanced beer. Make no mistake, is about the malts here. Very bready (almost like a vanilla cupcake). Almost a slight maple syrup like undertone. There is some good hop character here though. Nice bitterness throughout.

I am not very learned with this style. I do however find it incredibly tasty. I enjoy drinking it every fall. Great fall session beer. The fresher the better. Check the drink by date.

jneiswender, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of madjr80
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a pretty solid beer. I look forward to drinking it the first month of football season. It is very well balanced with kick, but not too overpowering. A great session beer whether it is watching football or playing a card game. However, this is not something I could drink all year round. A great deal if you can get a draft special around late October.

madjr80, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of smc143
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a redish/orange brown with a white head. The smell is mostly of malt and pretty much on the sweet side. The flavor is rich and bold and is of mostly malt, with little hops to be found by me. It has a great balance of flavor and carbonation. It is very smooth, medium body but the beer has a thick flavor. It has a long, lingering aftertaste that some sweet notes that just add to the character. I wish I could get it all year round.

smc143, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, rich amber color with white head that retains well.

Nose is a pleasant musty sweet caramel, maybe old polished wood too. Some fresh brown bread in there as well.

Palate is a luxurious malty richness with hops that hide well so the malt can shine. Malt sweetness is just right in this beer. Again, some fresh bread flavors emerge as they do on the nose. This is a good example of the style, even though it's not a German example.

Finish is medium length with a residual sweetness that teases you to take another sip of this fine lager. Very good.

yemenmocha, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of Pauly2X
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Rich amber color one finger plus head had pretty good staying power.

S- Complex smooth and mellow malt aroma.

T- Great caramel malty sweetness balanced quite well by a good mellow noble hop pressence.

M- Smooth, nuff said!

D- KInda pissed I only bought a single.

Easily the best american Oktoberfest out there.

Pauly2X, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of Gehrig
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty Oktoberfest, this is one of my favorites from Sam Adams. This dark orange, almost copper-colored creation pours a nice, if typically brief Sam Adams head, and has a good aroma that is at once fruity and somewhat spicy. The taste is impressive, rather sweet with citrus and a bit of caramel but also with a slight bite. The texture is a touch syrupy, but not too overbearing, and nothing that would keep me from grabbing a couple more afterward.

A fine beverage, one that always reminds me of playoff baseball watching my beloved Yankees. Well worth buying a six or a twelve-pack.

Gehrig, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of Reanimator
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opening of this 12oz. is greeted with a spicy, malt aroma. Pours a golden orange color that nearly matches the label with a orange tinted and frothy head. Great lacing, hangs around for the entire drink.

The taste leaves a bit to be desired. It is dominated by malts and is missing the characteristic O-fest spiciness that most other brews nail. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy in that it coats your tongue.

I appreciate what Sam Adams has provided to the American masses, but It's almost too bad that this is the best selling Octoberfest in the world. I didn't enjoy it as much as I do most O-fest beers.

Reanimator, Nov 11, 2007
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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