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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Reviews: 2,020
Hads: 6,822
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 104
Gots: 1,378 | 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 TinusTime
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this twice once drinking from the bottle (no glasses avail) and the second time from a proper glass.. The review is from the glass. The beer pours coppery orange with some brown highlights. nice off white head that held nicely and laced well.. Smell was of malts with hint of caramel and a bit of spice. Taste was heavy with malt and with a touch of burnt sugar and a bit of aluminum foil ( yes ive chewed aluminum foil) the finish is balanced with a slight bit of hops, but overall this is a malty beer. Mouthfeel was much better in the glass. In the bottle it seemed a bit heavy probably due to the carbonation, but when poured into a glass it became much more drinkable. Perhaps a bit to heavy for a session beer, but not a bad offering from Sam Adams. (763 characters)

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a best by date of 2/2004 into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clead reddish copper liquid with a modest ecru head. Decent lacing while the head lasts, which was about 2-3 minutes.

Smell: Caramel malts quite prominent. Slight hop presence. Weird metallic tang skulking in the background.

Taste: More sugary than malty at first. Caramel and toasted malts then segue into a grainy taste.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and refreshing.

Drinkability: Nothing overly spectacular. Quite drinkable. I'll finish the 6-pack with no complaint, but I suspect there are better O-fests out there. (618 characters)

Photo of chaduvel
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber in color, fresh off the tap. Decent off white head. Aromas--some indistinct spices, lots of malts and some fruits, grapes maybe? Taste is surprisingly sweet. Again, lots of malts in this brew some spices a bit of hops, but mostly this sweet taste and loads of malts. Clean and drinkable, but not spectacular. I'm no expert on this style. (348 characters)

Photo of Scoats
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather a traditional O-fest which to me means a very nice drinkable session beer but rather uninspired. I prefer several American takes on the style, such as Flying Fish Oktoberfish, which have a nice hoppy aftertaste. Not too much hop, enough to keep it very drinkable yet be a little more interesting.

The SA O-fest is very traditional as I said, very drinkable - I could see myself drinking 5-6 of these over a several hour period, but it was not especially interesting. Maybe in a big tankard with the bottom getting warm before you get to it, it might be more interesting. In a 16oz serving, it went down quickly and unmemoraby. (637 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle.

I found this beer to be uninspired. It is a well made beer but just a notch over average.

It has a nice copper appearance. Small head with no lacing. The head dissipates almost immeadiatly. I swirled this beer alot to get the scents out. Very weak. Sweet malts and some fruit. An unpleasant sour scent at the end.

The flavors are many but only the malt really stands out. It is a medium sweet caramel flavor that is prominent. Some hops but not any bite to them. There is some mild fruit offerings and a green grape taste at the end. The aftertaste lingers too long as well.

It drinks pretty easy. Goes down smooth. Nothing extra special. Not too dense. Medium bodied. I want to try some other Octoberfest beers and see the difference.

I think this company has some excellent product. I just do not find anything really unique about this beer. A notch above average. (896 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This was a simple, copper beer that produced a one-finger beige head. It disappeared quickly, eventually leaving only a ring of foam around the circumference of the glass.

Smell: The smell was composed of sweet and caramel malts with a touch of dark fruit and cherries. There were occasional aromas of cracker and roasted malt, but they were very faint. At first, I thought that the smell was rather one-dimensional, but as the beer sat, it gained more complexity.

Mouthfeel: There was a creamy smoothness at the front of the tongue that picked up some bite as the beer moved back into the mouth. Then, after the beer was swallowed, there was a light tingle on the tongue.

Taste: There was not much going on in the taste department. A corny, malty sweetness dominated the flavor from start to finish. As the beer started to really warm up, a bit of bitterness joined the finish, but it was very mild.

I think that I will pass on this beer for the rest of the season. Kind of bland, in my opinion. (1,020 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2003 version (01SEP03) is equally attractive. Nose isn't as strong, but still has a toasty malt foundation. Mouthfeel still comes in at a 4, smoothing out the more you drink. Flavor is again good and malty, yet the cloying sweetness of last year is gone. There is a subtle, sharp/spicy characteristic that hits you late, in the back of the throat. Nicely toned-down as the '02 version had a real bite. Poured 3 bottles into a Spaten litre glass stein, and it's going down very well. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

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Ahhh... the first Sammy O-fest of the season....(16AUG02).... just a prelude to a shit-load of more O-Fest in the next couple of months!!! Poured a luscious dark-copper to amber color, with a huge, off-white, frothy head. Sticks around a bit, with nice lacing! Darker than most O-Fests, including the Munchen originals. Nose has lots of toasty malt, as well as some sharp spiciness from the hops (Tettnang, right?). Body was middle-of-the-road, and slightly rough on the tongue at first, but it smooths a bit as it warms. There is a big, semi-sweet malt backbone to this baby, along with that hop sharpness again. Jumps right out at you! This version has more hop-spiciness than the Munchen varieties, and is quite pleasant. Mmmm-mmmm good! Hello, O-Fest season!!! A big Zum Wohl!!! (Original rating - ?)

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Nice, light orange body with a big head that held on long and laced the glass.

Smell – Lightly toasted malt in accordance with the style.

Taste – Smooth, creamy, lightly burnt malt flavor. There’s a little caramel touch at the end, but mostly just the smooth, easy, malt taste. Excellent rendition of the style.

Mouthfeel – No carbonation and very creamy.

Drinkability – This went down quickly, which is the telltale sign of a good Oktoberfest beer. When I lived in Germany, I used to drink these warm on tap (the bartender would warm it with a heated tool dunked in the beer specifically for that purpose), and they would often go down after just three or four gulps. I wasn’t trying to chug the mug, but they were just that smooth.

Comments – I drank this at room temperature, and it was very reminiscent of the Oktoberfest beers that I had in Germany. Excellent example of the style. (922 characters)

Photo of taez555
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at the Sam Adams Brewhouse at Logan Airport in Boston.

Poured a dark amber, but very clear, body. A small off white head sat atop.

The nose was very sweet and malty. Caramel, some roasted malt, very mellow, hints of brown sugar, wood, touch of alcohol, grass, and some nice noble earthy hop touches, but all very faint.

The taste was very smooth and malty. A tiny soft bitterness. Rather highly carbonated. Wood, earth, caramel, light brown sugar, maybe even a slight slight slight smoke touch, more of a backwoods earthyness.

It ends with perfect balance of malt and earthy hop. It actually has an ever so slight touch of citrus bitterness.

This beer gets much better as it warms. But overall I can't help but think Bud meets Sam Adams kicked up a notch. An odd but still extremely yummy combonation. A great middle of the road Octoberfest by SA. (876 characters)

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

Lovely orange transparent color. Not a whole lot of aroma, but what there's sweet and mildly malty. The taste is a bit sharp, but sweet and completely drinkable.

If not the most interesting brew out there, it's at least pleasent to look at, and rather sweet and tasty. A nice change from the more common year-round Sam Adams beers, but I'm sure if it was available all year I'd get bored with it quickly. (408 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours an amber color with a creamy tan head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is not very strong but there are some sweet malts and a little caramel in there. The flavor is very smooth and easily drinkable. Burned caramel and malts are the main ingredients of the flavor. Seemed a little different to see this spelled with a "c" instead of oKtoberfest. (378 characters)

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

First let me state that this is clearly better than last years attempt at an Octoberfest beer, and this maybe my favorite Sam Adams product I have had (this doesn't say a whole lot not too found of ol' Sammy). Either way this one is worth a try, pours a deep ruby brown with a nice sized creamy tan head leaving full even rings of lacing beautiful appearance. Aroma is also up to par with Vienna toasted nut malt tones in the aroma and residual caramel notes arising one warming treat just a lil early in mid August in this heat, just not fall yet. Flavors blend well with a great toasted nuts flavoring from the specialty malts used and spiced up goodness to go around bringing not only a solid representation but maybe a lil uniqueness from the BBC. Finish contains som mild fruit tones and a bready characteristic that I call the Sam Adams funk, keep in mind not always a bad funk just goes here. Mouhfeel has a nice texture medium bodied rides on the palate oh so nicely very smooth. Drinkability don't knock it till ya try it, b/c I almost passed on it and with all the discussion on the Forum lately you'll be able to sound your opinion. (1,143 characters)

Photo of Elemental
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Theres nothing really super exciting about this beer but overall it was a nice drink. It's best atributes were its color and head. Great copper/amber/orange color with a large head and a very clear body. The smell was pretty average wich is slightly wheaty with very little hop aroma. The taste was good, with a nice balance of bitterness, body, and maltiness, not to much of amything. Very easy to drink. (405 characters)

Photo of Mustard
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with a "for brewery-fresh taste, purchase before month notched" warning -- in this case February (2004) -- printed on the label's leftmost corner; $6.99/6 pack from Ralph's; drank this after eating a spoonful of horseradish mustard (hence the handle).

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear amber-brown with a fat, foamy, three-fingered head; head retention absolutely stellar -- two of those fingers made it down to the bottom of my 20oz. pint glass; thick, foam lacing.

Aroma: Toasted Munich and Caramel malts with notes of noble hops and a slight fruitiness.

Taste: Upfront, much like its aroma; a light to moderate hop bitterness (earthy) fights its way out in time, as does a touch of grain. All in all lightly sweet and moderately malty with a touch of bitterness.

Notes: A respectable rendition of the Oktoberfest style. Slightly superior taste profile to that of Paulaner's Märzen, which I drank juxtapositionally. (967 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Tastes somewhat like the boston lager to me only a little sweeter. I note caramel flavor with some breadiness added along. Could be more complex and have more of a finish to it. Still, this isn't a bad brew and one that I would drink if I were getting drunk at my local oktoberfest. (282 characters)

Photo of Guardian
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has only 1 downfall. It's only available a few months out of the year. I found the flavor to be similar to their Winter Lager, but less bitter. This beer is very smooth and one could easily down a 6'er if they so choose.

I drink a lot of Sam Adams, and given a choice, I would drink this one year round. (317 characters)

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

I need to apologize to Sam because I bought this a bit past the month of expiration, but I don't think it affects this review. The pour seemed quite robust and a nice head came up without coaxing. The head did dissipate a little too quickly and not much lacing was present. Nice caramel malt aroma with a background of hops. The flavor was very nice and gave off hints of malt and bread, but these were well balanced by the light hopping. Crisp finish; quite dry. Very enjoyable, drinkable beer. I will seek it out next year when it's released again. (550 characters)

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

It seems like every year the batch is different, two years ago it was aweful, but last year and this year seem to be back to its usual.
Color is a clear amberish brown, with a white head that fizzed away pretty fast and left some lacy patches. Smell is faint roasted malt, a bit burnt caramel or caramel popcorn. Taste form this was good, very smooth with good rich, sweet malt thats mild and pleasing. Some drying hop presence in the finish but is not strong enough. Thus bringing it to the feel, a little empty and slightly watery, lighter/medium body, smooth, clear and clean with some dryness and sweetness mixing at the end. Its a very drinkable beer, I always get it when it first comes out. But its no Snake River. (722 characters)

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this on clearance in February. This was actually a decent beer. It tastes malty and hoppy, and was a little lighter than regular Samuel Adams. There are floral tones to this, almost lemony? Very spritzy in the carbonation dept. Full bodied and tasty all the way around. From what I understand, SA changes the brew from year to year. I will try it again this winter. (369 characters)

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

served in 12 oz. brown bottle.
I tasted this in late february, well into late winter, so this was late in the season for an octoberfest.
the appearance was a dark brown. medium head that dissipated quickly. very little smell at all. detected some sweet maltiness there.
the taste held up well considering that "best consumed by" date was only a week away. nice sweet malt profile, then some hops, finishing with sugary, carmel aftertaste.
mouthfeel was decent. nice carbonation, not thick at all. pretty good for a lager.
drinkability is average because the sweetness can get to you after a while, but still a decent lager beer. not exactly world class, but pretty good.
this beer, to the credit of the store and distributor, was still good long after its season had ended. (781 characters)

Photo of scottum
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a white head. I like Octoberfest beers every so often as a break from my ales. While a decent brew overall, it just does not compete with others from the style. Too many punches are pulled. A bit of a fruity/spicey taste mixed in with the malts. Goes down really smooth. (286 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not your typical Oktoberfest. The first and last thing I notice here is the hops. And do I love hops. This one really hits the spot. The 12oz bottles just aren't enough. I have to get the big glass and do two at a time with this one. the beer finishes clean with a distinct hop after flavor that is the ugh factor that is often associated with to many micro-brews. I look forward to this one every year. But I usually wait till my "real" German Oktoberfest run out. This can't compete in the European market I am sure - but as far as American Oktoberfest beers goes. I would have to rank this as a second place contender ender after St. Arnold's Oktoberfest. (666 characters)

Photo of MJR
2.56/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a nice, orange-amber shade with great clarity. A foamy off-white head starts off a good size and sticks around for the duration.

Smell: Aroma of caramel, a bit of toffee, sweet malt, and corn.

Taste: The strongest flavor is the sweet malt, with it's caramel and toffee notes, but a corn taste is a close second. Too much sweetness overall. That's disappointing, considering this used to be a really good Octoberfest offering.

Mouthfeel: Has a fairly medium body with a crisp, dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It would be a lot higher if the unmistakable corn aroma and flavor wasn't there.

This beer caught a lot of heat this year when many people detected corn in the recipe. You can say what you want about the Boston Beer Company...I know what corn tases like, and they used it here. Too bad.... (827 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice glowing orange-amber color, foamy white head. Soft roasted malt aroma, starts sweet, some flavors of toffee and caremel, medium body, seems to change a bit from year to year, still not bad and avalible at most grocery stores. (230 characters)

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured light amber in color with an inch head that contained bubbles of varying size. Malty in smell and taste. Much more flavor than I remembered but still not a ton. Lacking a bit in the aftertaste. I would say this is inline with Harpoons offering but far from the German offerings. I have heard this is better on tap than from the bottle, but haven't sampled the tap version. (379 characters)

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