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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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2,053 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,053
Hads: 6,973
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 111
Gots: 1,503 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 Boto
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another good beer from Sam. It pours a bit amber, with no head or lacing. Fairly thin aroma and taste. As with most of his brews, it is 'toned down' to please the masses. A little thinner in taste than most others. While it is a decent Oktoberfest, it still pales with most of the others out there.

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Photo of flaminghomer
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a medium reddish brown with a light tan, three quater inch head that goes away in about a minute, with a fair amount of lace. when it comes to smell, nothing stood out too strong. i did not smell as many characteristic samuel adams aromas as i was expecting.

even though samuel adams lager is a stand by of mine, for some reason i expected to be disappointed with this brew. although i am not, i'm not impressed either. it's just a quality bland beer, if there is such a thing.

i read some reviews on this beer after i purchased it and before i drank it. i heard someone say that they thought it had been "dumbed down" from samuel adams octoberfest beer from years past. since this is the first time i have drank samuel adams octoberfest, i can't compare, but i will take his word for it. while this may not be enjoyable for those who love a very high quality brew, it may be a blessing in disguise. i have never seen samuel adams octoberfest in the past three years that i have been drinking samuel adams lager. this year i have seen it in alot of the beer shoppes that i visit. i have a feeling that samuel adams is using this quality bland beer to turn the heads of those who usually drink macro, and that can't be a bad thing

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Photo of yankeeheel
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear coppery orange with almost no head. Smells barely of sweet malts and a teeny bit of nut.

The taste is rather...vauge? It has little malt profile, is thin, and finishes as if it was never there. Got to love my relatives and their beer buying preferences.

I am not an Oktoberfest expert by any means, but I hope to God that there are much better american examples than this. Perhaps more research is required on my part.

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Photo of far333
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Self-proclaimed as the best of this style in the world - pours an amber/copper color with a quickly sinking beige head. Aroma is low, and mostly of sweet malts. Flavor is light and malty, typical of the style, but there is a distinct odd finish and lingering aftertaste that really detracts from this one. I can't put my finger on the flavor. I looked at some of the other reviews to see if anyone could characterize it for me, and the closest is probably the reference to butter/popcorn. Very odd, doesn't belong with the beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice orange hue with a decent foamy head, great lacing in this one. Some malty and fruity aromas are weak, but noted. Some light Munich (although reaching for em') and caramel notes up front, somewhat one-sided; fails to develop, a light bitterness, bordering on medium bodied. Notes of butter and popcorn towards the end make this one rather odd. Although odd, slightly drinkable, just a bit off the path for the style based on the end flavors.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful orange/brown color.Slight nutty and toasted aroma.A mild sweetness in the taste.Soft maltness with a slight hop bitterness.A tad "soapy" flavor is present.Average mouthfeel-not as malty as I would have thought.A decent beer-I love Sam Adams products but I honestly think this one has gone down hill over the years.

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

I really enjoy this beer. I know some people are negative toward Boston Beer Co., but admit it, it is the one brewery that got many of us started drinking better beer in the first place. The standard of quality is still there. The Octoberfest beer is a decent replica of the German original. It has the right color, malty flavor, balanced with just the right amount of noble hops (Saaz, I think) to make it a great beer. There are no "cheap" or "off" flavors and it is fresh as any domestic brew available.

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Photo of putnam
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper brown. No head.
Bread crust and prickly green leaves define the aromas.
There is a respectable amount of toasty nut and toffee richness to the flavors, but there is a slight dilution that keeps it from being intense enough for me. High quality brew with broad appeal for an "urmaerzen."

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Photo of beergeek279
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with good head. The smell is very malty. The taste is also malty and quite a bit sweet...similar to the Double Bock but less pronounced. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a couple more.

Not a bad beer. Yes, it should be spelled with a 'k', and Boston Beer seems to use the exact same malts for every beer, but other that, an enjoyable drink. Maybe I'd have another, but hard to do with the Penn Oktoberfest so widespread round here.

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Photo of steelreign
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oh yeah - it's that time again. SA Octoberfest pours almost blood red with some shades of brown and a thin wispy white head. Aroma contains roasted malt, some hops and some earthy tones....not much else. Taste is malty, semi-sweet, and very little hops to balance it. Adequate carbonation, and very easy going down. The ABV and the fact that it is so easy to quaff down yields a 5 on the drinkability scale. You can drink alot of this one. Not a bad offering from SA at all...

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear, effervescent, clear, red-amber color with good, off-white foam that dissipated slowly. The smell was minimal, but malty. The taste was malty with low hop presence. The taste was ok, but on the thin side. The mouthfeel was smooth and fairly clean with medium-light body and bubbly carbonation. Overall this was an easily drinkable beer, but was not as flavorful as many other oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of Reverand
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tis the season it is now September and all theoctoberfest beers come out. I wasn't too impressed with this verson however maybe I expected too much.
This beer poured to a average dark orange amber with a thin off white lace. Clarity is good but the head retention lacks.Smooth malty body, toasted and malt flavors. There wasn't anything that jumped out at me to make this beer stand out.
A good example of this style but maybe realize that I need to get a true Oktoberfest.

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Photo of bditty187
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Orangey-coppery hue, translucent, served with a modest off-white head, fair retention… no lace was produced. The bouquet was limited, lightly malty with kisses of spicy hops, candy. Inviting. The palate was lightly malty… minimal hops bitterness, some spiciness though. Dashes of sweetness too. Clean. Medium-light body (leans on the thin side), it could use more malt… this is not an O-fest I’d buy again (I'd drink it if offered, free), style-wise it is in the ballpark but it rides the pine.

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Photo of bobinverted
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've never been too found of Sam Adams beers, but I hadn't tried their Oktoberfest before so I thought I'd give it chance. I expected more flavor and a fuller body. The body was weak and the toasty maltiness that a marzen should have just wasn't there. I think this would be more appropriatetly called Samuel Adams Octoberfest LIGHT. But it's still the best Sam Adams beer I've had.

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

Pours an orange-amber color with a quickly dissapating head. What little aroma there is seems to be of toasted malt. The taste is a little more interesting with notes of caramel and a little corn as well. Any flavor at all seems very minimal. Pretty unimpressive O-fest.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, large white foamy head. Aroma is malty, fruity, and sweet. A medium bodied marzen style beer. Malty and hoppy, slightly sweet. Smooth, rich taste. Nice flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty.

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

Poured a deep copper color with a smooth and very sticky off white lace that coats the glass. Aromas are very malty with bits of spice and fruits in the nose. Flavor is pretty basic. Loaded with malt. Slightly crisp and dry finish. Semi-caramel aftertaste. Medium-bodied with a thick mouthfeel. A good O-fest beer to just sit and enjoy with friends. Nothing too complex, and certainly aimed at the masses.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber with a minimal white foamy head. Very malty, fruity-estery nose. Light on hops. Extremely creamy, but medium-bodied. Taste is malts, malts, and more malts. Finish reminds me of apple peels, and is somewhat crisp. I think this is where the hops come in. Not a bad brew. Overdoes it on the malts I think. Not my favorite Sam Adams, but highly quaffable.

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Photo of John
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2003 Oktoberfest. Clear black cherry color. Thin layered creamy foam head. A vigorous swirl releases a bouquet of multi-grain bread, toasted caramel malts. A waft of concord grape fruitiness arises. The taste further affirms the nose. Nutty notes are countered with a masterful, spicey hop balance. A nip of alcohol is just enough to warm the throat. Wow, this is a Sam O'Fest? Two fresh pints of this left me wanting more. Well done.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2003 Bottle


Coppery color with a huge billowy head on pour. head soon forgotten. Slight collar with lacy blanket left behind.

Rich maltyness in the mouth and nose and a slight metallic and watery taste and mouthfeel.

The taste is all malt in the front - good - with a subtle bitterness lingering well into the aftertaste.

Not a bad beer. Not great but not bad. I'm sure could drink quite a few in the right situation.

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

Ok saw this for the first time today so had to try a 12 oz bottle ( 2003 of course).
I like the look of this beer..a bright ..crystal clear amber colour..with a lovelly sized off white head..nice carbonation strings present.
Good hearty malty aroma..slightly chocolaty..fresh..good.
mm taste is rather nice malts to begin with than that fades to leave a strange astrigency..its not totally repulsive but its weird none-the-less.
Average on the palate..a little cloying
Its drinkable..but Im not sure if i could mangae more than one..this doesn't even come close to the Spaten or Paulaner Oktoberfests..

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2003 bottle.

Pours a deep orange color. A slightly off white head appears at the top of my glass. The head leaves and some thin put constant lacing. The aroma is all sweet malt with maybe a very slight hint of caramel present. The taste is malt for start to middle with a hint of bitterness in the finish. There is a small creamy feeling in the mouth at the end. This beer is nicely carbonated and very enjoyable to drink. Nice!

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Photo of UnionMade
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review is for the 2003 season, which I thought was much better than last year's.
The brew pours a dark cinnamon amber, topped with frothy, yet dissipating head. The head never quite disappears, but reduces to a thin layer.
Aroma is very malty, with plenty of caramunich malt, providing a pleasant burnt caramel hint. Very clean. Some smokiness. No hops to mention.
Flavor is thick and malty. Full bodied, with moderate small bubbled carbonation. Clean flavors, no esteriness. No apparent hops. Moderate burnt caramel, with the barest touch of smokiness towards the end. A very thick malty finish. Sweet, thick maltiness in the finish, with a quickly fading malty aftertaste.
A very nice octoberfest. Probably the best version Sam Adams has done yet.

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

Now Quaffing: Sam Adams Octoberfest

This beer pours a clear copper with a large tan head. Head dissipates quickly and there is little lacing. Nice sweet aroma with some earthiness to it. There is a nice medium body to the mouthfeel that lets you know the beer is there. Tastes are sweet--fruity and malty, with a slightly bitter finish. This is a very drinkable brew despite its mass production.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nut brown with a hint of ruby. Decent carbonation. Smallish head that settled to a thin ring. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Malt-heavy, with a nice sweetness with a nice dark earthiness. Hops take a back seat, with the slightest greenness present. Some nice fruity notes giving way to a hint of grain at the end.

Taste: More sweet malts, with a nice crispy roastiness to the bier. Carbonation bites the tongue, but settles into creamy, mouth-filling goodness. Hops squeeze the cheeks and tongue in the end, and lend a certain freshness to the finish.

Notes: Not a bad O'fest, and much better as it warms. If memory serves me, the draft (last year, at least) was significantly more impressive than the bottled version.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,053 ratings.