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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
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2,020 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,020
Hads: 6,817
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 104
Gots: 1,375 | 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 rudzud
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a large Stein.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper with a light, fizzy off white head that fades to leave a very thin halo and no side lacing.

S - Light sweet malts, carmel, and good fall/Marzen spices.

T - More of the same, though a bit lighter. Good carmel malts, some very light hop bitterness. In the middle is a fair typical oktoberfest spice.

M - Mouthfeel was a little thin and watery. Super drinkable though.

O - This is a good beer from sam adams. Just, there are better versons out there. Still, a good cheap buy. (535 characters)

Photo of claspada
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice caramel/amber color with adequate head and lacing.

Aromas are of some sweet bready malts but not much else. It's a pretty weak-smelling brew and left me wanting more. Maybe a faint hint of earthy hops but I could be making that up as well

The taste is about the same, some mild malt and a little undefined spicing, presumably from the yeast. It is a little sweet and bready in the front with a slighty hopped end

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. It drinks easily enough but the carbonation left me feeling more full than a beer with such little body and flavor warranted.

Overall I am not a big fan of this style but I find this beer to be pleasant enough to have one here an there. I will never purchase this beer but it was offered to me for free so I said why not. Plenty of better examples of the style but you can definitely do worse I suppose. (898 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a nice amber color, semi dark with a nice inch of white foam.

S - Smells pretty sweet full of sweet caramel and rich barley.

T - The sweetness of the caramel and malts make this beer very drinkable. I also enjoyed the small bite of hops and slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied and creamy. Delicious/

D - As of now I only have a few left but they are very drinkable. In fact I love how I had this on tap and its only slightly better than the bottle. Very affordable and drinkable brew that is also in 22oz sizes! Yum. (542 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Release 2003: The beer pours transpicuous deep amber to burnished copper, the head modest in size and semi-creamy in consistency, the color a very light tan, the resultant lace a thin sheet to drape the glass. Nose is crisp and clean, sweet with lots of malt, start is also sweet and rich in malt, top middling. Finish is perky in its acidity, the hops light in their spiciness, very dry aftertaste, a so-so beer, drinkable and decent enough to rate at least and average score from me.

Release 2002: The beer pours a nice translucent deep amber color, the head is portly, frothy, the lace in thick sheets, the color beige. Nose is malt and light hints of caramel. Front is sweet, the top skinny, the finish is mildly carbonated, a tad dry, slim on the hops, drinkable beer, but a bit to sweet for me.

Release 2001: Different label, same beer. Nice malt nose and a decent hop presence, not a great beer, not bad either. The beer pours a copper-brown color with beige head and fair lace. Drinkable and worth a try (1,017 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours orangish gold to copper amber under a thin wisp of a head.
S: Spicy nose with some malt.
T: Bready malt flavors with some kettle sugars and a moderate bitter hop accent.
F: Medium body and fairly low carbonation.
O: An Oktoberfest with more hops than many and less carbonation. (290 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a deep amber with a finger head that stays about 30 seconds. There is decent carbonation and for the color it is surprisingly clear.

The aroma is very sweet, you can real smell the malts. There notes of candy, light hops.

The taste is very light and drinkable, there is no taste of hops which is unusual.

The feel is light on the light doesn't hand around much. (420 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish-brown hue and a somewhat clear consistency. There was about a quarter inch of head that didn't last very long.

S: Very malty smell, more so than any other element.

T: Like the smell, malt dominates the taste category. Not overly sweet, but still pretty flavorful.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a slick, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a well made beer and certainly very drinkable. It probably won't knock your socks off, but it's still well made. (531 characters)

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: orangish brown with a 1 finger white head

smell: slight spices, caramel, malts,

taste: little spice, caramel,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, smooth,

drinkability: easy drinker. gets you in the mood for fall.

Cheers,

The CPJ (261 characters)

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

12oz single, Woodman's - West, enjoyed on NFL opening night

appearance: pours into a great dane imperial pint glass...big clear amber body, pretty dark, creamy beige-tan head with a lot of retention and very nice lacing

smell: toasted malt, carmamel, earthy leaf aroma, light hop presence behind the scenes, apple, wood. Overall pretty faint

taste: Well, It's not mindblowing but its pretty well made and very enjoyable. Bold toasted malt dominates the flavour, very seasonal feel with a twig/leaf thing going on that works out well, roasted nuts, caramel apple, thick malt backed by noble hops. I like it.

mouthfeel: medium-full body, slick but smooth

drinkability: high, good fall seasonal (706 characters)

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

Appearance is caramel orange with a wispy white collar.

Smell is sweet and malty.

Taste is pretty clean, but with a bit of a metallic bite, with a bready finish.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, nothing special. (250 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into my excuse for a stein. Best by Feb 2009, so this is fresh

A: Copper colored pour with a massive two-finger thick beige head. Tons of visible carbonation

S: Bready and mildly spicy with a hint of hops; mildly citrus like. Solid!

T: Starts off rich and malty with wonderful caramel sweetness to go with the bready character. There's a hint of a pepper-like spice that, while uncommon for style, works really well here. The finish is dry and very tasty

M: Light -to- medium in body with excellent carbonation and a great finish, this one's great

D: This is definitely one of my favorites. Well done, Jim Koch! (628 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass for a dark orange, almost reddish somewhat seethru body with two-finger, foamy head. Slightly spicy in the smell, but a little weak with no real hops kicking in. Thin to medium body, there is some sweetness in this beer but it is a little overpowered by the rather drying, grainy hops and some rough spices. Not mixed too well, there was a weird aftertaste for me with this beer. It wasn't bad, it wasn't that enjotable though. (450 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.3% ABV, Enjoy before Feb notched on label.

A - Autumn in a glass, this clear lager shines with is a robust rusted amber color which is capped by an off-white head of tiny bubbles. Spotty lacing collects around the pint above the thin, left over skim.

S - Fall is captured upon first whiff. Light Vienna malts provide an excellent base of faint toast and biscuit notes while the Munich malts offer quite a bit of mild sweetness which swirls throughout. A touch of earthiness suggests some hops but they're generally absent. A touch of mineral harshness trails off but this beer is generally very clean.

T - Maltiness continues to develop with it's Vienna base, once again pushing toasted qualities along with an overall sense of breadiness. The Munich malt's sweetness drops back from what the aroma suggests for something a little easier drinking while the finish opens up to hops just a hair more. Herbal notes and grassy earthiness are timid to say the least, but offer balance. Again, the beer's light mineral harshness becomes just a bit intrusive.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth, Samuel Adams Octoberfest has a delightfully malty but refreshing feel that really works well as a sessionable oktoberfestbier. Just a little dry earthiness on the finish goes a long way to keep the beer balanced and inviting.

O - Embodying the essence of fall, the malty aroma encourages the mentality to shift from light, crisp beers to maltier lagers before turning to full, rich stouts and the like. If there wasn't the pesky mineral finish that's almost metallic at points, I'd really, really love this beer. Don't get me wrong, it's a very good Oktoberfest; one I can drink quite a bit of in season, it's just held back from greatness. (1,786 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a coppery clear amber with a decent off-white, slightly orange head. Aroma is malty with hints of hops and spice. Flavor is firmly malty and has touches of hops and toffee and even a nutty hint. Texture is fairly smooth and rather fizzy and lively. A good beer for the season. (300 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark amber in color. Pretty good sized head. Leaves lacing.

S-Deeply malty with nuts and spices and a tiny hop aroma.

T-Malty. Nuts and barley. Small amount of bitterness. Tastes like a Boston Lager on the back in in my opinion. Not a very strong taste but still not bad.

M-Medium bodied, not too much carbonation.

D-Relatively easy to drink.

Haven't had many Octoberfests but this one seems like its a good initiator into the style. (440 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (397 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: bronze/copper in color, thin light head with moderate lacing

S: Light toasted malt scent with some trailing hoppyness. Not much spice there.

T: Light toasted malt scent with some trailing hoppyness and biscuity flavors. Not much spice there - expected more

M: Medium body, slightly overly carbonated (maybe that hid some flavors)

D: Expected a little more from a fest beer... only slightly different from Sam's other traditional lagers (442 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my Harpoon Octoberfest mug. Best by February notched on the label. Poured a translucent copper with a one inch off-white cap dimpled with tiny bubbles. Head eventually dissipated into a soapy swirl. Some lacing, but weak legs. Nose is caramel malt and cereal grains. Taste follows nose with a little hops in the mix. Finish is not as sweet, and much dryer than most Oktoberfests. Mouthfeel is between light- and medium-bodied and evenly carbonated. Easy drinking and one of my personal favorites for the style. (533 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass a crystal clear amber color. Fluffy tan head is pretty nice topping for this 'toberfest.

Sweet malty nose that has some heft to it. Mild floral hop presence is noticeable as well. This brew smells toasty, caramely and earthy.

Not quite as malt dominant as the nose indicates, much more balanced in the flavor. Toastiness throws in a bit more bitterness to help with the balance. Lots of flavor, but maintains a decently light body and feel to it. Not cloyingly sweet, like many American versions...it's pretty tasty and highly drinkable. Every beer drinking American should pick up a sixer of this each September. (643 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright and clear orange/reddish color. A large, almost beige head forms and leaves rings of sicky spiderweb lace.
S: Sweet malt that has a big grain, cereal, bread aroma. Some light hops to balance out.
T: Toasty malt that is a little sweet. Lots of bread and biscuit flavor. A metallic aftertaste.
M/D: A medium body with good carbonation and creaminess. Just a tad watery. Easy and smooth to drink. I have been known to session this when in season.

This is a good example of the style. Very malty and easy to drink. Something worth a try. (552 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with a modest half inch beige head that dissipates fairy quickly.

Caramel, nutty roast malt, toffee, and melanoidin comprise the aroma, with just a touch of floral hops.

Flavor reveals floral hops initially, which are overtaken by sweet, bready caramel malt. There's a bit if nutty, toffee flavor, and a touch of fruity esters at the end of the sip. The finish is toasty and somewhat dry.

Body is moderate to full, with moderate to low carbonation, and there's a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, a very malty offering, per style. Not the most depth of flavor. Wish there had been a little more complexity. (641 characters)

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

Geez, I bitched and bitched and bitched until the local store here finally got this in (2 months late I might add which is par for the couse for SA products here), and I have to say I am slightly disappointed.

This has been my favorite 'fest the past two years running, but this year it is simply middle-of-the-road...

Pours an orangish color with the soft white head...nose almost smells light an adjunct was used but I highly doubt it....still it has that smell....the taste is sweet and slick, but not as impressive as past years...finishes with slight hop bite....as sweet as this is, it could pass for a bock in some quarters...It really lacks the toastiness I enjoy in my 'fests...

Still, this is a decent beer..better than some, not as good as others...It is not as good as the Tyranena I just had before this, but considerbly better than Lakefront and others...

Decent...worth getting a sixer of to try, but unlike past years not worth going back to stock up on a case... (991 characters)

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

On tap at a local pub

Appears a dark amber with orange highlights around the edges with a tight, cream colored cap. No retention or lacing.

Sweet, bready malts and caramel. Not much else here.

Taste mimics the mose. Sweet caramel balanced by some bittering hops. Crisp and smooth.

Carbonation is where it should be, more on the thin side.

Pretty easy to session. A solid offering. (385 characters)

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

The review is the same as from the bottle. The difference is that, firstly, I didn't get quite the same head as I poured myself; secondly, aromas and flavor, while the same, were stronger from the tap.

This is a dark amber-brown color with a tight brown head that stays a while at two fingers and leaves some patchy lacing partway down the glass.
There are some grains underneath a predominantly malt aroma backed by hops. It's straightforward.
The flavor holds a little more balance and complexity than the aroma, and the variance of malts works nicely. Along with a bread / biscuit there's a gentle nutmeg-like nip just underneath.
This is a decent blend of smooth and crisp in the mouthfeel, though neither is prominent. Carbonation is on the light side of moderate and body is medium.
Overall I like this brew, and it's a tasty one, but it's all a little light and muted. A macro drinker could definitely handle this, and it would serve well as a gateway brew to bolder beers, especially Oktoberfest beers. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried a bottle of this shortly after getting it on draught. As expected the experience was not quite as good. Another good seasonal from Sammy's, although not as good as Old Fezziwig. Nice amber color with a medium head that dissipated quickly. Malty, lightly floral aroma. Nice malty flavor with light citrus notes. Slightly lacking on the Marzen scale but I couldn't find much to complain about. (399 characters)

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