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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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2,071 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,071
Hads: 7,101
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 25.96%
Wants: 119
Gots: 1,617 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark copper in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderare aromas of caramel malts with an almost maple syrup like sweetness.

T: Like the smell, there is a moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness with just a hint of maple syrup sweetness. The hop bitterness is noticeable in the finish but not overpowering - well balanced.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and very sessionable - nothing super here but nothing bad either, very much an average beer in the style. Pretty well balanced in flavors between the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops.

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

Bottle gifted by the other Matt. Thanks! Beer served in a DFH signature glass. Beer is orange and clear with a minimal head and some lacing. looks ok.

Smells good, kind of like fruits, has some banana in the nose.

Beer tastes pretty good. Medium bodied. It's a little grainy. Beer is really drinkable mouthfeel is good. Not really in a mood to be descriptive tonight. It's good overall. I'd have it again. There are some fruity notes in the midpalate. It's pretty good.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber with a very small head and little lacing.

S: Malty aroma with a sweetness as well. A very small hop kick as well.

T: Caramel and lightly roasted malts. Not as sweet as the nose. The hops are mild on the flavor as they were on the nose.

M/D: Medium bodied and pretty smooth. Overall it is a fine fall choice, not amazing, but definitely serviceable. I had this at a restaurant where it was the only "craft" choice. I feel that places like that it is always a good choice, but I probably won't go out and grab it for the house.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. Date says best before Febraury. Pours a small head that fizzed down quickly. Very little lacy noticed.

Color was an orange amber. I could taste roasted malts, but little hop flavor going on here. This was an easy beer to drink and definately another great from the BBC.

I will definately be picking up some more of this before the season is over.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Austin's into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear copper colored body with touches of burgundy throughout. A bubbly off-white head stuck around for a decent amount of time, but did eventually recede into absolutely nothing. No lace or retention which seems to be par for almost every beer in the style.

S: Lightly toasted malts, caramel, toffee and very bready notes make up the base of the aroma. Perhaps a hint of floral hops are towards the very back end for a split second but the rich, robust malt profile is the focus.

T: A touch of sweetness initially, but the malt profile comes in again midway through. It's more of the same, caramel, toasted malts, and bready/doughy flavors. There's a very clean quality about the taste that I attribute to not overloading this with an intense flavor. Nothing off or astringent in the finish, either.

M: Crisp, light and prickly on the palate. Again, it feels extremely clean coming and going without leaving anything behind to throw off the experience of the beer. To style, it's extremely good.

This is certainly one of the more easy drinking Oktoberfests on the market, and one that has proven to retain quality year after year while being made on a large scale. It's not the poster child for the style but one that is close enough to be extremely refreshing, crisp and enjoyable.

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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft offering served in a mug. The brew appears a clear copper color with an off-white cap of froth. Some patchy suds of lace stick to the glass.

The nose is quite muted with a bit of herbal hops, minerals and buttery diacetyl that blends to more of a scent of toffee as it warms up.

The taste is quite buttery and includes plenty of malt that imparts flavors of toffee and caramel. There is a soft touch of herbal hops present and a slight mineral feel towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modes tamount of carbonation. It is crisp and nice but really buttery almost to fault for my palate.

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Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with 1/4" of head that quickly fades to a thin lace. Smells of caramel and possibly toffee. Taste is rich caramel but not sweet; very mild hop character for balance. Mouthfeel is smooth and well carbonated.

This is definitely a sessionable beer; rich and smooth, it's a decent octoberfest brew.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's October, after all...

A: The beer is transparent with plenty of bubbles ascending from the depths. The color is an autumn shade of orange, akin to the changing hues of the leaves. There is about an inch of off-white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: It smells like a lager. The sweetness is subtle, with hints of fruit.

T: A nice take on a traditional German classic. The beer is mostly malty, with very little hop presence. It's slightly sweet and fruity, with notes of grain and/or barley.

M: The feel is thicker than I expected, in a pleasant way. There is a slight hint of astringency and/or alcohol in the finish that counteracts the otherwise fabulous feel on the palate.

D: 'Tis the season. It's not my favorite choice within the style, but it goes down just fine.

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

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale and caramel malts. It is slightly sweet with a dry lager yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a slightly malty flavor with a dry lager yeast finish. It goes down easy and finishes smooth and creamy. There is a bit of bitter hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good Octoberfest. It has good flavor and aroma; an excellent drinker.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops along with some toffee and caramel malt.

The flavor is not quite what I expected. I get a lot of toffee, caramel and bready malt - as expected - but I also get some cinnamon and allspice. I have had this beer numerous times over the years and I never remember it having the spicy components. Regardless, it was very nice.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is time of the Fall seasonals and I am trying some new ones this year while they are fresh.

From the bottle: "Samuel Adams Octoberfest is brewed with five varieties of malted barley for a deep amber color and a bigger richer flavor. It's everything we look forward to in Fall."

The pour produced a finger of fluffy eggnog-colored head with excellent retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity, reminiscent of a former G/F's hair. Nose was rich and malty and very evocative of the style. Mouthfeel was medium and it was sweet in a toasted cereal way that reminded me of Wheaties, which my father would swear by. It was not cloyingly sweet, but more toasty sweet, if that makes any sense. I liked it simply because I do not like overly sweet anything. The finish was semi-sweet and very pleasant. Worth a try at this time of year.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice simple three finger soapy head is produced, but not with much retention. Body is a classic dark amber red, crystal clear and looks very much like a marzen. Head seems to lose some staying power and looks a bit weak.

Bouquet is a sweet candy like malt and small fizz pop soda. Kind of odd but alright.

Taste is kind of lacking but has all the right ideas. Simple malt and light, some carbonation that is noticeable but has a medium sized body with a hint of thickness. After taste on the swallow is kind of tongue and palate numbing, almost novocaine territory.

Overall a slightly above average marzen. Will do in a pinch.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber color with a little lacing. Not as sweet as you would think based on the color. Average tasting Octoberfest but readily available which has to count for something.

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

12 ounce bottle, with freshness dating. Pours coppery almond, clear with a moderate white head. It also leaves a trace of lacing. Typical octoberfest brw thing going on here. Sweet malt carries the load, minimal hopping. pleasant brew goes well with sausages, onions etc etc.

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Photo of Gavage
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: copper / orange in color with a 1" head. No lacing developed.

Smell: very little aroma, as some soft sweetness is barely detectable.

Taste: caramel, mild fruit sweetness, a hint of nuttiness, and very mild bitterness. Overall a sweeter beer that is somewhat dry. Simple and straightforward.

Mouthfeel: smooth from start to finish. The finish is also a bit dry. Aftertaste is short with some caramel sweetness.

Drinkability: had a pint before dinner and two with dinner. Of course the restaurant selection was macro heavy, so my options were limited. But I found this to be flavorful and very easy to drink. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best By February 2009; Sampled October 2008
Pours with a frothy, two finger thick, lightly amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is quite clear and shows a full amber color as it sits on my desk. The aroma has some light spicy hop character to it up front, but this is quickly drowned out by a full malt character. Aromas of caramel, toasty grain and whole grain crackers. Actually there is a fair amount of hop character here that lightly spices the more dominant malt aromatics.

Spicy hop notes cut through the slightly more dominant malt character of lightly nutty, slightly toasty grain notes and a nice, almost rich, but not to sweet, caramelized malt note. As the beer warms up it becomes more malty and rich, but still retains its spicy hop character. Light toffee notes seem to subtly intrude into the mix of well integrated flavors that define this beer. I really am enjoying the body of this brew as well, it is quite quaffable, but has just enough heft to cling a bit to the palate and lightly envelope the mouth.

This is a nice Oktoberfest, I really like that it is still fresh and has a nice spicy hop character. I really also like how the toasted malt character accentuates a soft nutty note. Overall this is a really well constructed beer, incredibly well balanced between hop and malt. I would seriously have a hard time asking for more from an Oktoberfest (well an non-Rauch one anyway). This would be quite easy to quaff liters of this beer at a time.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Flying Dog to Gordon to Karl to Sam, we enter the last beer of the American Oktoberfest Invitational, the tasting which I sample some of the marzen's of the bigger American craft breweries. Before I go on, I will say that this is the first SA Oktoberfest I've had in three years, which is the longest stretch I've gone without tasting a beer that I already sampled. To some, that may not sound long, but I've only been able to legally drink for only a slightly longer time. That will end very soon. Is SA Oktoberfest as good as I remember? On to the beer:

Poured into a stange, the beer's color is darker than other maarzen's with its rich amber red color. The head on top is semi-creamy/semi-fuzzy. It slowly drops. Light in the nose. There is some "raw" hop leaf crawling in the nose with weak notes of malty goodness. Where are my malts? Will I taste them?

Oh yes, I taste them, though on the lighter side. Bread crust and sweet King's Hawaiian rolls lead the way in this smooth, medium bodied beer. It's slightly fruity, and very faint alcohol hints itself on the palate. Dry biscuit malt finishes off the journey.

In the land of marzen's, SA Oktoberfest will hold its own given its distribution, freshness, and price advantage. Not as heavenly as I remember three years ago, but still very servicable and easy drinking. (In case you were wondering, Boréale Blonde is now the beer I haven't sampled in the longest time, dating back to December 2006.)

The American Oktoberfest Invitaitonal comes to end with these four beers, and now is the time to crown a winner. And the winner is....

Gordon Biersch Festbier!

No leftover marzen's at this Oktoberfest, and in the end, the guy who tells you not to trust a skinny brewer takes it all. Hope you're all full of pretzels and potato salad (and beer!) after this invite. Good night everyone!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a chain restaurant, the best beer on the menu.
Came served in a 16 oz mug, an amber orange color with a minimal tan wisp of a head that was gone before my lips touched the rim of the glass. Smell is bready malty with an earthy herbal hop presence. Smells a bit sweet. Taste is bready and mildly malty with an herbal hop bite to keep it from being too sweet. Medium body and carbonation with a slick sweet mouthfeel. Decent beer, but their are certainly better beers in the style. I would drink this again given the choices I had tonight but would easily skip this in a better venue.

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

A nice fest-like beer. Looks a nice amber-orange with an aroma of toasted malts. Tastes "malty" the same way other good German lagers do with some caramel and toffee. I don't know how this is the #1 Oktoberfest beer as Sam claims, but its still very smooth and drinkable. Worthy of a litre stein.

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

12 oz. bottle, orange and blue colour, bought at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars, in Costa Mesa, CA, single,

A: Pours a beautiful pumpkin orange, with a nice white head into a pilsner glass.

S: Smells of malts predominately, a hint of hops, and a bit of smoke character I felt as well.

T: Malt is the word here, lots of caramel, but not as robust as I would have liked, easily drinkable, nothing offensive, taste is good overall, has nuance.

M: Typical lager, light and smooth, easy to drink.

D: An good Oktoberfest marzen, I've had better and I've had worse, nice colour in it, a traditional colour, I'll definitely buy some when they come out in the fall each year.

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

12 Fl Oz bottle poured into a 'Back Forty Beer Co' badged US pint tumbler @ home on 28 Dec 2012.

Looked happy in an American glass: good deep amber hue to the body with a thin off-white covering on top.

Sweet malty molasses all over the place in the aroma and the first sip confirms what your eyes and nose were telling you: this is malts first and foremost, with the hops just there to calm it all down a little.

I'm sweet toothed so this was fine my me but it is far too sweet for a true Oktoberfest Marzen if you want to talk about styles.

Most enjoyable: the second half of the tasting was helped along by some soft French cheese and the UK's equivalent to saltine crackers. They went well together.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Copper in color with a nice white head that enveloped the glass with lace.

S. No aroma present besides some faint malts.

T. The malts used provide a sweet taste, the hops provide a nice herbal bitter, and neither wins out. A very well balanced brew.

M. Medium to full bodied.

D. A good session beer, one of the better O-fests I've had thus far.

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

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer pours a copper coloring, rich and vibrant. Lots of carbonation on the pour, with a healthy, thick, dense two inch head that quickly settles down into a film covering. Aromas of rich caramel and smokey malt fill the nose, with some light nutty highlights. Flavors are light and crisp in mouth, with a rich malt character strongly profiled, and highlighted by some light spicing and a smokey background. The aftertaste is very sweet, but not overpowering, and the beer has a clean and crisp finish, with a slight drying at the end. Very decent, and very light and crisp for the style.

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

Pours a coppery amber with a thin head that settles to a thin ring. Smells of firm malt and a little nutty, but also a little light and seltzer-like. The taste is pretty similar with an initial burst of firm malt followed by a seltzery fizziness and some late nuttiness. Kind of amazing how much this falls off. Its also just a bit too dry- it needs a bit more sweetness for the style. A bit fizzy and light in the mouth, this one seems better suited to a hot southern summer than the fall.

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

Pours a clear dark red/orange brew.

Smell is malty and floral with a mild spiciness. Mild banana scent is also present.

Taste is very malty with a touch of browned sugar. There is a bitterness here that counter-balances the sweetness. There are some woody and earthy tastes present also.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Very drinkable brew that I will buy again. A very well executed beer, almost a great beer.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 2,071 ratings.