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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
83
good

4,942 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 4942
Reviews: 1914
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.9%


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:
No notes at this time.

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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 3-4 fingers of foamy off-white head. This eventually peters down into a thin ½ finger layer of creaminess, leaving back a slowly creeping downward cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma smells sweet and doughy, with a notes of citrus, spice and lightly buttered toast mixed in.

The taste has more of a push to it from that green leafy citrus character but the sweetness finishes this out with a mix of light toffee and toasted bread. Dry and bitter on the backend. The mouthfeel is medium bodied; with a smooth and creamy feel as this spreads out and some light crispness that prickles the tongue a bit. This flows pretty decently across the palate.

This was decent but nothing overly special, with profiles that leaned to the sweeter side but there was just enough crispness to keep this mostly accessible and drinkable feeling. I tend to like this one a bit more on draft, which is how I’ve usually had it over the years.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 19:29:22 | More by Kegatron
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sam Adams Octoberfest is a myriad of the quintessentially fall-time shades of auburn and amber. It is a snapshot of autumn foliage. On the whole, it is quite dazzling; fiery tones of red and coppery glazed oranges flare up when the beer is held against the light. Like its clarity, a majority of the head persists. Although the bulk of it resides along the bumpers there is a thin film that manages to cloak the surface. Lacing drapes the glass.

The aroma exhumes a lot of sulfur. Don't be alarmed - this is common in many lagers. It isn't anything unappetizing but it's not exactly enticing either (and the sizable hint of diacetyl isn't helping things). But that sulfur element is definitely characteristic of many lagers and it is one you can likely learn to live with - if not come to enjoy. Besides, swirling seems to eradicate most of it. You might also note caramel and dried fruit.

A profoundly malty flavour hints at notes of caramel, crackers and cranberries. It is distinctly sweet; a trace amount of hops is detectable but contributes nothing more than a dash of earthiness. The aftertaste has a lengthy linger and leaves your tongue in the clutches of sulfur and dried fruits. I wish this was served in one of those giant 2 liter steins :(

I could probably drink at least a few of those. No kidding. This is one extremely sessionable lager. It is smooth and deliciously sweet. The maltiness is sufficient to provide flavour but not heavy enough to weigh you down. I'm not only drinking this in gulps but have actually caught myself chugging it. To call it quenching is an understatement. Admittedly, I wouldn't know where to draw the line drinking this one.

No wonder Oktoberfest is such a big celebration. Any type of beer this good - especially one only released seasonally - deserves its own ceremony and commemoration. This is a gorgeous, distinctly flavorful, endlessly sessionable lager - in other words, this is a beer perfectly designed for festivities. And you can bet Sam Adams' version will definitely be a source of merriment in my house each fall from here in.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 01:23:58 | More by biegaman
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a mahogany color with a small tan head. Streaks of lace are left on the glass. Little bits of carbonation slowly rise to the top.
Smell is of sourdough and sweet, fruity malts.
Taste is sweet and sour mix of a malty punch with fruitiness.
Mouthfeel is an okay blend of a sweet & sour mix with a medium bodied feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 14:46:34 | More by weeare138
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Detroit airport the other day.

The beer pours a mahogany copper color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a hint of sweet malt and not much else. The simple flavors in this beer generally replicate the nose. There is some attractive roasty malt and light honey in this beer, but there really isn't very much flavor otherwise. The beer is somewhat watery, but there are no off flavors.

Pretty boring, but certainly not terrible. However, there are many, many other good marzen options out there these days to ever order this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2008 13:34:16 | More by johnmichaelsen
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plaid75

New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a strong caramel malt aroma with a smattering of aroma hops.

The taste was upfront malt sweetness with a solid toasted grain bill. A very good doughy aftertaste as well.

The mouthfeel was on the creamy side.

Overall a good drinkable Octoberfest. A bit on the sweet side and could have used a bit more hop in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 15:07:45 | More by plaid75
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear red/orange, thick tan head forms, some nice lacing, good retention as well. Smell is sweet and malty, some spice and orange, little cherry, caramel, and some iron. Taste is sweet, toffee and orange, rich malt in the back, some iron again and cherries in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. I really enjoy this, real smooth and easy to drink, with some nice flavour to it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 16:40:50 | More by Viggo
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour, average head. Caramel aroma. Taste, was everything you'd expect, smooth, no hops, alcohol hidden.

Mouthfeel, just kept on being smooth and non offensive. No particular complexities for this guy, just a beer that is a notch above fizzy yellow stuff. Lots of caramel, its the beer's #1 property. I guess this is the archtype or something. Nothing wrong with it.

EDIT: Sep 2011, had it again, really a nice octoberfest, I've freed myself that it must be hoppy confines. Really the five malt varieties make for a very smooth beer for the fall. A good one even if not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 04:51:33 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a very nice deep clear copper hue. A decent white head that is well retained. Nice toasted malt aroma. Creamy mouthfeel with a body of about medium. Taste is pretty average. Subtle toasted tones. Some maltiness. Minimal bitterness. Nothing really stands out with this one, but by no means will I be dumping this down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2002 19:45:44 | More by Bighuge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A bready beige head sits atop a light rustic-amber body coloring. Visible carbonation was extremely light, with soft whispers of lonely bubbles rising reluctantly. The head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin film coating.

S: The nose was soft, light caramel syrup with only the slightest hint of hops of nobel flowery origins.

T: Sweet and syrupy upon the opening sip. Maplesyrup, caramel appear in the forefront while a light noble flowering hop presence presents itself on the tongue upon the swallow. Hints of chocolate and munich appear ever so briefly upon warming on the close.

M: Light bodied, you hardly feel this at all resting on the tongue. Nil carbonation factor, easily manipulated on the tongue.

D: As with most of Boston brewings beers this one goes down very smoothly with little effort or resistance making for a good session drink aptly suited per style. Pitches of this are optimal, Prost Zum Wohl.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 13:22:30 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 13:12:40 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrJay

Massachusetts

2.53/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was served with a thin head that didn't last long. Quite clear medium amber/orange colour. There was plenty of sweetness in the aroma, but not much malty depth and little in the way of hops. Low bitterness, lots of sweetness and this carries straight through to the end. A bit grainy with some corn flavour thrown in. Not very clean tasting, with a bit of fruitiness at the midpoint. The body fell away and became thin towards the finish, but still had some stickiness. A bit disappointing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2005 01:41:17 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at Fontaine's in Atlanta.

Pours a good dark amber color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a ring of bubbles around the glass. Lacing is good just above the beer, but isn't that sticky.

Smells very malty - both bready and sweet. Some caramel notes as it warms.

Tastes very malty as well. Sweet at first then mellows as it warms. Some caramel taste as well, with a smooth finish. Just a touch of bitterness at the end as well. There's a slight off taste every now and then that I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is just right, but it could be a little thicker. Goes down very smoothly though.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. No egregious flavors that don't belong. It goes down easily and quickly.

Overall a solid Oktoberfest beer. The quintessential harbinger of the best season of the year.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2008 23:59:48 | More by glid02
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 03:04:44 | More by Huhzubendah
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Gusler

Arizona

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2003 01:20:43 | More by Gusler
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Imperial Pint at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA.
A - A deep amber w/ garnet highlights, a lighter amber when held to the light. A thin tan head which condenses quickly into a thin film of head with a ring of lace.

S - A malty sweet aroma w/ a tinge of light woody hops and a gentle lactic nutty malt scent.

M - Malty w/ slightly above medium body w/ a full toasty texture. Gentle sweetness w/ a clean finish.

T - A fairly rich nutty, dry yet flavorful malt taste gets a good dose of sweet crystal malt flavor. Bready German malt flavor makes itself known as the Imperial ale glass warms. A nice woody hop flavor combines w/ a sweet caramel malt and yeasty lager flavor.

D - A very drinkable lager w/ a definite influence from the masters of the style. Pleasing pint after pint, a worthy fest in the American interpretation. I could see drinking this as a go to beer by the case.

I had this on tap in a pint at TGI Fridays enjoyed before having wings

The color is deep bronze with thin head of tan that revived when swirled.
The smell is reminiscent of almonds with a sweet nutty and light fruity element
The feel is highly carbonated and slightly spicy with yeast dry texture and moderate bitterness. The flavor is good but like the vienna -Boston Lager it is hoppier and cleaner than the European versions I have had with a more dry less noticeable malt character. I enjoyed this but consider it average for the style. It is drinkable which is why I can't knock it too hard overall, but it is certainly catering to an american taste which is a more hop forward lager.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2007 14:50:12 | More by Slatetank
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Brad007

Vermont

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a one-finger head. Aroma is nice and malty up front with a tiny bit of smokiness. Taste is somewhat sweet and malty on the tongue and it fades towards the back of the throat. Not too impressive. Solid beer though. It would probably go well with Octoberfest-type foods.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 04:39:16 | More by Brad007
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz picked up today at the Coop for about $1.40... poured into my shaped Sam Adams glass.

2 Finger head atop a crystal clear amber red brew.

Aroma is pretty much all toasted malts.. bready... no hops.. very appropriate.

Malty out of the gate.. with toasty notes mid palate and a fairly dry finish... some very low spicy hoppy flavors.. Medium body with a smooth carbonation.. very clean.

This brew deserves better reviews... it is waayy better than some German imports I've had lately... maybe because this one is fresh, but I am not sure.. IMHO, this is a pretty spot on Octoberfest.

3.5/4/4/4/3.5

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 08:06:55 | More by JohnGalt1
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.23/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 20:51:01 | More by Georgiabeer
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 02:56:23 | More by smakawhat
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 01:55:26 | More by mothman
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superspak

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into perfect pint glass, best before Feb 2013. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, caramel, toast, bread, light toffee, and herbal hops. Pretty nice aromas with decent balance; a bit too fruity. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, toast, bread, light toffee, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, toast, bread, light toffee, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Pretty good flavor balance; quite a bit watery feeling on the finish; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is decent. Seriously lacking the creamy and slick mouthfeel this style usually shows. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a decent Oktoberfest. Needs less fruitiness and more bready/caramel flavors; but this is still very drinkable. Fairly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 05:01:42 | More by superspak
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 02:27:10 | More by dbrauneis
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in their specially engineered glass.

A: Copper-bronze with an off-white head, thin ring of retention, hints of lace.

S: Nobel hop aroma (floral, herbal & grassy) with some underlying toffee sweetness.

T: Caramel and bready malt, grassy & herbal spicing, solid bitterness. Great for a new world version, but there's a bit more crystal malt sweetness than breadyness from a good continental malt.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness.

D: A good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 00:30:31 | More by Derek
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into the perfect pint glass 28/9/11

A clear copper body with lots of big bubbles that feed a very short lived finger of head that leaves no lace

S dry cereal with some hard toffee, not much really what is there is pretty faint

T some fruity sweet malt is much stronger the smell and adds too it, a little bread and honey poke out as it warms

M light bodied with enough carbonation to give it some life, earthy aftertaste lingers for a little while

O decent but fairly plain, not much for smell and it looks pretty basic

I was told this is the largest craft brewery in the world, it that a better oxymoron then Military Intelligence?

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 02:12:39 | More by wordemupg
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ccrida

Oregon

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2009 00:33:50 | More by ccrida
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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