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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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

A 12 oz bottle.

A: The o-fest is a coppery amber color, clear enough that I can see the decorative candle that sits on the other side of the glass. A decent head, nearly two fingers in size, overflowed briefly, requiring a quick clean-up. Light lacing followed.

S: The aroma is very malty, bready with a pleasant sweet streak that lightens things up. Hops add a balancing aspect only, little in the way of strong noble hops.

T: The beer has a light body, grainy but not too full. The standout is a dose of caramel, almost syrupy, that follows the initial malt wave. The sweetness that it brings livens up the taste. The hops are a little stronger here too, adding an earthy bitterness. The finish is fast, offering some graininess before fading away.

M: The lager is malty, no doubt about it. The flavor is solid though and the caramel really helps it work.

D: This is like comfort beer. I just feel good drinking it and it reminds me of a simpler time when I hadn't yet gotten into ales. Sammy A., thank you for a nice pint.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep golden amber with a nice two-finger tan head. Attractive.

Smell: lots of grain and malt; quite carameley and nutty, not unlike a brown ale. It's nice.

Taste: quite malty; there is a nice bitterness but otherwise little hop presence. Like the aroma, it's got a fair bit of nuttiness and caramel. It's not bad, but to me it's more like a brown ale in flavor than a lager.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little bit of a syrupy consistency; an appropriate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: pretty good. This is not a bad beer by any means, but it doesn't entice me as much as some other Sam Adams varieties.

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Photo of corby112
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with bright orange edges and a one finger off white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

The aroma of this beer is really bland with an earthy quality along with some subtle spice but not much sweetness or malt coming through. Hints of floral, grassy pine along with some pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Very faint malt sweetness even as it warms.

Fuller bodied and more complex than I expected. The hop presence from the aroma is present up front providing faint dry bitterness which compliments the spice character. Hints of pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove linger over the sweet malt backbone into a slightly dry finish. The malt character is much stronger in the flavor than the aroma suggests with some sweet caramel and rye along with some faint pumpkin, toffee and biscuit. Decently balanced and sessionable but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The brew is copper with a small white compact head.

S: A nice light roasted sweet malty smell together with some nice floral hops (a hint of bitter).

T: Sweet light roasted malt, bready and refreshing. Mostly floral hops but there are also bitter ones. Some faint citric notes.

M: Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Sweet and bitter aftertaste - really nice.

D: A nice märzen, a bit different from the central european ones - different but not bad. If you like märzen and havn't tried this one - it's a must!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty auburn color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts with considerable sweetness coming through. Taste is mostly of malts, caramel, some spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer that I was "forced" to take home after being the last to leave a football get-together. Oh, the horror. :-)

Poured into an imperial pint glass, a copper hued brew, with a beige 3/4" head. Lacing is good, plentiful and lasting. Aroma is slightly fruity, with a toasted biscuit backbone. Taste is caramel malts, with the frruity flavor pervasive, kind of hiding other notes. Mouthfeel takes a bit of getting used to with the fruitiness for me, but once you settle in, this gets pretty drinkable. An acceptable seasonal that makes a good backup at many a bar's micro draft wasteland.

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Photo of beertunes
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured an attractive golden caramel with over 1-1/2 inches of just off-white head that had great retention but minimal to no lacing.

A pleasant grainy aroma enters the nose. The taste was a little softer than the scent led me to expect, but still nicely grainy and slightly sweet.

The light and smooth body was a little better than expected. Drinkability is excellent, whether having 1 or several, this brew is a nice companion. A beer worthy of your time.

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Photo of Derek
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This really didn't do much for me, especially when compared to the few German Oktoberfests that I've had. Appearance is a dark copper color with a fairly large, light brown head. Aroma smells of nice dark malts and is pleasing. Maybe a hint of alcohol is also noted. Taste is disappointingly average, the flavor is malty, but overly sweet. Not as complex and balanced as I would like. Mild raisin flavor is pretty enjoyable though. This is pretty drinkable, but not something I'd want too often. I'd suggest true German Oktoberfests over this one any day. Samuel Adams can make a better beer than this.

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Photo of DrJay
2.53/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on Thanksgiving 2008 and poured from the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated Feb. 09. The color was a cooper-orange mixture with lively carbonation and light, puffy tan head. The aroma was of sweet malts but nothing spicy to speak of. The mouthfeel was creamier than I expected but again not real spicy senssation in the taste. It tased more like an English bitter.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle a clear dark amber with a medium sized head of foam that dissipated fairly slowly leaving a fine layer with lacing.

The smell was pretty delicate but I did note some malt sweetness.

The taste has notes of caramel maltiness, some grain and there's a hoppy bitterness near and through the finish. Not a bad brew at all and worth trying for sure.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark copper color with nice creawmy head. Aroma is all malt with some caramel notes as well. Taste is sweet malt with a wierd lingering aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and chewy. Overall this is an average beer that is worth a try if you come across it but don't go out of your way.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
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?

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear bright orange amber color. Poured a bit less than a two finger light tan head that dissipated quickly to a skim around the edges of the glass. Broken light lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt and some dark fruit tastes. Some astringent spices.

T: Big, slightly sweet malts up front. Slightly hot finish.

M: Medium body. Might be a little light on the carbonation. Dry warming finish.

D: Very drinkable, and in quantity. Dry, warm finish leaves me ready for the next drink.

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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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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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.

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Photo of bark
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is somewhat pale copper. The foam sinks down to a two finger thick, smooth head.

The smell is full of fresh hops, some bread and a burned flavour.

The carbonation is… crispy. Crispy with small bubbles, and it is rather refreshing.

The taste is full of burned malt. The sweetness is moderate for the style. The bitterness is quite soft. The aftertaste got a growing bitterness with tones of citrus.

I think that this is a very, very good dark lager beer, as one could have expected from Samuel Adams. But is it an oktober bier? I must say: Probably not.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Clear copper colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grains

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some grains. There is also a bit of an earthiness and a touch of a cherry sweetness. It ends with a malty slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – A really good seasonal beer that has a nice easy drinking yet flavourful taste. I could easily drink a bunch of these throughout the course of an evening. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, label says best enjoyed by January 2012. Served in a mug, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like toasted and caramel malt, toffee, and a bit of hops. It tastes like toasted, caramel and bready malt, and a bit of dried fruit (apples?). Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick, is well carbonated and easy enough to drink. I think it's a solid Oktoberfest brew that I'd buy again. Not bad for $2.59 a bomber.

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Photo of Brad007
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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