Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of Brewingbanjos
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice orange color and very clear. The taste is rich and bettery with malt. The mouthfeel fades quick despite the maltiness. The nose is clean with a slight hint of acorn squash. This is personal favorite to grab once a year just because it feels like it helps usher in the fall. This makes for a nice easy going Oktoberfest brew.

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Photo of MNJR
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is a decent beer from Sam Adams. I would probably never order a SA again, but this was cheap at my local store, so I thought I'd give it a go. The initial head is stupendous - really thick, whipped foam. It gives way fairly soon, but the lacing is dense and even. The color is rich copper, mostly clear with about a 10% haze. I smell cocoa or chocolate milk immediately, with not a lot else Underpinning this is malt, but again little else. The flavor is chewy, sweet, caramel, prune, medium spice and chocolaty malts finishing it off. Mainly true to the style, but the cocoa is a new twist. The mouthfeel suffers from stickiness and tongue goop which repeated sips do not wash down. Drinkability is low. I wouldn't have more than one. Even though it is not bad in any serious way, it just doesn't merit another purchase. I mostly enjoyed it for a one-off taste test.

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Photo of rramsey
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the best Octoberfest's I've had. Pours with an orange hue. Good carbonation. Taste is good. It is an enjoyable beer for the style. Mouthfeel is average. I enjoy this beer during this time of year. I will buy more next year. I can drink several of these at a sitting. Marzen is not my favorite style of beer but is a good beer and I enjoy drinking it.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottled into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a two-finger light-tan head that is pretty creamy but with some large soapy bubbles on the top. As it dissipates it becomes creamier and decent lacing is left all the way down. It settles at a thin layer of patchy lace on top of the beer. The color is orange-honey and it is very clear. There is little carbonation activity within.

Smell - Slightly fruity hops with some mild bitterness/sourness. Some very slight citrus is just behind the initial hop smell. Some coppery and slightly bready malt aromas in the back. Very little alcohol is detectable.

Taste - Very bread pudding-like malt that is surprisingly rich is tasted right away. Slight bitterness from the hops just behind this, which holds well and peaks just before the finish. Some very slight cherry and plum fruitiness in with the malt flavors. The finish comes in with a slightly-metallic malt character. Finishes with a taste of raw pumpkin, surprisingly. This quickly flashes out, however, and gives way to a fading raw, grainy malt character.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light-bodied (maybe just barely medium-bodied). Has little smoothness. The carbonation is good, but is just a bit too much in my opinion.

Drinkability - The flavors aren't too strong, and the beer has an overall "light" feel to it. Definitely could be a session beer if you dig the flavor.

A decent Oktoberfest-style beer. Its best feature is the rich pudding-like malt character that hits you straight-away. Has good drinkability, but is overall an average beer. Worth a try definitely.

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Photo of codfeast
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint.

A: Dark amber, rocky off white head, fair amount of lacing.

S: Malt and yeast.

T: Starts with a bit of sweet malt, with a bitter finish.

M: Seems a bit thin to me.

O: Meh, It's alright. Lacking the big smooth mouthfeel, and biscut, bread flavors that make this one of my favorite styles, many better examples out there.

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

On tap in early October; must be fresh!

A - deep clear copper, lots of carbonation, little to no head.

S - hint of malt and spiciness.

T - very mellow with only moderate caramel malt and a hint of sweetness. Finishes with some nuttiness.

M - medium bodied with only mild carbonation. It has a hint of oilyness and coats the mouth.

D - definitely goes down easy but also lacks a bit of character.

So-so; decent Okt, but well behind most of the Germans.

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. A: Brown/amber, very clear, decent amount of head that reduces down to a thin caked on layer. Some lacing. S: Caramel, toffee, lightly roasted malts. Some light, earthy hops toward the end. T: Lightly sweet, bread, kind of an herbal flavor, some light hops. A slightly bitter finish. M: Slightly coarse, crisp. D: Honestly, it's a littler thinner than I had expected. It's definitely a good beer, but normally the Sam Adam's selections have a bit more to say than this beer does. Definitely enjoyable, just not too memorable.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-amber color with minimal head. Unremarkable grains dominate the nose with a faint hint of spice present as well. Pumpkin pie spice is the most interesting element of a taste that is otherwise too sweet. Malts eclipse any hops that are present, but even those flavors fade quickly. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and this beer goes down very easily. But this is neither a good Sam Adams nor a good example of the style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinkable and some taste from roast, sam adams to me is positioned as a transition from macro to craft beer. Bit of hop bitterness, even Sourness leading to some fruit juice in finish. Well malted and suitably carbonated. No colour, and thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of rosmhuire
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of the latest Sam offering at my local pub. Poured a beautiful amber color. Nice head but not much on the nose. Taste is simple bordering on watery - not a lot going on here. Still , a very quaffable beer. Could easily throw back 3-4 of these, though my 16 month old started fussing as soon as I got my 2nd pint.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. pours a dark amber and reddish color. Moderate sweet aroma that is grainy and nutty with balancing toffee, caramel and hints of almond and spices. Taste is similar and a bit too sweet for me but not too bad for an American marzen.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Deep copper, with a good head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Sweet and bready malts, spice, slightly fruity.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Slightly nutty and slightly fruity (like some people I know).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

The Verdict: Underwhelming. I keep hoping I’ll come across a Boston Brewing beer that will knock my socks off, but keep getting disappointed. This malty fall brew is drinkable, but just doesn’t really do anything for me.

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Photo of DrewBest
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I used to absolutely love this beer. I recently realized that I just love Octoberfests...and in fact, this is not a great one. As such, I have lowered my rating several times in an attempt to rate this beer not just in terms of how much I like it on its own, but also its standing within its (particularly well-defined and storied) genre.

Almost no detectable hop aroma. The malts are great-- big and sweet. Mouthfeel is similarly malty and partially coating. However, where I feel this falls short of other 'Fests is the complete lack of both bittering hop character (which should be minimal, but present) and noble hop flavor. This could have been brewed with a similar amount of Cascade without a noticeable effect...if there are nice German hops in here, you wouldn't know it.

Drinkable and tasty but one-dimensional and tiresome.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass at Pub 71 (Atlanta, GA):

A: The beer appeared to be a nice, rich golden color, clear with some light carbonation streaming to the top. I got about a one finger head, which lasted for a decent amount of time, not long, not short.

S: The aroma was of light malt with some hints of sweetness, maybe caramel. There were also some floral notes.

T: The taste was good, again light malt with some light sweetness and some lights hops to give the beer some balance. The taste, especially for the style could be more robust.

M/D: The beer had good carbonation, it was smooth and easy to drink, but probably not the first Octoberfest beer I would reach for, but a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
August 22, 2008

One of the Boston Beer Co's better efforts. Pours a beautiful dark copper, but aroma isn't much to write home about- equal to that of a light beer. Taste is a bit of dark fruit, lots of caramel, malty. Not too much hop presence here. Quality session brew.

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Photo of zac16125
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a crystal clear, dark amber-brown with 1.5 fingers width of off white colored head. Head dissipates down fairly slowly and leaves only very small amounts of lacing.

S: Malty, there is this bizarre sweet and spice combination that I swear smells like spaghetti sauce, caramel malt.

T: Lots of malts, caramel, a sugary sweetness-much sweeter than I anticipated, a bit of spice. At first I really like this, a lot, but I like it less and less as I continue to drink (not sure if thats because of it warming or just my palate adjusting to the flavors). There is a bitterness, although it doesnt really taste like hop bitterness.

M/D: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, drinkability is average.

O: Well this certainly isnt my favorite style, but I enjoyed this one more than most. Doubt I'll ever drink it again, but it was worth a try.

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Photo of Briken
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange highlights on amber with thin tan head. Light floral tea and biscuit. Smooth malt toast and tea bite. Slight hop linger and a little toasty. Light smooth feel with light carbonation.

Light subtle flavors make an easy drinking Oktoberfest. Not much on the aroma. Flavors are subtle to the point of elusive taste.

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Photo of rjcohen
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very pretty beer. A deep fall-leaf orange, off-white head, minimal lacing on glass.

Smell: Not a very deep aroma. Malt, bread.

Taste: This is not a very flavorful beer at all. I've started to pick up more fruity flavors as I've drank more of this, but it is still not too interesting - kind of an undefined fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, not over-carbonated. The lightness is very pleasant actually.

Overall: This is a pleasant beer that will remind you of the season, but it does not have the flavor to back it up in repeated drinking.

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Photo of gilman
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orange copper color with a white creamy head.
It tastes a lot like an Cream Ale but with a hop bitterness. I like the flavor, but it doesn't quite seem like an octoberfest. Well brewed, clean flavors but not sure its an octoberfest. I like this & find it easy and pleasant to drink. But i'm not sure I would buy this again when there are many better octoberfests out there. Was a little disappointed as i'm a fan of Sam Adams beers. That being said its not a bad beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The leaves are falling at it was so nice today that I didn't need to roll my car windows down. It's time for marzens.

Pours pretty. Pumpkin orange with a nice, two finger head. Nice bottle work, too.

Smells faint but nice. Rich marzen malt. Caramel and cereal. I wish it was stronger.

Almost a macro grain upfront, moving into rich, smooth caramel and ending with cheeri-os. Nice, but like the nose it's far too weak.

Meh. This is a decent offering. If nothing else it's gotten me in the mood for the better o-fests that should be popping up soon.

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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 lou50rp
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep amber color with a small white head that doesn't last.
Smells of malt and fruit sweetness. Not overpowering.
tastes of malt and fruit with a touch of spice.
Mouthfeel was medium.
A drinkable beer. Good in a variety pack. Would not seek it out in a sixpack. one or two were ok.

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Photo of crizmo2352
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I experienced this beer via 12oz. bottle poured into a pub style pint glass.

Great inital off-white head which faded rather quickly into a thin pad...about what I was expecting. The overall appearence of the beer was exceptionally inviting though. Great clear vibrant burnt orange/ deep amber color with copper tones. After a few sips, I found only minimal tracing in the glass. Warm toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel and toffee. I also picked up subtle floral hop notes. Slightly warm malty flavor with a trace of residual sweetness which is well balanced by a moderate floral hop biterness. Medium richness maintains carbonation on the palate, and is quite fulfilling. Overall, this beer is very drinkable; from the initial pleasant floral bouqet to the warm, satisfying, yet clean finish, this beer meets the style well. I may have another...

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

Appearance - Pours over 2 fingers of light mocha head which fades quickly, body is a bright translucent orange copper, leaves broken webbed lacing on the inside of the glass.

Smell - Light pit fruits, lightly roasted malts, light earthy hops, light roasted toffee.

Taste - Much like the nose, a good balance of light toffee, light roasted malt, and some earthy hops. Light minerals and slight bitter earthiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, medium carb is smooth on the center of the tongue with a few bright edges along the sides, very drinkable.

Overall - A decent representative of the style, the mixed 12pk has some nice offerings. Good price point and very easy to find.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear orange-amber with a creamy medium-sized pale oatmeal-colored head. Smells very nice with a fresh continental hopping that breathes forth pine needles and leafy metallic dust. Flavor is doughy caramel in a medium-thick body. Bubbles are a little too present, but as with most beers, the longer it sits the smoother it gets. This beer is enjoyable but I find that it drinks too thick and filling for most occasions.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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