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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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3.66
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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 xgrigorix
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best by date notched on label.

Deep burnished amber. Thin off white head.

Toasty / biscuity nose. Toasty malt & carmel right up front. Biscuity & a little bit nutty. A touch of spicy hops. Off dry finish. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Decent & dependable.

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Photo of musicman575
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I can see how this would be fun to drink in larger quantities - it's cheap, easy to drink, and has a festive name.

A bit more carbonation would do it a favor. There wasn't much of a head on this beer, but the clear copper/amber color makes it look hearty, yet light, as in a watery kind of light.

There's not much smell to this beer. You get a little bit of malt and carmel, and that's it. The taste, however, is significantly more malty with a slightly smaller amount of bitter. There's not much alcohol in the beer, but it doesn't do a good job of covering up what it does have. Overall, has a pretty commercial taste - not much love within.

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Photo of wd40
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pitcher

Dark amber appearance with decent foamy head. Appearance is probably the most enticing aspect of this beer.
The smell was kind of metalic as was the taste. No hops at all. Tastes like a malt beverage to me. The mouthfeel was ok. It's certainly more drinkable than most other mass produced beer.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Appearance is standard octoberfest. Smell is kind of lacking. Not muck comes to the nose, whomever I did pour into liter boot so a little more difficult to smell. A little more hoppy than most, and that is good. It is a very smooth drink with Carmel taste. The smoothy finish is the best part. Overall not to bad. Could drink several of these.

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

a - poured a one finger thick toffee colored head into a pint glass. the head dissipates too quickly for my taste. color is a very clear amber.
s - sweet and malty with a hint of fermented grapes. sounds odd but that's what i detected.
t - the beer is overly sweet to me, not a lot of hops to me.
m - the carbonation was high and doesn't linger over the tongue.
d - more light and refreshing than others of this style. it's a nice transition beer from summer to fall overall.

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Photo of gerite
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I never was a big fan of Samuel Adams, but it is October and this was the only Oktoberfest beer on tap at my local restaurant. The beer was served on tap in a regular pint glass (not even the Sam Adams special glass). The server said she was sorry that they did not have an orange slice to put in the beer. I don't ever recall having an orange in an Oktoberfest beer so I told her that was alright with me. The beer looked a good fall amber color with a one and a half finger head that lasted quite a while and left some good lacing. I could not detect any distinct smell and the taste was more malt that hops. The carbonation level was moderate (the special glass would have made more bubbles and perhaps more flavor). A good beer for intellectual wannabees to impress their friends, but not worthy of a true beer advocate.

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Photo of ridedammit
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To celebrate the Fall, A and I decided to try a bunch of Oktoberfest beers. Being from Boston its only natural to try Sam Adams, althouh I am not sure if this is brewed in JP or the mid-west, but I digress. The appearance is dark golden color, and the smell is a nice malty fragrance. The taste is a bit astringent, not sure why. The puckery feel kinda overwhelms whatever maltiness the brewer was trying to convey. While not a bad beer, its not quite what I was expecting, and its not
something I will get on a regular basis. I will try again, just to make sure it was not the batch. I also notice the recipe is tweaked from year to year, so I will try again in the future.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle (bbd Mar 13) into a pint glass, copper amber colored with 1/4" tan head that dissipated rapidly leaving no lacing, crystal clear
S: caramel malts, toffee, spices, grains, slight apple
T: rather bland taste, slightly sweet up front, hint of cardamon, dry finish, slight hop bitterness
M: on the thinner more watery side, some carbonation, finishes crisp
O: it's an average beer, nothing exciting or offensive either, smell was the best part, OK to drink but there are better Marzen/Octoberfest style beers out there

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Photo of changeup45
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't like this one as much as their Lager or Boston Ale. Perhaps it's the style. Dark body with medium head. Pretty nice aroma with spices and malts. Smooth and easy drinking but I am left wanting a little more. Flavors pretty much follow suit, malty, spicy and a bit nutty. Not bad.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams October Fest Pours an amber red from a 12oz brown glass bottle. Light tan head goes to over two fingers with small frothy and tightly packed bubbles that lace the glass walls well.

Nose has more of a hops note than I am use to with Oktoberfest beer and obstructs any other aroma. Palate is a toasted thin sweet malt and a slight hops.

Samuel Adams October Fest has all the good looks of an Oktoberfest, but just some of the good tastes of one, for a so-so beer of the style because of the hops competing with the sweet malt for the tongues attention.

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Photo of joe_hurd
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful amber color when poured into a pint glass. Not much lacing. Semi sweet with hints of caramel. Classic Oktoberfest taste and style. Deserving of two brats with kraut. Please.

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

Pours golden amber in the glass. Nice sticky off-white head, doesn't hang around too long though. Sweet malt in the nose, light mouthfeel with more maltiness as the dominant feature here. Very light bitterness,with a slightly dry finish. Not as full-bodied/malty as I was expecting...I'm a bit underwhelmed with this, I remember it being a bit "bigger" in years past.

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

A nice orange hue with a decent foamy head, great lacing in this one. Some malty and fruity aromas are weak, but noted. Some light Munich (although reaching for em') and caramel notes up front, somewhat one-sided; fails to develop, a light bitterness, bordering on medium bodied. Notes of butter and popcorn towards the end make this one rather odd. Although odd, slightly drinkable, just a bit off the path for the style based on the end flavors.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a twist off. Chalk one up for Sam Adams. It's already ahead in my book. Pours nicely with a dark amber hue. Thick head disspates quickly. Malty with a slight bite. It's not very complex with a smoky flavor. Complements smoked brisket (the real BBQ!) pretty well. A tasty seasonal beer, worth trying each autumn.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Purchased as a single at the LCBO. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Ok at best. No head. Not much color other than dark gold but nothing special

S- Not much here at all

T- Ok at best. Not something good to talk about.

M- Nothing special

O- Guess I bought this to try and will not again. Not much of anything here. Just a beer with some spices

Food Pairing

This beer is not worth pairing which is not a usual comment from me.

Enjoy if you wish

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

Appearance - Medium amber. Clear. Medium tall, cream-colored head, persistent.

Smell - Sweet medium-roasted malts. Toast and bread.

Taste - Sweet light malts with a good dose of slightly bitter toast. Bit of a cloying aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Overall - Malty and hits the general area of a Maerzen. Flavor's not quite right, though - lacking depth maybe.

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

Appearance: Very lovely medium amber with a two finger, creamy off-white head. There is plenty of lacing and good head retention.

Smell: There's not much other than grains in the smell, but there's nothing wrong with the smell. Average, not interesting.

Taste: Very balanced taste with mellow, very caramelly malts and a slight hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Drinkability: It's drinkable, but not very interesting and that detracts from my desire to have another.

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

Appearance: Pours a translucent dark orange/amber with a thin light tan head. Doesn't leave much for lacing but the head regenerates nicely.

Aroma: Grainy with a touch of caramel sweetness and a slight roasted quality. Not too much in the nose.

Taste: Grainy with a bit of burnt malt in the background. A tad watery but I expect this Octoberfest is actually closer in abv and consistency to the original version than most american breweries produce. It has a bit of malt complexity but an odd metallic aftertaste distracts me from delving further into the levels of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Good level of carbonation and above average drinkability. Somewhere between light and medium bodied.

Final Thoughts: Not one of Samuel Adams better beers but not bad. It's sort of in that grey area where I am indifferent to it. I could see a first time craft beer drinker really liking this one (once they get past how dark it is compared to their beloved macro-lager). Wouldn't seek it out but not out of place in the autumn sampler pack.

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

Pours clear bright copper with high persistant head leaving lace on the 0.5L rastal Weisbier glass.

Aroma of noble hop and Munich and caramel malts. Flavor of biscuity sweetness, caramel malt and dark fruitiness. Not much hop bitterness. Light bodied and crisp lager mouthfeel. Diacetyl emerges at finish especially with warming.

Thanks to Jason for sharing this bottle.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Gives those amber caramel colored vibes, nice clarity, 1/2" white head. More caramel sweet marzen like notes.

Taste was a smooth ride of mildly sweet caramel malts. Not roasty. Chill malt ride. Toasty.

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

Enjoyed on-tap @ Lester's Sports Bar & Grill in Ladue, MO for $4.50. Tapped from the bronze spiral & wooden tap handle into a Samuel Adams Summer Ale Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has the average lager like aroma with malts and yeast upfront. Nothing much here.

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that dies immediately. Has a light amber color body that has great clarity. Very light lacing on the glass but present.

Flavor- Once again, is an average lager tasting beer. Has malts involved but not sweet. There is a yeasty background to these malts and then a bit of an amber taste. Low bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and then finishes like a Marzen.

Overall Impression- Nothing too serious this one. Just take it as it is, your average Oktoberfest brew. Very easy drinking but then has a bit of an amber taste throughout. Very different for this style but was just fine. Won't be enjoying again but as I'm drinking more Oktoberfest brews and other seasonals this Fall, I will enjoy comparing them.

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

12oz bottle into DFH shaped pint. Abel, I stole this from your fridge last time I was over. Thanks muchacho.

A: Pours an even amber brown with a couple fingers of bubbly light tan head. Small patches of lace were left down the glass as the head disappeared into a faint collar.
S: Fruit juice, toasted grains, mild spiciness, and a hint of honey. Sweet, malty, fruity, and spicy.
T: Malty, bready and spicy with notes of fruit juice, toasted grains, orange peel and mild hops. The finish is sweet and the aftertaste is nutty and malty. Hints of apple juice.
M: Medium-full body, very slick and syrupy (but not cloying) mouthfeel, with low and smooth carbonation.
O: Solid all-around but not my favorite. Very affordable and drinkable though.

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Photo of redwolf1
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Appearance is a nice rich copper with very little head that basically disappeared after I poured it. No lacing what so ever.
S-There is a subtle spiciness, probably from the hops, that can be detected with hints of maltball.
T&M-As for taste and feel, I must say it goes down smooth, rather syrupy-like or even molasses-like. Remaining flavors after one takes a sip remain around the edge of the tongue as opposed to darker, stronger beers, which can overwhelm the tastebuds and attack the back of the throat.
D-Sam Adams Octoberfest is a very drinkable beer with a nice toasty finish. Not overly strong based on the mild hops, which allows one to get through a six pack. Though for some, the malt flavor may be a drawback after a couple of beers. After a few, it may come across as fairly heavy. Nevertheless, it is one of the better Octoberfests for the price in my opinion, granted I got this bottle from a buddy of mine. Apparently, Sam Adams Octoberfest is bought up pretty fast in my area, just another testament to its own drinkability.

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