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Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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

Pours a rich, clear, amber color with a thin white head. Decent retention.

Aroma is ok. A bit of really subtle citrus, with some caramel sweetness as well.

The taste is ok. Again, very subtle citrus with some caramel and bread. A bit sweet for my tastes, and this one generally gives me a headache. It's not a terrible beer though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is moderate. This one is sessionable, and decently flavored etc. Not my beer of choice, but it works in a pinch.

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

Killing time on a Friday afternoon and figured I'd review one of these beers finally...

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass with a dark amber hue and a solid finger of eggshell colored head. Decent head retention yields a bit of sticky malty lacing around the edges of the glass.

Smell: The label proclaims five different kinds of malted barley, and these notes are on the forefront on this beer. Yeast spiciness provides a complimentary note as well, but the overall nose is fairly thin. It's not as rich as I would hope for from the style.

Taste: Much like the nose, the first sip yields malted barley and grains, some toastiness, and a little bit of the spiciness. There is a very subtle bitterness as well, but for the most part, the grain bill plays the majority of the parts on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: The malts help create a fairly sticky mouthfeel, but as is common with many SA brews, the overall mouthfeel is light and crisp. Lager, ales, and Oktoberfest beers, all seem to have the same mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel lends to the drinkability as do the flavors. This is not a complex beer by any means, but it does the style well, and it's quite sessionable. Sessionable enough that it will be one of the kegs for our fall wedding.

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

Poured into a stein.

An impressive look to the beer, with a slightly paler than expected amber body, clear as day, with a nice head than kept a cap and laced very lightly. The aromas were a little muted, with bready malt, yeast, caramel and spicy hop on the nose. The body is an enjoyable, though unremarkable balance between sweet caramel flavours and a bit of spice that became cloying over time. Good carbonation, and coats the mouth nicely.

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Photo of cwalter
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange color with good clarity. In the aroma you get notes of rich caramel malts, toast and some subtle hints of a honey sweetness. In the taste, the caramel malts dominate and leave a mellow sweetness on the tongue in the back end. You also get hints of lightly toasted bread. Moderate carbonation, medium body and fairly refreshing.

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

Pours a deep orange / amber color with a slightly foamy and sticky off-white head. On the nose the aroma of the noble hops comes through, hints of fruit and spice. Mouthfeel is slightly grainy, a bit sharp at first… but settles down. On the palate the flavors consist of mild fruit, caramel, toasted malts, slight hop bitterness. Tastes a bit like a very, very light SA dobble bock…not really a good o'fest though, to many better ones out there. Still drinkable though.

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Photo of Zebus0
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Really pleasant burnt orange color that I should think goes with fall beer. Decent head as welll, not too much, stays around long enough.

S- Not a fan. To me all the Sam Adams beers smell the same, it's all the hops, not a fan of the really BEER smell.

T- Another lighter beer you won't see me review very often, but I was in the mood for a fall beer. It does have a pleasant mild taste, some nice herbal notes as well.

M- Average, a good medium between smoothness and a mouthful of grain, nothing to write home over.

D- Pretty good if you feel like a fall beer, and it's just September. It does have some drinkability, not something that I would reach for just anytime, but it has a place in the fridge from Sept-Nov

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Photo of dmfrench
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Putrid fruity, but otherwise pleasant Oktoberfest

A: Clear red-orange body with a fleeting one finger off white head.

S: Some buttery biscuit malt, some sweet fruit, some nuttiness, and a very typical dusty, earth, and slightly spicy Bavarian hop profile. There's even a bit of alcohol, which I don't mind at all. The defining characteristic here is the fruitiness.... drifting toward Nut Brown territory.

T: Up front you're greeted by a large, impressive malty body, but that quickly gives way to a sort of putrid and metallic/hollow fruitiness that I can't say I'm enjoying. Hop flavors are pure bitterness and a lingering spice.

M: As stated before, the malt body is full and creamy for the ABV.

O: Some strong characteristics, but the taste blows it.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've gotten away from octoberfests - buying and brewing for some time now. On a whim I decided to pick up a 6 of the Sams and take a walk down memory lane.

A - Reddish orange with a light off-white head to start.
S - Very light aroma - light hops and malt / grain
T - Bottle advertises caramel and tofee. Sorry, not much if any of that IMO. Basically this tastes as it smells. Very mild for an octoberfest.
M - By the color and head I would've expected medium bodied. I'd rate this as light.
D - Nice, light easy drinking octoberfest. Won't offend the crowd, but not a trip back down memory lane again any time soon for me.

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Photo of Craibcr
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had this in DC off tap, have since had it in the bottle. Better off tap.

A: Pours a rich orange color with very little head.

S: Hint of malts and spice.

T: A weak taste, was pretty disappointed by it. You can taste a hint of malt to it that comes on a bit more strongly towards the end. There's another flavor that I can't identify that picks up at the end as well.
M: Coats the mouth a little bit, but not nearly as much as most beers would. Flows smoothly through the mouth, and the carbonation is noticeable.

O: It's a decent beer, but not one of the best. I was fairly enthusiastic about it at first, but I've begun to enjoy it less and less.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear cope color with a creamy off-white head that leave good lacing. The aroma is sweet, with carmel malts, and a bit of grainy astrigency. The sweet caramel malts are the forefront in the flavor with a light spicy dry hop bitterness in the finish. It is easy drinking and smooth. A decent brew, but not a top Oktoberfest.

Sampled 9/19/03

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Photo of nortmand
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and amber, with a quickly disappearing waft of tannish foam.
Smells rich and fruity, like a lighter doppelbock.
Tastes initially unnaturally sweet, followed by a strong metallic nose. Back of the tongue is sickly sweet, ending with a hint of roast flavor.
Rolls around on the tongue with a subtle carbonation, but unfortunately makes the tongue unpleasantly sticky.
Moderately drinkable, but not really sure how much I like this one.

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Photo of n8tron
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nothing to special here, i know some people go crazy for this beer. Its decent as oktoberfests go. One thing about it is it has this slight fizzy..or something taste to it. I don't know, but besides that its pretty ordinary. Its easy to drink, there arn't any overbearing tastes. Just a general oktoberfest beer taste, i perfer harpoons.

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Photo of nc41
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

edit 2010- Thia years IMO is a little better, still way behind Foothills seasonal though.

As a die hard IPA user maybe my taste buds are warped. IMO this is a session beer with very little distinction. Obviously a very safe drinkable lager, and not bad by any means. There is just nothing to excite you drinking this beer, Not much of a head, little on the nose. Where are the hops? I know it's not an IPA, but still a little hops showing thru is what makes the European lager shine. Drinks like a BMC in my opinion, and in comparison an expensive one at that. Nice to try but Spaten Oct Fest is much better.

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