Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,466
Reviews:
2,147
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.93%
 
 
Wants:
135
Gots:
1,956
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Photo of maddogruss
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours an orange-amber body with a small, off-white head. Poor retention with minimal lacing to follow until the finish.

S: A nice, sweet malty smell was evident. Smelled like a good Oktoberfest.

T: A nice, sweet malty taste. Hints of honey were also evident. A slightly bittersweet aftertaste, but that did well as a balancer for the malts and the honey.

M: A little on the thin side, but still pretty solid and silky.

D: Definitely a drinkable beer. Easy-going and smooth. Good taste and good mouthfeel make it a solid session beer.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich hops and malt aroma. Pours a rich coppery color with a thin but inviting looking head. Very little lacing and retention. Gives an instant sweet taste with a mildly sour flavor after that followed by some tinny bitterness that lingers. The beer goes down smooth and and if very refreshing. Medium carbonation and light body. A pleasant beer.

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Photo of JamesS
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sam Adams makes a very nice Octoberfest. It has a wonderful scent, a nice earthy aroma to it. It's a wonderful copper/orange color, perfect for a fall beer. Nice clean taste, although it's not as deep as other marzens I've had, especially locally produced. Still, it has some deep tone to it, nice hints of spice and what I think of as a slight caramel taste. It goes down smooth, better than a macro-brew, but only average for a nice fall beer. Well worth it, especially as I feel it's one of the best mass-produced octoberfests and would be easy for anyone to find.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured by bartender into a pint glass an amber/orange color with about a 1/4 inch head. What little head there is fell to a patchy cover over the liquid, left minimal lacing.

Smell: Mostly malt, sweet malt. The scent of an Octoberfest, but somewhat subdued. I let it warm slightly, but the aroma increased in intensity just a small amount, so I went straight ahead and started quaffing it down.

Taste: Malty, prdeominately sweet with carmel and toffee (mostly caramel) flavor. Some hop bitterness on the swallow to provide some balance (or perhaps a little alcohol?), nah, it can't be. This is less than 6.0.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth easy drinking beer.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. An Octoberfest that should not offend BMC guy, yet should have enough taste to satisfy the serious micro drinker. I liked this. I could definitely go for more.

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Photo of 12ozfan
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KnappStout
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwinship83
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle bought for $3 to celebrate the season. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a clear copperish brown colored body with a large eggshell colored head on top. the head takes its while before fading and leaves behind small, random spots of lacing.

S- semi sweet toasted bread like malts are the first thing that greets my nose. after that comes cereal grains and some earthy and grassy hops.

T- the toasted bread like and cereal malts come to the front here. after that i get some of the earthy and grassy taste that i associate with noble hops. a little bit of caramel in here also.

M- light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- not the most complex beer, but one that is fun to drink. it reminds me that fall is coming every time i see it on the shelf for the first time that year.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fish113d
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a chilled bottle into a tulip glass.

Note** Let me say that I rather enjoy Sam Adams brews and this review is not a way of trying to take a shot at them.

Appearance is dark copper color w/ a slightly tan 1/4" head that quickly turns to squat on top of my brew. Not real excited.

Aroma is sour and tart along with some slight apple sweetness and some slight hops. NOt real impressed here. I may also taste just a bit of spice in there toward the finish.

Sipping, I taste some slight orange flavor as well as some apple crispness flavors. A bit more bitter hops expected, that never came. Kinda watery.

Feel up front was of sharp carbonation that felt like needles on my tongue. Body was rather light and watery which didn't tickle my fancy too much. I expected a little more flavor, but it wasn't there.

Overall, if you want a very easy to drink 'Fest, this is it. However, you're not getting anything exciting IMO, and it is rather disappointing. I actually love Sam Adams brews, but this one is lacking almost all around. A shame really.

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Photo of Hazen
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nickholland
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, smells ok, but the taste is a little too syrupy sweet for me. Not crisp enough on the back end to make it a marzen lager, more like an amber ale. It's ok, but I've had many that are better.

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Photo of snpub540
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear reddish hue with a good amount of bubbles rising from the bottom. Not too fizzy. Small white head with a tiny bit of lacing.

Smell is a bready and malty with a nice hint of banana yeasty notes.

Taste is sweet caramel upfront with a nice bitterness and the a fruity ester finish. Also some of that banana bread yeast note in the finish.

All in all a good malt forward beer that is slightly thin on the body but does a good job in the flavor department.

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Photo of youngs11
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Normal pour from bottle into pint glass

Appears dark copper in color, mostly clear. Little to no lacing or head, settles to a thin film of bubbly foam.

Smells malty and bready, a hint of sweet fruit.

Taste follows the smell almost identically. The major backbone is malt. There is a hint of hops bitterness, but it is quickly masked by a nutty finish that leaves a fresh bread aftertaste.

MF is smooth and silky. medium carbonation with medium to heavy body. Slight stickiness.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Kind of like a lager that is less bitter than red ale and lighter in body than a brown ale. A great seasonal for a great price.

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Photo of ahbithwabm
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of willyumlong
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice medium dark brown color. Clear with nice wheat colored head about 1" disipating quickly. Average carbonation.

Smells like beer should smell with a slight amount of grain.

Tastes better than I expected. I am usually not a big fan of Sam Adams but this is very nice. Noticable malt and caramel flavors come through. Almost no bitterness. Finishes very nicely provoking another drink.

Smoothe and fairly light.

Very drinkable, I am about half way through the six pack and it has been very consistant. Its good but not really growing on me any more than the first impression. Probably will move on once they are gone and won't buy any more any time soon.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of theghost3
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper with a 2-finger light yellow head.

The smell is roasted toffee malts with a hint of chocolate & light fruit, maybe white grapes. The taste is roasted malts with some slight sourness from the hops along with again, a light grape flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp & has a bit of burning acidity.

This is a fairly drinkable Oktoberfest; it has some possibilities as a session brew.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep amber color with a large fluffy white head. Excellent carbonation, and some trails of lacing. Smell is spot on for an Oktober. Stale malts, and a hint of hops. Taste is different. Sweet caramel malt backbone upfront, with almost a vegetable-like bready undertone. Flavor is pretty one dimensonal, and bland. Noble hops sweep in towards the end, providing a small amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp. Drinkability is average.

This is an average Oktoberfest. I recommend you try one at least once.

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Photo of 5EKF
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdquigley
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sight: Poured into a pint glass, this beer is deep amber, almost orange. Head is slight and disappears quickly.

Smell: Sweet and malty, but it's not strong. This is certainly not going to be a swing-for-the-fences honest-to-god Marzen. It is pleasant, however.

Taste: Delicious maltiness, tinged with a little bitter hops at the end. Aftertaste lingers for a few seconds and is malty. Not a powerful taste, will disappoint if you're looking for a hearty brew. It was too cold when I began drinking. After warming up the beer released some gentle spiciness; notes of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: A bit too carbonated, but highly drinkable. Again, not the fullest of beers, drank three and was extremely happy as well as satiated.

Overall: This used to be my favorite beer. Along with Fat Tire and Young's Double Chocolate, it was my intro to beer. Will always buy a six pack when I'm looking for something familiar, inexpensive, and moderately filling -- not to mention tasty. One of the better Sam Adam's out there.

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Photo of mntlover
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a offwhite head that lasts a little while. Aroma is mostly malt and with slight hop and spice aroma. Taste is sweet malt light hop and spice flavors little over sweet but drinkable non the less. Mouthfeel is light refreshing you get light sugary coating of the mouth but doesn't hurt drinkability. This is not the best Oktoberfest but the first one I had years ago in Colorado recipe has changed over the years probably gotten worse hard to tell as my taste has also changed. Every year still look forward to fall and this beer it holds special place in my heart and probably always will.

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Photo of jimpyle48
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from bottle

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Photo of EricTKole
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of nowhere_native
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BillCheck
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 7,466 ratings.
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