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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of predikit
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber with an off-white head that recedes quickly, leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Smells ever so slightly of pumpkin spice, barley, maybe a hint of caramel.

Tastes of brown bread and barley, Munich malts, well balanced, subtle.

Medium-light bodied, medium carbonation, decent drinkability.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate carbonation and frothy head that doesn't last too long but leaves some lace. Copper/orange color and more malt than hops in fact the hops are barely noticable. Nose has some fruitiness but it is barely noticeable. Finish is smooth with some sweetness but not cloying.

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Photo of Krusader
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chicagoish
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dms7502
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jkrich
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper color with an off-white creamy head.

This one had minimal aroma: some faint malt aromas. I find that this style is not the most aromatic.

A rich, malty flavor that is somewhat balanced by some lingering hop bitterness. The emphasis here is on the malt - perhaps too much so.

Solid medium bodied and a little too much carbonation.

I did enjoy a pint of this with my meal, but given the malty flavor, I would not have more than a couple. Still, a solid offering.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a muddy brown, amber hues.Two finger off white head.

S: A bit blank...toasted malt, touch of spice. Faint nuttiness.

T: Nutty malt accented by spice. Mid palate is sweet caramel, rolling into a sour mash type of finish. One of the spicier Oktoberfest beers. Lots of breadiness, not as clean or crisp as some examples. Still, good.

M: Medium body, high carbonation.

O: Still a good beer after all this time (and after trying so many other examples of the style). Easily accessible too, which counts for more than a little something.

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Photo of daigakusei11
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KyleVick4
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz

A: Clear amber with golden edges. Pours with a good thick head that leaves a little lacing down the sides.

S: Smells carmely and another smell that is off. Like sourness. Cant realy place what it is. Smells toasty. Not totally bad, but not great either.

T: Mmmm this is a good beer. A very sweet taste upfront with hints of sweet camrmel and a little toastyness. The hops kick in mildly as a back thought of the profile. I like it. Probally my favorite Sam Adams.

M: A nice carbonated medium bodied feel. A tad syrupy, but I think the carbonationg is just right for the style.

D: Good but tough to drink more than one. The sweetness is overpowering.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a chance to sample this one in the bottle and compare to Spaten and Paulaner Oktoberfests in the keg. Jim Koch is my hero!!!! Although I would choose the German Oktoberfest's given the choice, this is one damn good beer. If I could brew and Oktoberfest this good, I don't think I'd ever leave the house. I won't bore you with the details about appearence and flavor as others have posted good specifics, but I will say you should go out and buy a sixer before they are gone for the season.

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Photo of MorganJ
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into a pint glass. Uniform amber color and expected of a marzen. Like another reviewer, I drink a lot of beer and this was probably one of the first Octoberfests I drank many, many years ago.
I love the octoberfest/marzen style and this is a good marzen -- one that is readily available if out at a bar in the Fall. I don't bag on Sam Adams, as they've done so much for the craft beer industry and still make decent, drinkable (albeit large volume) beer.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light amber color. Thin tan head with some good lacing and retention.

Smell - Nuts, caramel malts, hops, and some honey.

Taste - Nuts and caramel seem to be the dominant flavors. The honey seeps in mid sip and the finish is hoppy.

Mouthfeel - Light/Medium body. Crisp mouthfeel. Slightly sticky.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink and highly sessionable in these cool fall months.

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Photo of berkeleymaw
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MellyVe
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of The_Geologist
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richj1970
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of scootny
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear deep reddish amber with not much a a head or lacing. Smell is malty with a light hop spiciness. Taste is toasted malt goodness with a buttery facet. Mild dry hop finish. Smooth clean feel has a medium weight. Quite drinkable and delicious. Tis seems to have improved since my last bottle. Not a standout but who cares as it has the essential taste aspects of a Marzen.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle into a Beer Mug :

A: Amber colour with an inch thick head. Very lively

S: Sweet and malty - toffee flavoured

T: Big malt taste - then it turns a little tart on the palate

M: Pretty smooth, optimal carbonation

D: The appropriate session beer possibly

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Photo of DUG2487
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear copper in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that eventually completely faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts and sweetness in the nose.
T: The taste has some sweetness and malty flavors with notes of caramel. Only some hints of bitterness from the hops are noticeable, although there seems to be enough of a balance to keep the sweetness from being cloying.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

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Photo of Brent
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid American take on the style. Moderately sweet with a little less malt backbone than average for the style, but smooth and good natured.

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Photo of kevbie
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of GAurand
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at a local restaurant.

A - Nice, golden orange color. Not much of a head but waitress was busy so the head may have settled before it arrived.

S - Nice aroma, nothing crazy good but nothing off putting

T - I liked this beer. I enjoyed the SA Summer Ale and this is just as good in my opinion. Nicely sweet but not overpowering.

M - For the lack of head, I felt it had a nice carbonation to it.

M - Not a real "thick" beer, sort of watery but not bad.

D - I polished off four of these while eating dinner and throwing darts afterwards. I enjoyed this complaints.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 7,674 ratings
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