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 Trbtodd
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper, with a copious, long lasting head.

S - Sweet, floral aromas. Very fruity, with prominent raisin aromas. I guess these are some light noble hops I'm smelling as well.

T - Sweet, and a touch tart. Some toasted grain and lots of fruitiness. Low bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, and slick/oily feel. Carbonation is just right.

D - Good, but not knock-my-socks-off good. My first in style. Reminds me a bit like a pale euro, but with more toastiness.

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Photo of Alphakitty
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fdrich29
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

Pours an amber with orange tints. No head or lacing to speak of.
Smells of caramel, hops and malt and tastes the same. Very smooth and pleasant feel to this beer. The overly sweet taste takes away from its drinkability. I couldnt see myself having more than one of these at a sitting.

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Photo of RyanH
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, I like the brewery and I like the seasonal selections Samuel Adams offers. Biased, I am. Amber with a ruddy hint in color. Poured smooth but the head was smaller than I remembered in the past. The taste was better than most Octoberfest-type beers I've tried, though not the best. Good, but not the best. HOWEVER ... I happened to try this particular offering last Sunday for the 1st time this year. The wife prepared some pork chops with baked sweet potatoes. OMG. This Octoberfest paired with that meal, especially the sweet potatoes, was pure Nirvana. We immediately planned to have friends over in a few weeks just so we can entertain this Samuel Adams Octoberfest with the pork and sweet potato. It is Slap-Yo-Mama Good. Overall, the beer itself is good but what makes a beer is, IMHO, the meal it compliments. The point is the beer is good, but with the right meal, on the right day, THAT is what makes the experience. Look, the beer is above average. Enjoy it.

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Photo of generalnotsew
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Body is a very nice deep dark amber with a fat 1 finger foamy off white head. It really is quite dark. I expected something quite a bit lighter. Smell is very light citrus and some peppery notes. Kind of sweet and tart but also very light. Hard to really get a whiff of smell in this. Flavor packs a pretty decent punch. It is not light and thin except maybe a bit in the aftertaste. Green apple, toasted malts and some graininess on the tongue. A bit of a caramel note in there as well. A good easy drinker for sure. It does seem a bit undercarbonated as well. Otherwise it is pretty solid.

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Photo of riversglow
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a orangish brown in color with no head. Smell is very malty. Lots of caramel in the flavor. Toned down on a lot of the spices that usually are drawbacks for most Octoberfests that I've had. This is a caramelly, malty, easy drinking beer. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of Dynobolt
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the look and smells... But the taste and feel was below average. Poor head and lacing didn't help the cause.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of joshotron
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A reddish/orange color. Has a nice thick white head with good retention.

Smell: Malty aroma with a lot of caramel and spice

Taste: A nice mixture of malts and sweetness with a kind of dough like aftertaste. Tastes like fall

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Goes down easy. Very well crafted.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -2.2%
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 -2.2%
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 -2.2%
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 -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KnappStout
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwinship83
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brownish bronze color. Off white head
Smell of caramel. Sugar, toast.
Taste is sweet bread. Bread crust. Caramel. Feel is light side of medium. Would drink again.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nickholland
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -2.2%
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 -2.2%
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 -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.65 out of 5 based on 7,485 ratings.
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