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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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3.66
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Photo of Estarrio
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap...Bar had just received it that morning.

A. Nice, dark copper, amber color with small white lacings around the top. No head at all.

S. Sweet malt, orange, bread

T. Sweet malt, caramel, orange peel, bread, lightly hopped with a slight alcohol finish.

M. Nice palate, could have used slightly more carbonation for my taste.

D. Very smooth taste and a good flavor create a highly drinkable brew.

This is a decent Oktoberfest, which could be much better with some improvements. Boston Beer Company seems to gently improve their Oktoberfest formula each year.

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Photo of UncleAl
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a VERY beer - very malty, very fruity, very sweet, and very good.

Pours to a red, amber color that resolves to a thin head, and there's definitely a lack of any head retention here. That's a shame.

Has a sweet, malty aroma, with a touch of caramel.

There's very little active carbonation here. It makes the beer appear almost flat. However, there is a distinct mouthfeel, and a long, lingering aftertaste - akin to just having had some good, sweet Chinese food, or a facefull of cotton candy, or the like... albeit laced with a touch of hops and malt.

But this is supposed to be an Oktoberfest Märzen. The problem is, the true Märzens that I've had in/from Munich taste and look nothing like this, or vice versa. Frankly, I'm not quite sure if this is really an Oktobefest Märzen at all, other than the fact that its a seasonal Fall beer and shares the namesake.

Still, I like it, and will buy it, and drink it. It's that good.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong notes of caramel taste with an edge of hops. Appearance is toasty brown with a deep orange hue. Smell was hints of caramel, light barley, and toffee. A great beer for a chilly winter night. Mouthfeel is thick but overall refreshing. I could drink 12 of these in a sitting and not grow tired of it.

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Photo of trbergman
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Rich red-orange with a thin, light tan head that quickly dissipates into a creamy lace.

S - Bready, dough-like malt with floral and spicy hop aromas.

T - Well-rounded on the palate, with bready, toasty malt making a strong initial showing. Rich malt character shines through and through, but around the middle it's joined by lemon zest, grass, and leafy noble hop flavors and a refreshing hop bite. Bitterness never steals the spotlight from the malt, but does offer a nice counterpoint and maintains a good balance.

M - Light to medium body, on the lighter end for the style - with crisp, perky carbonation.

D - A tad light and hoppy, but over all a good, thirst-quenching Marzen. A great choice for novices and seasoned beer-lovers alike, and among the best I've had from Sam Adams.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The brew is copper with a small white compact head.

S: A nice light roasted sweet malty smell together with some nice floral hops (a hint of bitter).

T: Sweet light roasted malt, bready and refreshing. Mostly floral hops but there are also bitter ones. Some faint citric notes.

M: Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Sweet and bitter aftertaste - really nice.

D: A nice märzen, a bit different from the central european ones - different but not bad. If you like märzen and havn't tried this one - it's a must!

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Photo of ScorpyX
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bronze pour with a thin white head which quickly gives way. Plenty of bubbles in this one.

S: Pleasant smells of grain and malt.

T: Surprisingly crisp, almost a lager taste to it. Aftertaste brings the malt and slight pumpkin flavor one might expect with a touch of caramel. Pretty typical taste for an amber, but that's nothing to complain about.

M: Medium-bodied, but leaning toward the lighter side. Has a clean crispness to it.

D: I'd be happy to sample this again. One of the higher quality Sam Adams I've had.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage; scores 4/4/3.5/3/3
2010: 4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.0
I've averaged these for my overall rating of the beer.

12 oz bottle (2009) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear, deep ruby-amber body with good carbonation topped by a finger and a half of sticky off-white foam; decent retention and good lace. Nice but unremarkable looking beer.

S: Rich, grainy malt, with a hint of spice on the finish; smooth, crisp, and refreshing aroma.

T: All malt, much sweeter than the nose; caramel up front, followed by a mellow toastiness and a crisp, dry finish. Not bad at all, but nothing exciting.

M: Medium bodied, a little sharp with the carbonation. A little sticky.

D: I miss hops; even in a malt-forward style like a Marzen, I look for at least a subtle hop profile to keep things balanced. My mouth feels coated with grain, and I know that another sip won't remedy the situation. I'm not craving another one of these (but I suppose a couple more wouldn't kill me).

Notes: I still haven't found an O-fest that I really love (unless you count Avery's Kaiser, but that's a different animal entirely), and this one continues to be one of my favorites - it's tasty and relatively inoffensive. Still, this isn't a seasonal that I get excited about.

Cheers!

Edit: Update for the 2010 iteration.

This year's Sam Octoberfest is considerably better than I remember it being last time around. The malts are dryer and nuttier, there's a distinct German hop presence, and the the mouthfeel is far smoother and better-carbonated. It's an all-around better beer: 4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.0

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Photo of henrichsj
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful burnt-orange color, half-an-inch of creamy head

S - Not much on the smell . . .

T - Malty, caramel, very smooth; Little carbonation and not very bitter or hoppy at all

M - Smooth, creamy, and very drinkable!

O - This is a Fall staple for me. Almost always a six-pack in my fridge in the fall and winter months. Most places around here (IA) have it on tap too, so it's a good one to get used to. May be a little too early for it's tastes (late-August) but couldn't resist once I saw it in the liquor store. One of my all-time favorites.

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Photo of codysjb
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Amber to light brown color with some head that lasts for a few minutes. Smells like spice and a little bit of maple syrup. Tastes good, has some maple and sweet flavor going on as well a little bit watery. Taste is decent, nothing extra special but holds up and is consistent throughout so it doesn’t drop off halfway through the mouthful. Overall it’s a good beer that I like to try in the fall, nothing extra special but certainly a solid offering from Sam Adams.

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Photo of ordybill
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This is a very good "Oktoberfest" beer. It has a nice reddish light brown color. Has a nice blend of malt and a touch of hops, A good readily available autumn beer.

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Photo of MadTown1000
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass from the bottle.

A - Really nice looking. Caramel color resolves into something like light maple syrup after the bubbles float to the top. Maybe an inch of orange head melts away to nothing over the course of a minute.

S - Aroma is relatively strong, and almost citrusy.

T - Taste follows the look more than the smell - it's sweet, very malty, but also something of a maple sugar taste. Not cloying, but almost like the label says - "what we want fall to taste like". Hackneyed, sure, but somehow right.

M - It's a nice, heavy beer. Not stout-heavy, but enough to establish it a something substantial.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle that was notched to drink by March (drank in November). Poured into a pint glass.

Light foam head that dissipates quickly. Amber, brown topaz color. Reddish brown. If I could give an award for beautiful beers this may be the blue ribbon winner. I just love they way this beer looks.

Smells sweet and malty. Slightly spicy cinnamon note as well.

Nicely balanced beer. Make no mistake, is about the malts here. Very bready (almost like a vanilla cupcake). Almost a slight maple syrup like undertone. There is some good hop character here though. Nice bitterness throughout.

I am not very learned with this style. I do however find it incredibly tasty. I enjoy drinking it every fall. Great fall session beer. The fresher the better. Check the drink by date.

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Photo of JMad
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 24 ounce bomber to a glass mug...
Pours a deep amber color with a thick off white frothy head.
Smells of sweet caramel, loads of malt and earthy hops.
Tastes very malty sweet and nutty.
Very smooth, medium bodied.
This is an enjoyable, tasty beer. It gets better as it warms.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. This is one of the better Sam Adams beers I've had so far-- I like it, despite this not being my favorite style.

This is quite probbl the best LOOKING Sam Adams beer; homey tinted orange color that glows and shines with a nice frothy 2 finger cap of tan bubbles. Good retenti, nice legs, but weak lacing.

Smells of caramel and Munich malts-- some good sweetness but also a toasty biscuit quality. The beer is a lot hoppier than I expected, with a nice spicy bitterness lingering on the finish. The yeast is more crisp and clean on the finish, offering a dry yeasty note.
The body is medium and oily. Well carbonated.
Overall, I'm not crazy about octoberfest beers, but this is highly drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured a copper color with a nice white head. I liked the aroma of floral hops and caramel malt. Flavor is similar. Finish is medium lasting and balanced. Body is light to medium, not too sweet. I always have been looking forward to this time of the year to buy my first 6 pack of Sam Adams Octoberfest. It's been my favorite Octoberfest beer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into glass beer stein

Ruby red like a red ale. Faint carbonation. Two finger foam cap settles into a thick as pancake batter white lid. Okay lacings on the glass.

Aroma of sweet malt, bread. Fresh beer.

Sweet malt, smooth, medium mouthfeel, deliciously chewy. Clean, smooth finish. Malt taste rolls all over your tongue.

Great version of an American Octoberfest. Love it and stock it in the fridge when it comes out each fall.

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Photo of BigAl723
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I fixed my cousin's laptop and she bought me some SA Octoberfest.

A: It pours a golden amber. A real nice looking head about two and a half inches thick. Mostly white.

S: Heavy malt and sweet spice. Pretty pleasant smelling brew.

T: Full flavored. Sweet malt coats my mouth. A sweet hop finish also lingers.

M: Nice medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Real nice feeling to it.

D: Very drinkable. Well balanced.

Overall, this is a real good beer. Perfect for a get together whether you grab a 12 pack or a sixer, you're good to go. A nice low ABV beer that doesn't sacrifice on flavor.

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Photo of Dodt
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

for me this beer means alot to me. it is the one that got me into this style that i love . each year this beer seems a bit different some times for the better other times a bit bland . a wonderful cooper color with a good head. ah the malty flavor and the nutty flavor

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Photo of animal69
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this one on-tap; a nice warm amber color w/ a creamy head; nice malt aroma w/ some hop undertones; the taste is slightly different than the bottled version being less "watered down" malty w/ a butterscotchy taste; nice full body (something the bottled version lacks) ;personally i could drink this beer all winter long, maybe a litte too much for summer...

Edit 09/12/08 : this years offering is sweeter w/ more diacetyl and a bit tart with lots of dark fruits, kinda syrupy tho...

Edit 09/10/09 : 09's batch has been dried out a bit more, has more nuttieness, and a less sweet flavor with fewer fruits but still has a faintly diacetyl note

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber color into a pint glass with a thick, half inch head. Decent lacing. Looks very much like a Marzen.

Aromas of malt, brown sugar. Reminds me of a doppelbock.

Taste is on the sweet side. Very malty, brown sugar, some toffee. Flavor is also similar to a doppelbock.

Thick, hearty mouthfeel. Smooth with nice finish.

Overall, very drinkable and a nice beer for the Fall. Very reasonable price makes this beer a real bargain as well.

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Photo of pezoids
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a golden orange amber color with a huge, lively and long lasting head. Fruit and spices in the aroma with hints of caramel and cocoa. The body is medium light in maltiness, but is full of flavor with some oiliness in the aftertaste. Light and drinkable, a very nice and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of elniko
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass from bottle

A: Poured cleanly into pint glass, very little head that dissipated quickly. Carbonation very high, was audible when pouring which is rare.

S: Definite breadiness on the nose which is tinge of spice and alcohol apparent as well.

T & M: So far I have been underwhelmed with marzen style in regards to the examples I've had thus far with Ocotberfest brews coming out. I felt quite different about this brew. The mouthfeel is substantial, no watery texture apparent. The carbonation does not overwhelm either. Taste is what I would expect a marzen to be like. Definite malty and bready textures but still crisp finishing. Good job Mr Koch.

D: Definitely drinkable, this is one I will be on the lookout for in the future.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark amber with nice clarity. A one finger off-white head is creamy and shows excellent retention. Body and carbonation are medium, leaving good sticky lacing. Roasted malt and cascade hop aromas. Sweet roasted flavor, caramel and a balanced hop pressence that carry over into a bittersweet aftertaste. Finishes with some residual sweetness, but quite drinkable. Nothing spectacular, but the bitterness and malt flavor are right on for an O-fest.

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Photo of ProudGreen89
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic

A-pours a nice golden brown with a 1 finger frothy tan head, not much lacing.

S-biscuity, malts and barley are present as are spices and faint hops. Doesnt really surprise or overjoy me here, just a nice aroma.

T-Very nicely balanced with a sweet and malty body and a crisp and dry bitter hoppiness near the finish, its complex yet simple at the same time, also quite refreshing and not heavy on the pallete or stomach which makes it a good session beer but also a good beer to have with a meal.

M-A little lighter than id like for a malt beer meant for fall but still enough of a body there to really grab onto. a fair amount of carbonation but its just the right amount.

D-Overall a great beer to enjoy if you just want one with your meal or to have more if youre out at a nice pub with some friends. Its smooth, tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The Sam Adams Octoberfest pours a brilliantly clear copper-red color into my 16oz. Bucky pint glass. A thin white head quickly diminished. The aroma of this beer is definitely malt, moderate-high maltiness, as with the style, a spicy toasted maltiness evident, along with a sweet aroma, like of some sort of crystal malt. The initial taste of the beer is moderate-high sweet maltiness with a gentle toasted background and hop bitterness is low, but is there enough to create good balance. There is no detectable hop flavor or aroma. The beer is exceptionally smooth and the sweetness is balanced nicely by the background of toasted malt. Carbonation is moderate with a medium-full body yet still decent drinkability. Overall I really enjoyed this Octoberfest. The beer is on the sweeter end of Octoberfests I’ve had recently, but still has enough balance in large part due to the toasted grains. The one thing that really stands out with this Fest is its remarkable smoothness, definitely the smoothest Octoberfest I’ve had. As expected, this beer delivered nicely, it was part of my self-made sample pack and worth a purchase of a full 6er before the season is up.

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