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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
BEER INFO

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

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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2,101
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3.66
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Photo of HossMcGraw
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Finally decided to get this one, and I'm glad I did. Pours a hazy orangei-sh brown hue with respectable head and a little lacing. The aroma is molasses, cinnamon, a little clove, and unfortunately a decent bit of alcohol. The flavor is decently rich with more molasses and cinnamon. It's sweet but not as much as I was expecting. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is too thin and lacks any noticeable carbonation. Drinkability is pretty high. This is a fine O-Fest and I would reccomend it. Underrated in my opinion.

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Photo of slickmick22
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good Octoberfest beer. I usually can't wait for it to come out each year.

Copper color with a 2 finger head with weak lace.

The aroma is a good malt, carmalized sugar and herbs. Somewhat earthy.

The taste is light toasty and cinnamon. Very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of airforbes1
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a robust, deep orange color. Very clear. The aroma has a biscuity smell, along with some floral hops. Good on both accounts.

This is only the third Oktoberfest/Marzen style beer I've had, but I'm impressed. The taste begins with toasted malt, has bitter hops in the middle, and finishes with a slight mineral notes. Flavorful, yet drinkable. I could see myself pounding these if I were in the right mood. A great beer at the price point.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance- dark copper/amber in color. Pours a tan two inch head that has a pillowy/foamy texture to it.

aroma- Pretty high on the herbal/spice hops and some sweet caramel malts.

taste- Toasty/bready malts at first followed by a snap of spicy hop bitterness. Caramel malts are prevalent throughout.

feel- medium bodied, medium/high carbonation, clean, and easy to drink.

overall- very nice oktoberfest style beer that strikes a good balance balance between sweetness and bitterness.

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Photo of StargherKing
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden brown...fitting for a fall brew, it's reminiscent of the color of autumn leaves. Head is lightly tan, dissipates gradually leaving a ring around the glass. Smell is malty, slightly earthy, with just a hint of hoppiness. Taste is much the same, malty with light notes of toffee and caramel, just noticeable, with a nice light hop bitterness and more of the earthy goodness. Mouthfeel is a nice balance of smooth and light...edging ever so slightly towards crisp, without really making it all the way. Drinkability is rather nice, the 5.7% ABV seems a little stronger than it is, this one has a nice warming effect without coming off as too strong. I'm not sure I could knock these back all night, but I certainly wouldn't pass one up.

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Photo of SargeC
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange-gold brew with a dense, golden head.

Smell: Sweet malt with hints of hops. Sweet toffee.

Taste: Very good representation of the style. Hearty, yet refreshing. Malt flavor dominates. Sweet throughout.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very refreshing.

Drinkablity: A well crafted brew. I wish that I could get more. This is a great session brew.

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Photo of taigor
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - light clear amber with very minimal head. Leaves no lacing on the side of the mug.

S - Rich, grainy malt, with a hint of spice, fruit on the finish with light caramel; smooth, crisp aroma.

T - Sweet, roasted malt. Just enough hops for balance and tartness. Leaves hardly any aftertaste so you can dive right back in.

M - Medium body, lingers on the tongue.

D - These go down smooth. Very drinkable.

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Photo of twi1609372
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good beer, nothing more can be said. very strong flavor, appropriate for the octoberfest. strong with a nice taste, what more can you want? it's always a pleasure to see this coming out in the fall, i have to have some every fall, it's a one of a kind brew, good for the thanksgiving time of year.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color makes this beer appear warm and inviting. Sweet and malty, -well balanced. Also, very crisp in some ways. I drank it with a Bison burger, and it's flavor lasted until the end.

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Photo of imanidiot777
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber and crystal clear with a cream colored head that stays for a pretty good amount of time.

S: Toasted malts, malty, maybe some caramel not sure, I'm bad with the smells.

T: Tastes very malty and a good bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

M: Very good carbonation level, goes down smooth.

D: Very drinkable if you are only going to have a few, if you are going to have a lot may be too heavy.

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Photo of japcmiller
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a beautiful rich amber color with a lovely full head. Nicely carbonated as well.

Smell: As a sweet malty smell, with a slightly hoppy aroma lingering in the background.

Taste: Very sweet malty taste, while I have hops in the nose I do not get hops in the taste initially.

Mouthfeel: Has a very smooth and easy begin on the tongue but does finish with a slight bitterness to it. Does not have a clean finish.

Drinkability: I love this beer. I very much enjoy all the different styles of Octorberfest that many different brewerys put out the S.A. just makes me want to curl up in front of the tv watching some college football (Go Noles!) and watching the leafs change color. I will very much enjoy this beer again and again.

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Photo of gubbt
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with a small white head.

Smell is sweet malts, toasted and caramel.

Taste is much the same. A nice spicy note from the hops emerges in the finish. Nice balanced taste.

Good weight, nice medium body.

This one is an easy quaffer. I liked this year's. It was my favorite Oktoberfest amongst the ones I tasted.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Frothy head over a very amber body. Head fades quickly to a ring that leaves a little lacing.

Malty aromas, with biscuits and rye bread. Nice.

Taste is surprisingly malty throughout, with a dry-ish, hoppy-ish finish. This is my favorite-tasting O-fest to date. Really quite smooth. Maltier than other O-fests, and malt is good.

Nice fully round mouthfeel. Great palate presence.

Soooo drinkably smoooth. I want more now.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Looks a great reddish-amber with golden head.

Smells somewhat yeasty, pleasant caramel is present, as well as some vague fruitiness.

Very malty, pumpkin-like quality in the middle, sweet caramel coming in towards the end, capping off the taste.

Feels mediumish bodied.

As per their norm, Sam Adams delivers a crowd-pleaser. Not cheap, or low-end, but not artisan-level either. Enough taste to keep a beer nerd interested, but not enough to overwhelm the uninitiated.

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Photo of centbeerfest
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Excellent thick head and a fine deep copper very clear color with ample carbonation.

Served at about 50 degrees. Very creamy with a little less malt than I would have liked at the finish. Tastes fresh and overall a very good drinkable beer that is not too filling and representative of the style. Maybe just a little on the simpler side than I would expect.

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Photo of frankiepop
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been very tough on Sam Adams, but I'm pretty high on this beer, and I am likely -on my next visit- here to up the score after my 2nd Octoberfest beer.

Beautiful amber darkish fall beer that glows like a lava light. Finished with a smooth and thick wonderful caramel taste. Very sweet. If you enjoy Modelo Negra, for example, then you will love Octoberfest.

This beer would go nicely with a wonderful cd called TIME TRAVEL by Gunter Muller & Otomo Yoshihide on a cool fall night while the fire roasts in your craftsman style home.

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Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

A- Clear brownish-amber with a thick two fingers of white head. Looks great.

S- Lots of bread and malt with some cinnamon and spicy hops. Little bit of a Budweiser-type smell apparent but overall very good.

T- Bit of a carbonation bite followed by lots of bread and cereal, slight hop bitterness at the end. Taste seems a little thin.

M- Carbonated and light. This really reminds me of Budweiser now.

D- You could go through a six pack easily.

Not quite what I was looking for as far as Oktoberfest beer goes but it's still not bad.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice shade o red copper, and a creamy thin head. A little lace, the head faded fast.

Smell: Toasty malt, very toasty, smells nice.

Taste: Very malt-centric, toasty and bready, start to finish. A little sweet caramel flavor, tasty. Hops aren't a big part of it, but the malt is very well put together.

Drinkability: Extremely easy to session, the flavor won't be grating or obnoxious in the least.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep copper, with tinges of red. Largish eggshell colored head is tight, and lasts a good long while.

The smell is good, sweet malt, through and through, with emphasis on sweet. There's a musty earthiness to the aroma as well, one that adds to the appeal of the beer. Just the slightest hint that there may be some hoppiness to it. Otherwise, all malt. Delicious!

Quite sweet up front on the tongue. Tastes of whole grain breads straight from the oven, perhaps with the fruit jam thrown in for good measure. Very smooth, with no bite to it whatsoever, neither from the hops nor from the carbonation. There's just enough of a hop presence to even out the finish and prevent it becoming too sweet. An oiliness coats the inside of your mouth after each drink. It doesn't seem to distract rom the beer in any way, however. It simply allows you to savor each sip awhile after it's gone, holding that hop bitterness to dry out the taste and make you want more. This is nice. Not as much "oomph" from the malt as one might want from a Oktoberfest, but very nice none the less.

The mouthfeel, as stated above, is thick and somewhat oily. This is far heartier than the '05 version, and I like it.

I'd have upped the drinkability but for the oily finish. While it doesn't take away from the beer overall, it does seem to add to a perception of fullness, which holds the beer back.

Overall, this is nicely done. An Oktoberfest which is equal parts accessible and hearty. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfect orangey amber color with perfect clarity for a fairly dark brew. Depending on how carefully you pour it you can get a very thick frothy head with multiple sized bubbles or if your careful like you'll get a just an about 1 fingered head that goes away in about a minute or two. Either way you'll get a light caramel colored head with better than average lacing. The smell is very good, roasted malts take up the bulk of the smell. To me it smells like fall. Taste is very good too. More malty than hoppy like most Octoberfests, not quite as well balanced as the traditional Boston Lager but still fairly well balanced and a good brew. Mouthfeel is good, I'd consider it a slight step above a medium bodied beer with excellent drinkability, I could drink this all day. A usual standby for me every fall until I get sick of drinking it. A very good Octoberfest.

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Photo of PvtVile
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a brown bottle and poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

A: It pours nice clear amber colored with a thick head.

S: I am not getting too much smell out of it but can still pick up some toast and malt smells.

T: The first taste is some buttery cracker kind of like eating a Ritz cracker, I also taste some malt and hints of caramel.

M: Coats the mouth and is a bit chewy.

D: This is a very good drink. I have been drinking this all week as an every day drinker. I have had some other O-fests this season but this one is probably one of the better ones.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at via rosa

A - Beautiful copper hue, with a good amount of head, and nice lacing.

S - Nectarines, pears, and light maltiness.

T - Nectarines, pears, granny apples, which finished with a malty kick.

M - Nice, left moistness.

D - Not too big on beers that come close to Marzens, but this one is very good for an oktoberfest.

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Photo of CAOMarcos
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer poured from a bottle into a Nodic Glass. The beer poured with a rich amber hue with a thick off-white head. The beer smells of the complex mixture of malts. There is a bit of a harsh quality at first taste, but then the aftertaste has a slight hops spiciness and a defined complex sweetness that is really refreshing. Octoberfest has a lot of carbonation and you definitely feel it on the tongue. I could see myself drinking this beer very often in autumn.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pumpkins and octoberfest! I love fall

A- a perfect copper and amber look. A fantastic head of foam. To me, the brew screams fall is here

S- caramel and malt blended together. A real blend of earthy tones compliment the strength of the malt. Nice!

T- a light robust malt fest of delicious caramel and the same scented malt. A hearty theme that really highlights the change of seasons

M- creamy and smooth

D- I am not the biggest sam fan... However, this is a very delicious brew from them. It's very safe to say that I can drink 15 of these. Great brew!

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Photo of mjurney
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep amber color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising. Small frothy head.

Aroma:
Deep maltiness, toasted, semi-sweet, slight spicy and herbal.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Lots of malt character, bready, toasted, brown bread, nutty. Hop bitterness is mild, herbal/spicy. Finish is mostly dry. Medium bodied, smooth, easy drinking, nice carbonation.

Overall:
It's very good Oktoberfest.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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