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%
 
 
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Photo of eddiestep
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zaphodchak
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.75 fingers whitish head. Minimal lace, red-amber body.

Smell is light malt and crisp, with a hint of apple.

The taste is mellow, full of amber malt with only enough hop spice to keep it interesting.

Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit coarse and foamy.

It's a good Oktoberfest, but then again, it's hard to be 'great' in this style (though Heavy Seas Prosit comes pretty close). Perhaps not as nice tasting as some of the Germans, but generally better smelling.

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Photo of Branlott42
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SamuelD3
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of byrd
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew pours with a large foamy head that has an orange hue. The head bubbles down fairly quickly to a thin foamy lace. The color is a clear reddish orange. The aroma is a fairly well balanced mix of malts and hops, with some spiciness also being noticeable. The body is fairly thick with a good mouthfeel but not much carbonation. The start is rather smooth with malt sweetness up front along with some toasted, bready notes and subtle spiciness. Hops, and some notes of grain finish the beer out nicely with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Not an amazing brew, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. This is the first Oktoberfest brew I’ve tried... Paulaner Oktoberfest is waiting for me in the fridge.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orangey amber colour with an off white head that dissipates quickly and is quite fizzy in character.

Smells slightly grainy with honey, a tad bit of floral hoppiness and a little bit of an apple like smell.

Tastes is initally very malty with brown sugar, carmal malts and breadiness/biscuitiness up front. Finishes with a very slight metallic hoppy bite. The aftertaste is somewhat unpleasant, and is slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel is lightbodied but quite pleasant, carbonated nicely. Not overly thin.

Drinkability is high but given that the beer is not really impressive that is not all that much of a big deal.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fair attempt for an Oktoberfest, but it cannot compare to traditional German brews. Looks brightly copper-orange. Vigorously carbonated. Fizzy head retention. Aromas are modestly of the bready, toasty, creamy, and crisp character that I like in Oktoberfests. Tastes much the same. Modest malt character (not biscuit malt), has a grain husk flavor with mild astringency. Lacking hop character of the Noble variety. Creaminess and cleanliness is not to the calaber of true Oktoberfest beers. Although the characters are lacking, and despite a few flaws, it's still a fair beer.

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Photo of poppollutesminds
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bjm2133
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear orangeish color with about a quarter inch of dissipating beigeish head.
Smell is sweet, with some syrupy aroma, like maple and caramel.
Taste is also sweet. Malt is helped with a nice sampling of maple, and some brown sugar.
Finish is a little muddy with a decent sweet after-taste.
Drinks pretty well, a definite sessioner.

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Photo of pgolcher
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Arsenal82
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured an amber/copper color with little to no head and very little lacing. Very little carbonation. The smell was of caramel, orange peel. Hops were present to balance out the malts. It went down smooth, but a bit watered down. A little carbonation feel on the tongue and with a bitter aftertaste. It goes pretty good with the Autumn weather up here in New England.

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Photo of jebrew
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of yesyouam
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Octoberfest is a sparkling, deep amber jewel of a beer with a loose, sandy head that quickly vanishes. A deep, leathery malt aroma is met with soft fruity hops and is faint in the nose. It is medium bodied, soft and syrupy with a soft carbonation. The finish is a little scratchy. Good balance. It's almost like an ESB. The roast malt blends with the bitter hops. The aftertaste is green like an unripe orange and some arbor vitae. There is a subtle sweetness that lies beneath it all. It's boozy toward the end of the taste. This is some serious swill!
(rated Aug 28, 2007)

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Photo of swellcat
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aval89
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: dark amber with 2 finger head.. carbonation clinging to the glass..head settled to a thin film.

S: sweet malts..toffee.. slightly metallic.. hint of noble hops.. some spice.

T: toffee & sweet malts upfront.. slightly toasty malts in the mid palate.. finishes sweet with some hops & a slightly metallic twang..a bit chalky as well.. the spice is minimal but is mostly present towards the finish

Mf: light medium body .. smooth carbonation..

O: a decent beer.. nothing to exciting though.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale orange with a small head.

Aroma: Malty caramel and some mild fruity hops and some grassiness.

Taste: Smooth and crisp with toasted bread, malts, a slight hint of citrus hops and the warmth of the alcohol in the finish.

Overall: I am not the biggest fan of Samuel Adams beers (except the Scotch Ale which I LOVE), but I have to admit, this one is pretty good. Easy drinking and crisp, this is a beer that I could drink all night long. A good domestic take on a German Octoberfest style beer. This one is a keeper. Cheers!!

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Photo of puboflyons
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on Thanksgiving 2008 and poured from the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated Feb. 09. The color was a cooper-orange mixture with lively carbonation and light, puffy tan head. The aroma was of sweet malts but nothing spicy to speak of. The mouthfeel was creamier than I expected but again not real spicy senssation in the taste. It tased more like an English bitter.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best by February 2012 into a Bell's tulip.

Copper, very clear. Small head.

Smells like sweet, lighter caramel-flavored malt.

Taste is sweet malts, some caramel. A darker malt character kick in in the finish and leaves notes of peat-y, fruity malt characters. A bit sweet overall.

Mouthfeel is medium and light for the style.

I used to love this beer, but it's become a bit boring over the years as my tastes have developed. Still, if I see this on draft at a restaurant with a non-impressive selection, it's my go-to. But it's average or so for the style.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SA's interpretation of the Oktoberfest/Marzen lager is good but not great.

Color is solid with the traditional auburn/copper color with a carbonated head that quickly melts to a few islands floating on the top.

Smell is of malt and more malt, with a hint of hops/fruit on the end.

The taste is good but a bit lite and the malt character is just a bit off for my taste. Hops are there on the end which is nice.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, and I have actually just purchased a couple of cases for poker night with the fellas, some of which think Bud Light is beer. I think they'll like it.

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Photo of Bartleby91
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice and easy drinking oktoberfest that is better than I remember.
The appearance is a nice amber color with some carbonation bubbling up.
The aroma is sweet and nutty caramel malt.
The tastes follow with the caramel maltiness being predominant.
The palate is light with some lingering sweetness.
Overall a decent oktoberfest that I could have a couple of.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A fairly smooth, easy-going palate features some nice caramel, a tasty toasted malt character, and just a touch of nuttiness.

Nicely toasted with a great caramel character. As with many Sam Adams brews, this one isn’t the absolute best example of the style, but it’s a pretty faithful interpretation and quite solid in general. I know a few macro drinkers who make a wise exception and pick up some of this one when it comes out.

Recommended…

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Photo of BostonHops
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a SA perfect pint glass.

pours a clear, deep amber tone with a finger and a half of light beige head; modest retention and lacing.

nose is on the mild side, but i get elements of caramel malt and a touch of hops - can't distinguish much else. a bit disappointing. flavor is an improvement, though not a huge one. there's a bit of a metallic note that i don't much care for, but the malts come through a bit stronger as well as some bready yeasts and notes of hops. not as good as i remember this being in past years.

mouthfeel is nothing to write home about. sort of thin, medium carbed. drinkability is up there on the basis of being able to knock back a few; the question is whether or not you'd want to. an OK beer but i think there are many better takes on the style out there.

original review on: 09-07-2010

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Photo of Jason_cs
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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