Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest

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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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Ratings: 7,706 |  Reviews: 2,195
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a dark, burnt orange color, a little more toward the brown side. not a tall head, but pretty dense for what is there. excellent lacing.

S: very heavy on the sweet, malty smells, very grainy smelling, very few hops, if any, not bad, but not very interesting either.

T: very malty, some definite roasted characteristics, nice underlying smoke. malts linger on the palate nicely. sweet. a definite honey flavor. no bitterness. very smooth in general.

M: thick, rich and heavy, coats the mouth. not too shabby.

D: this is a fairly drinkable beer, but not one of my favorite styles. pretty mellow, smooth, and easy drinking though. all in all not too bad. i'd pour a few of these down if on a night out.

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Photo of Jordan
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mediocre offering from our friends at Boston Beer Co. Sweet malty core with a periphery of dried fruit and leaf and a metallic note or two. Slim body. The greatest point about Sam Adams October Fest is that it succeeds in bringing the sensations of autumn to the palate.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep rusty orange. A very clear beer with great carbonation and one finger white head. Average retention and lacing

S - Very light aromas. Mainly caramel malts with a slight nuttiness to it

T - Very good flavor. Nice and malty with a nutty caramel flavor. Reminds me of fall

M - Light to medium body. Slightly creamy and very smooth.

O - A good offering by Sam Adams. Easy drinking with a great flavor. Not an earth shattering beer, but one I could enjoy several of in one sitting.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remembered liking this a couple years back, so at $11.99/12 it seemed a good buy. Pouring and drinking it, there seemed to be a perfect affinity to the Dogfish Head 90 I also picked up (my favorite for the last year or so). It's like a 90 lite. Malty. Tastey and nice smell.

My only turn off is that officially somebody is calling it a Marzen. I have hated that style (can't remember whose). Ah, what's in a name. I already had two and I think I'll have another!

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Photo of AGuyWhoBrokeBad
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shamus
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like Sam. For the most part. Like is different than love of course. Some beers evoke a more passionate response because they are just sooo good. Some beers are loathsome, wretched, abominations. Samuel Adams is good. Not great, but good. Now this particular brew, the Octoberfest, is a very lush amber colour with a decent head that disappears a bit quickly. carbonation is slight but that works with the flavour heavy style. Not all flavours being equal however this is no fantastic beer journey. It's fine. Not very hoppy, a bit spicy, but not much. Try it. Life will go on.

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Photo of Lldeegan
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle poured a nice deep orange with a finger of white head, tiny bubbles, not overly carbonated. There wasn't much of an aroma to this beer, light malt, maybe some caramel.
The taste beats the smell by far. The lack of aroma led me to be very surprised, by a nice sweet caramel taste, sweet malt and very little bitterness in the finish. Leaves a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. It is has a pretty good drinkability, nice to have a few as the summer is ending.

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Photo of RocketWidget
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Month of expiration clearly marked.

This is a moderate beer, pure and simple. Not a challenging brew, but not especially disappointing either, it just exists.

Pours a very pretty red amber color. Head retention is above average, off white, and very fine. Smell is almost non-existent. Taste is ok. Malt profile dominates (obviously). Quite heavy for a lager.

I really have nothing to complain about here, but then again, I won’t buy this again either.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this stuff in the candy corn of the beer community. every year it comes around and every year it suckers me back in. sam adams' seasonals are supposed to be good! their summer is great, and sam spring is on a different level all together! however, their attempt at the marzen style is just futile. it's not that great of a style of beer to begin with, but theirs just has a little to much hops, isn't quite full bodied enough and doesn't have enough malt. plus, it leaves a sort of burnt taste in your mouth. definitely not my favorite beer in the world!

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear red-brown with one-and-a-half finger, white, creamy head that lasted a couple minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Caramel malt, bread, mild.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Toasty malt. Mild flavor.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

O: There's nothing wrong with this beer, but the aroma and taste are mild and uninteresting. Not bad though.

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Photo of ChrisG523
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Higravity
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this is a good beer and is decently colored an amberly flow with tints of fall, leaves turning all colors of red brown and orange, in a glass. The smell is up front and malty and a distinct lager smell of cold storage. I don't know but I seem to be able to smell a lager before I taste it. The taste for this beer was a blend of malts and tings of molasses and dark malt happiness. There was a after-taste of spiced pumkin and fresh fallen leaves that at first was unwelcome and then excepted and pleasant. I have had this beer for several years now and while I thought 2003 was better this year is not bad, and I will surely have another before they are gone.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%

A good Marzen Oktoberfest, but I was a bit disappointed in this, from Samuel Adams.
I must admit, I rate my Oktoberfest's and Pumpkin Ale's in opposing methods:
for Pumpkin beers: the less intense the pumpkin and spices, the better
for Marzen beers: the more intense the experience, the better

Well balanced, with a friendly hint of spice and apples, his Oktoberfest lacked the finishing punch for me. I'll drink it again, but if you're looking for a bolder offering of this style, Great Lakes Brewing's Oktoberfest is hard to beat.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap while waiting for my delayed plane that never came. This was the best thing they had I think.

A: Very nice amber color with gold highlights and a brown hued core. Small ring of head. A little lacing.

S: A nice nutmegish caramel with some darker bread. Maybe a flutter of cocoa and berry? Not aromatic at all, I really had to get in there to smell this one.

T: Not bad overall, pretty balanced with lots of bready malt and a lagerlike clean finish. Lemon zest hops add something nice to it and theres also tones of toasted toffee. Has that signature Sam taste thats hard to define but permeates all of their beers. Not overly complex, but ok. A little too sweet as well.

M: Very carbonated and medium in feel. Nice sweet clean finish.

Overall not bad, but the sweetness gets to you and as it warms, you see the flaws in their ingredients too.

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3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 22oz bottle poured into a sam adams tulip glass

Appearance : copper amber in color. A ample head forms after a less than aggressive pour.

Smell : subtle malts aromas also some subtle spicy pumpkin notes

Taste : not any huge taste going on here. Zero hop bitterness but nice malt flavor. Very refreshing and easy to drink another well crafted beer from Sam Adams and at $2.50 a bottle its worth enjoying a bottle.

Mouthfeel : light body with less than average carbonation

Overall : this is a well crafted beer and beer is easy to enjoy .

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Photo of kindestcut
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Samuel Adams Octoberfest pours a very bright amber with plenty of effervescence. The white head mostly dissipated after a minute but still clung to life minutes later.

The aroma is malty, definitely sweet, with floral notes. At first taste there is a slight sweetness and a faint bitterness which lingers as a distant aftertaste. There is no dominant sweetness nor is there a flavor I would describe as "delicious."

The mouthfeel is very light bordering on watery. Unfortunately for the Sam Adams, I have had some very good Märzens so I some perspective to work with. I would rate this beer as good but not great.

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Photo of kflorence
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lovely amber color with a fair amount of off-white head that lasts and leaves lacing as you drink.

S: Smells of malts, caramel, roasted biscuits, hops and even a little pumpkin.

T: Palate follows the nose: caramelized malts, hops, bread, toffee and a bit of pumpkin. Very malt-heavy, but the hops are there. Finishes malty with a lingering aftertaste of bread and pumpkin.

M: Rather light on the tongue, a good amount of carbonation and a nice, creamy body. A good amount of substance here.

O: A pretty decent beer, but nothing special. Goes down smooth and easy and makes a nice addition to your fridge in the fall. One of the better brews from the fall seasonal variety pack. Still, there are far better options out there, but definitely worthy of a quaff.

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Photo of babaracas
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with tan billowy head, spotty lacing. Smell: bready, sweet malts, spice note. Taste: leafy hops, sweet malt: caramel, toasted, Munich-ish, noble hop finish. Mouthfeel: soft carbonation, sweet and sticky. Good, but I remember this being better and less sweet last year... this year's version seems to have a faint corn syrup smell/taste ala malt liquors. Hopefully just imagining this.

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Photo of eddiestep
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zaphodchak
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
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 SamuelD3
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of byrd
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
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 -6.8%
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 -6.8%
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 -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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