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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
7,478
Reviews:
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Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.97%
 
 
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Photo of Saraelaine
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.44/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Flying Dog to Gordon to Karl to Sam, we enter the last beer of the American Oktoberfest Invitational, the tasting which I sample some of the marzen's of the bigger American craft breweries. Before I go on, I will say that this is the first SA Oktoberfest I've had in three years, which is the longest stretch I've gone without tasting a beer that I already sampled. To some, that may not sound long, but I've only been able to legally drink for only a slightly longer time. That will end very soon. Is SA Oktoberfest as good as I remember? On to the beer:

Poured into a stange, the beer's color is darker than other maarzen's with its rich amber red color. The head on top is semi-creamy/semi-fuzzy. It slowly drops. Light in the nose. There is some "raw" hop leaf crawling in the nose with weak notes of malty goodness. Where are my malts? Will I taste them?

Oh yes, I taste them, though on the lighter side. Bread crust and sweet King's Hawaiian rolls lead the way in this smooth, medium bodied beer. It's slightly fruity, and very faint alcohol hints itself on the palate. Dry biscuit malt finishes off the journey.

In the land of marzen's, SA Oktoberfest will hold its own given its distribution, freshness, and price advantage. Not as heavenly as I remember three years ago, but still very servicable and easy drinking. (In case you were wondering, Boréale Blonde is now the beer I haven't sampled in the longest time, dating back to December 2006.)

The American Oktoberfest Invitaitonal comes to end with these four beers, and now is the time to crown a winner. And the winner is....

Gordon Biersch Festbier!

No leftover marzen's at this Oktoberfest, and in the end, the guy who tells you not to trust a skinny brewer takes it all. Hope you're all full of pretzels and potato salad (and beer!) after this invite. Good night everyone!

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Photo of dogfishbrawler
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of heliocopter
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Jeff_ODell
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CGA2
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of TBonez477
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emptyglassagain
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance of this Sam Adams seasonal is a beautiful amber with a very fizzy, slight white head. The smell gives off hints of caramel, fresh bread; it's very malty. The taste is slightly sweet, grainy, and unfortunately, a little watery. Towards the end, a toffee flavor comes out in the taste. Overall, an enjoyable beer, but not one of Sam Adams' best.

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Photo of emeyer
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Johnny_Duck
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Byeast
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear copper color , with a finger of head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is mildly sweet and toasty , some light caramel , and a bit of noble hop tinge. Taste is slightly roasty , sweet , tad bit of spice and balancing hop. Mouthfeel is medium. A verydrinkable marzen , pretty good and definatly worth a try.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass a transparent dark orange or light amber. One and a half white froathy head with good retention and good lacing. For some reason, I'm almost smelling a soap smell to thie beer. I did freshly clean the pint glass but I rinsed it just as well as I normally do, so I'm not thinking it's the glass. There is some carmel scents as well. The taste is a disappointment. There really isn't much to it except a carmel malt flavor with some orange citrus acid flavor. All is really faint. The mouthfeel is a touch watered down.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper, almost-pumpkin hue with a nice tan head. Aroma is very intriguing, blend of chocolate , pumpkin, spices, and a light grassy hops aroma. The taste is somewhat of a letdown, with a strong malt presence that is bready and slightly sweet and a light grassy hops flavor with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is crisp with moderate carbonation and a medium body. Descent but nothing to shake a stick at.

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Photo of thesyko56
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber color with two finger head.

S: Very floral and sweet

T: Sweet and very malty. Very slight hint of hops.

M: Moderate mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Nice representation of a Märzen

I typically do not like malty beers but this has a nice taste. Even though it is not very hoppy it is still very good.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with thick off-white foamy head.

Not much of a scent, some toasty malts.

The taste is of toasty, bready malts, faint hops, a little metallic.

Pretty thin, crisp feel with prickly carbonation.

This is a very easy to drink beer. There really isn't anything that stands out.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to special Sam Adams Octoberfest mug...pleny more room to go in mug so I pour another 1/2 in. Amber with Orange tones in color, slightly off-white head that stays around for a while leaving some lace behind. Smell is of bread and grains, real earthy tone to it, dont notice much malt. Taste is similar. Very bready and grainy, herbal and earth notes. Malt is present in taste but not so much so. A little let down there. Very light and crisp tasting. Not an amazing beer and it doesnt have a standout taste but I do give a 4 for drinkability as it was easy to put back a few of these and not get sick of them.

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Photo of whiplash3825
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured an medium orange copper color with a nice three-finger head that has little retention but extensive lacing.

Smell is of roasted malts along with some raisin fruitiness... alcohol is quite apparent on the nose.

Lots of malts in the taste with some hops flavors thrown in to balance it out... not bad but lacking in complexity. Unfortunately I've become accustomed to dopplebocks for my malt fix and this just tastes like a watered-down dopplebock.

Mouthfeel seems thin and watery.

Pretty easy to drink several... definitely better than any macros out there, just not quite what I was hoping for.

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Photo of hdf561
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for a while

Surprisingly this is pretty good. Definetly heavier than the beers I normally frequent, but still very drinkable.

The only complaint I have is that it leaves my mouth EXTREMELY DRY even more so than Long Hammer IPA, other than that I would definetly get this beer again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber color. Two finger head with a little lacing.

S - Sweet and malty smell.

T - It is a bitter with hops, but it also has a nutty & malty flavor. The sweet taste seems a little like chocolate.

M - Smooth and medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good marzen/octoberfest. Interesting combonation of flavors.

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Photo of jhollick
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is it that time already??!!

Reviewing the 2006 Edition of Samuel Adams Octoberfest. I swear this beer gets sweeter and less hoppy every year. Can anyone confirm this, or is it a matter of changing tastebuds?

Poured with deep copper color with a minimal tan head. There was pretty decent lacing...more than I expected, and it stuck around for the duration of the beer.

Smell is all sweet, with caramel and toasted malts being the dominant smells. It definitely smells like an American style fall beer. In the mouth, this felt a bit watery, and there was a pretty strong tingle from the carbnoation.

Tastewise, this is pretty indicitive of the style. Lots of sweetness, with just enough hop to keep you drinking. There is a noticably buttery flavor aside from the usual sources of sweetness, and a slightly dry aftertaste with an almost veggy like flavor throughout. Not sure if I'd have more than 2-3 of these because of the sweetness. Personally, I'd like a bit mroe hop action on the back end, but maybe that's just not the style. I hope I'm not losing my taste for Oktoberfests. Still, another fine effort from Sam Adams. I'd never shy away from it.

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Photo of dtm426
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber body with an off-white head.

Smell of caramel and tofee, slight roasted malt aroma.

Tastes a little bit like some sort of candy. Caramel and tofee flavors dominate, with just a touch of roasted character.

Fairly dry mouthfeel, pretty smooth.

An easy beer to drink, like most of this style.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2003: This brew is a brown color, with a foamy cream colored head. The nose is caramel malts. The taste is dominated by the malt, the hops are present but dont make a big impact. Acidic almost metallic bite in the back. Not a bad brew but not the best.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.65 out of 5 based on 7,478 ratings.
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