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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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Photo of swellcat
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aval89
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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 -6.5%
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.


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Photo of BostonHops
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of T_Hass
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lic217
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

LOOK: SMALL head, nice lacing, orange/red very clear
Smell: bread and caramel
Taste: Same as smell, plus a little Spicey, ends with sweetness
Feel: very drinkable
Overall: I can drink it but not a big fan

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Photo of surlytheduff
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a pint glass. Poured clear orange-brown, with a finger and a half of foamy head. Not much residual lacing as it receded. Smelled strongly of malt with a little caramel, nothing else notable. Dominant taste were sweet malts, with a small bit of spiciness and a little hop bitterness. Had a good mouthfeel, smooth and creamy with decent carbonation.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is what I call my old stand by Oktoberfest. It's definately a good example of the style, especially for a mass produced beer. I personally have used this one as a "gateway" beer on some of my friends who just drink Coors Light, Natty, and such swill as that. All of them pretty much enjoy this one.

It's got a nice little creamy head on it that has some retention, but not too much. The taste is definately a bit better this year, with a more abundance of caramel, roasted malts, and some light fruits intertwined. The past few years for this beer have been rather ho-hum, with faintness abound. Overall, this years brew of Oktoberfest is definately a great step in the right direction.

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Photo of Oakley
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattyV
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber-orange with a thin fizzy off-white head.

Aroma is sweet, smells of bread and a hint of honey. Very faint floral hoppiness started to become apparent after some warming.

Taste is very malty, more specifically bready malt with a touch of sweetness and spice. Couldn't pick up very much in the way of hops.

Thin-bodied and slightly overcarbonated IMO.

Goes down very easy despite the maltiness, but I just wish there was a touch more hoppiness to balance things out and add a layer of complexity.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's that time of year again! They were pouring this against the Spaten Oktoberfest at Bar 35 last night, and though it didn't match up very well, it made me appreciate certain aspects of this beer that I've loved to hate on in the past.

Poured a clear amber, not much head, but decent wispy retention on the glass. Smelled of biscuity malts, a bit of diacetyl, and a light earthy hop. Pretty appetizing. Tasted a bit watery, or as someone else said last night, "spun out". Slightly slick mouthfeel, medium bodied, this year's offering from BBC does go down easy. Not my favorite style to begin with, for better or worse, this has become the standard American interpretation thereof, but it loses a lot of the roasty-toasty characteristics that make the German Marzens so flavorful.

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Photo of Vivs85
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of shekletona
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass at 45 degrees.

Pours with a faint 1F of off-white head over a deep copper/amber colored body. No carbonation present. Head fades to ring with no carbonation. No lacing.

This really lacks any discernable aroma. Got my nose right into it, and barely pulled out a whiff of caramel malt and toffee.

Clean on the palate. Like the aromas, flavor was also pretty light, but good. Slightly toasty, with some light fruits, and a light amount of floral and grassy hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel was lively.

Drinkability is good - again, I could use a touch more in the aroma and even flavor, but it's quite drinkable and pretty good for the style.

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Photo of Jonte
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber color with a quickly shrinking off-white colored head. Decent lacing.

Sweet malty/bready aroma with notes of caramel/toffee and some toast.

Tastes of malt, caramel and toast. Light bitterness. Light/medium carbonation.

Tastes best if served cold.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#132. One of the most highly anticipated Samuel Adams selections, I have been preparing to consume this beer for a very long time now. I've been looking far and wide for an Oktoberfest that satisfies my palate, and have as of yet been largely unsuccessful. I got mine as a part of the Autumn Harvest Variety Pack for a meager $13.99. This is my first selection (of 4) from that pack (Not including previously-reviewed Boston Lager and Irish Red).

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass at room temperature. Served at 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Rigorous pour yields a frothy 1.5 finger off-white mild cream tone depth head of a light consistency. Retention is average, casually declining as it condenses, until it recedes to a thin surface cover in a few minutes. Minor speckled lacing is left behind on head level. The color is a deep gold-orange with some peach champagne tones. Clarity is crystal clear with medium carbonation and no impurities to the naked eye. The head quality could improve, but otherwise this looks appropriate for an Oktoberfest. 3.5

(Smell) Aroma consists mainly of clean grains, mostly amber, medium crystal and some pale malts and reminiscent of that characteristic caramel tone that most Samuel Adams lagers have. Warming also reveals some mild toffee and roasted nut tones, mild but certainly present. Aside from the sweet toffee, potency is mild, and should tone up significantly to improve this score. Smells slightly more full bodied than the average lager, but then again, that's essential to what makes Oktoberfests so distinctive. In that respect, it meets. 3

(Taste) Taste consists of a mildly roasted sweet amber malt and toasted nut introduction followed through with a lingering caramel finish with an earthy hop twang. The flavors are very mild but balanced enough to avoid tasting "watered down". Not surprisingly, this beer swings to the sweet end of the spectrum in terms of taste. Therefore, while the taste lies on the more passive end of Oktoberfests in terms of body, it does so with an interest of accessibility to most casual beer drinkers while also maintaining an interest in decent quality for the more stringent of folks, as with me. I'm not very impressed, but its a decent session beer in the end. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) A medium crispness in the beginning, calming down to a laid back mild carbonation in the finish. Finish also has what I'd consider a "dry nutty" tone to it that, of course leaves the finish dry. It's not what I'd call "smooth", but rather of a mildly watery consistency, a very lager-like clean feeling, as lagers are largely expected to be. Body is medium, on par with comparing Oktoberfests as there's some substance to this one. Alcohol is well concealed save for a slight alcohol tingle on the tongue and in taste that comes by larger gulps. As before mentioned, it's a decent session take for an autumn beer assuming you enjoy the simplicity of Oktoberfests. I find the mouthfeel to pair well with the taste. 4

(Overall) Not an Oktoberfest to knock my socks off, but it's not lacking in content, just in distinction. If you're an Oktoberfest fan, I can't see why you wouldn't enjoy this but it sticks quite strictly to the seemingly tight-knit standards of Oktoberfests, making it just another beer in a large line-up of very similar takes on the not-so-diverse lager style. For less than $1.50 a bottle, it's a good session choice, but for a real autumn treat, something more adventurous should fit the season better. 3.5

Boston Beer Company's
Samuel Adams Octoberfest
B- (3.4)

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Photo of Hunter
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Certainly lives up to its autumnal theme. Rich brown le, topped with a light brown head that pour thick with decent hangtime.

The aroma is a little thin. There are notes of malt there and some hops, but everything seems to have the volume turned down.

The label of the bottle mentions four types of malts in the brew, and it certainly shows in the taste. Sweet and malty, with a barely there notes of hops. Decent body and a finish that bears out the hops a little more.

Overall, not a bad brew. I don't particularly care for overly malty beers but this isn't bad. I could see knocking back a few outdoors when the air has a decided nip to it.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seasonal bomber poured into a glass mug.

A: Beautiful clear coppery gold with a huge rocky off-white head.

S: Sweeter malts and signature Marzen note of autumn...malt malt and more malt, toasted bread crust slight graininess, faint suggestion of herbal hops...

T: Bready from start to finish, faint hint of roasted malt character but its more toasted...toasted grain, low bitterness, light but constant sweetness.

MF: Watery refreshing lighter medium mouthfeel, low carbonation and clean finish with just the slightest bit of dryness.

O: The sweetness is constant but subdued. Very malty but not the malt profile I prefer. Overall its decent but unremarkable.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from autumn seasonal pack, bought from Hyvee in Omaha, NE.

Poured into a standard US pint glass. Best before February 2012.

Pours a 1cm head, eggshell white in color, of medium-sized bubbles. Decreases over a minute to reveal a decent, if small amount of lacing. Residual is a ring around the glass. Body is a reddish amber color with orange highlights. Transparent with active carbonation.

Aroma is of very sweet maltiness and not much else.

Taste opens up with an aggressive amount of malt sweetness tempered with a background of herbal and semi-spicy hoppiness. Mid-taste of almost cloying sweetness with little hop presence. Aftertaste is of some breadiness. Would have liked something more than just sweetness and faint hops in the taste, like some more noticeable breadiness or biscuit character.

Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, this is quite pleasant on the palate. Finish is dry.

A fairly satisfying American Oktoberfest, good, but not great. A bit cloying on the sweetness: not sure what malt profile they used, but I might tone it down a notch and focus on getting a few more flavors and scents into the batches.

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