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

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3.66
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Photo of GreenThumb
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from the bottle into a pilsner glass and got a very tasty looking beer.

I don't think this is a typical Sam Adams because I actually like it.

The flavor is nutty with plenty of good malty caramel tones and a good crisp mouthfeel. I could drink several. It is not a heavy beer but has good flavors. The color is definately an autumn color; reddish orange. The head pours a creamy off-white and disappears quickly to leave soapy residue on the side of the glass.

The aftertaste is distinctly nutty and malty. Not a bad one for a beer from the Bostonian Brewery.

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Photo of jsanford
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Crystal-clear orange/amber with 2 fingers of pillowy white head.

S - Subdued nose of sweet malts and earthy hops with a tiny bit of spice.

T - Spot on with the nose ; sweet caramel malt, earthy hops and more spice. Pleasant, but not too complex.

M - Smooth and creamy with medium carbonation.

D - Nice and drinkable, like most SA beers.

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Photo of nickynick
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice amber color, although a little lighter then other Oktoberfest beers I have had. Smell seemed very sweet to me. Almost no malt in the nose. Smell more of brown sugar, almost too sweet. The taste matched the smell, a little to sweet, but more malt was present in the palate then the nose. Mouthfeel was ok, a little think and sticky. Drinkability was good as well. It went down pretty smooth. This beer seemed to be missing something that other Oktoberfest beers have. It had almost no bite, or spice, that I have noticed in others. I would drink this beer again, might even buy it again, but It will not be my first choice for an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of t3hcho53non3
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A hazy orange amber. A finger width of head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Slightly sweet nothing major

Taste: Sweet malty taste. Some minor hops finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with slight carbonation

Drinkability: Very drinkable and after two you can see the evolution of the beer's taste.

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Photo of sweethome
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper color in to my new Samual Adams glass. A nice white head of a couple inches, flows to the top of the bulbous glass. Head retention is pretty good - provides some lace as well.

Nose is a bit metalic, alcohol, a backing of sweet malts. Not as rich as what I expect from a fest. Just a bit harsh.

The flavor delivers some sweet malts, a rich bread flavor. Traditional german malts. Just a touch of hop in here - again sticking to the tradition versus some americanized versions - seems to me Sam O'Fest has had a bit more hop in the past?

This beer delivers flavor throughout the palate. It feels full, but not overbearing. A decent session beer if you can take the sweetness without the palate cleansing of hops. Again, true to style.

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Photo of Raime
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one after a longggg day of tree removals. Have no idea where the guy got it since it's only the middle of July, but oh well eh.

Look - Pours see through copper with a two finger slightly off white head and leaves a fair bit of lacing.

Smell - Bready and sweet. Smells like Fall.

Taste - Bread crusts and lightly toasted malts and a touch of spice.

Feel - Medium bodied and easy siting with just enough carbonation.

Overall - Well alright. Solid, easy to find take on the style. Have it at a bar this fall, sure you can find it. ;)

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Photo of HermitDan
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of battlekow
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Sam Adams Octoberfest is reddish-amber color with better-than-average lacing. It smells and tastes biscuity and malty, with the taste having just a hint of cherry and mustiness. With a nice, thick mouthfeel and very little bitterness, Sam Adams' Octoberfest is perhaps the most sessionable of the Oktoberfests I've had this year, but seems to be pandering a bit.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of phantomwyse
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange with a yellow/tan 1-finger head with carbonation moving throughout at varying paces.

S: Light malts all around, little sweetness, vague fruitiness.

T: Earthy and caramel malts, cookie-like breadyness with a disgustingly light hoppiness in the background.

M: Lighter bodied, dryish but palatable.

D: As with most Marzens, highly drinkable.

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Photo of zrab11
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep orange/copper color with a decent white head

S-Has a Bready yeast smell with some notes of sweet hops

T-Notes of spices right off the bat then a bit of hoppiness in the finish

M- Light-medium bodied with medium carbonation

D-Good representation of this style.One of my favorite sam adams. Enjoy this beer with a Thanksgiving meal.. you wont be dissapointed

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Photo of projectflam86
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light copper color with a thick white foam head that leaves nice lacing.

S- Caramel malt and grain with a touch of butterscotch.

T- Sweet toasted malt flavor with a slight touch of hops in the finish. Plenty of caramel and toffee flavors with some spice.

M- Crisp and clean with good carbonation.

O- A decent beer and worth trying. I've certainly had better Oktoberfests but I've had much worse as well.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy copper with foamy head that dissipates quickly

S - Smells of caramel malts, biscuity, and a hint of hops.

T - Caramely sweetness with a biscuity taste. It's ever so slightly hoppy with some floral hops and just a touch of fruits.

M - Crisp and whole. It's very refreshing.

Overall - Just a good, decent Marzen. It's not flashy, but it's refreshing as we get a break from this heatwave.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber-orange with a finger of tawny head, very minimal lacing, but attractive appearance overall.

Smell was malty, malty but with a wee bit of soap, which was unexpected.

Taste was fairly classic marzen, well malted a dash of lemon and just a bit sour around the edges for balance.

mouthfeel was crisp, nice, medium bodied, held together well.

Overall finishes fairly clean and is easy drinking. There are better Oktoberfests out there but this Sam Adams is decent, and actually one of the better Sam Adams styles they brew, IMHO.

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Photo of craftaholic
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Had this one on tap in a 22oz mug. The color was a beautiful translucent effervescent golden copper that really had a beautiful autumnal hue. The head had a decent amount of retention and thin layer of lacing upon dissipation.

Smell: Nothing very complex but rather refreshingly simple with subtle toasted malts and grain.

Taste: Quite mild as the nose led on to. There was a light taste of toasted grains and malt but there was a touch of sweetness that was unexpected and overpowers any hop that is lingering.

Mouthfeel: Remarkably smooth throughout with just the right amount of carbonation to dance across the palate, finishes quite dry and has a sweet malty aftertaste.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable and would definitely session in the thick of this autumnal October month. Nothing off-putting and likely nothing overpowering.

Overall: Was the only thing to really choose from with the beer list the restaurant had. Polished off the tall boy pint with a rack of ribs and it paired nicely. First O'c'toberfest I've had and I'm pleased with the outcome.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

One of the better Sam Adams offerings in memory. Orange-tawny hue with a good inch-high head. I had to strain to smell anything for a few minutes. When the aroma faded in, it wasn't too bad - musty, yeasty, faintly boozy and medicinal. The flavor touches on the style pretty well. Sweet, dense, smooth malty base with some strong shortbread/butter cookie overtones and a spicy/zesty orange peel nip to it. Nice level of carbonation carries the malt feel and flavor quite well. Okay for a domestic - okay for SA.

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Photo of goalie33
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A: Very nice orange/amber color. Not so much head.
S: Some slight aromas of malt, but nothing overly impressive.
T: Malty taste, not too much in the way of hops. It's good, but nothing special.
D: Very drinkable. Goes down very easy.

I'm not going to go running out to buy this again. It wasn't bad at all, it just wasn't especially good either.

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep crystal clear amber with a fizzy, but durable white head. Some lacing.

S - Biting but very light hops, slight metallic malt aroma. Typical lager aroma.

T/M - Metallic malts and rather biting up front, but the subtler sweeter flavors come through after the initial vague hop bite. Mouthfeel is juicy and clean.

D - Very easy to drink. Light slightly sweet lager flavor and clean feel with low alcohol.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours clear orange with one finger of sticky white foam that dissipates slowly. Aroma is fruity, sweet.

First sip is also dominated by a fruity sweetness. I don't particularly like it. The fruity esters dominate, and there is a lingering sweet flavor. There is a nice body to the beer.

Having just had the Victory Festbier right before drinking this one, I find a huge difference between the two... Victory did it right.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. ok retention; some lacing.

nose is on the light side, but i get caramel malts and a touch of hops - can't distinguish much else. a bit disappointing.

flavor is an improvement, though not a big 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.

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Photo of Holland
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear amber with large head at first, then just a ring on the edge.

S: light smells of malt and spice, but not too much there.

T: tastes much better than it smells. Nice spices, malt, some bitterness, and a slight amount of fruity flavor. Finishes with malt all over in the aftertaste.

M: crisp feeling, but not over carbonated. Medium body.

O: decent brew, relatively cheap and available. I'd do it again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can ~$1.20. Dark amber color, good head, touch of lace. Aroma of wheat bread, yeast, ok. Flavor is slightly sweet, bready malts, thick. Overall I am not sure how well this represents the style since I suck at lagers but it was good enough last year that I made sure to buy some more this year.

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Photo of seansean95
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Harvest pack bottle
Most Samuel Adams have a pleasant apperance, this one is a dark golden amber with a finger of off white head with very slight lacing. The nose is pretty faint even as it warms, whats there is caramel, yeasty bread and a malts. The tast is Malty, caramel and toffee. Light bodied and well carbed. A good example of the marzen style.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P: 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: A nice golden amber color with a two finger light tan head. Lacing is good. The head gets a little chunky after it settles.

S: Lots of malty sweetness. Just a hint of earthy hops at the end.

T: More of that malty sweetness with a earthy finish. Just enough hops to give it a bitter finish and balance some of the malt. This is one of those beers that offers no suprises, it tastes like it smells.

M: Highly carbonated with medium body. It does pretty well for the style but I might prefer a touch less CO2.

D: This is a solid brew but it's a bit boring. It's very drinkable and can be my go to fall beer. I like to use it to break up other harvest and pumpkin beers that can sometimes be over the top.

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Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 7,474 ratings.
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