Samuel Adams Octoberfest | Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Samuel Adams OctoberfestSamuel Adams Octoberfest
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Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States | website

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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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Holland pint glass. Pours a rich, clear amber with a two fingered off white/light tan head that drops slowly.

Aromas of caramelly malt, biscuity grain and toast. No hop aroma.

Flavors of deep caramel malt, biscuit and toast, a balancing bitterness, but very malt forward.

Mouthfeel is medium/light, good level of carbonation.

Overall a great example of an O'fest beer. Sets the American standard.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours up amber with a thin light tan head. There is a light aroma of roasted malt, but otherwise pretty clean. No hops. The roasted malt leads off and the hops finish. I thought this was a well balanced beer with a full mouthfeel. This is very drinkable!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish orange color, with a decent-sized foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The aroma is malty, with caramel, hops, tea and spice.

T: The taste is likewise very malty, as it should be, with flavors of caramel, toffee, tea and some spices. There’s also a decent hops presence in a beer of this style with that distinctive Sam Adams hops signature. After-taste is sweet but not overly so.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, excellent representation of style, not very filling, goes down very easily, I once polished off a 12-pack in a couple hours so I’ll say it’s very drinkable.

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Photo of xXTequila
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow...talk about malty. It was alittle heavier than I liked. It tasted similar to their winter lager, without the spices of course.

Update: 9/27/2002
I have noticed that this years Octoberfest is alot sweeter and has more of a caramel flavour. It tastes alot more like a ale than a lager. It actually tastes alot like their stock ale now.

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Photo of NOOGIE
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Great color! Reddish-brown sort of like the like colors of fall in the color department. Nice thin layer of foam, just enough for this beer.

Smell: Has a nice woody smell. Also strong malty and hoppy smell, with hints of candy, like toffees.

Taste: Strong malty flavor, the woody smell is incorporated into the taste, hops and a sweet taste also.

Mouthfeel: The woody malty flavor stays in your mouth after you have finished. Great mouthfeel!

Drinkability: Surprisingly really smooth, the sweet flavor balances the hops, good Oktoberfest.

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Photo of jhammel01
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites...Its a sentimental beer for me..

Pours a deep copper- amber with an offwhite head that sticks for a bit and laces all the way down.

Not much coming from the smell dept. Hops 1st and foremost. I also pick up a few notes of malt and caramel.

Its taste is great....Smooth medium mouthfeel with caramel coming through with slight bitterness. Malt backbone of the beer comes through in the end along with a strong bready aftertaste.

Great beer. I know there is better out there I'm sure (just like every other style) but I really love this beer. My favorite from SA and my favorite of the season.

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Photo of pphunkdelux
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this out of an 8-pack of different Oktoberfests.

The apperance is a perfect dark amber with a nice two finger head that stuck around for a while.

The smell is good, caramel and grain.

The taste is great, sweet grains and caramel malt.

The mouthfeel is perfect, enough carbonation to make your mouth tingle but not too much. Nice and thick.

I've never had a problem drinking a bunch of these in one sitting.

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Photo of langm12
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap.

A - Cloudy copper color with a one finger fizzy head that dissipates quickly. No lacing.

S - Bready and Carmal malts. A touch of spice.

T - Very similar to the nose. Bready malts dominate. Spices and a touch of hops.

M - Light to medium. Good carbonation. This is an easy drinker.

Great session beer. this one is very enjoyable.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle.

Appearence--Crisp deep amber color, 2cm. of off white head.

Smell--carmely malts, not very strong though

Taste/Mouthfeel--Nice strong malty flavors, not too sweet. Good body and nice carbonation. Overall, I really like the taste of this beer.

Drinkability--I thoroughly enjoy drinking this one.

Notes--maybe not the best Oktoberfest around, but it's always solid and usually available come September.

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Photo of ghostmech007
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

Very good looking beer. Deep orange/brown with a halo of peach color. Light makes it shine. Biege lacing never dies and just adds to the look. Very good.

Nose is of malts, with a nice faint hop note. Very sweet in the nose.

Very, very malty, but not sweet. Taste like homemade bread. The hops are there just to balance the flavor. Finishes sweet with malts to chase it down.

Very good beer. Easy to find. Easy to drink. And definetly if you want to impress your party guests, for Halloween get this one. Well definelty get this one again.

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Photo of Evocatus
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber orange with a white head. Aroma was pretty good. Picked up hints of fruit and malts. Taste was a mix of malts, fruitness, and slight hop bitterness. Good body, not too thick or thin. I could definitely have a couple of these in one sitting.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Fall pack poured into Perfect Pint glass.
A: Pours a golden amber color with a fluffy white head that goes away quickly.

S: Malty. Lots of bread with a hint of spices.

T: Lots of caramel malt with some bread and a bit of nuttiness.

M: Medium with the right amount of carbonation.

D: High.

I like this one a lot. It is full of caramel and is great for a fall night.

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Photo of chimney
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: nice dark copper amber, wonderful head.

S: little bit of malt with the slightest hint of yeast.

T: very smooth with a slight metallic bitterness, with a sweetness somewhere between caramel and maybe mesquite honey.

M: starts watery, builds to a nice light creamy, and ends with a refreshing froth in the tongue.

D: very easy to drink, but with enough flavour to stay interesting and not cause boredom of the tongue. nice and refreshing and always a treat to see every fall.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When seeking a reasonably priced but reliable Oktoberfest beer, I always turn to those fine folks at the Boston Beer Company. The initial pour consists of a thick and foamy gusher, which settles into a frothy head of cream atop a dark copper body. There is a profusion of carbonation bubbles within the glass and moderate lacing around it.

The nose will initially detect some sweet notes of butter; the palate discerns a subtle raisin flavor that is supplemented by a quick nip of alcohol - and isn't this why we drink beer? The mouthfeel boasts a toasty maltiness without any bitterness. This makes for a refreshing quaff anytime of the year (Alles Jahre indeed!)

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Photo of mgwagman
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A go to in the late summer months for me. I always seem to buy it when it first come out each year. Color is a caramel with nice lacing. It tastes of roasted malt and caramel. Overall a well balanced beer and one of Sam Adams best beers. Moderately priced as well.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a copper/pumkin color with a big head that nearly overflowed in my pint glass. Lacing all over the glass.

Smell is pretty mild and hard to detect for me right now....but after coming in temperature there were lovely fruit tones, esters, hops and cherry.

Taste is sweet and malty with less emphasis on the hops at first but a bit of bitterness rings through at the end to balance the flavor well.

Mouthfeel is heavy with soft carbonation with a long yet pleasant finish.

Not the best beer ever but a very good marzen. My favorite so far this season.

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Photo of movieclockstar
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can you find a better Märzen? Absolutely. But can you find one as good or better at this price point, available in pretty much any store that sells beer in the US? Absolutely not. A great seasonal go-to beer that won't empty your wallet.

Look is a brilliant, crystal-clear orange/copper hue that lights up nicely in the right lighting. Moderate carbonation leaves a decent little head that leaves a bit of lacing after it dissipates.

Smell is of warm, roasty malts. Maybe a little hop spice.

Tastes how it smells. A nice malty taste with a bit of spicy noble hop finish. Maybe a fruit (pear?) note. Pleasing malty/bready aftertaste. Mouthfeel is prickly from the carbonation.

Overall, as previously mentioned, this is a fall cornerstone for me. Unless your palate will only accept overly hopped beers, this is a great, well-rounded and enjoyable lager. Makes a really good addition to beer bread, too.

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Photo of poriggity
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bought a case of bottles at Costco. Let them chill overnight, and drank straight from teh 12 oz bottle the next day. Nice malty and carmel sweetness, with a semi thick mouth feel. Very nice combinations of flavors. One of my favorite limited releases from Sam Adams, and I always try to find a case or two when they come out.
Scott

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was poured into a pint glass, it was a dark reddish/brownish-copper color with little carbonation and a thick smooth tan head that slowly dissipated into an even layer of small bubbles; this one has some very good lacing! The aroma was a bit mild; I only picked up some small hop smells mixed in with some alcohol. It did have a distinct (not strong) roasted hop flavor and some herbal flavors along with some mild sweet fruit flavors. It has a medium body and you can barely taste/feel the alcohol in it.

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Photo of brewmandan
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

as oktoberfest brews are my favorite, this one is one of the better oktoberfests brewed in the u.s. that i've had. good amount of malt, as an oktoberfest should have. amount of bitterness from the hops is just right. mouthfeel is good. i could drink several of these in an afternoon without a problem.

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Photo of Dogsgogrrrr
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light(er) amber brown color with a good, dense head.
Smell: If poured correctly, this beer releases some solid, pleasant esters. A pretty good indicator of what's to come.
Taste: Good, caramel malt backbone with buscuity aftertones. Relatively strong flavor, with minimal bite.
Mouthfeel: An even amount of carbonation, slightly chewy.
Drinkability: Very drinkable.

A great addition to the Samuel Adams family, something to look forward to each fall. I would highly recommend trying this beer, especially if you're unlucky enough to find yourself located in an area plagued by a limited beer selection. If you're a fan of Oktoberfests, give this beer a chance.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a couple of weeks ago just as it was coming out for the season. It was a very nice penny color with a nice malty Samuel Adams type smell to it. (if you had their other beers you know what I'm talking about) Also with that trademark spicy Noble hop smell but dialed back a bit more when compared to their Boston Lager. The taste is better than the smell actually with a really rich malt taste and an amazing body feel for the lower alcohol content it has. The hops are subtle just to add to the malt. Very nice sweet malts as well. On tap it had more of a crisp hop bite to it then it does in the bottle. With that aside it still has a nice Noble hop character to it that balances out the sweet flavor of the beer. Probably my favorite fall beer I've had.

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Photo of ccm414
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz bottle...

A- Dark amber/brownish in color. Pours with a 2 finger head that recedes down to a thin layer. Doesn't really leave any sort of lace on the glass at all. It'd be nice to see a little more head retention, but still a nice clean look.

S- Holy malt batman! Very malty as expected, with some sweet caramel scents and some hints of burnt toast.

T- Sweet malt just like the smell. Nice and bready with some light bitterness. Very true to the Marzen style.

M- It's getting colder, the beers getting heavier. Not really heavy by any means, more of a medium body. Nice carbonation and a bit creamy feel.

D- Very drinkable. An excellent beer for this time of year. This one is my go-to move for an Octoberfest. Can't get enough of them, probably my favorite brew from Sam Adams.

Cheers!
ccm414

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Photo of mralphabet
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in chilled Pint glass

A- Medium amber in appearance with excellent clarity. Off white head that evaporated very quickly with no lacing.

S- Sweet caramel smell with a bit of sour in the background.

T- Very Malty on the tongue, earthy, with a wee bit of hops present and very carbinated. Nice aftertaste.... a little spice when warmer

M-Creamy, medium body.... Very smooth

D-This is a very drinkable brew. This one will be a mainstay come next October

REVISIT....
I really Drank this chilled in my first review... (Grown a lot... no more chilled glasses)

Drank this right after Lein's OctoberFest...
Would hat to rank it higher than SA....
A: Better looking this time... Head did dissipate pretty quickly.
S: Same as above
T: Not a lot of hops here, mainly Caramel toasted malt..
M: Little more watered down, it did get smoother and creamer as it warmed.
D: Still a very drinkable brew..

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Photo of brealbg
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing quality for a mass production beer. Sam Adams definitely pays attention to the details.

APPEARANCE:
*head- average size, fizzy, off-white, virtually no head lacing, dissipates quickly.
*Medium carbonation
*Copper in color

AROMA:
*grain, toasted, citrus, yeast, alcohol, apple, pear, pumpkin, red wine, spices.

TASTE:
*caramel, grain, oatmeal, wheat, yeast, alcohol, allspice, apple, brown sugar, butterscotch, cinnamon, nutmeg, peach, pear, pumpkin, red wine, spices, vanilla, champagne.

FLAVOR:
*initial- medium sweetness, light acidity, light bitterness, very light sourness, light saltiness, and very light tartness
*finish- sweetness increases a step and acidity, bitterness and saltiness all decrease one step when compared to initial. Average finish length, watery mouthfeel, hits the front of the tongue. Virtually no body lacing.

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