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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Ratings:
7,465
Reviews:
2,147
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.93%
 
 
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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a clear, golden-red with a white, one finger, slowly subsiding head. Left almost no lacing.

Smell: Bready and malty, and a caramel sweetness that seems to be present in all Sam Adams beers.

Taste: A quick bite of caramel sweetness with slightly bready/biscuity undertones. Watered-down malty flavors. Almost no hops detected. The flavor leaves just as quickly as it arrives, with a minimal aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation makes it a little sharp on the tongue, and prevents it from being a quick drink. Feels nice and thick on the tongue, creamier then I would have expected for this kind of beer.

Drinkability: It has a very smooth flavor, but the harshness of the carbonation makes this difficult to drink quickly. It's a solid beer to have a couple of while hanging out with friends.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Austin's into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear copper colored body with touches of burgundy throughout. A bubbly off-white head stuck around for a decent amount of time, but did eventually recede into absolutely nothing. No lace or retention which seems to be par for almost every beer in the style.

S: Lightly toasted malts, caramel, toffee and very bready notes make up the base of the aroma. Perhaps a hint of floral hops are towards the very back end for a split second but the rich, robust malt profile is the focus.

T: A touch of sweetness initially, but the malt profile comes in again midway through. It's more of the same, caramel, toasted malts, and bready/doughy flavors. There's a very clean quality about the taste that I attribute to not overloading this with an intense flavor. Nothing off or astringent in the finish, either.

M: Crisp, light and prickly on the palate. Again, it feels extremely clean coming and going without leaving anything behind to throw off the experience of the beer. To style, it's extremely good.

This is certainly one of the more easy drinking Oktoberfests on the market, and one that has proven to retain quality year after year while being made on a large scale. It's not the poster child for the style but one that is close enough to be extremely refreshing, crisp and enjoyable.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Casey10
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - faint brown color with a wispy head.

S - spice notes almost nutty like quality however not overpowering.

T - okay almost cherry like taste not quite though seems like there is something else but I am not picking up on it.

M - not bad a bit bitterfeel to this one.

D - okay I would have another but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of MFMB
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sometimes when I'm drinking a Sam Adams beer I often wonder what it would be like to actually have had sex with Sam Adams.

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Photo of Determined_021
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It looks like an Irn bru beer with it's orange tinged body
and couple with the fact that it does in fact taste a little of Irn Bru (obviously a lot less sweet) lends an unusual flavour, not too sure, still quite pleasant though

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Photo of Mojo
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours up a beautiful copper with a large tan head. Elaborate lacing is left as the glass is emptied. The nose is fruit and roasted nuts, a pretty pleasant if understated smell. Mouthfeel is kind of thick and syrupy. Taste is very sweet with sweet roasted malt from begiining to end. My main issue is that it tastes a little one dimensional. I'd like it to have a bit more assertive finish. But I enjoyed it overall and would take another if offered.

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Photo of RedBeerHead
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber with a two finger very light, highly carbonated head. settles down to about half an inch or less. but you can see that there is not a lot of carbonation in the body.

The nose of this beer is outstanding...very sweet pumpkin and spice. Almost smells more like a winter ale.

a little surprised by the taste. based on the smell, you expect a taste with some body but the taste is surprisingly watered down.

Nevertheless a decent oktoberfest. good beer good season.

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Photo of ken3c
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very bright red-brown in color. The head dwindles to a thin ring with a wisp of foam across the top. There is some light lacing. The color is really the highpoint of this beer.

Smells like roast malt and carmel.

A Sweet malt taste turns slighty bitter more from roast malt than hops.

Medium carbonation and medium body.

I wouldn't search this beer out but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a reddish-brown hue and a somewhat clear consistency. There was about a quarter inch of head that didn't last very long.

S: Very malty smell, more so than any other element.

T: Like the smell, malt dominates the taste category. Not overly sweet, but still pretty flavorful.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a slick, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a well made beer and certainly very drinkable. It probably won't knock your socks off, but it's still well made.

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Photo of packetknife
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After neatly six years of finding this beer out of a bottle near revolting, I found it tapped and pleasant. Crystalline orange-amber color with a near-white frothy head that faded slowly, laced evenly and well. Just barely malting on the nose with some oat bread mixed in. Light but pleasant smell. Same on the tongue but a bit stronger with a slight hop on the finish. Very smooth but not at all thing. Well carbonated but not too much. It must've been drinkable because it was gone every time you looked for it.

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Photo of DemoniChris
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Gtwreck45
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep golden amber with a nice two-finger tan head. Attractive.

Smell: lots of grain and malt; quite carameley and nutty, not unlike a brown ale. It's nice.

Taste: quite malty; there is a nice bitterness but otherwise little hop presence. Like the aroma, it's got a fair bit of nuttiness and caramel. It's not bad, but to me it's more like a brown ale in flavor than a lager.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a little bit of a syrupy consistency; an appropriate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: pretty good. This is not a bad beer by any means, but it doesn't entice me as much as some other Sam Adams varieties.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear orangy apricot, not much head leaves fast. Small ring. Spotty lace.

S - Extremely light hops and malt characters. Not much there.

T - Nice light sweet malt bittered well at the end.

M - A lighter beer, good carb and sufficient balance.

D - Not overly alcoholic and not too hard on the palate.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz dated best before Feb of next year, poured into a pint glass.

Clear, dark copper with a small fizzy head that is white but flat in a minute or so. A veiled foamy ring is all that's left. Minimal lace.

The nose is very malty with something metal in the background. Has an almost nutty character. Of the SA lineup, this has a more pronounced nose than the others. Not complex, but I don't get my nose wet trying to get a whiff.

Tastes a lot like it smells. The nutty malts make up the bulk of the flavors, but there's that ghost of a metallic twinge just after the midpoint. There's enough hop towards the back to add some balance and something approaching complexity. The more I sip, it takes on an almost woody flavor. I like it.

The mouthfeel is a bit light for my taste, but this could be a halfway decent session brew. Pairing it with the right food would help this one a lot.

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a tap into a 22 oz. Tall glass stein.

Appears a light brown with sone shades of deep burnt orange in there as well. A tiny little bubbled head remains, especially around the outside.

Smells of sweet malts with a thin band of hoppy bitterness. There's a touch if the harvest in here.

Tastes sweet at first and then settles out into a duller malt tone. A touch of peppery hoppy bitterness comes through in the end.

Mouthfeel has a noticeable until fizz. It's well carbonated. To gue feels the hops at the end.

Overall a decent beer but, at this point, nothing in the major leagues compared to a small batch. I'll stick to Boston Lager with Sam.

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Photo of Chris_Cali_2o9
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams cup

A- Reddish orange, 1" fluffy off white head

S- Citrus, floral, metal, bready malts

T- Malt bomb, toffee, caramel, berries, orange, sweet bready malts

M- Medium bodied, crisp carbonation

O- A nice brew, lots of malty goodness, never to sweet, never watered down, it's just a solid example of the style. I'm done complaining about the metallic twang, it seems all sam adams malty holiday beers have it and it's most likely a house recipe thing.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of yancot
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kwjd
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My dad bought a 6 pack of this and decided he wasn't a big Oktoberfest fan... 5 free bottles for me! Pours a copper-amber colour with thin ring of head. Mild lacing around the glass. Head dissipates a bit quickly. Smells of earthy hops with some caramel. This tastes somewhat like a Helles I think, but maybe I'm wrong. Nice carbonation level. Easy to put several of these back (unless you are my dad I guess).

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Photo of mikereaser
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into my dogfish head pint glass

A - pours a clear deep amber copper color with minimal foam

S - sweet maltiness with hints of floral hops

T - nice malty oktoberfest, just enough to give you some flavor but not overdoing it and making it tough to drink

M/D - not a bad brew but not anything amazing. I'll pick up a six pack next year to celebrate fall, and its a good beer to share with the pickiest of drinkers.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its that time of the year even if mother nature is calling for unseasonably warm weather.

Pours an amber colored beer with a nice thick off white, almost tan head. Eventually it recedes to a finger depth. There is a nice web of lacing left after finishing this brew.

Smells of caramel malts and noble hops, which meld together pleasantly.

Tastes of more caramel malts, which give way to a nice drying hop bite. A solid Octoberfest falvor that is neither nondescript or lacking. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel is medium and has a near creamy consistency. Highly drinkable and enjoyable autumn brew. I love keeping a six in the fridge for guests or when I'm in the mood.

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Photo of RedTarmac
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.66 out of 5 based on 7,465 ratings.
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